SOINN, The Robot Apocalypse Begins

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There is nothing like a cool technology story. Today's little story comes from my good friend Koichi. Have you ever hear of SOINN? If you haven't prepare to have your mind blown! SOINN Stands for the Self Organizing Incremental Neural Network. This is a learning algorithm created by Dr. Osamu Hasegawa at the Tokyo Institue of Technology. Wait wouldn't that school name abbreviate as T.I.T.? I'm sorry, I couldn't resist. Back to the story... This algorithm can use the internet to Continue Reading …

Japanese Movie Theater Gift Shops

Ironman 3 Movie Book Japan

America is a country where accumulating as much as possible is quite normal for any business. Most successful organizations, from MacDonald’s to Walmart to Apple to Amazon, have to strike that ever so delicate balance between getting customers to spend as much as possible while providing as much value as possible. There are a number of companies that have it down to a science: Cross-sells and up-sells, and bundles, oh my! The best companies are able to accomplish this without you even Continue Reading …

How To Use Japan Post QR Codes

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Ever gotten home from a long day at work to find that you missed a very cool, or very important package? . Does every public mail service do this?! The U.S. is quite similar. The post office has the same hours as most companies, so if you have a full-time job, 9 to 5 or somewhere thereabouts, odds are you won't be there to intercept your package. This happens just about every time I receive something and from time to time it can get mildly irritating, especially if you miss the package Continue Reading …

Tales from Japan: It Ain’t No Fun

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Hey guys, it's time for another one of my tales from Japan. Enjoy! “IT AIN’T NO FUN" VIDEO TRANSCRIPT Hey guys, this is Donald with thejapanguy.com and the name of today’s tale is “It Ain’t No Fun.” Have you ever been to an establishment in Japan where the music that’s playing over the speakers just doet match the stetting whatsoever. A store or a gym, you just hear something that doesn’t quite match up. Well I know I have, so here’s my little story... I used to work out at a Continue Reading …

A Japanese Sharehouse Tour

A look at a Japanese Sharehouse

Renting in Japan can be extremely expensive, in large part because of that pain-in-the-butt key money. This one time, sometimes exorbitantly expensive, fee is a major reason why many foreigners may feel hesitant about moving to a new place. When it was time for me to leave Tsukuba, the city I lived in for about five years, I had a little money in reserve to take care of key money and the first month’s rent at a decent apartment. However, I was trying to do my modeling thing at the time, and I Continue Reading …