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Hanae Mori, designer known for butterfly motifs and empress’ wedding gown, dies at 96

  • Japanese designer Hanae Mori died at her Tokyo home on Aug. 11 at the age of 96.
  • According to the Hanae Mori Office, Mori developed a mild fever a few days before her death, although a specific cause of death was not given.
  • Known for her butterfly designs and film costumes, Mori also designed uniforms for Japan Airlines flight attendants, bank employees and high school students.
  • The late designer also created hundreds of costumes for Japanese films.
  • She is survived by two sons, a daughter, seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Hanae Mori, a Japanese designer known for her butterfly motifs, film costumes and the wedding gown of Japan’s empress, died at the age of 96 on Aug. 11.

The Hanae Mori Office stated that Mori had developed a mild fever a few days before her death, although a cause of death has not yet been revealed. A private funeral was held with family, and a public memorial service may be held. 

Malaysian students invent device that makes ocean water drinkable for ‘sea nomads’

James Dyson Award where Malaysian students will compete

An invention that could provide clean drinking water to “sea nomads” — communities living near the ocean — has earned three Malaysian students a spot to compete at the James Dyson Awards, an annual competition that recognizes young design engineers with inventive solutions to real-world problems.

Malaysia’s best: Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) sophomores Bennie Beh Hue May, Loo Xin Yang and Yap Chun Yoon won the top prize of 10,000 Malaysian Ringgit ($2,400) in Malaysia’s search for its official entry to the international design competition, MalayMail reported.

The Mind-Blowing Reason Kikkoman Soy Sauce Bottles Have 2 Holes


A breakfast radio show host in Melbourne, Australia had her mind blown after her co-host revealed to her how to properly control the flow of soy sauce when pouring from a Kikkoman bottle.

Jason Hawkins, the host of the breakfast radio show “Jase and PJ,” asked his co-host Polly “PJ” Harding why some soy sauce bottles have openings on both sides, according to a video posted by the show’s official TikTok account on August 12, according to Daily Mail.

Max Mara Stole Ethnic Laotian Designs Then Told Laotians to Delete Posts Calling Them Out

After days of PR silence, Italian fashion label Max Mara has reportedly responded to one of their critics calling them out for ripping off designs from an ethnic Laotian group.

It has been over a week since Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre (TAEC) in Luang Prabang, Laos exposed that a new Max Mara collection bore designs belonging to the Oma ethnic group.

Japanese Sightseeing Train Will Be Designed Like a Wooden Kyoto House

kyoto train

A rail service in Japan is set to offer a unique luxury experience with its detailed interior design, which is inspired by wooden townhouses commonly seen in Kyoto before the 1950s.

The new rail express, known as Kyo-train GARAKU, is a second-generation version of the Kyo-train that will take passengers between Osaka Umeda and Kyoto Kawaramachi stations, Grapee reported.