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Totoro Cake

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.

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Furoshiki Shoes Wrap Around Feet

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.

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Pearl Skulls

Photo credit: Shinji Nakaba

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.

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Seagaia Ocean Dome

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.

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Plug-and-Play Capsule Hotel

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.

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World's Most Powerful Laser

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.

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Cheero Power Plus Danboard

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.

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Hotel Run by Robots

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.

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Mutant Daisies

Images, posted by Twitter user @San_kaido from Nasushiobara city, located about 110kms from Fukushima, of mutant daisies are going viral online, 4-years after the deadly Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan. The white flowers are claimed to be the latest in the long-list of victims, which have experienced deformation over nuclear disasters. San_kaido said: "The right one grew up, split into 2 stems to have 2 flowers connected each other, having 4 stems of flower tied belt-like. The left one has 4 stems grew up to be tied to each other and it had the ring-shaped flower. The atmospheric dose is 0.5 uSv/h at 1m above the ground." Continue reading for more images and information.

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Rabbit Sea Slug

Sea slugs and the internet usually aren't mentioned in the same sentence, that is unless...you're talking about Jorunna parva, a sea slug that looks like a fluffy bunny. "This tiny sea slug's bunny ears are actually rhinophores, or chemosensory scent/taste organs that help them detect chemicals in the water and make their way across the ocean floor. They can be found from the Indian Ocean to the Philippines to Japan, where photos of them have become popular," according to Bored Panda. Continue reading for a video and more pictures.

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