Although I try to keep our Fun Link Fridays in English so that they’re accessible to readers of all levels, I can’t resist this hilarious tea-making robot, which appeared yesterday in Yahoo! Japan news.
Identified as Sadō Robo 151A, this device has been designed to replicate traditional Japanese tea ceremony, from the adding of tea powder and hot water to the vigorous vigorous whisking thereof. It even presents little mochi sweets, which as we all know, should complement any good cup of bitter green tea.
Created by the three-person research team ａＮｏ研 (anoken), they clearly had a fun time with it. They set out wanting to make something interesting, and had the added humor to even create a little room model for the robot, complete with a tokonoma hanging scroll that says “delicious.” If you look at the video below, you’ll see the robot lacks some of the finer graces of a tea master, but maybe you’ll find it charming in its own way nonetheless: