Japan Day 1

(I am planning on doing a forum post for each day of my trip in Japan. The first few days will just be copy pasted from my blog (but now with pictures, and image notes!), and after that I will type up the entry I kept for each day in my journal)I am writing this all on my eee pc, and, while I am getting the hang of this tiny keyboard, typing mistakes are common. I am also in various states of mental functioning so excuse any grammatical errors.I woke up at around 6:45 on Thursday morning. I had been feeling a bit under the weather, and was slightly congested. I really hoped that I did not catch something right before my trip. I woke up the other interns (Bilal, Josh, and Paul), because I knew they would be very sad and might cry, if I did not give them the last chance to say goodbye to me. We did a 4 way shoulder-tap, the universe imploded, and I was off.As I walked down Clementina I realized that it would be the last time I smelled that poo stench on the street. I had mixed feelings about this.The BART ride to SFO was very uneventful. Check in was amazingly fast. The line was short and moved quickly. I had almost everything I was taking with me in my carry-on. There was nothing in my checked baggage but knives and lint (one knife & one swiss tech mulikey). Anyway the whole process of checking in took about 15 minutes. The security checkpoint was even faster. There was no line, and for the first time in a long time I didn't set off the metal detector. I had shown up three hours before my flight to be safe, and I was now left with two hours and forty minutes to kill.I went to the currency exchange and turned 300$ into 27,000 yen. The Lonely Planet guidebook I have (which was printed just last year), has the exchange rate of one USD to 120 Yen, at the exchange booth they offered about 98 Yen for a dollar, google says the current rates are 107 yen to a dollar. Stupid weak American money. Anyway, I used ten dollars which I did not convert to yen to buy an english muffin breakfast sandwich and a gatorade. I went to my terminal, and accidentally dropped the barely touched sandwich on the floor while removing my backpack. I was hungry :(I read for two hours then boarded the plane at around 11. There were many people coughing on this eleven hour flight, so I did not have high hopes for avoiding sickness. Read some more on the flight, watched iron man in Japanese, watched iron man in english, and watched be kind rewind. They served two decent meals, and a few snacks in between. Ten hours later when we were finally over Japan, I went to the back of the plane, and stared out the window in the emergency exit door to get my first view of Japan.We landed around 2 pm on Friday. It was hot, so very hot (humid too). I filled out my customs form, got fingerprinted, and photographed, and made my way over to the baggage claim to pick up my knives. I made my way out of the airport to the train, and bought a ticket for what I hoped was a kanayama station bound train. Turns out it was. (cue the "ding" sound that is played on the audio tracks for slideshows, when it is time to change the slide). The first few pictures are of Kanayama station. There was a cool little inflatable pool, with little kids in miniature paddle boats. They also had a bunch of those water mist sprayers that people stand in front of to cool off.I relaxed at the train station for a bit before I caught the number 12 bus. I took it to the Ishikawa Bashi stop, and got off. I used a pay phone to call up Changmi who I had found on couchsurfing.com. I actually set up the couchsurf with her husband (who was out of town) who said it would be ok for me to stay, so I think she was a little surprised when I called. She said that she was currently hosting two couples who each had a small child. It was cool if I stayed, but it would be crowded. She picked me up at the nearest intersection with her mother, one of the couples, and their child in the car.We drove to downtown Nagoya and they let us out. Changmi and her mother were going somewhere, so I hung out with Sarah, Seba, and their daughter Maya. They were couchsurfers from France who had been in Japan for a couple of weeks. We walked around central park in downtown Nagoya for a bit. There is the large TV tower at one end of the park, and a bunch of art pieces scattered about randomly (metal taco boat thing). We went and got dinner, which I later found out to be pig intestines, with an egg, over rice. It was pretty good.After eating we took the subway back to Changmi's house and slept.Japan Day 2

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Japan Day 2

I woke up around 8 or 9 and took a shower. Sarah and Seba had already left, the Czech couple was still around, but they were gone by the time I got out of the bathroom.I got dressed, threw on my backpack since I did not know if I was coming back, and headed over to a bike store I had seen the day before. I wanted to buy a cheap folding bike, so I could ride between the closer cities. I practiced my Japanese on the guy, who was really polite and helpful, and found out that he had two folding bikes. One was used for about 5,600 Yen, but it was pretty crummy, the other was new and very nice, but about 35,000 yen. I had about 23,000 yen left over from the money I exchanged at the airport, but I was wary about making any large purchases before I knew if my credit/debit card worked, so I said sumimasen and left.Wandered around the burbs of Nagoya for a bit before I stopped off in a chain mini-mart to test if I could get cash from an ATM, I couldn't. Took the subway to downtown, got off at the wrong stop, got back on, and ended up in Central Park, right underneath the large TV tower. I was trying to find something cool to do using my lonely planet guide, and eventually decided the robot museum sounded like fun. After wandering around for a good hour looking for it I gave up (I later found out that it went bankrupt and shut down). I was very disappointed, especially since I was wearing my robot shirt, and had a pocketful of robot stickers. After losing all hope of finding the robots, I went into a large mall (mostly because it was air conditioned) and rode the escalators for a bit. That got boring, so I decided to head over to Nagoya Station. During the long walk, I stopped off in every 7/11, Lawsons, Family Mart, and Circle K I could find, but I could not get money from any of the atms in them, which got me kind of worried.Got to the station and took some pictures. Decided to check out Noritake Garden sine it was not too far away. Got to the garden and relaxed for a while, before heading back towards central park. On the way back I walked through a really colorful open air market. Got to central park, and relaxed for a bit. Much relaxing is required when traveling with a extremely heavy backpack, and it is a gabillion degrees out.While sitting in the park, I looked down to see about 20 mosquitoes feasting on my legs. Those bites are damn itchy. Got on the subway and headed back to Changmi's house. Fell asleep.Japan Day 3

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Japan Day 3

Woke up and took a shower. The French couple had left, so it was just Changmi, the Czech couple, and me at the house.I had read the day before that any foreign credit/debit cards will only work at the post office, so that was my first destination this morning. I found what I thought was the nearest post office online, and headed over. My debit card worked, so I took out enough money to last me for a while.Got back to the house, and then went out with Changmi to pick up her friend. On the way to her friends house we stopped off to get some rice balls (onigiri), I picked up a watch at a 99 yen store, and she bought an ice cream bar. After picking up her friend, we all headed back to her house, and she told me they would be filming for a bit, so I headed downtown. I had learned from the Czech couple, that a building in Nagoya Station has a free observation deck, so for the second time I made that my destination. I got to the station, rode up 14 flights of escalators, and took a bunch of pictures.After that I headed over to the osu temple where a local radio station had set up a concert / fair. I stopped to listen to the music for a bit before I checked out an even larger open air market than the one I had seen the day before. After walking around for about an hour or so, I headed back.Back at the house I relaxed in bed for a bit, before Changmi, the Czech dude, and I went to one of her friends bars. Her friends who own the bar have their own band, so we listened to some of their music, the Czech dude played some guitar, we all had some beers, and headed back.*Random note - It is so hot and humid, I decided not to bike around between the cities, because my dehydrated body would be found on the side of the road somewhere. That and the fact that I can get a local (read: non-shinkansen) train to Kyoto for only 25$. Sweet deal.*Random note 2 - They sell fireworks in 7 eleven. How awesome is that.Video of one of the acts at the concert / fair at the temple.

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Ask a favor of contributions for Japan

Dear Instructables, This is Jo (id: jojporg), a colleague of FabLab Japan. We'd like to ask you to suggest us some outstanding works for current Japan. As you might be know, we are not in very good condition right now with earthquakes (just have another big one right now). For the situation, we already have OLIVE https://sites.google.com/site/oliveinenglish/ a wiki with designs / food / ideas created in the earthquake stricken areas We think some of "Instructables" should be quite helpful/useful for us,so it would be great if you could put your "instructables" for the wiki. We could do translations, so please do not hesitate to write in English. Any help is welcome. Thank you in advance for all of your help. Best regards from Japan. --- JO, Kazuhiro Assistant Professor Art Media Center, Tokyo University of the Arts 12-8 Ueno Park, Taito Ward, Tokyo 110-8714 Japan Tel. +81(0)50 5525 2473  

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Japan to get 217 mph train

The Shinkansen trains in Japan were already plenty speedy at 188 mph (300 kph), but now they're going to be upgraded to 217 mph (350 kph). I rode the train a few times a while ago and totally loved it. The countryside flew by as you tucked into a bento box. It was great and it was so comfortable.Here in California there's a proposition on the upcoming ballot to pass a bond so that we can have a high-speed rail that takes you from SF to LA in 2.5 hours. I don't have a lot of reasons to go to LA, but when I do it would be nice to avoid playing the airport game (everyone loses!) or the driving game (slow down for the car crashes!). To finally get a high-speed train would be a dream.Going metric would be nice, too. 350 kph sounds much better than 217 mph. Link

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How to make a Japanese kimono?

I need measurements and detailed instructions. Pictures would be extremely welcome.

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New World Record Largemouth

If you're into fishing you might find this report of a new world record breaking large mouth bass from Japan weighing 22 Lbs 5oz. This would beat the long standing, and controversial record of George Perry which has stood for 77 years by one ounce. But the record keepers require that the record be broken by 2 ounces. So Close.

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Rice Paddy Art

Somewhere in between crop circles and intricate corn mazes is this rice paddy art, in which different colors of rice are planted in strategic locations to make patterns. The Japanese are masters of creating art in the least likely of places--see metro ticket art.Link

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Space Beer... From Outer Space

Japanese brewer Sapporo is planning on making some "space beer" from a third generation of barley grains that spent five months on the International Space Station in 2006. Only 100 bottles will be made from this crop, though, and won't be commercially available. Which is fine because it won't taste any different and would be freakishly expensive. Space Beer

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Machine that can shape water

The National Maritime Research Institute of Japan has a machine that can create shapes in the water such as hearts and stars. That's just the small one. The larger machine can make much bigger collisions between waves. There's some research around safety here to merit such a large setup, but I'm just happy with the splashes and the over-the-top reactions of the reporters. Always fun to see them shout "sugoi!" and "waaaaaaa!" over and over. via Neatorama research institute Uploaded by hatoyamafandom. - More video blogs and vloggers.

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How do I strengthen the back of a paper hanging scroll painting without damaging it further?

Hi, I have a beautiful old hanging scroll form Japan. It wasn't expensive at the time, probably because the painting on it seems never to have been finished by the artist, but I value it highly. The paper itself is crumbling in some places and I would like to somehow attach a backing (I was considering cloth of some kind) to that the paper won't eventually rip when the picture is hanging.  What kind of adhesive should I use to attach a light fabric to the paper that won't eat away at the paper from the back over time? any other suggestions, i.e. alternatives to my fabric idea, are also very welcome. thanks in advance.

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Annual Stupid Robot Contest

Forget world domination, the next big thing in robotics is stupid robot tricks by useless robots. The classic rules of robotics get replaced with:1. It must be mechanical2. It must be completely useless from a societal point of view.3. It must make people laugh. Linkvia Neatorama

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Do the economy seats on a Japan Airlines 777-300ER have power ports?

Http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Japan_Airlines/Japan_Airlines_Boeing_777-300ER.php says yes, but http://seatexpert.com/seatmap/388/Japan_Airlines_Boeing_777-300ER_(Version_W73)/ says noIt's a round-trip flight from New York, New York (JFK) to Fukuoka, Japan.

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Billy is alive!

Our esteemed intern Billy finally departed for Japan a few days ago with nothing but a backpack, toothbrush, change of clothes and camera. Having not heard from him in a few days we were starting to worry, but I am happy to report that he is alive... and taking pictures! Albeit, it is not exactly clear what he is taking pictures of. Perhaps you can make sense of this.

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Japan: The Legendary Martial Arts & Culture Center of The World!

Hello World!I am Jehosephat, a fun-loving, Japanese die-hard fan of its rich culture, interesting people, & beautiful history.This forum is mainly about anything Japanese-related subject: from samurai to tofu, videogames to anime, or music to...well, anything!I only ask of two things:1. Don't Take Things Too Seriously. This includes the hard-core fans of any particular subject; I know all of you have a plethora of knowledge, but please don't take things personally if someone disagrees with you. Just don't talk to them or something. I won't tolarate any offensive behavior & I will report you to the administrators.2. Have Fun. Self-explanatory. This is a friendly forum, not a boxing arena, so have fun with it.Thank you all whom join, subscribe, or post &/or communicate on this forum.Sincerely & with best regards,Jehosephat

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Wedding in Space

If you want your marriage to be an out-of-this-world experience, a wedding planner and a space transport company are working together to provide weddings in space. For 2.2 million dollars, you get the extra-terrestrial wedding plus a variety of bonuses, including a dress and a reception. Apparently, you can have your cake and eat it too...in space.Link via Gizmodo

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How do I control a Japan Servo Co., Ltd stepper? Answered

I've got a couple of 3 wire stepper motors and I have no clue how to run them. The wires are Blue Red and Yellow then a Green attached to the case. They are made by Japan Servo Co., Ltd. Thank YOU :)

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Under That Umbrella

More innovation from Japan. This looks more like a tent than a house to me, but it's definitely waterproof. Looking at the pictures toward the bottom of the page, it's surprisingly spacious and perfect for all sorts of circular socializing.Link via Make: blog

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how to make a paper lantern?

Preferable japanese lantern that illuminate lights? with many creases and folds? 

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Recycled Ticket Art

Japan takes reusing materials to the next level: a 10 x 7 mural, entirely out of old Metro tickets. Just goes to show that you can always find a use for things a second time around (or maybe a third, fourth, you name it).LinkIf you like this mural, it's not the first of its kind. In 2007, employees of a Japanese department store created their own art gallery out of Metro tickets. Check it out here

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Robotic Girlfriend

Japanese marketers are targeting "lonely adult men" with their newest development: a robotic girlfriend. Reminds me of this, a product from a few years back.[http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25209226//wid/11915829?GT1=40006 Link] via Neatorama

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Can someone help me name my new swords? Answered

I have two new swords, they look very similar, one is a ninjato or shinobigatana and the other is a tanto, I need some names for them, I already have the name Shinihime (death-princess) for another sword, so I was thinking the japanese words for one and two or long and short. Can anyone help me here?

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What Kind of Bass This? Answered

Unmarked bass guitar. Circa 1970'. Made in Japan (says neck plate).

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Hilarious: Altered-Perception Sports

I saw this video of a Japanese game show where players try to play a game of soccer with binoculars strapped to their heads: It made me think: what other kinds of games could you have, where your own perceptions were the challenge? Fisheye lenses over each eye? Periscopes? Let's hear some ideas; maybe we can come up with some cool, brand-new Instructable ideas.

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Hoverchairs for floating senior citizens

Hovercrafts are great ways to reuse a leaf blower or shopvac for goofing off. Now some folks in Japan are using the same idea to float senior citizens around. These chairs designed at Japan's Kobe Gakuin University can lift up to 330 pounds. The next step is to find someone who can manufacture them so we can get everyone floating along, softly bumping off each other. Related: Hovercraft Autonomous, Wirelessly Controlled Hovercraft Simple Rideable Hovercraft Link

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Help transcribing a melody

Wondering if someone could help me transcribe/work out the notes for the main melody in this song "crystal japan" by david bowie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Gy94N_mcWs? Thank you

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All things to do with Contests

I noticed that the contests are only available in some countries and I was wondering if they could be extended to other countries like Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand and others.

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Amazing Snow Sculptures

Over in Japan, the 60th annual Sapporo Snow Festival is going on and there are some awesome sculptures in it. My sister-in-law is from there and told me stories of this happening, but I haven't seen photos from it until now. Link

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Verifying Age Using Face Recognition?

Magazine photos fool biometric age verifier in Japan. In their never ending quest to automate every aspect of human life Japan has recently installed cigarette vending machines that will scan your face to verify your age before giving you a smoke. Kids realizing that all the robot wants is some wrinkles have learned that all they need to do is hold up a magazine image of some geezer and then they can puff away. It makes me happy to see that no matter how "advanced" technology becomes, there's often an easy overlooked loophole. Let's hope that trend continues. _BGvia: boingboing.net

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aviation during the wars

Hey guy, lets get together and build a knex book that has instructions for airplanes that played major parts in past wars. example: b-25 squadron boming japan in ww2. what do ya say, wanna give it a try?

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cosplay costume (for women)

Dear everyone In the month July of this year, there is a japan expo with a comicon expo in Paris. For that I would like to make my own cosplay costume (or maybe a kimono). Does anyone have experience with making cosplay uniforms? Thanks in advance :D

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I predict the Japanese Dog-aclypse.

Have you seen what Japanese pet owners do to their dogs? Any minute now, I expect to read on the news that every dog in Japan turned, as one, and chewed off the hand that dressed them!

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LCD White?

Well i dont know anything about lcd screens and i just aquiered one from an old pc and i want it to come to life again. if these help these are all the numbers and stuff on the back of the screen TORISAN TFT-LCM TM121SV-02L01 500F00023388O5 MADE IN JAPAN                                                                                       AR111A987K321129MS

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Flash Mob Dance Party in Shibuya

Shibuya is an awesome neighborhood in Japan with loads of shops and cafes to hang out in. It is also home to the Busiest Intersection in the World. That's exactly where this video takes place. Fun to see the sudden-choreographed-dance-party-in-the-street pop up in different places.

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cooking on a rock

Hi, a long while ago I went to japan on a business trip, my host took me to a restaurant, lunch,, that the hostess cooked the thin strips of meats, veggies, and fruit on some sort or flat rock.  There where burners under the rock. might someone know what kind of a rock this might be? thanks jack 

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Amazing Papercraft Castle

This deluxe papercraft castle in Japan was made over the course of four years. It has its own lights and even an electric train! But seriously, that's enough of an explanation, just hit the link below for lots more pretty pictures. Go! A Paper Craft Castle On the Ocean via boingboing

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How do you fix a sewing machine that won't stop running?

I have a great old sewing machine and it would work fine if i could control the needle with the presser foot. It is a Zig Zag model E-388 Precision Made in Japan.

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Renewed Interest In Space, Lunar Explorations

Japan's space agency today launched its much-delayed lunar probe in the most ambitious mission to the moon since the US Apollo space flights.The Selenological and Engineering Explorer — or Selene — probe was launched on board an H-2A rocket from Tanegashima, the remote island location of the agency's space centre..............................Japan's mission comes at a time of renewed interest in the moon. China plans to send a probe, the Chang'e 1 to the moon, possibly this month. The Chang'e 1 orbiter will use stereo cameras and x-ray spectrometers to map three-dimensional images of the lunar surface and study its dust. China's official Xinhua news agency has reported that a manned probe could be launched within 15 years. Japan is also considering a manned mission by 2025.Meanwhile, Google has launched a $20m (£9.9m) competition to send a robotic mission to the moon. To claim the prize, a team of researchers will need to send a rover to the moon, make it roam for a minimum of 500 metres and send video, images and data back to Earth, all before December 31 2012.Full article hereRelated Articles:UK astronaut on moonIndia's unmanned probePlan for spaceport in SingaporeEverybody else want to go to space too..

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Where to buy Bokken

Can somebody tell me where to buy bokken in Melbourne, australia? and don't tell me to buy online. it doesn't even have to be really good quality. cheap 20$ bokkens are okay. do they sell those in wal mart?

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Microwave generator...... any datasheet for DAIHEN

Hi.I have a microwave generator from DAIHEN. It is a 3kW magnetron that makes 2450MHz wave.The model is ATP-30B(high voltage unit) and SMA-30DI(magnetron unit).This devices made in Japan and I need DATASHEET.If there is any clue that can help me plz inform me. thx

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My Tamiya T2 Drift Spec

Hey guys this is my T2 in action.Well what happened was i went to Japan for a holiday, i also wanted to see Tamiya HQ, it is AWESOME! well after that i spotted a rc track in osaka and drifted with some of the guys there.My T2 is the one with the white RX-7 body.

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Nankin Tamasudare

I would like to know how to make the traditional Japanese Storytelling Mat known as Nankin Tamasudare. I wanted one for myself but for some reason they are priced at hundreds of dollars here in the USA. They can only be found at sellers of "magic supplies". Here is a link to what I am talking about  http://muza-chan.net/japan/index.php/blog/nankin-tamasudare. Can anyone help? Ed

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Luminodot: Next Gen Lite Brite

The humble Lite-Brite has long been overdue for a modern reboot. We made our own Giant Lite-Brite, but Bandai is now coming out with the Luminodot which has a 70x50 grid, closely packed lights, and the ability to animate the backlight. The cost is $100 and sadly it's only available in Japan. Link

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How to control KH56JM2 stepper motor using Arduino?

Dear all, could you please help me? I want to control this stepper motor from Japan Servo CO. Model KH56JM2.  I don't have the wires for this motor. The datasheet of this motor in page 16 of this file http://www.e-jpc.com/pdf/Hybrid-Stepping-Motors-and-Drivers-size-23-56mm-square.pdf

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What 4.5 million LEDs looks like

Over in Japan, 4.5 millions LEDs have been lit up for a holiday fantasia that runs through March 8. To see all these LEDs color cycling must be amazing to see in person.As a matter of fact, I'll probably be out in Japan next year, but not early enough to catch this.An estimated 4.5 million light-emitting diodes offer an amazing spectacle at the Nabana no Sato theme park in Kuwana, Mie Prefecture, on Saturday. The annual winter light show is scheduled to run until March 8. Kyodo. This year’s theme is flowers. The water illumination is out of this world. Here the beautiful sound of the river with vivid color changing-the-art LED technology enables a production of 64 billion colors. The rapidly changing colors actually look more like the flow of the river in front of our eyes. The pond is located in the heart of the Village but can be seen from all over the place. Link via Gizmodo

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More in Digital Stalking....

Britain's ubiquitous CCTV video surveillance network has nothing on Japan's Orwellian nightmare in the making. One of the country's top electronics firms, NEC, has just announced a new plasma display fitted with a tiny camera that can accurately identify a person's age and sex in order to target them with specific advertisements.... Here is the LINK to the original site I came across.

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how do you make cell phones from other countries work in America? do you have to change the frequency ? what do i do?

Well i my aunt has some phones that she got from china or japan i think, and she has t-mobile, but the service isn't working, so how do i make it work?

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What plum tree can I grow in Kansas City to make umeboshi?

My wife is Japanese and she likes a fruit common in Japan called ume-boshi. It's a kind of plum. We thought we might be able to grow this tree in Kansas City and she could make her own ume-boshi, but we can't find what kind of plum tree is needed.

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i have a question about bandwidth how much bandwith do i need to play online on xbox live or psn. i wanted to play mgo ?

people told me that i would have lag on mgo because servers are in japan does anyone know something about that , and i want buy 512kb it costs 50$ at month is the cheapest and the best could i play with that?? 

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