Gallery: Canal City: An Eye-Popping Japanese Mall Filled with Hanging G...

 
In order to conserve power after the Fukushima nuclear plant disasters, the Japanese have resorted to everything from air-conditioned clothing to allowing businessmen to wear Hawaiian shirts to work in order to stay cool in the summer heat. On a recent trip to southern Japan, we saw the energy saving measures in action firsthand at Canal City, an eye-popping shopping mall in Hakata. Filled with hanging gardens and pools of cooling water, the mall's outdoor canyons manage to keep the temperature down with minimal air conditioning. Click through our gallery to see our exclusive photos of this fantastical space (though we apologize in advance for not snapping any of the Ramen Stadium on the mall's top floor).

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