First Japanese Solar Powered Condo

This condo complex, called the Grandia Solare, is said to be the first of its kind in Japan. Each apartment gets 1530 watts of solar power from the building’s roof. Apparently the solar cells are owned by a third-party, so the upfront cost of the panels was not passed on to the condo’s residents. The […]

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Loopwing Wind Turbine At Japanese Tradeshow

I first saw the Loopwing wind turbine last year. Lately, the company has been showing it off in trade show across Japan. There’s still no solid data on this turbine, but the design is certain intriguing — I’m keeping my eye on this one. Here’s what the Loopwing website says about the turbine: it’s a […]

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Furoshiki: Traditional Japanese Cloth Wrapping

A “Furoshiki” is a traditional Japanese cloth used to wrap gifts, clothes, and other goods. Recently this practice has been revived in Japan. The appeal of this form of wrapping is that the cloth is reused for other purposes, and it is an eco-effective technique in this regard. Furoshiki means “bath spread” and it derives […]

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Ceramic Japanese Soaking Tubs

A company called Aquapal imports these authentic tubs from Shigaraki region of Japan. The tubs are hand-made ceramic sculptures. The clay and titanium oxide composition are naturally antibacterial. There are no prices posted on the Aquapal web site, the company says can call for custom pricing.

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Efficient Japanese Beds

​​​​ This bed, constructed in Japan, is made in the style of the Edo period, which was known for its simplicity and restrained elegance. It’s constructed out of sustainably-farmed solid mahogany. The bed can support a futon or a traditional style mattress. One benefit of this type of design is that no box springs are […]

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