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Japan's Olympic Aquatic Center Design May Fall Flat

Japanese Olympic Swimmers

Image source: Abc.net

In case you haven’t already heard (which seems unlikely, considering all of the press it got) Japan won the bid to host the Olympic Games in 2020. Obviously, Japan has some pretty big shoes to fill. Beijing set the bar with their iconic Beijing Water Cube, the gorgeous Bird’s Nest Stadium, and an opening ceremony that likely won’t be topped anytime soon. London’s display was pretty impressive, but it was a far cry from the architectural marvels in Beijing. Will Japan be able to one-up its neighbor to the west? Continue reading


Go Zen with an Iwagumi Aquarium Rock Garden

Iwagumi Aquarium

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Yesterday we took a look at Dutch aquariums, so I thought that we could make this week all about theme aquariums! For the next four days, we’re going to dive in the various aquarium styles that currently dominate the hobby. Continue reading

You Won't Believe Your Eyes! Stunning Glowing Garden Shows Beauty of LEDs

Nabana no Sato Botanical Garden

Image source: Inhabitat.com

The Japanese seem to get a kick out of LED art. A while ago, they created this stunning floating light show by letting thousands of LEDs drift through Tokyo. It would be hard to one-up a display like that, but the Nabana no Sato Botanical Garden might give it a run for its money. Continue reading

Ring Ring — Fishy Phonebooth! The Beauty of Public Aquariums

Kingyobu Collective Public Aquariums

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Years ago, telephone booths provided people with an important public service. When you needed to phone someone, you just threw a quarter into the machine and dialed up your buddy. Since everybody and their grandma has a cell phone nowadays, especially with companies giving them away for free, pretty much the only time you ever see anybody use a pay phone is on TV. You know the scene – some hotshot detective is investigating a crime when the big bad evil guy calls the detective on the untraceable public phone so that he can gloat. Continue reading

Godzilla-Jaws Attacks Tokyo During Odaiba Laser Show

Shark Laser Show

Image source: News.ninemsn.com.au

Early in 2010, Japanese motorists crossing the Rainbow Bridge were greeted with a bizarre sight: a stadium-sized great white shark leaping out of Tokyo Bay towards their cars. But this Godzilla-esque carnivore wasn’t there to munch on screaming Tokyo citizens — it was there to entertain them. This larger-than-life shark was the product of one of the world’s most breathtaking laser shows. Continue reading

These Penguins Soar 100 Feet Over Busy Tokyo Streets

Flying Penguin Exhibit

Image source: Sunshinecity.co.jp

It’s kind of ironic that humans don’t have gills. People across all cultures love the ocean, find flowing water to be beautiful, and gaze upon swimming fish with a sense of serene tranquility. Adoring water is hard-wired into our DNA, but the aquatic world is pretty much cut off from us. You can strap on some scuba gear, but even then you’re only a guest in an inhospitable environment. I’ve never gone scuba diving, but my brother did it once. When I asked him what it was like he said, “It’s scarier than I thought it would be. You get down there and you think, ‘If something goes wrong with my gear, I’ll die.’ It makes you feel like you don’t belong down there.” Continue reading