So, you’re going to Japan, huh? Fantastic. You might have some questions. Hopefully, I’ll have some answers.
The architects of this tiny pharmacy in downtown Osaka didn't have much to work with—just a skinny alleyway between two hulking buildings. But the resulting structure is so cool, it almost looks as though it was there first. You'd be surprised how far back it goes, too, so click through for an aerial shot.
Say hello to the Mermaid, a self-propelled endoscopy device used to photograph your digestive tract.
About 4,000 of the 5,000 terrible cliches about instant ramen begin with starving college students. As Karen Leibowitz explains in Lucky Peach, Momofuku Ando didn't aim to stuff hungry co-eds with his creation—he wanted to end world hunger.
The 1970 World's Fair in Osaka, the first to be held in Japan, was full of retro-futuristic architectural splendor. Here's a look at just a few of its strange sights. [Pink Tentacle]
Japan, if the Lucky Dragon boat turns on its owner and attacks Osaka with plumes of fire, you're on your own.
An escaped amusement park water ride boat? A crashed, insectoid UFO that's stuck struggling on its back, turtle-style? A conveniently all-powerful plot device in a Hollywood summer action movie? A Roomba grain harvester?
Although it's not as scary as the spooky Big Dog—actually, it looks as friendly as the hilarious Fake Big Dog—I can imagine this prototype of a security robot dog developing into something capable running at 50mph behind you and tearing apart your thorax with pure steel fangs and claws. Fortunately, for now the rest…
In a cafe deep in the heart of Amerikamura, Osaka, tables of otaku are sitting down to tea and cake with women old enough to be their mothers. Mother Café is an otaku fetishist establishment staffed with women that give off a motherly vibe; maid cafés are so yesterday.
A series of demo runs were held with the Robovie robot in the Universal Citywalk Osaka shopping center earlier this week in Japan trying to see how good the droid is at helping out lost shoppers. Here's how it works.
Japan is set to launch its first building-mounted free-fall ride in an exterior wall of Osaka's $157 million 12-story namBa H!PS entertainment complex set to open this December. The ride will provide guests with a beautiful view of the city right before it drops them 200 feet down the side of the building at 50 mph.…
Thirty-nine stories in the air, the glass-enclosed escalator at the Floating Garden Observatory in Osaka's Umeda Sky Building is...well, our feelings are best summed up by a Frommer's writer:Just make sure you tie your laces, lest you be sucked under the escalator dropped 36 floors to your death.