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 the directions they are going.
3, It spontaneously makes decisions without human intervention.

It, with the height of 130cm, can walk and run at 9 kilometers an hour. In addition, it understands the meaning of what three people say at the same time, jumps, goes up and down the stairs, and moves backward. The latest model can open the lid of a bottle 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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2017年01月17日

'Kudankaikan' in Kudanshita, Tokyo, was a martial law command headquarters against 'Ni Ni Roku Jiken', February 26 incident in 1936, one of the largest military coups in Japan.

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Kudankaikan was originally built in 1934 as a headquaters association of veterans for reserves' training and accommodations. Soon after the completion, 'February 26 incident', so called 'Ni Ni Roku Jiken' military coup, caused by around 1,500 youth officers, happened in 1936. The then Minister of Finance, 'Korekiyo Takahashi', and four other key government officials were killed though, the authority declared a martial law base at this building to surpress these traitors. In 1937 thereafter, 'Fuketsu', a younger brother of 'Fugi' known as 'The Last Emperor' of Manchuria, held a wedding ceremony here. After being used as an accommodations of the officials of occupation forces for some years, 'Japan bereaved families Association' had long run this building as a hotel, wedding hall and other multi purposes since 1957. However two people died from the ceiling collapse by 'The Great East Japan Eartquake' in 2011, thus this old building discontinued its checkered life at long last. A new high-rise building is supposed to be reconstructed in the near future.

Licensed tour guide/Travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2016年09月29日

'2k540 AKI-OKA ARTISAN' is a unique shopping arcade located under a railway viaduct between Akihabara and Okachimachi Station on JR Yamate-Line.

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This unique shopping arcade was opened in December 2010. Different from common shopping arcades, this arcade is made up of special shops run by creators having artisan attitude, as this area used to be inhabited by craftsmen of old schools.
The shoppers, accordingly, also enjoy workshop experience occasionally. The number of the shops reaches 50 now. The first picture shows the main street of this arcade. Therafter 'CHABARA AKI-OKA MARCHE' and 'B-1 Grand prix shokudo' B-grade gourmet food stalls, the menu of which is shown in the second picture, were opened adjacent to this arcade in 2013 and 2015 respectively. The former one sells selected food stuffs from all over Japan, and the latter one serves second-class gourmet cuisines good for a light lunch.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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