Comic Con is headed to Tokyo, courtesy of Steve Wozniak. It’s the first time the convention will ever be held in Japan, and it’s planned for December 2016. It’s going to be a sister event to the Apple co-founder’s Silicon Valley Comic Con, and the Woz himself appeared in Tokyo last weekend to get people excited. In…
The four-day International Robot Exhibition just wrapped up in Japan over the weekend, and the wild machines introduced in Tokyo, one of the world’s biggest robot hubs, did not disappoint. The show attracted 450 companies and 5,000 non-robotic humans. Here’s a look at some of coolest from the show floor.
In 1964, the last time Tokyo hosted the Summer Olympics, the nation revealed one of the biggest mic drops in transportation history: the debut of the shinkansen, the world-famous bullet train that became a Japanese icon. The first high-speed train in the world, it spurred similar technology to spread to Europe and…
So, you’re going to Japan, huh? Fantastic. You might have some questions. Hopefully, I’ll have some answers.
This stop-motion animation brings Shibuya’s scramble crossing alive at 1/100 scale and made from little paper sculptures.
This week we learned that Godzilla is Japan's new tourism ambassador. Now we have a visual! Here's the G-man being unveiled (OK, head only ... 171 feet tall, though) Thursday outside of Toho, the studio that made the original 1954 film.
This is both hilarious and makes total sense. Just like everyone else, zoos have to practice for emergencies. And zoo emergencies include escaping animals. Problem: You can't just release a real animal for a drill. Solution? Fellow employees dressed as animals.
It took photographer Jeffrey Martin two days of shooting and four months of editing to create the interactive panorama you're about to experience. At 600,000 pixels wide, it would measure 50 meters by 100 meters if printed at photographic resolution. And yes, it is every bit as awesome as it sounds.
Got five minutes? Give your brain a vacation with this mesmerizing hyperlapse video, shot from the front of Tokyo's fully-automated Yurikamome transit system.
It seems like the Dark Lord of the Sith and his small Stormtrooper retinue got a bit lost on their way to Tokyo Disneyland's Star Tours event. The trio wander about Tokyo and the nearby countryside, enjoying the sites, listening to a little shamisen music, and, uh... getting attacked by fresh fish. And is that Darth…
Researchers at Tokyo's University of Electro-Communications are working on sidewalk innovations that will transform public thoroughfares into shimmering corridors of light.
Ordinarily, one does not immediately think of railways when Japan comes to mind.
Earlier this week, officials at the Tama Zoo in Tokyo ran a tiger containment drill based on the premise that a Siberian tiger had escaped during an earthquake.
Tokyo officials have devised a novel approach to crime prevention: a giant unblinking she-golem that discreetly records citizen's activities. Street crime in the Shinjuku has dropped 1000%, as the threat of Big Sister coming to life has scared away ne'er-do-wells.
Want to live in a home that would put Ariadne's dreamscapes to shame? This Tokyo microhouse by Atelier Tekuto, "Reflections of Mineral," is filled with enough twisting walls, reflective surfaces, and off-kilter windows to outwit any murderous subconscious projections.
These thanatoptic tableaus by the artist TokyoGenso depict Japan's capital once the human race has moved on to greener pastures. Nature's taken over, and the drone of the metropolis has been replaced by the wind rustling through vines.