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Yamaha has just announced that they will introduce their first LMW (Leaning Multi Wheel) bike - TRICITY - in Thailand next month. They are aiming to sell 10,000 bikes within a year in the country.

The bikes will have a 125cc engine.

Editor - May 04, 2014

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Japanese musician, Sou and Kumama, created the original musical instrument called "dishphone" (Japanese name: 食琴 = Shokkin), which consists of 30 small plates and bowls.

Listen to the famous Mozart's Turkish March they played on the "dishphone" and a wooden spoon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Igarashi Lab. at the University of Tokyo is developing a new type of physics engine which can faithfully recreate in 3D the stylizations common to 2D anime.

"Physics engines are used in 3D animation, to generate the motions of hair and clothes. They can do physically correct computing, but the problem is, that's all they can do. The engine we've created makes it possible for artists to adjust such physics computations, in other words, to deform things."

TokyoStreetView - November 16, 2014

TokyoStreetView: Todoroki Valley (4K VIDEO) - AkihabaraNews.com
An environment unique to Tokyo, Todoroki Valley is a simple walking trail adjacent to the Yazawa River and surrounded by a very dense forest that totally shields it from Kan-Pachi Dori, one of Tokyo’s busiest roads. While the Todoroki Valley’s 1.2 km walking trail is pure bliss, it’s only at the end of the voyage that you can discover yet another hidden wonder: the Todoroki Fudo Temple. Here you can enjoy some delicious mochi (Japanese rice sweets) and ramune (Lemonade), and you have the option to let the gods hear your prayers and wash away your sins.

In January 2014, AGC released Dragontrail™ X, a specialty glass for chemical strengthening used as cover glass for smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices. Based on its expertise in analyzing glass breakage acquired over the past several decades, AGC has worked on effective glass compositions by classifying causes of glass breakage into various patterns.

It's an awful feeling to keep leather shoes on all day in the summertime. Thanko could be your savior with their new product: the USB Soukai Shoes Cooler.

The USB Soukai Shoes Cooler is designed to eliminate stuffiness inside your shoes. Soukai means refreshment in Japanese.

POP'N'CUTE: Harajuku Kawaii Live Show/Fashion Event Report

Squee! the System
Mainstream Japanese society is boring. One could argue that mainstream society globally is never exciting, but the homogenous nature and stubborn adherence to routines and social hierarchies make this island nation particularly dull.

Nissin NoodleBot - AkihabaraNews.com

Instant noodles, Top Ramen in particular, are perhaps best known as a symbol of the struggling college student, the underemployed and/or lazy bachelor, or simply the food of last resort - but not in Japan. Here there’s a clear, unabashed romance between Cup Noodles and robots. 

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Japan Expo Paris - Part 2: Manga & Anime (VIDEO) - AkihabaraNews.com

The following is the latest entry in our French correspondent Jeremy Touitou's Japan Expo Paris 15 video series.

Yoriko Takahashi - June 12, 2014

SoftBank group is showing that it is really serious about the humanoid robot business.

SoftBank's subsidiary company, Asratec Corp. today introduced control software for humanoid robots - called V-Sido OS. They expect that V-Sido OS will be installed in future robots which will be introduced by many companies.

At Keio University, the Takahashi Laboratory, in the Department of System Design Engineering (Faculty of Science and Technology) is doing research to develop products and systems that are useful to society, through an approach called model-based control.

Yoriko Takahashi - March 19, 2014

Samurai-style battle robot SAMURAIBORG will be out from Takara Tomy on April 19.

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