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Photo gallery of people living in tiny rooms in Tokyo

Photographer Won Kim (Instagram) took these photos of people living in a "downscale version" of a Japanese capsule hotel. They are basically sleeping / privacy burrows for urban dwellers. I wonder how much they pay in rent?

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Meet Cinnamon, the cute character who is viciously bullied every day in Japan

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John Henry the samurai racing a tireless killer robot

Yaskawa celebrated its 100th birthday by pitting one of its Motoman-MH24s against a samurai in a sword-swinging contest, proving once and for all that if you need to chop bamboo into small pieces without having to walk around, you need a robot, not a human.

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Japan closes famous hot spring due to orgies

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Fudo no Yu, a famous hot spring (or, onsen) was closed after it was discovered that patrons were "indulging in group sex acts, filming adult footage and taking voyeuristic photographs of other unsuspecting bathers." The Tokyo Reporter identified the key participants as "14 or 15 middle-aged males and several young women" who made regular weekend visits to the hot springs.

Over the past year, regular complaints were lodged with the management of the Fudo no Yu hot springs and a local tourism organization about bathers repeatedly engaging in a number of lewd acts, some of which were filmed.

Fudo no Yu included an open-air bathing area that afforded an impressive view of a wooded near the Hoki River. On a typical weekend, up to 60 hot springs enthusiasts arrived to enjoy the baths.

Top Image: "It's getting steamy at the onsen" Shutterstock

Bottom Image: Sean Michael Ragan

Tokyo Roar: 3:47 compressed summary that tells its tale

Some cities are just high-resolution in ways that defy rational description: possessed of a level of detail and complexity that defines them as that city and that city only, not one of those unroofed shopping-mall no-places that seem to be a metastasized airport terminal.

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Watch a woman eat over 6 pounds of cup noodles

Famed YouTube trencherman Yuka Kinoshita is no fan of low carb diets.

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Video escape: Lantern-floating ceremony to honor the dead, Honolulu, Hawaii

From Boing Boing pal Ryan Ozawa, a gorgeous video of the 16th annual Shinnyo-En Tōrō Nagashi, or lantern floating ceremony, at Magic Island in the waters off Honolulu, Hawaii.

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1860s photos of the last Samurai

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Felice Beato photographed Samurai in the 1860s and hand-colored the prints. According to Getty, he "made hundreds of ethnographic portraits and genre scenes in Japan. He eventually opened a furniture and curio business in Burma." You can download high-resolution copies of his work at Getty.edu. Paul Gallagher of Dangerous Minds wrote about Beato and included several of his remarkable photos of Japan in a time of transition.

Among his first photographs were the portraits of the Satsuma samurais, who happily posed for him. In one group portrait, four samurais symbolically show their strength and ambition by presenting themselves with one standing samurai holding a red book of English literature and one seated with an unsheathed knife—highlighting their hold on western knowledge and their strength in Japanese tradition. As travel became restricted because of the civil war, Beato opened a studio back in Yokohama, where he photographed many samurai warriors and their courtesans.

A selection of Felice Beato’s rare hand-colored photographs will be on display at the London Photographic Fair 23rd-24th May.

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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