Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic Stadium Is Breathtaking (Dezeen.com)

This looks like something out of “V” or most any alien invasion movie, but stunning is a great word for the competition winning design.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics to centre around Zaha Hadid stadium

News: the forthcoming National Stadium of Japan by Zaha Hadid Architects is now set to become the main sporting venue for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games, following the news that Tokyo will be the host city.

The new 80,000-seat stadium will host the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2020 games, as well as athletics, football and rugby events.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics to centre around Zaha Hadid stadium

“The stadium will become an integral part of Tokyo’s urban fabric, directly engaging with the surrounding cityscape to connect and carve the elegant forms of the design,” said Zaha Hadid, after winning a competition to design the stadium in November.

“Our three decades of research into Japanese architecture and urbanism is evident in our winning design and we greatly look forward to building the new National Stadium,” she added.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics to centre around Zaha Hadid stadium

Set to replace the existing Kasumigaoka National Stadium, the new building will join Kenzo Tange’s iconic 1964 Olympic stadium in Yoyogi Park, which will function as a handball arena this time around. Zaha Hadid Architects will also work on this building, renovating the structure and adding a retractable roof.

Two other venues from the 1964 games – the Nippon Budokan and the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium – will also be reused, offering venues for judo and table tennis.

Additional arenas will be constructed in downtown Tokyo in an effort to save energy and reduce the need for transport investment, while the Olympic village is proposed on Tokyo’s harbour and will be converted into housing after the games are over.

Tokyo was named as the host city for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games over the weekend and will follow on from Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Find out more about Rio 2016 »

Zaha Hadid Architects previously designed the Aquatics Centre for the London Olympics in 2012, which recently had its two temporary wing-like seating stands removedSee more architecture by Zaha Hadid  »

Japanese Player Earns $10K Playing ArcheAge (Massively.com)

Massively has at once given hope to every nerdy gamer wishing they could play games full-time AND crushed everyone’s dreams because this already happened for a lucky man in Japan.

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Japanese player earns $10K playing ArcheAge

There’s that dream out there of getting paid to simply play games. You know you have it. We even have it. Well, a married Japanese man who goes by “Moru-chan” grabbed that dream and looted it to its fullest, as he earned over $10,000 (one million yen) in three months for playing the MMORPG ArcheAge.

The money’s on the up-and-up, in case you were thinking otherwise. Moru-chan was selected by ArcheAge’s project management team to live in a one-room apartment and stream the game for 12 hours a day. He’d wake up at noon and start playing in the afternoon until the wee hours of the morning, streaming ArcheAge for all to see. Moru-chan also blogged about his experience and organized large-scale activities using his new-found fame.

Mobile Game…Like a Japanese Gamer! (Google Play)

Apparently Google believes it can entice me to download and play more mobile games by taunting me with what’s currently popular in Japan. How dare they use my love of anime against me. (Damnable data mining!)

Are you curious about what’s super hot in Japan right now? Then follow the link below.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/collection/promotion_30001c9_big_in_japan?utm_source=googleplay&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Big_in_Japan_A&pcampaignid=20130529_EM_US_Big_in_Japan_A_HeroCTA

If you’re curious – but not THAT curious – here are five games on that list.

Puzzle & DragonsCHAOS RINGS IISpace Invaders Infinity GeneDINO DOMINIONBattle Cats

1. Puzzle & Dragons

2. Chaos Rings II

3. Space Invaders Infinity Gene

4. Dino Dominion

5. Battle Cats

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