>World's largest capsule toy store
Spanning over a massive 1,256 sqm floor space, the "Gashapon Department Store," which opened in Tokyo a few weeks ago, is the world's largest capsule toy store, according to Guinness World Records.
The new store, located inside Ikebukuro's Sunshine City shopping center, is now home to the largest number of gashapon machines at a single location, boasting a whopping 3,000 capsule toy machines.
There are nearly 40 factories producing gashapon in Japan, delivering more than 200 new types of products every month, but since each type of capsule stays in the market only once, collectors try to buy as many as they can when they come out.
>Female flag bearers at Tokyo Olympics
The International Olympic Committee said in a joint statement with the International Paralympic Committee, the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, the Government of Japan, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government that all 206 National Olympic Committees and the IOC Refugee Olympic Team will be encouraged to have their flag carried by one female and one male athlete at the opening ceremony.
The statement said that Tokyo 2020 would be the first-ever gender-balanced Olympic Games in history, with a record number of female competitors at the Paralympic Games.
Almost 49% of the athletes participating in the Olympics will be women.
There will be a ground-breaking competition schedule, ensuring equal visibility between women's and men's events and featuring nine more mixed events than at Rio 2016, raising the overall number to 18.
IOC and the organizers also called all participating delegations to have at least one female and one male athlete on their respective Olympic teams.
>Toppled spire refurbishment begins
The first eight oak trees destined to replace the destroyed spire of Paris' scorched Notre Dame cathedral have been selected from the Bercé forest in the French Loire region, church officials said.
The iconic, 96-meter spire was completely destroyed in the fire that ravaged the Paris monument in 2019.
It was made by architect Viollet-le-Duc in 1859.
The first oaks measure around one meter in diameter.
Officials said the 1,000 oaks that are needed to fully rebuild the spire are all scheduled to be cut by the end of March.
>First-ever tweet up for sale
The first post on Twitter, which appeared on its co-founder and current CEO Jack Dorsey's account in 2006, is up for sale as an NFT, a non-fungible token.
Some social media enthusiasts are ready to spend a fortune on it.
Dorsey's almost 15-year-old message, "just setting up my twttr", attracted whopping offers after he posted a link to a tweets marketplace called Valuables on March 5.
The intense bidding war put the Twitter co-founder's post at $363,000 as of Saturday morning. Offers were rising almost every hour, and had risen to $1.5 million by 3pm GMT and to $2.5 million later on Saturday.
NFTs are a special type of token.
Like cryptocurrencies, they operate on a blockchain, but they don't hold money and serve to show ownership of some other unique assets like art.
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