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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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Japan’s Ne Quittez Pas Restaurant Serves Up High-End Dishes Made of Dirt

Japan’s Ne Quittez Pas Restaurant Serves Up High-End Dishes Made of Dirt

Photo via Shutterstock It's not unusual for chefs to resort to highly bizarre ingredients in an effort to provide a unique, avant garde dining experience, but one French restaurant in Japan has dug

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Deck Lumber “Switch Box” Converts Dead Space into a Gorgeous Japanese Home

Deck Lumber “Switch Box” Converts Dead Space into a Gorgeous Japanese Home

Faced with a lifeless space, Naf might have gutted the entire interior of this strange Japanese home. Instead, saving energy and materials, the self-styled design team inserted a gorgeous wooden box that

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Japan’s Sporty Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle is an Emissions-Free Dream Car

Japan’s Sporty Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle is an Emissions-Free Dream Car

A two-seater beauty with a dazzling yellow shell, the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle is the first in Japan to be developed without help from a major car manufacturer. Very low to the ground, the car has a

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Das Haus: Striking House of the Future Blends Japanese Design With California Modernism

Das Haus: Striking House of the Future Blends Japanese Design With California Modernism

Concerned to eliminate the boundaries between the indoors and the outdoors, Nichetto designed a home that has plants everywhere: on shelves, in the bathroom, on the walls and there is even a small

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Japanese Takaya House Features a Natural Floor Made From Tamped Earth

Japanese Takaya House Features a Natural Floor Made From Tamped Earth

Suppose Office designed this Japanese family home with big sliding walls and windows, simple materials and a traditional “douma”, or earthen floor. Its exterior is clad with grey wooden boards and its

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Japan Reverses Decision to Eliminate Nuclear Power, Pledges to Turn On Dormant Reactors

Japan Reverses Decision to Eliminate Nuclear Power, Pledges to Turn On Dormant Reactors

In the wake of the Fukushima disaster, countries around the world questioned the value of nuclear power - and Japan, reeling from the impact, vowed to become nuclear-free by 2040. Now, with the tragedy

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Wide Roof on Wooden Teikyo University Elementary School Gathers Heat and Water in Japan

Wide Roof on Wooden Teikyo University Elementary School Gathers Heat and Water in Japan

The roof covers the entire length of the Teikyo University Elementary School, which has three storeys and a total footprint of 7,788 square meters. A heat collecting device placed on the south-facing

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Industrial Chic Mishima House is a Sterling Example of Low Budget Urban Housing in Japan

Industrial Chic Mishima House is a Sterling Example of Low Budget Urban Housing in Japan

It was very important to maintain a sense of privacy despite the home's location amid the din of central Tokyo. This is achieved with a near solid cladding illuminated thanks to windows on the south side.

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Japan May Scrap Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant Built On Active Seismic Fault

Japan May Scrap Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant Built On Active Seismic Fault

Japan is located in a seismically and volcanically active part of the world - which is why the country's decision to build nuclear power plants has always been so controversial. As the Fukushima incident

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7.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Japan Causing Three Foot Tsunami

7.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Japan Causing Three Foot Tsunami

Sendai, Japan, 2006 Radu Razvan / Shutterstock.com A 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit Japan’s eastern coast early today, triggering a small tsunami and causing many to evacuate. A three-foot tidal wave

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B House is an Awesome Prefabricated Off-Grid Home in Kumamoto, Japan

B House is an Awesome Prefabricated Off-Grid Home in Kumamoto, Japan

The initial shell cost $154,000, which is said to be on the low end of local home prices, and was constructed off site before it was assembled on its present lot in 2009. All of the basics of sustainable

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JR Tokai Unveils Japan’s New Blazing Fast 310 MPH Maglev Train

JR Tokai Unveils Japan’s New Blazing Fast 310 MPH Maglev Train

Japan's JR Central Railway Company just unveiled a prototype of its new floating maglev train, which is capable of traveling at speeds over 310mph! Due to go into service in 2027, the train will be first

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Daylit House is Split Down the Middle for an Independent Couple in Japan

Daylit House is Split Down the Middle for an Independent Couple in Japan

Two triple level wooden shells exist on either side of the home, which has an extremely compact footprint, one for her and one for him. These spaces are exposed and separated by a cavernous core that

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TT Architects Transform a Former Coffee-Roasting House in Japan into a Creative Office

TT Architects Transform a Former Coffee-Roasting House in Japan into a Creative Office

The former coffee-roasting building in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, has been entirely remodeled within the original shell of the structure. With a variety of spaces such as individual desks and open

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Millions of LED Lights Transform Japanese Botanical Garden Into a Winter Wonderland

Millions of LED Lights Transform Japanese Botanical Garden Into a Winter Wonderland

Located on the island of Nagashima in Kuwana, Nabana no Sato’s light installation is the toast of Japan - it has nabbed the title of "best light show in the country". Visitors enter the fantastical

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Japanese Artist Makaon Recycles Trash into American Pop Culture Icons

Japanese Artist Makaon Recycles Trash into American Pop Culture Icons

Makaon collects every day materials that most people consider to be rubbish, cleans them off, sometimes crushes the cans if necessary, and sorts his bounty of recycled materials into different colors.

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Japanese Fish Still Show High Levels of Fukushima Nuclear Radiation

Japanese Fish Still Show High Levels of Fukushima Nuclear Radiation

A year and a half after an earthquake caused a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, experts have found that the plant may still be leaking radiation into the sea. Deep sea fish caught

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Fury and Fragility: A Sustainable Rebuilding Plan for the Town of Ishinomaki, Japan After the Tsunami

Fury and Fragility: A Sustainable Rebuilding Plan for the Town of Ishinomaki, Japan After the Tsunami

In Northern Japan, where the rugged coast meets pristine beaches, the town of Ishinomaki has long enjoyed the beauty and bounty of the surrounding sea. But benefit rarely comes without hazard and

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Spectacular Japanese Vertical Garden Clads the Picardy Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry in France

Spectacular Japanese Vertical Garden Clads the Picardy Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry in France

The ground floor hall of the new extension spills out into a marvelous Japanese-style garden, while a long bay window provides plenty of natural light. By cladding the north facade with a similar

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Japan’s Quirky Outside (Outside) ((Outside)) House Combines Four Mini-Houses Under One Roof

Japan’s Quirky Outside (Outside) ((Outside)) House Combines Four Mini-Houses Under One Roof

The outside structure of the home is almost like a barn -- a grandiose open space with a high peaked ceiling. With slatted siding continuing throughout, the entire space is filled with natural light,

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Japanese Scientists Developing Sugar Batteries That Store 20% More Energy Than Lithium Ion Cells

Japanese Scientists Developing Sugar Batteries That Store 20% More Energy Than Lithium Ion Cells

We've all heard that sugar is bad for our bodies, but in the near future, it may just be good for your smart phone. Scientists in Japan have developed a way to create batteries using sugar. A group at

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Japanese Government Backs Down on Commitment to End Nuclear Power by 2030

Japanese Government Backs Down on Commitment to End Nuclear Power by 2030

Nuclear Power Plant photo from Shutterstock Just a few days after Japanese officials issued a statement that the country plans to end nuclear power usage by 2030, the government has suggested that such

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Team Japan’s Omotenashi Solar Decathlon House Bridges the Gap Between Tradition and Modernity

Team Japan’s Omotenashi Solar Decathlon House Bridges the Gap Between Tradition and Modernity

The simple but elegant design of the exterior is mirrored inside, providing a comfortable and airy living area. The upgraded tatami mats (seen above) double as seating and bedding if required. As

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Japan Announces Plans to Completely Abandon Nuclear Power by 2030

Japan Announces Plans to Completely Abandon Nuclear Power by 2030

Today the government of Japan announced plans to completely abolish nuclear power by as soon as 2030.  The declaration was spurred by last year’s Fukushima disaster, which caused officials to

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