Video: The delicate art of making bonsai trees

I love this video about Ryan Neil, an American Bonsai master, because not only do I get to watch him work but I also get to hear him talk about the art of Bonsai. Neil reveals the amount of respect and consideration you need to be able to craft these beautiful pieces of art from nature. It's just lovely. » 2/20/15 9:02pm 2/20/15 9:02pm

Watch this guy prepare a tiny Japanese feast in a miniature kitchen

Miniature Channel is a Japanese Youtube channel devoted to cooking edible food using cute miniature kitchen supplies. There are many videos: They make curry, tajine, eggs and bacon, and of course, Japanese food. Here are some of their best Japanese miniature dishes. » 2/17/15 4:42pm 2/17/15 4:42pm

Watching this Kaiseki chef putting food on plates is fascinating

Food all goes down the same but there's so much beauty in food and each ingredient that chefs like Niki Nakayam of Los Angeles Japanese Kaiseki restaurant n/naka turn the idea of putting plate of food into an art form. You're no longer eating protein and vegetables, but edible art on a plate. » 11/20/14 10:53pm 11/20/14 10:53pm

This giant drop of water is actually a cake

If sorcery exists in this world, I'm pretty sure Japan has already discovered it. They can't quite turn water into wine but they can turn it into dessert. That water droplet you see above? It's actually a rice cake dessert, or shingen mochi, that melts in your mouth as you eat it. It's like eating a delicate water… » 6/06/14 9:03pm 6/06/14 9:03pm

Japanese bar turns passed out drunk people into living billboards

Poking fun at passed out drunk people is a global thing but Japanese bar chain Yaocho took the joke to a different level. The sleeping drunks were framed inside a square of white tape and turned into a PSA billboard with the hashtag #nomisugi—too drunk—written on it. » 5/30/14 10:23pm 5/30/14 10:23pm

Why Settle For Rooms When You Can Have a Whole Town Inside Your House?

It's one thing to have a spacious home, it's another to have a whole indoor suburb. "House K" does the latter, and puts a weird new spin on the townhouse by having its own little town inside its walls. » 4/13/13 6:50pm 4/13/13 6:50pm

Siri Will Soon Handle Japanese, She Even Admits It

Go ahead and ask Siri what languages she speaks. Unlike a few weeks ago, her reply will now include Japanese. We mentioned that extra languages were going to be coming to the app soon — looks like Japanese will be the first to arrive. [9to5Mac] » 2/15/12 4:23am 2/15/12 4:23am

Two-Way Charger For Nissan Leafs Means Your Home Can be Charged by Your…

Nissan's poky little electric Leaf car will be able to power your home in the case of a blackout, via a new two-way charging system called Leaf to Home, an idea that originated from March's Fukushima disaster. » 8/03/11 6:30am 8/03/11 6:30am

How a Plastic Coolbox Saved a Man's Life

A fisherman that had been swept out of his boat off the coast of Japan's Niigata prefecture managed to stay alive for 24 hours, while he clung to his plastic esky that acted as a life-aid. » 8/01/11 7:52am 8/01/11 7:52am

Fire-Ice Dug Up From the Ocean Floor Could Fill Japan's…

After the Fukushima disaster, Japan has obvious reasons for seeking out an energy alternative to replace 1/3 of its power. This so-called "fire-ice" could be drilled from the bottom of the Pacific ocean, though it's not the safest option around. » 7/28/11 9:50am 7/28/11 9:50am

A Wall of 250 Canon Cameras Flashing Their Lights Is a Seizure Waiting…

Japan musicians Androp built a backdrop of 250 Canon cameras and programmed all their flashes to fire off in a sort of digital stop-motion screen. Watch it, though I can't guarantee the video won't blind you and give you a seizure. » 7/27/11 6:20pm 7/27/11 6:20pm

Silly String-Like Spray Is Cooling Down Japan's Salarymen This Cruel…

Know what the latest must-have product is in Japan? While it looks like they've gone mad and are shaving their wrists, they're actually saving the planet by switching off the air-con, and cooling down using freezing cold foam-spray. » 7/07/11 10:20am 7/07/11 10:20am

Japan's Rare Earth Metals Find May Break China's Stranglehold on Our…

Looks like that skirmish between Japan and China last year over the neodymium and lanthanum required in the production of electronics has been resolved, now that Japan has stumbled over their own supplies in the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii. » 7/06/11 10:45am 7/06/11 10:45am

Japan’s New Waterfront Building Kind of Looks Like Cousin Itt

Is it just me, or does this new building in Aomori look like a rectangular version of everybody's favorite Adam's Family member? » 6/23/11 9:40pm 6/23/11 9:40pm

Elecom Prefers Showing Off a Computer Mouse's Cord

Who wants cordless mice, when Elecom makes such a nice feature of the cord? Ok, you might still prefer being cordless and fancy-free, but for those who don't mind being restrained, they're on sale in Japan soon, and globally later. [Elecom via Dezeen via OhGizmo] » 6/22/11 5:30am 6/22/11 5:30am

Watch Time Pass With An LED-Illuminated Circle of Blocks

No, it won't make time go faster, but telling time with a series of connected LED-illuminated blocks does make counting the minutes a bit more enjoyable. » 6/20/11 10:23pm 6/20/11 10:23pm

Toyota Aims to Put a Stop to "Pig In Shit" Odors With a Deodorant

Farmers know it; country-dwellers know it; heck I bet even pigs know they smell. It's taken Toyota of all companies to do something about it, with 9.5kg bags of odor-destroying "ButaRescue." » 6/20/11 1:00pm 6/20/11 1:00pm

Japan's Beached Ships Cost $1M To Return To Sea

How do you return a 400-tonne ship to Japan's waters, after it washed ashore in March's brutal tsunami? Using giant cranes that hoist it 30ft above the ground, lowering it onto a massive 192-tyre trolley normally reserved for trains. » 6/20/11 4:10am 6/20/11 4:10am

Harness a Cooking Pot's Energy and Charge Your Phone While Camping

Rather than a cooking pot that heats up by your computer over USB, it's actually a pot that uses energy that would've otherwise been wasted, to charge up any USB device. An alternative to the solar-powered charger, you could say. » 6/14/11 10:00am 6/14/11 10:00am

Scuba Divers Uncover Homes Sunken in the Japanese Tsunami

A Japanese non-profit group dived to the seabed to film the wreckage left behind by March's tsunami. A glass sliding door still intact; a Converse shoe;'s distressing stuff that will tug at your heartstrings. [Stoke via Scuttlefish] » 6/10/11 7:20am 6/10/11 7:20am