A Tie That Can Help You Navigate the Subway

Sneak a peak and you'll never get lost again.

Stand in Awe of Tokyo's $100 Melons

Should you eat it, or put it in a museum?


The Littlest Ice Skating Rink in Tokyo Is Very Small Indeed

Attended by skating instructors, the wee rink measures less than 10 feet across.

Nagashima Resort

This Japanese Holiday Light Show Is a Wonder to Behold

The LED-dripping Mount Fuji is almost as spectacular as the real mountain.


In the Future, We Will All Scoot Around on Robotic Stools

That's the vision of Honda, anyway, which has invented a Segway-like pedestal for personal mobility.


Tokyo Has a Nap Cafe For Sleepy Ladies

A 10-minute snooze costs about $1.50. 

Awesome Art Made From Recycled Skateboards

Tokyo artist Haroshi makes wildly colorful art from hundreds of stacked skateboard decks.

Zaha Hadid Architects

Japan's Scaled-Down Olympics

Officials are already cutting bells and whistles from Zaha Hadid's bold stadium proposal to avoid runaway costs.

Talking About Climate Change in Terms of Its Impact on Your Favorite Things

New York. Paris. Bacon.


Dazzling Timelapse Videos of Millions of FourSquare Check-Ins

In six global cities.


One Japanese Man on Being Evicted for the Olympics Twice in One Lifetime: 'I Have a Kind of Grudge'

Tokyo's National Olympic Stadium is being rebuilt and expanded. That means Kohei Jinno, who lives one block away, will have to move. Again.


8 More Brilliant Pieces of Bike Infrastructure

Lofted bike lanes, automated parking, and more.


All You Really Need to Know About the 2020 Summer Olympics Bids

A cheatsheet on which city might be chosen as the next future host of the Summer Olympics—Tokyo, Madrid, or Istanbul.

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In California, Transgender Students Get a Big Bathroom Win

In other toilet news, Juggalo porta-potties are disgusting, a Japanese toilet is hackable, and a man allegedly bombs a gas-station commode with a skunk.

Would This Insanely Complex Diagram Help You Navigate a Subway System?

Tokyo made a guide to its labyrinthine underground network. But despite their good intentions, it may as well have been drawn by M.C. Escher.

Tokyo Museum Unveils the Spookiest Art Exhibit We've Ever Seen

When was the last time your museum experience involved a painting you can climb into or disembodied eyes following you in a room?


Why Madrid Should Host the 2020 Olympics

Istanbul is everything the Olympic committee wants -- and everything it fears. Tokyo is boring. Really, there's only one choice.


Visualizing the Stunning Growth of 8 Years of OpenStreetMap

Of course, these people know how to map their own mapping exploits.

Koichi Shimano

Gorgeous, Surreal Photos of Mount Fuji Show Why It Deserves UNESCO's Respect

Photographer Koichi Shimano portrays the godlike volcano in the grips of seriously profound and weird weather.