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Japan Undergoes Solar Boom With Over 7.4 GW Already Installed

Japan Undergoes Solar Boom With Over 7.4 GW Already Installed

As the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant continues to leak radiation, Japan is turning its sights away from atomic power and towards solar energy. At the end of 2012, the country had installed solar

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Japan’s New 310 MPH ‘Floating’ Maglev Bullet Train Hits the Tracks for Testing

Japan’s New 310 MPH ‘Floating’ Maglev Bullet Train Hits the Tracks for Testing

Japan is working on a blazing fast 310 mph maglev "floating" train - and the latest prototype just hit the tracks for testing! This week Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Central) unveiled the top-of-the-line

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Japanese Artist Saeri Kiritani Creates a Sculpture of Herself Using 100 Pounds of Rice

Japanese Artist Saeri Kiritani Creates a Sculpture of Herself Using 100 Pounds of Rice

Japanese artist Saeri Kiritani has been playing with food for many years. But it was only recently that she was recognized for her work and named one of the winners of the National Portrait

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World’s Largest Outdoor Pool to be Built Within a Canal in Japan

World’s Largest Outdoor Pool to be Built Within a Canal in Japan

The city of Osaka plans to transform the Dotonbori Canal into the world’s largest outdoor swimming pool. According to the proposal, the city wants to insert a 40 by 2,625 foot pool into the center of

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Japan Takes Steps to Permanently Close First Nuclear Reactor Since Fukushima Disaster

Japan Takes Steps to Permanently Close First Nuclear Reactor Since Fukushima Disaster

Photo via Shutterstock Japan has hemmed and hawed about closing its nuclear reactors after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. At first there was talk of closing down all reactors, but the motion was whittled

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World’s First Floating Wind-Current Turbine to be Installed Off Japanese Coast

World’s First Floating Wind-Current Turbine to be Installed Off Japanese Coast

Offshore wind farms and tidal energy facilities harness the power of the wind and the ocean - but why should we have separate turbines for each task? Offshore technology company Mitsui is developing a

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Japanese Artist Maico Akiba Creates Tiny Ecosystems on Animals’ Backs

Japanese Artist Maico Akiba Creates Tiny Ecosystems on Animals’ Backs

Maico Akiba is fond of sculpting, and she also draws and illustrates children’s books. Her pieces often reflect the passing of time with rusty textures and growing moss. Akiba's ‘Sekai’ series

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UID Architects’ Nest House is an Eco-Friendly Retreat for Three Women in a Japanese Forest

UID Architects’ Nest House is an Eco-Friendly Retreat for Three Women in a Japanese Forest

We are familiar with UID Architects’ work as we previously featured the firm's gorgeous Pit House in Okayama, Japan. Similar to the Pit House, the Nest House features big open spaces that flow into

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Toyo Ito’s Daylit Odate Dome Shrugs Off Snowstorms and Monsoons in Japan

Toyo Ito’s Daylit Odate Dome Shrugs Off Snowstorms and Monsoons in Japan

Toyo Ito's Odate Dome was completed back in June 1997. The building is a great social space that hosts baseball and soccer games in addition to other events. The oval dome is made from 25,000 sustainably

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Gorgeous Glass Shino House Soaks Up Daylight on a Mountainside in Japan

Gorgeous Glass Shino House Soaks Up Daylight on a Mountainside in Japan

The Shino House features plentiful glass walls and skylights, so artificial lighting is not needed during the day. From the sink or couch, the family can enjoy views of the mountainous landscape outside

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Japanese Tsunami Fish Washes up in Washington Alive!

Japanese Tsunami Fish Washes up in Washington Alive!

Many of the survivor stories we have heard from the 2011 earthquake and and Fukushima disaster in Japan involve worrying levels of radiation - but now we have a happy fish tale to tell. A small fishing

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Japanese Scientists Develop Pollen-Free Cedar Trees to Help Allergy Sufferers

Japanese Scientists Develop Pollen-Free Cedar Trees to Help Allergy Sufferers

Japanese Cedar photo from Shutterstock A team of scientists from the Japan-based Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute just announced they have "successfully developed the first allergy-free

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Collapsible Leaves: Azuma Makoto Fills Japanese Department Store With Lush Living Plant Sculptures!

Collapsible Leaves: Azuma Makoto Fills Japanese Department Store With Lush Living Plant Sculptures!

Azuma Makoto's “The Art of Plants" exhibit consists of sprawling leafy installations that grow throughout the department store’s columns, clothing displays and walls. Drawing a connection between the

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Skinny Eel’s Nest Home and Office in LA Takes Cues from Impossibly Narrow Japanese Lots

Skinny Eel’s Nest Home and Office in LA Takes Cues from Impossibly Narrow Japanese Lots

The original home was built on this unique 780 square foot lot in 1929, and although most of it had to be demolished, some of the original basement walls are still visible. Anonymous Architects focused on

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Japan Successfully Taps ‘Flammable Ice’ as an Energy Source for the First Time

Japan Successfully Taps ‘Flammable Ice’ as an Energy Source for the First Time

Japan is faced with a number of challenges when it comes to domestic energy production - the country is the world's largest importer of natural gas, and since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown it has

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Japanese Town Memorializes Miracle Pine Tree That Survived the 2011 Tsunami

Japanese Town Memorializes Miracle Pine Tree That Survived the 2011 Tsunami

It's been two years since the deadly earthquake and tsunami ravaged Japan, destroying homes and triggering a nuclear disaster. Although the 8.9-magnitude earthquake and subsequent deluge killed thousands

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Japanese Artist Creates Tasty Vegetable Weapons to Show the Stupidity of War

Japanese Artist Creates Tasty Vegetable Weapons to Show the Stupidity of War

Since 2001 Tokyoite Tsuyoshi Ozawa has taken portraits of women holding vegetable weapons in countries around the world - including Iceland, Uganda, China and of course Japan. He first finds a local model

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Japan’s Tiny Coffin-Sized Apartments Make Your College Dorm Room Look Like a Palace

Japan’s Tiny Coffin-Sized Apartments Make Your College Dorm Room Look Like a Palace

To combat a lack of affordable housing in the capital city of Tokyo, landlords have developed what are known as 'geki-sema' or share houses: tiny cabinets barely bigger than coffins that can only be used

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Japan Tests Driverless Trucks, Report Shows 15% Less Fuel Consumption

Japan Tests Driverless Trucks, Report Shows 15% Less Fuel Consumption

With companies like Google and Audi already testing driverless vehicle systems, self-driving cars could hit the road in a matter of years. Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development

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Birch Trees and Antiques Create a Fairytale Woodland in Japan’s Onico Beauty Salon

Birch Trees and Antiques Create a Fairytale Woodland in Japan’s Onico Beauty Salon

A fan of antiques and do-it-yourself projects, the client was responsible for a great deal of the interior furnishings. These include frames as decorative wall objects, antique chairs and mirrors, moody

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Japanese Prime Minister Announces Plans to Start Bringing Nuclear Power Plants Back Online

Japanese Prime Minister Announces Plans to Start Bringing Nuclear Power Plants Back Online

Photo via Shutterstock Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced today that Japan plans to begin restarting its idled nuclear plants later this year. All 50 of Japan's nuclear reactors were taken

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Japanese Restaurant Fines Diners For Not Finishing Their Meals

Japanese Restaurant Fines Diners For Not Finishing Their Meals

Thought your mom was harsh about finishing your meal? At least she didn't charge you for leaving food on your plate. The Hachikyo seafood restaurant in Sapporo, Japan will fine diners for not eating every

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Japanese Loggerhead Turtle Swims Again With Prosthetic Flippers After Shark Attack

Japanese Loggerhead Turtle Swims Again With Prosthetic Flippers After Shark Attack

A 25-year-old loggerhead turtle that lost her fins to a shark attack received a new pair of prosthetic limbs on Tuesday. Scientists at the Suma Aqualife Park in Kobe, Japan, designed the new limbs using

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Modern Charred Timber Rooftecture HH Home in Japan Boasts Abundant Daylighting

Modern Charred Timber Rooftecture HH Home in Japan Boasts Abundant Daylighting

Rooftecture HH was designed to do ensure that the inhabitants would still feel an intense connection to the natural environment, including the site's light and wind. With views of the nearby mountains and

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Rooftecture OT2: Endo Shuhei’s Perforated Building Permits Air and Light While Blocking Peeping Toms in Japan

Rooftecture OT2: Endo Shuhei’s Perforated Building Permits Air and Light While Blocking Peeping Toms in Japan

Shuhei has built a series of structures using industrial-chic metal facades, but few are as striking as Rooftecture OT2 in Osaka. Designed to shut out the street while still permitting air and light to

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Debris from 2011 Japanese Tsunami Continues to Threaten Alaskan Environment

Debris from 2011 Japanese Tsunami Continues to Threaten Alaskan Environment

Last May, we reported that on 40 tons of debris from the 2011 Tsunami that devastated coastal regions of Japan had washed up on Montague Island in Alaska’s Prince William Sound. Since then, trash has

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House H: Y Beams, Hanging Floors and Irregular Cutouts Transform a Tiny Japanese Home

House H: Y Beams, Hanging Floors and Irregular Cutouts Transform a Tiny Japanese Home

In order to create a playful sense of expansiveness on the inside of the Matsudo City home, Shinozaki decided to give it a large roof and fill the space in-between with eight Y-shaped wooden frames. From

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Kengo Kuma’s Transparent Temporary Shelter Pays Homage to Classic Japanese Literature

Kengo Kuma’s Transparent Temporary Shelter Pays Homage to Classic Japanese Literature

Architect Kengo Kuma recently built a humble modern pavilion as a tribute to a classic Japanese story written 800 years ago. The short story, Hojoki, by Kamo no Chomei tells the story of how Chomei left

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Japan To Build World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Near Fukushima

Japan To Build World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Near Fukushima

Photo via Shutterstock Japan's Agency for Natural Resources and Energy has announced plans to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm near Fukushima as part of plans to reconstruct the area

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Même Experimental House: A Luminous Reinterpretation of Japanese Earth and Grass Architecture

Même Experimental House: A Luminous Reinterpretation of Japanese Earth and Grass Architecture

Instead of using earth and grass, Kengo Kuma framed Même – Experimental House with Japanese Larch and wrapped the 79.5 square meter space in a semi-transparent membrane that permits natural light to

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