For those who would like to hold someone’s hand as they walk around, but can’t find anyone human who will oblige, engineers at Gifu University in Japan have invented the “My Girlfriend in Walk”. It’s a robotic hand covered in soft, skin-like gel that will grip your hand. Plus, it emits the scent of a woman’s shampoo, and (through a smartphone app) can simulate the sounds of breathing and rustling clothes.
The inventors hope that it might help people who have been isolated due to the pandemic.
Shoichi Yokoi was a sergeant in the Japanese Army during WW2. He went into hiding after the Battle of Guam, living in the jungle with several others for 28 years, though he was alone for the remaining 8 years. He survived by hunting, primarily at night. He also used native plants to make clothes, bedding, and storage implements, which he carefully hid in his cave. After his capture he returned to Japan, married and became a popular TV personality. “It is with much embarrassment that I return,” he said upon his return to Japan. The remark quickly became a popular saying in Japan.
In the 4th century AD, the brother of the Japanese emperor Nintoku gave him a gift of ice from a mountain. The Emperor was so happy with the gift that he named the first of June as the “Day of Ice” and ceremoniously gave blocks of ice to his officials.
During WWII the American army created Operation Fantasia in which foxes covered in glow in the dark paint would have been released in Japan as a form of psychological warfare. Americans didn’t really understand the Japanese culture and thought foxes would be enough to set them on edge based on what little they knew of Japan’s folk stories. The plan never reached Japan, but they did test it on some DC natives.
Shingo, a small village in northern Japan, claims to be home to the descendants of Jesus. They believe another man was crucified in his place, and Jesus fled across Siberia to Japan, where he had a family and died at age 106.
A Japanese company sold Adult Milk – for adults living in a stressful society. The milk cost ¥5000 ($47) per bottle, and was taken from cows once a week at the break of dawn, as they discharge a lot of melatonin, a stress-relieving hormone. It contained 3-4 times more melatonin than regular milk
In feudal Japan, merchants were at/near the bottom of the social hierarchy because they didn’t produce goods. Artisans were a step above them because they produced non-essential goods and peasants were above artisans because they produced food.
Nasubi, a contestant on a Japanese game show, was forced to live alone, naked, in a small room and required to enter contests in magazines to provide him with physical objects, such as food and cloths. He never knew he was on TV as the producers had lied to him. The show ran for 15 months.
Products made in Japan were ridiculed and thought to be low quality until 1950 when The New York Times reported the excellence of Nikon cameras during the Korean war with the headline “Japanese camera”.