Perfect dress for a Tolkien Fan

Not only does this dress feature a map of Middle earth on it but also has exquisite Elvish lettering on the belt, and hem (that is the right word isn’t it? I don’t know much about the anatomy of dresses) The matching handbag and the Elvish Llorian leaf brooch just show an amazing attention to detail.

Via Geeks are Sexy

Why Don’t We Have These in The West? Retro Game Bars!

The state of webdesign in Japan is miles behind that used elsewhere, but Game Bar Continue in Osaka seems to be in America Muri (Think China Town but American but not really) And has a host of video game consoles that you can rent by the hour as well as booze (From my reading you aren’t allowed to bring your own games, although the statement might be that you are allowed to bring your own games…

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Also in Osaka is Game Bar Dendo which just has a static page. Although that has got a map on it…

And and address:

2nd floor leisure Misono 2-3-9 Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Building Sennichimae ? 542-0074

TEL 06-6648-8148

Although sadly it seems like you can’t play any of their games, they are just for display… Points deducted for that I think…

In Kyoto you can find Cafe la Siesta who have a slightly nicer website but it’s also impossible to navigate as it’s all in a frame that is pretendinf to be a game console…

They DO have a map that looks quite retro:

More importantly they have a giant Game Boy!

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Who doesn’t want to play this shit?! Their menu is pixelated too:

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Source Hiyoko-g and again and again…

So why don’t we have this kind of thing in the west? Maybe we don’t have the geek culture they do in Japan, but I think that enough people would come to one of these if it was in a big enough city, and maybe diversified into board games too?

Japanese Turn UK Into Cute Anime Girl

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Apparently a discussion thread on a Japanese website lead to them designing an anthropomorphic version of the UK as a cute anime/manga girl. There are a bunch of other designs inspired by this on this page, I’ve collated some of my favourites including the thought process behind transforming the UK in the gallery below.

Via Kotaku

World Tattoo

World traveller  got this tattoo after being inspired by someone with a similar tattoo that he met while travelling. The plan is to slowly colour in the countries as he visits them, but he’s only posted the initial post to his blog with the 40 countries he’s been to at the time which was 2 years ago. It would be nice to see an update with it’s current progress.

This beats the pants off getting one of those scratch off maps of the world…

 

Stitch Your Journey Together

I love the cocept of this map available from Not On The High Street, you get a beautifully printed map of either: The UK, Ireland, Europe or the World a bit of thread and a needle, and you have to stitch your journey onto the map. It’s like traveling by dotted line in the comfort of your own living room!

This is a great idea for people going on one of those adventure of a lifetime trip around the world things, or a gap year, or just hopping around Europe on an inter rail pass. I’m surprised there isn’t one of the US given the propensity for people to go on road trips in the US. It shouldn’t be too hard to get one made though.

If I did this I’d probably use different coloured threads for different modes of transport, planes would be green (The irony of this colour choice it not lost one me), car journeys red, boats blue and trains some other colour (grey?).

Alternatively you could buy a different coloured thread for each holiday you go one and slowly turn the map into a tapestry of colour!

I might have to go on a trip around the world just so I can fill one of these in. I like this idea so much more that I like the maps where you scratch off the countries you have visited, mainly because it highlights where you have actually been rather than just the countries you’ve been to.

Print Your Home Address Onto A Blanket or Napkins!

I remember when I was a kid one of my favorite things was a mat that had streets on it, I spend hours playing with it and my toy cars. Now you can get a map of your area printed on a blanket for your kids to play on courtesy of Soft Cities it’s quite steep at $175 though. You can also get street maps printed onto napkins though two packs of napkins costs $65…

Map of Ikea

Anyone who has been to an Ikea knows the hell of their shop layout. The maze of corridors and random flat pack furniture is hellish. This cartoon by Pleated-Jeans plays on this, personally I’ve yet to find the roaming minotaur but maybe that’s because I tie together those free tape measures they have so I always know my way back.

Ye Olde Dinosaur Land t-shirt

This map of Super Mario World done as if it were an old map is lovely. They have managed to capture the art style of the game while also making it look Ye-Olde Worldy…

Can you traverse the dangerous terrain of Ye Olde Dinosaur Land, to rescue the princess?
Digital print
Super soft 100% ringspun cotton (doesn’t feel like cardboard)
10.2 ounce crewneck T
Double needle cover seamed neck, taped neck and shoulders, double needle sleeve and bottom.
Pre-shrunk

It’s available as a T-Shirt at SPLITREASON.COM