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Why Japan's Rail Workers Can't Stop Pointing at Things - Atlas Obscura
"Originally developed by the now-defunct Kobe Railroad Administration Bureau in the late Meiji Period (the early 20th century), pointing-and-calling is known to reduce workplace errors by up to 85 percent, according to one 1996 study."
japan  psychology  hands 
july 2018 by kevan
Hanafuda - Wikipedia
"Each time gambling with a card deck of a particular design became too popular, the government banned those cards, which then prompted the creation of new ones. [...] Because hanafuda cards do not have numbers (the main purpose is to associate images) and the long length to complete a game, it has a partially limited use for gambling."
japan  cards  games  history  law 
november 2016 by kevan
The Tsubo-en Zen garden; Nightingale floor, Uguisubari (鴬張り)
"The 'nightingale floor' is made with a special timber technique from 17th century which makes it impossible to walk on the floor without it making quite beautiful squeaking sounds [...] thereby alerting the residents of the adjacent room of your approach."
secrets  surveillance  wood  japan 
august 2014 by kevan
An Abandoned Bangkok Shopping Mall Hides a Fishy Secret | Colossal
"Not having a roof, the basement floor remains under several feet of water year round. At some point in the early 2000s an unknown person began introducing a small population of exotic Koi and Catfish species."
fish  dereliction  japan  shopping  via:viv 
july 2014 by kevan
Google Street View sends cameras into Namie, an abandoned town in Fukushima where once 21,000 people lived - Asia - World - The Independent
"For the first time since the disaster began, the town’s residents can see what they left behind – most have only been allowed back under police escort for a few minutes since March 2011 to pick up vital belongings."
photos  japan  dereliction 
march 2013 by kevan
BBC News - Japan and blood types: Does it determine personality?
"According to popular belief in Japan, type As are sensitive perfectionists and good team players, but over-anxious. Type Os are curious and generous but stubborn. ABs are arty but mysterious and unpredictable, and type Bs are cheerful but eccentric, individualistic and selfish."
blood  japan  delusions 
november 2012 by kevan
Photos: Tetrapod beaches of Japan ~ Pink Tentacle
"By some estimates, more than 50% of Japan's 35,000-kilometer (22,000-mi) coastline has been altered with tetrapods and other forms of concrete."
construction  japan  water 
april 2012 by kevan
Japanese Ice Aquarium Offers Cool Alternative to Normal Aquariums
"Bathed in blue light, presumably for atmosphere, the specimens include about 80 different species of marine life, flash frozen as they're unloaded at Kesennuma's port on the Pacific Ocean."
fish  ice  japan 
july 2011 by kevan
Plain English Nuclear: Yet another Japan reactor post
"There is no way for a nuclear power reactor to explode like an atomic bomb. You just can’t. Even if you tried. [...] The explosions at Fukushima were not caused by radioactive material."
technology  japan  via:dunx 
march 2011 by kevan
Almost Genius: A Carpet That Transforms Into Furniture | Design & Innovation | Fast Company
"Land Peel is a foam floor covering which also has panels that flip up and fold, to become any sort of furniture you might need."
furniture  design  japan  via:zarba 
april 2010 by kevan Kashiwa Mystery Cafe
"At this cafe, you get what the person before you ordered. The next person gets what you ordered."
food  mysteries  art  japan  shops  via:waxy 
october 2009 by kevan
In Focus: How to use "Furoshiki" [MOE]
Usage diagrams for the 14th century Japanese wrapping cloth, which their Ministry of the Environment was pitching as a reusable giftwrap in 2006.
japan  paper  cloth  via:ohskylab 
december 2008 by kevan
Japan in culinary offensive to stop spread of US fish | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited
"The keepers of Japan's biggest lake have called on the public to join in one final push to eat the bluegill fish - possibly the most reviled creature in Japan - into extinction before it does the same to threatened native species."
japan  fish  food  evolution 
november 2007 by kevan
Ghostwritten - David Mitchell
A slowly and hugely unfolding story of the roaring power of random interconnection, the way that our lives are so heavily determined by the unplanned acts of strangers.
booklog  coincidences  ghosts  society  japan  russia  crime  computers  terrorism  apocalypse 
october 2007 by kevan
An Old Sun Dial in Japan
"[Time was] sometimes based on a relatively loose interpretation of coincidence of celestial phenomena with geophysical landmarks. For example, people might decide to meet 'tomorrow when the sun has reached the top of that mountain in the southeast'."
time  japan  history 
july 2007 by kevan
Chief Mag » issue #4 » Haruo Suekichi
Japanese steampunk watchmaker. "If you think about it that way, if we didn't need watches and time, I wouldn't make watches, but we do need them, so at least I can try and do it in a fun and interesting way."
art  time  design  technology  japan  via:brendan 
july 2007 by kevan
Every Extend (PC)
"One day suddenly, you receive 12 UCHU-guided bombs. What do you do?" Good precision-driven pseudo-shooter, waiting for exploding blocks to float into the optimal formation before detonating them. Could have used more levels and variation, though.
gamelog  4stars  japan  weapons  download 
december 2006 by kevan
Researchers catch giant squid -
"A Japanese research team has succeeded in filming a giant squid live - possibly for the first time - and says the elusive creatures may be more plentiful than previously believed, a researcher said Friday."
squid  videos  japan 
december 2006 by kevan
Number9dream - David Mitchell
A mix of Murakami staples and Japanese cliches, but brought together with attention-deficit enthusiasm, the narrator veering off into memory and daydream and fiction, Mitchell playing with random styles as skillfully as he did in Cloud Atlas.
booklog  japan  dreams  memory  delusions  cities  crime  secrets 
december 2006 by kevan
The Japanese Super Safe Wii Safety Manual - Kotaku
"From hitting your friend in the face to throwing your Wii away with burnable trash, Nintendo Co., Ltd. has you covered."
signs  japan  games  design 
december 2006 by kevan
BBC NEWS | World | Asia-Pacific | Faking it as a priest in Japan
"Being a fake priest is big business in Japan - I've done a TV commercial for one company. [...] In Sapporo, there are five agencies employing about 20 fake priests. In a city like Tokyo, there must be hundreds."
religion  japan  illusions  via:hoaxes 
november 2006 by kevan
Pink Tentacle - Rooftop lawn-planting made simple
"The mats act as a foundation upon which to grow Toyota’s TM9 brand of Korean velvet grass (korai shiba), which only needs to be cut once a year (as opposed to 3 to 4 times for other varieties) due to its slow growth."
japan  design  techology  plants  architecture  via:jones 
september 2006 by kevan
PhysOrg: Japan rivers could spawn drug-resistant bacteria
"Major rivers in Japan are so contaminated with ingredients of antibiotics and other medicines that they may spawn drug-resistant strains of bacteria, a team of Japanese scientists said."
bacteria  evolution  medicine  japan  apocalypse 
july 2006 by kevan
Bakuten Domino - How to Stack Nearly Everything at TV in Japan
Clips of elaborate domino-track setups built from random objects, including the contents of someone's house - videos and shoes and slices of toast. Very Katamari.
japan  videos  via:waxy 
july 2006 by kevan
Times Online - Crows hack into internest
"Hundreds of homes and offices have reportedly been left without high-speed internet service after the crows discovered that broadband cable can be pecked into usable strips more easily than power cables or telephone copper wire ever could."
birds  technology  japan 
june 2006 by kevan
TechEBlog » ACM-R5 Amphibious Snake-Like Robot
"Powered by a lithium-ion battery, the ACM-R5 is a radio-controlled amphibious robot designed to move like its real world counterpart. It can slither or swim underwater for 30 minutes on a full charge."
robots  reptiles  water  japan 
march 2006 by kevan
YouTube - How to peel cooked potato skin in one shot.
Overdramatic Japanese video clip: slice a circle around the skin before boiling it, then dip it in ice-cold water for a moment, and the skin slides off.
food  hacking  japan 
march 2006 by kevan
Site of Reversible Destiny - Yoru Park, Gifu
"By guiding visitors through various unexpected experiences as they walk through its component areas, the Site offers them opportunities to rethink their physical and spiritual orientation to the world."
art  design  plants  japan  via:holly  architecture 
march 2006 by kevan
Getty Images Editorial - Earthquake Drill Held At Tokyo Zoo
"A zoo employee dressed as an escaped mock gorilla tries to attack visitors during a training exercise at Ueno Zoo February 21, 2006 in Tokyo, Japan. [The] training is conducted for zoo staff in how to capture animals and lead the visitors to safety."
apes  simulation  japan  via:arbroath 
february 2006 by kevan
Treehugger: Trends in Japan: Sweets in Disguise
"Many [Japanese men] feel too embarrassed to eat elaborate cakes and the like in public. For men like this, especially middle-aged businessmen, the great thing about the sweets at Mamido's Burger is that they come disguised as fast food."
food  japan  lies 
february 2006 by kevan
So-net blog:the bitter*girls
More blurred-perspective scale-mangling photos. Does actually seem perfectly easy to generate these with Photoshop blur, for a sufficiently high-angled picture - will have to give it a go.
photos  japan  illusions  via:webb 
february 2006 by kevan
Trends in Japan: Shiny Mud Balls
"At elementary schools, kindergartens, and preschools all across Japan, kids are losing themselves making hikaru dorodango, or balls of mud that shine."
japan  children  art  via:collision 
february 2006 by kevan | Japan's humanoid robots | Better than people
"Immigrants cannot be programmed as robots can. You never know when they will do something spontaneous, ask an awkward question, or use the wrong honorific in conversation."
robots  japan  psychology  society 
december 2005 by kevan
Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami
A methodical teenage runaway hiding out in a quiet library, bordered by some overfamiliar-feeling Murakami staples and flat-feeling Gabriel translation.
booklog  murakami  japan  libraries  secrets  cats 
december 2005 by kevan
The Observer | Design special: Your life in their hands
Twenty-five years of Muji. "Adding colour costs money, so Muji told the factories it contracted to stop using any. It then went one better, by making its customers feel happy about their 'dull' purchases."
design  japan  business  cutlery  furniture  shops  via:lmg 
november 2005 by kevan
What's Up Tiger Lily (1966)
Random Japanese spy film dubbed with a new script by Woody Allen, comedy English dialogue being impressively closely lip-synched. Proto-MST3K, and much better than the rubbish cover and single backhanded box-quote suggest.
filmlog  3stars  japan  secrets  food  language  comedy 
november 2005 by kevan
Spirited Away (2003)
Gave up after half an hour or so, wondering if meandering could-end-anywhere might-be-busking-this Japanese narrative (which is fine in Murakami) only works if you're really enjoying the medium of the story.
filmlog  1star  religion  monsters  japan 
november 2005 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Bank puts the 'fun' into 'funds'
"Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank is introducing fruitmachine-style games of chance which run while the ATM processes its more mundane transactions. Get three sevens, and your withdrawal fee is waived; three golds promise a jackpot of 1,000 yen (£5; $9)."
games  money  random  technology  japan 
july 2005 by kevan
The Observer | If MSG is so bad for you, why doesn't everyone in Asia have a headache?
"Marmite, with 1750mg per 100g, has more glutamate in it than any other manufactured product on the planet - except a jar of Gourmet Powder straight from the Ajinomoto MSG factory."
food  science  japan 
july 2005 by kevan
Web Japan | Underground Urban Farm
"This urban farm - in what used to be the vault of a major bank - is maintained using computer-controlled artificial light and temperature management."
plants  light  underground  japan  via:anne 
june 2005 by kevan
Griddlers Net
Nonogram puzzles, another Japanese non-crossword genre - a grid where each row and column is labelled with the sizes of its pixel clumps, leaving the solver to build up the hidden picture.
puzzles  japan  maths 
april 2005 by kevan
Wikipedia: Sudoku
Grid-filling logic puzzle which is apparently in a few UK newspapers these days, although I'd never heard of it until recently. Invented in America and given popularity and a better name in Japan, where crosswords don't work.
puzzles  maths  japan  crosswords 
april 2005 by kevan
Abandoned Amusement Park
The desolate, rusting, fogbound wreckage of a Japanese theme park, roller-coasters almost looking as if they were abandoned mid-ride. Presumably this is all down to bad Feng Shui.
japan  tourism  dereliction  photos  via:holly 
april 2005 by kevan
Zen Puzzle Garden: The Japanese Rock Garden Game
Relaxing and infuriating Ricochet-Robot-style surface-covering; download for PC or Mac. "The monk can not walk over sand he has already raked, so be careful not to rake yourself into a corner!"
games  religion  puzzles  download  stone  japan 
february 2005 by kevan
MDN: Troubled souls paying ultimate price to suicide pushers
"After gathering a group of interested parties, many Suicide Pushers will arrange for somebody else to take over leadership of the group and then usually vanish into cyberspace without taking part in the suicide pact."
cheating  death  japan  psychology 
december 2004 by kevan
Engadget | HOW-TO: Upgrade your organic dog
Gadgets for your dog, including a Milliganesque "here, boy!" cellphone and a collar-mounted digital camera, which gets some good dog's-eye-view pictures.
dogs  future  japan  phones  surveillance  technology 
september 2004 by kevan
Translating Murakami: an email roundtable
"Sumire is at one point eating a "Mont Blanc" in a cafe in Tokyo. I originally just left this as "Mont Blanc," but Murakami was worried that people in the west would think she was eating an expensive fountain pen."
books  japan  language  murakami 
september 2004 by kevan
Daily Yomiuri : Robots on the march in Fukuoka
Public operation of robots requires the approval of traffic police, in Japan, and is restricted to special deregulation zones.
japan  law  robots  society 
august 2004 by kevan
Reuters | Singing Japanese plants
"A Japanese invention that turns petals and leaves into amplifiers." (I've just recently read Ballard's 1956 singing-plants "Prima Belladonna".)
ballard  japan  music  plants  sound  technology 
july 2004 by kevan
The Japanese Gallery of Psychiatric Art
Images from Japanese psychiatric medication advertisements, 1956-2003.
advertising  art  japan  medicine 
june 2004 by kevan
Yahoo! News - Man Lies Dead in Apartment for 20 Years
"The pajama-clad skeleton of a Japanese man has been found in a vacant apartment building." - very Murakami.
bones  death  japan  murakami  mysteries 
june 2004 by kevan
Gunkajima Photo Gallery
A small, Japanese coal-mining island, abandoned since 1974.
dereliction  history  japan  photos 
may 2004 by kevan
Optical Camouflage
A Japanese invisibility kagoul.
clothes  illusions  japan  technology 
may 2004 by kevan : ZOO KEEPER
Mad-Japanese animal-themed block-matching game.
flash  games  japan 
may 2004 by kevan
Pillow Talk
Diary of a 10th century Japanese lady-in-waiting, translated into Livejournal English.
books  japan  weblogs 
april 2004 by kevan

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