2018年04月15日

'ASHIMO' manufactured by HONDA is a lovable humanoid robot with state-of-the-art technology.

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ASHIMO is not an automatic machine but an autonomous machine, because it has three important functions as follows.
1, It always keeps a proper posture on its own judgement.
2, It walks/runs while being careful not to bump into nearby people, as it always watches them to guess their following directions.
3, It spontaneously makes decisions without human intervention.

It, with the hight of 130cm, can walk and run at 9 kilometers an hour. In addition, it understands the meaning of what three people speak at the same time, jumps, goes up and down the stairs, and moves backward. The latest model can open can open the lid of a battle to pour the content into a glass, and even uses sign language. ASHIMO's development was started in 1986 to reach 'Astro Boy'. The day when Astro Boy is realized might come soon. The demonstration of this humanoid robot can be seen at 'Honda Welcome Plaza' and 'National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, both of them are in Tokyo.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 16:05 | Tokyo | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2018年04月06日

'Tsuyazaki' tomb group in the north of Fukuoka Prefecture consists of 60 burial mounds built in the 5th to 7th century.

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In the north of Fukuoka Prefecture, Kyushu, with the area of 7 kilometers from north to south and 2 kilometers from east to west, which faces the Sea of Genkai, 60 burial mounds are found. Most of them are round-shaped mounds or keyhole-shaped, and they are thought to be for the 'Munakata' clan, who were in charge of a religious service under the ancient imperial government. Tsuyazaki tomb group, to be more precise, is a general name of 7 sub-group burial mounds. Lots of decorative swords harnesses and the like, which are supposed to have been used for a religious service , were excavated from 'Miyajidake' mounds, one of 7 sub-groups. This mound is equipped with a big stone chamber with the total length of 23 meters. Accordingly, this mound is thought to be for a person of very high status, such as a close relative of the Emperor. These excavations are by far gorgeous, implying they were dedicated to a special person, so most of them are on display at Kyushu National Museum in Dazaifu City after being designated as a national treasure. The picture shows the distance view of 'Shinbaru-Nuyama' mounds, which is the largest sub-group , made up of 41 ancient mounds.

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Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 08:43 | Kyushu | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2018年03月24日

'Minatogawa Jinja' Shonto Shrine standing in the central part of Kobe City was elected to worship 'Kusunoki Masashige', who was a well-known military commander of the Imperial Army in the 14th century.

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Kusunoki Masahige died in a batttle, so-called 'Minatogawa-no-Tatakai', against 'Ashikaga Takauji' who was a 'shogun', a kind of a general of the anti-emperor army. To be more precise, he committed 'hara-kiri' at the very place where this shrine stands now, as he gave up this battle in 1336. His humble tombstone elected here right after the battle had long been neglected since, however this gradually begun to attract people's attention in the Edo Period in the 17th-19th century. The thought of respecting Emperor, which was Japan's traditional philosophy, had revived since the 17th century, so he became widely known as a hero step by step even in the period of 'samurai' government.
*Samurai is a warrior, different from an emperor.
Soon after the end of the samurai government, so-called the 'Edo Period', in the middle of the 19th century, this Shinto shrine was built in the grounds, including his last place, with the total area of 25,000 square meters, in 1872. This constraction work was a national project.

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Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 10:25 | Tokyo-shrines and temples | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする