New Japanese ‘smart hotel’ to offer lower rates with stupid robots

Japanese theme park ‘Huis Ten Bosch’ to open ‘smart hotel’ with low rates — and robots
Nikkei Asian Review / January 28, 2015
at a planned hotel at Huis Ten Bosch, where robots will greet guests, clean up and even serve coffee… as a way to slash personnel costs… equipped with three customer-service robots handling check-ins, at least one “service robot” tasked with serving coffee to customers and other duties, and several cleaning robots. Instead of room keys, guests will use a facial recognitionmore

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The idea of a robot-assisted hotel is all fine and good. Check-in at an automated kiosk rather than with a clerk at the front desk is perfectly ok. Even a robot bellboy (3Yen / 2006-02-24 to carry my bags to my room would be sort of fun. However, claiming that this amounts to a “robot-run” hotel is just a gimmick.
UPDATE: The name of the hotel is “Henn na Hotel” {Strange Hotel}…a play on words: “Henn” is also part of the Japanese word for change. —The Japan Times.

Previous reports of Japanese gimmick-bots on the 3Yen include:

Japan Railways Kyushu to make stations staffless

jrJapan Railways (JR) Kyushu operating in the most southwesterly of Japan’s four main islands is suffering from depopulation and stagnation, which has resulted in drastic economic measures such as…

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The Tokyo Reporter | January 18, 2015 — JR Kyushu will by 2016 operate its 100 biggest stations without any staff. The company, which plans to go public next year, is looking for ways to cut costs and improve efficiency. The first 50 or so stations will go staffless this spring{big snip}So without staff, what happens to stations? One has solved the problem by making a goat stationmaster. Full story…

yagi ekicho by breakingjp3


Other “goaty” 3Yen posts include:
   • Monkeys and goats, oh my! (3Yen / 2014-09-30)
   • Robo-goat for Tokyo losers (3Yen / 2007-11-02/)
   • Sony’s Silence of the Goats (3Yen / 2007-04-29)
   • Goats. Sex. Harajuku Girls. (3Yen / 2006-12-02)



One hundred sizzling Japanese maids in action: ‘Good job.’

Check out the one hundred sizzling Japanese maids in action…


The cast of maids is from the Maidreamin chain headquartered in Akihabara that claims to be the “No.1″ maid café having about 500 maids in 18 cafés around the world. The choreography is provided be the “new generation” girl’s dance unit, Chu-z. The helium-infused singing is by the “idol” group amorecarina of 15 girls.

Learn how they made the commercial in the following video:


Japan invents the Segway! (again)

Honda’s UNI-CUB Is Amazing, Least-Efficient Water Delivery System Ever 2015Jan13
Honda demonstrated their UNI-CUB motorized chair-thing, which they’re using to develop the world’s least-efficient method of single water-bottle delivery. Seeing it in action, I’m very impressed...more...

The rest-of-the-story is that Segway-type devices are illegal to use in Japan on public roads* (3Yen 2006-11-14)segway2 (and sidewalks haven’t been invented yet in Japan) so all this “innovation” of copying the the failed personal transporter market is just Honda spinning their wheels in a product segment that has proven to be a loss for more than a decade.

Previous reports Japan inventing the Segway (again) on the 3Yen include:
   • They see em rollin, they hatin’… (3Yen / 2010-05-16)
   • Toyota invents the Segway! (3Yen / 2008-08-06)
   • Toshiba invents the Segway (3Yen / 2006-11-14)
   • Better than the Segway or ‘Jegway’ (3Yen / 2006-11-29)
   • Time Magazine names Toyota’s i-unit™ ‘coolest’
        (3Yen / 2005-11-17)
 i-unit ev by toyota

Japan, the land of proud toilets

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Come to Japan and see our toilets!®

TOTO, and PR at the cutting edge toilet experience space alien in Narita Airport
Nihon Keizai Shimbun 2015/1/8 (giga-goofy Google Translate from Japanese)
TOTO has announced that they will open in April, “Gallery TOTO.” state-of-the-art toilet experience at Narita International Airport. Foreigner travelers can become familiar Japanese toilets with built-in wash basin…the “Washlet” toilet with hot water bidet cleaning…This will be a gateway to welcome foreign visitors and show the company’s technical capabilities.
“Gallery TOTO” will be located on the main passageway of Terminal Building 2 and will provide a total of 10 booths for men and women…offering such hi-tech things as the latest models of toilet bowls with enhanced sterilization and deodorization functions…Multipurpose toilets.. consideration of the wheelchair people and the elderly, there is also a nursing room


Burgerless Christmas

Today is December 25 and it’s just a regular workday in Japan. I spent the entire morning at a government office in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district Waiting-for-Godot and wistfully staring out the window at a Big Boy Restaurant for my Christmas lunch.
All I could dream of was to bite into a big, Big Boy Burger, but…

big boy japan vs usa


Did you spot the difference?
The Japanese Big Boy isn’t holding a burger—Big Boy is burgerless in Japan.

Big Boy Japan doesn’t serve hamburgers. It serves “Hambagu” ハンバーグ (hamburger “steak”), which is paltry slice of meatloaf on a plate covered blackish brown gravy with a raw egg on top and served with asbestos-tainted* rice on the side, grrr.
Big Boy Japan owns and operates 281 Big Boy Hamburger Steak & Grill Restaurants throughout Japan. Founded in 1977 by Zensho Holdings Co., Ltd. as a subsidiary, “Big Boy Japan” is just a lamely licensed name that has nothing to do with burgers. The Japanese Big Boy Restaurants do not offer the Big Boy hamburger or any other American Big Boy menu items and instead offer a “distinct” menu

Previous reports Japanese hamburger horrors on the 3Yen include:
      • “Mc.Danield’s” SALT BURGER (3Yen / 2014-11-21)
      • Black burgers…from Japan of course (3Yen / 2012-09-20)
      • Radioactive Cesium burgers, from Japan (3Yen / 2012-11-06)

Japan is already ‘embarrassed’ by its 2020 Olympic performance

giant twat of tokyo 2020 olymipics

Zaha Hadid says Tokyo stadium criticism is "embarrassing" for Japanese architects | 8 December 2014
London-based architect Hadid was selected to design the 80,000-seat Japan National Stadium in 2012, following a restricted-entry international competition judged by a panel that included Japanese architect Tadao Ando.


Previous reports about Japan’s boondoggle Olympics on the 3Yen include:

Hide your cat! Taco Bell is gonna open in Japan!

The real source of the meat of Taco Bell has always been “suspect”, but one thing is quite noticeable: Cats won’t eat Taco Bell leftovers.

Taco Bell plans to open 1,300 restaurants overseas
Nation’s Restaurant News | Dec. 4, 2014
Taco Bell Corp. on Thursday announced changes to its international leadership team, kicking off a growth push to add 1,300 locations overseasTaco Bell will look for experienced franchise operators around the globe, with an emphasis on Europe, Asia (Korea, Japan and Thailand) and Latin America…more…



Years ago (1987) , there was a fast-food chain in Japan called “Taco Time” that was started by a foreign “talent-o,” Kent Gilbert (Wiki). It was open for less than two years but it closed down—It was the butt of many jokes. Basically, Mexican food on a fast food tray looks gloopy and ugly to Japanese and they hate the smell of cumin and meat/grease. For a long time, the any mention of tacos and Mexican fast food in Japan only has elicited laughter.

Kent Gilbert’s bankruptcy of Taco Time was so famous that it made it difficult for foreign entrepreneurs to secure business loans for decades after the debacle. Strangely, one Taco Time location remained in operation in the upscale “Dogwood Plaza” of Futako-tamagawa on the outskirts of Tokyo until 2006.

Likewise, the was one Taco Bell in Nagoya in the 1980s that was used to test the Japanese market for acceptance of American-style, Mexican fast food. It was a huge failure and it has taken all these years have a try at the Japanese market again. said-openRots of ruck.said-open