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Japanese Virtual Reality Entertainment Attractions Expand Nationwide, Overseas

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JAPAN TRENDS
 
Japanese virtual reality continues to thrive and expand in the entertainment industry.
Following the success of the pilot VR Zone facility in Tokyo Bay and then the recently opened space in Shinjuku, where attractions include Mario Kart, Bandai Namco is now launching further VR Zon...

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Mourners in Japan Stay Close to Deceased Loved Ones with Augmented Reality Graves

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Japan’s society is aging — and rapidly. With the second-highest life expectancy in the world combined with a falling birth rate, the numbers of retirees and older citizens will only continue to rise.
Things are changing socially to cope with this seismic shift, not least tax hikes ...

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First-ever Electronic Taiko Developed with Help From World-famous Japanese Drum Troupe

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ROCKET NEWS
 
Kodo drummers help modern technology blend with one of Japan’s most traditional instruments.
Taiko, Japanese drums, have a centuries-long cultural legacy. Often heard at Japanese festivals and religious ceremonies, their driving, primal sound occupies an important place in the natio...

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Rodeo Boy Exercise Fitness Machine Uses Horseback Riding Motion to Deliver Home Fitness

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A few years ago we noticed a lot of online chatter about Japanese fitness machines that recreated rodeo-style motions. People sniggered because they seemed wacky or even suggestive. But they work — and Japanese manufacturers continue to borrow the all-American idea of rodeo to prod...

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Pepper Serves Free Drinks at SoftBank Store Robot Cafes

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Visitors to SoftBank stores in Tokyo and many other areas around Japan would have likely encountered the small white robot Pepper.
The humanoid robot, co-developed by Aldebaran Robotics with the telecommunications giant, can also be spotted at various other stores and hotels in Jap...

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Enjoy An Augmented Reality Date with Hatsune Miku at Special Pop-up Cafe Event

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JAPAN TRENDS
 
Between the dolls, robots and maids, there are plenty of substitutes for real-life dating partners in Japan. A notable few of them, however, will (or can) speak with you, and fewer yet will serenade you.
Filling this void is au Sendai’s BLUE LEAF CAFÉ, which is running a limited-ti...

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Virtuoso Drums The Entire Game of Street Fighter II, Shows Us Its Music Was Actually Pretty Good

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Dainashi shows the stamina of a warrior as he drums the extremely high tempo theme songs to every stage.
Because I’m an old fart now, I can fondly remember playing the original Street Fighter IIin the arcades. However, in that environment I could only really make out the sound effec...

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Kalita Looks to Traditional Japanese Wood Crafts for Handmade Coffee Mills

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Next year, Kalita will be 60 years old, and in those six decades Kalita has become one of the world’s leading brands in pour-over coffee. From its humble beginnings as a coffee filter company, Kalita now produces a wide range of coffee-brewing essentials, including elegant steel ke...

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Play Virtual Reality Mario Kart in Tokyo at VR Zone Shinjuku

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As previously reported, VR Zone Shinjuku opens this summer as Tokyo’s latest virtual reality entertainment facility.
Produced by Bandai Namco, the large space in Kabukicho features a range of VR games and rides based on a number of popular franchises, including Dragonball and Evang...

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MetaLimbs Give Users Multiple Arm Interaction with Two Wearable Robotic Arms

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JAPAN TRENDS
 
Japan is the land of high tech, if you discount the national obsession with faxes. And you might also be forgiven for chuckling at that reputation as you peruse the funky but quite low-fi charms of chindogu “useless” gadgets created by the likes of Thanko or the wacky musical instr...

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