Zen is always associated with Japan even though it's foreign and comes from China (Chan Buddhism). I see very little of the Zen aesthetic in everyday life in Tokyo - you have to go to a special environment - a tea ceremony or temple or shrine - for that. Instead you get retailers like FamilyMart and Daisou which… » 10/29/08 1:07am 10/29/08 1:07am

Girl Pilots Japanese Fighting Robot With Gundam Master/Slave Control…

Naoki Maru may live in Hikone, north of Kyoto, down the road from a samurai castle full of katana swords and armor, but for him, the ancient Japanese art of bushido is best carried out with robots, not people. King Kizer, the Maru family robot, has dominated the Robo-One tourney over the past three years, collecting… » 8/29/08 7:15pm 8/29/08 7:15pm

What Doesn't Break a Toughbook Makes It Stronger: How They Test the…

Deep in the northwest corner of Kobe, Japan, there's a factory hidden away among green rice paddies, and sleepy farming villages of tiled roofs. If you were to travel here, to Takatsukadai-the middle of nowhere-you'd find Panasonic's Toughbook plant quietly making notebooks with the world's lowest failure rate. Well,… » 7/02/08 4:00pm 7/02/08 4:00pm