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Taking a Long Look at Tokyo in the Work of Matthew Pillsbury...Again!
Anyone can set up a camera for long exposure shots, but there’s undeniable artistry in choosing one’s subject matter, mastering the composition process, and holding true to a theme; Tokyo, a contemplation of the profound socio-technological complexity of the largest city in human history, delivers an exemplar thereof.
JAPANESE ROBOTS: AIST’s Planned Supercomputer to Design Robots...Portending Singularity?
We humans need, or at least want ever more powerful computers - the kind of machines that, one day, probably will power minds far more intelligent and capable than our own. Could Japan's new supercomputer copy/paste the instructions for true, super-human artificial intelligence into a robot? Ummmm...

Editor - December 08, 2016

Airbnb’s Japan Problem (PODCAST)
So...what's the inside line on AIRBNB's current and future prospects here in Japan? Well, it aint't awesome - in fact, here in its second-largest market, some think a giant Japanese hammer is about to crush one of the world's most popular and controversial startups.

Editor - November 30, 2016

Jingle Bells in Japanese! (VIDEO)
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!"
History of Japanese Timekeeping Through a CASIO-Colored Lens (VIDEO)
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.

Editor - September 25, 2016

EVENT: Japan Robot Week 2016
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!
EVENT IN TOKYO: Disrupting Japan 2nd Anniversary Live Podcast
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!
JAPANESE ROBOTS: Should Japan Ban Robot Romance?
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.
Top 5 Japanese Tech (and culture) Videos of...Recent Times!
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!
Japanese Summer Festivals: Azabujuban Noryo Matsuri (VIDEO)
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...
JOBS IN JAPAN: One of Japan's Oldest Sites Gets New Life
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.
The Real Reason Uber is Failing in Japan (PODCAST)
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.
Akihabara Profiled to Yamanote Platform Melody (VIDEO)
We know this, this is why we named our site such! The fact is that Akihabara's world-famous tech and otaku scenes are second to none on planet earth - if you've been before, you want to return, and if you're planning a trip, the Electric Town is an absolute must - watch, you'll see.
TOKYO TRAIN TUNES: Yamanote Line (VIDEO SERIES)
There is something about the Yamanote line and its 39 stations that you could miss: the platform tunes vary from station to station, and JR has commissioned somewhere around 100 unique departure melodies for use all over the Tokyo Metro area. You might not think you hear them, but your brain does!
Our older readers feel that Akihabara = Special, Cool, Rare Japanese Tech, which is fair and reasonable and truly the soul of our site. However, Akiba’s changed A LOT since this URL came online, and these days it’s also fair and reasonable to believe that Akihabara = Cosplay, Maid Cafes, Fetishization of Barely Post-Pubescent Girls, and Generalized Otaku-ness.
Lost Transformers Gallery Found at Last! (20 Photos)
The life-size, more "realistic" models were kinda meh, but the pre-Transformers Diaclone and Microman toys, along with generational collections covering yearly character iterations, themes, and variants, in addition to some super-obscure Japan-only figures - that's where the magic was...and we finally found this lost gallery!

Editor - July 08, 2016

Global noodle behemoth Nissin, a company very well known for it’s playful, often bizarre TV ad campaigns, has once again unleashed a winner: two hungry samurai come across some ducks; one of the ducks ain’t exactly a duck; goofy hijinks ensue.
Natural Beauty in the Middle of Tokyo (VIDEO)
In order to visit the Hatakeyama Memorial Museum of Fine Art, one must pass through the garden and experience the particular features of the season, and here we place the garden in a historical context, detailing its contemporary role as gateway to the expansive, highly regarded Hatakeyama art collection.
JAPANESE ROBOTS: iREX by iPHONE (VIDEO)
In December of 2015, hundreds of the world’s most advanced robots crowded the massive Tokyo Big Sight Convention Center for the biennial iREX International Robot Exhibition. You might be surprised how well an iPhone 6s Plus does with that.

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