Robot turning Japanese children into master calligraphers
TOKYO (AFP) - Nijiya Kurota's little hand grips a calligraphy brush dangling above a clean sheet of rice paper.
The brush itself is being held dead straight, just as an expert who has spent years learning the art of "shodo" - Japanese calligraphy - would do.
That's because a robot arm is also attached to the brush and for a moment, as thick lines of glistening black ink are laid down on the page, Nijiya is transformed into a master calligrapher.
A few days ago the 10-year-old student and his classmates from a junior high school in Yokohama, close to Tokyo, came face to face with this strange invention.