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Artist Yumiko Matsui Recreates the City of Tokyo Entirely From Paper!

Artist Yumiko Matsui Recreates the City of Tokyo Entirely From Paper!

A self-taught paper artist, Yumiko Matsui has created detailed scenes of daily life in Tokyo's Asakusa district. Her tiny detailed works aims to preserve the atmosphere of the old Tokyo she remembers

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PHOTOS: Japan’s Tokyo Skytree Opens, is Crowned the World’s Tallest Tower

PHOTOS: Japan’s Tokyo Skytree Opens, is Crowned the World’s Tallest Tower

Tokyo Skytree photo from Shutterstock Located on the east side of Tokyo in the Asakusa traditional district, the Tokyo Skytree rises in gleaming silver, dwarfing the city blocks around it. The

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Lady Gaga Wears Another “Meat Dress”, Tweets Photo Of Herself

Lady Gaga Wears Another “Meat Dress”, Tweets Photo Of Herself

Really, Lady Gaga? While we're not surprised about Gaga's second meat dress, which she proudly tweeted a photo of herself wearing while playing a show in Tokyo, we are disappointed. Hopefully she can

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100,000 Solar-Powered LEDs Flow Down the Sumida River in Tokyo

100,000 Solar-Powered LEDs Flow Down the Sumida River in Tokyo

At the Tokyo Hotaru Festival, the sea of blue LED lights flowed past the Tokyo Sky Tree, a radio broadcast tower that was completed in 2011 and is now the second tallest structure in the world after the

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Tokyo Zoo Project Maps Gigantic Animals in Tokyo Using Bike Lanes

Tokyo Zoo Project Maps Gigantic Animals in Tokyo Using Bike Lanes

Claiming to be “the world’s largest zoo”, the Tokyo Zoo Project offers a wild new way to cycle around the Japanese capital. The idea is that people request — through Twitter

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If a Mega-Earthquake Hit Tokyo, It Would Kill Close to 10,000

If a Mega-Earthquake Hit Tokyo, It Would Kill Close to 10,000

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government released new data this week detailing what would happen if the Japanese capital were hit with a major earthquake. According to the projection, a 7.3-magnitude quake would

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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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Tolerance by Daisuke Kitagawa Gives New Life to Everyday Objects

Tolerance by Daisuke Kitagawa Gives New Life to Everyday Objects

Japanese designer Daisuke Kitagawa presented a collection of objetcts titled “Tolerance” during a recent edition of DESIGNTIDE Tokyo. Using common everyday objects, Daisuke altered the wares with

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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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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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Sky Garden House is an Open and Airy Redesign of a Cramped Tokyo Residence

Sky Garden House is an Open and Airy Redesign of a Cramped Tokyo Residence

The original home on the site was a small two bedroom with tiny windows and no connection to the outside. Ashizawa and the family sought to add a light and airy feeling to the new home, so the interior

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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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Atelier Tekuto’s Earth Brick House is the Epitome of Efficient, Local Design

Atelier Tekuto’s Earth Brick House is the Epitome of Efficient, Local Design

Atelier Tekuto's goal for the project was to utilize an environmentally friendly building material that was not limited or hindered by the economy. They focused their attention on soil and researched

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Kodaira Shi: Toyko Residence is Covered in a Tent to Create a Private Shaded Garden

Kodaira Shi: Toyko Residence is Covered in a Tent to Create a Private Shaded Garden

The 93 sq m (1,001 sq ft), two-story home sits on a corner in a residential area. The owners wanted a small garden and yard for their children, but also desired privacy. The translucent tarpaulin, which

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Temporary Sacred Heart School in Tokyo is Totally Reusable

Temporary Sacred Heart School in Tokyo is Totally Reusable

The building has no halls and no walls. Rooms are divided by arches and the various classrooms - which branch off from the center - are color-coordinated to help students find their way. Philosophically,

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Ice Cube-Shaped Tokyo H&M Store’s Frosty Fritted Glass Exterior Keeps It Nice & Cool

Ice Cube-Shaped Tokyo H&M Store’s Frosty Fritted Glass Exterior Keeps It Nice & Cool

The building's compact site required special attention to maximize space, so the store became a mid-rise tower composed of interlocking cubic volumes. Programmatic and structural requirements helped shape

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Stacked Glass Farm Is A Collection Of Urban Greenhouses in the Heart of Tokyo

Stacked Glass Farm Is A Collection Of Urban Greenhouses in the Heart of Tokyo

ON Design's Roppongi Nouen Farm in the steamy heart of Tokyo comprises a series of stacked glass cubes full of a variety of produce. This 21 square meter urban farm isn't hidden on a roof, or relegated to

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Living Green Curtain Made of Morning Glories

Living Green Curtain Made of Morning Glories

If you're in the market for green curtains you could certainly buy some made of organic cotton, but we recently saw an option on Tokyo Green Space that seems a lot cooler. This living curtain is made of

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Sliding Walls Transform This Tokyo House Into an Office

Sliding Walls Transform This Tokyo House Into an Office

Transforming multi-purpose furniture is a key design element for small space living, so clever tricks were employed to turn this tiny apartment into an efficient office. The largest room of the apartment

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Ultra-Compact “Near House” is a Small Space Marvel in Japan

Ultra-Compact “Near House” is a Small Space Marvel in Japan

The tiny urban home features a total floor area of 75 sq meters (807 sq ft) and is composed of two volumes -- the gate house and the main house. The gate house is a slim, two-story volume located adjacent

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Grass Coated Green-Roofed Parking Garage Concept for Tokyo

Grass Coated Green-Roofed Parking Garage Concept for Tokyo

The two-story parking garage would take the place of a ground level parking lot, thus doubling the amount of available parking. Cheungvogl estimates that infrastructural investment to build the garage

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Better Place Launches Real-World Battery Swapping Station in Tokyo

Better Place Launches Real-World Battery Swapping Station in Tokyo

Better Place is set to revolutionize the electric vehicle industry with their innovative plan for EV infrastructure -- and now they're putting their money where their mouth is by testing a brand new

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Sony Unveils Plans for New e-Reader to Challenge Apple in Japan

Sony Unveils Plans for New e-Reader to Challenge Apple in Japan

A Sony e-reader that is currently on the market Just one day before the iPad hits Japanese store shelves, Sony has stepped into the game saying “Wait for us!” The electronics giant announced

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Fashion Museum Omotesando Has Beautiful Latticed ‘Living Wall’ Skin

Fashion Museum Omotesando Has Beautiful Latticed ‘Living Wall’ Skin

There have been some spectacular submissions to the Fashion Museum Omotesando Competition to design a 100 meter high museum for Tokyo's most en vogue district, and Wing Shun Leung and Donald Shek's

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Tokyo’s 2016 Olympic Bid Includes Stunning Solar Powered Stadium

Tokyo’s 2016 Olympic Bid Includes Stunning Solar Powered Stadium

It must be eco-stadium madness here at Inhabitat, because here's yet another stadium design, this time as part of Tokyo's bid proposal for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Tomorrow is the big day for the

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Honda Unveils U3-X Electric Unicycle – Look out Segway!

Honda Unveils U3-X Electric Unicycle – Look out Segway!

Ever wished you could zip down the street on a self-balancing electric unicycle? So have the engineers at Honda. The Segway-like U3-X developed by the Japanese company, travels at 3.7 MPH on an hour of

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