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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
Japan's Robots: Past, Present & Future
Dr. Kazuhito Yokoi, director of the Intelligent Systems Research Institute in Tsukuba, outlines where robots are going.
Huis Ten Bosch & Sasebo Sightseeing
Check out Kyushu's top theme park along with stunning views and fantastic food!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Peeling Back the Surface of Robot Geisha
MythBusters' Adam Savage explores Ghost in the Shell’s coolest practical effects at Weta Workshop.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
How to Play Go
If Google's AlphaGo program can learn this traditional two-tone board game, then so can you!
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.
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.