Here’s a real Pacific Rim job—the robot reception at the REMM Hotel in the high-tech, otaku district of Tokyo’s Akihabara…
Greetings from REMM Hotel Akihabara! according to the wonders of goofy Google robo-Translate, which goes not to say that:
With these twin “Gemini” robots, the REEM Hotel is planning many robots visiting the hotel as part of an experiment lasting into the Spring.
The Hankyu-Hanshin-Daiichi Hotel Group further explains:
This new edition to the is based on the idea of better, more comfortable sleep—Come and visit us!!
In Japanese a piggy bank is called a Choken-Bako—savings box—and this one was labeled in the online catalog of a J-List as an Orange Tabby Cat coin Box, which is apropos since Japan along with the rest of the world’s economy is in the toilet.
The Most Famous Poop in Japan J-List side blog: 2010/12/30
…A source of good luck in Japan is…poop, due to the similarity of the word for the bodily function (unko) to the word for “good luck” (unki). That's why when a seagull happened to release an unpleasant package squarely on my daughter's head one day, my wife exclaimed, “That's great, Rina! I always knew you were lucky!” The most famous poop in Japan is the Asahi Super Dry Building near Asakusa. While the company insists the “golden flame” represents the frothy head on a glass of Asahi beer, everyone knows it's a talisman to bring good luck and money to the company. It's common for people to improve their personal luck by carrying a good luck charm in the shape of a poop, and we've got a golden poop phone strap on the site for you today, to help you get more money in 2011! Asahi Beer Headquarters in Asakusa More …
.. Electric Rainbow Umbrella Blade Runner Style Price: $35.00
For those who looking for a cool umbrella, especially during the nights while raining, this electric rainbow umbrella is just what youre looking for. Its your typical umbrella, but has transparent stem that lights up by the power supply that’s encased in the handle. Simply press a button to light up the umbrella and turn off. Each time it lights up, youll get a different color or it will “rotate” through the colors automatically…more.…
It turns out the the same place also sells a way to “Eat Pussy” as mentioned in the title—that is, a machine for homemade sushi aptly named the… Hello Kitty Waku Waku(happy-happy) Die-cut Rolled SUSHI Making Set…
Have a Waku Waku/happy-happy Hello Kitty Apocalypse!
Although I cannot say I am found of eating dayglow-colored food, I am sure this Bandai toy would be a fun way to introduce sushi to kids at home.
Anpanman bento machine lets you really play with your food
….Bandai’s new Anpanman sushi maker toy lets you crank out edible nori maki faces of characters from the famous Japanese kids’ anime series. The process is reminiscent of one of those Play-Doh machines you used to play with when you were a kid, extruding rolls of colorful food through templates of faces…more…
Jika-tabi —often referred to as ‘Ninja Shoes’— the type worn by the ninja of long ago, and are still used today by Japanese workers who need more agility, safety and grip than regular construction boots. Japanese prefer Jika-tabi for their split toes and softness of their soles that gives tactile contact with the ground, as well as their gripping ability that allows workman to use their feet more agilely than rigid-soled shoes allow.
For example, Japanese iron workers who traverse steel girders on construction sites like to know what is under their feet, and Japanese craftsmen such as carpenters and gardeners additionally use their feet as if they were an extra pair of hands to hold objects in place.
There’s nothing more quintessentially Japanese than tatami–the traditional type of flooring mats made of woven soft rush straw packed with rice straw.
Not so traditional is this tatami mat necktie that my drinking buddy, Mulboyne, found, which will be for sale starting tomorrow for 5,800 yen or about US$53. Mulboyne says you can’t actually tie it: there’s a band to hold it around your neck.
The poor guys at Japan’s Tatami Industry Promotion Association grasping at straws, don’t you think?
Anyway, read more details in this Japanese PDF.