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Goodbye Rio, hello Tokyo! The land that created the Bullet Train for the 1964 Olympics is pulling out all the stops for their latest event. Just look at what the Japanese have in store for visitors to Tokyo 2020
The Olympic village will be staffed by a small army of robots who can help you find your nearest train station or restaurant. And if you would prefer your technology to come with a human face, don’t worry, as Mitsubishi Electric is said to be working on holograms that will give you updates on what is showing at the stadium.
Forget fireworks, Tokyo will be launching a meteor shower. Japanese research company ALE plans to launch the ingredients for a shooting star into the atmosphere. At the Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony the Sky Canvas team say that they will ‘paint the night sky with shooting stars’.
With Panasonic as a sponsor of Tokyo 2020 you know that there are going to be a few digital firsts – one is said to be a keycard that you can use to catch the train, enter your hotel room and pay for your driverless taxi. See below…
Tokyo is already testing Robot Taxis. Heather Hansman from Popular Science magazine says that field tests have already begun on driverless taxis around the city. So you don’t have to worry about a pending shift change or hearing that ‘I don’t go south of the river’ when you climb into your cab.
They launched the Bullet Train for the 1964 Games, now they plan to bring Shanghai's Maglev trains to Tokyo. The train that levitates on magnets has already broken the land speed record, clocking 374mph. No fears of missing the start of your favourite race.
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- Sail around the Russian High Arctic in luxury with all modern comforts onboard Sea Spirit
- Experience a true expedition cruise to the rarely visited Franz Josef Land archipelago
- Visit a soviet-era research facility, once a base for polar exploration
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- Spot polar bears, walrus and endangered bowhead whales around the archipelago
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- A camping trek through some of the most remote parts of Mongolia, the western Altai Mountains
- Meeting the famed eagle hunters and staying alongside a host family
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- Spending the night in Mandala Mongolia – the most luxurious and intimate accommodation available in the country
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- The kids will love the experience of sleeping in traditional Mongolian felt tents, or ‘gers’
- Whether it’s horse back riding or walking, get the kids out in nature and being active all throughout this holiday
- Learn about Mongolian culture first hand by staying alongside a nomadic host family, helping them with their daily chores and letting the kids play and interact with the host children
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