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Teepee-like complex serves as a haven for Japan's elderly
Issei Suma's whimsical structures provide a calming environment for the retired.
Tackle wet weather with these creative methods of escaping the rain
From ‘non-wet’ umbrellas to onesies made for biking during a rainstorm, avoiding a downpour has never been this inspired.
Turning the violent side of nature into an energy source
Japanese engineers turn their attention to the power of typhoons.
‘Girl, girl, girl’ by Aki Inomata
These insect-built homes are a colourful commentary on a pervasive gender dynamic.
The ‘dirty’ way Toyota is creating cleaner fuel
Would you drive a car powered by poo?
The Setsuna: Toyota’s wooden concept car
The Japanese car manufacturer has created a functional concept car inspired by the emotional connections we have with family vehicles.
The Forest Where the Wind Returns: Hayao Miyazaki’s real-life woodland landscape
The former spearhead of Studio Ghibli plans to give children an immersive experience of the natural world in Kumé Island, Okinawa.
Tracing the origins of Pokémon Go
Pokémon Go, the product of American software developers Niantic and The Pokémon Company of Japan, is the love child of GPS tech and insect hunting.
Doodle with electricity
This pen allows you to draw circuits onto paper that conduct electricity immediately. Watch as it lights up this paper town.
Sou Fujimoto on multi-layered and conceptual architecture
Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto’s philosophical body of work explores architecture that doesn’t dictate any particular behaviour to its users.
Kazuya Kawasaki on biohacking the fashion industry
Speculative designer and Keio University student Kazuya Kawasaki grows new materials for the fashion industry.
Sou Fujimoto: The infinite possibilities of open field architecture
Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto talks about how architecture should create spaces for people to behave as they would like to.
A biodegradable alternative to harmful plastic packaging
AMAM takes top prize at the Lexus Design Award for its zero waste solution to packaging pollution.
Japan’s invisible trains will take off in 2018
Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima designs trains with a reflective surface that mirrors the surrounding scenery.
Electric fork simulates salty taste in food
Japanese researcher develops a fork that adds a salty taste to sodium-free food.
Grotesque sculptures comment on food waste and production
Japanese artist Ayako Fudamoto creates lifelike sculptures of deformed livestock using fake food samples.
Immersive 360-degree world drawn with a permanent marker
Accomplished artist Oscar Oiwa exhibits “Oiwa Island 2” at the Setouchi Triennale art festival.
Newly discovered enzyme could change the way we recycle plastic
Kyoto University researchers are able to cultivate an enzyme that can break down plastic into harmless chemicals.
High-tech repository for the dead
Ruri Den is an alternative to burial sites for space-starved cities like Tokyo
A 3D pregnancy diary that grows with the mother
Due to popular demand, new copies of the Mother Book will now be available to all expecting mothers.
Using DIY-biotechnology, Kazuya Kawasaki is changing the fashion of the future
Kazuya Kawasaki is a graduate of Keio University and a bio-activist using speculative design to pursue the possiblities of growing materials for fashion.
Nendo’s distinctive chocolates are a journey into shape, taste and texture
Nendo, the Japanese design firm, took on something that a number of people consider perfect in its design: chocolate.
Issey Miyake collaborates with Finnish brand Iittala to design homeware collection
In a collaboration that marks new territory for both brands, Japanese fashion house Issey Miyake and Iittala have released a homeware collection
World's first automated farm will recycle 98 per cent of its water usage
While the seeds at this farm will still be planted by people, SPREAD's automated systems will take care of the rest.
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