For some years Japanese cities had lost the “privilege” of being the most expensive in the world thanks to the yen weakness against other currencies. However, the currency fluctuations during recent years have strengthened a lot the yen value; and now Tokyo, Nagoya, Yokohama and Kobe are respectively the 1st, 4th, 5th and 7th most [...]
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In some elevators in Japan, mostly in department stores, you still can see people working as elevator operators. They just stay all day in the elevator pressing buttons and making sure that the doors open and close in a timely manner; they also announce the floor number each time the elevator stops and check if [...]
Developed at the University of Tokyo. The video explains it very well. Impressive! More information at the IEEE Spectrum magazine.
Totoro waiting for the Nekobus in the real world. From a Mikamika59 tweet.
I have developed my first photos taken with Sara’s Hasselblad. It’s been a complete failure! From 2 films of 12 photos each, barely 3 photos have come out with decent results. And I think only one of them is “good”. I am going to keep trying to see if I finally get the light right. [...]
Seen at Japanprobe Another time lapse recorded in Tokyo: Tokyo time lapse
For some time, Softbank, the only Japanese carrier that sells the iPhone in Japan, has been giving away cell phone straps of its mascot Otosan. The standard version of the cell phone strap is small (around 5 cm./2 in. long) and could be obtained when you bought new Softbank cell phones two years ago; I [...]