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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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Japan’s Modernist Spread House is an Elegant, Low-Impact Home with a Tree Growing Through It

Japan’s Modernist Spread House is an Elegant, Low-Impact Home with a Tree Growing Through It

The single-story home is held by stilts above a sloping hillside in a forest in Japan. The 10.85 meter square building has a 4.4 meter square courtyard centered within the plan of the home. This box-like

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Japan’s Omotenashi House to Promote a Self-Sufficient Lifestyle at 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe

Japan’s Omotenashi House to Promote a Self-Sufficient Lifestyle at 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe

The one story, 60 square-meter house draws a lot of inspiration from traditional Japanese tea houses, but attempts to overcome past efficiency problems by using vacuum insulated wall, ceiling and window

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Breezy Japanese Micro House is Only 7 Feet Wide – But It Accommodates 2 Families

Breezy Japanese Micro House is Only 7 Feet Wide – But It Accommodates 2 Families

Called "House K", the structure is almost 30-feet-high and it holds 1,700 feet of living space. At the most narrow space in the house, a normal adult could almost touch both walls at once. Because space

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Natural Japanese Cedar-Wrapped Louver Haus Keeps its Cool in South Korea

Natural Japanese Cedar-Wrapped Louver Haus Keeps its Cool in South Korea

Located in a dense metropolis of South Korea, the 400 square meter complex has six south-facing apartments and another open plan apartment that faces north. These are all organized around a concrete

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Japanese Fish Show Record Levels of Radiation From Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Japanese Fish Show Record Levels of Radiation From Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Greenling Fish Photo from Shutterstock Inhabitat has reported on the many effects of the Fukushima nuclear disaster on the surrounding environment - from mutated butterflies to alien species being

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Tiny Timber Unuo House in Japan Has a Tall Narrow Entrance and Wide Western View

Tiny Timber Unuo House in Japan Has a Tall Narrow Entrance and Wide Western View

Katsutoshi Sasaki & Associates believe that a residence should be comprised of just one room, but there are no rules in Japanese design that says this room should be boring and monotonous. In addition

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Renovated Timeline Machiya House Preserves Japan’s Architectural History

Renovated Timeline Machiya House Preserves Japan’s Architectural History

The Kyo-Machiya has been empty for the last decade, but when its new owners moved to Japan following a long stint in San Francisco, they commissioned Q Architecture to restore the original Kyo-machiya as

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Mutant Butterflies Found in Japan After Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Mutant Butterflies Found in Japan After Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

It's been well over a year since a massive earthquake and tsunami devastated the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. During early stages of the fallout, Japanese officials insisted that

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Kids Build Epic Model of Japan from 1.8 Million LEGO Bricks!

Kids Build Epic Model of Japan from 1.8 Million LEGO Bricks!

The building festivities celebrated LEGO’s 50th year in Japan. Using ivory pieces, kids of all ages gathered in workshops in six different locations to assemble the dream landscape. Once each work group

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Soaring Australian Art Gallery Replaces Building Destroyed by Japan’s 2011 Earthquake

Soaring Australian Art Gallery Replaces Building Destroyed by Japan’s 2011 Earthquake

Featuring an unconventional triangular design and a new, sturdy frame that should make this Australia House more resilient than the last (built in an old farmhouse), the double story gallery doubles as a

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Japan Builds First Swimming Robot To Create ‘Swumanoid’ Robo-Lifeguards

Japan Builds First Swimming Robot To Create ‘Swumanoid’ Robo-Lifeguards

The Tokyo University of Technology have created the Swumanoid, a human-like swimming robot that they believe could one day be used to patrol beaches and save swimmers in distress (think of it as part

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Japans New Green Party Pushes for a Nuclear Free Nation

Japans New Green Party Pushes for a Nuclear Free Nation

Japan’s political system may see a shakeup with a newly revived Greens Japan Party ready to field anti-nuclear candidates. Vowing to put the environment first, the new collation, of mostly regional

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Tato Architects’ Hilltop House in Rokko, Japan Provides Both Dramatic Views and Privacy

Tato Architects’ Hilltop House in Rokko, Japan Provides Both Dramatic Views and Privacy

Tato Architects' House in Rokko consists of a home and atelier overlooking a beautiful Japanese cityscape. Yo Shimada, a graduate from Kyoto City University of Arts in Environmental Design led the

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SABAOARCH’s CLOUD Treehouse in Japan is a Relaxing Space Perched High in the Treetops

SABAOARCH’s CLOUD Treehouse in Japan is a Relaxing Space Perched High in the Treetops

Each of the oval “rooms” in the treehouse are connected, but designed for separate activities -- one for standing, one for sitting down, and one for sleeping al fresco. Each area is intersected by a

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Japan’s Modi-Corp Unveils Build-It-Yourself Pius Electric Car!

Japan’s Modi-Corp Unveils Build-It-Yourself Pius Electric Car!

Japan's Modi-Corp has just unveiled a new electric car called the Pius that you can actually build yourself! The Pius, not to be confused with the Toyota Prius, is a single-seat electric car that will be

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