The December 20th issue of the Economist contains a fascinating, must-read story about robots and Japan. Why is that Westerners tend to be afraid of artificial intelligence, and yet many Japanese actually prefer the company of robots to real humans? The answer, the Economist says, has to do with religion and popular culture: Few Japanese […]
Guess what this is: Why, it’s a cuttlefish, of course. Duh! Check out some more Japanese emoticons.
Check out this Japanese game show — women wear hats of meat and test their courage in the face of a hungry lizard! (Via BoingBoing.)
CS Monitor: Japan is stereotyped as the land of the $80 watermelon and the $90 mushroom. Many expats think it easier to rearrange the rings of Saturn than use the word “affordable” and “Tokyo” in the same sentence. Yet as urban real estate values rise globally, and as prices for Japanese basics like food and […]
Why, yes they did. castles
Japan Times: SAGA (Kyodo) Kidsbeer, a nonalcoholic brew aimed at children, is catching on with young drinkers and is posting monthly shipments of 75,000 bottles, according to maker Tomomasu Co. (Via Winkie.org) beer
…from the Japanese. I like this one the best:
“I’m Going to Teach English in Japan, but I’ve Never Been to Asia. Any Tips?” Rolf Potts — with input from yours truly — provides some feedback over on the new World Hum.