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Climb It, Ride It, Run It - 8 Crazy Escalator Ads


Advertising is literally everywhere, including on escalators. It seems that many products can use the unique features of escalators to their marketing advantage. read more »

Japanese Moon Shot Heats Up Asian Space Race



With the picture-perfect launch of the pioneering SELENE lunar exploration probe from a Mitsubishi H-IIA rocket, Japan has made a stunning return to space while answering the challenge of neighboring China's bold program.
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Ear Wax Reveals Ancient History of Japan



Ear wax... what is it good for? Absolutely nuthin', say it again... OK, it sounded better in the original version by Edwin Starr, but humble ear wax IS good for somethin', at least according to a team of Japanese high school students.
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Art of the Yakuza: Japan's Tattooed Men & Women

Japanese gangsters, or "Yakuza", display colorful tattoos as part of a longstanding underworld tradition. Their wives, mistresses and girlfriends often sport similar body art, often intricately detailed and breathtakingly beautiful.

When A Mini Is a Giant - Brilliant Advertising of the Mini Cooper


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Mini Cooper not only has really creative advertising...they have creative ways of displaying them and always find creative places to put them.

Meowlingual Cat Translation Device is Purr Insanity



One might think cats don't need to communicate much with their human "owners", but the folks at Japan's Takara Tomy beg to disagree. That's why they've introduced the Meowlingual Cat Translation Device, which follows on the success of the Bowlingual Dog Translator. No, I'm NOT making this up...
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Stop Your Boozing - 7 Ingenious Don't Drive Drunk Ads


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some of the most imaginative ways to market the dangers of alcohol, alcohol awareness and drunk driving awareness: read more »

9 Amazing Movie Promos That Are Actually Worth Your Attention


Some great new and old movies have come up with very creative advertising and marketing tools...some of my favorites include: read more »

15 Absolutely Brilliant Billboard Ads ...Really


Some of the following are great examples of outdoor advertising, specifically billboards, at their best. read more »

Top 10 Strange & Unusual Japanese Police Stations



"Koban", or Japanese Police Boxes, are commonly found on street corners in cities or towns, large or small, across Japan. Not to be confused with the Doctor Who's Tardis style police call boxes formerly common in Great Britain, Japanese Koban are larger, display a red light and five-pointed gold police badge outside - and often feature unusual styling... here are the Top Ten!
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Pee On It, Pull It, and Rub It - Top 10 Most Brilliant Bathroom Ads


Advertising really is everywhere...EVERYWHERE. Look what great ads appear in public restrooms. read more »

New Look-alike Dolls Combine Creepy and Cute



A Japanese toy company called Grand Chariot will produce, for just $208 and in a month's time, a look-alike doll figurine from a submitted photo. Call it cool, cute or creepy... just don't call it Mini Me!
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Stopping Torture, Murder and Mayhem - Powerful Ads from Around the World


It appears that some of the most creative and inventive advertising is coming from nonprofits these days. Amnesty International (AI) is a worldwide movement of people who campaign and work towards the international recognition and support of human rights. Here's some of their powerful work. read more »

Tops in Transport - Top 10 Funniest and Most Brilliant Bus Ads


Using transportation as an advertising medium has brought forward some of the most creative ads. read more »

Stretch, Pull and Push - 8 Brilliant Ways of Selling Yoga


Yoga is a system of physical and mental practices that originated in India more than three thousand years ago. Yoga's stated purpose is to help each one of us achieve our highest potential and to experience enduring health and happiness. With yoga, it is said that we can extend our healthy, productive years far beyond the accepted norm and, at the same time, improve the quality of our lives. (specialyoga.com )

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Podcasts to Promote Adidas - Inventive Marketing


 

"Celebrating color, customization and personal expression, adidas presents adicolor Podcasts, an inspired collection of short films conceived specifically for iPod, PSP or online viewing from seven of the most exciting and culturally relevant directors working today." (Ads of the World) read more »

Drop Box for Unwanted Babies Saves Face



The "Stork's Cradle", an insulated drop box for babies in Japan's southern city of Kumamoto, has already saved 6 newborn babies from an uncertain fate.
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Promoting Breast Awareness


A few days ago, I had posted some of the nontraditional advertising and marketing programs created  to inform women about the importance of  breast cancer screening. Here are some more traditional, yet still very creative,  means of advertising being used to support the cause. read more »

Japanese Cellphone Charm Soothes Post-Menopausal Passions



Cellphone charms are a dime a dozen - it's an expression, don't quote me on that - but this particular one caught my eye. It's a tiny figurine of Korean TV drama heartthrob Bae Yong-Joon, complete with trademark fluffy scarf!
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Chocolate Bar Mirror Reflects Your Good Taste



The Chocolate Bar Compact Stand Mirror from Strapya World looks amazingly like a Meiji brand milk chocolate bar, but don't take a bite - it's actually a folding make-up mirror!
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