Here's What Saving $1.3 Billion On a New Stadium Looks Like

Yesterday we learned that London-based architect Zaha Hadid had rethought her design for Tokyo's Olympic Stadium, after widespread protests and a major budget cut put the original design in jeopardy. Dezeen has the new images of the redesigned stadium, and it's... pretty damn similar, despite a $1.3 billion budget cut. » 7/10/14 10:40am 7/10/14 10:40am

Japanese Architects Are Uniting to Stop Tokyo's Heinous Olympic Stadium

We knew that a cadre of famed Japanese architects were... unhappy with Zaha Hadid's design for the 2020 Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. But we didn't quite realize how pissed they really are: A petition to stop the project, started by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tokyo Ito, already has nearly 14,000 signatures. » 5/15/14 1:40pm 5/15/14 1:40pm

Adorable Tokyo Metro Posters Remind Passengers to Be Polite

Since 1974, Tokyo's Metro has created cute, quirky posters for their subway system to remind passengers of proper etiquette. Each fiscal year they roll out a new set of characters as the ambassadors of good manners, and for 2014 they've just revealed a new mascot (he's the lion in the center poster). » 4/27/14 11:00am 4/27/14 11:00am

This video shows how Japan is a mystical world set in modern times

This video, shot and made by Scott Gold, plays like a dream. It depicts Scott and his wife's trip to Japan in January but to me, it shows how Japan is maintaining its illustrious history and mystical culture amidst the fast paced, beep beep, every person cross the intersection right now modern world. » 2/27/14 11:25pm 2/27/14 11:25pm

Tokyo Is Rethinking Its Gargantuan Olympic Stadium

A coalition of Japanese architects have said what everyone else was too polite to say: That Zaha Hadid-designed stadium is just too big, too expensive, and too impractical. Japanese officials have announced plans to scale back the design, which would cost $3.1 billion to build according to a recent budget update. » 10/25/13 2:20pm 10/25/13 2:20pm

Tokyo's Clever Plan to Reuse 1964 Olympic Stadiums for the 2020 Games

Tokyo was chosen as the host of the 2020 Olympics this weekend, based on a $5 billion bid that's surprisingly slim compared to the money spent by other recent host cities. The crux of their proposal (besides that whole ice wall around Fukushima thing)? A plan to retrofit three major venues originally built for the… » 9/09/13 11:40am 9/09/13 11:40am

Tokyo Will Retrofit Its Skyscrapers To Prep For the Next Big Quake

Mass dampers—the gigantic weights designed to counteract swaying in skyscrapers—are usually installed during the construction process. But today, a Japanese real estate company announced plans to install six of the devices atop a 39-year-old building in downtown Tokyo. If all goes well, they could pop up on tall… » 7/31/13 5:53pm 7/31/13 5:53pm

What Tokyo Would Look Like If You Were on Drugs

Save yourself the bad trip and watch Alex Lee's amazing slow motion, stop motion, time lapse, time slow, mind bending, psychedelic video of Tokyo, Japan. Called Tokyo Slo-Mode, sometimes the video doesn't even look real. Even though it's slowed down, it captures the frenetic nature of Tokyo (and any big city) quite… » 9/20/11 10:40pm 9/20/11 10:40pm