Category: Japan

Say Hello to Pepper – a Robot with Feelings

Japan’s SoftBank Robotics Corporation has created a new artificial companion designed to recognize, react to, and display human emotions. As a 90’s child this is like an episode straight out of the Jetsons but Pepper is real, with the first 1000 units selling out in...

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Wasabi Japanese Speech Contest

Wasabi Japanese is a new service launched recently that provides online lessons with native speakers of Japanese at a very affordable rate. In commemoration of their launch they are having a Japanese speech contest where a lucky winner (members and non-members may enter) can win a trip...

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What the Ancients Knew – The Japanese

I surfed into a 10 year old documentary titled “What the Ancients Knew – The Japanese” recently that covers how many ancient technologies and techniques have been reapplied into the modern era and helped to develop Japan into the economic superpower it still is today....

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2015 send-off reception for successful JETs

Another year another send-off reception for Jamaicans who have successfully navigated the multi-step process to be selected as an assistant language teacher (ALT) for the JET programme. This year was the biggest group yet – a huge group of 40 persons almost doubt the largest...

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Kyoto Japan – Hyper Motion by Osamu Hasegawa

Videos like these make me want to jump on the next plane headed to Japan! I wonder if I’ll ever be able to create epic Japan-related videos like this in the future. Excellent job Osamu Hasegawa! A showcase of traditional streets, temples and shrines in Kyoto,...

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NHK World TV Live on your Android device

NHK World has an Android app that allows users to view live TV. NHK World is a public broadcasting station similar to the BBC and it produces news and other features primarily related to Japan all day every day. I watch a lot of BBC...

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Learning Japanese? This Giveaway is for you!

Clay Boutwell, the author of Hiragana, the Basics of Japanese, is looking for learners of Japanese interested in receiving a free book, kana shitajiki, and Japonika notebook in exchange for an honest review on Amazon. The givbeaway bundle includes: Hiragana, the Basics of Japanese—a book...

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Hokuriku Shinkansen – Tokyo-Kanazawa

Japan’s newest bullet train is set to start service on March 14th. The Hokuriku Shinkansen will operate between Nagano and Kanazawa. The new route will provide scenic views of the passing countryside such as the  Tateyama Range which looks spectacular in varying seasons. The Hokuriku Shinkansen is a...

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