Soon, coming near you! A robot that can run

Soon, coming near you! A robot that can run

Posted on Sep 3, 2014 in Japanese technology, News | 0 comments

Scientists at the University of Tokyo announced Sept. 1 that they have developed a bipedal robot that can run like a human. Led by Masatoshi Ishikawa, professor of systems informatics at the university’s Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, the team of engineers created the “Achilles” robot, which is capable of running at 4.2 kph, equivalent to the speed of a human jogging. However, Achilles’ legs measure only 14 centimeters long....

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Only in Japan! Boob groping for charity

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 in News, Stories about Japan | 0 comments

According to the Japan Times: A group of Japanese porn actresses raised tens of thousands of dollars over the weekend by having their breasts squeezed by fans at a Boob Aid charity event held for AIDS prevention. The nine adult movie stars, sporting yellow T-shirts rolled up to reveal their breasts, flashed a big smile as the crowd approached them at the kickoff on Saturday. Having sprayed their hands with disinfectant, many were seen fondling the breasts quite discreetly....

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Things to do this weekend in Tokyo Friday February 7th – Sunday February 11th

Things to do this weekend in Tokyo Friday February 7th – Sunday February 11th

Posted on Feb 5, 2014 in Must see, News, Things to do, Where to shop | 0 comments

Abracadabra Fri Feb 7, 2014 Saloon             Daikanyama’s Saloon welcomes Tokyo resident Englishman Max Essa for this intimate Friday-night bash, where he will be joined by house veteran Toshiyuki Goto. Details Open Fri Feb 7 Time doors 11pm Admission ¥1,500 (¥1,000 with flyer) Venue Saloon Address ZaHouse Bldg. B3F, 1-34-17 Ebisunishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Transport Daikanyama Station (Tokyu Toyoko line); Nakameguro Station (Tokyu Toyoko...

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The next olympic sport? Synchronized walking, only in Japan

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 in Must see, News, Stories about Japan | 0 comments

The video of a 47-year-old tradition at Japan’s Nippon Sports Science University went viral in November last year. ‘Shuudan koudou’, which means ‘Collective Action’, is a unique routine where a group of students put up an amazing display of synchronized walking. On November 14, 77 students performed before a crowd of 11,000 people at the university’s festivities. Their walking routine was similar to military movement exercises or synchronized marching band movements. But...

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Got hay fever? No fear, the new ‘Pollen Robo’ is here!

Posted on Jan 29, 2014 in Japanese technology, News | 0 comments

For several years, Weather forecaster Weathernews Inc. has deployed a special robot at this time of the year to help Japan’s hay fever sufferers better navigate the pollen season. The new Pollen Robo designed for this year will be capable of collecting data on not only pollen, but also on PM2.5 particulate matter and yellow sand that blows across the sea from China. The company is dispatching 1,000 units across the country. Hay fever sufferers will be able to access the...

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Dog Castle – The Coolest Dog House in Japan

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 in Must see, News, Stories about Japan | 0 comments

Japanese love their pets, but some take their love to a whole new level! Meet Nanami,  a playful Japanese pooch can claim to be the only dog in the world to be living in a regular castle. Built as a small replica of Japan’s famous Matsumoto Castle, Nanami’s castle stands 2.5 meters tall and features three rooms. At the front is the main hall, where Nanami can just lay on his belly and watch out for the mailman, while at the back he has a sand-floor room, for cooling down...

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