Takao Shiotsuka Atelier: Do we really need lawns?

Usually I am not an advocate of such stark minimalism but when it is done to such extremes, it deserves appreciation. Take this white house for example. The immense window, the open spaces, the white staircase, the view and…the japanese rock garden! Beautiful. Just don’t touch anything, ok?
Architects: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
Location: Japan
Client: Private
Project year: 2008
Constructed area: 237 sqm
Photographs: Toshiyuki YANO (Nacasa & Partners Inc.,)
Minimalist home, Japan

Air Conditioned Clothing “Kuchofuku” a rage in Japan

Not exactly the most aesthetically pleasing garment around, it is nevertheless a HUGE hit this summer as the Japanese avoid air conditioning and other mod cons amid power shortages in Japan after the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
Two electric fans in the jacket can be controlled to draw air in at different speeds, giving the garment a puffed-up look. But this has not deterred those happy to be cool rather than “hot” when it comes to fashion.The fans in the Kuchofuku jacket are connected to a lithium-ion battery pack that lasts for 11 hours on a single charge, consuming only a fraction of the power used by conventional air-conditioning.A standard air-conditioned jacket sells for around 11,000 yen ($140).