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Date :07 May 2008

ゆるキャラショー みうらのうた

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March 16, 2012 was the final day of operations for the 300 series Shinkansen. This rolling stock made its debut in 1992 and operated on both the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen lines. Initially, the 300 series was utilized for the fastest Nozomi service, but were later repurposed to the slower but more highly utilized Hikari and Kodama services when newer train series were unveiled (500, 700 and N700).

As a result, the 300 series became a venerable workhorse during its 20 years of operation. Most sets were pulled back in February but a few specially tagged trains ran until March 16th. Those trains sported a special graphic on both its nose and on the side just to the front of the cabin door; Shinkansen Series 300 ありがとう Last Run 2012.3.16

This is a compilation of those final runs. As someone who personally put a lot of mileage on this series, thank you and goodbye old friend!

The "0" Series Shinkansen were Japan's first trainsets to run on the high speed rail network (Tokaido Shinkansen Line) in 1964.

After 44 years of the service, the "0" Series rolling stock was retired on December 14, 2008. Regular "Kodama" service ended back on November 30, 2008 while three special "Hikari 347" service runs were added for mid-December.

The final Hikari 347 (San-yon-nana, a play on sayonara or goodbye) pulled into JR Hakata Station at 6:01pm signifying the end of an era.

This video compiles 0 Series runs on November 30, December 6, December 13, and December 14.

Japanese researchers have proposed an idea to use stretchy circuits made from rubber and nanotubes to create an "E-skin", which will be flexible enough to completely cover a robot without limiting its movement.

Japanese "papercraft" models made from cardboard are popular with foreign tourists for their careful and precise construction. Another reason behind the popularity of contemporary Japanese papercraft modeling is their imaginative renderings that reflect the aesthetic of Japanese animation. Keisuke Saka, who describes himself as a "paper engineer", is well known even overseas for producing models featuring delicate movements utilizing both computer design and manual trial and error.

Two "A-Girls" (Akihabara girls) get a makeover and are transformed from their plain, geeky looks.  This was cut from a TV Champion episode where several hair salons competed against each other. This segment was the most interesting and shows just how spooky makeup can be.

A short look at robotics and android development in Japan with Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro and his seriously pissed off looking android twin.  The one he made of his daughter is a bit disturbing and the female one must have had some bad oil for lunch since she went crossed eyed several times.

(2008.06.02) Top Runner - Aya Hirano 平野綾 (part2) - Note: Top Runner showcases people who are making an impact in their industry.

(2008.06.02) Top Runner - Aya Hirano 平野綾 (part1) - Note: Top Runner showcases people who are making an impact in their industry.

The food floors in Japanese department stores are known as depachika (デパ地下) which is shorthand for depato no chika shokuhin uriba (デパートの地下食料品売り場) or department store basement food selling place. They are major attractions that bring in customers which can generate over 25% of the stores revenue. Careful and extensive planning takes place in terms of how the floor is setup, how and where items are displayed, the different types of product mix. There is always a constant flow of activity and vendors will often be yelling a hearty "irrasshai" and offering samples in order to attract customers.

Oyama-cho in Oita-ken (Kyushu) generates revenue from ume.

Ume (梅) or Japanese apricot is a species of asian plum. Juice, liquor, sauces, medicine, and preserved/pickled ume known as umeboshi (梅干) are some of its most common uses. Ume blossoms are often mentioned in Japanese poetry as a symbol of spring.

Udon (うどん or 饂飩) is a thick wheat-based noodle usually served hot in a mildly flavoured broth. Kake udon is the simplest type served in kakejiru made of dashi, soy sauce (shōyu), and mirin. It is usually garnished with thinly chopped scallions. Other common toppings include tempura, kakiage (a type of mixed tempura fritter), or abura age (deep-fried tofu pockets seasoned with sugar, mirin, and soy sauce). A thin slice of kamaboko, a halfmoon-shaped fish cake, is often added. Sanuki udon from Kagawa Prefecture is featured in this video.

Single men who haven't had luck with talking to or dating women are transformed in one weeks time.  This TV Champion episode requires each contestants to makeover a single man who hasn't had luck talking with or dating women. It's funny, pathetic, and interesting all at the same time.

Runtime: 47 minutes

Contestants are challenged on their knowledge of Tokyo's subway system.  Challenges include trivia quizzes, visiting as many Tokyo leisure spots, museums, and observatories first utilizing the subway. This TV Champion was originally filmed in 2004 but plenty of the information is still very relevant, useful and interesting.

Runtime: 70 minutes

Short clip about recycling in Japan

ゆるキャラショー みうらのうた

Here is a Only in Japan moment - たわわちゃんMEETSひこにゃん


BGM: ひこにゃん音頭 (yes, Hikonyan has his own theme song too)

ひこにゃん doing a little performance

ひこにゃん The Movie 2 - Hikone Castle's mascot Hikonyan

ひこにゃん The Movie - Hikone Castle's mascot Hikonyan

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