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Yoshida Brothers

Yoshida Brothers

The Yoshida Brothers – Ryoichiro and Kenichi – are shamisen virtuosos that have carved a place for the traditional Japanese instrument in modern music. More videos here. Get their music here.

Tsunami Dog Reunion

Tsunami Dog Reunion

After being rescued from a pile of debris floating off the coast of Japan since the March 11th tsunami, Ban the wonder dog is reunited with her owner – and much tail-wagging did ensue.

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Acure Digital Vending Machine

Acure Digital Vending Machine

You’re looking at the future of vending machines. With a 47-inch touchscreen and a camera, the Acure guesses the gender and age of the customer to help make product recommendations.

Help Japan Tee

Help Japan Tee

innerspoken’s special limited edition shirt supports and emphasizes the positive energy being created in the recovery process; all net proceeds will be donated to a relief organization of your choice.

Help Japan T-Shirt

Help Japan T-Shirt

Hide & Seek Clothing will donate all profits from the sale of this T-shirt to organizations and projects dedicated to providing aid and assistance to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Tsunami Car Ride

Tsunami Car Ride

Watch this haunting footage shot from inside a moving vehicle as the recent tsunami hit Japan. Thankfully, the driver managed to escape without injury. Rainbows aren’t always a good omen.

Japan Nuclear Problem Explained

Japan Nuclear Problem Explained

You’ve probably heard of the explosions at the Fukushima power plant in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami. Here’s NHK – by way of CNN – with a summary of the likely cause.

Japan Tsunami: Before & After

Japan Tsunami: Before & After

The New York Times has an interactive gallery that compares satellite images from last year with ones taken after the March 11 tsunami. You can donate to the Red Cross disaster relief for Japan here.

Skeletonics Exoskeleton

Skeletonics Exoskeleton

Despite the fact that this exoskeleton has no motors or hydraulics, it’s more than capable of amplifying the moves of whoever dons this suit. The juicy bits start around the 4 minute mark.

Candy Sushi

Candy Sushi

We love sushi and we love candy, so we were stoked when we saw this Popin’ Cookin Japanese sushi candy. It takes some work to prepare, but the results are convincing. Do want.

JVC GC-PX1 Hybrid Camera

JVC GC-PX1 Hybrid Camera

Combining the best of still and video cameras, it shoots full 1080p60 full HD videos, 10 megapixel stills, 300fps high-speed shots and has a 10x optical zoom lens. Arrives in Japan first.

Tokyo Bicycle Storage

Tokyo Bicycle Storage

The city of Tokyo has come up with a clever way of storing bicycles. Citizens leave their bikes in automated stations, which store hundreds of bikes underground. Check out another video here.

Japanese Girl Explains Titanic

Japanese Girl Explains Titanic

Watch as Mika tells us about the movie Titanic, complete with awesome illustrations of her narration. Who could forget the part when Jack said,“Rose. It is cold… so take on the door”?

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Tokyo in HDR

Tokyo in HDR

The capital of the Land of the Rising Sun is pretty darn gorgeous on its own, but given a tweak with the magic of HDR photography, the neighborhoods of Tokyo all look like brilliantly colored paintings.

Batvan

Batvan

While Japanese truck modders fit their rigs with as many lights as possible, those who pimp vans love to add huge spoilers and spikes, as shown by this wacky Batmobile. It even has its own replica!

Parking Space Home

Parking Space Home

What kind of house will $500,000 buy you? In Tokyo, you could get a three-story house. On a 30 sq.m. lot, that is. Fuyuhito Moriya’s house was built on what used to be parking space for a single car.

Holographic J-Pop

Holographic J-Pop

It’s not the music in this live performance by J-Pop artist Hatsune Miku that we’re amazed by – it’s the fact that Hatsune is a 3D digital projection, and her voice is computer generated.

100 YEN: The Japanese Arcade

100 YEN: The Japanese Arcade

Arcades are virtually extinct in America, but in Japan, they’re still incredibly popular. Go inside the world of Japan’s arcades, and support the project to see it turned into an hour-long documentary.

Dekotora

Dekotora

Dekotora – an abbreviation of “decoration truck” – are heavily stylized and modified trucks most commonly found in Japan, popularized by a 70s movie about – what else? – a costumed trucker.

Kids vs. Zombie

Kids vs. Zombie

We’re kinda mad at whoever was behind this for scaring the kids. On the other hand, the children were very brave and had a lot of fight in them. We salute you, kid with the number 5 shirt!

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Sumo Wrestling Z

Sumo Wrestling Z

A Sumo wrestling match can be quite boring – the rituals take longer than the matches, and the action isn’t always intense. So how do we spice things up? Give it the Anime treatment.

Vintage Tokyo Subway Posters

Vintage Tokyo Subway Posters

Japanese subways are filled with posters reminding commuters of proper manners. These posters from the 70s and 80s are done with a variety of styles. Can you guess what they’re saying? More here.

Orange & Cheese Juice

Orange & Cheese Juice

Cheese goes great with lots of things, but we’re not so sure about Tropicana Japan’s “Orange With Rare Cheese” Flavor, which apparently is meant to taste like orange cheesecake. No thanks.

Giant Gundam Timelapse

Giant Gundam Timelapse

This isn’t the first we’ve seen of Japan’s giant Gundam statue, but this timelapse HD video really showcases the sheer awesomeness of the 59-foot tall mecha currently on display in Shizuoka.

Pepsi White

Pepsi White

If you’re looking for something calming to wash down that can of Pepsi Strong Shot, you might want to try a bottle of this yogurt-flavored oddity which turned up a while back on shelves in Japan.

Tokyoflash Traffic Watch

Tokyoflash Traffic Watch

Not to be confused with their Changing Lanes watch, the latest from Japan’s Tokyoflash, the Kisai Traffic tells time using bright blue, orange and green LED lines that look like roads.

Painting with Water

Painting with Water

This incredible fountain from KOEI Aquatec is located in Japan’s Canal City mall, and can “paint” images and words on a curtain of water using computer-controlled H2O jets.

Rice Paddy Art

Rice Paddy Art

For almost 20 years now, the farmers of the town of Inokodate in the Aomori prefecture in Japan have been making amazing illustrations using only different colored rice plants.

Cat Sh*t One: Apocalypse Meow

Cat Sh*t One: Apocalypse Meow

We have no idea what they’re are saying in this trailer for the CG version of Kobayashi’s manga series, but it involves fuzzy bunnies, explosions and semi-automatic weapons. Sounds good to us.

Mitusoka Orochi Premium Gold

Mitusoka Orochi Premium Gold

This limited-edition car from Japan’s Mitsuoka features, um, “exotic” Asian styling, and an unexciting Toyota 3.3L V6 under the hood. Still, they won’t miss you coming down the block in one.

Gothic and Lolita Psycho

Gothic and Lolita Psycho

Warning. If blood and guts gross you out, do not watch this clip. If you’re like the rest of us, crank it up and get ready to watch 2 minutes of the most over-the-top Japanese splatterfest you’ll ever see.

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