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The World’s Most Expensive One-Bedroom Apartment!

When you hear 1-bedroom apartment, you mostly relate it to being economic, on a tight budget, or single. Well, this is not the case here. This elite crib – the House – is a 411.932 sq m (4,434 square foot) 1-Bedroom apartment, listed at a whopping 1.8 billion yen ($21.8 million USD) in the exclusive and most expensive neighborhood Minami-Azabu of Tokyo, Japan. Priced at an unbelievable $4,920.75 per square foot, the apartment is considered the world most expensive, and here’s why: Almost all furniture in the home is custom designed by Cecotti Collezioni Many of the walls, flooring and doors are Italian imported stone and wood… Read more »

Japan’s Phenomenal Volcanic Lightning Photographed by Martin Rietze

German photographer Martin Rietze had a unique opportunity to be in Japan as the Sakurajima Volcano in southern Kyushu erupted with forth smoke, fire, and lava. The images present a phenomenal juxtaposition of a rain of fire and flashes of lightning sparking through a billowing cloud of black smoke. The Japanese volcano was caught in its magnificent burst of activity between February 21st and 26th by the photographer. His grit and fearlessness landed one of his photos a feature on NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day earlier this week. According to NASA, it is not fully understood what causes volcanic lightning. Although lightning in general occurs somewhere on Earth… Read more »

Overly Exhausted People Caught Falling Asleep in Tokyo

Japan is known for being the hardest working nation on earth. A fact that appeared clearly in many historical situations, the latest of which was the 2011 tsunami and earthquake that hit the Japanese islands, a catastrophe that was considered the toughest to hit the country. Yet, the Japanese people dedicated two extra unpaid hours of work daily to their nation to help boost the recovery process. All the respect to the people of Japan. The unpleasant side of people working too much is exhaustion, and from the looks of the following photos, these folks are overly exhausted with work to the… Read more »

Koban Police Box in Kumamoto, Japan by Klein Dytham Architecture

Tokyo-based agency Klein Dytham Architecture  has recently designed a police station in the very unexpected way to its traditional image. The Koban Police Box is situated in Kumamoto, Japan and covers a surface of 143.62 m2. This friendly looking station already became a local landmark.

Japan’s Tsunami: One Year Later in Photos

A harsh year of clean-up has passed since the immense 9.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Japan, triggering a destructive tsunami wave. The moving wall of water caused a widespread wipe-out, leaving almost 22,000 people dead or missing and unleashing a nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Check out the before & after imagery of the destruction at the time of the disaster and how those areas look now after the massive clean-up job. A cruise ship lies on the roof of a two-storey holiday home after the tsunami disaster. A year on, the area around the home is ready for new… Read more »

Unique Carpentry at The Starbucks Shop in Dazaifu, Japan

Almost everyone nowadays is familiar with Starbucks, and their standard interior design template all over the world. This specific Starbucks shop in Dazaifu, Japan is quite different, it features a gorgeous custom-made carpentry design. Architects at Kengo Kuma and Associates set out to form a unique looking cafe for the well-known brand, while maintaining its identity and complementing its surroundings. The architects sought to combine traditional and contemporary motifs to refrain from disturbing the aesthetic flow of the environment such as this shrine that receives about 2 million visitors a year . As such, the shop provides a very natural setting. Over 2000 wooden batons line the interior… Read more »

Rainbow mille-feuille: Colorful Bank in Tokyo

“We are happy to make you happy” – that’s the motto of the Sugami Shinkin bank in Japan – sounds different from the regular image of a regular bank.  And it looks different too. The new branch of the bank in Tokiwadai and Niiza, Tokyo is designed by a local studio of French architect Emmanuelle Moureaux architecture + design.  Moureaux, who has been living in Japan for more than a decade, inspired by the Japanese school of design, she created Shikiri – which she defines as “to divide space with color”. The new bank looks like a giant “rainbow mille-feuille”…. Read more »

Shelf Pod – The Islamic Library Residence in Japan
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