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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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JAPANESE PET PLANT

JAPANESE PET PLANT

The Japanese are taking the world of botanical gadgets by storm. Just today I spotted this awesome tiny pet-plant on Japanese gadget site Compact-Impact. Its a mini cactus, in a little plastic vial,

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World’s first Ocean Cleanup Array will start removing plastic from the seas in 2016

World’s first Ocean Cleanup Array will start removing plastic from the seas in 2016

While still in his teens, Dutch inventor Boyan Slat conceived of an Ocean Cleanup Array that he believed could remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic waste currently polluting waters around the globe. Now just

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Yamazaki Kentaro’s House in Kashiwa showcases the art of leaving things unfinished

Yamazaki Kentaro’s House in Kashiwa showcases the art of leaving things unfinished

Situated in the small city of Kashiwa, not far from Tokyo, this family house was imagined as an adaptable space that the inhabitants design by living in it. Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop used wooden

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Nendo creates timber-like furnishings out of Alcantara artificial suede

Nendo creates timber-like furnishings out of Alcantara artificial suede

Don’t be fooled by the swirling wood grain-like textures—these beautiful gray-toned furnishings are actually made from Alcantara artificial suede. Prolific Japanese design studio Nendo created these

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Dramatic timber-clad N House turns difficult terrain into a design advantage

Dramatic timber-clad N House turns difficult terrain into a design advantage

From the outside, the four-person family N House appears to comprise two separate structures: a low-lying, single-story volume adjacent to the street and a second building that sharply angles upwards to

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80% of popular sunscreens don’t protect your skin and may be harmful to your health

80% of popular sunscreens don’t protect your skin and may be harmful to your health

It's summertime, which means people are trusting sunscreen to protect them from the sun during outdoor activities. But a new guide released by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) reveals that 80 percent

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8 scrumptious vegan BBQ recipes to enjoy this summer

8 scrumptious vegan BBQ recipes to enjoy this summer

©woodleywonderworks Teriyaki Grilled Eggplant Grilling eggplant brings out a rich, smokey flavor, making each slice the perfect main dish to eat alone or pile on a bun. Try an Asian twist by adding

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MAD Architects transform a home into a flexible kindergarten by wrapping it in a luminous skin

MAD Architects transform a home into a flexible kindergarten by wrapping it in a luminous skin

MAD Architect’s Clover House is a unique hybrid of a kindergarten by day, and personal home by night. The flexible living and learning space was created when the owner of a small kindergarten school in

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6 Amazing Green Treetop Paradises for Sustainable Living

6 Amazing Green Treetop Paradises for Sustainable Living

TORNADO TREEHOUSE ROOTED TREEHOUSE FINCA BELLAVISTA TREE HOTEL UNDER HEAVEN ILLUMINATED GEODESIC DOME TORNADO TREEHOUSE Roderick Romero proved that treehouses are not only for

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Edgley Design restores a run-down home with stainless steel cladding

Edgley Design restores a run-down home with stainless steel cladding

Due to poor insulation and disrepair, the original brick-and-timber house was prone to leaking. Edgley Design wrapped the renovated building in insulation and sheathed most of the facade in stainless

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