Tag: Japan

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COOL OLD J!

These wooden tent-like structures have been designed by Tokyo architect Issei Suma and they accommodate a group of elderly residents from a small Japanese community. The small resort is called ‘Jikka’ and it consists of five structures with an assortment…

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Land of the Rising Farm

A growing trend in urban Japan is indoor farming. As farmland is scarce, a wide variety of herbs and greens can be cultivated in climate-controlled environments under LED lighting at home for energy efficient food production. Two Japanese farms (Indoor…

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Japanese Research Centre

Tetsuo Kobori Architects are a Japan-based architectural office. They have recently completed an innovative research and development centre. The centre is an attractive, eco-friendly, wooden and steel structure. Its design takes full advantage of natural light and passive airflow. Its…

TOYOTA IN WOOD

This year, at the 2016 Milan Expo, Toyota has gone ‘old school’ in a new way! They have created an open-top two-seater vehicle from wood and sidestepped the argument that all great new cars need to have the latest gadgets and…

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DRAWING | BUILDINGS

A group of students at the University of Tokyo have created a ’3D printing pen’ and have begun to develop complex structures out of plastic sticks. The drawings/structures are formed via thermoplastic filament. The strings bond with acrylic rods, creating forms…

USE THE FORCE

Possibly our cutest energy story ever! Remember that mysterious energy used to move large objects with the mind and a little green creature acrobatically across empty space. Well it’s known as ‘the force’ and it binds the whole universe! Now,…

A SOUND INVESTMENT

It’s a fact that sound dissipates in intensity and quality as one increases distance from the source. Now Sony has created their new energy-efficient light bulb with ‘blue tooth speaker’ embedded. Sound now emerges from above offering is a kind of…

OIL > PLASTIC > OIL

Pretty much everyone understands the long-term environmental problems with plastic bags. Now the battle against the ubiquitous plastic bag is taking a new turn. Akinori Ito, a Japanese inventor has created a machine that is able to convert ‘plastic-bags’ into…

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Kyocera Solar-power Plant

Following Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011 (disasters that brought monumental nuclear accidents to affected cities) Japan has become increasingly motivated to enter solar-energy production. The Japanese electronics manufacturer Kyocera has recently unveiled the 70 megawatt solar power plant in Kagoshima…