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KISSACO’s Chic Upcycled Coffee Sack Bags Provide Jobs for Rural Vietnamese Women

KISSACO’s Chic Upcycled Coffee Sack Bags Provide Jobs for Rural Vietnamese Women

When designer Yuri Okamoto first started studying bag-making, she probably didn't imagine that her designs would one day provide jobs for rural Vietnamese women and help divert waste from landfills. But

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Japanese Designers Showcase Elegant Low-Impact Products at BKLYN Designs 2014

Japanese Designers Showcase Elegant Low-Impact Products at BKLYN Designs 2014

Akiko Oue and Ryohei Yoshiyuki of Oy Objects see exciting new possibilities in everyday materials. These rustic earth-toned vessels made from recycled coffee grounds are the perfect compliment to your

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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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Japanese Artist Makes Life-Sized Doll Replicas of Hundreds of Deceased Villagers

Japanese Artist Makes Life-Sized Doll Replicas of Hundreds of Deceased Villagers

Across the town of Nagoro, which is in the valleys of Shikoko, it seems people can be seen going about their regular activities. Couples garden together, or snuggle on a bench in one of the village’s

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13 Bedroom House by Naruse Inokuma Architects Puts a Fresh Spin on the Sharing Economy

13 Bedroom House by Naruse Inokuma Architects Puts a Fresh Spin on the Sharing Economy

The three story home features an open plan kitchen and dining room, along with a large living room and countless other interaction spaces. Various staircases interlink the different platforms, which not

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Mysterious Underwater “Crop Circles” Discovered Off the Coast of Japan

Mysterious Underwater “Crop Circles” Discovered Off the Coast of Japan

More than 70 percent of our planet is covered with water, yet the oceans are still the most mysterious parts of the world. Deep-sea photographer and diver Yoji Ookata discovered something he had never

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Flat Pack Tables Fold into Origami Shelters in the Event of a Disaster

Flat Pack Tables Fold into Origami Shelters in the Event of a Disaster

The immediate days after a disaster are the most critical since victims need supplies and materials ASAP. Rather than wait for help to arrive with shelters, Architecture Global Aid wanted to create a more

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IKEA Transforms an Entire Japanese Monorail into an Awesome Mobile Showroom

IKEA Transforms an Entire Japanese Monorail into an Awesome Mobile Showroom

Swedish design wonder IKEA turned an entire monorail into a colorful showroom in Japan. To kick off their latest location in Tokyo near Tachikawa station, the company decorated the train with vibrant

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Japan Considers Reducing Antarctic Whaling after UN Court Ruling

Japan Considers Reducing Antarctic Whaling after UN Court Ruling

After a ruling by the UN's International Court of Justice temporarily halted Japan's whaling industry in the Antarctic, Japan may consider reducing its catch throughout the region. Japan is one of the few

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Fomm’s Concept One Electric Car Floats Like a Boat in Emergencies

Fomm’s Concept One Electric Car Floats Like a Boat in Emergencies

Following the devastating 2011 tsunami, Japan's Fomm designed an electric vehicle that can protect people in areas susceptible to flash floods or tsunamis. The Concept One electric car is not only the

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IPCC Report Warns Climate Change is Happening Now and Nobody Will be Spared

IPCC Report Warns Climate Change is Happening Now and Nobody Will be Spared

The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a landmark report Monday on the impact of climate change at their gathering in Yokohama, Japan. Climate Change 2014:

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Could You Squeeze into the 10-Foot-Wide Imai House in Japan?

Could You Squeeze into the 10-Foot-Wide Imai House in Japan?

Due to Imai's narrow footprint, Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates' carefully controlled and directed the use of natural light. Smaller single-occupancy rooms such as bedrooms receive less sunlight in order

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Rooftop Farms on Japanese Train Stations Serve as Community Gardens

Rooftop Farms on Japanese Train Stations Serve as Community Gardens

The first Soradofarm, also known as a Machinaka Vegetable Garden, was built on top of the Ebisu station in Tokyo over four years ago. Now there are thirteen stations around the country with operating

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Japanese Students Create Brilliant Straw Home Heated by Compost

Japanese Students Create Brilliant Straw Home Heated by Compost

The project, called “A Recipe To Live,” stands in the coastal town of Taiki-cho in Hokkaido. It was designed by students Masaki Ogasawara, Keisuke Tsukada and Erika Mikami to follow the natural cycles

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Taji Cove Fishermen Slaughter 41 Dolphins in Controversial Hunt

Taji Cove Fishermen Slaughter 41 Dolphins in Controversial Hunt

The world was first introduced to the coastal village of Taji, Japan in the 2009 documentary, "The Cove". The film showed the capture and grisly slaughter of dolphins for meat and for sale to aquariums. A

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US Sees Slight Uptick in 2013 Carbon Emissions Despite Green Efforts

US Sees Slight Uptick in 2013 Carbon Emissions Despite Green Efforts

The US Energy Information Administration just put forth a new report that shows US carbon emissions increased 2% despite all the nation's environmental initiatives in the past year. According to the new

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Japan Plans Controlled Nuclear Meltdown in Hope of Averting Another Fukushima Disaster

Japan Plans Controlled Nuclear Meltdown in Hope of Averting Another Fukushima Disaster

Photo via Shutterstock Scientists from the government-backed Japan Atomic Energy Agency recently announced that they intend to conduct a controlled nuclear meltdown in order to learn how to prevent

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High-Tech Farm Aims to Reclaim Fukushima’s Contaminated Soil for Crops

High-Tech Farm Aims to Reclaim Fukushima’s Contaminated Soil for Crops

 Image © Shutterstock Construction has just begun on a futuristic farming project in Japan’s Fukushima prefecture. A combination farm and solar park, the Renewable Energy Village will contain 120

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Japan’s Homeless are Cleaning up Fukushima Waste for Less than Minimum Wage

Japan’s Homeless are Cleaning up Fukushima Waste for Less than Minimum Wage

 Photo © Shutterstock A recent Reuters report reveals that a black labor market run by Japanese gangsters, or yakuza, has been using taxpayer funds to clean up radioactive fallout in northern Japan.

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Dreamy Japanese Pavilion is Made From Two Sheets of Metal Pierced by a Tree

Dreamy Japanese Pavilion is Made From Two Sheets of Metal Pierced by a Tree

The Fukita Shrine is Nishizawa's latest work. The minimalist floating pavilion is sandwiched between two sheets of iron and pierced by a tree Created as part of this year's Setouchi Arts Festival, the

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NOAA Says There is No Island of Radioactive Tsunami Debris Floating from Japan to US

NOAA Says There is No Island of Radioactive Tsunami Debris Floating from Japan to US

Good news! The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration assures the public that there is no giant island of radioactive trash headed for the United States. Earlier this month, several news outlets

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Fear Of Radiation Exposure Prompts High Tech Underwear In Japan

Fear Of Radiation Exposure Prompts High Tech Underwear In Japan

In case you haven't noticed, the situation in Fukushima is still pretty bad. Radiation contamination still flows from the damaged nuclear plant, and despite early claims that humans weren't in danger,

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Hirobo Unveils HX-1 Unmanned Electric Rescue Helicopter at the International Robotics Exhibition in Tokyo

Hirobo Unveils HX-1 Unmanned Electric Rescue Helicopter at the International Robotics Exhibition in Tokyo

Image via Gizmag Hirobo is known primarily for toy RC helicopters - however the Japanese company is now using its advanced engineering expertise for nobler applications. At the International Robotics

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Japan’s Governing Party Says TEPCO Should Not Handle Fukushima Nuclear Plant Decommission

Japan’s Governing Party Says TEPCO Should Not Handle Fukushima Nuclear Plant Decommission

As the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) prepares for the most dangerous phase of decommissioning the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan's Liberal Democratic party (LDP) is calling for

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Japan’s Millennium City Commune Provides an Earth-Friendly Utopia in Gigantic Greenhouses

Japan’s Millennium City Commune Provides an Earth-Friendly Utopia in Gigantic Greenhouses

Japanese architect Hiroshi Iguchi has once again shown us that greenhouses are more than just homes for plants and veggies. To demonstrate how humans can also benefit from spending time in these large

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Post-Fukushima Japan Constructs First of 140 Offshore Floating Windmills

Post-Fukushima Japan Constructs First of 140 Offshore Floating Windmills

Photo via Shutterstock Japan has nearly completed construction on the first of 140 floating windmills that will eventually provide a safer alternative to its nuclear energy infrastructure. When

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Kengo Kuma’s Folding Art Museum Takes Inspiration from Origami and Nature

Kengo Kuma’s Folding Art Museum Takes Inspiration from Origami and Nature

The low, angular profile of the striking museum was created to emulate the mountainous landscape and the flow of nearby Yabe River. Different materials and textures, including green walls and solar

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Shigeru Ban’s Paper-Tube Hut Built on World Heritage Site in Japan

Shigeru Ban’s Paper-Tube Hut Built on World Heritage Site in Japan

Beloved Japanese Architect Shigeru Ban continues to impress the public with designs using cardboard as a construction material. This time Shigeru Ban Architects has designed a mountain lodge hut on

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17 Dead, Fukushima on Alert as Typhoon Wipha Hits Japan

17 Dead, Fukushima on Alert as Typhoon Wipha Hits Japan

A "once-in-a-decade" typhoon has hit the Japanese coast, and while its winds weakened from a peak of 130-156 mph—Category 4 status—heavy rain and landslides have claimed 17 lives on Oshima Island and

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Citizen Group Warns of Elevated Radiation Levels at 2020 Olympic Venues in Japan

Citizen Group Warns of Elevated Radiation Levels at 2020 Olympic Venues in Japan

As Japan readies for the 2020 Olympic Games, a group of concerned activists is calling into question the safety of Tokyo's proposed venues. The Citizens' Group for Measuring Radioactive Environment at

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