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.
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.
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.
These conical homes appear to be from a fairytale, but they can be found in the Japanese mountains of Shizuoka Prefecture. They were designed by Issei Suma and consist of five tents that were built for two retired ladies. Inside, you'll find modern amenities such as a seashell-shaped pool, full kitchen, as well as plenty of space for their caretaker and cook to roam around. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.
House NA, designed by Sou Fukimoto Architects and located in Tokyo, is known as the transparent home, and for good reason. The interior is devoid of any walls, while boasting large glass windows for plenty of natural light to soak in. The design appears to mimic a tree, but in modern fashion. Click here for more pictures of House NA. Continue reading for a video showing what the home looks like today.
Osaka-based Hajime Research Institute could have unknowingly started the Gundam program by building a giant 13-foot tall, 660-pound robot that humans control from the inside. The ultimate goal is to one day build a walking, human-controlled robot that stands 59-feet high. The control system of this prototype is based on a master-slave system, which is essentially just a smaller version of the robot inside that can be manipulated - turning its head with a small twist of the model's, etc. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an 80s game that might've been designed by the CIA for mind control purposes.
Tdub Photo headed to Seto Inland Sea in Japan for his latest photo series, titled "The Weeping Stones". It captures the stunning soothing blue glow of bioluminescent shrimp against the rocks of Seto. "This urge to do more is what drove us to create this year's set. This set was created by pouring the 'sea fireflies' over rocks and points along the shore to give the impression that the stones were 'weeping,'" said Trevor Williams. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Most hat-shaped things are either used to block the sun, related to toys, or found at theme parks, but this unique structure in Hokkaido, Japan, is neither. Constructed on a minimal budget, the "Hat H" is a two-level house, with the upper floor situated two meters off of the ground, while the cellar is used as a computer room, sleeping area, and bathroom. When on the main floor, you can slide all of the glass doors open to let natural light flow in. Continue reading for more pictures.
Sure, there may not be much space in Tokyo to build sprawling mansions, but when land is used efficiently, you end up with stunning modern homes, like the one above. Designed by Japanese architectural firm A.L.X. Junichi Sampei, this minimalist angular house appears to be an Apple Store at first glance, but it's actually a three-story structure comprised of reinforced concrete frames covered by perforated metal screens to ensure privacy. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
EXE teamed up with Liberty Walk to bring you this amazing Iron Man-inspired Lamborghini Aventador Roadster. Featuring Liberty Walk's signature ultra widebody kit, a set of flared wheel arches, custom front bumper/splitter package, extended side skirts, a large rear wing and a cray rear diffuser. Continue reading for more pictures and information.