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The Late Movies: A Sushi’s-Eye View

Kaiten-zushi is better known in the US as “conveyer-belt sushi” or a “sushi train.” Sushi is placed on small plates, and the plates on a conveyer belt that runs around the restaurant. Patrons sit at a bar or in booths along the belt’s path, picking off plates as they go by. Plates [...]

10,000 Singers Belt Out “Ode to Joy”

In Japan, it’s an end-of-year tradition to sing “Ode to Joy,” the final movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The song is so well-known in Japan that it’s known simply as daiku, literally “number nine.” In Osaka, a 10,000-person-strong “Number Nine Chorus” of amateur singers performs daiku every December, to thundering effect. While [...]

Lightsaber Cat vs. Dogs

Link Scroll down for today’s pictures & links. Lightsaber Cat vs. Dogs This is the ultimate fight, bar none. The Fate of the Universe, or this particular cat in this universe, depends on the outcome of this battle. Impressive, for sure… but I am not sure that this cat even needs a lightsaber to defend itself. These dogs [...]

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#171 – Week of December 19, 2011 Black holes 10 billion times the size of the Sun – [wow space]Wow! Most Expensive Power Amp, more – [hi-fi audio]Great Short Talk: Weird, or Just Different? – [video]U.S. Routes as a Subway Map, hi-res – [see it large]Some languages can’t separate blue from green – [info]When Tyrants Die, [...]

Rubber Duckie Helps Japan

Move over, Godzilla! Another giant has emerged in Japan. The giant 31-foot-tall rubber duckie by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman (previously on Neatorama) arrived in Osaka, Japan last month to raise funds to help the [...]

Osaka Water Clock

(YouTube link) The train station in Osaka, Japan has a computerized fountain that spells out the time, announcements, and pictures in falling water. If you spend too much time waiting for the clock to display, you’ll realize what time it really is …time to find a restroom! See more pictures and video at the uploader’s site. [...]

Best Directions Ever: “Take the Exit that Goes Through the Office Building”

Directions to my house go something like, “Take the highway that runs through town and get off on exit 9, then take a left at the stoplight.” If you live in downtown Osaka, your directions might be more along the lines of, “Take the Umeda Exit of the Ikeda Route. You know, the one that [...]

House Full of Bookshelves

Are you running out of room for your books? Here’s a house design by Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio that hopefully doesn’t have that problem. Google Translate renders the Japanese text as follows: Shelf-Pod is a private residence and study building, located in Osaka prefecture, Japan. The client owns an extensive collection of books on the subject [...]

True Color 3-D Hologram

Holograms are pretty cool, but they’re lacking in the color department. Well, not for long, perhaps. Photonics physicists from Osaka University in Japan have managed to capture the original colors of an object in 3-D holograms: The team at Osaka took another approach, they use both lasers and white light. They first fire a laser at [...]

Sohei Nishino’s Diorama Maps

Japanese photographer, Sohei Nishino, walks around cities taking pictures and pasting and arranging the results to create layered icons of a city from his memory. He has mapped Istanbul, Hong Kong, Paris, New York, Shanghai, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Osaka and London. Last year, Nishino spent a month walking the streets of London . He took over 10,000 [...]