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Just In Case You Wanted C3PO's Head To Cool Your Drink

This is actually a thing. A very #OnlyInJapan thing, but a thing nonetheless.

Here it is: A full scale replica of everyone’s 3rd favourite droid (BB-8 officially takes top billing with R2D2 now — it is known) that keeps your cans icy cold.


The Art Of Making Impossibly Thin Gold Leaves From A Tiny Piece Of Gold

Video: Gold is so malleable that a single gram of it can be stretched into a strip around 3km long. A tiny little coin can be pressed into a 0.0001mm-thin golden rectangular sheet the size of a tatami mat. So leave it to the talented artisans of Japan to transform a tiny bit of gold into shimmering gold leaf that’s so thin, it’s almost translucent.


These Drones Dancing In The Air Against A Mountain Look Like Real Life Space Invaders

Video: Here’s a really fun drone ballet performed in front of Mount Fuji in Japan. The drones look and move a lot like the aliens you shoot down in the classic video game Space Invaders. The whole dancing drone thing is really cool (especially when set against the mountain), but what would be even cooler is if there were laser beams that could shoot them down in real life.


The New Tokyo 2020 Olympics Logo Hopefully Isn't a Rip-Off

Finding a logo for Tokyo’s 2020 Summer Olympics has been a difficult process, fraught with delays, plagiarism and U-turns. But after having to scrap one official logo, the event’s organiser’s have revealed this new one. Hopefully it’s original this time.


The Most Beautiful Version Of Monopoly Yet Celebrates Japanese Arts And Crafts

After licensing the classic board game to a company called USAopoly, there’s now a version of Monopoly for almost every fan base you can imagine. But the latest version of the game, which celebrates Japanese art and craft traditions, might be one of the most beautiful yet.


Godzilla Strikes Back In The First Trailer For Japan's New Godzilla Movie

Video: We’ve seen tiny little bits of Hideki Anno and Shinji Higuchi’s Shin Godzilla (AKA Godzilla Resurgence) — including the briefest glimpses of the latest iteration of the King of Monsters himself. But now we’ve got our first trailer for the movie, and wow, does this look awesome.


Supermaterial Made From Seaweed Could Replace Bubble Wrap

As a civilisation we are blanketing our planet with plastic. One of the most frightening illustrations of this fact is a prediction that by 2050, our oceans will contain more plastic than fish. Amazingly, a smart solution for reducing our reliance on plastic, and protecting marine life, could come from those very oceans as well.


11 Secret Weapons Developed By Japan During World War II

Normally, it’s the Western Powers who are remembered for developing some of the most innovative and conceptual weapons of the Second World War. But when it came to experimental military technologies, Japan suffered from no shortage of ideas. Here are 11 you should know about.


A Modern Knifemaker's Badass Take On An Ancient Samurai Dagger

Video: Modern knives have something distinctly badarse about them. Maybe it’s the materials. Maybe its the sleek ergonomic handles. But they also seem to be missing the sense of personality and speciality apparent in the work of ancient Japanese bladesmiths.


Awesome Video Shows How Japan Is Very Probably The Coolest Place On Earth

Video: Vincent Urban filmed this totally awesome video of Japan which captures so many sides of the country. It makes me want to immediately drop everything and book a ticket to experience what looks like the coolest place on Earth. From the frenetic city streets to the stillness of nature, Japan just does it better and seems much more interesting than the rest of the world.


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