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A Kansai Home Designed Around Circular Margins

Designer Fumi Aso was named best young architect by the Architectural Institute of Japan’s Kansai chapter.

Nameless Paints Change How Kids Learn Colors

The names we assign to colors can impede our minds—and a young designer duo wants to change that.

Bowls, Plates & Cups Form Dishy Raised Floor

25,000 pieces of imperfect ceramics form an elevated base in this cool Saga store.

The Tokyo Home with a 360° Mezzanine

Splitting the first and second floor of this Tokyo home is a 360-degree mezzanine surrounded by raised windows that circle around the house.

Musical Wheelchairs Take the Stage in Tokyo

Yamaha Motorcycles and Yamaha Instruments are coming together to bring a whole new meaning to musical chairs.

Tokyo Aquascape Union Makes Aquarium Art

You'll wish you were a fish so you could explore some of these fantastical aquariums.

A Revolutionary & Stylish Footwear Redesign

YaCHAIKA shoes maintain a chic profile while taking the pain out of walking in heels.

Louis Vuitton's Anime & Game-inspired Fashion

Designer Nicolas Ghesquière credits his inspiration to the digital world, like Tron and Minecraft.

Cool Portraits of Tsukiji Fish Market Workers

As Tsukiji prepares to relocate, French photographer Nico Therin took the opportunity to capture some intimate images.

A Preschool Built for Puddles

Dai-ichi Yochien's new courtyard is designed to accumulate rain water to create a gigantic, pool-like puddle for the kids to play in.

New Book Shares Animal Sculpture Secrets

Mio Hashimoto went viral with photos and videos of a shiba inu dog interacting with a sculpture of itself. She's now penned a book that lets you do what she does.

Beautiful Film Shot Through a Drop of Water

A drop of water inside the hole of a ¥5 coin delivers a surreal and haunting iPhone film.

Oita's Gorgeous New Prefectural Art Museum

Located on the center of Oita City in Kyushu, OPAM boasts a collection of roughly 5,000 works by Japanese painters, sculptors and craftspeople.

City Hall Gets More Visitors than Theme Parks

Aore City Hall was envisioned as a place where people would want to congregate. And it worked.

Wooden Ukiyo-e Star Wars Phone Case

This iPhone case takes its design cue from a very special ukiyo-e woodblock print, one of only three in the world officially approved by Lucasfilm.

Mechanical Marvels: Japanese Tin Toys

Would you pay $50,000 for a tin can of California tomatoes?

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