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Japan to Build Massive 1.5km Ice Wall in Order to Stop Radiation Leaks from Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Japan to Build Massive 1.5km Ice Wall in Order to Stop Radiation Leaks from Fukushima Nuclear Plant

In March, Inhabitat ran a story about how the Japanese government had pledged $470 million towards the construction of a massive ice wall that they hoped would contain the radiation from the Fukushima

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Hidden Grass Cave House Offers the Perfect Sanctuary for an Urban Recluse in Japan

Hidden Grass Cave House Offers the Perfect Sanctuary for an Urban Recluse in Japan

The house is situated on a V-shaped site that forced the architects to think outside the box and come up with a space which would maximize the narrow plot's potential. One of the building's floating

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Amazing Japanese Kindergarten Circles Around a Mythic Tree

Amazing Japanese Kindergarten Circles Around a Mythic Tree

The perimeter of the cylindrical building is lined with classrooms and waiting areas, so that children can daydream while looking out the window and gazing at the old tree. The tree itself has a storied

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Japanese Designers Showcase Elegant Low-Impact Products at BKLYN Designs 2014

Japanese Designers Showcase Elegant Low-Impact Products at BKLYN Designs 2014

Akiko Oue and Ryohei Yoshiyuki of Oy Objects see exciting new possibilities in everyday materials. These rustic earth-toned vessels made from recycled coffee grounds are the perfect compliment to your

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Terunobu Fujimori Wraps Nontraditional Japanese Home in a Gleaming Zinc Shell

Terunobu Fujimori Wraps Nontraditional Japanese Home in a Gleaming Zinc Shell

Trademark Fujimori charred cedar wood beams form the structure inside. The architect works with a group of volunteers made up of friends and students called the Jomon Company, named after the Neolithic

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Japanese Artist Makes Life-Sized Doll Replicas of Hundreds of Deceased Villagers

Japanese Artist Makes Life-Sized Doll Replicas of Hundreds of Deceased Villagers

Across the town of Nagoro, which is in the valleys of Shikoko, it seems people can be seen going about their regular activities. Couples garden together, or snuggle on a bench in one of the village’s

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Mysterious Underwater “Crop Circles” Discovered Off the Coast of Japan

Mysterious Underwater “Crop Circles” Discovered Off the Coast of Japan

More than 70 percent of our planet is covered with water, yet the oceans are still the most mysterious parts of the world. Deep-sea photographer and diver Yoji Ookata discovered something he had never

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Striking ‘House of Toilets’ Harvests Rainwater and Sunlight on an Island in Japan

Striking ‘House of Toilets’ Harvests Rainwater and Sunlight on an Island in Japan

From afar, the House of Toilet has the profile of a typical pitched-roof home. Yet upon closer inspection, the public restroom is split into six distinct sections, each of which is cut at a slight angle.

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Japanese Government Officials Feast on Whale Meat to Protest World Court Ruling

Japanese Government Officials Feast on Whale Meat to Protest World Court Ruling

In a show of defiance against a recent court ruling by the UN's International Court of Justice, hundreds of Japanese government officials, lawmakers, and pro-whaling lobbyists attended a feast that

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IKEA Transforms an Entire Japanese Monorail into an Awesome Mobile Showroom

IKEA Transforms an Entire Japanese Monorail into an Awesome Mobile Showroom

Swedish design wonder IKEA turned an entire monorail into a colorful showroom in Japan. To kick off their latest location in Tokyo near Tachikawa station, the company decorated the train with vibrant

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Japanese-Inspired Woven Willow Kagome Sandpit Offers Natural Play for Kids in Vienna

Japanese-Inspired Woven Willow Kagome Sandpit Offers Natural Play for Kids in Vienna

The MuseumQuarter in Vienna commissioned PPAG Architects to design a sandpit for children in their inner courtyard. The designers then teamed up with Simon Oberhammer and Stefanie Meyer to develop a

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Japan Considers Reducing Antarctic Whaling after UN Court Ruling

Japan Considers Reducing Antarctic Whaling after UN Court Ruling

After a ruling by the UN's International Court of Justice temporarily halted Japan's whaling industry in the Antarctic, Japan may consider reducing its catch throughout the region. Japan is one of the few

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Piuarch’s FlyingGarden Installation for Milan Features Mossy Japanese Kokedamas

Piuarch’s FlyingGarden Installation for Milan Features Mossy Japanese Kokedamas

Italians Piuarch and Cornelius Gavril are planing to fill a whole gallery space with suspended Japanese-style kokedamas. Made with moss as plant containers and designed for the upcoming Fuorisalone, the

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International Court of Justice Orders Temporary Halt on Japanese Antarctic Whaling

International Court of Justice Orders Temporary Halt on Japanese Antarctic Whaling

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) this week declared that Japan's Southern Ocean whale hunt was illegal under international law. After a three week hearing, the court said that Japan's so-called

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Could You Squeeze into the 10-Foot-Wide Imai House in Japan?

Could You Squeeze into the 10-Foot-Wide Imai House in Japan?

Due to Imai's narrow footprint, Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates' carefully controlled and directed the use of natural light. Smaller single-occupancy rooms such as bedrooms receive less sunlight in order

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Innovative Japanese Architect Shigeru Ban Wins the 2014 Pritzker Prize!

Innovative Japanese Architect Shigeru Ban Wins the 2014 Pritzker Prize!

It's official: the 2014 Pritzker Prize goes to Shigeru Ban - one of Inhabitat's favorite architects! The incredibly innovative and accomplished Japanese architect is well-known for his experimental and

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Rooftop Farms on Japanese Train Stations Serve as Community Gardens

Rooftop Farms on Japanese Train Stations Serve as Community Gardens

The first Soradofarm, also known as a Machinaka Vegetable Garden, was built on top of the Ebisu station in Tokyo over four years ago. Now there are thirteen stations around the country with operating

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Fujiwarramuro Architects Squeeze Skinny Light-filled Nada House into Tiny Lot in Japan

Fujiwarramuro Architects Squeeze Skinny Light-filled Nada House into Tiny Lot in Japan

Clad in timber, Fujiwarramuro Architects' skinny house rises high above its neighbors in the residential area of the crowded Nada district. The front door is recessed within the large garage opening that

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Japanese Students Create Brilliant Straw Home Heated by Compost

Japanese Students Create Brilliant Straw Home Heated by Compost

The project, called “A Recipe To Live,” stands in the coastal town of Taiki-cho in Hokkaido. It was designed by students Masaki Ogasawara, Keisuke Tsukada and Erika Mikami to follow the natural cycles

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Crazy Banyan Treehouse Cafe Takes Root in Japan

Crazy Banyan Treehouse Cafe Takes Root in Japan

Overlooking the ocean, the Naha Harbor Diner claims to offer "farm-fresh vegetables, juicy chickens and pork" and "native salts." And as we all know, native and local foods cut down on shipping and

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Henri Gueydan’s Colorful Renovated Apartment Block Breathes Life Into a Japanese Suburb

Henri Gueydan’s Colorful Renovated Apartment Block Breathes Life Into a Japanese Suburb

The 2000 square meter building consists of color-blocked concrete volumes stacked one on top of the other. The smallest volume is on the bottom of the building, while larger spaces are located at the

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Japan Tests World’s First Power Storage System Made Entirely from Reused EV Batteries

Japan Tests World’s First Power Storage System Made Entirely from Reused EV Batteries

While electric vehicles (EV) are a huge boon for the environment, it is unclear what will become of all the used batteries. Sumitomo Corporation may have the answer - they've created a large-scale power

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Tiny Window House Offers Unobstructed Views of Japan’s Sagamo Bay

Tiny Window House Offers Unobstructed Views of Japan’s Sagamo Bay

The tiny Window House sits on a small plot that is just 10 by 26 feet along the water’s edge at Sagamo Bay. Yoshimura designed the home so that when the owner is not there during the week, the gorgeous

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Tokyo Techno Station Achieves Japan’s Highest LEED Certification Rating

Tokyo Techno Station Achieves Japan’s Highest LEED Certification Rating

The project boasts dozens of sustainable features, including RFID-activated heating/cooling and lighting systems that can be programmed by the employees themselves. Energy efficiency is strengthened

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Over 200 Stressed, Bloodied Dolphins Await Slaughter in Japan’s Taiji Cove

Over 200 Stressed, Bloodied Dolphins Await Slaughter in Japan’s Taiji Cove

Japanese fisherman have penned over 200 bottlenose dolphins in a cove as part of a traditional hunting practice which has left the marine mammals stressed, bloodied, and frantic to escape. For three

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Japan Prepares to Launch Giant Net into Orbit to Sweep up Space Debris

Japan Prepares to Launch Giant Net into Orbit to Sweep up Space Debris

In late February, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is teaming up with a fishing equipment company to test out an unusual approach to fighting space junk: a satellite equipped with a 300-meter

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Japan Plans Controlled Nuclear Meltdown in Hope of Averting Another Fukushima Disaster

Japan Plans Controlled Nuclear Meltdown in Hope of Averting Another Fukushima Disaster

Photo via Shutterstock Scientists from the government-backed Japan Atomic Energy Agency recently announced that they intend to conduct a controlled nuclear meltdown in order to learn how to prevent

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L House: Minimalist Holiday Home Offers Stunning Views of Japan’s Mountainous Landscape

L House: Minimalist Holiday Home Offers Stunning Views of Japan’s Mountainous Landscape

Nestled within the trees, the minimalist holiday home was built over an escarpment created in prehistoric times. Instead of excavating the mountainside, the architects chose to split the house in two and

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Japan Offers US $4 Billion Loan For Super Maglev Train Line Between DC and Baltimore

Japan Offers US $4 Billion Loan For Super Maglev Train Line Between DC and Baltimore

Last year Japan set to work testing the world's fastest "floating" maglev train, which can hit top speeds of over 310 mph. Now, keen to share (or show off) their feat to the rest of the world, the

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Japan’s Homeless are Cleaning up Fukushima Waste for Less than Minimum Wage

Japan’s Homeless are Cleaning up Fukushima Waste for Less than Minimum Wage

 Photo © Shutterstock A recent Reuters report reveals that a black labor market run by Japanese gangsters, or yakuza, has been using taxpayer funds to clean up radioactive fallout in northern Japan.

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