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Bird-shaped treehouse with a stunning view pops up in Japan’s woods

Bird-shaped treehouse with a stunning view pops up in Japan’s woods

The nine-meter-tall treehouse comprises two main components: the two-piece angled painted roof that forms the bird’s body, and the unpainted wooden staircase arranged to look like the bird’s tail. The

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World’s first hotel run entirely by robots opens in Japan

World’s first hotel run entirely by robots opens in Japan

At the Henn-na Hotel guests check in via an automated system and greet a multi-lingual pretty humanoid robot or a vile-looking dinosaur. Other robots in the lobby welcome visitors serving coffee or

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Yusuke Seki stacks 25,000 discarded ceramics to form a mind-boggling floor

Yusuke Seki stacks 25,000 discarded ceramics to form a mind-boggling floor

Hasami ceramics are characterized by their simple and minimalist geometry and their modular and stackable design. Seki’s installation pays homage to Hasami’s heritage by giving the discarded pieces a

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Solar-powered Gingko tree charges smart phones in 2 hours

Solar-powered Gingko tree charges smart phones in 2 hours

Smart phones and tablets are now an intrinsic part of daily life, so we may as well charge them up in style. The solar-powered Ginkgo tree by XD Design allows you to do just that. Fitted with an extra

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Unbelievable miniature Japanese village will astound you with its attention to detail

Unbelievable miniature Japanese village will astound you with its attention to detail

The 70-second video above is completely enchanting and serene. Gentle instrumental music accompanies the visuals and the video begins with scenes of everyday life in a quiet village in rural Japan:

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Kyocera breaks ground on Kyoto’s largest solar power plant, on a golf course

Kyocera breaks ground on Kyoto’s largest solar power plant, on a golf course

Kyocera is about to break ground on Kyoto's largest solar power plant--on an abandoned golf course. Golf courses have long been the bane of environmentalists, who consider them a waste of space and

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Barcode Room is a shape-shifting apartment that can be rearranged to create different spaces

Barcode Room is a shape-shifting apartment that can be rearranged to create different spaces

The twelve bars include a kitchen bar, a sleeping bar and a living bar that together create a customizable space that changes with the occupants' daily needs. Furniture and storage is built into each of

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Thousands of keys strung from blood-red yarn evoke Japan’s Great Tohoku Earthquake

Thousands of keys strung from blood-red yarn evoke Japan’s Great Tohoku Earthquake

One of the most evocative spaces of Venice Art Biennale 2015 is, no doubt, the Japanese Pavilion. Once you step inside of it, you dive into a suggestive world tangled by hundreds of meters of red yarn,

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Couple uses ladders to navigate their Tokyo ‘Ninja’ house

Couple uses ladders to navigate their Tokyo ‘Ninja’ house

In 2013, the couple who commissioned the renovation, Tatsumi Terado and his wife Hanae, talked to CNN about their home. Responding to the absence of interior walls, the gaping floor plates stabilized by a

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Bad weather forces Solar Impulse to make unscheduled stop in Japan

Bad weather forces Solar Impulse to make unscheduled stop in Japan

Over the weekend, Solar Impulse finally departed from China to begin its five-day, five-night solar-powered journey across the Pacific Ocean. This leg of the round-the-world expedition had been delayed

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Japan’s Hanazono Kindergarten was designed to keep kids safe during typhoons

Japan’s Hanazono Kindergarten was designed to keep kids safe during typhoons

On the island of Miyako-jima, a Japanese island 250 miles off of the coast of Taiwan, typhoons are a very real threat. The Hanazono Kindergarten was designed with weather in mind, incorporating features

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Japanese home uses wooden material stronger than steel to combat natural disasters

Japanese home uses wooden material stronger than steel to combat natural disasters

Glulam is a versatile wooden beam consisting of multiple “wooden laminations” which are fused together with a strong, moisture-resistant adhesive. The product boasts to be, pound for pound, stronger

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Tato Architects turned this congested Japanese home into an open, modern marvel

Tato Architects turned this congested Japanese home into an open, modern marvel

Japanese design studio Tato Architects transformed an old house in Kamisawa in Hyogo Prefecture, into a single-storey residence for a young couple. The architects tore down the entire interior of the

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Hiroki Tominaga uses 130 shipping pallets to design a fresh office space for $2300

Hiroki Tominaga uses 130 shipping pallets to design a fresh office space for $2300

Thanks to a new wave of designers who find value in recycling materials, office renovations no longer have to cost thousands of dollars. Japan's Hiroki Tominaga Atelier was approached by a video

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Japan’s Milan Expo pavilion is an earthquake resistant wooden ‘bowl of diversity’

Japan’s Milan Expo pavilion is an earthquake resistant wooden ‘bowl of diversity’

Japan has taken an almost literal approach to the Milan Expo 2015 theme "Feeding the planet, energy for life" with a three dimensional wooden pavilion that models a traditional Japanese ceramic Utsuwa

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Sasaki Architectured convert a former disco club into an office space with floating walls

Sasaki Architectured convert a former disco club into an office space with floating walls

It is difficult to imagine this sleek office space in Japan was once a disco. The former warehouse club was transformed by local studio Sasaki Architecture into a bright minimalist space with high

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Glistening glass tea house built near Kyoto Buddhist temple

Glistening glass tea house built near Kyoto Buddhist temple

Yoshioka explains that traditional ceremonies incorporate elements of nature, usually by having tea houses surrounded by lavish gardens. He brings nature inside via the ripple designs on the interior

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Passage of Landscape House soaks up light, winds and sounds of Japanese rice fields

Passage of Landscape House soaks up light, winds and sounds of Japanese rice fields

This beautiful house in Toyota, Japan, designed by studio ihrmk, is dominated by passages that connect it to the scenery of the adjacent terraced paddy field. Conveniently entitled “Passage of

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Japan’s maglev train breaks world speed record at blazing fast 375 mph

Japan’s maglev train breaks world speed record at blazing fast 375 mph

Central Japan Railway Company's maglev (magnetic levitation) high-speed train just hit a blazing fast 366 miles per hour (590 kilometers per hour) on its test track in Yamanashi Prefecture west of Tokyo,

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Japan is building a 250-mile concrete sea wall to keep tsunamis at bay

Japan is building a 250-mile concrete sea wall to keep tsunamis at bay

It’s an age-old philosophy: if you want to keep something out, just build a big wall. That’s exactly how Japan is approaching future tsunamis in the wake of the 2011 disaster that wiped out much of

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Kazuteru Matumura renovated an old townhouse in Osaka using curtains instead of walls

Kazuteru Matumura renovated an old townhouse in Osaka using curtains instead of walls

The house was built for a young couple that wanted to renovate the old building instead of buying a new one. Everything within the interior was demolished and removed and the architect added extra

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Japan takes steps to restart first nuclear reactor since Fukushima

Japan takes steps to restart first nuclear reactor since Fukushima

Nuclear power in Japan is slowly but surely beginning to return to a new normal in the wake of the Fukushima meltdown, as the country recently took another step towards restarting one of its remaining

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Ryue Nishiziwa’s gorgeous vertical garden house takes root in Tokyo

Ryue Nishiziwa’s gorgeous vertical garden house takes root in Tokyo

Instead of a true facade, full-height windows, curtains, benches, and planters separate rooms and amenities. A living room and kitchen occupy the ground floor. Ascending the painted steel staircase leads

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Minimalist Pergola House has an open trellis roof that unifies indoors and out

Minimalist Pergola House has an open trellis roof that unifies indoors and out

Apollo Architects & Associates’ modern Pergola House in Japan unifies its indoor and outdoor space with a slatted trellis roof. The rectilinear home north of Tokyo rises to two stories of open and

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Tsuyoshi Kawata designs a charming curved house in Japan

Tsuyoshi Kawata designs a charming curved house in Japan

This curved house in Shiga Prefecture in Japan introduces organic shapes of flowing volumes into a neighborhood dominated by traditional pitched-roofed homes. Architect Tsuyoshi Kawata of Osaka studio

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Life Style Koubou’s House In Itsuura is a timber treehouse-like home in Japan

Life Style Koubou’s House In Itsuura is a timber treehouse-like home in Japan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4WN8VaKGBE The elongated house is perched on two organically formed supports. The architects expect that, with time, the timber structure will eventually weather into

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Super Skinny Horinouchi House Reaches the Pinnacle of Space Management in Japan

Super Skinny Horinouchi House Reaches the Pinnacle of Space Management in Japan

Triangular-shaped structures are not uncommon in Japan since space on the island is very limited. Although they look tiny and restricted on the outside, these homes are often incredibly spacious, and the

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Japan’s Eco Thon Chapel is a giant instrument that plays when the wind blows

Japan’s Eco Thon Chapel is a giant instrument that plays when the wind blows

Located on the shoreline of Lake Biwa near the city of Moriyama, the chapel is ued for wedding ceremonies. It has an adjoining bridal suite and banquet hall in the hotel. The zigzagging edge of each floor

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Asano turns old Japanese restaurant into snazzy, reflective Slundre hair salon

Asano turns old Japanese restaurant into snazzy, reflective Slundre hair salon

The designers of the 137-square-foot space took advantage of the sharp angles and used them to divide the hair salon into areas with different functions. They kept the existing steel frame and

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Fukushima radiation arrives on North America’s West Coast after more than two years

Fukushima radiation arrives on North America’s West Coast after more than two years

Have you been downing iodine like mad to protect your body against all that nuclear radiation emitted from the Fukushima meltdown? If so, it looks like your precautions might have been a bit premature, as

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