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Tactile paving, bumpy high visibility tiles set into pavements to act as guides for the visually impaired (in fact a Japanese invention), is finally finding its way into the cities of China – although some have expressed reservations about the made in China version having the exact opposite effect to what was intended.

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  • Anonymous commented on June 20, 2012 21:30

    Maybe they thought it was a good idea to just euthanize blind people?... More

  • starsplash commented on November 28, 2011 12:44

    Africa is said to be the origin of humanity... More


Mio House Model Quite Something

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Detailed architectural plans of the various houses featured in K-ON! are nothing new, but for one fan only a meticulous 1:100 model of the Akiyama residence would do.

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  • Darklob commented on May 1, 2011 15:41

    For hardcore fan its blasphemy to commercialize these holy objects I think :P... More

  • Darklob commented on May 1, 2011 15:39

    Yay now I can stalk Mio whiles in my own room.... More


Shabby Railway Stations of Japan

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Japan’s railway network may be renowned as one of the best in the world, but that doesn’t stop large parts of it, particularly many tiny rural stations, from being rather shabby – train and photography otaku share the worst examples:

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  • Anonymous commented on December 6, 2012 00:57

    [Insert asian cock joke here]... More

  • Anonymous commented on September 19, 2012 07:44

    Amazing~! I had to download and gaze at every one. You can see where hundreds of people flowed through every day.... to work, shop, love~~! ...an Art Form is its own right... ARIGATO ~~~ Triti... More


Forsaken Japan

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The exploration of Japan’s forgotten places continues below, with the intrepid urban explorer from the previous gallery returning to share more of his expeditions.

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  • Anonymous commented on May 24, 2011 16:19

    what is a love hotel? is it where you do sex?... More

  • Anonymous commented on May 10, 2011 15:31

    These pics look like a good setting for an eroge.... More


Abandoned Places of Japan

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An anonymous urban explorer has been sharing photographs of the many abandoned places he has been investigating throughout Japan with 2ch – the photographs hauntingly depict some of the most quintessentially Japanese of places, such as faddish theme parks and love hotels, ravaged by abandon and neglect, and in many cases still housing strange oddities – in one case a stuffed mammoth…

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  • Anonymous commented on June 21, 2015 10:43

    Pic #112 DAT ASS!!!!... More

  • Anonymous commented on August 6, 2011 22:55

    Why hello there. I'm a legal Filipino immigrant. How nice to meet you!... More


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A detailed diagram of none other than Nagato Yuki‘s very own home is featured in this month’s issue of a Tokyo housing magazine.

The otaku taste for dabbling in architecture is well established, but Nagato’s apartment likely ranks up higher than most other such schematics.

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  • Quen commented on November 13, 2010 12:14

    I merely wrote the article since I am an otaku, and this is what I regard as one of my otaku activities. Trust me on this. ^^;... More

  • Quen commented on November 13, 2010 12:13

    Thanks, glad you liked it.... More


Eminent Domain, Chinese Style

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Unsurprisingly, the dark side of China’s construction boom is very dark indeed – whilst tenants in the way of new construction projects are at least now notionally able to refuse to sell up (chiefly because rates may be far below market value), what awaits them may not be pleasant.

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  • Anonymous commented on September 28, 2012 03:34

    Which is probably for the better. They might controll 1 billion already, but they can't controll 6 more.... More

  • Anonymous commented on July 8, 2012 06:08

    Beats the US, where if you hold out, they just rezone your property and force you out by law. Then take your land and through careful bureaucratic processes, resell it at below market prices to... More


Deadly Elevator Rage

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A man who became enraged after missing an elevator fell to his death in the shaft after ramming his way through the doors in his electric wheelchair.

The video of the incident has proven popular viewing:

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  • Anonymous commented on May 28, 2013 16:46

    korea quality... More

  • Anonymous commented on December 7, 2012 07:14

    Check out the reflection of the people behind him. And whats with the lighting increase. This looks like it was setup as a prank or viral video attempt. The onlookers do not... More


Top 10 Most Expensive Things in Japan

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Japanese asked what it is they think is too expensive in Japan compared to overseas yield a ranking unlikely to dismiss any stereotypes about urban life in Japan…

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  • Anonymous commented on May 1, 2012 11:21

    Watch or download anime from internet = FREE. In the USA at least :D... More

  • Anonymous commented on December 5, 2011 06:42

    Oh damn. It sounds so discouraging. I want to live in Japan,please tell me something positive.... More


Creepy Buildings Gallery

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2ch’s renowned population of architectural critics have assembled an impressive collection of buildings which in their collective estimation qualify as “creepy” – an appraisal few are likely to find fault with.

Japan in particular is no slouch in providing examples of ill-advised architecture…

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  • Anonymous commented on November 25, 2014 15:11

    no photo from inside the wall city? 1/10... More

  • Anonymous commented on November 25, 2014 15:08

    its a drain dimwit... More


UNICEF’s Donations at Work

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UNICEF Japan doesn’t only spend its donations suing critics into silence and campaigning against freedom of speech – it has also spent tens of millions of dollars building and maintaining its gigantic HQ in the middle of Tokyo.

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  • Elizebeth commented on June 27, 2012 04:15

    Boo!!!... More

  • RunnerRed commented on August 10, 2010 16:59

    3d children are really a pain in the neck to store and sustain. If they eliminate,or just don't care about, 3d children, they increase the capacity of 2d -tidy and low-maintenance- children care unit manifold. And... More


Giant PS3 Spotted

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Sony’s expertise in either miniaturisation or mimicry seems evident from the above image.

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  • Michael commented on August 7, 2010 11:01

    They would build the central air system too small to accommodate the building, hire cheap foreign labor to do a crappy job with brick & mortar, the building would suffer from extreme fatigue and warping,... More

  • TehBoringOne commented on August 5, 2010 10:08

    And some of the workers there have red things on their labia, only those are from STDs...... More


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