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.
You've seen the terrible tragedies of Japan's Fukushima disaster, but the animals left behind in the 12.5-mile radioactive exclusion zone are something you won't see on the news. Former construction worker Naoto Matsumura, 55, decided to move there to care for its four-legged survivors. Matsumura is called the "guardian of Fukushima's animals" because of the work he does to feed the animals. Despite the harmful radiation his body is subject to on a daily basis, he "refuses to worry about it." Continue reading for more pictures and additional information.
Marc Szeglat, a videographer based in Germany, managed to capture video of an extremely rare volcanic lightning storm in the plume of highly active volcano Sakurajima, located on the Japanese island of Kyushu. A study in the journal Science indicated that electrical charges are generated when rock fragments, ash, and ice particles in a volcanic plume collide and produce static charges, just as ice particles collide in regular thunderstorms. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why you shouldn't skate home from the bar when drunk.
Yes, Japanese scientists have successfully transmitted energy wirelessly, which is a key step to making solar power generation in space a possibility. The team at JAXA used microwaves to deliver 1.8 kilowatts of power - enough to run an electric kettle - through the air with pinpoint accuracy to a receiver 170-feet away. Continue reading for a video an more information.
Aogashima is a volcanic Japanese island that some consider the real-life Jurassic Park, in the Philippine Sea. It's administered by Tokyo and located approximately 222-miles south of Tokyo and 40-miles south of Hachijo-jima. In addition to being a potential dinosaur theme park, it would be a great hideout if a zombie apocalypse should ever occur, as it's the southernmost and most isolated inhabited island of the Izu archipelago. Continue reading for more.
There are travel kits and then this "Emergency Nap Kit", which consists of two items: an inflatable mattress and a full-body sleep suit. When you only got an hour or less of sleep the night before, and want a slightly comfortable place to sleep while on the go, just roll this mattress on the floor, zip up the suit (acts as a blanket of sorts), and you'll be ready to snooze. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of urban biking like you've never seen before.