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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.


Watch A Master Carpenter Build The Workbench Of Your Dreams

Any shop doing good work demands an equally good workbench. And if this build is any indication, Jesse de Geest AKA The Samurai Carpenter will be fashioning some wooden works of art in the very near future.


Japan Slaughtered 333 Whales In 'Scientific' Expedition

Four ships from Japan’s Institute of Cetacean Research have returned to their home port after a “scientific” expedition to the Antarctic region. The fleet claims to have captured 333 minke whales — including pregnant females — in blatant disregard of an international ruling.


How Japanese Artists Make Fake Plastic Food Look So Damn Delicious

Video: It’s a technique that’s used around the world to show off the meals available in restaurants, but artists at a small factory in Japan are absolute masters at making the plastic demo meals look almost more delicious than the real thing. It’s definitely better than looking at faded photos in a printed menu, that’s for sure.


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