When I saw a link to the Vimeo video (embedded below) created by Bakoko, in a Popular Woodworking blog entry by, Mr. Ajax Alexandre, I was immediately conflicted. I have seen CNC (computer numerical control) machines perform these tasks before but not quite on this scale. I think it is both inspiring and hopeful that in this industrial, high-tech age people want to live in timber framed homes. This style of home can be designed to fit into a large variety of architectural styles from rustic cabin to uber-modern city dwelling. The fact that this was in Japan was not really a surprise.
If you are interested in learning more about Japanese joinery, I highly recommend Art of Japanese Joinery by Kiyosi Seike or The Complete Japanese Joinery by Hideo Sato, Yasua Nakahara and translated by Koichi Paul Nii which also has building details.
On a side note, I am planning to get some "artsy-fartsy" videos up on Vimeo this year. I'd like to do a series relating to the work process and workshops of some local woodworkers, toolmakers, and artisans. We shall see where time takes us. Because I know myself very well, I realize that I may very well be saying the same thing on January 2nd, 2013.