Oigawa Railway runs real Thomas & Friends train - First time in Asia

Oigawa Railway, a railway company in Shizuoka prefecture in Japan, will run a real Thomas steam locomotive from the internationally-famous British animated TV series Thomas & Friends.

They will provide the real Thomas SL service for a limited time mainly on weekends from July 12 to October 12. This will be the first time in Asia that a Thomas train will run!

Teragaki-Labo - Music Plate - You can hear quality sound from a plate!

Teragaki-Labo unveiled a speaker device that produces sound from a stylish, curved plate. The speaker is called Music Plate.

The price will be about ¥250,000. They will start accepting advanced orders on August 1 and delivering to buyers around early September.

Music Plate generates sound by vibrating a built-in voice coil located at the bottom of the device and transmitting the vibration to the front plate.

Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!

Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!

This week we marvel at how Japan has now purchased a billion tons of Australia, and we lament the fact that increasing levels of developmental disability have taken all the fun out of playfully insulting and berating Japanese anti-nuclear activists. It’s just so...sad now. 

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Would you like some grape, ginger and sweet sake flavored soy milk?

Kikkoman announced that they will start selling 3 new types of flavored soy milk: grape, ginger and Amazake (sweet alcoholic drink made from fermented rice) on August 18.

Honestly, when another AkihabaraNews editor told me there are new icky flavored soy milk products that will go on sale, I immediately thought what's so wrong about these flavors. They sound good!

Are these weird for you?

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