Today, January 16th is the third Tuesday of the month and that means admission to the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park, is free today for San Diego residents. If you haven't been there take the opportunity to visit. The garden winds down a canyon in Balboa park to a pavilion and beautiful koi pond.
Qoobo bills itself as a therapy robot, but it's really just a soft, furry cushion the just happens to have a tail that moves as you interact with it. It's the best part of having a cat without having to feed it and change litter boxes. I had the chance to play with one at CES 2018 and I want one. The Japanese have been working on these types of robotic companions for the elderly for many years. This one might find its way in more houses than you think.
Not to be outdone by NHK's East meets West musical mash ups, here are some pop tunes played with traditional Chinese instruments