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[VIDEO] TV Asahi’s ‘Life of Paradise’ Features Tono’s Legendary Agriturismo Omori House

by Michael in Art & Culture

Tono Japan’s own Agriturismo Omori house Agriturismo 大森家 (アグリツーリズモ オオモリケ)was featured this week in TV Asahi‘s documentary series Life of paradise. Below is a sample of the story (imperfect machine translation from Japanese to English) for the full story in Japanese visit TV Asahi‘s website, or watch the complete video, and more TV [...]

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At Vintage Drive-in Theaters, the Romance Isn’t Yet Dead

by Michael in Americana

(AFP) Once the quintessential spot for young love, the drive-in movie theater has by and large gone the way of the record player, a vestige of retro nostalgia. But despite the popularity of “Netflix and chill” at-home streaming sessions, some film-goers say the romance is far from dead: at one rural spot in Virginia, movie-goers looking for a trip down memory lane can get their fill [...]
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‘Japanese Satchmo’ Yoshio Toyama Honored in Birthplace of Jazz

by Michael in History

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Trumpeter Yoshio Toyama and his wife Keiko moved to the United States 50 years ago to learn about traditional jazz in its birthplace, New Orleans. Nightclubs, churches, house parties, and jazz funerals became their classroom. The lessons took: Singing with a gravelly voice like the late Louis Armstrong and blowing the trumpet in Armstrong’s style, Toyama returned home to make a life of playing jazz. And the man now known [...]

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  • Google’s Ambitions for China Could Trigger a Crisis Inside the Company

    Employees are in the dark — and they’re furious Casey Newton reports: On Thursday afternoon, a critical meeting at Google was derailed by a handful of tweets. Employees who had been pressing top executives for answers about the company’s plans to build a censored search engine and news app for the Chinese market appeared to have finally gotten their wish. Google cofounder Sergey Brin and [...]
  • Mysterious X-37B Military Space Plane Nears 1 Year in Orbit

    Leonard David reports:  The U.S. Air Force’s X-37B miniature space plane has winged past 340 days in orbit performing secretive duties during the program’s fifth flight. The robotic craft’s latest mission, known as Orbital Test Vehicle-5 (OTV-5), kicked off on Sept. 7, 2017, with a launch atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. As [...]
  • Buried by the Ash of Vesuvius, These Scrolls Are Being Read for the First Time in Millennia

    A revolutionary American scientist is using subatomic physics to decipher 2,000-year-old texts from the early days of Western civilization. By Jo Marchant, Photographs by Henrik Knudsen: It’s July 12, 2017, and Jens Dopke walks into a windowless room in Oxfordshire, England, all of his attention trained on a small, white frame that he carries with both hands. The space, which looks like a [...]
  • Lost in Robo-Translation

    Sue Halpern writes: A few days before I left for a trip to Japan with my husband, I signed up to rent a translation device called Pocketalk. According to a press release from January, when the device debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Pocketalk “learns as you go, fits in your pocket, and allows for customers to speak in full conversations, not just statements.” (It [...]
  • Honda EV Cub To Have Swappable Batteries

    Honda has filed new patents for the electric two-wheeler EV Cub, which will use the same removable battery technology showcased in the Honda PCX Electric scooter. The CarAndBike Team reports: Honda’s EV Cub concept is now gathering momentum towards a full-fledged production model, and although no latest images of anything close to the production model have been released, Honda has applied [...]
  • Hackers Disable Scores of Canon-made Security Cameras Across Japan

    More than 60 security cameras made by Canon Inc. have been hacked and rendered unusable at places including key waterways, a fish market and a care facility for people with disabilities, it was learned Monday. Many of the networked cameras had messages left on their screens saying, “I’m Hacked. bye2.” Although it is unclear why the cameras have were been targeted, two cities — Yachiyo in [...]
  • Black Mirror, Realized: China Assigns Every Citizen A ‘Social Credit Score’

    BEIJING (CBSNewYork) — China is rolling out a high-tech plan to give all of its 1.4 billion citizens a personal score, based on how they behave. But there are consequences if a score gets too low, and for some that’s cause for concern, CBS2’s Ben Tracy reported Tuesday. When Liu Hu recently tried to book a flight, he was told he was banned from flying because he was on the list of [...]
  • Apple Shares Photos of New Shinjuku Retail Store Ahead of Grand Opening Saturday

    Michael Steeber writes: Coinciding with a media preview of Apple’s new retail store in Tokyo’s bustling Shinjuku shopping district, the company has shared new photos of the facility ahead of its 10 a.m. grand opening this coming Saturday. We first learned that Apple Shinjuku was set to open on April 7th in March, when a neon-themed banner on Apple’s website announced the date. More [...]
  • Asian Powers Step Up Their Readiness For Space Warfare, Following America’s Lead

    As Asian societies step up and out into space, American thinking, actions, and leadership stand to profoundly affect the security and stability of their ventures. Today, there is renewed interest in the idea of creating an American space force — a dedicated military service for warfare. According to recent comments, America may soon develop its own space warfare capabilities, as space is [...]

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  • The Yomiuri Shimbun Tourists use the new guide app downloaded on a smartphone in the Imperial Palace in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, on Tuesday.
  • Cover illustration of the comic book Action Comics No. 1 featuring the first appearance of the character Superman (here lifting a car) June 1938. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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