Cutest Japanese stopmotion crocheted beachside critter ukelele video ever

blong.jpg Mark usually has Boing Boing's ukelele beat covered, and Lisa's our go-to Japan expert. But neither of those guys are blogging today, so here goes. U900, "Diamond Head" Japanese Ukulele Duo! Features a crocheted bear and a bunny on a beach, and is the very definition of kawaii. They has a myspace, too. (thanks, Susannah Breslin!)

Update: Mark previously blogged an earlier video from these cuties, "Walk, Don't Run."


  1. Yeah, Mark posted their vid of ‘Walk, Don’t Run’ back in September. Still, no matter how many times I see it it’s cute. Of course, now I permanently associate it with ‘Diamond Head’ and my wife complains about seeing little amigarumis playing it in her head whenever I put it on the stereo.

  2. Why does the multi-talented bear look so pissed off in the rest of the videos? I sense a back story here. Either he is being cheated of royalties or he couldn’t find any horse before the shoot.

    1. A friend of mine was asked this once, his answer? “Huh? I was just concentrating on sounding good. I just get a little intense.”

    2. Every Tommy Smothers must have his Dick Smothers; every Tennille, her The Captain. This is how the universe maintains balance.

  3. Adorable. The animation isn’t exactly stop motion though. It looks like it was animated in After Effects. Not that it matters, it’s still way cute.

  4. Wouldn’t this be considered racist in the U.S.? Is it racist? On one hand Japan, unlike the U.S., isn’t burdened with a long history of minstrel shows. On the other hand, giving the black bunny grey lips, or no lips at all, certainly would have been more “sensitive.” I realize such questions ruin the “cuteness” of it all, but it’s worth acknowledging that it might be offensive to some viewers.

    1. What on earth are you talking about? I did not see that at all. Because the rabbit is black and has lips, that means it’s a reference on minstrel shows? Minstrels usually (always?) had white mouths. I think you are reading way too much in this.

      Maybe that says something more about you than the video.

    2. No, it’s not worth acknowledging.

      Your nick is “oxitvuc” spelled backwards, and I was once attacked by a person wearing horns and a ring through the septum of their nose. Feel like apologizing for my oxen-related trauma yet? Why didn’t you include this obviously-needed apology in your post in the first place?

    3. Sounds like you’re one of those self oppressors. Sometimes our failures come from within, and we need to admit that. It’s pretty bad when “The Man” in our heads colors everything we see.

  5. Agree with #3, water isn’t moving, and most important, shadows don’t move. In fact, I wouldn’t put this under stop-motion at all. Doesn’t look like human hands are manipulating the characters frame to frame.

    Not as impressive as it should have been, based on the description.

  6. #3 and #9. This is stop motion over a green screen and then the background and shadows composited in after-effects. Doesn’t matter what method used, this is still a stop motion process. After Effects isn’t going to do this automagically for you dudes ;-)

    1. This isn’t stop motion at all. It’s more like the current form of South Park, where, while they may have pictures of real objects, all the animation is done in the program.

      You can see where pieces are cut out of the background, so they can move them around. Look at the left shoulder of the bunny.

      Still cool & sweet looking though.

    2. Sorry #13, it’s not stop motion. The dolls were photographed as a still, then animated in After Effects. You can tell by the flat overlaps on the moving joints. Also, there’s no chatter whatsoever, no fabric reaction to the movements.

      But cute is cute anyways.

  7. Japan does have a long and inglorious history of minstrel-show-type racial exaggeration. This is not it. You’ll recognize it when you see it. It won’t be subtle. It will smack you in the face.

    It’s mostly gone now, following some rather public outcry in the 1980s and 1990s. I sat in US Congressional hearings in 1988-89 investigating allegations of racial hiring practices by Japanese firms operating in the US, and interviewed some of the principals involved.</streetcred>

  8. If anyone is interested this is Enoshima beach in Kanagawa prefecture, about an hour from central Tokyo and part of the famous Shonan strip. A great place to drink in summer!

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