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Seats From Tokyo's Demolished Olympic Stadium Sold As Minimalist Chairs

As you may have heard, Tokyo scrapped plans last week for its pricy $2 billion stadium for the 2020 Summer Olympics. It’s a big mess, not least because the city’s existing, historic stadium from the 1964 Olympic Games had been destroyed to make room for this ugly new one. But now? Seats from that 60s venue have been… » 7/24/15 9:25am Friday 9:25am

Video: A day in the life of an airport

Here’s a time lapse and tilt shift video of a day in Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan. It’s a wonderful look into the puzzle of how a big time airport works but is also totally beautiful to see the lights of airplanes land and fly out of the runway. It’s like man made moving stars skimming across the sky. Just beautiful. » 7/16/15 12:42pm 7/16/15 12:42pm

Meet the Robots That Will Help Run a Tokyo Airport

When I say “airport,” what do you think of? Pat-downs, overpriced Coors Light, screaming kids, broken sanity? In the near future, however, you could start associating air travel with robots: Airport halls may soon be filled with scuttling, helpful machines that’ll make flying less of a nightmare, and it’s starting at… » 7/08/15 4:30pm 7/08/15 4:30pm

The hypnotic cinema of turning rice into sake

Making sake typically looks like a beautiful ancient art, but the way this video is cut and edited, it looks like a chase scene from a movie or an intense spazzmastic sequence from a music video. It’s addicting, hypnotic and completely cinematic. Just watch rice turn into delicious sake in this stunning black and… » 6/30/15 9:30pm 6/30/15 9:30pm

New 'Scorpion' Robot Will Inspect Fukushima Reactor This Summer

When the 2011 earthquake in Japan damaged the Fukushima nuclear power plant, teams scrambled to find a robot that could go where humans couldn’t. In many ways those robots failed, and ever since, there has been a focus on creating robots that can get the job done. Enter Toshiba’s “Scorpion” robot, which will make its… » 6/30/15 3:32pm 6/30/15 3:32pm

Video: The serenity of nature in the mountains of Japan

Shugendo is an old religion in Japan that started in the 7th century that focuses on a spiritual experience or awakening of sorts with nature. There’s more to it then that, of course. But this film by Mathieu Le Lay explores that world and follows Yamabushi monk Kosho Tateishi during his prayer rituals. » 6/25/15 1:35am 6/25/15 1:35am