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I2-house / Masahiko Sato

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> I2-house [court house] locates in crowding resident area in Nagasaki city of Nagasaki prefecture, its …

Japan

8 national parks that are perfect for spring trips

We've handpicked the 15 best national parks for springtime revelry, from Tennessee to Alaska to California. Now it's your turn to start planning a trip.

National Parks

Conceptual Portraits with a Stunning Interplay of Light and Shadow

Photographer Alessio Albi’s images are all absorbed with a sense of melancholy, his subjects depicted in dull lights that are evocative of a sense …

House of Yabugaoka has its ground floor sunken for privacy

The ground floor of this Osaka home by Japanese architect Masatoshi Hatamoto is sunken below street level to create more privacy for its residents (+ …

Architecture

Fujigaoka T / Sinato

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> This project is a home for a family of three in one unit of a twenty-six year old apartment building. …

Architecture

SOL / Hitoshi Saruta

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> While drafting the design of “cnest”, we received an offer to design a house on the neighboring lot by …

Architecture

I Heart My City: Takafumi’s Kyoto

<b>Takafumi Kawakami</b> spent a brief amount of time in Texas and Arizona before boomeranging back to his native <b>Kyoto</b> determined to follow his family’s tradition of becoming a Zen buddhist. Nowadays, he runs the Zen meditation program at the Shunkoin Temple and serves as a fellow through the United …

Cave-shaped and plant-covered museum by Kengo Kuma is dedicated to Filipino history

An artificial ravine will carve through the centre of Kengo Kuma's Museum of Indigenous Knowledge in the Philippines, which is shaped like a …

Giorgio Armani

To Stop Procrastinating, Start by Understanding the Emotions Involved

Time management goes only so far; the emotional reasons for delay must also be addressed<p>Putting off a work or school assignment in order to play videogames or water the plants might seem like nothing more serious than poor time-management.<p>But researchers say chronic procrastination is an emotional …

Time Management

What You Didn't Know About the Act of Reading Books

Finding time to read has never been an issue for me. I read different books at different levels — you don’t put the same effort into Harry Potter as …

Books

The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

<b>1. The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan (1678)</b><p>A story of a man in search of truth told with the simple clarity and beauty of Bunyan’s prose make this the ultimate English classic.<p><b>2. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (1719)</b><p>By the end of the 19th century, no book in English literary history had …

Literature

23 pictures that show why travelers voted Kyoto the best city in the world

This year, for the second time in a row, travelers voted Kyoto, Japan, to be the best city in the world.<p>Kyoto — Japan's imperial capital for over 1,000 years — is full of incredible temples, parks, and markets that make it a favorite with travelers.<p>These photos show why Kyoto was named the world's …

Japan

Tips for low-risk investing<p></p

Investing is a savvy way to increase your net worth by essentially doing nothing. Create a solid investment strategy now to be set in the future.<p>It's …

Investing

The Most Titanic Common Startup Mistakes

“Titanic Sinking” by Willy Stöwer (1912)<p>If it had not struck an iceberg back in 1912, chances are pretty good that you would never have heard of RMS …

3 utterly charming Japanese villages you must visit

Geisha, Ninjas and Samurai<p><b>Kanazawa</b>, a UNESCO City of Crafts and Folk Art, is the compact capital of Ishikawa Prefecture. Known as “Little Kyoto,” it …