Japan

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

Two out of Three views of Japan

The “Three Views of Japan” are just like the Seven Wonders of the World, except they’re all in Japan. And there’s only three of them. Firstly there’s “Matsushima”, a group of around 260 miniature islands which are all covered in…

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Friday, 7th March 2008

World’s Largest Saw [Updated]

Clearly visible thanks to an enormous shadow, this huge saw in Tokyo looks to be attempting to cut the city in half. Unfortunately it seems that the person using it has gotten off to a slow start, and must have…

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Monday, 7th January 2008
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Volcanoes of the Northern Marianas (Volcano Week 7)

The Mariana Islands are part of a great submerged mountain range that extends all the way from Guam north to Japan. While the southern Marianas are known worldwide as tourist destinations, the uninhabited northernmost islands are actually a long string of active volcanoes fed by the subduction of the Pacific Plate into the Mariana Trench, the deepest location on Earth.

Google Sightseeing writer set to climb Africa’s tallest volcano

Two years ago our very own Noel Ballantyne wrote an article for Volcano Week 5 about Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant…

Sakura-jima (Volcano Week 7)

Once a volcanic island centered in Japan’s Kagoshima Bay, during an eruption in 1914 the Sakura-jima volcano decided to change…

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