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Top 5 Japanese Tech (and culture) Videos of the Week
1) We like robots, do you like robots? We have some pretty amazing friends doing robots; 2) Have all the Geiger counter you need in a simple dongle for your smartphone, which connects via an app; 3) Sharp made a robot-shaped smartphone because why not and Japan, too; 4) Hiroshima Cat Street View; 5) Mt. Fuji Amazing Sauce.
Meet Saya: the Incredibly Realistic Computer-Generated Japanese Schoolgirl
Saya was gently brought to life by the Ishikawas, a Tokyo husband-and-wife duo working as freelance 3D CG artists. According to the artists, the hardest part was achieving the moist, soft and translucent skin of girls this age. They have big dreams for their beautiful daughter: playing a character in a movie they are self-producing.

TokyoStreetView - October 13, 2015

TokyoStreetView: Yamanashi Chureito Pagoda (4K VIDEO)
Located on a mountain top near Fujiyoshida City in Yamanashi Prefecture, the Chureito Pagoda is part of the Arakusa Sengen Shrine and was built as a peace memorial in 1963. After climbing about 400 steps, you'll have one of the most breathtaking views of Mt. Fuji. It would be hard to find a better view anywhere in the region,

Editor - October 11, 2015

Hiroshima Cat Street View (VIDEO)
As you stroll around, you’ll encounter a number of fellow felines and get a ground-level look at the more traditional roads and ways of the city - places too small for cars exactly because so many of them came into use centuries before the automobile was invented.
Sharp Launching Robot Smartphone "RoBoHoN"
A robot-style smartphone "RoBoHoN" will be released in early 2016. It's invented by Sharp and a robot genius, Tomotaka Takahashi. In addition to provide basic smartphone features, RoBoHoN is able to talk, walk, dance, and recognize human faces. It can also become a projector.
App-Enabled Geiger Counter for Smartphones
Okay, we were skeptical on this one at first glance, but these devices do exist: what we’ve got here is a plug-and-play Geiger counter that fits any smartphone headphone jack (iOS or Android - no love for Blackberry until they finally give up and accept their Google overlords). It’s definitely the smallest we’ve ever seen.
TokyoStreetView: Chiba Hiratsuka Terraced Rice Field (4K VIDEO)
Located in Kamogawa City in Chiba prefecture, and barely one and a half hours away from the center of Tokyo by car, Hitratsuka is the closest terraced rice field to Tokyo, and also the only one of its kind in Japan! Unlike other rice fields, the Hiratsuka Tanada (terraced rice field) grows rice with only rain water, without any other means of irrigation!
Happy 3rd Anniversary to our Friends at Robohub.org!
What you've got here is quite simply the greatest source of robotics information on planet internet. Happy 3rd anniversary, Robohub!
Size Doesn’t Matter: CASIO Launches the Celviano Grand Hybrid Digital Piano
Far from the iconic Casiotone keyboards beloved by electronic artists specifically for their abnormal sound, with the new GP-500BP, the GP-300BK, and the AP-700BK, CASIO is confident they’ve created the first digital pianos that truly emulate the sound of a grand piano.
Top 5 Japanese Tech (and culture) Videos of the Week
1) Directly behind Tokyo Tower there's a beautiful temple that should be your second stop; 2) The JVC LS-300 shoots amazing - we really mean that - amazing 4K video; 3) Game trailers for small-scale mobile games are surprisingly well made; 4) Even on dreary days, Tokyo is a beautiful city; and 5) Beautiful flowers with a Mt. Fuji Background!

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