Japan has always been on the forefront of cutting edge robotics. Its roots can be traced back 200-300 years during the Edo period when skilled craftsmen created automata (self-operating machines). Using nothing more than pulleys and weights they were able to make the Karakuri (Japanese automata) perform amazing tasks.
Japans modern day robots can be traced back to the Karakuri. Today Hideki Higashino is one of the few remaining craftsmen who is determined to keep the history and tradition of Japanese Karakuri alive.
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Taro, a small village on the North East coast of Japan has twice before in its history been destroyed by tsunamis. In 1979 a dyke that in some places measures more than 10 meters high was built.
When the latest tsunami wave came in it was over 20 meters high and completely devastated the village again.
Aljazeera's Steve Chao reports. Shot ad edited by Matthew Allard on a Sony PMW-F3
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Featuring fresh ingredients and a heavy French influence, Lao food is a delicious fusion of Asian and Western flavors. A Lao local and head chef at one of Luang Prabang's most famous restaurants, Joy learned how to cook growing up in Laos. Follow him as he takes visitors through Luang Prabang's famous markets and then outside of town to learn how to cook some of his restaurant's signature dishes.
Warning: this video will make you hungry.
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After the Japanese tsunami and earthquake of March 2011, Ayumi Ikushima's Kyoto tour company lost dozens of foreign visitors. Ayumi, a specialist in the Japanese traditional garden and Ikebana, started catering to local visitors. In her own words, she explains the Japanese spirit, the balance of all things, and how the passing of time renews all.
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Tattoos have long had a rebellious portrayal in many Asian countries, often symbolosing gang memberships.
However, part of a movement thats trying to redraw its image in the region, one tattoo artist in Hong Kong is trying to elevate the skill to a new level of "fine art" .
The work of Joey Pang, the world's only tattoo artist who is known to be professionally trained in Chinese calligraphy, is in such high demand that she has a customer waiting list of two years.
Aljazeera's Steve Chao reports from Hong Kong.
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