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Photoessay: Tokyo architecture

Photoessay: Tokyo architecture | Japon | Scoop.it

Tokyo must be one of the best places in the world to shoot modern architecture – between the crazy ideas, traditional influences and availability of money to spend on buildings beyond the merely functional. I suppose the incredibly small plot sizes also force architects to make the best use of available space, but at the same time also stand out from their neighbours. One interesting thing I’ve noticed is that all buildings are separated by a small – about 6″ – gap; presumably this has something to do with allowing slip in the event of an earthquake. Still, it does look a little odd at times.


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Una app nipona localiza refugios en caso de desastre

Una app nipona localiza refugios en caso de desastre | Japon | Scoop.it

Basta con dirigir la cámara del smartphone en una dirección para que en la pantalla se muestren los puntos de evacuación en casos terremoto, tsunami u otros desastres


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Tokyo Sky Tree construction ends: World’s tallest tower prepares to open 22 Marche 2012

Tokyo Sky Tree construction ends: World’s tallest tower prepares to open 22 Marche 2012 | Japon | Scoop.it
Two months late and 634 meters high, Tokyo’s Sky Tree, officially the world’s tallest tower, was completed yesterday, February 29, 2012.
Construction was delayed after the March 2011 earthquak...

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Japan falls out of love with skyscrapers

Japan falls out of love with skyscrapers | Japon | Scoop.it
Tokyo is one of the world's most modern cities but the earthquake in March has changed attitudes towards high-rise buildings.

 

Scientific opinion is that shifting strains in the Earth's crust make a big one under the capital more likely, not less.

So it has forced Tokyo residents to confront the uncomfortable reality.

These days, a great view is not the selling point it once was. Adverts and brochures for new apartment blocks now lay far more emphasis on earthquake-proofing - the elaborate foundations, the stocks of emergency meals, water and generators.

And the quality of the ground underneath. Reclaimed land - and there is a lot of it in Tokyo - is judged less safe, vulnerable to liquefaction.

Sales of high-rise apartments plummeted after the earthquake in March. Some renters, who were able to, have moved.

It has all got one of Japan's most successful property developers thinking.

Akira Mori has become a billionaire, the country's third richest man, by building some of its biggest towers.

The proportion of low-rise housing in Tokyo is set to increase in line with demand
Now, he says, the era of skyscrapers reaching ever higher is over. He is calling for a new vision of Tokyo with lower, wider buildings, designed to be refuges in times of crisis....


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¿Sabías que La Torre Eiffel japonesa supera en altura a la parisina?

¿Sabías que La Torre Eiffel japonesa supera en altura a la parisina? | Japon | Scoop.it
Bueno, no se llama así. Su nombre es Nihon Denpa To (torre japonesa de ondas eléctricas), se la conoce popularmente como Tokyo Tower y, eso sé, fue diseñada a semejanza de la Torre Eiffel de París, a la que supera en altura.
La construcción de esta gran antena metálica blanca y naranja —que funciona como antena de transmisión de señales analógicas y digitales— finalizó en 1958, alcanzando una altura de 333 metros..

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Fire Ramen in Kyoto | Japan Probe

Fire Ramen in Kyoto | Japan Probe | Japon | Scoop.it
A video shows us the fiery ramen available at Men Baka Ichidai, a restaurant in Kyoto: The restaurant is near Nijo Castle.

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El monte Fuji ya es Patrimonio de la Humanidad

El monte Fuji ya es Patrimonio de la Humanidad | Japon | Scoop.it

El icono de Japón, considerado sagrado en el país, es el punto más alto y mide 3.776 metros (El monte Fuji ya es Patrimonio de la Humanidad #Japon http://t.co/QQJUofezGG vía @el_pais)...


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Post tops survey on newspaper credibility as trust in Hong Kong ...

Post tops survey on newspaper credibility as trust in Hong Kong ... | Japon | Scoop.it
Chinese University study showing decline in trust for newspapers and broadcasters prompts journalists' chief to hit out at self-censorship.
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Tokyo's innovative solution to keep old skyscrapers from toppling during earthquakes | SmartPlanet.com

Tokyo's innovative solution to keep old skyscrapers from toppling during earthquakes | SmartPlanet.com | Japon | Scoop.it

The videos of swaying skyscrapers in Tokyo during the powerful earthquake in 2011 that hit off the coast of Japan are absolutely terrifying. Thanks to strict building codes and the location of the earthquake's epicenter, the skyscrapers were spared.

 

But if Tokyo were to take a direct hit from a high-magnitude earthquake, the scene could be much worse.

 

There are many older skyscrapers that don't have earthquake-resistant technology that's required to be built into new skyscrapers.

 

That's where the innovation comes in. Real estate developer Mitsui Fudosan and Kajima Corp., a construction and engineering company, are teaming up to install six 300-ton steel pendulums, known as "tuned mass dampers," on the roof of the Shinjuku Mitsui building, a 55-story skyscraper built in 1974, instead of tearing it down and building a new tower. The idea is that the massive pendulums will counteract the massive seismic waves during an earthquake and keep the building upright.

 

As Next City reports, the technology is being used in new buildings but isn't common as a retrofit to older buildings. But it could be extremely effective at dampening the blow of a powerful earthquake with an epicenter near Tokyo, according to Next City:

 

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Centros de desintoxicación de Internet para adolescentes japoneses

Centros de desintoxicación de Internet para adolescentes japoneses | Japon | Scoop.it

El gobierno nipón planea abrir, a lo largo de 2014, lugares donde sus jóvenes puedan “ayunar” de sus portátiles y smartphones.


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Japan builds Tokyo Sky Tree, world's tallest tower

Japan builds Tokyo Sky Tree, world's tallest tower | Japon | Scoop.it

Standing 2,080 feet tall, the Tokyo Sky Tree is a new digital broadcast tower built on reclaimed land in the Japanese capital. Engineers are confident it won't topple in an earthquake.


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World’s Tallest Tower Rises in Tokyo=Sky Tree=天空樹

World’s Tallest Tower Rises in Tokyo=Sky Tree=天空樹 | Japon | Scoop.it
Guinness World Records certified the Tokyo Sky Tree as the tallest tower in the world this month.
Rising like a space age Eiffel Tower on growth hormones, the newly built Tokyo Sky Tree won't offi...

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UN firmó convenio con la Universidad de Osaka

UN firmó convenio con la Universidad de Osaka | Japon | Scoop.it

Para promover el intercambio de docentes y estudiantes e impulsar las investigaciones y publicaciones especializadas entre ambas instituciones, la UN consolidó alianza con esta universidad de Japón.

 

Para materializar el convenio, un estudiante del Doctorado en Ingeniería de la Facultad de Minas de la UN en Medellín, viajará al país asiático en el mes de marzo de 2013 para hacer su pasantía y potenciar su tesis de grado, que busca identificar minas antipersonales a través de técnicas que no se han utilizado en el país.


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Sólo en Japón: Doctorado en manga, en la Universidad Seika en Kioto.

Sólo en Japón: Doctorado en manga, en la Universidad Seika en Kioto. | Japon | Scoop.it

La Universidad Kyoto Seika imparte ya la maestría y doctorado en manga, esta universidad es reconocida por sus carreras artísticas, y recientemente por su Facultad de Manga, dónde imparten cursos de cómic, ilustración y animación.


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Tokyo | Marko Vesterinen

Tokyo | Marko Vesterinen | Japon | Scoop.it


Just finished uploading the images to my portfolio from my first visit to Tokyo. Such an amazing city! This time i only brought the X-E2 and the following lenses 14mm, 23mm, 35 and 55-200mm. Compared to my X-Pro1 i would say that the much improved EVF and the faster AF were the main things i noticed in real life shooting. I did shoot at high ISO:s a lot (3200-6400) I really like organic feel of the noise the x-trans sensor produces, very filmlike. All the images are processed in Lightroom 5.3 with VSCO presets.....


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Dog Dog Japon, CBD | iFAT - Food Chronicles

Dog Dog Japon, CBD | iFAT - Food Chronicles | Japon | Scoop.it
If these hot dogs were the Beatles; my karaage dog would've been John Lennon, my kransky would've been Paul McCartney, the teriyaki chicken would've been George Harrison and the poor potato and beef croquette ...
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