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A Peek Into the Beautiful Japanese Wood Craft Called Yosegi

Japan is filled with all sorts of art and craft techniques that we have yet to have in the western world. Many of their crafts not only take a long time to finish but also require a teacher who can properly instruct you on how to successfully accomplish each part. This is something to ponder about considering Japan is leaps and bounds more advanced in terms of technology compared to many countries in the world. And yet, there are still people who dedicate themselves to creating traditional art that no amount of technology can replace.

There's one such traditional craft that has survived through the centuries and is still revered today.

One such art form is yosegi, a type of traditional wood mosaic.

Timbers of different colors are cut into rods for each section and are then glued together to form a geometrical pattern. The surface of the pattern is then sliced into this plates of wood, which are then used to decorate all sorts of things – from jewelry boxes, puzzle boxes, trays, coasters, vases, and more.

These boxes were made using yosegi, and they look absolutely seamless!

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In case you’re wondering, a Japanese puzzle box is exactly as it sounds. It’s a box that also serves as a puzzle, and unless you solve the puzzle, there’s no way you can open the box without breaking it. And the best (and maybe the most frustrating) thing about it is that the yosegi patterns in Japanese puzzle boxes are so seamless that the puzzle looks impossible to solve at first glance!

These Japanese puzzle boxes may look like ordinary boxes but opening them can be a challenge!

These beautiful yosegi crafts are sold everywhere in Japan, and perhaps what adds to their beauty is the amount of love and dedication poured into each thinly-sliced sheet of patterned wood. Just take a look at the video below where a Japanese craftsman creates yosegi sheets out of colored wood.

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Rockport, Massachusetts’ Paper House Is Literally That – A House Made Of Paper!

Interesting facts inside this Rockport Paper House in Massachusetts.

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Imagine your dream house made out of something you love. Mine would probably be made out of books, but making it happen is another story. Meanwhile, how this house was uniquely built is a proof that human ingenuity will take you to places.

The man behind this masterpiece is mechanical engineer Elis F. Stenman who started building his beautiful abode in 1922. Like any other house, it was built with timber frame, roof and floors. But Stenman had an idea and decided to incorporate newspapers instead of the traditional wood.

He impeccably transformed his home using about 100,000 varnished newspapers--from the walls, furniture and door.

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215 layers of paper were joined together using a homemade glue consisting of flour, apple peels and water to produce about 1-inch thick wall panels. ...

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6 Funny Comics Showing the Difference Between Lust and Love

Here’s how to find out what’s going on with you and that special someone you have in your life.

Lust and love are hard to tell apart, especially if you're infatuated with someone. Most would say that the surefire way to know if it's just lust is if your relationship with someone is centered around sex and sex alone. But what about the subtler signs?

Illustrator Karina Farek created a series of comics showing the sometimes stark and sometimes subtle difference between the two.

1. Sex vs. Nothing.

1. Sex vs. Nothing.

If someone's in love with you, they're perfectly okay with just lounging around and doing nothing. If it's lust, you can be sure that sex will always be the top priority....

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These Super Realistic Baby Masks Will Surely Freak You Out!

Man’s got skills!

If you have any doubt that masks can be a work of art, then these creations of artist Landon Meier will definitely change your mind. But these are not your ordinary masks...

These are giant baby heads and they are designed to freak people out!

Meier first became popular with the hyper-realistic masks he made out of the likeness of Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and Bernie Sanders.

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These were actually creepy enough....

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