Liberty Walk was established by Wataru Kato when he was just 26 years old, and the tuning shop has been producing outlandish body kits for supercars ever since. When they first operated, the shop was built on a small vehicle lot where they could only exhibit 3 cars, and to this day there is still no other brand out there “capturing the current tuning zeitgeist” as Liberty Walk. Their latest Lamborghini Huracan body kit has been revealed ahead of the 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Read more for another picture and additional information.
Tatsuo Horiuchi, an 79-year-old artist from Japan’s Nagano Prefecture, prefers using Microsoft Excel spreadsheets over actual paint to create his masterpieces. Horiuchi didn’t want to spend money on art supplies so he started to use Excel to create art after seeing others using the program at work. How does it work? The Autoshape function is mainly used to form the images and then custom colored shapes are layered to weave together an intricate image. Read more for a video and additional information.
Video production company Armadas captured incredible footage of Japan between 2017 and 2019 in several of the country’s major cities, including Hakodate, Yokohama, Nagoya, Kyoto, and Tokyo using a RED Weapon 8K, paired with a Monstro 8K VV sensor upgrade. For those who don’t know, the RED Montro 8K VV is an $79,500 camera that records video at up to 8K resolution and 60 fps, while capturing 35.4-megapixel stills. It also offer 17+ stops of dynamic range using a sensor that measures 40.96 x 21.60 mm. Read more for the video and additional information.
Twitter user “Tsukuru-San” might be an Amazon Prime member who has accumulated a large number of empty boxes, but instead of throwing them out, he transforms them into anime / video game weapons. These aren’t some miniature sculptures that you put on display, but rather functional creations that make for great social media posts. His latest creation is the centipede blade, which is able to retract / extend on command, from Tokyo Ghoul used by the character Kureo Mado. Read more for videos and additional information.
No, this isn’t a roller coaster, just a pedal-powered attraction located at the Washuzan Highland amusement park in Okayama, Japan. It’s called the SkyCycle, and the ride consists of tandem bikes attached to a metal rail situated 50-feet above ground. The ride itself, aside from the height, isn’t very terrifying, but there are no safety rails, so should there be any emergencies, you’ll be required to hold on for dear life, literally. Read more for a video and additional information.
Here’s an oldie, but goodie of a real Japanese samurai using a katana sword to slice a baseball in half. Just for reference, it takes a major league baseball player around .380-seconds to react to a pitched ball thrown at 100 mph from 60-feet away. Isao Machii is standing just 30 feet away from a pitching machine yet still manages to slice a baseball in half. Read more for the video and additional information.
Photo credit: LCA Studios USJ
Super Nintendo World is coming along nicely, a theme park area under construction at Universal Studios Japan is planned for completion just in time for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. Multiple versions of this themed land are also proposed for other Universal Studios theme parks around the world. Here’s a first look at what one area is going to look like, giving us a sneak peek at what looks to be a Super Mario World-style building. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Japan’s Nissin, most famous for their instant ramen, has come up with a new product that aims to make their noodles much healthier. It’s called “All-In Noodles,” and they basically coat the noodles with nutrient-rich cores to infuse them with 13 vitamins, 13 minerals, a nice helping of protein, as well as dietary fiber. Read more for additional pictures and information.
The Godzilla franchise, created and owned by Toho, is recognized by Guinness World Records to be the longest continuously running movie franchise. It’s been in ongoing production from 1954 to the present day, with the film franchise alone consisting of 35 titles – 32 produced by Toho and three Hollywood films. So, it’s no surprise that its creators would partner with ESP guitars for a limited edition electric guitar, priced at a crazy $52,486 USD. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Keio University researchers in Japan have developed a prototype robot tail, called Arque, for humans. When worn, it can be adjusted to the wearer’s body and allow them to stay balanced when moving quickly or handling heavy objects. Thanks to a modular vertebrae design, it can easily adapt to the wearer’s height and weight. The prototype must be anchored to an external pressurized air system, so this version is not fully mobile. Read more for a video and additional information.