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First person video of a bike ride through Shinjuku, Tokyo

I love watching Nippon Wandering TV (NWT), where a guy straps on a GoPro and walks and bikes around Japan. I often run the videos on a second screen while I work just to listen to the ambient sounds of traffic, footsteps, and pedestrian chatter. In this video, NWT hops on a bike and pedals ...

Rice cooker pancakes look delicious

Whenever we go to Japan, we gorge on the fluffy souffle pancakes they serve in special pancake cafes there. Our favorite pancake cafe is Flipper's, but we also like Gram and Happy Pancake.

We were recently in Singapore and I took a video of a stack of 3 jiggly Gram pancakes being served to Carla:

City official in Japan who tried to jump between subway platforms to be “punished”

A man has been captured on video attempting to jump between platforms at a subway station in Nara City. He has been identified as a Nara City official and faces punishment. pic.twitter.com/hroNYgAxBQ

— NHK WORLD News (@NHKWORLD_News) January 21, 2020

NHK World News reports the man in a subway platform jumper ...

TRI-AD’s James Kuffner and Max Bajracharya are coming to TC Sessions: Robotics+AI 2020

With the Tokyo Summer Olympics rapidly approaching, 2020 is shaping up to be a big year for TRI-AD (Toyota Research Institute – Advanced Development). Opened in 2018, the research wing is devoted to bringing some of TRI’s work into practice. The organization is heavily invested in both autonomous driving and other key robotics projects. TRI-AD’s ...

25 useful Japanese words for everyday conversation

I wasn't expecting to learn much from this video about 25 useful Japanese words because I thought I would know them all, but there were quite a few that were new to me:

uso (no way!) chicchai (tiny and cute) harahetta (I'm starving) dekai (huge) umai (tasty, more casual than oishii) majide (you're not joking?) dasai (uncool) kakkoii (cool or attractive) sugei (incredible) tsukareta (I'm ...

“Animals” escaping from Japanese zoos part of unintentionally funny drills

Every year in Japan, animals escape from zoos in a planned exercise. Except they aren't really animals, they're humans in animal costumes. And they aren't really escaping, they're part of an annual drill to train staff on what to do when a real animal does. While funny to watch, escaped animals are no joke in ...

Spectacular, tiny room hidden behind a hinged electrical outlet cover

Japanese artist Mozu makes incredible, miniature dioramas with tiny, winking electronic devices; their latest piece is The Secret Base of Kubito, a tiny workroom hidden behind an electrical outlet. Mozu says of it, "This work, which was born from the delusion that 'If I'm small, don't make a secret base in the wall', and ...

Look at this complicated robot designed to discourage use of e-signatures

Traditionally, people in Japan used personal seals called hanko for signing important documents. But increasingly banks and government bodies have permitted use of digital signatures instead. Some are dedicated to preserving hanko culture, leading to stories like this:

The official website of new Japanese information technology minister Naokazu Takemoto has been unviewable for the past ...

Waymo buys Latent Logic, drives deeper into simulation and Europe

Waymo has acquired Latent Logic, a UK company that spun out of Oxford University’s computer science department, as the autonomous vehicle company seeks to beef up its simulation technology. The acquisition also marks the launch of Waymo’s first European engineering hub will be in Oxford, UK. This likely won’t be the end of Waymo’s expansion and ...

Holiday Baking Inspo: Corgi **** Bread

I love Corgis so much. This Japan-based bakery's corgi **** bread is something that I can really get behind.

Next time you're in Sapporo, stop by @utiwapanya bakery for some corgi ****, or another one of their cute breads.

他にも、こんな子達も作っております♪( *´ω`* )/ 是非とも飼いに来て下さいね♪人懐っこい子ばかりですよ~♪ pic.twitter.com/elqsPoLamT

— うちは、ぱんや。 (@utiwapanya) June 2, ...