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One craftsman is determined to keep the history and tradition of Japanese human-like automata alive.
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2011 12:59

 

By Matthew Allard

 

Japan has always been at the forefront of cutting edge robotics. Its modern-day roots can be traced back 200 to 300 years to the Edo period when skilled craftsmen created automata (self-operating machines).

Using pulleys and weights they were able to make the Karakuri (Japanese automata) perform amazing tasks without the use of electronics or power.

Hideki Higashino is one of the few remaining craftsmen who is determined to keep these incredible creations, the history and the tradition of Japanese Karakuri alive.

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Al Jazeera
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