Sorry for the lack of blog entries but I have been a little busy.  Look forward to some entries from tomorrow. (^_^)

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Do you think Japan is heading in the right direction with all it’s research and development of robot technology (I almost typed “Robo-Technology” for all you Macross/Robotech fans).  It seems that Japan and Japanese companies are spending a lot on developing robots.  Toyota, Honda, Japanese Universities, etc.  Do they know something we don’t know or is it just the direction they need to go in, in order to have products to sell in the future? Japan has some fast growing neighbors and they are catching up.  Did Japan decide to go with Robots because of the complexity.  I have a feeling that in order to stay ahead of their neighbors, Japan has to work with technology that is so far advance that it’s neighbors wont be able to catch up for years.  I am a little biased in that I prefer Japanese products over other countries products, but I am also not rich so will chose cheaper options on technology that has matured.  I mean and LCD is an LCD basically.  Japan cant expect to hold the competition back by just making LCD’s, can they? They have to leap-frog way past in order to keep ahead.  Japan’s number one resource is it’s educated, dedicated, and hard working population (of course this is not 100% true but pretty close).  Robots for old people, Pet Robots, Robots for security.  Will there be robots everywhere in the future?

Sorry that this entry is kind of all over the place, but I just wanted to get some thoughts down on “paper”.  I have noticed a lot of R&D is going into Robots and was wondering how it will effect us in the future.  Hopefully the Robots don’t revolt against us like in the movies….

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One of the funniest things about living in Japan is that summer doesn’t offically start until June 21st (iirc). What I mean by this is regardless of how hot and humid it is, people don’t think it’s summer until it officially reaches it on the calendar.  Most people wont go to the beach before this date, even if it is 100 degrees outside!??  Of course the surfers are in the water year round but I am talking about the normal folks.  Also salarymen usually wont see short sleeve shirts until after this date.  It’s kind of strange to me but it is the norm in Japan. 

Just something I have noticed while living in Japan.

People always ask me why are Japanese people so skinny.  Now I am not a scientist and don’t have a degree in nutrition, but I do have a couple of theories.  First and foremost I think the number factor to why Japanese people are so skinny is that they walk a lot more than your average American.  Let’s take an average day in Japan.  First, you wake up and head to the office.  Most likely you are either walking to the train/subways/bus station/stop or you are riding your bicycle to work.  If you ride the train or subway you are met with at least a couple flights of stairs before you get to the train.  After your train ride you are faced with another couple flights of stairs and a nice walk to your office. I think you get the general idea  By this point you have already burnt off the little bowl of rice and bowl of miso soup. 

Secondly, Japanese people do eat a lot of food but the portion sizes are A LOT smaller! Especially with drinks.  There are no super big gulps!  There are no supersized french fries, and if there are they are the size of an American large.  Basically the average Japanese meal consists of a lot of little servings of many types of food.  Rice, vegies, fish, meat, tofu, salad, etc.  Plus with most meals Japanese people usually drink unsweetened tea which has zero calories. 

You can probably already see why most Japanese people are a lot thinner than us American folks (Disclaimer: I am American).  Hell, all you would have to do is copy the Japanese life style and you would be dropping the weight before you knew it. 

So what have we learned?

  1. Walk more
  2. Take the stairs not the elevator or esculator
  3. Smaller portions with a lot of variety (hit all the food groups)
  4. un sweetened tea or water instead of sodas

I like to check out Youtube Japan pretty much everyday. I think the majority of the videos on there are kind of “Idol” style bikini videos. I found this one that was pretty funny in a stupid sexy kind of way. LOL

山崎真実(やまさき まみ) 水着少女

Amuro Namie and Double team up on the song “Black Diamond”. Check it out.

Here are some pictures I took at a Bic Camera in Tenjin (Fukuoka), Japan. As usual the phones in Japan are all super cool and we are always envious!! Check them out

Sony Cyber-shot Mobile Phone

Panasonic FOMA Mobile Phone

Misc. MP3 Players

Misc. MP3 Players

I have had my DS for a while now and have been waiting for the chance to get to Japan to pick up a couple of language learning tools.  I picked up 2 this past trip.  The first one is just a straight up electronic dictionary by a leading dictionary maker in Japan (forgot the name at the moment but will update this post with at least a picture).  The second is more of a learning game called Tadashii Kanji Kakitori-kun. I went to Bic Camera in Fukuoka and asked for the easiest Kanji game for young kids and this is what they gave me.  I have been playing it for a couple days and I am really loving it!! I have realized my weakness is stroke order, since the software cant recognize a lot of the ways I write my Kanji Characters. (@_@)

Here is a little commercial (CM) for it I found on YouTube.

Here is my brother in laws current cell phone.  It does TV and a whole lot of other jazz.

Of course every foreigner that goes to Japan has some kind of issues with toilets in Japan, and I had to get this documented!! Took one for the team on this one…

 

 

 

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