Tiny cars are big in Japan

Roughly one in three cars sold in Japan are so-called Kei cars; tiny cars exempt from the rule that you need to have a parking space to register your car. TBB’s own Ralph Savelsberg shows that their cheapness doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t have style.

Automotive rebellion, the Japanese way

More restrictive norms seem to lead to more extreme rebellion. So, given Japan’s restrictive social norms it is unsurprising that Japanese custom car culture goes to extremes, as shown by Ralph Savelsberg’s Nissan Skyline Bosozoku car.

Ringing up some nostalgia on this Japanese pay phone

Japanese builder @nobu_tary creates a perfect miniature pay phone, ready for that 10-yen coin or prepaid phone card.

Juxtaposition in Japan

Following a trip to Japan BrickFest and Kyoto, TBB’s own Ralph Savelsberg has been on a bit of a Japan kick. His latest build represents the contrast between modern-day Japan, in the form of a Yamato transport van, and Japanese tradition in the form of Buddhist monks.

Take a trip to Japan and the United Arab Emirates with the new LEGO Architecture 2020 sets [News]

It doesn’t matter if you are in search of record-breaking skyscrapers or want to travel to the Far East, LEGO Architecture 2020 lineup has to offer both.

Longing for a return to Japan

Aukbricks makes us yearn for Japan with a stunning LEGO digital creation. The multi-object build uses about 6,500 parts, all in existing colors.

Japan Brickfest 2019 – Registration closes on 31st December [News]

Japan Brickfest 2019 registration closes on the 31st of December 2018. If you plan to participate or just visit, do sign up today!

Japanese sushi that looks great and tastes blockish

Fancy a sushi dinner? Didier Burtin has just finished very spectacular ikura

A demonic Bionicle straight from feudal Japan

The 2017 Bio-cup Bionicle contest is a great source of outstanding creations in the titular theme, with Tengu by the Belarussian builder Vlad Lisin as a prime example. Vlad’s theme for this round was feudal Japan and this samurai- and oni-inspired character has Japanese style to spare. The menacing and muscular body gives a strong Continue reading →

Traditional Japanese machiya is beautifully simple

Machiya are traditional wooden townhouses found throughout Japan and typified in the historical capital of Kyoto. This LEGO version of a machiya by Dan Blom is a great example of a seemingly simple build that really looks the part. The key architectural details like the barred window, known as mushiko mado [literal translation is ‘insect cage Continue reading →

Japan Brickfest 2017 – Kobe Fan Weekend report [News]

The Osaka-based KLUG (Kansai Lego User Group) and Canadian Academy successfully held the annual Japan Brickfest in Rokkō Kobe Island, Japan last weekend on the 10th-11th of June. In its third year running, the largest fan event in Asia featured 270 builders from 11 countries, including Korea, Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, and even Continue reading →

Hauling fish & groceries in a Japanese dekotora

We first noticed Lasse Deleuran when we highlighted his MAN cement truck and Buy-N-Large semi truck. Lasse continues a strong building streak with a Japanese dekotora, or decorated truck. These spectacularly-customized trucks ply roadways and highways from Sapporo to Kagoshima, and Lasse has reproduced the bright chrome and lights of these unique vehicles with pearl-gold Continue reading →