The Newest Version of Asimo

22 de April, 2014 archived at Technology

Honda engineers have been working for more than 30 years trying to create a humanoid robot: Asimo. For the last few years the appearance of Asimo has barely changed, however every year that goes by he has smoother moves, he is more agile and is faster when walking, running or even dancing. The newest version of Asimo was shown to the world for the first time last week in New York. In the video you can see how he is able to kick a ball, serve a drink or even shake hands.

Newest Version of Asimo

Newest Version of Asimo

Source: Japan Today

Lolita Fashion in Shinjuku

17 de April, 2014 archived at Fashion

Since so many tourists were attracted to the Harajuku bridge, it has become more and more difficult to spot young Japanese people dressed following the style of Tokyo urban tribes. Some years ago if you went on a Sunday to Harajuku it was very easy to see lolitas walking around and showing off. Nowadays it is much more difficult but if you are lucky you can still spot some small groups dressing as if they had came out of a fantasy animation movie set in an alternative Victorian era.

Lolita Fashion Shinjuku

Lolita Fashion Shinjuku

Lolita Fashion Shinjuku

Lolita Fashion Shinjuku

Patlabor in Kichijoji

14 de April, 2014 archived at Otaku

Yesterday an 8-meter Patlabor mech appeared right in the middle of Kichijoji. It was part of the marketing campaign to promote the new Patlabor Next Generation.

Patlabor mech

Patlabor
Photos via Huffingtonpost.jp

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Kameido Tenjin

13 de April, 2014 archived at Traditional

We ended our walk around Kameido in the Shintoist shrine Kameido Tenjin 亀戸天神. As it is open 24 hours every day, it can be visited at night and you can take great pictures with night illumination and with almost no tourists/visitors spoiling the photo.

Kameido Tenjin

Kameido Tenjin

Kameido Tenjin
The first bridge right after the main torii is the bridge of the woman (Onnabashi 女橋: woman, bridge).

Kameido Tenjin
The second bridge, right before arriving to the shrine area is the bridge of the man (Otokobashi 男橋: man, bridge)

Kameido Tenjin

Kameido Tenjin

We visited it during the blossoming of the plum trees 梅 as you can see in the night photos, but the ideal moment to visit the shrine is during the blossoming of the wisterias (Fujizoku フジ属) in April and May, when the branches and flowers of the wisterias are beautifully reflected on the water of the ponds.

Wisterias are plants that have inhabited the Japanese archipelago for a really long time. They were already an inspiration to the Japanese people of ancient times, as they are mentioned in several poems in the Man’yōshū (5th century A.D.)

“When the wisterias blossom,
the wind turns them into waves.” Man’yōshū (5th century A.D.)

Legend has it that the wisterias in Kameido were planted at the beginning of the Edo era. The rest of the temple has been reconstructed several times but the wisterias are the original ones.

Kameido Tenjin

Kameido Tenjin

Kameido Tenjin
More or less the same spot as 100 years ago, the wisterias were already there but the bridges were made of wood.

Kameido Tenjin
Another photo from the beginning of the 20th century of one of the bridges of the shrine.

The beauty of the temple and its wisterias inspired many artists of the Edo era. This is an ukiyo-e of one of the bridges of Kameido Tenjin created by Hiroshige in the mid-19th century.

Kameido Tenjin

Kameido Tenjin
Comparison of the work of art of Hiroshige and a photo nowadays.

Kameido Tenjin
The Hokusai version of the Kameido Tenjin bridges.

Kameido Tenjin
Isometric view of the bridge of the woman and the bridge of the man under the snow.

Kameido Tenjin
Enjoying a day under the blossomed plum trees of Kameido Tenjin by Hiroshige.

These are not ukiyo-e, they are drawings also from the Edo era that show the atmosphere of Kameido Tenjin. You can also see the wisterias, the temple, the pond and the bridges.

Kameido Tenjin

Kameido Tenjin

Kameido Tenjin

The Kameido Tenjin bridges, the wisterias and the ukiyo-e reminded me of the Green Harmony by Monet.

Kameido Tenjin

“The temple bell stops.
But I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers” Matsuo Basho

You can get to the temple by walking 15 minutes to the northeast of Kameido station. In the official website of the shrine you can find the exact location.

Japanese Sleeping – 15

05 de April, 2014 archived at Funny

15th edition of my favorite photo series with brand new pictures of Japanese people caught sleeping in public. As always with all my respect and affection to the Japanese people, after so many years in Japan I also enjoy taking power naps in public places!

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This one was caught by @zordor

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This one was caught by Javilop.

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Walking Around Kameido

20 de March, 2014 archived at Tokyo

Kameido is a neighborhood in east Tokyo (JR Sobu line from Akihabara to Chiba) which is not very touristy but it’s worth to take a stroll around its alleys. Nowadays the eastern part of Tokyo is the youngest and most lively part of the city (Shibuya, Shinjuku, Harajuku, etc), however during the Edo era the areas west and south of the Imperial Palace were the busiest ones.

Even though Kameido, in east Tokyo, was destroyed during the Second World War it still maintains certain aura of past times. Kameido is very popular for its gyoza and horumon ホルモン restaurants.

Kameido

Kameido
We had dinner in this yakitori restaurant where we had some delicious shiitake.

Kameido

Kameido

Kameido
A new thing about Kameido is that from many parts of it you can easily see the Tokyo Sky Tree.

Kameido

Kameido

Kameido

Kameido

Kameido

Kameido

Kameido

Kameido

Ghibli-style Village

17 de March, 2014 archived at Anime

If you like Ghibli movies I’m sure that you will like the following photos taken in a neighbourhood at the outskirts of Hamamatsu in Shizuoka. Known as Nukumori, it is a village with several houses, artisans shops, coffee shops and restaurants surrounded by a “Totorian” forest. All of it looking as if it had just came out of Hayao Miyazaki imagination. Some of the houses are open to visitors. In the official website you can find more information and photos.

Ghibli village

Ghibli village

Ghibli village

Ghibli village in Shizuoka

Ghibli village

Ghibli village

Ghibli village

Ghibli village

Ghibli village


You can see Nukumori in the last minute of the video.

It is quite far from Tokyo and you have to go by car but if you feel like having an adventure here you have the location in Google Maps.

Source: Matome Naver

First 8K Live Video Broadcast

03 de March, 2014 archived at Technology

NHK, the main Japanese TV network, and also a big corporation with research departments, was recently able to successfully broadcast 8K video on the air. To simply understand what it means to broadcast video in 8K, we can think of it as transimitting video with a quality “equivalent” to that of a 33.1 megapixel camera. The feat has been possible by using orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) imitating the techniques used by laptops to receive Wifi signals via 802.11.

As of now, it has only been a transmission test at a 27 km (17 miles) distance but NHK is already planning to broadcast the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in 8K.

Nhk 8K technology

Nhk 8K technology

Nhk 8K broadcast of Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Source: Impress


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