All About Japan

How to Play Go

If Google's AlphaGo program can learn this traditional two-tone board game, then so can you!

Riding in a Transformer Will Soon be a Reality

With help from the designer of the original Gundam, Japan now has a transforming giant robot/car that two full-sized adults can ride in. Seriously—it's kind of amazing.

Robot Ballerina or Cute Toy?

These adorable electronic floor-cleaning devices blur the line between cleaning products and toys—as your cat will surely demonstrate!

Tomy's Talking Sheep Robot is a Real Cutie!

OHaNAS is a cute, white, sheep-like talking robot that can play music and answer your questions. Think Siri, but adorable.

Moving & Speaking Hatsune Miku Nendroid

If you don't have the time or money to head to a concert featuring this popular Japanese vocaloid, you can now listen to Hatsune Miku sing and watch her dance in the comfort of your own home!

360° VR Video Transports You to Japan

Swish the camera around and take a virtual tour of famous sightseeing spots as if you were in Japan, all in the comfort of your own home.

Top 10 Coolest Toys at Tokyo Otaku Mode

There's lots of fun stuff over at Tokyo Otaku Mode that keeps us hovering over the 'add to cart' button. Here are 10 of our most tempting favorites!

Robot Serves Up Okonomiyaki in Okayama

Apparently, this robot has been serving up the savory Japanese-style pancakes on the downlow for over 40 years!

Buy a Giant Robot for ¥120 Million on Amazon!

Ever wanted to pilot 3.8-meter (12½-ft), 5-ton robot? Why not just buy one online!

Odaiba's Robot Revolution—on an iPhone!

Check out some of the funky stuff on display at the iREX International Robot Exhibition, all set to a funky beat!

Giant Robots Battle It out, but Who Will Win?

The giant robot battle between Team USA and Team Japan that was two years in the making finally comes to an end, but it's only the beginning of giant robot fights.

Robotics Inspired by 'Ghost in the Shell'

University of Tokyo robotics engineer Takuya Umedachi is working on synthetic 'soft-body' technology capable of complex and flexible movement.

The Amazing Wearable Robot

The world's first wearable robotic device for medical and wellness applications was developed by a professor at the University of Tsukuba.

Peeling Back the Surface of Robot Geisha

MythBusters' Adam Savage explores Ghost in the Shell’s coolest practical effects at Weta Workshop.

16 Authentic 'Japan' Experiences around Tokyo

How do you get an 'authentic Japan' experience in the Tokyo area? It depends on what you mean by 'authentic,' and what you mean by 'Japan!' Here are 16 'real Japan' options around Tokyo, running the gamut from the very old to the very new!

Anime Robots Evolved Hand-in-Hand with Toys

The history of Japanese robot anime is one reason for Japan’s global reputation for being “robot country.” Anime and film critic Ryusuke Hikawa explains.

Meet the Queen of Robot Entertainment

Behind the bright lights and massive robots at this popular tourist spot is a female president who’s been there from the very beginning.

Huis Ten Bosch & Sasebo Sightseeing

Check out Kyushu's top theme park along with stunning views and fantastic food!

Improving Traditional Crafts with Technology

Exchange students from the University of Buffalo learn about 'kumiki,' a traditional carpentry technique, from artisans in Hida, and use technology to bring this time-honored craft to the modern age.

Japan's Robots: Past, Present & Future

Dr. Kazuhito Yokoi, director of the Intelligent Systems Research Institute in Tsukuba, outlines where robots are going.

  • 1
  • 2
  • 1
  • 2
  • 1
  • 2
know-before-you-go