Fanny Chu

25 Tasty Japanese Snacks

Other than ramen.

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Why Are Little Kids in Japan So Independent?

In Japan, small children take the subway and run errands alone, no parent in sight. The reason why has more to do with social trust than self-reliance.


6 City Instagram Accounts to Follow

These feeds offer a cleverly curated peek into cities around the world.

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Coming Soon to America: One Fare Card for All Transit

It’s working in other parts of the world, so what’s the holdup in the U.S.?

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10-Foot Traffic Lanes Are Safer—and Still Move Plenty of Cars

The case against 12-foot lanes in cities, in 3 charts.

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The Keys to Designing Cities With Fewer Traffic Fatalities

Reduce urban sprawl, for one thing.

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Soon You'll Need a Parking Spot Before You Can Buy a Car in Beijing

Officials expect the plan to reduce congestion in the crowded city.

Erieta Attali

A Japanese Architect Has Turned Old Ethernet Cables Into Restaurant Decor

There's something decidedly sci-fi and apocalyptic about what Kengo Kuma has served up.

Library of Congress

It's Always Cherry Blossom Season in These Exquisite Japanese Woodblock Prints

Summer festivals, fall foliage, and snow also make an appearance in this Library of Congress collection.

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Your Credit Card Is Now Your Fare Card on the Mumbai Metro

Adoption of similar mass transit technology in the U.S. may not be far off.

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Toward a Simple and Universal Law of Pedestrian Behavior

Our sidewalk interactions are "fundamentally anticipatory in nature," according to scientists.

An Addictive Tool Tracks the Explosive Expansion of the World's Megacities

Examining swelling urban borders over the past 100 years.


The First Super Typhoon of 2014 Is a True Monster

All eyes in Japan are on Super Typhoon Neoguri, a tremendous storm set to create 40-foot-tall waves.

Parco City

For the Traveling Foodie, Here Is Sushi Luggage

Please note that these nigiri-themed suitcases are not edible.

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Tokyo's Carbon Market for Office Buildings Is All 'Cap' and Not Much 'Trade'

The success of the world's first city-level carbon-trading system hasn't had much to do with emissions trading.

U.S. National Archives

What Tokyo Looked Like in 1945

The March 10 air raids were among the deadliest, most destructive attacks of World War II.

The Amazing Things You Can Learn From a Virtual City

This new tool can help us understand how people respond to urban spaces before they're built.

Schema Design

What New York's Social Network Might Look Like If We Could Actually See It

A wild experiment in 3D data visualization.