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Translucent House

Located in Hiroshima, Japan, the House in Tousuienn boasts an open plan design covered in translucent polycarbonate that enables natural light to fill every corner. While not very large, the translucency makes it feels lighter while also allowing sunshine to permeate the interior. It spans three levels built within an area of 740 square foot. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Rogue One Anime

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Twitter user "nohofrog" reimagines Jyn Erso, K-2SO and Cassian Andor from Star Wars: Rogue One in a Ghibli-style anime. Since Disney owns the rights to Star Wars, this idea may not be too far fetched, and we could see full-length anime features in the near future, either of the current characters or several from the other series, like Force Awakens. Continue reading to see more. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Spherical Cloud Japan

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A Twitter user from Fujisawa, Japan who goes by However, Poppy (@pmxpvrtmx) managed to capture a spherical cloud, nicknamed "Death Star", hovering above Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. "When I looked out of the car window I saw a round ball-shaped cloud. I gazed at the cloud for a while then I rushed to take the photo. When I saw the cloud it was an even more spherical shape, so I regret not taking the photo more quickly," said Poppy. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Coin Stacking

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A guy from Japan, who goes by Tanu online, has mastered the art of coin stacking, and despite how some of his sculptures appear to defy the laws of physics, none have been digitally altered. He starts with a variety of denominations, and then builds a strong base using staggered coins. Next, the coins are carefully placed upright and put edge-to-edge without them falling over. Continue reading for two more videos, pictures, and information. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Zecoo Motorcycle

There are choppers, and then Japanese designer Kota Nezu's "Zecoo" electric motorcycle. Hand assembled, the bike's various parts are made from sculpted aluminum alloy block with an innovative frame layout centered around the electric components, while the hub steering mechanism is designed to accommodate the battery's weight to maintain steering ability. It can be fully charged in just 4-hours and its power source provides a maximum torque of 144 Nm and 160km range. One caveat: all 49 units have already been sold. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing five vintage gadgets being put to the test.

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Animatronic Dinosaur Dino-A-Live

We're at least decades away from a real-life Jurassic Park, if ever, but that hasn't stopped a Japanese company ON-ART Corp. from envisioning an animatronic dinosaur park called Dino-A-Live where visitors can see realistic dinosaur replicas live. Guests who attended a recent performance at a hotel were greeted by full-sized dinosaur robots, which included a 26-foot tall Tyrannosaurus rex, along with an allosaurus and raptors. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of the best DIY fire tornado.

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Giant Sinkhole Japan

A giant sinkhole opened up in the middle of a busy Japanese city on Tuesday, swallowing a five-lane street near the main railway station. The large hole, around 98-feet wide, exposed support columns of buildings nearby at a traffic intersection in the southern city of Fukuoka, prompting fears of further collapses. Television footage showed two separate holes steadily expanding as they sucked in asphalt and soil in front of the city's Hakata Station. Continue reading for two street-level videos, more pictures and additional information.

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Suicide Forest

Aokigahara, best known as "Suicide Forest", is basically a 35-square-kilometer forest that is located at the northwest base of Mount Fuji in Japan. Even though camping is allowed in the area, people who bring a tent with them show hesitation, or are just undecided on their suicide attempt. If spotted by prevention patrol, the team speaks with the campers, who might have already been out there for days, encouraging them to leave the forest. Continue reading for five more strange things you might not have known.

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Western Village Japan

At first, this may appear to be a Wild West movie set, but it's actually "Western Village", a now closed theme park in Nikko, a city about 70 miles north of the capital Tokyo. Abandoned since 2007, and unfortunately demolished, the buildings seemingly belong in Westworld, a horror film where robots have taken over a theme park. It originally opened in the 1970s, and as recent as 1995, the owners added a new $25-million expansion section, which included a giant Mount Rushmore replica. That's not all, the developers even imported a church from California, piece by piece. Continue reading for two more videos, pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Saya 3D

Saya looks like just another person you'd see on the street, but there is something unique about her - she isn't real. These lifelike images are entirely computer generated by Teruyuki and Yuki Ishikawa, a husband-and-wife team of freelance 3D computer graphics artists from Tokyo. You'd think the hair would be the most tedious part, but it's actually achieving the realistic translucent skin. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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