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Kazuya Kawasaki is a fashion designer and a student in Keio University’s SFC X design programme. He is trying to create a new era of "speculative fashion".
Philosophical architect Sou Fujimoto blurs the lines between the public and the private in his thought-provoking work.
World’s largest floating solar farm to be built in Japan
Starved for space, Japan’s best solar options lie on the water.
Flying solar farm generates energy around the clock
Solar balloons generate energy where clouds cannot interfere with their efficiency.
This Japanese home is formed by series of house-shaped towers
Standing at different heights, these steel-clad towers form one playful residence in Japan’s city of Kosai.
A washable, soap resistant smartphone
Japanese company Kyocera have just released a smartphone that users can wash and use in the bath.
Documentary uncovers the recycling habits behind Japan’s zero-waste community
Seeker Stories documents a small town in Japan that abides by an extremely thorough recycling system to live waste-free.
PaperLab recycles and makes paper at the office
Epson’s latest innovation that turns waste paper into new paper is paving the way for in-office recycling.
A spiralling ribbon chapel designed for a wedding day
Japanese architect Hiroshi Nakamura designed the Ribbon Chapel – a structure wrapped in double spiral stairways with striking views of the ocean and islands.
Tokyo Totem unpacks the cultural playground that is Tokyo
A multimedia guidebook helps visitors see Tokyo in different ways, through the eyes of its 46 contributors.
Artist creates tiny galaxies with glass
Japanese glass artist Satoshi Tamizu places a tiny universe in each piece he creates.
An office building supported by fibres was recently unveiled in Japan
Japanese architects have created a curtain of carbon fibres to support their newly designed building during an earthquake.
Nendo’s MINIM+AID brings design thinking to disaster preparedness
The Japanese studio’s emergency preparedness kit is a compact and smart product designed for national necessity.
Muji launches three tiny, prefab houses
In what sounds like a prefab fairytale, Muji launches three little houses – one made of cork, one of aluminium and one built out of wood.
This talking robot could be the future of smartphones
Japanese tech company Sharp have designed a 19 centimetre talking, dancing, waving smartphone-robot.
Spring-loaded high heels produce fluid, healthy movement
A Japanese designer has created a spring-loaded high-heel to take the pressure off poorly treated feet.
Sou Fujimoto challenges perceptions of what could be considered architecture
Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto uses potato chips and staples to comment on the notion of “found architecture”.
Drones and dancers happily unite for this music video
Los Angeles-based producer Nosaj Things employs drones and contemporary dancers in the music video for “Cold Stares”, a track featuring Chance the Rapper.
Tempescope: A box of rain, clouds or sun in your living room
The Tempescope physically creates weather conditions, letting users share the sky from anywhere in the world.
Tatsuya Tanaka creates a mini-diorama of ordinary scenes everyday
Tatsuya Tanaka creates pocket-sized scenes of everyday life, on a daily basis for “Miniature Calendar”, his pet-project
Japan's space yacht is over 100million kilometres away from Earth
Engineers in Japan successfully launched a solar sail to test the applications of solar power in deep space missions.
This robot never loses at rock-paper-scissors
Students at the University of Tokyo have designed Janken, a robot that beats its human competitor at rock-paper-scissors every single time.
Say goodbye to toothpaste with this Japanese design
Japanese designer Kosho Ueshima has created Misoka, a nanotech toothbrush that cleans your teeth without toothpaste.
Japanese graphic designer Nemury creates abstract artworks on his iPhone
Nemury’s graphic artworks provoke the question: Is iOS technology an up-and-coming medium for creating digital art?
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