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Japanese artist transforms oyster pearls into amazingly realistic miniature skulls

Japanese artist transforms oyster pearls into amazingly realistic miniature skulls

Nakaba carves all manner of skulls into tiny pearls - and other similar items, like melamine resin beads. He mostly does human and animal skulls in the oyster pearls, but also some pretty adorable moon

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Old Japan meets modern office design in this 100-year-old abandoned farmhouse in Japan

Old Japan meets modern office design in this 100-year-old abandoned farmhouse in Japan

Suma designed a 40-square-meter glass and steel structure which will contain office spaces for an IT firm and made sure to include all the digital infrastructure necessary for daily operation. Even though

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World’s first mega-robot duel pits Team USA against Team Japan

World’s first mega-robot duel pits Team USA against Team Japan

The awesome mech battle of your childhood dreams is finally coming true—in Pacific Rim-fashion, two giant robot warriors are set to face off in an epic duel in summer 2016. Last month, Oakland-based

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Gorgeous Sayama Forest Chapel in Japan resembles hands clasped in prayer

Gorgeous Sayama Forest Chapel in Japan resembles hands clasped in prayer

The architect first planted additional trees and created the building around them. While the adjacent Community Hall building has a more horizontal configuration, with its circular plan and radial wooden

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Now you can rent a room in Japan’s Nakagin Capsule Tower via Airbnb

Now you can rent a room in Japan’s Nakagin Capsule Tower via Airbnb

Ginza's Nakagin Capsule Tower is a rare existing example of Metabolism, a post-war Japanese architectural movement that applied organic biological growth to architectural mega structures. The building

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Japan just restarted its first nuclear reactor since the post-Fukushima shutdown

Japan just restarted its first nuclear reactor since the post-Fukushima shutdown

The catastrophe wrecked by the Fukushina Daiichi nuclear power plant in the wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, forcing 160,000 people from their homes, left many in Japan highly wary of atomic

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Kengo Kuma to expand Portland Japanese Garden with LEED-certified buildings

Kengo Kuma to expand Portland Japanese Garden with LEED-certified buildings

Considered one of the top destinations for tourists in Oregon, the Portland Japanese Garden has experienced rapid visitor growth over its 52-year lifespan and currently serves 300,000 visitors a year—a

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Shigeru Ban Architects’ Oita Prefectural Art Museum opens in Japan

Shigeru Ban Architects’ Oita Prefectural Art Museum opens in Japan

The new Oita Prefectural Art Museum, designed by Shigeru Ban Architects, is an open environment nestled into a box-like volume. The building is highly sensitive to context and local climate, with

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Japan just installed the world’s largest floating wind turbine off the coast of Fukushima

Japan just installed the world’s largest floating wind turbine off the coast of Fukushima

After the massive disaster in the wake of the 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that destroyed the Fukishima nuclear power plant, it would seem that the country has learned its lesson. Engineers are

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Cybele Young folds Japanese paper into intricate sculptures of everyday objects

Cybele Young folds Japanese paper into intricate sculptures of everyday objects

Artist Cybèle Young’s wondrous miniature world of intricate tableaus are made entirely from paper. The Canadian artist has perfected the meticulous practice of Japanese papercrafting, rendering

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Bird-shaped treehouse with a stunning view pops up in Japan’s woods

Bird-shaped treehouse with a stunning view pops up in Japan’s woods

The nine-meter-tall treehouse comprises two main components: the two-piece angled painted roof that forms the bird’s body, and the unpainted wooden staircase arranged to look like the bird’s tail. The

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World’s first hotel run entirely by robots opens in Japan

World’s first hotel run entirely by robots opens in Japan

At the Henn-na Hotel guests check in via an automated system and greet a multi-lingual pretty humanoid robot or a vile-looking dinosaur. Other robots in the lobby welcome visitors serving coffee or

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Japan scraps Zaha Hadid’s $2.1 billion 2020 Tokyo Olympic stadium

Japan scraps Zaha Hadid’s $2.1 billion 2020 Tokyo Olympic stadium

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pulled the plug on Zaha Hadid’s 2020 Olympic stadium due to escalating costs. The government’s latest estimates put the stadium at $2.1 billion—a cost that was

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Japanese wedding chapel is lined with intricate hand-carved flowers to connect the past with the future

Japanese wedding chapel is lined with intricate hand-carved flowers to connect the past with the future

Hopeful visitors to the chapel will need to travel to the Ana Crowne Plaza Hotel in Hiroshima, Japan. There, they’ll find a steel-arched dome, measuring 6m (20 ft) high and 19m (62 ft) long. The

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Unbelievable miniature Japanese village will astound you with its attention to detail

Unbelievable miniature Japanese village will astound you with its attention to detail

The 70-second video above is completely enchanting and serene. Gentle instrumental music accompanies the visuals and the video begins with scenes of everyday life in a quiet village in rural Japan:

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Funtastic Japanese preschool collects rainwater puddles for kids to play in

Funtastic Japanese preschool collects rainwater puddles for kids to play in

Kids all over the world go mad about puddles and just want to jump right into the center. But it's usually the adults who are always overly concerned and worrying they might get wet, cold and eventually

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Solar Impulse could be grounded in Japan for a whole year

Solar Impulse could be grounded in Japan for a whole year

Solar Impulse 2, the experimental solar-powered aircraft, has kept us on the edge of our seats as we’ve waited, day after day, for news of a second ocean crossing attempt. The first attempt resulted in

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Thousands of keys strung from blood-red yarn evoke Japan’s Great Tohoku Earthquake

Thousands of keys strung from blood-red yarn evoke Japan’s Great Tohoku Earthquake

One of the most evocative spaces of Venice Art Biennale 2015 is, no doubt, the Japanese Pavilion. Once you step inside of it, you dive into a suggestive world tangled by hundreds of meters of red yarn,

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Researchers are introducing non-native insects in a desperate attempt to battle Japanese knotweed

Researchers are introducing non-native insects in a desperate attempt to battle Japanese knotweed

If you live in the US or the UK, you are probably familiar with the scourge of Japanese Knotweed, even if you don’t know it. Japanese Knotweed is one of the world’s most invasive plants and has

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Suga Architects unveil the gorgeous green-roofed Takano Nursery in Japan

Suga Architects unveil the gorgeous green-roofed Takano Nursery in Japan

The narrow plot forced the architects to create an elongated volume topped with a vegetable rooftop garden. Its narrow street-facing sides are clad in treated red cedar, while the surfaces around the

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Bad weather forces Solar Impulse to make unscheduled stop in Japan

Bad weather forces Solar Impulse to make unscheduled stop in Japan

Over the weekend, Solar Impulse finally departed from China to begin its five-day, five-night solar-powered journey across the Pacific Ocean. This leg of the round-the-world expedition had been delayed

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Japan’s Hanazono Kindergarten was designed to keep kids safe during typhoons

Japan’s Hanazono Kindergarten was designed to keep kids safe during typhoons

On the island of Miyako-jima, a Japanese island 250 miles off of the coast of Taiwan, typhoons are a very real threat. The Hanazono Kindergarten was designed with weather in mind, incorporating features

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This woman is rowing 6,000 miles from Japan to San Francisco without any support

This woman is rowing 6,000 miles from Japan to San Francisco without any support

No sail. No motor. Just a woman and her arms. From Japan to San Francisco. Take that Crossfitters. Sonja Baumstein is a 30-year-old Florida native who is preparing to row from Choshi, Japan to San

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Japanese home uses wooden material stronger than steel to combat natural disasters

Japanese home uses wooden material stronger than steel to combat natural disasters

Glulam is a versatile wooden beam consisting of multiple “wooden laminations” which are fused together with a strong, moisture-resistant adhesive. The product boasts to be, pound for pound, stronger

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Japan’s zoos and aquariums pledge to stop buying dolphins captured in cruel Taiji dolphin hunts

Japan’s zoos and aquariums pledge to stop buying dolphins captured in cruel Taiji dolphin hunts

Japan’s zoos and aquariums have publicly committed to ending their relationship with the cruel practice of dolphin drive hunts in Taiji, Japan. This move comes out of a vote amongst the leadership of

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Tato Architects turned this congested Japanese home into an open, modern marvel

Tato Architects turned this congested Japanese home into an open, modern marvel

Japanese design studio Tato Architects transformed an old house in Kamisawa in Hyogo Prefecture, into a single-storey residence for a young couple. The architects tore down the entire interior of the

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Japan’s Milan Expo pavilion is an earthquake resistant wooden ‘bowl of diversity’

Japan’s Milan Expo pavilion is an earthquake resistant wooden ‘bowl of diversity’

Japan has taken an almost literal approach to the Milan Expo 2015 theme "Feeding the planet, energy for life" with a three dimensional wooden pavilion that models a traditional Japanese ceramic Utsuwa

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Steel shell encloses contemporary dairy farmer’s house in Japan

Steel shell encloses contemporary dairy farmer’s house in Japan

Designed for the third generation of a dairy farming family, the contemporary residence is a new extension to the old house. The Fujisawa-based architect made way for the new structure by demolishing an

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Adorable tiny cottage is a Japanese-inspired teahouse on wheels

Adorable tiny cottage is a Japanese-inspired teahouse on wheels

Lined with light-colored knotty pine, the Tea House includes over a dozen glazed openings to flood the interior with natural light. The walls are fortified with high-density Eco-bat insulation with an

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Terraced wooden nursery school brings the Japanese landscape indoors

Terraced wooden nursery school brings the Japanese landscape indoors

Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop was challenged to design a nursery school that not only included a variety of programmed spaces but also minimized the number of blind spots for safety reasons. The

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