The Aibo, Asimo, even Gundam—robotics are a national institution of Japan. However, robotics started there far earlier than most folks realize. Karakuri ningyo (roughly "mechanized dolls") go back to the Edo period (1603-1868).
I think we're all in agreement that Google's Android mascot is as cute as a button, but believe me—you have never seen him flex his muscle quite like this before. Video of his technical smarts downstairs...
If you've got 1,050,000 Yen ($8,722) to spare, how about a handmade sake serving robot from Japan? Made out of cherrywood and porcelain, these things are handmade and crafted over 40 tireless days and 40 sleepless nights.