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  • In the case of the Japanese-born Nara, this exhibition featuring more that 100 of his works -- from paintings, drawings, illustrations, album covers and installations -- shows how he evolved from a more traditional art-schoolish approach to painting to become a leading proponent of the neo-pop kawa-kawai creepy cute school of pop-art.

    Brad Balfour: Closing This Weekend -- Two Shows of Artists Who Use Music as Inspiration

  • Inspired by heavy metal, porn, kaiju, Japanese kawai culture, and ice cream, Buff Monster is known for changing the land - scapes of Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Barcelona with his iconic Buff Monster character.

    Boing Boing

  • I hope to get my hands on “One Fine Day” since it was so kawai!

    First Look!

  • The Buff Monster's art and toys, usually bright and bubbly, is inspired by heavy metal, kawai (Japanese cute culture), kaiju (Japanese monsters), the naked female body, Hollywood and ice cream.

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • The young art student, however, was no kawai ko: he had already travelled a great deal, was inured to hard fare and rough lodging, and accustomed to make the best of every situation.

    Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan Second Series

  • Sanrio may come to mind because of various formal qualities, but we all know Hello Kitty is considered one of the creepier early manifestations of kawai because she has no mouth and cannot speak.

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  • Influences like "heavy metal, porn, Japanese kawai culture, and ice cream" are evident in his creepy-cute compositions which often feature a character, the "Happy Squirter," made of breast-shaped parts with cherries frequently ...

    Cool Hunting

  • Magician's Quest Mysterious Times (I'm unsure if there's a missing colon somewhere in that title) is coming next month to the Nintendo DS, and over 50 'mysterious' events propel your kawai little character through their mystical class schedule.

    Gaming Nexus

  • He and cloud started all the bishie kawai fangirl nonsense that inevitably led to FFX which was also a travesty.

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  • Many good moments, very humors and cute, probably split between Takako and Nagi, and the kawai of Tsugumi. Antenna


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  • Yes, VO, you are on to my punning ways!

    November 30, 2007

  • Punning? (In Japanese cute is 'kawaii'.)

    November 29, 2007

  • My (very cute) piano.

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