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Posts Tagged ‘ Japan ’

The Japanese Shell Villa.


Shell House Villa is located in the Karuizawa region of Kitasaku, Nagano, Japan. Designed by architecture firm ARTechnic, the concrete villa with a large oval shell shaped structure is built in the middle of the forest.  The structure appears to float above the ground like a spacecraft, with trees growing around it, harmonizing the villa into the landscape.

This 329 square meter (3,541 sq. ft.) house has a central control system that enables all mechanical and electrical equipments to be managed by three buttons. A custom made floor-heating system minimizes the use of heat energy.  Check out the blueprints up top, and more photos of this fantastical villa down below.

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Why you should travel the world


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Lavender Fields, France

In the summer months, the rolling lavender fields of Provence teem with bright purple blooms as far as the eye can see.

 

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Procida, Italy

This tiny island is stacked with charming candy-colored homes set against the brilliant blue backdrop of the Mediterranean.

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Caño Cristales River, Colombia

Also referred to as “the river of five colors,” this biological wonder turns a striking red color every fall thanks to a flourishing, rare plant species.

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Lake Retba, Senegal

This bubblegum-colored lake gets it’s otherworldy hue from a human-friendly bacteria that thrives in the salty waters.

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Tulip Fields, Holland

Throughout spring’s prime months, the immaculately manicured tulip, daffodil and hyacinth fields of Holland bloom into a stunning and precise array of colors.

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Great Barrier Reef, Australia

This wonder of the world is home to more than 400 coral species, 500 seaweed species and 1,500 fish species–and it’s got the color palette to prove it.

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Luoping, China

The sprawling farmlands of this dramatic, mountainous county in Eastern China become a “golden sea” when canola blooms are in season.

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Valley of Flowers National Park, India

This World Heritage Site, set against the wilderness of the Himalayas, is covered in vibrant flowers. Add in a sunset and this view takes the cake.

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Shibazakura Hill, Japan

In springtime, the fields at the base of Mount Fuji errupt with hundreds of thousands of moss blooms, or “shibazakura”, in varying shades of pink.

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Incredible Balloon Sculptures of Animals and Insects by Masayoshi Matsumoto


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Don’t show these to your kids unless you want them to be completely underwhelmed by every balloon animal they see for the rest of their lives. Japanese balloon twister Masayoshi Matsumoto makes some of the most intricate balloon sculptures I’ve ever encountered. From prickly iguanas to glowing sea creatures it seems no life form is too difficult for Matsumoto to faithfully interpret using nothing but balloons. You can follow more of his work on Tumblr and on FB. (via Neatorama)

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Croc Shall Never Kill Ape?


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Coming off the heels of their Undefeated collaboration, Bape announces their latest collab with French clothing company Lacoste.  The unusual pairing will be an exclusive capsule collection release for the Japanese Bape store. Meshing Bape’s streetwear essence with Lacoste’s luxury-wear, both brands manage to drop one of the better collabs seen this year. The capsule collection consists of polo shirts, sweatpants, hoodies, crewnecks and graphic tees. The full-zip hoodie reimagined as a crocodile is undoubtedly the standout piece from the offerings, while the combined logo offers a clever take on the collaboration, but every piece in the collection will include Lacoste’s signature crocodile logo and Bape’s gorilla logo.  The Lacoste L!ve x Bape capsule collection will be available at Japanese Bape locations starting March 28.

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You’ll Never Guess Where Just Blaze’s Newest DJ Set Was Played.


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The answer… A sushi restaurant.  Sounds fishy to you? Well, thanks to a revolutionary Sushi-go-round in Japan, and an experimental sounds system that can detect colored sushi plates and play a specific sound, you CAN technically make music with sushi. Still wonder how? Watch Just Blaze give some Japanese locals a fish-fueled DJ set with the revolutionary system.

Mario’s Getting a Mercedes


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If you’ve ever played a Super Mario game, you’re going to love the new Japanese commercial for the Mercedes-Benz GLA SUV.  In it, an 8-bit Mario smashes blocks, collects coins, and runs over baddies in a pixelated Benz. When he wraps up the level, the NES game turns live-action, and a tough looking Mario in Batman-esque armor emerges from the SUV.  Besides being a fun ad, it marks a notable shift for both Nintendo and Mercedes-Benz.  It’s the first example of Nintendo licensing its intellectual property after its president Satoru Iwata announced the company would move in this direction as it struggles to profit from games on its Wii U console, Bloomberg reports. The GLA will also be the first real-life car available in the upcoming “Mario Kart 8.”

Delicious Maps of Countries Around The World Created From Native Foods


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Artists Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves are authors of project called Food Maps. It’s a series of detailed maps of different countries and continents, created from the delicacies for which each place is known. The United States’ map is a glorious quilt of wheat and corn. India is the richly colored mosaic of spices. Maps of Australia and Japan feature love of their citizens to seafood. And so on. These maps show how food has traveled the globe – transforming and becoming a part of the cultural identity of that place. If you like such food creativity then you should also check delicious flags of different countries also made from food.

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