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The Meticulous Process Of Making A Japanese Wooden Doll Is Impressive

I’m not exaggerating the tiniest bit when I say I want to fly to Japan right now and park myself right in front of this man’s handmade wooden doll shop in Japan and just watch him work. Imagine the earnest smell of the woodworking, the sound of the lathe spinning and the beauty of his concentration in making art.


Inside Muji's Beautiful, Affordable Prefab Houses

The Japanese retailer Muji has built a cult following by offering nearly any object you could want in your home for not much money and proportionately great design. Now, the company is offering one more item to its line of 7500 housewares: actual houses. And there’s a very good economic reason for the ambitious new venture.


Watch The Biggest Firework Ever Explode Into An 800m Ball Of Fire

You are looking at the biggest firework ever fired, weighing a total 460kg — a new world record. According to NHK, it exploded over the city of Konosu — in the island of Honshu, Japan — into a breathtaking rosette about 800m in diameter.


New Software Lets The Visually Impaired 3D-Print A Map To Go

You probably get pretty frustrated when you catch your parents printing out Google Maps directions even though they have a smartphone, but the notion seems less ridiculous when those same maps are coming off of a 3D printer as a way to let the visually impaired safely navigate a city by foot.


Realistic Japanese Doll Dispenses Drinks When You Squeeze Her Breasts

Video: Check out the latest hit at Japanese parties: $5000 latex dolls that pour drinks from their nipples when you squeeze their boobs. It looks disturbing. What’s going to be next, Japan? Male and female android fountains wandering around parties serving drinks from their lower naughty bits? But of course.


Japan Tests New 500km/h Maglev Train

Maglev trains have been promised as the future of public transport since about forever, but high-speed magnetic levitation systems are rapidly gaining a serious reputation — something Japan’s public demonstration of its high-speed maglev system is only going to help.


The Alley Cats Of Japan Look Badass

French photographer Alexander Bonnefoy recently traveled around Japan looking for felines. And boy did he find some pretty ones. He found some pretty scrappy ones, too!


The Sad, Inevitable Oculus Rift Boob-Grabbing Game Is Here

You can do some cool shit with the Oculus Rift: You can simulate what flying feels like, or use it to pick out your next car. And if you have less experience with the female anatomy than Steve Carell in The 40 Year Old Virgin, now you can use it to simulate grabbing a handful of boob.


Watching A Master Chef Make Noodles By Hand Is Mesmerising

I’m not sure if this is considered just cooking or if it can be classified as high art or even a musical performance but whatever it is, it’s an absolute joy to watch. What you’re seeing is soba master Tatsuru Rai, owner and chef of Sobatei Rakuichi in Niseko, Hokkaido, making his soba noodles in complete silence.


Japan's Spending $US5 Billion To Fast-Track Maglev Trains In The US

Come on guys. It’s just 60km. We’ll even go halfsies with you. Except, in this case, “halfsies” still amounts to $US5 billion. Japan, in an effort to help Washinton DC build a maglev train that would cut travel time to Baltimore down to 15 minutes, is offering up half the cash to do it. The question is: Does that make the project worth it?


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