Saturday, August 16, 2008

Lady Murasaki: the robot

So there's now a robot version of Lady Murasaki, Murasaki Shikibu, author of The Tale of Genji. English article with video here, and Japanese article with more videos here. It's at the Buddhist temple Ishiyama-dera in Ôtsu, a temple where legend says that Murasaki composed part of the Tale. The robot is part of the 1000-year anniversary celebrations for the book; it recites bits of the tale along with the history of the temple.

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