Japan

Hiroshima Peace Memorial

On this day, August 6, in 1945 – the first nuclear weapon to be used in war was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The bomb, Little Boy, was released at 8:15 local time by the American B-29 bomber…

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Wednesday, 6th August 2008

Street View for Australia and Japan

Much to the annoyance of the tinfoil-hat privacy nuts, Street View’s spread across the globe continues with two launches today: Japan and Australia! Japan has coverage in the following cities: Osaka, Kobe, Yokohama, Saitama, Chiba, Sendai, Sapporo, Hakodate, Kyoto and…

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Monday, 4th August 2008

Wobbly Bridge

No, not that one – this cutting-edge bridge is in Japan, and it really is seriously wobbly! It’s virtually serrated by virtue of its cutting-edge wibbly-wobblyness. It’s so wobbly in fact, that it’s only accessible to specially-built, hand-customised “wobbly vehicles”,…

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Monday, 4th August 2008

Hokkaidō Centennial Memorial Tower

This is supposedly the Hokkaidō Centennial Memorial Tower in Nopporo Forest Park, Hokkaidō, Japan. The official site claims it’s 100m tall, and was completed in 1970 to honour the 100th anniversary of Hokkaidō’s official colonisation1. Of course dear geeky-reader, you…

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Wednesday, 23rd July 2008

Driving Through Buildings

In Japan’s “second city” of Osaka, space for offices is severely limited. So limited that the 16 story ‘Gate Tower Building’ had to lose the 5th, 6th and 7th floors to a raised highway! The story goes that back in…

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Thursday, 5th June 2008

Doubly Mysterious Circle of People

In Osaka, Japan this group of people have gone one better than the original Mysterious Circle of People, and have created a Mysterious Double Circle of People… Maybe this is the beginning of a new form of flash mobbing for…

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Thursday, 3rd April 2008
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