Engineering nerds in Tokyo are building the ultimate fart joke:
“IMAGINE being able to record a smell and play it back later, just as you can with sounds or images.”
Read the full article here.
I can see the tagline now: YESTERDAY’S SMELLS TODAY!
In all seriousness, though, I have recently been thinking of what I will miss the most when I leave Japan. Unsurprisingly, certain smells are scoring high on my list. A sample:
- The smell of the pine forest in Nara on a hot summer day
- Old tatami (not rotted, just properly cured)
- The smell of fear when you enter a classroom full of new English students
- The pinsuyaki stall at a village matsuri
- The heavenly scent of yakitori / yakiniku on an empty stomach
- The aromatic combination of natto, sesame oil, and diced shallots spread evenly across the quivering naked body of a geisha
- The stench of shit when you disembowel an uppity peasant with your +7 Flaming Wakizashi!
The full list is being drawn up in my mind and will appear sometime before departure.
(link found over at Collision Detection)