Japanese telecommunications giant SoftBank has big plans for their cute, chatty, humanoid robot Pepper. After the jump, watch a video report on the recent Pepper World Expo, and start preparing for the Rise of the Machines!
Japan will finally be getting its hand on the Nintendo 2DS, and in a very special way, as far as Pokémon fans are concerned. Hit the jump to see some very cool-looking systems!
Christmas in Tokyo means finger lickin’ good KFC dinners, feeling down if you don’t have a significant other, and… Christmas lights illuminations! Get an eyeful of some of the most impressive seasonal sights and sounds after the jump!
Christmas in Japan means candy canes, Santa Claus, and… a new version of the projection mapping light show at the world famous life-size Gundam statue! Watch a bedazzling holiday-themed video after the jump!
It’s easy to make cracks about how the machines will one day rise up and overthrow humanity, but in the meantime, Japan is busily working on helpful robots that could save plenty of lives in dangerous, disastrous situations. Watch a nifty demo video after the jump!
This week’s International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo got a power-up in the form of Premaid AI, a “robot idol” with an uncanny ability to mime idol music and dance moves. Crack open a glow stick and enjoy the sight of Premaid AI getting’ down after the jump!
Spirited Away is a memorable film in itself, but it's also got some delicious-looking dishes in it too. That's why this yakisoba based on No-Face is both cute and super yummy. Hit the jump for a look at the dish!
State of the art Japanese innovation triumphs again as a division of Namco Bandai delivers a cardboard box that doubles as one-person studio for making videos in, singing in, you name it. Watch a thrilling demo video after the jump!
It may just look like a guy laying on the floor with a cardboard box over his head, but the “solo theater” is nothing less than Japan’s latest crowdfunded technological innovation. Enjoy an interview with its inventors and a demonstration below
An animated feature film co-produced by Ankama and Studio 4°C is slated for release in 2017, with production already underway. Hit the jump to learn more.
A preview for the upcoming animated film The Red Turtle, a French-Japanese co-production directed by Michael Dudok de Wit and co-produced by Studio Ghibli, will be shown at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Hit the jump to learn more about this unique film.
A new article by Hiroyuki Arino in the English-language version of the Yomiuri Shimbun profiles the unlikely journey of "Ninja Hattori-kun", an Eighties anime whose popularity after being imported to India in 2006 proved so huge that it spawned a Japanese / Indian co-production sequel in 2012. Hit the jump to learn more.