Farewell Studio Ghibli Co-Founder, Isao Takahata

Co-founder of the influential Studio Ghibli, Isao Takahata has passed away at 82 years old. Takahata (who started the studio with Hayao Miyazaki) wrote and directed some of the most magical and poignant animated films of the past 50+ years—including the heart-wrenching “Grave of the Fireflies,” an anti-war film based on a short story by Akiyuki Nosaka. Heavily inspired by French literature and film, he …

The Latest from Japanese Outdoor Brand, Goldwin

The Toyama brand pushes their streamlined innovation further and also opens a NYC pop-up

Founded in Oyabe City in Toyama Prefecture, Goldwin has been producing sporting goods since the late 1950s. During their second decade on the market, the brand applied new knitting technologies to their apparel, creating highly functional ski wear that was immediately recognizable thanks to the colorful, geometric patterns. Essentially, Goldwin evolved their apparel as skis (and the sport itself) also developed, and in 1987 they …

Six International Skin and Body Care Brands to Know Now

From Israel to Korea, these magic potions come from over the oceans

If you’re constantly on the search for that just-right product and haven’t found it yet, it might be worth looking a little further afield. With different ingredients, research and formulations, here are six skincare brands that are based everywhere from Tel Aviv to Seoul. Several are making their US debuts for the first time, so they’re even easier to buy—and even more surprising is how …

Non-Melting Ice Cream

At the Biotherapy Development Research Center in Kanazawa, an accidental discovery has resulted in the invention of non-melting ice cream. The ingredient is a polyphenol liquid, extracted from strawberries, that “make[s] it difficult for water and oil to separate”—meaning, in this instance, that a popsicle keeps its shape. Kanazawa Ice first became available earlier this year, and now can be bought in Osaka and Tokyo. …

Japan’s Cute Space Camera Drone

Japan’s remote-controlled Internal Ball Camera (aka Int-Ball) is a camera drone that resides on the International Space Station—floating around taking footage that can be read in real time. Created completely with 3D printing, 2.2l-pound Int-Ball uses drone technology and has plenty of smarts, but is also extremely cute. The black and white ball has big glowing blue eyes, and (as The Verge accurately puts it) …