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Watch bunnies swarm a tourist on Japan's Rabbit Island

Ōkunoshima used to be home of several chemical plants, but now it's a tourist destination for those who love the wild bunnies who live there.

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WATCH: Japanese people who live in Internet cafes because they can't afford apartments

This short documentary is from a three-part series, "Japan's Disposable Workers."

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William Gibson on fashion


William Gibson is the only science fiction writer I know of with his name on a line of exclusive couture repro military clothes from a Japanese company.

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Tokyo club kids photographed in their bathtubs

You've been asking, "Where are my photos of Tokyo club kids in their bathtubs?" Tokyo-based Photographer Hal is here to help.

Japanese 1980s Funk: amazing 70-minute musical groove mixtape

If offered the chance to visit any time and place in the 20th century, I'd go to Japan in the mid-1980s.

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Shuriken multitool


@fuwa has developed a shuriken multitool, to let you hack like a ninja, and has promised to start selling them once they've gotten 2,000 retweets.

Lying down in bed desk


The kneeling desk led to the standing desk and thence to the treadmill desk, but I propose that we bring this full circle to the lying down in bed desk (instructions available in Japanese only). (via Sean Bonner)

The acrobatic Japanese maid/pancake surreal domino-run cookware ad you've been searching for

Never have empty carbs been more elegant -- and that's a catchy jingle! (via JWZ)

A work of art that reproduces 100 woodblock prints of Edo by artist Hiroshige

Without question, Hiroshige: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo is the bookiest book I own. It is a museum-quality artifact, which in a few more years will cease to be made, or at least made affordably. It is a work of art that reproduces the famous 100 Japanese woodblock prints that the artist Hiroshige created of Edo.

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Tsukunejima: A Fantastic Dining Experience in Hiroshima

When I visited Hiroshima, Japan with my family, I expected a lot of tough questions about the atomic bomb from my daughters. But I didn't expect to stumble upon one of the best restaurants I've ever eaten at.Read the rest

Kickstarting a US show of pieces by Japanese weavers with autism


Gabrielle writes, "Saori weaving is the perfect craft for happy mutants. You can't make a mistake and all variation is considered part of the personal expression."

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Beautiful Japanese Firefox OS phone in a transparent case

Al sends us the Fx0, a "beautiful mid-range phone running Firefox OS announced in Japan today by KDDI, one of Japan's largest mobile phone companies."

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No charges for Japanese man who dumped a quarter-ton of porn in a park


70 year old Hideaki Adachi said he was disposing of the porn for a sick friend, and he assumed that the park's population of homeless people (with whom he volunteers) would arrange for its disposal.

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Spacetime curvature placemats


AP Works's Trick Mat is a placemat that mimics spacetime curvature; no word on whether or how it can be purchased, alas (though you could probably make a pretty good disposable facsimile with an inkjet printer and some vector-art software). (via Super Punch)

Jewelry made from fake food


It's an idea whose time has come: combine the hyper-realistic plastic molded food you see out front of some Japanese and Korean restaurants with jewelry to make it look like you're wearing glistening, perfect meals.

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Nine-movie Best of Miyazaki box-set


It's $275 and includes 2-disc editions of My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind, Whisper of The Heart, Kiki's Delivery Service, Howl's Moving Castle, The Cat Returns, Porco Rosso, Castle In The Sky and Spirited Away. (via Pipedream Dragon)

Secret history of the poop emoji


The 2007 project to bring emoji to Android -- and thence to the Web -- involved an epic battle over the inclusion of the much-loved "pile of poop" emoji, whose significance to the Japanese market was poorly understood by various reactionary elements at Google.

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