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:
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.
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:
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:
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.