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.
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.
At first glance, these appear to be giant orange baseballs, but they're actually "anti-crime orange balls". Their bright hue comes from the orange paint that fills them, and in the event of a robbery, store employees are instructed to fling them at the perpetrator. When it makes contact, they immediately, marking him or her with orange paint, making it easy for the police to apprehend them. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Not just any hoodie, the Mewgaroo, created by Japanese pet supply company Uninhabitat, boasts an integrated cat pouch up front specifically for feline snuggling. If you're worried about the cat hair / balls, the pouch has a washable liner that can be easily removed for washing. Have a tiny dog? They'll also be glad to spend some quality time with their owner in the cozy pouch. Continue reading for a video and more pictures.
First there was the Star Wars Kid, now these Kendo swordsman from Japan take lightsaber battles to the next level. For those unfamiliar with this sport, it's basically a modern Japanese martial art descended from swordsmanship in which combatants use bamboo swords (shinai) and protective armour (bogu). Today, it is widely practiced within Japan and many other nations across the world. Continue reading to see the epic battle that ensued.
No, these aren't CG images, just Amezaiku, the art of crafting realistic animal lollipops that you can actually eat. This skill has been a Japanese tradition since the 8th century, and 26 year-old Shinri Tezuka is an expert at creating these edible works of art made from sugary syrup and starch, with a touch of organic food coloring. He actually has his own shop, called "Ameshin" that sells his animal confectionery for approximately 1000-2000 yen ($8-$17 USD), and also teaches those interested in learning the craft. Continue reading for a video and more pictures.
Japanese artist Kay Sekimachi specializes in creating contemporary fiber art with challenging materials, such as leaves, hornet's nest paper, grass, shells, and linen constitute. For her latest project: "Sekimachi uses the loom to construct three-dimensional sculptural forms." To give them the solid shape, she added Kozo paper, watercolor and Krylon coating to the leaves. Continue reading for more pictures.
People use ladders to access tree houses all the time, but rarely do we see them inside homes - besides home libraries. This Tokyo couple commissioned Hiroyuka Shinozaki Architects to give their 750 square-foot apartment a modern ninja makeover, one that maximizes interior space, and the result was a series of floating floors accessed by a network of ladders. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Japan's Eshima Ohashi bridge is the world's largest rigid-frame bridge in the country (and third largest in the world), but due to its extraordinarily steep incline on both sides, people have likened the structure to a roller coaster. It connects the cities of Matsue and Sakaiminato. Architectural engineers made it 44 meters tall, with a 5.1% and 6.1% incline on each side, so boats can safely utilize the lake for transportation. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.
For those who don't live in Japan, Taiwan or China, maimai is basically an arcade rhythm game developed and distributed by Sega, in which the player interacts with objects on a touchscreen and executes dance-like movements. The game supports both single-player and multiplayer gameplay with up to 4 players. Various kinds of objects will appear at the center and approach the outer rim of the circular touchscreen. The player must tap, hold or slide on the touchscreen or surrounding buttons in time with the music, depending on the type of note. Continue reading for another video and more information.