I never noticed that this palm tree in Daikanyama had solar panels on the top until last week. I like the idea of integrating solar panels in our cities, for example, in my spanish post someone suggested that Big Camera and Yodobashi should install solar panels on all their buildings roofs.
It had been a while since I had seen a kimono and a miniskirt girls together, but finally, after more than one year of drought I managed to take another picture of this rare conjunction. What do you prefer, miniskirt or kimono?
Kajima Corporation is demolishing two skyscrapers using a silent, clean and fast original method. In the video you’ll see how they replace the first floor columns with metal ones supported by an hydraulic system controlled by computer, they can make the whole building to go down one level and repeat the same process over and over:
This method is inspired by a traditional Japanese game called “daruma otoshi”:
Japan is a country where buildings are seen as something “temporary”, the average life-span of buildings-houses in Japan is around 20-30 years. In Great Britain I thing the average lifespan of houses goes up to 100 years. Buildings and houses appearing and disappearing in Japanese cities es very normal. At the beginning I was surprised how much my neighbourhood changed in a year or two, but now I think I’m used to. 30 years old buildings are considered REALLY old!
This post is inspired-copied from Pinktentacle.
Willcom D4 is a UMPC (UltraMobilePC) about which we talked about a while ago because it is one of the most little devices in the world being able to run Windows Vista. It was released a while ago but I did not have the chance to use until last week, it IS little… but it is much more bigger than I thought. The keyboard is so big that is difficult to type using it like a PSP, and I have pretty big hands!
I went this morning with Dannychoo to check out the iPhone queue in the main Softbank store in Harajuku. It’s impressive, there is already people lining up for tomorrow! Did you get an iPhone today? will you wait? you don’t care about the iPhone? Here there are some pictures of the queue I took:
Aoki, Haruhiko and Akira from Sony were almost at the end of the queue, I wonder why they don’t get a Sony-Ericcson phone 😉
In the background, very far away, if you look carefully you’ll be able to see Steve Jobs head, he was also lining up since yesterday 😉
In his dream he can see an iPhone falling inside his bag
The queue for tomorrow starts here.
Check out more pictures and information about the iPhone 3G launch in Japan in Dannychoo’s blog.
This is the third part of my Sleeping Japanese series. If you are new and you don’t have any idea what is this all about check the previous posts about Sleeping Japanese:
These are the new pictures I took from January 2008 until last week.
I was not the only one taking pictures of him, many people joined me.
He is the same guy from the first picture after some minutes.
Look at the people standing in the background, they are laughing
He did NOT move at all during the time I was there.
He is not sleeping, but his glasses reminded me the legendary atomic glasses.
Training to become a professional sleeper.
It seems he doesn’t mind about his friends sleeping.