Fascinating Look at NIED in Japan, the World’s Largest Rainfall Simulator

Fascinating Look at NIED in Japan, the World’s Largest Rainfall Simulator

Largest Rainfall Simulator NIED Japan
Japan’s National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience (NIED) currently houses the world’s largest rainfall simulator in Tsukuba, and it’s essentially a warehouse-sized building that can be moved on rails over five experimental positions.



Various structures and terrain can be installed in this facility, as the rain falls with four different drop sizes at a rate between 15-300 mm/hour. As you can see, the latter is near the most intense rainfall ever reported on Earth and not something you want to be experience firsthand. NIED is typically used by researchers to analyze landslides, debris flow, soil erosion, urban flooding, and more. However, we wouldn’t be surprised to see it used as a movie set / sound stage either.

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Tiger KMD-A100 Rice Cooker from Japan Cooks by Burning Newspapers

Tiger KMD-A100 Rice Cooker from Japan Cooks by Burning Newspapers

Tiger KMD-A100 Rice Cooker Burn Newspaper
Here’s something you don’t see everyday, a rice cooker from Japan that cooks by burning wads of newspapers. The Tiger KMD-A100 works just like any other normal rice cooker, where you need to add 1-5 cups of rice and water to the inner pot before placing it back into the furnace.



The furnace section has two holes where you need to place wads of newspapers folded a specific way into, and to cook 3 cups of rice, you’ll need around 9 pages. Pages are expected to be inserted in intervals of 1.5 minutes when the fire begins to burn, and then slowed to every 1 minute after six of them are in the furnace. When you get down to the last page, users need to wait an additional 10 minutes before setting ablaze. The Tiger KMD-A100 is available now in Japan, priced at around $135 USD.

When cooking rice outdoors, problems such as not knowing the appropriate amount of water and difficulty controlling the heat tend to occur, but with the magic rice cooker, you can adjust the amount of water according to the scale on the pot. You can adjust the heat by just observing the timing of adding the newspaper. I was able to cook delicious rice the first time without any special skills or practice,” said Gigazine.

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Super Nintendo World Expansion at Universal Studios Japan Includes Donkey Kong Country Ride

Super Nintendo World Expansion at Universal Studios Japan Includes Donkey Kong Country Ride

Super Nintendo World Universal Studios Japan Donkey Kong Country
Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka is getting an all-new area, and it includes a Donkey Kong Country ride. It’s slated to open in Spring 2024 and the first-of-its-kind thrilling family coaster will be unlike anything you’ve seen before at a theme park.



When guests ride Mine-Cart Madness, they will seemingly jump across gaps in the track and perform other stunts from the Donkey Kong Country games. Those with the Power-Up Band can track their scores earned when interacting with various attractions. No other details have been revealed, although we’re sure there will be at least one Donkey Kong Country-themed restaurant and retail store.

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Super Nintendo World Universal Studios Japan Donkey Kong Country
Super Nintendo World Universal Studios Japan Donkey Kong Country
Super Nintendo World Universal Studios Japan Donkey Kong Country

We are delivering the ultimate wish fulfillment by transporting fans to places they only dreamed and in doing so igniting the thrill of feeling alive. In Super Nintendo World you can jump like Mario, punch blocks, collect digital coins and battle on rainbow road. In Donkey Kong Country, we’ve greatly expanded interactivity and gameplay,” said Brian Robinson,Executive VP and Chief Creative Officer of Universal Creative.

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