The awesome, outrageous, and bizarre toilets of Japan

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 3 April 2014

Why relieve yourself in a cold and unimaginative cubicle when you can experience a toilet visit in style? RocketNews24 has come up with 11 of Japan’s most bizarre public restrooms and invites you to take a peek. What will you find? Oh, you know, a urinal overlooking the city of Sapporo, a glass box of a toilet standing in the middle of a ‘lush garden’, a ski-themed toilet, and a toilet tucked behind a bookshelf in a secret passageway.

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Futuristic Japanese watch combines LCD and wood

Marta Millere Contributor

By Marta Millere in New Fashion on Tuesday 18 March 2014

Known for their wearable art and watches that don’t necessarily serve their purpose, Tokyoflash Japan have done it again by creating a watch that seems like something a futuristic caveman could wear. With beautifully combined real wood and metal parts, the Kisai Space Digits Wood is light and comfortable to wear and you can rest […]

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Yuken Teruya

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Design on Thursday 8 April 2010

Artists like Japanese-born Yuken Teruya who can see beautiful shapes, patterns, and forms hiding within toilet paper rolls, discarded pizza boxes, and junk food bring contemporary artistic practice back into the realm of innocence and life affirming beauty. Anyone who can look at Teruya’s work and still scoff at the value of art lives a […]

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Castle on the Ocean papercraft exhibition

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Design on Friday 30 October 2009

Check out these images from the recent Castle on the Ocean papercraft festival in Tokyo. The creator of this impressive paper city is a university student by the name of Wataru Itou.

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Puyo

Derrick Stembridge Reader Find

By Derrick Stembridge in New Eco on Friday 5 September 2008

The Puyo is an environmentally friendly concept car designed by Honda. The vehicle is ultra-efficient, powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology, and has a unique aesthetic to boot. Literally. The sensual nature of this hydrogen fuel cell car also comes with a sense of transparency from its panoramic windows and intuitive operation. One of the […]

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Tokyo Flash watches

Ari Stein Reader Find

By Ari Stein in New Design on Thursday 10 July 2008

We used to depend on sundials back in the day, but now there are multiple ways to tell the time. And Tokyo Flash has just invented another one. Based on LED technology, these watches are not only stylish but futuristic and wildly innovative. They even have a watch from minimalist designer Naoto Fukasawa that is […]

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Hello Kitty Solar Charger

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Products on Monday 12 May 2008

Man, going green is so hip these days, even Hello Kitty is getting in on the action.

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White Studio

Snell Reader Find

By Snell in Architecture on Monday 5 May 2008

The young architect Junya Ishigami is pushing the boundaries of the weightless aesthetic stream of architecture. Here, for the Kanagawa Institute of Technology, he has designed a glass and steel pavilion with a roof that floats on a sparse forest of thin steel columns or ‘flats’.

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Mindscape

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Design on Friday 15 February 2008

Sitting on a grass lawn may be pleasant, but it isn’t always elegant when you’re wearing nice clothes or you have back problems. The people at Japanese design firm Mindscape have taken the Chia Pet model and applied it to some pretty rad lawn furniture. Now you can have the best of both worlds — […]

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My town in my home

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in New Fashion on Saturday 22 December 2007

The My Town In My Home collection of hand-knitted fashion by Yoshikazu Yamagata and Mafuyu was exhibited at this year’s Amhem Mode Biennale in Amsterdam. Sure gives a new twist to the saying, ‘wherever I lay my hat …’ [see also the Brain Bag by Jun Takahashi]

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Ring House

Snell Reader Find

By Snell in Architecture on Wednesday 28 November 2007

Too beautiful to simply pass by, this is the Ring House by young Japanese architectural firm, TNA.

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