Hoverboard By Lexus

29 de June, 2015 archived at Technology

Lexus (Toyota) has just launched this teaser video to show an hoverboard similar to those that appeared on Back to the Future. It looks like magic but it’s just the meissner effect in action. The surface looks like concrete but it isn’t.

Toyota is promising to explain how it works in the official website of the project.

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Tama The Cat Dies

25 de June, 2015 archived at Various

Tama the cat is probably the most famous cat in Japan. So popular that her recent death just after turning 16 years old has been important news in Asahi, one of the most read newspapers here.

Tama was an abandoned cat that used to live around the Kishi station in Wakayama. With the passing of time the neighbors liked her so much that in 2007 they made her the “Station Chief”. The station was remodeled with a cat shape and the trains were decorated with Tama drawings.

Since Tama became the station chief, the amount of travellers has risen and the economy of the area has improved. After her death, probably one of her two assistant cats Miko or Chibi will replace her as the station chief.

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tama the cat

tama the cat

tama the cat

tama the cat

tama the cat

tama the cat

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Japanese Sleeping – 18

23 de June, 2015 archived at Funny

Musasabi

21 de June, 2015 archived at Signs

Strolling around the forests of Karuizawa we bumped into this warning sign… Batman?

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Musasabi are giant Japanese squirrels that can jump from branch to branch by gliding in the air for up to 100 meters. They are abundant in forests all over Japan and some parts of China. The warning signs are usually found near roads and trails so that people are not surprised if they land on their car. Musasabi live mostly during the night and are rarely seen during the day. Below you can see some Musasabi photos that I’ve found in a blog from Karuizawa

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musasabi

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flying squirrel in japan

flying squirrel in japan

flying squirrel in japan
Of course, there had to be an arcade that simulates the flights of the Musasabi

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Musasabi remind me a lot of the wingsuit flying humans that are very popular lately.

Yellow Lines

17 de June, 2015 archived at Architecture

What makes the streets of a place feel distinct from other places? For the people that get to Japan for the first time the change is so radical that almost any element in the environment feels different: lamp posts, hanging power lines, manhole covers, neon advertising, kanjis, the nets to cover the trash that have been ripped by crows… But with the passing of time you get used to everything and it’s difficult to find “flavor” in those small details that make everything. You start feeling like a fish that has never escaped out of the sea. With the passing of time I have lost the sensitivity to the local charms, much more stuff catches my attention walking in the streets outside of Japan than in here.

Even so, I have realized observing my photos that there are some topics that are always there. There are details that I capture repeatedly with my cameras, not getting tired of them, even after many years have passed. One of these obsessions that emerge in my subconscious are the yellow lines that populate the sidewalks and subway stations in Japan.

The yellow lines are used by blind people to find their way around, feeling them with their canes or just by stepping on them. They are also useful to know how close in the platform you can get to the trains. “It is dangerous. Wait behind the yellow line” “危ないですから、黄色線までおさがりください” – you can hear every time a train is approaching the platform.

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yellow lines in tokyo

yellow lines in tokyo

yellow lines in tokyo

yellow lines in tokyo

yellow lines in tokyo

yellow lines in tokyo

yellow lines in tokyo

yellow lines in tokyo

yellow lines in tokyo

yellow lines in tokyo

My yellow “art” was present this year at the Tokyo Art Fair thanks to a contribution of artist Yoshiko Brigitte. It was strange for me to see strangers stopping by to contemplate one of those yellow lines that I captured with my camera almost ten years ago under the rain.

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yellow lines in tokyo

yellow lines in tokyo

yellow lines in tokyo

Naruto Exhibition

15 de June, 2015 archived at Anime,Manga

If you are now in Japan you might be interested in visiting the Naruto exhibition which is currently being held at the 52nd floor of Roppongi Hills. The exhibition is opened until June 28th. Not only you will find Naruto and his friends at the exhibition but also in the streets of Roppongi which have been decorated for the occasion. You can collect the characters of the popular TV show that you find in the streets and participate in a “Stamp Rally” contest. You can find more info at the official website.

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Imaginary Instragram Girlfriend

10 de June, 2015 archived at Funny

Jinushi Keisuke publishes photos in his Instagram in which he appears always with his girlfriend. The problem is that he doesn’t really have a girlfriend. He just simulates her by using techniques like painting his nails or using a woman wig to simulate a kiss.

Imaginary Girlfriend

Imaginary Girlfriend

Imaginary Girlfriend

Imaginary Girlfriend

Source: Japan Times

The Great Earthquake

05 de June, 2015 archived at Various

I am at a coffee shop near Ginza. Suddenly a mother and her daughter enter inside. The mother is probably in her late fifties and the daughter is most likely around twenty years old. Both are wearing sport suits and are not very well dressed compared to the rest of people you can usually see around Ginza on Sundays. They sit down and order two coffees. Without saying a word the mother opens up a novel and immerses herself into it, while the daughter starts tapping at her smartphone screen. It doesn’t seem like they have much new to talk about.

After a while, the daughter gets tired of fiddling with her iPhone.

- The couple of earthquakes last week were quite strong – the daughter says leaving her phone on the table.
- Yes, what a shake! Your father’s coffee spilled all over the kitchen table.
- I was at the university taking an exam. Before starting, we had to leave our smartphones in a basket at the entrance – she says while trying to grab her mother’s attention, who closes her book placing it on the table. – Shortly before the building started to shake, the earthquake alarms of the phones started to ring. We all heard our phones in the basket, with the exception of Daisuke’s which rang in his pocket.
- Oh I see, they caught him with his phone during the exam.
- Even when you put your smartphone in silent mode, the earthquake alarm always rings.
- With this system we are more safe. But poor Daisuke, he was caught red-handed.
- The professor forgave him, but he will most likely never be able to sneak in his phone into an exam again – she says while grabbing her smartphone and lowering her glance once again. – The news I am reading on Twitter say that “The Great Earthquake” is coming. There’s a 70% chance that it will happen within the next four years.
- They’ve been saying the same thing for the last 40 years – the mother says without giving it much importance and she comes back to read her novel.

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