This article was published on July 27, 2015

Fall in love with these gorgeous 8-bit GIFs of Japan


Fall in love with these gorgeous 8-bit GIFs of Japan
Lauren Hockenson
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Lauren Hockenson

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Lauren is a reporter for The Next Web, based in San Francisco. She covers the key players that make the tech ecosystem what it is right now. Lauren is a reporter for The Next Web, based in San Francisco. She covers the key players that make the tech ecosystem what it is right now. She also has a folder full of dog GIFs and uses them liberally on Twitter at @lhockenson.

Japan is a country caught between two worlds, blending together its feudal architecture and traditional ways with the fast-paced technology that is so core to its modern identity. Somehow, the series of GIFs developed by Tumblr user 1041uuu captures the beauty and dichotomy of Japanese everyday life. Maybe it has to do with the absolutely nostalgic 8-bit treatment?

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The animation used in each GIF is very subtle — rain drops, a moving skyline, or cherry blossoms falling off of a tree — which adds to the quaint yet hypnotic elements of each scene.

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Some focus on the more urban areas of Japan, while others find beauty in nature.

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The infinite nature of each GIF is also very clever — even animals or people placed within a scene have a circular rhythm to them.

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They’re pretty dang sweet.

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