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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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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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This Trendy Japanese Store is Set in a 1970s Swimming Pool!

This Trendy Japanese Store is Set in a 1970s Swimming Pool!

The Pool Aoyama sells nautical clothing and accessories in a restored swimming pool located within a vintage residential building. Set in the trendy shopping area of Aoyama, its owned by the grandfather

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Gorgeous Charred-Cedar Clads an Oasis of Calm at a Three-Road Juncture in Tokyo

Gorgeous Charred-Cedar Clads an Oasis of Calm at a Three-Road Juncture in Tokyo

The building’s gorgeous façade is made from charred cedar wood, which is weather- and decay-resistant. It was built on a sloping 230-square-meter site located at a junction between three roads in

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CC441: Tokyo’s First Shipping Container Art Gallery Warmed Up With Interior Timber Panels

CC441: Tokyo’s First Shipping Container Art Gallery Warmed Up With Interior Timber Panels

Located in an old area of Tokyo called Torigoe, CC4441 is surrounded by small factories producing leather products, paper crafts and ornaments. It was designed for a husband who needed a small office

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New Report Reveals the Most Water-Stressed Cities in the World

New Report Reveals the Most Water-Stressed Cities in the World

The Nature Conservancy has published a global database of over 500 cities around the world to determine their level of water stress. Based on the number of water sources available to each city, the

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Jun Aoki Hides Omiyamae Gymnasium Underground to Create a Green Oasis for Suginami, Tokyo

Jun Aoki Hides Omiyamae Gymnasium Underground to Create a Green Oasis for Suginami, Tokyo

Contemporary Japanese architect Jun Aoki worked in the office of Arata Isozaki alongside Pritzker prize winner Shigeru Ban and is known for visually arresting structures such as his stores for Louis

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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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Terunobu Fujimori Wraps Nontraditional Japanese Home in a Gleaming Zinc Shell

Terunobu Fujimori Wraps Nontraditional Japanese Home in a Gleaming Zinc Shell

Trademark Fujimori charred cedar wood beams form the structure inside. The architect works with a group of volunteers made up of friends and students called the Jomon Company, named after the Neolithic

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Level Architects Hide Tokyo’s Fukusawa House Behind Black Walls and Fill it with Natural Light

Level Architects Hide Tokyo’s Fukusawa House Behind Black Walls and Fill it with Natural Light

Though the site is exceedingly narrow, it is long and the architects used that as an asset to create privacy. The long facades of the house are solid black and windowless to restrict views into the

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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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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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Kengo Kuma Wraps Tokyo’s Sunny Hills Cake Shop in a Latticed 3D Wooden ‘Cloud’

Kengo Kuma Wraps Tokyo’s Sunny Hills Cake Shop in a Latticed 3D Wooden ‘Cloud’

Kuma's eye-catching cake shop stands in the middle of a residential area in Tokyo's Aoyama, with a memorable cloud-like shape. The intricate structure takes inspiration from traditional bamboo baskets,

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Polyhedral Monoclinic House Boasts Eye-Catching Geometric Skylights in Tokyo

Polyhedral Monoclinic House Boasts Eye-Catching Geometric Skylights in Tokyo

According to the architects, polyhedral homes have become an effective design solution to Japan's notoriously small and congested urban lots. The house consists of a main residence located at the front of

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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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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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Tokyo Wins Bid to Host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games

Tokyo Wins Bid to Host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games

It is decided: Tokyo will host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge announced the winner at a ceremony held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Saturday.

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Tokyo’s Friendly Green Power Ranger Helps Overburdened Commuters at Subway Stations

Tokyo’s Friendly Green Power Ranger Helps Overburdened Commuters at Subway Stations

New York may have Spiderman, but it seems that Tokyo now has its very own friendly neighborhood Power Ranger. While he's not exactly saving lives, 27-year-old Tadahiro Kanemasu is helping overburdened

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“Celeb Escargot” Facials Use Snails to Rejuvenate The Skin of Women in Japan

“Celeb Escargot” Facials Use Snails to Rejuvenate The Skin of Women in Japan

Thought fish pedicures were as strange as any beauty treatment could possibly get? Then may we suggest a "celeb escargot" facial that uses snails to rejuvenate the complexion? Ci:zMedical Group in Tokyo

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Kengo Kuma’s Layered Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center Soaks Up Sunlight in Tokyo

Kengo Kuma’s Layered Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center Soaks Up Sunlight in Tokyo

Kengo Kuma´s Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center is located on a busy corner in Tokyo near the ancient Buddhist temple Sensō-ji. It's made mainly from glass and wood, and its interiors are airy

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Hiroshi Nakamura and NAP Architects’ New Green-Roofed Tokyo Plaza Features a Dizzying Kaleidoscopic Entrance

Hiroshi Nakamura and NAP Architects’ New Green-Roofed Tokyo Plaza Features a Dizzying Kaleidoscopic Entrance

The roof garden’s heart has a hexagonal communal table with trees sprouting and a glazed core. Attracting people as well as plenty of birds and butterflies, the trees all around it help to filter out

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The Twist: MenoMenoPiu Architects Propose Solar-Powered Stadium for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The Twist: MenoMenoPiu Architects Propose Solar-Powered Stadium for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The Twist gets its name from its spiral-shaped, ramp-like structure, which makes it fully accessible to people with disabilities and able to easily to accommodate large crowds coming and leaving

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New Skyscraper-Deconstruction Technique Harvests Energy from Demolition Process

New Skyscraper-Deconstruction Technique Harvests Energy from Demolition Process

Demolishing tall buildings is typically a loud and messy process that produces a lot of dust and not a lot of building materials that can be salvaged. But Japan's Taisei Corporation is pioneering a new

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Pasona HQ is an Urban Farm That Grows Food For Its Employees in Tokyo

Pasona HQ is an Urban Farm That Grows Food For Its Employees in Tokyo

Located in downtown Tokyo, Pasona HQ is a nine-story building for the Japanese recruitment company. Rather than build a brand-new building, the company took over a 50-year-old structure and renovated it

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House H: Y Beams, Hanging Floors and Irregular Cutouts Transform a Tiny Japanese Home

House H: Y Beams, Hanging Floors and Irregular Cutouts Transform a Tiny Japanese Home

In order to create a playful sense of expansiveness on the inside of the Matsudo City home, Shinozaki decided to give it a large roof and fill the space in-between with eight Y-shaped wooden frames. From

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Wide Roof on Wooden Teikyo University Elementary School Gathers Heat and Water in Japan

Wide Roof on Wooden Teikyo University Elementary School Gathers Heat and Water in Japan

The roof covers the entire length of the Teikyo University Elementary School, which has three storeys and a total footprint of 7,788 square meters. A heat collecting device placed on the south-facing

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Artisans Transform Recycled Coca-Cola Bottles Into Modern Dishware

Artisans Transform Recycled Coca-Cola Bottles Into Modern Dishware

Earlier this month at Designtide Tokyo, local studio Nendo debuted Bottleware: a collection of beautifully crafted dishware that gives new life to recycled glass Coca-Cola bottles. The green-tinted

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Villa921: Harunatsu Archi’s Storm-proof Tropical Island Bungalow is Designed to Last

Villa921: Harunatsu Archi’s Storm-proof Tropical Island Bungalow is Designed to Last

Harunatsu Archi's Villa921 is situated four hours away from Tokyo in a breathtaking natural park that looks like an exotic paradise - complete with rainforest and swamp areas. Since the region is subject

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The Starbucks Espresso Journey Pops Up in a Shipping Container in Tokyo

The Starbucks Espresso Journey Pops Up in a Shipping Container in Tokyo

The idea behind the pop-up job is twofold: to reinforce the near-intrinsic relationship between coffee and reading and also to encourage consumers to look deeper into the drink they are enjoying. Let's

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