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Blender Around the World: Japan


japan.jpgThe focus of this website has been mainly on the English speaking part of the Blender community. But have you ever wondered what people in, say, India, Brazil, France, China or Japan are creating with Blender?

Sometimes it's hard to find out and that's why we are inviting you to help us. If there is an active community in your language, then we'd like to share their stories. Are you the reporter who can help us? Then please get in touch.

Today will be the first report in this series: Satoshi Yamasaki (author of YamYam's Field) was friendly enough to give us an extensive overview of the activities of the Japanese Blender users:

Hi Blenderheads in the world,

I would like to introduce of Japanese blender scene. Recently, unique access of the is over 1,000. Some of Japanese have been already posted their works(Do you remember the hollykaz's "slope" in the Official Gallery and past BlenderNation article?). But also other Japanese make their works actively. I would like to show some of them...

Galleries of Japanese users

Realtime Content, Tools, Resources

  • Matsui made a realtime content ' museum'. You can walk through it and see many Japanese user's images with blender. They was posted at's Blender picture uploader(see above).(Notice: Copyrights of these images and models are owned by their authors. Plese don't use them your projects...)
  • Manda made a tool(Win) and PythonScript 'bl2magic'. These check a blend file what version made it. Note that they can't read zipped blend files. He said it's just a fun, not a serious tool, so if you can, please make it useful tool to add another checking functions such as Scriptlinks, Autoplay, and so on.
  • AKI made a rig of a dog with animation. He said he referenced a skeletal preparations for it. Also he made a rig of a human body.


  • Shige teaches 3DCG at an university annually. Of course, with Blender! He made a tutorial document by himself, and teached with it. He said this year will get more time to teach...It's great!! :-) 2004, 2005 (no images).
  • Toudou got a place at CGWorld user's gallery section. CGWorld is (maybe)an only Japanese 3DCG Magazine. Also He wrote a texture tutorial article at Nikkei Software.
  • It's hot news! Ekakiya's "amelia's magic" will be screened at the shortfilm section of the Cannes International Film Festival! (About the movie).

Thank you for reading long post.
Have fun!

About the Author

Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. The link to Ekakiya’s “amelia’s magic” seems to be dead. I'd love to see it. I'll google around to see if I can find another link. If I do I'll let you know.

  2. Yes.. the screenshots look amazing. I'm so happy to see japanese blender usage. sifting through the web links is unfortunately even more scattered than the english speaking blender sites. Either way, I'm happy to see some top notch stuff. That helps my confidence.

  3. Whoa! The museum is great, I'd love to see wizualizations like this :)
    Blender Around the World - very good idea! As I see, every country has his own culture even in Blender works, here we can see so many manga-stylized renders, nice :)
    Cheers, Greg! ( ;)

  4. Thank you for comments!

    Sorry for the dead link. That movie have been already sold by Epic records, so I can do nothing...sorry.

    I think Japanese artists are glad to read your comment. :)

    Greg:'s Blenderownia! I remember I was newbie of blender to see the title logo...the NaN era...I'd seen your site many times! I think it's oldest site of blender in existence in the world!
    If you have time to write, I want to read the story... ;)

    Thank you for formating my text and help.
    "Blender Around the World" is really nice idea I think too!

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