Gold 金 Chosen as 2012 Kanji of the Year

At the end of every year the Japanese people choose a kanji character that represents the sentiment of their society during the year that is coming to an end. The most voted character this year has been 金 (kin, きん) which means “gold”. It has been chosen because 2012 has been an olympic year, the year of a total solar eclipse and also in honour of Shinya Yamanaka, which was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine.

A monk in Kiyomizu temple in Kyoto writes every year the kanji chosen as kanji of the year:

kanji of the year 2012

Source: Wsj.

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All I Want for Christmas, Touch You!

The Xmas video of Touchy Camera was just released. Touchy is a project by Eric, Tomohiko and Asia that experiments with the social reaction to “being physically touched”. Touchy can’t see (because of his helmet) unless somebody touches him creating a closed electrical circuit. The idea is difficult to explain so it’s better that you watch the video in which I make a brief cameo as a generic tokusatsu when Touchy gets confused and almost steals my scooter!


Capture of my cameo in the video 😉

Next year I will publish an interview with Touchy explaining more about the technology and the idea behind the project. Here you have one of the photos that I took during the interview with Touchy which I still have to edit.

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Best 2012 Photos

It’s already the time to choose the best photos taken during the year. This time I’ve put them together in a video with music of Ryuichi Sakamoto. I have also included photos from my trips outside Japan. The video is quite long (12 minutes) and there’s maybe too many photos but I still like the result a lot and I think in the future it will remind me well of the great memories lived this year. Full screen, loud music, relax and let your imagination flow:

If you like a photo in particular and you want to have it in high resolution I have put them together in this Flickr photo set:

Mejores
Flickr photoset with all the photos

Best photos of past years:

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Malefic Time: Soum – The Photos

“Malefic Time: Soum” is a new manga by Kenny Ruiz based on the universe created by Luis Royo and Romulo Royo and published by Norma Editorial at the beginning of last month. For the release of the manga a video was filmed in digital format that puts together scenarios from the manga drawn by Luis Royo and Romulo Royo and real characters interpreted by live-action actors.

The video also includes art by José Luis Martín that he made using Tokyo photos that I sent him. The photos that I took are not really that great, but what José Luis Martín can get out of them is simply impressive!

Next you can see the original photo and the subsequent retouches/changes by José Luis Martín:

Malefic Time: Soum

Malefic Time: Soum

Malefic Time: Soum

Malefic Time: Soum

Malefic Time: Soum

Malefic Time: Soum

Malefic Time: Soum

Malefic Time: Soum

Malefic Time: Soum

Malefic Time: Soum

Malefic Time: Soum

Malefic Time: Soum

Malefic Time: Soum

Malefic Time: Soum

Malefic Time: Soum

Malefic Time: Soum

Malefic Time: Soum

Malefic Time: Soum

Malefic Time: Soum

Malefic Time: Soum

Malefic Time: Soum

Malefic Time: Soum

Malefic Time: Soum

Malefic Time: Soum

Malefic Time: Soum

Malefic Time: Soum

Malefic Time: Soum

Malefic Time: Soum

Malefic Time: Soum

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Kuratas

This weekend took place the Maker Faire Tokyo, a fair where one of the biggest attractions has been the Kuratas, a kind of mecha-like robots developed by Suidobashi Heavy Industry. Only one of the prototypes was shown on the fair which could be used by visitors. On their website you can even buy one (a little bit over 1 millon euros/dollars).

Kuratas

Kuratas

This video explains the concept behind the Kuratas development:

And this other video explains how to use it: drive, shoot, move arms etc. It can be controlled from the inside or remotely using a smartphone.

I can picture somebody using a Kurata to film a science fiction movie without the need to use special effects 😉

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