Posts tagged “Pink Tentacle”

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

The Best Tourism Campaign EVAR Continues: Hakodate, Japan

Back in March I posted some videos made to promote tourism in Hakodate, Japan. If you haven’t seen ’em yet, you should go watch them. They’re awexome.

Well, the awexomeness continues. You see, a new film called Watashi Dasuwa recently premiered at the Tokyo International Film Festival. It was shot on location in Hakodate. It’s a low-key drama about a woman returning to Hakodate to spread the wealth she made in Tokyo.

The Hakodate tourism board got their hands on the trailer and made some improvements. Take a look:

I mean, seriously, come on! Why can’t any American cities have this much fun and sense of humor when it comes to their tourism promotion? Las Vegas is as close as we get, I guess, but there are no alien squids or giant robots or spaceships in any of their tourism videos or commercials!

Here’s a bonus of an alien squid dancing at a streetcar that’s advertising the movie:

Categories: Japan, Movies, Videos.

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Mini-humanoid robot with iPhone head

A robot hobbyist has developed an application that lets the iPhone 3GS function as the brain and face of a miniature humanoid robot.

The body of the robot — named “Robochan” — consists of a Kondo KHR-2HV humanoid. The iPhone head, which attaches to the body via the dock connector, displays various facial expressions while functioning as the controller. Using Robochan’s iPhone interface, the user can program it to function as an alarm clock, dance to music, and perform other moves based on user interaction.

(via Pink Tentacle)

Categories: Japan, Robots, Videos.

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Fun in Space

The Japanese public was allowed to propose a series of experiments that would then be carried out by astronaut Koichi Wakata on board the International Space Station. Most of these “experiments” basically consist of performing physical stunts to see what would happen in a microgravity environment. Here is the highlight reel:

Who says science isn’t fun?

(via Pink Tentacle)

Categories: Japan, Science, Videos.

Thursday, 26 March 2009

Visit Hakodate, Japan (While You Still Can)

These videos were produced to promote tourism by the city of Hakodate, Japan. I guess this is one way to get people to visit your city…

And here’s a bonus, quickie video to promote Winter in Hakodate:

Seriously, can you guys think of any American city that would purposefully and officially produce tourism videos of such awexomeness?

(via Pink Tentacle)

Categories: Japan, Robots, Videos.

Friday, 6 February 2009

Starfish Hitler

The Echinoblog has catalogued a fascinating collection of starfish-based kaiju in Japanese entertainment.  The most entertainingly weird is easily the “Starfish Hitler” from the Kamen-Rider series.  Take a wook:

(via Pink Tentacle)

Categories: Japan, Videos.

Friday, 23 January 2009

Tiny Living Doll FOR REALS

I heart Japanese science!!!

People at University of Tokyo created a 5-millimeter-tall living doll out of living cells.


It reportedly lived for more than a day in a culture solution. The goal of the project seems to be to be able to build human tissue and organs from scratch. But what a way to start!

(via Pink Tentacle)

Categories: Japan, Science.

Monday, 20 October 2008

An Awexome Jellyfish: The Paper Lantern Medusa

Not, perhaps, as cute as the Dumbo Octopus, the Paper Lantern Medusa is nonetheless extremely awexome.

The red paper lantern medusa has a transparent, bell-shaped hood measuring about 10 centimeters in diameter and 17 centimeters from top to bottom, with between 14 and 30 tentacles that extend up to 6 times the length of its body. Inside the transparent hood is a deep red colored mantle that can crumple up or expand like a paper lantern, hence the name. 

Here are some video clips of the thing in action:

(thanks, Pink Tentacle)

Categories: Japan, Videos.