Traveling often as a youngster in Britain, the land of bad trains, I adored seeing the Shinkansen high-speed rail services on TV. It still seems a fine example of what can be accomplished when officials are competent, capable of long-term planning, and freed of perverse incentives: three things rarely found in England and never all at once. Here's some bullet trains making light of heavy snow; the video title claims 200 MPH, but usually the trains are slowed some in bad weather.
In Niigata, Japan, artists create astounding creatures from rice straw, a byproduct of rice production. Called Wara Art, the sculptures are created in a collaboration between Niigata City residents and students from Musashino Art University. The Wara Art Festival is taking place right now through October 31 in the city's Uwasekigata Park. Images from prior… READ THE REST
"I asked for a fair decision… You will regret this for the rest of your life," said 74-year-old yakuza boss Satoru Nomura to the judge who sentenced him to death for a number violent attacks since the late 1990s. The court found Nomura guilty of ordering the 1998 murder of the head of a fisheries… READ THE REST
A man claiming to be from Russia was found wandering the streets of Shibetsu, small town on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. He told the police he swam 20km from Kunashir island and is seeking asylum. Kunashir island is under Russian control, though both Japan and Russia claim it as their own. At this… READ THE REST
Jigsaw puzzles have been around forever and serve us in a variety of ways. From providing us a unique form of artistic entertainment to helping us keep our minds sharp, they serve as a multi-function intellectual and artistic tool. There never seems to be an end to their allure as we can tear them down… READ THE REST
Messes happen and they happen often both in life and in the home. And, while we can't help you with your personal problems, those floors look like they could use some TLC, and we can offer just the thing. Grab the Orfeld H01 Cordless Stick Vacuum and make your home look brand new. Designed with… READ THE REST
With all the gizmos and gadgets you have around these days, your home is looking more like a wire jungle than a stylish abode. But if you want to live amongst some of the best technology todays' world has to offer, like stellar TV reception as you watch your favorite channels, wires are simply a… READ THE REST