design

Japan’s first genderless, two-piece school swimsuits are now available for adoption by schools

The same customizable, non-formfitting design is an option for an increasing number of students who don’t want to focus on gender in P.E. class. 

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2022 Uniqlo global T-shirt contest reveals winning designs of Snoopy and the gang

The 11 winning entries were selected from 14,000 total submissions centered around Peanuts characters and will go on sale later this month.

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Japanese company develops possibly the most difficult ever: Rubik’s Cube Impossible

You won’t believe your eyes when playing this version of the classic puzzle.

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Blackboards in the west, hallways in the north: Japanese school layouts spark discussion online

Are all Japanese schools designed the same way???

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The Japanese art of making trash containers from old papers

How to make an environmentally friendly container used in a lot of Japanese homes.

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Turn your idol’s autograph into an accessory with this clever hack from Japan

A smart way to keep your favourite artist close to you at all times.

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Yamaha designed a brass mouse, and it’s a thing of beauty

I don’t even play a wind instrument and want this.

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How to make your 2-D crush’s eyes follow you around the room

Simple art hack turns your manga character into an anime character.

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Step into a manga at Japan’s 2-D cafes in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto

Magical cafes whisk you away from the harsh realities of 3-D living. 

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New Japanese mascot character: A train station monster that grabs children who don’t mind the gap

Kind of like a Japanese version of Pennywise the Clown. 

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“Genius” child seat at food court in Japanese shopping mall goes viral

Another example of amazing customer service in Japan.

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Cup Noodle wipes the floor with the competition…at a competition in Japan

Nissin brand turns 50 but their marketing remains forever young. 

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Miss Universe 2021 Japan entry slammed for wearing “dead person’s kimono”

“Cool Japan” take on national costume criticised as an “insult” to Japanese culture. 

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This Tokyo apartment building uses feng shui in its design to make for very lucky living spaces

With bright color schemes and unusual room designs, this complex would be a unique place to live!

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Huge lock on Japanese public toilet door is true display of kind customer service

Genius idea warms the hearts of people around the nation.

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Neighbors Kamikitazawa introduces us to the cool side of shared Tokyo apartment rentals

Where neighbours become good friends…

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Google Japan unveils tea-cup shaped keyboard with open-source all-fish input system

Someday our grandchildren will wonder what life was like before we all typed on tea cups.

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Cat-ear eye drops take Japan’s obsession with felines to a whole new level

Best-selling Japanese eye drop brand adds three cool cats to their range.

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New Adidas Hachiko sneakers pay homage to Shibuya’s famous loyal dog

The third release in the Adidas x Atmos Shibuya Pack promoting Tokyo street culture to the world. 

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Is this the tiniest teleworking space in Japan?

Small building comes with a big price tag. 

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