A country retreat outside of Tokyo

Takei-Nabeshima-Architects (TNA) designed a country retreat in the town of Karuizawa outside Tokyo, Japan, wrapped in rings of glass and wood and has an uninterrupted 360 degree view of the forest. TNA designed rings around the facade so that areas of private spaces and utilities could be met. The height of each ring was decided [...]


Space Wedding

Space will now be the ultimate frontier for grooms and brides in 2011, when Rocketplane Kistler Japan who teamed up with wedding planner First Advantage begin hosting weddings aboard a 1-hour space flight that reaches an altitude of more than 100 kilometers (62.1 miles). The cost of $2.2 million per wedding includes a photo and [...]

Watermelon auctioned for $6,100 in Japan

A black jumbo watermelon auctioned in northern Japan fetched a record $6,100 Friday, making it the most expensive watermelon ever sold in the country — and possibly the world. The 17-pound premium “Densuke” watermelon, grown only on the northern island of Hokkaido, was purchased by a marine products dealer who said he wanted to support [...]

ASI Bentley Continental Tetsu GTR

ASI (Accuracy.Spirit.Imagination), car tuning specialist from Japan, has released its tuning package for the Bentley Continental GT. The modified Bentley from ASI is known as ASI Tetsu GTR where its Japanese cherry blossoms paintwork is based on the original Japanese artwork by Nakamura Tetsuei. Artwork aside, ASI’s Tetsu GTR features an aggressively styled wide-bodykit (+1,800 [...]

Gundam Painting Fetches $600,000

A Gundam painting by Japanese artist Tenmyouya Hisashi lately fetched HK$4.8 million (approx. US$600,000) at Hong Kong based Christie’s auction house. The painting “RX-78-2 Kabuki-mono 2005 Version” reflects a perfect blend of traditionalism with modernism. Tenmyouya Hisashi has this to say about his artwork : “In Japan there are many “Gundam-Otaku’s,” and their adoration of [...]

$1.5 mn Bejeweled Bouquet

An employee and a sales clerk of Takashimaya Department Store introduce a bouquet made of jewelry in Osaka on May 23, 2008. The 1.5 million dollars bouquet consists of a 11.5-carat yellow diamond ring, seven yellow gold diamond brooches and 46 Mexican opal brooches with silver leaves, stalks and base. Via msnbc

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