Japanese automaton plays koto in a unique design worldwide by Osaka Pref. artisan

Japanese automaton plays koto in a unique design worldwide by Osaka Pref. artisan

NEYAGAWA, Osaka — After tens of thousands of adjustments and eight years of hard work, a craftsman in western Japan has finally created a mechanical doll that plays the traditional stringed instrument “koto,” a work not seen anywhere. another part of the world. A mechanical puppet playing the … Read more

‘One Piece’ show breathes new life into traditional puppet theater

‘One Piece’ show breathes new life into traditional puppet theater

YAMATO, Kumamoto Prefecture: A traditional style of puppetry passed down for 170 years in the Yamato Mountains has embraced “One Piece” manga as a new form of entertainment. Starting in November, the pirated comic series, which has sold more than 510 million copies worldwide, will be the basis for Seiwa Bunraku, a kind of “ningyo … Read more

NFL Style Rankings: Terry McLaurin, Adam Thielen or Malik Willis for best looks?

NFL Style Rankings: Terry McLaurin, Adam Thielen or Malik Willis for best looks?

The spookiest day of the year is now in our rearview mirror, and it’s time to take stock of who did what before Halloween. Some NFL players kept to the same script and didn’t get into the holiday spirit, wearing suits or their usual fashion outfits heading into Week 8. Others showed how much they … Read more

Speaking in tongues: A journey through the words of other cultures

Speaking in tongues: A journey through the words of other cultures

My interest in the strangeness of foreign words was sparked when one day, while working as a researcher for the BBC, I picked up a heavy Albanian dictionary and discovered that the language has no less than 27 words for “brow” and the same number for different words. words. types of mustache, ranging from mustaqe … Read more

An otaku guest house? UOI Inn is revitalizing Okayama

An otaku guest house?  UOI Inn is revitalizing Okayama

An otaku-for-otaku guesthouse, full of love for anime and manga, can be found in Tamano City, Okayama Prefecture. The Seto Inland Sea stretches out right in front of the inn, owned by a woman who moved there from Ibaragi Prefecture. She calls herself an otaku. The former Japanese-style ryokan inn features renovated rooms decorated with … Read more