Root beer is not common in Japan (apart from Okinawa). In this video, That Japanese Man Yuta goes to a park in Japan and asks people to drink some and describe it. Most people dislike it, saying it tastes like medicine, mouthwash, "pain relief pads," or "the stuff you put on when you get bitten by a mosquito."
I always enjoy Rain Noe's posts on the Core77 design blog. Today, Rain took a look at Japanese butter implements. I want them all. Let's talk about two things that used to not go together: Japan and butter. Like other East Asian cultures, butter was never a part of the traditional Japanese diet, and was… READ THE REST
Gogoshima is a tiny island in southern Japan. Sherry Y went there during the pandemic to visit an abandoned school that's been turned into a cafe. READ THE REST
This footage was shot on film and is presented at 50 (presumably interpolated) frames per second in this compilation of clips. Tokyo in 1973 reminds me of London in 1983. READ THE REST
Don't look now, but that car next to you on the road may not have a driver. Thankfully, with the advent of the self-driving vehicle, that's not the panic-inducing moment it used to be. A self-driving shuttle has been ferrying customers in Las Vegas for three years. Tesla head Elon Musk says beta testing on… READ THE REST
For the past few years, we've seen a stampede of build-your-own handheld gaming devices hit the market. But if you're like us, you see those kits and all their tiny pieces and intricate instructions and think, why can't I just get a cool retro-themed handheld gamer that I don't have to put together myself? Your… READ THE REST
Jesse Pinkman was right —magnets are awesome. From high-speed trains and rollercoasters to what's on your refrigerator to the planet Earth itself, the power of magnets has been helping and fascinating us for centuries. In addition to all their nearly magical properties, magnets also make another significant contribution to the world — their hold can… READ THE REST