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Rare Albino Dolphin Captured Amidst Japan’s Taiji Cove Slaughter

Rare Albino Dolphin Captured Amidst Japan’s Taiji Cove Slaughter

Japanese hunters at the infamous Taiji Cove captured a pod of Risso's dolphins over the weekend -- the fifteenth pod of Risso's caught this season. Sea Shepherd reports that within the pod was a rare

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Tiny Tsubomi House is a Multi-Level Residence that Blooms Atop a Cookie Shop

Tiny Tsubomi House is a Multi-Level Residence that Blooms Atop a Cookie Shop

The Tsubomi House is focused around its central staircase, which is made of concrete on the lower floors and folded metal for the floors above ground level. A storage room and bathroom are housed in the

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House in Tatemachi’s Dramatic Cone-Shaped Openings Provide Privacy Without Sacrificing Natural Daylighting

House in Tatemachi’s Dramatic Cone-Shaped Openings Provide Privacy Without Sacrificing Natural Daylighting

Due to the limited lot size, the walls of the House in Tatemachi are angled outwards to maximize the building volume. A triangular, frosted glass window opens up all three floors to natural daylight,

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Hamada’s Glass + Wood Building Wraps Around Living Trees in Japan

Hamada’s Glass + Wood Building Wraps Around Living Trees in Japan

The building accommodates a beauty salon on the ground floor, while the upper floor houses the office of the owner's property company. Red cedar covers the volumes that frame the glazed frontages. Even

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Copious Natural Lighting Makes Translucent Timber Studio a Photographer’s Dream

Copious Natural Lighting Makes Translucent Timber Studio a Photographer’s Dream

Built in the back garden of a photographer in the southern Kantō region of Japan, Light Shed is a 33 sq meter art studio. The open floor plan space measures 4.5 by 7 meters and is kept simple and

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The Prefab MUJI House is a Daylit Minimalist Dream Home in Tokyo

The Prefab MUJI House is a Daylit Minimalist Dream Home in Tokyo

The Japanese retailer recently built their first new dwelling in Tokyo. Designed to maximize its small city plot, it features three levels with a minimalist aesthetic that's so common in Japanese

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Large Overhanging ‘Hat’ Shields House AA from the Japanese Sun

Large Overhanging ‘Hat’ Shields House AA from the Japanese Sun

Located in Nara, Nara Prefecture this small Japanese home was designed for a young family. The total site area is 107 sq m (1,150 sq ft), but the total living space is only 64 sq m (688 sq ft), making for

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Mind-Bending UV Art Installation in Japan is Held in a Cave-Like Shipping Container!

Mind-Bending UV Art Installation in Japan is Held in a Cave-Like Shipping Container!

When users enter the shipping container, which resembles a chalked-up blackboard on the outside, they are greeted with pitch darkness. As they start to stumble through the temporary room, the UV light

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Japanese Study Shows Climate Change Could Mean More Girls Are Born Than Boys

Japanese Study Shows Climate Change Could Mean More Girls Are Born Than Boys

A recent study carried out in Japan warns of yet another unexpected consequence of climate change: the study shows that male human fetuses are more sensitive to temperature differences than female fetuses

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Cantilevered Cedar-Clad Japanese House Lets Trees Grow Through its Frame

Cantilevered Cedar-Clad Japanese House Lets Trees Grow Through its Frame

UID Architects designed +node with a subdued all-timber palette to help the light-filled structure blend into to its forested surroundings. A diagonal pathway interrupts the upper-level rectangular

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Japanese Man Goes to Jail for Making 3D-printed Guns

Japanese Man Goes to Jail for Making 3D-printed Guns

In what is likely the first imprisonment related to 3D printing, a Japanese man was sent to jail on Monday for making guns with a 3D printer. According to Phys.org, 28-year-old Yoshitomo Imura was found

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Walk Barefoot on Ito’s New Green-Roofed Science Museum in Japan

Walk Barefoot on Ito’s New Green-Roofed Science Museum in Japan

Located in a former factory site, the architects' aim was to create a building that could bring back an interest in, and pay homage to science and industry. A museum, communications centre and archive

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Cubist ‘Scape House’ Resembles a Giant Stack of Blocks

Cubist ‘Scape House’ Resembles a Giant Stack of Blocks

Within each of the cuboid volumes that make up Scape House, designer Kimura inlayed windows that reveal a strategically curated view of the neighborhood. Since the home is set on a hill overlooking a

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6 Fun, Fantastic Bus Stops from Around the World

6 Fun, Fantastic Bus Stops from Around the World

Baltimore's Typographical Sculpture Bus Stop Designed by artist collective “mmmm…”, this unique bus stop is an experiment in typography and public art. Located on a Baltimore street, this design

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Japan Conducts First Public Test of New 311 MPH ‘L-Zero’ Maglev Train

Japan Conducts First Public Test of New 311 MPH ‘L-Zero’ Maglev Train

Japan invented high-speed rail (HSR) in 1964 with the Shinkansen bullet train - and now The Land of the Rising Sun is leading the way towards the next generation of fast trains with the first public test

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At Least 36 Feared Dead Due to Japan’s Mount Ontake Eruption

At Least 36 Feared Dead Due to Japan’s Mount Ontake Eruption

At least 36 people are now feared dead in the aftermath of Saturday's Mount Ontake volcanic eruption in Japan. Toxic gases are still spewing from the volcano, causing search and rescue efforts to be

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Extraordinary Village-Like Home Shelters Three Generations Under One Roof in Japan

Extraordinary Village-Like Home Shelters Three Generations Under One Roof in Japan

A big folded-plate roof wraps around the “divided houses” and shelters the common area and living room shared by the entire family. The name Rain Shelter House references the regional climate where

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13 of the Most Idyllic Organic Farm Stay Vacations Across the Globe

13 of the Most Idyllic Organic Farm Stay Vacations Across the Globe

If you're craving an escape from the city, an agricultural vacation might just be the perfect medicine. You may have considered WWOOFing your way around the planet, but if you'd rather connect to nature

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Seriously? Japan Plans to Restart Nuclear Reactors

Seriously? Japan Plans to Restart Nuclear Reactors

Despite the devastation wreaked by the Fukushima meltdown in 2011, Japan wants to restart two nuclear reactors that were shut off in the wake of the disaster. According to the Guardian, Japan’s nuclear

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Japan Begins Annual Dolphin Slaughter at Taiji Cove

Japan Begins Annual Dolphin Slaughter at Taiji Cove

September 1 marks the official start of the annual Taiji dolphin and small whale hunt in Japan, made infamous by the 2009 documentary The Cove. A quota of nearly 2,000 animals has been approved for this

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Organic Japanese Shell Residence Wraps Around a Centenarian Fir Tree

Organic Japanese Shell Residence Wraps Around a Centenarian Fir Tree

The Shell Residence is immersed in Nagano prefecture´s peaceful conifer forests, where it creates a stark contrast with its durable white facade. The house is located in Karuizawa, a popular weekend

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McDonald’s Japan Shuns Chinese Chicken Amidst Tainted Meat Scandal

McDonald’s Japan Shuns Chinese Chicken Amidst Tainted Meat Scandal

China’s meat industry was recently dealt another blow as McDonald’s Japan announced plans to stop importing Chinese chicken for sale in its restaurants. According to The Guardian, the decision is a

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Pressure from 2011 Earthquake Leaves Mt. Fuji Ready to Blow its Top

Pressure from 2011 Earthquake Leaves Mt. Fuji Ready to Blow its Top

Long-revered and much-climbed, Japan’s Mount Fuji looks like it’s ready to blow it’s top after more than 300 years of dormancy. A new study by a team of French and Japanese researchers reveals that

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Flush Your Kids Down the Toilet in a New Exhibition in Japan

Flush Your Kids Down the Toilet in a New Exhibition in Japan

The new “Human Waste & Earth’s Future” exhibition at Miraikan in Japan lets visitors experience what it's like when their lives are going down the toilet. The creative exhibition invites kids to

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Melting Arctic Ice Opens New Shipping Channel for Petroleum Products

Melting Arctic Ice Opens New Shipping Channel for Petroleum Products

In a move that blatantly disregards the impacts of climate change, shipping companies are taking advantage of melting Arctic ice to cut transportation times for petroleum products. Channel News Asia

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The World’s Largest Indoor Farm Produces 10,000 Heads of Lettuce a Day in Japan

The World’s Largest Indoor Farm Produces 10,000 Heads of Lettuce a Day in Japan

A former Sony Corporation semiconductor factory in Japan has been converted into the world’s largest indoor farm. Japanese plant physiologist Shigeharu Shimamura, CEO of Mirai Co., partnered with GE

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Three Technologies Square Off for Floating Wind Farm Supremacy

Three Technologies Square Off for Floating Wind Farm Supremacy

The renewable energy race is heating up with three new floating wind farm technologies squaring off for top spot. The challenge for floating wind farm engineering is to create a system that can be

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Giant Man-Shaped Traveling Garden Teaches About Herbal Medicine

Giant Man-Shaped Traveling Garden Teaches About Herbal Medicine

Plants have been used as medicine for thousands of years, but the average person might not be aware of just how beneficial these herbal medicines can be. Earthscape is a crew of Japanese landscape

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Japan Promises to Continue Whale Hunt Despite International Court Ruling

Japan Promises to Continue Whale Hunt Despite International Court Ruling

Despite an International Court of Justice order to stop whaling, Japan has publicly promised to continue its controversial Antarctic whale hunt. In March the court ordered Japan to end its more than

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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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