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ASIMO & UNI-CUB β (2014)

The world's most advanced humanoid robot can run smoothly at a record 9kph (5.6mph), recognizes faces and voices, shakes hands, has incredible balance -- can jump, hop, climb stairs, kick soccer balls, pour drinks wit...

Japanese television: Tires on a ski jump

Which tire will roll down the ski jump fastest and jump the farthest? A Formula One tire? An enormous bulldozer tire? The smallest tire? This clip from Japanese television has made the rounds i...

Pitagora Suitchi: 20 minutes of Japanese Rube Goldberg machines

We love Rube Goldberg machines, and have posted about these short films from Japan’s NHK educational TV show, Pitagora Suitchi (PythagoraSwitch) before, so it’s no surprise that t...

Shugo Tokumaru’s Katachi

Shugo Tokumaru’s Katachi, a stop motion, papercraft adventure directed by Katarzyna Kijek and Przemysław Adamski. Katachi means shape or form in Japanese.  Thanks, Laura.

The Kibo Robot Project

This Feb 2013 promo video for the Kibo Robot Project really builds the excitement for having a 13.4 inch tall robot astronaut in space… just in case that didn’t already sound exciting. (Turn on the transla...

Adam Savage puts together a Strandbeest model kit

We love artist Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests, and as it turns out, so does Mythbuster Adam Savage. Watch Adam describe and build a Japanese-made Strandbeest Model Kit. These advanced building kits can be found on ...

Reincarnation by Chie Miyazaki

Reincarnation, an animation from Japanese illustrator Chie Miyazaki.

USAWALTZ by Asami Ike

USAWALTZ, animation and music by Tokyo-born Asami Ike. Both kids were laughing as they watched the rabbits journey across all of the animals that floated by, and we’ve been humming th...

Motoi Yamamoto’s intricate, temporary salt installations

Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto creates intricate temporary installations using salt — an essential material for both the human body and the ocean. He pours the tiny grains into images that look very different fa...

Jigokudani Yaen-koen: Snow Monkeys (Japanese macaques)

Google “Jigokudani Yaen-koen" and you will happen upon many relaxing (and adorable) Snow Monkeys, or Japanese macaques, who live in the famous monkey park in the Nagano Prefecture of Japan. The heavy snowfall...

Pitagora Suitchi: marble chain reaction

After watching NYT’s Brooklyn’s Rube Goldberg video, we went googling for Japanese versions and happened upon a bunch short films for the educational TV show, Pitagora Suitchi (PythagoraSwitch).  This one...

Sugiyama Brothers: The Happy Bubblemakers

A video that rocks 3 important things: Japan. The 80s. Bubbles. And bonus: there’s an elephant! Thanks, @fjordaan.

Paper roll xylophone

Hello, Lullatone! We’ve been listening to their music for a few weeks now and both the kid and I like their audio aesthetic, which seem to be influenced by some analog processes, if Lullatone’s videos lend...