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Narrowing in on some of Japan’s most peculiar creations
Edible art, wearable tech, and candy designs are all part of what makes Japan’s tech scene one of the craziest.
Slimee W21 is a new wearable designed for the elderly
Toshiba’s smartband is designed to help Japanese families monitor the health of elderly relatives living in remote places.
Alcoho-Lock stops cyclists from riding drunk
This new Japanese-designed smart device hopes to alleviate the escalating problem of cyclists riding under the influence.
Abandoned golf courses in Japan are being turned into solar energy fields
Japanese technology company Kyocera are converting abandoned golf courses into huge solar energy fields.
Check into the robot-run Weird Hotel
The Henn na Hotel – or Weird Hotel – just opened in Japan. There’s a dinosaur at reception and robots that will carry your bags.
Watch the world’s tiniest projection-mapping on a single grain of rice
Japanese creative studio Drill Tokyo release the video of its installation using state-of-the-art technology.
Focus on: Telling time
Six innovative timepieces that turn clock-watching into an unusual experience.
The FES watch by Fashion Entertainments
The FES Watch, made of electronic paper, is a blank canvas that displays a range of patterns activated by user gestures.
PRISM Collection by Tokujin Yoshioka
The Japanese designer continues his love affair with all things transparent in this bold but understated range for Glas Italia.
Naoto Fukusawa on why objects shouldn’t stand out too much
The Japanese industrial designer believes successful designs are things we interact with naturally and inevitably, without thinking.
Naoto Fukusawa on why objects shouldn’t stand out too much (trailer)
Objects are merely interfaces, says the Japanese industrial designer. It's humans that are at the centre of the design process.
Light and shadow
The subtle play of light through the spaces of this children's facility in the Japanese town of Yamadi-machi is designed to encourage healing.
Japanese interactive designer Masashi Kawamura takes us on a journey through a world of real and animated shadows in this music video.
Masashi Kawamura's crazy imagination comes to life
The Tokyo-born interactive designer on luck, sleepless nights and balancing fun with success.
Japanese design studio Nendo takes inspiration from origami patterns for the design of a furniture and homeware collection for BoConcept.
Marije Vogelzang explores how the act of feeding translates in Japanese culture.
Oscar Diaz draws on the principle of a kaleidoscope to create a window display for Hermés Japan.
Nendo redesigns the interior of Seibu department store in Tokyo with inspiration from European parks and squares.
Nendo has designed a collection of kitchenware for Urushi Kobo Oshima that showcases the beauty in natural wood.
Japan-based Nendo redesigns an ancient traditional eating utensil, the chopstick, transforming people’s interaction with this everyday object.
Marcel Wanders has designed a powder case that chimes on opening to indicate the awakening of beauty.
Nendo draws on a traditional Japanese paper-making method to create a collection of lamps that reveal the beauty of wrinkles.
Nendo has created a limited-edition set of chocolates that resemble a variety of oil paint tubes.
The whole package
Marcel Wanders brings a touch of floral whimsy to Japanese cosmetic brand AQMW's new packaging.
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