A Japanese robotics startup has invented a smart mask that translates into eight languages
When the Covid-19 pandemic made face masks an everyday essential, Japanese startup Donut Robotics spotted an opportunity. They created a smart mask — a high-tech upgrade to standard face coverings, designed to make communication and social distancing easier. In conjunction with an app, the C-Face Smart mask can transcribe dictation, amplify the wearer's voice, and translate speech into eight different languages. The cutouts on the front are vital for breathability, so the smart mask doesn't offer protection against the coronavirus. Instead, it is designed to be worn over a standard face mask, explains Donut Robotics CEO Taisuke Ono. Made of white plastic and silicone, it has an embedded microphone that connects to the wearer's smartphone via Bluetooth. The system can translate between Japanese and Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Indonesian, English, Spanish and French. Donut Robotics first developed the translation software for a robot called Cinnamon — but when the pandemic hit, the robot project was put on hold. That's when the team's engineers came up with the idea to use their software in a face mask.
“Community treasure” Tomio Moriguchi named 2020 First Citizen
When Tomio Moriguchi retired as chairman and CEO of Uwajimaya at the end of 2017, Jim Wajone, who succeeded him as chairman of the family- owned specialty supermarket, praised him for his strategic leadership and vision. Outside that business, Moriguchi is revered for his volunteerism, generosity, advocacy, and dedication. Those are among the traits the selection committee for this year’s Seattle-King County First Citizen Award cited in naming Tomio Moriguchi and Family as the 82nd honoree. The award will be presented at a civic celebration at a date to be determined.
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6 online workshops to experience Japan from home
In our current world of social distancing, activities aimed at keeping us home whilst still being able to have an enjoyable time, are becoming more and more in demand. Luckily for us, we live in the 21st century where technological innovations allow us to connect with anyone in the world! From the comfort of our own living room, we can learn, experience and accomplish a variety of fun activities and classes run by experts, artists, and educators of specific fields.
If you’ve been wanting to get more acquainted with traditional Japanese culture, this list is right for you. All of these workshops require no prior knowledge or experience and are all run in English. Some classes have a limited number of people who can join so book in early if you want the spot!
Here are half a dozen online workshops that will allow you to learn and experience more of Japan:
1. Virtual Sake Tour and Tasting
2. Green Tea Time
3. Japanese Traditional Nihon Buyo Dance
4. Origami and Furoshiki Workshop with Specialist Instructor
5. Japanese Language and Calligraphy Workshop for Beginners
6. Online Cooking Classes with Air Kitchen Live
Our annual Tomodachi Gala is a festive occasion that brings together friends, family, and supporters. The COVID-19 pandemic has us hitting pause on reuniting in person this year. Instead, we hope you can join us from the safety of your home at our “Virtual Tomodachi Gala,” Tuesday, August 11, 2020 from 7 p.m. (PDT). We encourage you to invite friends and family from across the country and around the world! The event is FREE to join! Click here to check a video message from Lori Matsukawa, a co-chair of the event and learn more.
During our virtual event, viewers can learn about the JCCCW’s new online offerings including the Seattle Japanese Language School, Hosekibako Japanese Resale Store, Northwest Nikkei Museum and Nikkei Horizons; see our newly installed elevator; plus, enjoy lively entertainment and more! The JCCCW will also recognize our Tomodachi Award honorees, which is given to individuals or groups who have promoted and celebrated Japanese and Japanese American culture and heritage. This year, the JCCCW is proud to recognize Costco - Japan and immigration attorney Christopher Helm!
Until then, we humbly ask for your help. Consider making a donation through our website if you are able to — any amount helps and goes a long way. Thank you! ありがとうございます！
HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Please go to our YouTube channel here, where you will see the live program on August 11th at 7PM (PDT)! Free to join! Donate now!
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Taiko Summer Camp
Monday, August 10th - 14th
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Virtual Tomodachi Gala
Tuesday, August 11th
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mukai Farm & Garden Picnic's By the Pond
Mukai Farm & Garden
18017 107th Ave SW, Vashon, WA 98070
Friday, August 14th
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Daughters of Hibakusha Tell Hiroshima Stories
Saturday, August 15th
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Our face mask maker gave us an extra 100 masks! If you would like one, please email us to set up delivery. The masks and delivery are free and open to all. Please share!
July 17th was World Emoji Day
The word, "emoji," comes from "e" for picture and "moji," which means character in Japanese.
Read all about "Emoji: A New Visual Language with Japanese Roots" here
Natsumi’s pink scooter from 'Weathering With You' now on sale from Honda for a limited time
This time last year, anime film director Makoto Shinkai released his latest film “Tenki no Ko” ("Weathering With You") — and like his other full-length films and beautiful shorts, it became highly commended and very popular. Featuring his trademark beautiful animation and emotional story-telling, the film became an instant hit and inspired numerous spin-off products like an art book, a cafe, and, now, even a scooter.Honda is selling a cute pink-and-white scooter much like the one that the character Natsumi zips around Tokyo on, with the main character Hodaka occupying the seat behind her. It’s now available for a limited time only, so if you want a stylish way to get around town, look no further.
The Super Cub 50 and Super Cub 110, which look nearly identical but are different in power output, are both newly available in “Tenki no Ko” versions, which reproduce the coloring of the scooter in the film with a hue they call “summer pink”. The design also features a brown seat and special sticker on the inside of the leg guard to prove that it’s a true “Weathering With You” scooter.
We’ve extended our art campaign! We are now accepting works though August 14th.
We are collecting all forms of art to express US-Japan relations through the theme(s) of friendship and/or hope from anyone within our jurisdiction. We would love to see your art!
Check here for full details of the campaign
ROYCE' Chocolate is now hiring
Retail Sales Associate/Customer Service
Full Time and Part Time
ROYCE' Chocolate is a Japanese confections brand with a growing business and following in the US. This position is for our retail locations in Bellevue
Apply with resume at email@example.com
Did you know...
Sushi has been around since about the second century A.D. It started as a way to preserve fish in China and eventually made its way to Japan. The method of eating raw fish and rice began in the early 17th century. Sushi does not mean raw fish in Japanese. It actually means rice seasoned with vinegar, sugar, and salt. Raw fish sliced and served alone without rice is called sashimi.
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