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This Is Now The World's Best Restaurant's Menu After Moving To Japan

Considered by some the best restaurant in the world, Noma has moved temporarily from its Copenhagen home in Denmark to Tokyo’s Mandarin Oriental in Japan. From January 9 to February 14, Noma will serve a new menu based on local products, completely different from its original menu.


The Eerie Ruins Of 11 Abandoned Hotels

Tourism is a funny thing. Sometimes hot spots are hot, prompting opportunistic developers to build. And sometimes they’re not. (The outbreak of a civil war is a great way to shut down a tourist destination.) Photographer Dietmar Eckell has spent the past several years visiting the hotels and resorts that got left behind.


Japan's Infamous 'Robot Restaurant' Is Coming To Sydney!

The Tokyo Robot Restaurant is one of the most OTT attractions that Japan has to offer (which is really saying something). The cabaret-style show includes bikini clad dancers, futuristic robots and enough neon lighting to make your head explode. Next month, the restaurant’s crazy entourage will be rolling into Sydney for two nights of sensory-savaging mayhem. Here are the details!


Ancient Japanese Technique To Make Wood Buildings Is A Pleasure To Watch

Video: Japanese carpenters are famous for their elaborate joining techniques that put their wooden constructions among the most durable in the world. These videos show how this neat ancient technique works.


Watch Japan's Explosive Asteroid-Sampling Mission Take Off

While the rest of the world has been busy shedding a bitter tear over the early demise of Europe’s comet-sampling probe, the Japan Space Agency has been busy launching another mission to sample distant celestial bodies.


Japan's Rocket Launch Site Looks Like A Bond Villain's Secret Lair

Someone mentioned on Twitter that Japan’s Yoshinobu Launch Complex at the Tanegashima Space Center looks like the lair of a Bond villain. And indeed it does: Check out the photo I found while searching for information about Hayabusa 2, JAXA’s second mission to retrieve asteroid material.


Train Etiquette Posters From 1970s Japan Are Just As Relevant Today

Don’t smoke in the train station. Don’t spit your gum on the floor. And please don’t splay your legs out like no one else is around you. These sound like basic rules of today’s public transport, but they’re actually messages that graced the walls of Tokyo’s subway 40 years ago.


Tokyo Is Now Like Real Life Akira

If you think Akira’s glowing vehicles were just a fantasy coming from Katsuhiro Otomo’s mind you are wrong. Bōsōzokus — biker gangs — existed before Akira and, as you can see in this video, they still drive their extravagant modified vehicles through the roads of Tokyo.


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.