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Wald Rolls-Royce Phantom Black Bison
Just when you thought the 2019 Rolls-Royce Phantom couldn’t look any more sleek, Japanese tuner Wald International reveals the Black Bison Editon. In addition to the matte black paint job, the luxury sedan boasts a redesigned front bumper with an integrated spoiler, large air intakes, and chrome trim, while the rear bumper sports a massive diffuser, thick exhaust finishers, as well as a mesh finish. If its anything like the company’s previous Rolls-Royce offerings, you can expect to shell out upwards of $35K+ for the package. Read more for additional pictures and a bonus video.

Japan JAXA Hayabusa2 Space Probe Asteroid
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) Hayabusa2 space probe has successfully “bombed” asteroid Ryugu, which is speeding 186 million miles from Earth, in an attempt to retrieve material that could offer scientists new clues about the origins of life on our planet. It released the device – called a small carry-on impact – on Friday as it hovered 500 meters above the asteroid. This cone-shaped impactor was fitted with a copper explosive the size of a baseball and programmed to detonate 40 minutes after it was released, gouging a crater into the asteroid’s surface. Read more for a video and additional information.

AUTEC Sushi Robot

AUTEC specializes in sushi-making robots, and their latest creation is claimed to make 200 sushi rolls or 2,400 nigiri rice balls per hour. This machine molds rice inside a rotating container and then pours it out flat in the form of various sheets where various ingredients can be added to the process to create different recipes. It can also wrap, cut, and then package the sushi so it’s ready to go. Read more for another video and additional information.

Oldest App Developer

Masako Wakamiya, an 83-year-old from Japan, may not have been a part of the first wave of mobile apps, but in 2017, she launched Hinadan, a game aimed at elderly users. She purchased her first computer when she was approaching 60 to keep up with friends while taking care of her elderly mother. “I felt like my view expanded. I was excited to know that the world was much larger, with a diverse range of people. As I discovered how great it is, I thought I should tell that to people from my generation. Then I opened a sort of PC salon in my tiny house and started teaching people of my generation,” said Masako. Read more for an in-depth look at her life.

Buttered Toast iPhone Case
Photo credit: FairyAndYou via Laughing Squid
Need an iPhone case and love buttered toast? If so, then “Fairy And You” has just the creation for you. There’s not much information available on this custom creation, but it does look to be made out of some type of flexible silicone material that not only looks tasty, but can at the very least protect your handset from small drops. Read more for a video and additional pictures.

Japan Crop Circle Forest
Photo credit: Sankei News / FNN
If you’ve seen pictures of bizarre “crop-circle-like” patterns in a Japanese forest, it’s not computer-generated imagery, but rather a real place you can visit. They can be seen on Google Earth and are actually the result of experiments by the Japanese government conducted more than 50 years ago. That’s right, a 1973 document from the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, states that researchers started a project designed to examine tree spacing and its effect on growth, and the result was this “experimental forest” near Nichinan City. Read more for an interactive Google map you can play around with.

Toyota JAXA Lunar Rover Moon
Toyota and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced Tuesday they had agreed to cooperate in developing a manned lunar rover that runs on fuel cell technologies. The rover is still early in development, but the concept images reveal a six-wheeled vehicle that looks like an armored personnel carrier. “As an engineer, there is no greater joy than being able to participate in a lunar project by way of Toyota’s car-making. Being allowed to be a member of ‘Team Japan’, we would like to take up the challenge of space,” said Toyota Executive Vice President Shigeki Terashi. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.

VAAK Eye Smart Store System

Say goodbye to security guards, and hello to VaakEye, an AI-powered software system that can reportedly detect shoplifting before it even occurs by analyzing surveillance camera footage. It looks for suspicious movements, and if the algorithm detects a high probability of that person shoplifting, it sends an alert directly to a smartphone app being monitored by the loss prevention team. Read more for another video of it in-action and additional information.

Manga Art Hotel

In Japan, it’s common to find internet cafes and capsule hotels for cheap nightly accommodations, but now, there’s a place just for manga fans. Officially called the “Manga Art Hotel, Tokyo”, it’s located in Jimbocho, Japans’ “city of manga,” complete with over 5,000 manga titles (English versions included) to choose from during you stay in one of the 35 guest rooms. Read more for a short tour of one of the guest rooms, additional pictures and information.

Japan Hayabusa2 Spacecraft

Hayabusa2, a Japanese space probe named after a falcon, successfully touched down on asteroid Ryugu, which lies more than 300 million km (186 million miles) from Earth, on a mission to seek clues about the origins of life, said JAXA. Hayabusa 2 fired a small projectile into the asteroid that measures just 900 meters (3,000 feet) in diameter to collect particles scientists hope will be brought back to Earth for analysis. “We may have caused some worry due to the delay but we carried out our plan flawlessly over the past four months to bring it to a successful landing. It landed in the best circumstances among the scenarios we envisioned,” said project manager Yuichi Tsuda. Read more for the video conference and additional information.