People around the world, you may now begin the process of torturing your family with this song! Everybody together: "Hashire sori yo, kaze no you ni, yuki no naka wo, karuku hayaku, waraigoe wo, yuki ni makeba, akarui hikari no hana ni naru yo - HEY!"
A quick jump in to the history of Japanese timekeeping, starting with Emperor Tenji, who got the ball rolling more than 1,300 years ago, all the way up to CASIO, who're keeping the faith and pushing their tech harder and harder. Nice watch - bit of history, bit of tech, and very pretty images.
There are of course legions of non-Japanese anime fans around the world, but just as many find it quite impenetrable; we recently discovered a robotics-focused promotional piece that seemed yet another difficult example...at first, but then the feature turned out to be a very pleasant surprise.
Without any hyperbole, Japan Robot Week is nothing short of amazing, inspiring, and in the truest sense of the word: awesome. This event, held in biennial alternation with the International Robot Exhibition (iREX), focuses primarily on service robotics, including various related technologies and components. Join us!
Next Tuesday in Roppongi, the Disrupting Japan podcast will celebrate its second anniversary with a live show. Great guests, open to the public, conducted in English, includes a Q & A session, this event promises to be one of the best networking opportunities of the year!
Emotionally capable machines and/or software are coming soon, but large numbers of young Japanese people developing romantic relationships with them would only compound a persistent and arguably unstoppable demographic emergency.
1) Enjoy some of the absolute best parts of a summer in Japan; 2) Bitesize...bite of Akihabara, soundtracked to the Yamanote Line platform departure tune; 3) Poor samurai...Japanese instant noodle makers create the most innovative, weird, entertaining commercials; 4) Getting our hands all up on the CASIO version of the action cam; 5) Robot, yo. Robots filmed with an iPhone, timed to dubstep, yo!
Japan's summer festival season is still going strong! Here are some beautiful scenes from the Azabujuban Noryo (cool summer night) Festival and the Roppongi Hills Bon Odori (traditional dancing) Festival. WARNING: This video could make you want to move here...
One of the oldest job listing services for foreigners in Japan got a facelift and a jumpstart into the 21st century, which is literally accurate since Jobsinjapan.com actually has been online since the 20th! The new Jobsinjapan.com is a pleasantly simple site that’s super-focused on jobs and job seekers and light on fluff. Nice, nice.
Uber and, to a lesser extent, Airbnb are failing horribly in Japan...and what makes these companies powerful and transformative in the United States is what ensures they will never really succeed in Japan.