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The Japanese Art of Recognizing Beauty in Broken Things

The Japanese Art of Recognizing Beauty in Broken Things

In Japan, craftsmen practice the ancient art of kintsugi, or “golden joinery,” which is a method of restoring a broken object with lacquer.

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You Don’t Have to Like Dolls to Enjoy This Kokeshi Doll-Making Video

You Don’t Have to Like Dolls to Enjoy This Kokeshi Doll-Making Video

Yasuo Okazaki is an amazing woodworker that makes naruko kokeshi dolls, which he hypnotizingly shapes and paints while they spin on a lathe.

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Delicate Resin Flowers Bloom with This Unusual Technique

Delicate Resin Flowers Bloom with This Unusual Technique

These beautiful flowers, made by artist Sakae, appear to be made of glass, but they are actually wire dipped in liquid synthetic resin.

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Everything We Know About the Upcoming USA vs Japan Giant Robot Battle

Everything We Know About the Upcoming USA vs Japan Giant Robot Battle

The creators of Megabots have come forward to challenge Japan to the fight of the century: a giant robot battle.

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Reinventing Disposable Tableware

Reinventing Disposable Tableware

The fate of single use table ware, paper plates and cups, is predictable. They go in the garbage, sometimes if we’re lucky, they’re recycled or composted. But what if we replaced the paper made from wood pulp with rapidly grown bamboo and reed, along with bagasse—waste left over after extracting juice from sugar cane, and normally burnt—you’d get something that looks a little different. Especially if you give the whole idea some thought.

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Remembering Japan – Contribute to a Fantastic Open Source Project

Remembering Japan – Contribute to a Fantastic Open Source Project

Geiger Counter prices will drop as they become more popular, leading to more data points, citizen science, and most importantly, preparation for another crisis (which will hopefully never occur). Contribute to the Safecast project on March 11th and your donation will be matched 200%.

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