Archive for February, 2011

Japanese performing street magic with an iPad

Well, since Japanese incorporate technology in every aspect of their life, there’s no reason why they cannot use an iPad too. In fact it’s also fun to watch it! Check this street magician performing cool tricks with his iPad in front of the Ginza Apple Store in Tokyo. Enjoy the show!

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Kanamara Matsuri: the giant penis festival

The internet is helping a traditional Japanese fertility festival in Kawasaki, Japan, to go from strength to strength.

Kanamara Matsuri, or the Festival of the Steel Phallus, is an annual celebration of fertility which today raises money for HIV sufferers. According to Hiroyuki Nakamura (Excuse me, Priest Nakamura), the giant penis’ god is worshiped in order to help cure diseases of the lower half of the body. It is also a god that can help in the fight against AIDS.

It’s just the perfect family day out.

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Japan’s broadcaster NHK revolutionizes aerial and water live TV broadcasting

Engineers at Japanese public broadcaster NHK (Nippon Hoso Kyokai) unveiled revolutionary systems, on Monday, at their company’s headquarters that will tremendously improve water sports coverage and change live TV broadcasting as we currently know it.

Such systems consist of overlaying Google Earth-like labels over live TV images from helicopters, or cameras that produce a single realistic image over and underwater for covering synchronized swimming at the Olympics!

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High-tech tombstones from Ishinokoe for resting in peace

In April 2008, the city of Kofu in Japan saw the launch of a new high-tech service for the recently deceased: high-tech tombstones.

Using cell phones to scan barcodes on the tombstones, families can view photos of their loved ones. The digital tombstones, called ‘Kuyo no Mado’, are made by a company called Ishinokoe.

We at OnlyInJapan.org wonder when LCD screens will start to appear on tombstones.

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Mantoki temple in Japan flushes bad karma through toilet

Fed up with work or tired of your relationship? Why not just flush all your troubles down the toilet?

The Mantoki temple in Ota, Japan, helps people either break away from bad karma or re-unite with a better destiny by letting them submit their wishes and flushing them through the toilet.

Visitors can choose between the white toilet for ‘enkiri’ or cutting ties, or the black one for ‘enmusubi’, or tightening ties. The toilet even has its own deity, named Kawya No Kami!

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