Huge crowds go to Japanese temples on New Year to “pray for things to return to normal”

The only thing thicker than the crowds is the irony. The New Year is a major holiday in Japan. There’s plenty of traditional (and dangerous) food to eat, plus the annual hatsumode — visiting a shrine to wish for health, happiness, and good fortune in the next year. Of course this year, with the coronavirus steadily… Continue reading Huge crowds go to Japanese temples on New Year to “pray for things to return to normal”

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‘Gods’ Make Comeback at Toyota as Humans Steal Jobs From Robots – Bloomberg

“We need to become more solid and get back to basics, to sharpen our manual skills and further develop them,” said Kawai, a half century-long company veteran tapped by President Akio Toyoda to promote craftsmanship at Toyota’s plants. “When I was a novice, experienced masters used to be called gods, and they could make anything.”… Continue reading ‘Gods’ Make Comeback at Toyota as Humans Steal Jobs From Robots – Bloomberg