“Push this button!” to be the new “Pull my finger!”

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:

  1. The smell of the pine forest in Nara on a hot summer day
  2. Old tatami (not rotted, just properly cured)
  3. The smell of fear when you enter a classroom full of new English students
  4. The pinsuyaki stall at a village matsuri
  5. The heavenly scent of yakitori / yakiniku on an empty stomach
  6. The aromatic combination of natto, sesame oil, and diced shallots spread evenly across the quivering naked body of a geisha
  7. 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)

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