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MagazineMay 16, 2017
A new generation of Japanese inventors is drawing on the country's rich history of comics and video game culture to create sports with a 21st-century twist - helping players feel "superhuman" through technology or other special equipment.
Ryoichi Ando, 27, a virtual-reality researcher and an inventor of "Bubble Jumper" sport, wears an inflatable bubble protector as he poses during a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan, April 9, 2017. Ando said he felt as if he were wearing the kind of augmented body suit found in science-fiction movies that boosts the wearer's strength. In "Bubble Jumper", players walking on stilts and wearing inflatable bubble protectors crash into each other like sumo wrestlers. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS