Japan

Tokyo’s Towers of Wind(s)

Tokyo has two structures, apparently unrelated, with very similar names – the Tower of Wind and the Tower of Winds. The Tower of Wind (singular, known locally as Kaze no Tō) is a spectacular structure in Tokyo Harbour consisting of…

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Friday, 1st May 2009

This Earth Day, Spare a Tree

It’s Earth Day today, an event designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. To celebrate, we’re looking at the unlikely survival of a very tiny piece of nature in the heart of one of the world’s largest…

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Wednesday, 22nd April 2009

Street View Car Runs Over a Deer

Last week Google removed some street view photos from upstate New York as they showed the camera car hitting a wild deer as it crossed the road. The Google Sightseeing team was unfortunately on holiday when the news broke1, but…

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Monday, 2nd February 2009

Plane Wash

Have you ever wondered how they get planes clean? Well at Heathrow we can see the plane cleaning crews hard at work, but for some reason it’s the wet outlines of absent planes that are the most interesting. Anyone who…

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Tuesday, 13th January 2009

Daisen-Kofun

Nestled in the bustling city of Osaka lie many kofun – keyhole shaped and mounded tombs or tumuli – the largest of which is Daisen-Kofun. Daisen-Kofun is the resting place of Emperor Nintoku who ruled Japan in the early 5th…

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Tuesday, 16th December 2008

Giant Spiders

Caution arachnophobes, many parts of the world appear to be home to giant spiders, thankfully all in the name of art. First up, a giant bug on top of a building in Reno, Nevada. This spider sculpture was created by…

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Tuesday, 2nd December 2008
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Previously on Google Sightseeing

Rock ‘n’ Roll R.I.P.s

The world has a certain reverential (or just morbid) fascination with the death sites of famous musicians. The pantheon of dead music legends is far too great (and depressing) to capture in just one article, but here’s a look at just some of the famous/infamous places where great talents have met untimely ends.

Google Boat View

A few years ago it was a common joke to suggest that Google would follow the success of Street View…

Top Ten Most Expensive Restaurants in the US

Last year bundle.com released a list of the 25 most expensive restaurants in the US, with mind-boggling average prices for…

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