This article by Adriana Mazza first appeared on Tokyo Cheapo.

Before you ever stepped foot on Japanese soil, you probably envisioned a society in complete integration with technology. Yet, when you got here, citizens communicated via flip phones with seemingly no sense of technology shame, workers with manual click counters manned entranceways tallying the number of visitors, and a card transaction was the equivalent of kryptonite to many shops and establishments.

Japan has, if only for a short while, remedied those technological letdowns by hosting the (biggest!) International Robot Exhibition (IREX) from Dec 2-5 at Tokyo Big Sight, allowing robot manufacturers in both the industrial and service fields to unveil the latest and greatest advancements in robotics. And as if a taste of the future wasn’t enough, entry to see the marvels of the automated world is free with preregistry—so you know we were there.

Without further adieu, here are some of our favorite shots from IREX!

tokyo international robot exhibition 2015 technology irex

Photo by David Ishikawa

tokyo international robot exhibition 2015 technology irex

Student project demonstrating robotics applied to agriculture. | Photo by David Ishikawa

tokyo international robot exhibition 2015 technology irex

Kokoro is a Sanrio company (Hello Kitty) – known for animatronic dinosaurs and the first hotel staffed by robots | Photo by David Ishikawa

tokyo international robot exhibition 2015 technology irex

NEDO had the biggest booth with a full disaster scenario to showcase their rescue robots – unfortunately or fortunately | Photo by David Ishikawa

tokyo international robot exhibition 2015 technology irex

Creepy | Photo by David Ishikawa

tokyo international robot exhibition 2015 technology irex

Innophys Exo-Muscle had a large booth showcasing their exo skeletons | Photo by David Ishikawa

tokyo international robot exhibition 2015 technology irex

Waterbera – a circuit board rated for space environment | Photo by David Ishikawa

tokyo international robot exhibition 2015 technology irex

Leonardo da Vinci Android Initiative, on display at the Leonardo da Vinci National Science and Technology Museum (Milan) Sep 4- 27, 2015 – from the creator of Matsuko-roid | Photo by David Ishikawa

tokyo international robot exhibition 2015 technology irex

Walking assistant | Photo by David Ishikawa

tokyo international robot exhibition 2015 technology irex

When you’re going on a picnic and you overpacked the cooler | Photo by David Ishikawa

tokyo international robot exhibition 2015 technology irex

You know – because cats | Photo by David Ishikawa

tokyo international robot exhibition 2015 technology irex

Pre-Maid AI from DMM – complete with various costumes – start price ¥138,000 | Photo by David Ishikawa

tokyo international robot exhibition 2015 technology irex

Photo by David Ishikawa

tokyo international robot exhibition 2015 technology irex

First humanoid robot designed for family use: “Programmable, Interactable, Affordable” | Photo by Adriana Mazza

tokyo international robot exhibition 2015 technology irex

Photo by Adriana Mazza

tokyo international robot exhibition 2015 technology irex

Photo by Adriana Mazza

tokyo international robot exhibition 2015 technology irex

Do you even lift, Ro? | Photo by Adriana Mazza

tokyo international robot exhibition 2015 technology irex

Nimble enough to capture weiners at lightning speeds. | Photo by Adriana Mazza

tokyo international robot exhibition 2015 technology irex

Robots doing the robot. (Really they’re automated mannequins looking to revolutionize the fashion world.) | Photo by Adriana Mazza

tokyo international robot exhibition 2015 technology irex

Wearable “Muscle Suit” Robot | Photo by Adriana Mazza

tokyo international robot exhibition 2015 technology irex

Not sure of your purpose, but I know I want to raise you as my own. | Photo by Adriana Mazza

tokyo international robot exhibition 2015 technology irex

Cuties | Photo by Adriana Mazza

tokyo international robot exhibition 2015 technology irex

Spill not one drop. | Photo by Adriana Mazza

tokyo international robot exhibition 2015 technology irex

Need a lift? | Photo by Adriana Mazza

tokyo international robot exhibition 2015 technology irex

I want a wood-carved octopus, but I don’t want to do it myself. | Photo by Adriana Mazza

tokyo international robot exhibition 2015 technology irex

Photo by Adriana Mazza

tokyo international robot exhibition 2015 technology irex

Of course Pepper(s) made an appearance… with no shortage of side-eye. | Photo by Adriana Mazza

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