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Only in Japan Can Moving Be Described as a Pleasure

Ah Japan, the faraway land where everything is done more sensibly and efficiently. Take moving, a prospect so daunting, many of us would rather stay in our current home forever because the mere thought of packing/sorting/unpacking is too much to bear. I don’t know why, but I found this strangely therapeutic to watch. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/the-efficiency-of-japanese-movers/

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Japanese Photographer Captures Stray Cats Having Fun And Not Giving A Damn In The World

Sometimes, it’s not about where you are but rather who you’re with. A Japanese photographer who goes by the name of Nyankichi Rojiupa has found a group of stray cats who have turned a street with drain pipe holes into their playground, and his images perfectly show just how much fun these felines are having. Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: However, the photographer said that every now and then somebody’s starts raising concerns about the friendship he shares with these critters.…

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Fascinating Home Tour of an 82 Square Foot Apartment in Tokyo

In Tokyo, space is a premium and in this fascinating home tour of an 82 sq. ft (8 sq m) apartment by Living Big in a Tiny House, we get to see how Emma lives in her apartment (which cost approx. US$600/month). There are plenty of interesting space-saving solutions in this home, I thought the toilet was ingenious! Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/tiny-apartment-in-tokyo-video-tour/

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In 2022 Studio Ghibli Theme Park Will Open, And Here Are The Visualizations

Hayao Miyazaki’s fans will probably be thrilled to hear that the magical world of the famous Japanese animator is finally coming to life. Hayao Miyazaki is the mastermind behind one of the most famous animation houses in the world – Studio Ghibli. You’ve probably seen at least some of the studio’s masterpieces, such as the Oscar-winning ‘Spirited Away’ or ‘My Neighbour Totoro.’ The theme park is set to open to the public in 2022. It will be built on the grounds of Aichi Commemorative Park in Nagakute city, according to…

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50 Powerful Illustrations By Japanese Artist That Will Make You Think (New Pics)

Avogado6 manages to create sentimental, vivid images by drawing feelings and emotions that are hard to describe with words. The illustrations might look simple at first glance, but they are incredibly deep and, usually, quite dark. More info: twitter.com #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/new-poetic-illustrations-japanese-artist-avogado6/

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Beautiful Wooden Bookshelf Inserts by Japanese Artist Monde

Built and Designed by Monde Japanese artist Monde has created a beautiful series of woodworks complete with a light switch! The Tokyo-based artist built and designed intricate, wooden bookshelf inserts that are like miniature dioramas of narrow alleyways you might find in the streets of Tokyo. [via unlka on reddit] Built and Designed by Monde Built and Designed by Monde Built and Designed by Monde Built and Designed by Monde Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/2018/11/wooden-bookshelf-inserts-by-monde/

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SoftBank punt on WeWork office space hub is risky business

Workspace company makes substantial losses and providing short-term office space is notoriously cyclical WeWork, according to the founders blurb, is a place you join as an individual, me, but where you become part of a greater we. A place where were redefining success measured by personal fulfilment, not just the bottom line. Very uplifting, but youd probably think twice before investing. Funky murals and cheese-tasting events for tenants are eye-catching but, in the end, WeWork is a provider of office space on short-term leases, which is a notoriously cyclical game.…

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Olympic Legend Uses Butt to Smash the Most Random World Record Ever

Saori Yoshida is wrestling royalty in Japan. With 3 Olympic Gold Medals (and 1 silver) and 13 world championships, she was also the flagbearer for Japan at the 2012 Olympics. In 2007, she became the first female wrestler to be named Japanese Athlete of the Year, and in 2012 she received the People’s Honour Award. So yeah, she’s kind of a big deal. On August 25, 2018 she also became the official World Record Holder for “Most balloons burst by sitting in one minute” with 123 balloons burst. The bizarre…

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A Japanese Architecture Firm Designed the Coolest Kindergarten Ever

Design by Tezuka Architects | Photograph by Katsuhisa Kida At the award-winning Fuji Kindergarten in Tokyo, children run endless laps around a ringed roof that doubles as a playground. Completed in 2007 by Tezuka Architects, the Montessori can accommodate up to 600 children aged 2-6. The continuous space allows children to freely explore, discover and interact with their environment. There is no play equipment installed and the roof is only 2.1 metres tall (6’8″), allowing a close connection between levels. Children can scramble up a bank and climb a set…

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A Great Vehicle Lurks in HyundaisCorporate Chop Shop

Is the tide turning in the favor of activist shareholder Elliott Management Corp. in its drive to clean up the web of more than two dozen auto-related companies at the core of the Hyundai chaebol? On Wednesday, South Korean media reported that the group may cancel a central part of a restructuring plan that’s been opposed by Elliott, in the form of the planned merger between its logistics business Hyundai Glovis Co. and the after-sales division of parts supplier Hyundai Mobis Co. The company batted down the reports but shares in Mobis and…

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Asia Stocks Mixed on Trade Volleys; Kiwi Slumps: Markets Wrap

Asian stocks traded mixed as China hit back against the Trump administration’s latest tariffs and tensions ratcheted up between the U.S. and Russia. The yen edged higher, while oil held on to its losses. Shares fell in Japan and South Korea, fluctuated in Hong Kong, and pushed higher in China and Australia. Treasuries added to gains made as investors scooped up a record $26 billion 10-year auction. The kiwi tumbled to a two-year low after the New Zealand central bank pushed out its forecast for a rate increase by a…

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Apple is rebuilding Maps from the ground up

I’m not sure if you’re aware, but the launch of Apple Maps went poorly. After a rough first impression, an apology from the CEO, several years of patching holes with data partnerships and some glimmers of light with long-awaited transit directions and improvements in business, parking and place data, Apple Maps is still not where it needs to be to be considered a world-class service. Maps needs fixing. Apple, it turns out, is aware of this, so it’s re-building the maps part of Maps. It’s doing this by using first-party data…

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World Cup 2018 power rankings: Brazil and Croatia lead the way

At the end of the group stage we rank the 32 teams at the World Cup in Russia, with Brazil top, England in 10th and Panama last 1) Brazil It is hard to shake the feeling that Brazil are the best-balanced side at this World Cup. win over Serbia and they look capable of raising things further. thumping win over Argentina. A meeting with Spain in the last eight looks likely and Zlatko Dalics side cannot be ruled out of doing something special. 3) Belgium Whether or not they really…

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