Let's Go To The Museum / 100,000 Items Illustrate Ancient Ways Of Life

Let's go to the museum / 100,000 items illustrate ancient ways of life

By Noriya Nagashima / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterKokugakuin University includes many students who want to become Shinto priests or work in other jobs related to that religion, but the university also has a big presence in the field of archaeology.

Kokugakuin University Museum teaches visitors about how traditional Japanese culture has been established through exhibits focusing on two main pillars — archaeology and Shinto.

Let's Go To The Museum / Yokohama's Municipal Trams Recall Bygone Era

Let's go to the museum / Yokohama's municipal trams recall bygone era

By Yuki Miyashita / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterYOKOHAMA — The first thing you encounter at the Yokohama Tram Museum is seven Yokohama municipal tram cars, each with a conspicuous ad on its front. Such ads were common when the municipal tram network was in service, and the ones in the museum include ads for the weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun and Shin Sankyo drugs.

The tram cars have chic wood-finished interiors and are slightly larger than buses. In some cars, you can push a switch with your foot, producing a sort of "ring ring" sound. Two such bells were the signal for departure, while a single bell indicated the train would stop.

Alps Haptic Trigger Plus Controllers Lets Users Feel Hot Or Cold

ALPS Haptic Trigger Plus Controllers Lets Users Feel Hot Or Cold

[CEATEC 2017] With virtual reality (VR) technology, the idea is to create an environment that is immersive for the user. This is done through VR headsets which lets users feel like they are in the world itself, and sometimes with headphones and audio technology to create spatial audio and immerse the user even further.

However there are also other ways of making users feel more immersed, and one of those ways is through the motion controllers which ALPS is demonstrating at CEATEC 2017 this year. This is not the first time the company has unveiled the controllers, but this year the company's Haptic Trigger Plus controllers are back and are more evolved than before.

Alexa, Ask Nissanconnect Services To Start My Murano

'Alexa, ask NissanConnect Services to start my Murano' – new skill for Amazon Alexa from Nissan lets customers talk to their car from the comfort of home


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Don't risk burning what is in the oven; don't dump out your bag in search of a key fob – you can now use your voice to remote-start your Nissan. Available later this month, a new skill for Amazon Alexa (powered by NissanConnectSM Services) will allow some Nissan owners a new way to interact with their vehicles.     

Let's Got To The Museum / Specimens Unveil Geological History

Let's got to the museum / Specimens unveil geological history

By Kazuyoshi Nakaya / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterNAGATORO, Saitama — In 1916, poet and novelist Kenji Miyazawa (1896-1933) visited the Chichibu area in Saitama Prefecture and composed a tanka poem about the beauty of striped metamorphic rocks lying on the riverbed of the Arakawa river: "The colors of rocks on the Arakawa river look like Hakata obi sashes with really stylish patterns."

Back then, the poet, who later wrote masterpieces like "Ginga Tetsudo no Yoru" (Milky Way Railroad), was a second-year student at the Morioka Imperial College of Agriculture and Forestry (now the Faculty of Agriculture of Iwate University) and was interested in minerals. He ventured all the way to the mountainous area of Saitama Prefecture because it was a geological sanctuary where various types of rocks could be found.

Let's Go To The Museum / Scout Museum A Path To Great Outdoors

Let's go to the museum / Scout Museum a path to great outdoors

By Noriya Nagashima / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer Children are said to play outside less often these days. However, that common refrain didn't concern the uniform-clad children at the Scout Museum in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo. Even inside, they were brimming with energy. "I really like curry cooked on a fire built with firewood," one said, while another added, "I was excited to see wild rabbits."

Scouting, which is aimed at developing youth through outdoor camps and other activities, started in Britain in 1907. About 40 million people currently participate in Scout groups in 164 countries and regions worldwide.

Let's Go To The Museum / Farmer's Ingenuity Supported Silk Industry

Let's go to the museum / Farmer's ingenuity supported silk industry

By Yuki Miyashita / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterTAKASAKI, Gunma — Silk is a popular textile for things like clothing and bedding, thanks to its smooth texture. Once a supremely luxurious item out of the reach of ordinary people, it doesn't come cheap even today.

The Nippon Silk Center in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, presents the history of the sericultural and silk industries, walking visitors through how silk was manufactured and came to be produced on a large scale in this country. The museum also shares detailed stories about the Tomioka Silk Mill and related industrial heritage sites that were designated as UNESCO's World Heritage sites in 2014.

Speedrun Or Explore? Super Cloudbuilt Lets You Play Your Way

Speedrun or Explore? Super Cloudbuilt Lets You Play Your Way

Coilworks have never been big fans of hand-holding. You can tell while playing the tutorial levels- we'll show you the basics but it's up to you to forge your own path through the game. Since Super Cloudbuilt throws players in at the deep end, it's only fair to give you the flexibility to follow your own journey, whether that's through play style, controls or graphics.

Levels: At its heart, Super Cloudbuilt is a speedrunning game but it also has an emphasis on exploration. It's been designed to be non-linear so there are multiple paths throughout each level. Don't like the look of those enemies? Never mind, just hop up on that roof, pull off a quick wall run and avoid them completely. You can explore the map to find the shortest path (and therefore the fastest times), or take your time to hunt out optional power-ups which change the way you can play future levels.

Duolingo (finally) Adds Support For Japanese, Lets You Learn On The Go

Duolingo (Finally) Adds Support For Japanese, Lets You Learn On The Go

Have you ever wanted to learn a new language but don't really have the time to attend classes or sit down with a book in front of you? Thankfully there are several mobile apps out there that allow users to learn on the go, and Duolingo is one of them, and now it looks like the app has finally added support for the Japanese language.

According to Duolingo co-founder and CEO Luis von Ahn, "This is by far the most requested and highly anticipated course launch in Duolingo's five-year history. No matter what we'd share on social media, tons of people would respond with, ‘that's nice, but when are you launching Japanese?'"

Daihatsu Lets You Customize The Copen With Interchangable Body Panels

Daihatsu Lets You Customize The Copen With Interchangable Body PanelsDaihatsu is offering Japanese owners of the tiny Copen the ability to order interchangeable body panels to customize the look of their vehicles.
Dubbed Dress-Formation, the company has developed two unique looks for the small two-seater sports car and customers can opt to order an entire new body for their vehicle or instead opt for an alternative front fascia or rear fascia.

Wearable Chair Lets Surgeons Sit During Long Surgeries

Wearable Chair Lets Surgeons Sit During Long SurgeriesThere are many jobs that require us to sit at our desk for long hours, and since it’s not particularly healthy to keep sitting for long hours, many have discovered alternatives so that we go about our jobs but also care about our health. For example, someone with a desk job can go for a standing desk, this allows them to get their work done without having to sit for too long.