Japanese Nail Art

Stereoscopic nail art has been popular in Japan since the mid-90s and the style is increasing in popularity in the US and other parts of the world too now.

This isn't your staid French manicure on a sports-length acrylic nail either. We're talking one to two inches of nail extending past the tip of the finger. Accompanying the trend is an accessories trend designed to either show off the nails or make them easier to work with -- so there are little gadgets sold to help open soda cans and Japanese women can now buy golf gloves that don't have a fingertip so their nail art will be visible while they are out golfing.

In Japanese nail art, nail artists use hand-painting or airbrush techniques on on acrylic nail chips that are then attached to the real nail underneath. The artwork work can also be done directly on the hand (or foot!)

While most of the two-dimensional art is designed to give some depth and the impression of three dimensions, actual 3-dimensional art is practiced as well -- using sculpture powder and the addition of charms and small bits of jewelry.

Photo by: flickr.com/photos/deduce/
Photo by: flickr.com/photos/deduce/
Photo by: flickr.com/photos/nakayalog/
Photo by: flickr.com/photos/nakayalog/

Examples of Japanese Nail Art

Burberry Nail Art by Poppo Factory
Burberry Nail Art by Poppo Factory
A Cornocopia of Fruit at your Fingertips!
A Cornocopia of Fruit at your Fingertips!
Nail Art by Nadine Hawaii
Nail Art by Nadine Hawaii
Nail Art by Valley NYC Salon
Nail Art by Valley NYC Salon
Klimpt Nail Art by Poppo Factory
Klimpt Nail Art by Poppo Factory


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Isabella Snow 8 years ago

I had no idea this was Japanese. I wouldn't wear these, but I love to look at them!

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embitca 8 years ago from Boston Author

Yeah, I wouldn't wear them either, but I think they look very cool. At one time I did wear acrylics, but now that I spend most of my time bashing away at a keyboard it isn't very sensible.

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CasaDeMataOrtiz 8 years ago from Fruitland, Idaho

Supports my theory that the perfect art mediums are from nature.


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Tater2tot 8 years ago from ~~~

Wow these are wicked! I would never wear them either because I would be too afraid of messing them up. You couldn't do anything with these on. When you have regular acrylics on, it is even hard to text. I can't imagine these on me. I would break them all (not on purpose) in the first hour. And it hurts to break these off. Really bad. Cool hub!I hope nobody starts to eat the nail on that fruit one. JP.


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lafemmenails 8 years ago

Japenese nail art is superb. You should also check out Korea for some stunnning design

edve 7 years ago

iwould wear them anytme...they are amazing

Marcy 7 years ago

The 3-D stereoscopic nails are *not* meant for extended, everyday wear. They are usually sold as "chips", meaning the set is preordered and made in advance, then you go in and pick it up from the salon and apply them yourself. The more elaborate designs are a special occasion accessory. You wouldn't wear a ballgown every day, right? If you check out some of the Japanese sites, you'll note that while the OTT nails might capture the front page spotlight, there are a myriad of very cool 'everyday' sets that you don't have to worry about.

Jovie 7 years ago

The name of these nails are also called Sinaloa nails, well at least that's what they call them in the hood. And you have to find someone that does them underground. It's really hard to find a actually nail shop that does this. Usually it's ladies doing them in their home. I would definitely rock these nails, the are so flashy.

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Wallpaper Queen 7 years ago from Malaysia

Agree, Sinaloa nails are so popular among japanese and korean, now they have spread across asian country, chinese and taiwanese are in the trend as well

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Trsmd 7 years ago from India

i love watching Japanese pop videos where the diva's have their done all exotic with dangles and sparkles, even some with feather! I like those ideas..

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

I wouldn't wear these either but it looks very cool :-) Hmmm made me think of trying it out for a day just for fun. U-oh...but I've got short nails so this will not work for me. :( So it's back to just looking.

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embitca 7 years ago from Boston Author

Ripplemaker, you can wear them even with short nails. Since they are done on acrylic chips, you just glue them on top of your own nails :)

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Research Analyst 7 years ago

I have always been a fan of japanese nail art, it is truly a creative expression, and it never seems to amaze me at what styles will be coming out next, I usually see the best acrylic nail art on women who are the checkers at the grocery store, which always makes for an interesting conversation piece.

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Choke Frantic 7 years ago from Newcastle, Australia

Wow, how prety are they! Thanks for the hub =]

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M!$$ T3DD! 7 years ago from Chicago

I actually where my nails with the 3d stuff some times and they dont never mess up and Im rough!

pauls_boat 7 years ago

i love the nail art i think i will have to look into having mine done one day, in fact i will try it as soon as i finish the work i have going on on my boat at the moment.

i also never new it was the japanese who started this fashion.

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Missred 6 years ago

I love it! Beautiful art work.

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TIMWILLIAMS 6 years ago

I love this nail art. I am a guy that gets manicures and pedicures. I wear clear polish on the fingernails but I wear colored polish on my toenails, usually red. I had a pedicure done on 11/27/09 and had red polish put on toenails and I also had flowers painted on my biggest toenails on both my feet that appears to be Japanese or Chinese style.

Rachel B. 6 years ago

These nail pictures are gorgeous. There are so many designs to choose from and so little time! Your article makes me want to run out and get a manicure!

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elnin 6 years ago from Ha Noi

Thanks for share. These nail pictures are really wonderful. You also find out many many beautiful nail designs at www.yonails.com.

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katrinasui 6 years ago

Very interesting. Beautiful Artwork.

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brandyBachmann 6 years ago

lovely nails! nice hub embitca =D

Yamamoto Yien 6 years ago

i love doing this to my nails.. demo, i don't have any idea that these are Japanese Nail Arts. :) coincidence.


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candle62 6 years ago from London

wow i love this nail art, looks fantastic

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Wannabefamous21 6 years ago from New Jersey

OMG these r gorgeous !!!!

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lifelovebeauty 6 years ago from PA

Great overview of nail art! Love the photos you chose. :)

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drvosjeca 6 years ago

Nail art is becoming seriouse business. It is great to se great art work like this.

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mysisters 5 years ago

Nice Hub. I had no idea that this was Japanese. This is truly a talent. Some of these styles are simply unique and very creative. It has always amazed me with what they can do.

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hameidinger 5 years ago

I love it, Thanks for sharing.

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stayingalivemoma 4 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

I would so wear this!! Thanks for sharing!!

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SilkThimble 4 years ago from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Like some others, I could never wear these styles, but I love looking at them. Some of the young women in our local Lolita fashion group have their nails done like this for special events.

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