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A speeding toy train plays the William Tell Overture on bottles

Enjoy this clip from Japanese television: Members of AKB48, a popular music group consisting of more than 130 young women, arrange bottles along a toy train track so that the speeding train will play the William Tell ...

Okinawa’s sea snake catchers & seaweed farmers

On tiny Kudaka Island, off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, Yoko and Setsuko are master sea snake catchers. At 70 years old, they've been hunting poisonous sea snakes at night for over 40 years. As explained in this Wild ...

The AgIC marker draws circuits with conductive ink

It's easy to doodle a circuit! Made with silver conductive nanoparticles, the ink in the AgIC Circuit Marker can conduct electricity, as shown in this pop-up book inspired Japanese commercial by Kandenko. Watch the LE...

Wooden toys by 80-year-old Japanese toymaker Masaaki Hiroi

Fourth generation toymaker Masaaki Hiroi handcrafts toys in his workshop at the age of 80. In this AJ+ profile, he talks about his work, his classic toys, and aging. He wants to live until he's 200 years old. An excer...

A 3D printed ‘wheel-of-light’ zoetrope that walks and dances

When this 3D printed, bent-looking mesh cylinder is spun and lit with a band of bright light from the side, a walking person is revealed. This is toki, a modern zoetrope was created by media artist Akinori Goto. A dan...

Great Ball Contraption (GBC) at Japan Brickfest 2016

Featured at Japan's Brickfest 2016, this Great Ball Contraption is made of 20 modules created by four designers: 3 modules from Finn, 2 from Toise, 1 from Y. Kuramata, and 14 modules from Akiyuki, who is famous for cr...

Pounding Mochi with the Fastest Mochi Maker in Japan

At the award-winning Nakatani-dou rice cake shop in Nara, Japan, the making of traditional Daifuku mochi is an event in itself. Owner Mitsuo Nakatani pounds the rice with his fist at breakneck speeds while a large woo...

A pop-up Himeji Castle made with LEGO

Building castle models out of LEGO can be impressive, but what if the LEGO castle model unfolds like a pop-up book? Behold this LEGO pop-up Himeji Castle, a wonder of Japanese architecture and history, created by YouT...

Making of Japanese handmade paper of Kyoto Kurotani

Observing the craftsmanship in 18 workshops around Kyoto, Japan, filmmaker Kuroyanagi Takashi recorded how Japanese washi -- Ganpishi, Kozogami, Mitsumatagami -- is made, an 800 year old art. From JapanesePaperPlace.c...

A hippo gets his teeth brushed

At the Tennoji Zoo in Osaka, Japan, hippo hygiene is important. Thanks to training and consistent routines, hippopotamus Tetsuo understands how to get his teeth brushed (and get a quick physical check-up) from the car...

Cherry blossoms over Tokyo’s Meguro River by drone

Enjoy this short but tranquil bird's eye view of Tokyo, Japan's cherry blossom bloom over the Meguro River by drone, filmed by Yasunori Iwamoto. Japan is famous for its springtime sakura or cherry blossoms, as well as...

The Japanese Giant Salamander

Behold the Japanese Giant Salamander (Andrias japonicus), the "giant pepper fish" or Ōsanshōuo that can excrete a strong peppery smell when threatened. They are the largest living amphibian in Japan and the second lar...

Hikaru dorodango, handmade ‘shining mud dumplings’

Around 2001, Professor Fumio Kayo of the Kyoto University of Education made news by bringing the Japanese art of hikaru dorodango (どろ だんご or 'shining mud dumpling') into preschool classrooms as a play activity, t...

Comiket crowd control, a time lapse in Tokyo, Japan

Originally published in 2012 by munya munyaka, this time lapse video captured the strict crowd control at Comiket, short for Comic Market, a huge self publishing comic book fair in Tokyo, Japan. Via HoldmanChristmas, ...

How this Japanese town is working to produce no trash

Since 2003, the small town of Kamikatsu, Japan has worked to become a zero waste community by rigorously composting, reusing, and recycling their materials, and they are close to the goal: As of 2015, only 20% of thei...

Staffed by robots alone – The Henn-na Hotel in Japan

In Sasebo, Nagasaki in Japan, the Henn-na Hotel is using advanced robotics and environmentally friendly technologies to create an "efficient" hotel experience. Henn-na means 'strange', which may apply to the velocirap...

Biisuke Ball’s Big Adventure – Pitagora Suitchi

Biisuke is a little red ball who must go on a big adventure to save his brothers Biita and Biigoro after they're imprisoned in the high tower of a Rube Goldberg Machine. "Here we go, Biisuke Ball, sneaking into the en...

Orizuru, a remote controlled origami crane that can fly

A super lightweight, flying symbol of peace, this RC origami crane is made from paper, carbon tubes, 3D-printed nylon filament, and an energy-efficient microcomputer. Its wingspan is 27.6 inches (70 cm), and only weig...

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