Source: Trends in Japan
Tourism is booming in Japan right now and looks set to continue that way, at least until the 2020 Olympic Games.
One of the prime sightseeing destinations in the capital is, of course, Tokyo Tower, the iconic red and white landmark made in the style of the Eiffel Tower and a symbol of postwar recovery. Measuring 332.9 metres (1,092 ft), it was completed in 1958. Not just a representative image of Tokyo, it is also, along with Mt Fuji, one of the most famous landmarks in the whole of Japan.
As increasing numbers of skyscrapers and towers pop around Tokyo, though, it’s becoming rare to see Tokyo Tower in the landscape unless you are close to it. However, if you do want to gaze on Japan’s most impressive manmade structure all day long and from the comfort of your own home, Sega Toys has the answer with the Tokyo Tower in My Room.
This is a superbly faithful replica of the tower, here reproduced to a scale of 1/500 — meaning it stands at a height of approximately 66.6cm (26.2″). Easy to assemble, it lights up at night (in a range of colors) and can function as a great display item for a bedroom or elsewhere around the home (or even the office).
So now you can enjoy the spectacle of Tokyo Tower every day in brilliant detail, wherever you live… Even if you have never visited Tokyo!
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Source: Trends in Japan
The Novera is a mirror that talks to women and provides romantic companionship.
The mirror, apparently only available as a prototype right now, has a sexy male voice that will compliment and chat with the woman looking into the mirror. Incorporating a monitor display, camera, and speaker, the device can scan and read the emotions of the user from her face, changing the way it interacts accordingly. It can also understand and respond to questions. The mirror’s dialogue also appears on the mirror display in text as a speech bubble.
The Novera voice is supposed to be one of three fictional anime characters. In the video, it’s “Yutaka Sudo,” voiced by Jun Fukuyama. The others characters are Koki Takano, voiced by Yuki Kaji, and Seiji Amane, voiced by Junichi Suwabe. While it might seem like the latest “wacky Japan” story, given that it has hired three well-known voice actors to lend their talents to the experience, there is clearly some money behind this project.
Since the main video was put online at the start of October, social media has buzzed with fascination (and horror) at the Novera. Advance orders open on October 11th, but there is no information yet on an actual release date or any real technical specifications. The jury’s still out on whether or not it genuinely works.
This current version (shown in the videos) is a quite a large mounted device that looks like a makeup mirror, though there has been a compact type tested that more resembles a smartphone in size.