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Photographer Reginald Van de Velde didn't go to Japan for the normal tourist attractions, but rather for the sole purpose of exploring its abandoned theme parks. According to Velde, "The Land of the Rising Sun is cramped with derelict goodies, and they're on a scale you've never seen before." Above, we have a picture of a roller coaster from the Disneyland-inspired Nara Dreamland. Continue reading for more.

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The toy you see above is actually a finger-controlled game Tuttuki created by Bandai in 2008. The game comprises five mini-games (called "Stages"), and a resettable alarm clock. While the minigames are rather simplistic, Tuttuki Bako has received international acclaim for its unique means of control and the game has been put forward as an archetypal example of Akiba-kei and Japanese gadgetry in general. Continue reading for more.

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Want some rusted batteries? If so, this National vending machine in Japan has you covered. However, this may be due to the fact that it's just an old (probably abandoned) specimen that's slowly rotting away. We've rounded up ten more cool and strange vending machines that you'll find in Japan for your viewing enjoyment. Continue reading to see them all.

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Researchers from Osaka University have created an interactive fog display with multi-viewpoint observation. This system utilizes the fact that dispersion of light by fog has directionality. It projects different pictures, from different angles, onto a cylindrical fog screen. Thus the 3D objects can be recognized from the motion parallax, which is how the view of objects changes depending on the viewpoint. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Marutaro just might give Sonic the Hedgehog a run for his money, as this pigmy hedgehog, who lives in Japan with his hedgehog wife, Okomesan, and daughter, Kinoko, has 41,800+ followers on Twitter and plenty more fans around the world. Sure, Marutaro may have received some help from his owner, but this animal of many faces has the charisma to sell itself. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Sweden-based IKEA transformed an entire monorail into a pop-up showroom in Japan in celebration of the grand opening of their Tachikawa station store. They outfitted the train with a variety of furniture products and accessories. That's not all, even the train benches were upholstered in IKEA fabric, complete with matching throw pillows and floors. Continue reading for a video tour of the new store and more information.

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Called the EA Bar, this unique themed restaurant in Tokyo, Japan is marketed exclusively to airsoft lovers. It comes complete with its own airsoft shooting range, various airsoft guns fashioned after their real-life counterparts, and plenty of food as well as cocktails. Some of the specialty drinks include, a chocolate liquor called Glock 18c, a SPAS12 with absinthe, and a vodka-based Thomson. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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It's the weekend, and you know what that means...virtual vacation time! If you're still looking for that Street View destination, it may be time to research some possible locations where the cherry blossom trees are blooming in Japan. According to Bored Panda, "the blossoming of the sakura begins in April, when students go back to school or people go back to work after the holidays." Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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So, you've learned all about the Japanese Yakuza, now it's time for a lighter look at some of the bizarre, yet real, inventions that have come from the "Land of the Rising Sun", which by the way refers to the characters that make up Japan's name mean "sun-origin". To start things off, we have a Coca-Cola-themed vending machine dress. Continue reading for more.

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At first glance, this may look like just a walkway leading to some kind of alley, but it's actually a full-sized house, just much narrower. Designed by Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates', this micro house is tucked between two traditional houses in Aichi, Imai and has all the space you need to live comfortably. Its minimalist layout uses natural light and the full length of its 69-foot site to create a beautiful and spacious family home. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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