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Photographer Reginald Van de Velde didn't go to Japan for the normal tourist attractions, but rather for the sole purpose of exploring its abandoned theme parks. According to Velde, "The Land of the Rising Sun is cramped with derelict goodies, and they're on a scale you've never seen before." Above, we have a picture of a roller coaster from the Disneyland-inspired Nara Dreamland. Continue reading for more.

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What you're looking at above is the island of Ellioaey, the Iceland's third largest island, with an area of 0.45 square km in area. It was formed by a volcanic eruption approximately 5,000-6,000 thousand years, and accessible with a rope on its lower east side after taking a boat from the mainland. As for wildlife, there are a few lonesome cattle to keep you company on the island and thousands of sea birds that use it for a nesting site. Continue reading for more.

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While this isn't a mystical place in an upcoming animated feature, the train you see is actually called the "Cherry Blossom Express". According to Discovering Korea, an estimated 340,000 cherry trees bloom each spring in the coastline town of Jinhae. This particular photo was taken at Gyeonghwa Station in South Korea where trains pass through and is neighbored by Seongjusa Station to the north and Jinhae Station to the south. Continue reading for more.

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Do you remember the first time that you experienced a roller coaster? If so, you probably realize by now that it can be a thrill at any age, especially if you've waited nearly eight decades for the experience. Meet Ria Van den Brand, a 78-year-old grandmother from the Netherlands who took her first coaster ride recently. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Sweden-based IKEA transformed an entire monorail into a pop-up showroom in Japan in celebration of the grand opening of their Tachikawa station store. They outfitted the train with a variety of furniture products and accessories. That's not all, even the train benches were upholstered in IKEA fabric, complete with matching throw pillows and floors. Continue reading for a video tour of the new store and more information.

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If the Earth were to plunge into another ice age, here is what the beautiful Grand Canal in Venice, Italy would look like frozen over. Fortunately (or unfortunately), this is just the work of art director Robert Jahns, as he's taken photos shot by others, like Venice's Piazza San Marco by Luis Manuel Osorio Fernando, and Russia's Lake Bakail taken by Daniel Kordan, and spliced them together to create these surreal photos. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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For those who want to enjoy the outdoors in luxury, check out these futuristic "glamping" tents by South Korean studio ArchiWorkshop. The low-impact designs offer eco-luxe accommodations and are shielded by two layers of an engineered fabric membrane that is waterproof, fire-resistant and UV-proof. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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James Bond, Bruce Wayne, and other famous comic book characters would most certainly approve of Bodega. Why? Because Bodega, located in Boston, is actually disguised as a normal market. That's right, it takes the word 'underground' to a new level, as the sneaker / clothing store is hidden in a supermarket, behind a Snapple vending machine. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Okunoshima, also known as bunny island, is a small island located in the Inland Sea of Japan in the city of Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture. It's only accessible by ferry from Tadanoumi and Omishima. You'll find campsites, walking trails and places of historical interest on the island. All of the rabbits you see are rather tame and will approach humans in a friendly way. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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It's the weekend, and you know what that means...virtual vacation time! If you're still looking for that Street View destination, it may be time to research some possible locations where the cherry blossom trees are blooming in Japan. According to Bored Panda, "the blossoming of the sakura begins in April, when students go back to school or people go back to work after the holidays." Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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