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It’s different from what you expected – Design Ah! (デザインあ)

A slow-building set up and then a surprising twist: "It’s different from what you expected" is a series of perception-bending short clips by Tokyo-based director Daihei Shibata. They were created for Design Ah! (デザ...

Water powered hammer (Monjolo) – Primitive Technology

For farmers, millers, engineers, and artisans who live near a river or stream, a monjolo or kara-usu—a water powered hammer—can slowly grind grains into flours or soft stones into powders without repetitive human effo...

Yuasa Town: The Birthplace of Soy Sauce

Yuasa, a small coastal town in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan, is a fishing port and the producer of one of Japan’s most well known mandarin oranges, the Arida mikan. But a stroll through the traditional streets, includin...

Japanese manhole covers, a factory tour – ONLY in JAPAN

Whether they're in plain metal or decorated in bright colors, city manhole covers stand out in Japan's bustling streets. Personalized with bold yet intricate illustrations that highlight local sights, symbols, and sto...

Yukino-otani, the huge snow walls of the Tateyama Snow Corridor

Fly by drone over the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, a 90 km route crossing Tateyama in the Japanese Alps. This snow corridor has become famous for Yukino-ōtani, a valley of snow with canyon-like walls that can reach 2...

Matthias Dandois: The Flat Side of Things

French cyclist Matthias Dandois is a five time BMX flatlander champion. This Nov 2015 video, The Flat Side of Things 2, demonstrates the skills he's developed since he began practicing at age 12. What's flatland BMX? ...

The synchronization of 100 metronomes

From the Ikeguchi Laboratory in their pursuit of studying nonlinear chaotic dynamics, watch as 100 metronomes synchronize to the exact same timing. The key is the surface that the metronomes are on: a hanging platform...

Incredible Amezaiku candy animal sculptures by Shinri Tezuka

Goldfish and octopuses that look like glass, tiny real looking pandas, shiba inu dogs, rabbits, dragons, and snakes... all edible. In the art of Amezaiku (飴細工), artisans craft small candy lollipop sculptures. D...

The art of Japanese marquetry

Crafted with different colors of wood arranged in intricate patterns, Yosegi Zaiku or Japanese marquetry is a style of object decoration that's practiced in Hakone, a town near Mount Fuji. No wood staining is used to ...

Trying To Save The Red Crowned Cranes Of Japan

These majestic birds are red crowned cranes, a symbol of peace and longevity in Japanese culture. Standing around 150 to 158cm (4ft 11in to 5ft 2in) tall, they are impressive creatures, and on Hokkaido, Japan's northe...

Chie Hitotsuyama’s recycled newspaper animal sculptures

Using rolled strips of repurposed newspaper, cut and painstakingly placed using wood glue, Japanese artist Chie Hitotsuyama creates beautifully detailed, three-dimensional sculptures of wild animals... walruses, rabbi...

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...

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