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Japanese Textile Mills Are Back in Action After Tsunami-Earthquake Disaster

Japanese Textile Mills Are Back in Action After Tsunami-Earthquake Disaster

Japan has suffered through 2011's devastating tsunami and earthquake and in the wake of the clean-up, the country wants to be clear - their legendary textile mills have made a comeback.  Fukushima

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Advisors in Japan Say Post-Disaster Nuclear Checks are “Insufficient”

Advisors in Japan Say Post-Disaster Nuclear Checks are “Insufficient”

Despite the rush to get reactors back online and convince the public that Japan's nuclear power generation facilities are safe, an advisor says the current checks of nuclear reactors in the country are

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Japan’s House C is Covered with a Swaying Wildflower Prairie

Japan’s House C is Covered with a Swaying Wildflower Prairie

House C is located in Chiba, Japan, between the mountains and the ocean where the family likes to come on weekends to get out Tokyo to enjoy nature. They are avid gardeners and wanted plants to be part of

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Japanese Homes and Business Sold 2,150 Gigawatt-Hours of Solar Energy Back to the Grid in 2011

Japanese Homes and Business Sold 2,150 Gigawatt-Hours of Solar Energy Back to the Grid in 2011

Small businesses and homeowners in Japan sold an amazing 2,150 gigawatt hours of solar energy back to utilities last year - a figure that shows a fifty percent increase since 2010. The surge in solar is

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Researchers Predict Another Huge Japan Earthquake Likely in the Next 4 Years

Researchers Predict Another Huge Japan Earthquake Likely in the Next 4 Years

Researchers have released the worrisome results of a study showing that there is a 70% possibility of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hitting Tokyo in the next four years and a whopping 98% possibility that

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Radioactive Concrete From Fukushima Found In New Japanese Building

Radioactive Concrete From Fukushima Found In New Japanese Building

Following last year's nuclear disaster in Fukushima, there has been a great deal of public concern over the contamination of local food sources and water and now, newly constructed buildings can be added

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Bunaco Creates Striking Eco-Friendly Housewares From Strips of Beechwood

Bunaco Creates Striking Eco-Friendly Housewares From Strips of Beechwood

Japanese brand Bunaco uses environmentally friendly techniques to produce finely designed home products from ribbons of beechwood. Founded in 1956 in the Aomori region of Japan, Bunaco uses an innovative

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“Outside In House” by Takeshi Hosaka Brings Nature Inside with Lush Garden Floors

“Outside In House” by Takeshi Hosaka Brings Nature Inside with Lush Garden Floors

The southern-most area of the home holds the multi-use dining and lounge room. This unique area features a collapsible clear glass wall that can be opened up to the wooded area behind the house. Nature is

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Yoyogi Village in Tokyo Features a Lush Interior Vertical Garden

Yoyogi Village in Tokyo Features a Lush Interior Vertical Garden

Once you cross the threshold of Yoyogi Village, the hustle and bustle of Japanese city life quiets down. Just past the glass entry gate, the Code Kurkku restaurant, lounge, and bar is nestled in several

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Toda House: Japanese Home Perched on Stilts Has an Awesome View of Hiroshima

Toda House: Japanese Home Perched on Stilts Has an Awesome View of Hiroshima

The Toda House consists of one continuous wraparound volume that is cloaked in a panel of well-insulated glass. This affords the home not only the view, which is enviable enough, but also plenty of

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World’s First Renewable, Bio-Based Polyester Developed by Japanese Scientist

World’s First Renewable, Bio-Based Polyester Developed by Japanese Scientist

The sun set on the disco era decades ago, but polyester is still just as prevalent as ever. Roughly 40 million tons of polyester fiber is produced worldwide each year, and studies have linked some of the

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Sou Fujimoto’s House N Captures Sunlight and Fresh Air in a Series of Nested Boxes

Sou Fujimoto’s House N Captures Sunlight and Fresh Air in a Series of Nested Boxes

Located in Oita, Japan, House N was designed for a couple and their dog. The outermost box encases a semi-private yard and outdoor living area, which features a wooden deck, trees and garden space. The

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Shimmery Hansha Reflection House Thinks Outside The Japanese Box

Shimmery Hansha Reflection House Thinks Outside The Japanese Box

The public, private, and service programs of the house have been separated, with the public portions upstairs, peering through the windows facing the park's lake and sakura trees. Strategically placed,

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Buy PACT and Architecture for Humanity’s New Undies and Help Rebuild a Village in Japan

Buy PACT and Architecture for Humanity’s New Undies and Help Rebuild a Village in Japan

We all know how important our undergarments are in our daily lives but did you know they could provide a totally different kind of support than what you're used to? Yesterday, PACT unveiled its new

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Super Slim Outdoors Indoors Home in Japan is Capped with a Rock Climbing Wall

Super Slim Outdoors Indoors Home in Japan is Capped with a Rock Climbing Wall

With only 36 m2 to work with, the design team gave this home a vertical lift. The street is not visible from outside, which shuts out a lot of light, though the open, tapered roof compensates for this by

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PHOTOS: Striking Japanese Bike Parking Lot is Completely Overgrown with Green Ivy

PHOTOS: Striking Japanese Bike Parking Lot is Completely Overgrown with Green Ivy

Located on a busy street behind the Ritz Carlton Hotel Osaka, the facility acts as a place for people commuting to the city to store their bikes. While typical multi-level bike parking structures are drab

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Toto’s Poop Bike NEO Completes Its 870 Mile Journey Across Japan!

Toto’s Poop Bike NEO Completes Its 870 Mile Journey Across Japan!

We are so excited to learn that the amazing Toilet Bike Neo has completed its poop-powered 870 mile journey across Japan! Earlier this year, top toilet maker Toto unveiled their talking three-wheeled

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Mountainside Sunbrella House Keeps Cool With an Underground Well

Mountainside Sunbrella House Keeps Cool With an Underground Well

The rural town of Ome is lined with a beautiful forest to the north and east, and views of serene mountains can be seen to the south. With such dynamic landscape also comes certain weather effects.

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Workshop in the Forest by Atelier Haretoke is Built from Local Japanese Wood

Workshop in the Forest by Atelier Haretoke is Built from Local Japanese Wood

The single story structure hugs the side of a road in between a mountain and the forest from which the beams were harvested. Surrounded by tall trees, the workshop looks more like a cozy log cabin than a

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Japanese Government Unveils Plan to Build a Backup City for Tokyo

Japanese Government Unveils Plan to Build a Backup City for Tokyo

In the same way that we have backup batteries for our cameras and computers, the Japanese government has recently unveiled plans to develop a whole new city that will act as a backup for Tokyo in the

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‘On The Corner’ Apartment Building Occupies a Disused Triangular Plot of Land

‘On The Corner’ Apartment Building Occupies a Disused Triangular Plot of Land

The neighborhood of Shiga prefecture is a mixed residential and industrial area, which also has a thriving nightlife scene. The odd shaped lot was left abandoned for years without a buyer, or city

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Pixelated Mesh-Wrapped Garden Spruces Up an Urban Home in Japan

Pixelated Mesh-Wrapped Garden Spruces Up an Urban Home in Japan

The designers placed the small garden adjacent to the Oh family's small, naturally-finished home, where window slices permit a soft infusion of daylight and ensure constant views of the new garden.

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House M: Daylit Japanese Home Preserves Privacy With a Beautiful Louvered Facade

House M: Daylit Japanese Home Preserves Privacy With a Beautiful Louvered Facade

The main façade of the house is based on warehouse architecture (called Kura in Japanese) - a familiar sight in the Japanese town where House M is built. The dark blue siding envelops the back and roof

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Japanese Manufacturer Recycles Old Bras Into Fuel!

Japanese Manufacturer Recycles Old Bras Into Fuel!

Because they're typically made of fabric and wire that's difficult to take apart and repurpose, used bras are among the hardest garments to recycle. But for women who are concerned about the environment

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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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29 Skylights Inundate Minimalist Japanese Home with Beautiful Light

29 Skylights Inundate Minimalist Japanese Home with Beautiful Light

Sunken below street level, the house is like many homes in Yokohama: crammed in between a variety of other forgettable structures and poorly lit. A total of 29 skylights fixes that by absolutely

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Inflatable Ark Nova Concert Hall Will Bring Music to Japan’s Tsunami Victims

Inflatable Ark Nova Concert Hall Will Bring Music to Japan’s Tsunami Victims

The inflatable concert hall is a giant amorphous amphitheater that seats 500 to 700 spectators. Rising out of a long tunnel entranceway, the stretchy, bright red skin encases the oval interior. A ramped

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Update from Kesennuma, Japan: Students Complete Fish Arch and Recovery Efforts Are Under Way

Update from Kesennuma, Japan: Students Complete Fish Arch and Recovery Efforts Are Under Way

As you may recall, the Fish Arch project was led by a group of students taking Yasushi Ikeda’s lab at Keio University. The group was asked to contribute to the Obon Festival by doing an installation.

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Tiny Charcoal-Colored Hut by Koji Kakiuchi Creates a Corridor to Nature

Tiny Charcoal-Colored Hut by Koji Kakiuchi Creates a Corridor to Nature

Clad in charred timber panels and finished off in Japanese cedar, this little hut has a negligible footprint. Indeed, it has only one room and a sheltered outdoor terrace that opens into the surrounding

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Japanese Bill Calling for Grid Integration of Renewable Energy Gains Steam

Japanese Bill Calling for Grid Integration of Renewable Energy Gains Steam

Earlier this year, the Japanese government considered a bill that would require renewable energy to be integrated into the consumer energy grid. Initially proposed to lower greenhouse gas emissions, the

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