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Amazing Mineral House is a Multi-Faceted Micro Home in Japan

Amazing Mineral House is a Multi-Faceted Micro Home in Japan

Compared to other micro homes in Japan, this three-story, 474 sq ft home could actually be considered quite accommodating. For much of the Western world however, it is still small by comparison. It's a

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Green-Roofed University Building in Japan Serves Double Duty

Green-Roofed University Building in Japan Serves Double Duty

Bakoko's design for Kyoai Gukuen University aims to eliminate the loss of important recreational space on the university campus by lifting the green space up and creating a building below to support it.

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Japan Announces World’s First Solar-Powered Public Bus

Japan Announces World’s First Solar-Powered Public Bus

On September 1, the world's first solar cell-equipped public bus will hit the streets of Okayama City in Southern Japan. The Sanyo-designed bus is a hybrid diesel-electric vehicle whose rooftop solar

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Amazing Japanese Micro House is Only Ten Feet Wide Inside

Amazing Japanese Micro House is Only Ten Feet Wide Inside

Set in a tightly-planned neighborhood in Osaka, the home makes the most of a limited lot. The face of the home is a fully glazed to maximize daylighting, and it's set deep into the lot for privacy and to

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Japanese Reversible Destiny Lofts Cheat Death by Design

Japanese Reversible Destiny Lofts Cheat Death by Design

Located in the Mikata area of Tokyo, the off-kilter lofts look more like a McDonald's playground than residences meant for elderly adults. Much like the very popular Nintendo DS game "Brain Age," each

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Extraordinary Japanese Micro-Home Built From A Grid Of Boxes

Extraordinary Japanese Micro-Home Built From A Grid Of Boxes

Photo by Reinhard Hunger for The New York Times The home's interior spaciousness is enhanced by a well-lit visual grid that creates tremendous depth. The home's walls consist of a series of a boxes

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ACROS: A Giant Japanese Pyramid Blanketed in Green Grass

ACROS: A Giant Japanese Pyramid Blanketed in Green Grass

ACROS is a surprising building in more ways than one. If you were approaching the building from one side, all you would see is a typical, glass-walled office building. When Emilio Ambasz & Associates

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Japanese Subway Grows Lettuce In House to Top Their Sandwiches

Japanese Subway Grows Lettuce In House to Top Their Sandwiches

Not that we condone fast food or anything -- because we don't, it is unhealthy for us and the environment -- but we can't say we weren't fascinated by what this Japanese Subway sandwich shop is doing.

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Japan’s Ikaros Spacecraft Successfully Propelled by Solar Sail

Japan’s Ikaros Spacecraft Successfully Propelled by Solar Sail

We've been following the progress of the Japanese spaceship IKAROS — the first to unfurl a solar sail in deep space. Today, the ship made the only first that really matters: it caught the sun's rays

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Amazing Light-Filled Glass Studio In Japan

Amazing Light-Filled Glass Studio In Japan

Core77 points us to this stunning crystalline building that serves as a flexible studio and workplace for students at the Kanagawa Institute of Technology. Designed by Tokyo-based architecture firm Junya

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Japan’s First Passive House Showcases Energy Efficient Building

Japan’s First Passive House Showcases Energy Efficient Building

This simple yet elegant home by Key Architects is not just an intriguing example of modern Japanese design -- it's also is the first certified Passive House in Japan. Simplicity has its rewards, and when

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Modern Japanese Home Borrows From the Past With an Eco Twist

Modern Japanese Home Borrows From the Past With an Eco Twist

Under the modernist skin of this Japanese home is an updated interpretation of traditional Japanese building with a very unique feature. Spotted on Dezeen, this home by Architect Masato Sekiya features a

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Japanese Spacecraft Successfully Deploys First Solar Sail in Space

Japanese Spacecraft Successfully Deploys First Solar Sail in Space

the Japanese space agency, JAXA, successfully unfurled a solar sail in space for the first time.

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Sony Unveils Plans for New e-Reader to Challenge Apple in Japan

Sony Unveils Plans for New e-Reader to Challenge Apple in Japan

A Sony e-reader that is currently on the market Just one day before the iPad hits Japanese store shelves, Sony has stepped into the game saying "Wait for us!" The electronics giant announced today that

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Japan Launching World’s First Solar Powered Spacecraft Today!

Japan Launching World’s First Solar Powered Spacecraft Today!

We've brought you news about the IKAROS solar sail spacecraft before, and now the time has finally come for it to take flight! That's right, Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, is planning to

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Japan Pavilion is a Solar Energy Generating ‘Purple Silkworm Island’

Japan Pavilion is a Solar Energy Generating ‘Purple Silkworm Island’

Photo credit: Designboom Continuing our coverage of the Shanghai World Expo, we come to the Japan Pavilion, officially nicknamed the 'Purple Silkworm Island'. Designboom is on the scene in Shanghai and

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Japanese Company Turns Adult Diapers into Energy Source

Japanese Company Turns Adult Diapers into Energy Source

Wearing adult diapers just got a whole lot cooler -- a Japanese company called Super Faith has developed a miraculous system that turns used diapers into a clean fuel source in about 24 hours. The elderly

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Japanese Researchers Invent Elastic Water

Japanese Researchers Invent Elastic Water

The material shown in the picture above is just ice, right? Look again. Elastic water, a new substance invented by researchers at Tokyo University, is a jelly-like substance made up of 95% water along

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Japan Gears Up to Launch “Ikaros” Solar Sail Spacecraft

Japan Gears Up to Launch “Ikaros” Solar Sail Spacecraft

Photo courtesy of JAXA Solar backpacks and sun-fueled vehicles are impressive, but a solar-powered spacecraft just blows our minds.  Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, plans to launch a

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Japanese Robo-Suit Helps the Elderly to Farm

Japanese Robo-Suit Helps the Elderly to Farm

Farming is backbreaking work even when you're young--all that bending down repeatedly under the beating sun can take its toll. Researchers at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology think they have

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Sanyo Installs Solar Parking Lots in Japan for Electric Hybrid Bicycles

Sanyo Installs Solar Parking Lots in Japan for Electric Hybrid Bicycles

Solar charging stations for cars? Been there, done that. Now Sanyo has completed two solar parking lot charging stations in Japan for its "Eneloop" hybrid electric bikes--and the company is offering 80

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Recycled Robot Fish Teach Japanese Children About Sealife

Recycled Robot Fish Teach Japanese Children About Sealife

Floating garbage has found its calling in these incredible sea creature robots hand-crafted by marine scientist and educator Masamichi Hayashi. Assembled using recycled items including plastic bottles,

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Sun-Powered Japanese Racecar Wins World Solar Challenge

Sun-Powered Japanese Racecar Wins World Solar Challenge

We'll admit it: We've never totally understood Nascar's appeal. I mean, come on, it's just a bunch of cars going round and round a track like a zillion times! But the World Solar Challenge? Now that is

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Japanese House Sprouts Spiraling Moss Walls

Japanese House Sprouts Spiraling Moss Walls

Awe-inspiring design may not grow on trees, but it sure can dress up walls! Last year, architecture and product design group Nendo Studio completed the renovation of this gorgeous Moss House private

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Japan Plans $21 Billion Solar Space Post to Power 294,000 Homes

Japan Plans $21 Billion Solar Space Post to Power 294,000 Homes

The concept of space-based solar power was introduced way back in 1968, but it's only recently that the world has latched on to the idea. Japan is definitely getting in on the action with its latest

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Japan’s Otake House Showcases Sleek Passive Solar Design

Japan’s Otake House Showcases Sleek Passive Solar Design

This sleek modern hilltop residence was designed by Japan-based architecture firm Suppose Design Office to make optimal use of passive solar building principles. Every aspect of the residence’s

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Japanese Treetop Tea House is “Built Too High”

Japanese Treetop Tea House is “Built Too High”

The Japanese certainly have a penchant for out-of-this-world tree-top architecture, and this incredible Takasugi-an tea house is no exception. Designed by architect Terunobu Fujimori, the tree-bound tea

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Extraordinary Sustainability at Japan Society’s Bamboo Exhibit

Extraordinary Sustainability at Japan Society’s Bamboo Exhibit

Bamboo is being used in everything these days: cutting boards, bikes, folding houses, and furniture. Its versatility, however, is truly evident in the exhibition New Bamboo: Contemporary Japanese Masters

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Kawasaki Reveals The Fastest Bullet Train in Japan

Kawasaki Reveals The Fastest Bullet Train in Japan

Japan's Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. recently announced that it is developing the country's fastest high speed train! Named the "Environmentally Friendly Super Express Train" (efSET), the modern marvel

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SUSTAINABLE STYLE: Asiatica’s Recycled Japanese Textiles

SUSTAINABLE STYLE: Asiatica’s Recycled Japanese Textiles

We are constantly digging deeper for eco designers who are reworking the threads of sustainable style with new offshoots of innovative textiles and refashioned couture. There seems to be quite a few

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