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.
A Japanese woman decided to get revenge on her cheating boyfriend by drowning his collection of Apple gadgets, including an iMac. In addition to the desktop computer, an iPhone, iPad and accessories also got a good wash. She then proceeded to take photos of the gadget tub, and sent them to him. Presumably on the one item of technology that he still had on him. Continue reading for another picture and more information.
Master craftsman Okano Nobuo from Japan has spent the past 33-years repairing damaged books and reconstituting them to look brand new, without the use of high-tech machinery. Recently, a customer brought in an old 1,000 page Japanese-English dictionary that looked tattered to say the least. Okano delicately began the repair process using basic tools, such as a wooden press, chisel, water and glue. Before you ask, yes, the job required Okano to flatten and iron all 1,000 pages by hand, using tweezers and an iron. The entire process was documented on a Japanese show called "Fascinating Craftsman" (Shuri, Bakaseru). Continue reading for a video and more information.
This giant cat head looks like something straight from a horror movie, but it's a real prop. It's made from sheep's wool felt by needle-felting expert Housetu Sato and his students at the Japan School Of Wool Art, which prides itself as world's only school that provide professional cat needle-felting courses. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
The Hotel Gracery in Shinjuku - one of 23 city wards in Tokyo - will open its doors, but here's a first look inside. This 30-story hotel sits atop the Shinjuku's Toho Cinema and features several Godzilla-themed rooms that will run you a minimum of $334 per night. However, for just $125 a night, there's a room that looks directly out at this Godzilla head. Continue reading for a video and more information.
It may look like a post-apocalyptic bunker, but this is actually the Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel, an underground water infrastructure project in Kasukabe, Saitama, Japan. It's currently the world's largest underground flood water diversion facility, built to mitigate overflowing of the city's major waterways and rivers during rain and typhoon seasons. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.
Not just any garden, the "Floating Flower Garden" in Tokyo, Japan is an immersive, interactive installation consisting of blossoming flora. Guests start by entering a room filled with floating flowers that rise into the air as they approach, creating an air bubble within the seemingly dense forest. Best of all, multiple people can traverse the installation at once to experience the flowers move away from them and surround them. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.
Hokkaido is Japan's second largest island, and its largest city (and capital) is Sapporo. Most travelers to the island arrive by air: the main airport is New Chitose Airport at Chitose, just south of Sapporo. Tokyo-Chitose is in the top 10 of the world's busiest air routes, handling more than 40 widebody round trips on several airlines each day. Within Hokkaido, there is a fairly well-developed railway network, but many cities can only be accessed by road. Continue reading to see some of the unusual wildlife photographers have spotted on the island.