← Shinjuku district’s famed “Robot Restaurant” (3Yen 2015-02-05), (3Yen 2012-07-28) had a huge presence at the Tokyo’s 35th annual “Asakusa Samba Carnival,” which of course is held on the last weekend of August—perfect time for “carnival” in Japanese thinking.
Also view video the samba parade taken from several other vantage points in our Comments section.
When Japan’s Foreign Ministry appointed the beloved character Doraemon as an “anime ambassador” to the world in 2008 (Wiki), I doubt he was thinking that he would end up being chained in front of a shopping center in China.
I also doubt that the Japanese Foreign Ministry would have thought harmless Doraemon would become persona non grata in China since he is, ″on a mission to corrupt the China’s youth (theguardian.com).″
A few of the many previous reports about Doraemon on the 3Yen include:
America joins Japan in a robotic circle jerk. MegaBots, Inc. of the USA challenges Suidobashi Heavy Industries’ Kuratas robot* to a wank off! All Japan has to do is to name the battlefield and in one year there will be a wanking battle.
Previous 3Yen reports on Japan’s Kuratas robot include:
The bride wore white and the groom wore out his batteries: First robot wedding in Japan takes place and even ends with a kiss
• Frois and Yukirin wore traditional outfits for the event in Tokyo on Saturday
• Ceremony was organised by Maywa Denki*, who designed the groom Frois
Daily Mail Online | 28 June 2015
*The “Parallel-world electricians,” Maywa Denki, is Japan’s best “art unit” and they have been a favorite of the 3Yen.com for many years:
Otamatone Touch-Sensitive Electronic Musical Instrument by Maywa Denki (amazon.com)
3Yen correspondent Rob Pongi reports of the upcoming plans of Japan for 2020 Olympics and Japanese robot suits for making mega money moves.
To the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Tourists,
Welcome to Japan.
The land where both the future and the past exist together in a beautiful harmony.
We understand that you do not like the fact that you cannot use your foreign bank or credit card since we don’t have bank and credit card machines for payment of our goods and everything is paid by cash. And, even if we do have some card readers, we don’t trust foreign banks anyway. Sorry about that.
So for your upcoming trip we have invented another solution. ↘
Please enjoy your wonderful stay in Japan!
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Committee
Jason of Friday the 13th fame got cloned and had a sex change…in Japan of course.
The above video clip is most likely a tiny part of the floor show in the Robot Restaurant (3Yen / 2012-07-28) in Tokyo…If you can imagine Jason of Friday the 13th was a robot—See Robo-Jason (3Yen / 2009-12-31).
Japan plans to land rover on moon in 2018
SentinelSource.com / April 26, 2015
JAXA Japan’s space agency announced this week that the country would put an unmanned rover on the surface of the moon by 2018, joining an elite club of nations that have explored Earth’s satellite…
“This is an initial step and a lot of procedures are still ahead before the plan is formally approved,” a JAXA spokesperson told reporters. If it is approved, the agency will reportedly use its Epsilon solid-fuel rocket technology to carry and deploy a SLIM probe — the acronym stands for “Smart Lander for Investigating Moon”…
The JAXA spokesperson went on to explain that, upon landing on the moon the SLIM moon probe will send and receive by fax* all of its data.
*The joke being that all Japanese companies, large and small, still rely fax machines even though they have advanced email and cloud services at their disposal.
Hello, I’m Aiko Chihara and I want to suck your soul.
Robotic Customer Service? In This Japanese Store, That’s the Point
Wall Street Journal / JRT blog / April 16, 2015
Toshiba Corp. will debut its humanoid robot at the information desk of an upscale department store in Tokyo…to provide audio guidance to customers…The robot’s appearance wasn’t modeled on any specific person but was designed to give a friendly impression at the Mitsukoshi department store in Nihonbashi, on Monday and Tuesday…more..
Previous reports of robot working girls on the 3Yen include:
Look out granny!
Japanese scientists of the RIKEN research institute have released a new experimental nursing care robot, “ROBEAR.”
According to RIKEN’s press release of February 23rd, the ROBEAR can performing tasks such as lifting a patient from a bed or wheelchair and, will provide impetus for research on the creation of robots that can supplement Japan’s need for new approaches to care-giving
Ri-i-i-ight—Granny is gonna love this. ᶘ ᵒᴥᵒᶅ
Sadly, these nursing care robots of the RIKEN Institute have been around forever. RIBA-II, the care-giving Teddy Bear (3Yen.com / 2011-08-03) shown above has been in development for a long time without any the bear-bots going into practical use in nursing homes and hospitals.
The 3Yen first reported years ago about the predecessor of the RIBA, the RI-MAN robot in: Stroke my soft machine (3Yen / 2006-03-01)
Other Bear-bot reports on the 3Yen have included:
. . . —Care-bots for elderly…again (3Yen.com / 2013-06-22)
. . . —Bear-bot that reads your tweets (3Yen.com / 2011-01-26)
. . . —Robo-teddy vs Alzheimer’s (3Yen.com / 2010-10-08 )
After wasting zillions of yen and contributing to near-bankruptcy of the company, Sony’s famous flagship robot dog, AIBO™, was put to sleep in 2006. (3Yen 2006-01-27) →
At the same time around 2005-2006, Boston Dynamics introduced BigDog™ (Wiki) that has move well into the realm of “usefulness” unlike Japan’s failed robo-efforts (3Yen quoted by the BBC and The Independent). Check out “Spot,” the latest version of BigDog. ↓
BostonDynamics’ BigD0g r0b0t is pretty familiar…but this …smaller c0usin—Sp0t weighs 160 pounds, while BigD0g weighs in at 24O pounds…Sp0t is pretty light on its feet…more via Slate