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Tokyo, Japan

Ekibenya Matsuri

A railway station takeout shop sells boxed meals in containers shaped like trains and snowmen that hold the country’s abundant regional delicacies.
Tokyo, Japan

The Asahi Flame

This enormous monument is one of the most iconic structures in Tokyo, rudely nicknamed "The Golden Turd."
Tokyo, Japan

Owaraji (Giant Straw Sandals)

An enormous pair of straw sandals woven in the traditional way, to keep demons at bay.
Akaroa, New Zealand

Linton Mosaic Sculpture Garden

An artistic garden environment of tile mosaic sculptures.
Springfield, New Zealand

Springfield Doughnut

A giant doughnut was given to the small New Zealand town of Springfield to promote "The Simpsons Movie."
Christchurch, New Zealand

185 Chairs

An unusual and powerful memorial in which earthquake victims are remembered by empty white chairs.
Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Dark Sky Project

Home to some of the world’s darkest skies, this project blends ancient Māori culture with world-class astro tourism.
Wanaka, New Zealand

That Wanaka Tree

A solitary tree has grown up all alone on Lake Wānaka, backdropped by the beautiful Southern Alps.
Fox Glacier, New Zealand

Fox Glacier

A glacier pocked with ice caves and surrounded by rainforests.
South Island, New Zealand

Franz Josef Glacier

The glacier tucked within a New Zealand rainforest.
Arrowtown, New Zealand

Arrowtown Chinese Settlement

This preserved village shows the modest lifestyles of the area's 19th-century Chinese gold miners.
Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Lake Tekapo

A perfect turquoise lake colored with glacier dust.
Christchurch, New Zealand

Re:START Mall

After the devastating 2011 earthquake, historic Christchurch begins to recover, starting with the pop-up Re:START mall.
Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch Basilica

The ruins of New Zealand's largest classical-style church.
Christchurch, New Zealand

'Diminish and Ascend'

This aluminum “stairway to heaven” has impaled at least a couple of birds.
Christchurch, New Zealand

Bunsen

Enjoy coffee and cake while viewing antique medical equipment at this unique cafe.
Christchurch, New Zealand

Fred and Myrtle's Paua Shell House

A New Zealand couple's shell-adorned home living room, now on display at the Canterbury Museum.
Christchurch, New Zealand

Dance-O-Mat

A coin-operated washing machine turned jukebox, complete with an outdoor dance floor.
Tokyo, Japan

Gunkan Higashi Shinjuku

This battleship of a building was designed by a famed "mad architect."
Tokyo, Japan

Godzilla Head

He's not quite the menace he once was, but he still has some chops.
Birmingham, England

Warstone Lane Cemetery Catacombs

A hidden gem in the middle of the city's infamous Jewelry Quarter.
Birmingham, England

Black Sabbath Bridge

A bench and a bridge pay tribute to Birmingham's favorite heavy metal band.
Puerto Morelos, Mexico

The Leaning Lighthouse

Still standing despite its considerable slant, this tilted lighthouse has become a local symbol of resilience.
Mexico City, Mexico

Coyoacán Bazaar Toy Cemetery

Abandoned figurines adorn a small plot on the side of a craft market's entrance.