Takabisha, which means "high-handed" in English, is a Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter steel roller coaster located at the Fuji-Q Highland theme park in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan. It's famous for having a drop angle of 121°, making it the steepest coaster in the world. The 3,300-foot ride begins with a sudden drop into pitch black darkness before entering a slow heartline roll. In just two seconds, the car is launched by linear motors down a 207-foot long tunnel to a speed of 62mph. It then exits out of the station building and directly into a large inverted top hat. Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.
No, this isn't a prank or optical illusion, but rather a real military vehicle designed to look like a giant moving bush. It's not one the cutting edge of technology, but we can picture several scenarios in which such a vehicle may come in handy, as long as the soldiers inside do not peek too far over the brush. "By the looks of it, it's some sort of segmented, camouflaged personnel carrier. Beyond that, we know nothing about this strange beast," according to Digg. Continue reading for a video on Japan's military expansion.
For those who have never seen "My Neighbor Totoro", it's basically a Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film tells the story of the two young daughters of a professor and their interactions with friendly wood spirits in postwar rural Japan. These fans have transformed some of the characters into beautiful-looking cakes. Continue reading to see more.
Even if you buy the right size, many shoes do not fit perfectly, that is unless...you're wearing Furoshiki. Vibram, best known for their military footwear, has come up with an ingenious solution that's based on Furoshiki, the traditional Japanese wrapping cloth used for transporting goods - first used in the Edo period to carry clothing while at the public baths. They have no laces, but rather wrap directly around your feet, and are secured by velcro strips. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Tokyo-based jewelry designer Shinji Nakaba has been fine tuning his skills since 1974, and everything he creates is wearable, including these tiny skulls carved from real pearls. "I just want to bring brand new life to something that has no value. I use not only precious metals and stones, but also everyday things, such as aluminum beer cans, plastic bottle, or even garbage," said Nakaba. Continue reading to see more examples of how he used these skulls to create wearable jewelry.
The Seagaia Ocean Dome was one of the world's largest Polynesia-themed indoor waterparks, located in Miyazaki, Miyazaki, Japan. The Ocean Dome measured 300-meters in length and 100-meters in width, and featured a retractable roof, fire-spitting volcano, artificial sand, palm trees, and the world's largest indoor wave pool. No matter the season, its sky was always blue, while the air temperature was locked in at 86° F, with the water at 82° F. Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.
On the outside, it looks like something from a post-apocalyptic movie, but it's actually just the Nakagin Capsule Tower (NCT) in Tokyo, Japan. For about $75 per night, guests can stay inside this modular mega structure, with each capsule containing a hyper compact bedroom en suite, space-saving furniture, as well as a circular-framed city-view. Continue reading for a more in-depth tour and additional information.
Researchers in Osaka, Japan have fired the most powerful laser ever created. They were able to produce a 2-petawatt laser beam using a device known as the Laser for Fast Ignition Experiment (LFEX). Nicknamed the "Death Star Laser", its beam is equivalent to 1,000 times the world's total electricity consumption. Despite the immense amount of power, the energy required for is equivalent to that needed to power a microwave for 2-seconds. Continue reading for an image of what the machine consists of and more information.
Cheero's Power Plus Danboard Edition may look like an anime robot, but it's actually a 10400mAh power bank, and the number one selling battery charger on Amazon in Japan to boot. When paired with the Danboard Lightning and microUSB cable, you'll know exactly when your gadgets are finished charging, thanks to the clever blinking eyes. We recently got some hands-on time with these two accessories, and they're definitely more functional than you expect, to the point where we charged an iPhone 6 Plus from 0% - 100% battery nearly three times. Company page. Continue reading for our full review and hands-on images.
The Henn-na Hotel in Sasebo, Japan is staffed entirely by humanoid robots. In addition to looking cool, they welcome guests, carry their luggage and clean their rooms. That's right, guests are greeted by a multilingual lady humanoid or a velicoraptor dinosaur upon check-in. There are other robots designed to organize the cloakroom, lift heavy suitcases and moving them around into the appropriate place. To keep things moving, a red wheeled-porter take guests' belongings and guides them to their rooms. Continue reading for two videos and more information.