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‘Pythagoras Switch’ DVD Books

By NHK Pythagoras Switch 

Three DVD Books (¥2,940 each Prices are approximate only and subject to change.
White Rabbit Express service fee and other costs not included.
) based on a Japanese children’s TV show named ピタゴラスイッチ ‘Pitagorasuichi’ featuring the hypnotic contraptions of Masahiko Satō and Masumi Uchino. The name of the show is a Japanese pronunciation of ‘Pythagoras Switch’, a device also known as a ‘Rube Goldberg machine’.

On air since 2002 this show of mad-science-meets-conceptual-art aims to “flip that epiphany switch in every child,” according to a translation of the shows crazed mission statement.

What you’ll see on these three, critically acclaimed (seriously!) DVD Books is a staggering collection of short films from the Pitagorasuichi TV show showing a small metal ball rolling its way through complex, hilarious, and ingenious contraptions. After watching a few of these films your brain will be mesmerized by the unlikely path of that tiny ball and the ear-wormy ending song as it finally reaches its goal and a little voice sings, “pi-ta-go-ra-sueeechi!”

Three compilations are available separately:

ピタゴラ装置DVDブック1 (Pythagoras Switch DVD Book 1)
Language: Japanese
Region: Region 2 (Please check whether your DVD player can play this format)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio:: ポニーキャニオン
DVD Release Date: 2006/12/01
Run Time: 19 minutes

ピタゴラ装置DVDブック2 (Pythagoras Switch DVD Book 2)
Language: Japanese
Region: Region 2 (Please check whether your DVD player can play this format)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio:: ポニーキャニオン
DVD Release Date: 2007/04/18
Run Time: 20 minutes

ピタゴラ装置DVDブック3 (Pythagoras Switch DVD Book 3)
Language: Japanese
Region: Region 2 (Please check whether your DVD player can play this format)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio:: ポニーキャニオン
DVD Release Date: 2011/11/25
Run Time: 23 minutes

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Contributed by Cameron

Cameron is a writer and journalist in Tokyo. He studied psychology and sociology before moving to Japan to explore its publishing, design and art. While living in Japan he has spent his time travelling to rural towns to document traditional Japanese crafts and covering the work of contemporary artists and designers in Tokyo. He is White Rabbit's expert on traditional objects, handcrafted goods and contemporary art.

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