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Canal City: An Eye-Popping Japanese Mall Filled with Hanging Gardens and Cooling Pools

Canal City: An Eye-Popping Japanese Mall Filled with Hanging Gardens and Cooling Pools

Canal City, so named because of its unique design centered around a narrow ribbon of blue water, is a premiere shopping, entertainment and relaxation destination in southern Japan. The complex offers

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Suzuki’s Electric “Every” Van Launches in Japan for Real-World Testing

Suzuki’s Electric “Every” Van Launches in Japan for Real-World Testing

Suzuki recently launched the “Every” van - the Japanese car manufacturer’s first foray into battery-powered transportation. Suzuki is playing it safe, however; only 13 of the plug-in Every vans have

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Kaikado: Classic Japanese Tea Caddies Made to Last Over a Century

Kaikado: Classic Japanese Tea Caddies Made to Last Over a Century

For more than 130 years, Kaikado has been producing hand-made Japanese tea caddies designed to last for generations. Last week we visited Kaikado’s shop in Kyoto, where Takahiro Yagi, the 6th generation

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Japan Using Air Conditioned Clothing to Beat the Heat During Power Shortages

Japan Using Air Conditioned Clothing to Beat the Heat During Power Shortages

You didn't think a little heat could faze those resourceful Japanese did you? Well, okay, a lot of heat. While most of us westerners over here are sweating up a storm even with air conditioning, many

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Japanese Students Build a Pavilion from Thousands of Fish to Support Tsunami Reconstruction Efforts

Japanese Students Build a Pavilion from Thousands of Fish to Support Tsunami Reconstruction Efforts

Like many cities along the eastern seaboard of Japan affected by the tsunami, Kesennuma is struggling. While there are lots of fish still out swimming in the ocean waiting to be caught, the town's

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Japanese Government Buying Radioactive Meat and Destroying It

Japanese Government Buying Radioactive Meat and Destroying It

The Japanese government discovered this week that 1,256 head of cattle have been fed hay poisoned with the radioactive material cesium. The hay, which was grown in the Fukushima prefecture, was given to

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Shigeru Ban Comes to Japan’s Rescue With Multistorey Shipping Container Housing

Shigeru Ban Comes to Japan’s Rescue With Multistorey Shipping Container Housing

Disaster zones typically feature unlevel ground, which makes it even more challenging to prepare housing relief quickly. But Shigeru Ban's shipping containers stacked on top of each other in a

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Crazy Japanese House Features Solar Heated Bathroom Bunker

Crazy Japanese House Features Solar Heated Bathroom Bunker

The compact home is located in a friendly neighborhood with some long-time residents, so the new owners wanted to make sure they built a home that was open and inviting. Building codes also let them build

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Please Help Us Reach Our Goal of Donating $10,000 to Rebuild Japan!

Please Help Us Reach Our Goal of Donating $10,000 to Rebuild Japan!

YOUR CLICK COULD BE THE ONE THAT GETS US $10,000 TO REBUILD JAPAN! If you've been wanting to do something to help the thousands of victims of the natural disasters that tore through Japan a few months

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Soil Studies from Japan’s Earthquake Will Make Building Design Safer Worldwide

Soil Studies from Japan’s Earthquake Will Make Building Design Safer Worldwide

Japan's March 11th magnitude 9 Tohoku Earthquake -- which caused a tidal wave and the ensuing Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster -- was one of the most powerful ever recorded and just happened

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Ogaki House’s Sloping Roof Creates a Safe Haven from Harsh Japanese Weather

Ogaki House’s Sloping Roof Creates a Safe Haven from Harsh Japanese Weather

At 106 square meters the home packs an efficient living space, putting private spaces to the end and public spaces in the center. The design focuses in on the lower kitchen to create the home's natural

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Charming Japanese Residence Has a Green Roofed Garage Perfect for A Car Hobbyist

Charming Japanese Residence Has a Green Roofed Garage Perfect for A Car Hobbyist

Set next to a rice field, the home enjoys views out over farmland and is very privately situated. Organized in a U-shape around a courtyard and projected by the garage on the side facing the road, the

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Japan’s Prime Minister Calls for Complete Phase Out of Nuclear Power

Japan’s Prime Minister Calls for Complete Phase Out of Nuclear Power

Four months after an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan triggering the worst nuclear energy crisis since Chernobyl, the country's Prime Minister has finally addressed Japan's energy future. In a statement

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Google Uses Street View Technology to Document Japan’s Tsunami Damage and Reconstruction

Google Uses Street View Technology to Document Japan’s Tsunami Damage and Reconstruction

Google has really been asserting itself as a world leader recently and not just in terms of its search engine. Aside from the introduction of Google +, the company has been delving into helping Japan

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Japan’s Mitsui Plans to Construct Solar Power Plants in Tsunami Zone

Japan’s Mitsui Plans to Construct Solar Power Plants in Tsunami Zone

Residents of Japan are still feeling the effects of the tsunami and earthquakes that hit earlier this year, but Japan's trading house, Mitsui and Co., is hoping to bring some hope to the dire situation by

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REBUILDING JAPAN: Architecture for Humanity Raises Hikado Marketplace from Tsunami Rubble

REBUILDING JAPAN: Architecture for Humanity Raises Hikado Marketplace from Tsunami Rubble

It's only been 3 months since a devastating earthquake and tsunami ripped through Japan, but the horrifying images have already begun to fade from the news and the public's mind - a situation that

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Japanese Robo-Suit Enables Paralyzed Man to Visit France

Japanese Robo-Suit Enables Paralyzed Man to Visit France

A 49-year-old Japanese man who has been paralyzed for 28 years since he was involved in a car accident is set to embark on a trip to France with the aid of this super high-tech robotic suit. The

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Hiyoshiya Creates Modern Lamps Modeled After Traditional Japanese Umbrellas

Hiyoshiya Creates Modern Lamps Modeled After Traditional Japanese Umbrellas

About 10 years ago, with the demand for traditional Japanese umbrella decreasing dramatically, Kotaro decided to get involved in his wife’s family business in order to help it survive. He took a deep

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Japan Finds Vast Reserves of Rare Earth Minerals That Could Be Used to Make Solar Panels and Other Electronics

Japan Finds Vast Reserves of Rare Earth Minerals That Could Be Used to Make Solar Panels and Other Electronics

Japan just announced that they've discovered a deposit of rare earth minerals off their coast in the Pacific Ocean that, if commercially viable, could change the worldwide market for the expensive

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Shell House: Awesome Seaside Home in Japan is Modeled After Mollusks

Shell House: Awesome Seaside Home in Japan is Modeled After Mollusks

The flooring in the home is made from rosewood, which is sustainable if sourced from either Bolivia or Brazil, and skylights in the tilted roofs usher in just the right amount of daylight. At night, the

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Molo’s Nebuta Museum in Japan Wraps Itself in a Shimmering Ribbon Facade

Molo’s Nebuta Museum in Japan Wraps Itself in a Shimmering Ribbon Facade

Like the festival, the museum’s design is intended to enliven the subdued neighborhoods. The red color is continually changing as the bending metal plates enliven the view of the building from all

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6,000 Circular Windows Flood Japan’s Kanazawa Library With Light

6,000 Circular Windows Flood Japan’s Kanazawa Library With Light

The 45 x 45 meter building kept complexity to a minimum in order to make the most of available space and daylight. The dotted exterior walls contain thousands of round windows sized at 200, 250 and 300

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Japan Gives Green Light to Blazing 313 MPH Maglev Train Line

Japan Gives Green Light to Blazing 313 MPH Maglev Train Line

The Central Japan Railway has just been granted the go-ahead to break ground on a massive maglev train line that will ferry high-speed trains across japan at blazing speeds up to 313 miles per hour. The

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POOP BURGER: Japanese Researcher Creates Artificial Meat From Human Feces

POOP BURGER: Japanese Researcher Creates Artificial Meat From Human Feces

Some hardcore carnivores have a hard time finding meat alternatives such as soy protein or tofu burgers to be palatable. But non-meat eaters may lose their appetite along with their carnivorous friends

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PHOTOS: Japan’s ACROS Building is a Mountainous Green-Roofed Pyramid Planted With Trees

PHOTOS: Japan’s ACROS Building is a Mountainous Green-Roofed Pyramid Planted With Trees

Things have changed since we last wrote about ACROS. When the building, which was designed by Emilio Ambasz & Associates, was first built, many of the trees that make up its "step garden" were still

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Japanese Workers Told to Dress Casually to Save Energy

Japanese Workers Told to Dress Casually to Save Energy

The recent Japanese earthquake and the resulting tsunami devastated the country, particularly its energy infrastructure. With nuclear power no longer energizing Japan, due to the Fukushima disaster, the

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Japanese Corporation Plans to Turn the Moon Into a Massive Solar Power Plant

Japanese Corporation Plans to Turn the Moon Into a Massive Solar Power Plant

Man hasn't been back to the moon since 1972, but that hasn't stopped a team of Japanese engineers from developing a plan to turn our celestial neighbor into a massive solar power plant. The disaster at

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Fujisawa Smart Town Planned for Japan to Be Most Advanced Eco City in the World

Fujisawa Smart Town Planned for Japan to Be Most Advanced Eco City in the World

By 2014, Japan may be home to the most advanced eco town in the world. A group of 9 companies announced that they will partner in the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town, a breakthrough development of 1000

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Japanese Telecom Firm Softbank To Construct 10 New Solar Power Plants

Japanese Telecom Firm Softbank To Construct 10 New Solar Power Plants

In the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster, there has been a call for the country to move away from atomic power and towards the mainstream use of alternative energy. While a recent

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Japan to Create a Nationwide Super Solar Array to Replace Push for Nuclear Power

Japan to Create a Nationwide Super Solar Array to Replace Push for Nuclear Power

The Prime Minister of Japan, Naoto Kan, is about to announce to the G8 Summit in France his country's plans to mandate that all buildings come equipped with solar panels by 2030. The announcement of this

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