Category Archives: Weird

From Healing Kisses To Idiot Speak Machine – Ten Years Of Improbable Japanese Research Ranked

Japan reached an improbably milestone at the recent 26th First Annual Ig Nobel Awards, which were handed out by the Improbable Research magazine. It was the tenth year in a row that Japanese scientists could claim a first place prize … Continue reading

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Photos of Japan: Robot Restaurant

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Well, my first visit to Robot Restaurant didn’t disappoint. Bonkers Tokyo at about its best. Hard to really explain, so I’ll let the pictures talk for me 🙂

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I do love Japan’s crappiest robots!

HEBOCON! Sounds like something a character from Street Fighter might scream while performing their special move, but it is actually the name of what has to be my favourite Japanese robot competition. The name of the game is to build … Continue reading

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Japanese mascots have their very own Grand Prix!

Living in Japan means coming face to face with mascots on a daily basis. Here, they’re by no means the sole property of sports teams. Oh no, here every self-respecting city, government agency, company, organisation – hell, even prison – … Continue reading

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WTF Japan? Why can’t we make all our dinners like this???

Japanese cooking meets Myth Busters in an instructional video about how to….upgrade…your preparation of battered shrimp…which takes ‘battered’ in a slightly different direction.

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Pictures from Japan: The Love Hotels

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Japan is home to the famous love hotels, which can be found dotted around various areas of Tokyo, as well as other major cities – and probably also in towns and villages across the country. In a country where it … Continue reading

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Too far, Japan? A remote control for your toilet

As the headline would indicate, my hotel room’s toilet comes with a remote control… Not sure under what exact circumstances, other than as a practical joke, you would need to activate its bidet function from so far away that you … Continue reading

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