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Riding High: Toyota Eyes 'Flying Car' Future

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JAPAN TODAY
 
TOKYO  - Toyota has its sights set on a Blade Runner future as the Japanese automaker backs a move to launch a flying car in time for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The company is giving about 42.5 million yen ($375,000) to the Cartivator project, which is developing the three-wheeled sci...

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Ice Breaker Cruises Begin on Hokkaido’s Lake Akan

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JAPAN TODAY
 
KUSHIRO -- The icebreaking sightseeing boat Mashu Maru, a 188-ton vessel, on Monday began breaking through the ice surface to create a sea lane along Lake Akan located in Kushiro, Hokkaido Prefecture. Boat operators are expecting to resume regular operations in May as they commence ...

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A Live Action Robot Adventure Like No Other

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JAPAN TODAY
Experience a mix of old and new at the Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku
“A great adventure.” This is perhaps the most appropriate way to describe the showbiz extravaganza that takes place in the basement of the bright, luxurious building that houses the Robot Restaurant, a sci-fi cabaret ...

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Miss Manners: A Pro Gives us Pointers on Japanese Dining Decorum

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ROCKET NEWS
 
Uh oh, have you been behaving like an oafish gaijin?
We were recently invited to an event promoting the health benefits of Japanese-style breakfasts or wachoshoku, held at Tokyo’s iconic Hotel Okura. As part of the schedule, we were treated to a dining etiquette lesson from Reiko Ko...

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Buying Experiences / Customization Captures The Minds of Youth

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THE JAPAN NEWS
 
This is the fourth installment of a series.
An increasing number of retailers are offering customization services at reasonable prices in response to a consumer trend of creating original fashion items.
At a workshop organized by jeans manufacturer Betty Smith, university student...

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Simple Heart Drawing Test May Help You Tell Someone’s Age

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ROCKET NEWS
 
Who knew those little doodles in your notebook could reveal so much about your generation?
We’ve all done it. We’ve all drawn hearts. We’ve filled pages with them when we should’ve been learning how to square numbers in math class. Whether you want to admit it or not, we know there ...

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A Smart Life in The Digital Era: IoT Technology Comes of Age in Experimental House of The future

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THE JAPAN NEWS
 
KYOTO — These days, I have been getting more and more chances to experience the internet of things (IoT), which means internet-connected devices and objects that can be controlled remotely.
Recently I visited an experimental “smarthouse” at Kyoto Sangyo University in Kyoto that, ...

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Make And Wear Your Own Armor: Suit Up Like a Samurai With Some Everyday Materials (and a little patience)

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THE JAPAN NEWS
 
Samurai warriors’ protective gear, called katchu in Japanese, is not only part of an old Japanese tradition but also the fruit of skilled craftsmanship. Katchu includes yoroi (body armor), kabuto (helmet) and other protective wear. It can be fun to view various katchu items on di...

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Japanese Male Governors Experience Life As a Pregnant Woman

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JAPAN TRENDS
 
With the exception of the recently elected Renho, leader of the Democratic Party, and Tokyo’s new governor, Yuriko Koike, Japanese politics is a male-dominated affair.
This is so chronic, in fact, that things can be just a short step away from outright misogyny, as Ayaka Shiomura f...

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Gundam Virtual Reality Experience Puts You in Hand of Giant Robot

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JAPAN TRENDS
 
A new virtual reality attraction brings the world of the Gundam anime series to life in 360-degree vision.
After donning a headset and stereo headphones, visitors can experience seeing the world from the point of view of Gundam’s gigantic hand.
It is a new addition to VR Zone Proje...

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