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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Japans whacky holidays: Coming of age day

Japans whacky holidays: Coming of age day

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 in History of Japan, Japanese customs, Must see, Stories about Japan | 0 comments

The second Monday of January is Coming-of-Age Day, a national holiday to encourage those who have newly entered adulthood to become self-reliant members of society. (The holiday used to be on January 15, but in 2000 it was moved to the second Monday of the month.) Last Monday we celebrated the coming of age day for 2014. Local governments host special coming-of-age ceremonies for 20-year-olds, since an “adult” in Japan is legally defined as one who is 20 or...

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Where to stay: 20+ cheap accomodations in Japan

Posted on Oct 30, 2013 in Where to stay | 0 comments

Japan can be a quite expensive country to visit. Still lately it has become a lot cheaper due to the weak yen so you can get a lot more yens for your euro’s and dollars than you did a few years ago. Admittedly, land prices are one of the most expensive in the world, which is why hotel rooms tend to be small and a lot more expensive than other countries around the world. If you have trouble finding an affordable accommodation, then please consider these alternatives....

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Things to do this weekend in Tokyo October 18- October 20

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 in Must see, Things to do | 0 comments

Innovative Sweden Wed Oct 2 – Fri Oct 18, 2013 National Museum of Emerging Science & Innovation This touring show of innovative designs has arrived in Tokyo, having already visited a number of countries, including the US, China and Brazil. Expect innovative design and technology from 20 up-and-coming Swedish companies in the fields of ICT, cleantech, gaming and life sciences, with the likes of eye-controlled computers and green mobile phone chargers on the bill....

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