Cara Clegg

After discovering anime in her early teens, Cara decided she wanted to live in Japan. Of course her parents thought it was just a fad... but 11 years, a university degree in Japanese Studies, and a whole lot of culture shock later, here she is. She currently works a day job whilst writing and translating otome games in the evenings. Her hobbies include anime, manga, sci-fi & fantasy TV shows, and starting countless things that will never get finished.

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Brew a gallon of homemade sake with this DIY kit

Brew a gallon of homemade sake with this DIY kit

Following on from yesterday’s craft beer article, let’s talk about another kind of alcohol that’s popular in Japan – sake, or nihonshu. How would you like to try brewing some of your own?

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Yokohama Beer Fes 2014 serves up Japanese craft beer from around the country【Photos】

Yokohama Beer Fes 2014 serves up Japanese craft beer from around the country【Photos】

Sake is Japan’s most famous alcoholic beverage, although technically this Japanese word simply means ‘alcohol’ and is used to refer to all varieties of the liquid. Within Japan you’ll most commonly hear ‘nihonshu’ and ‘shochu’ used to describe the two main types of traditional alcohol. However, nowadays it’s actually beer that’s the go-to drink in Japan, and while the big corporations still account for most of it, locally-brewed craft beer has seen a surge in popularity in recent years. And it’s not just for hipsters anymore.

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What does a man putting on a bra sound like? Buy the audio track and find out!

What does a man putting on a bra sound like? Buy the audio track and find out!

I’ve written about a lot of strange things from Japan during my time, but this one definitely takes the top spot so far. Have you ever wanted to know what sort of sounds men make in their downtime? Or wanted to capture them on tape so that you could replay them again and again? No, me neither. But apparently there’s enough demand for people to make a CD of these sound effects, and said CD reveals some surprising things going down in this ‘men’s time’.

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Otaku TCG featuring kawaii androids reaches last days on Kickstarter

Otaku TCG featuring kawaii androids reaches last days on Kickstarter

SHINKUKAN – The Kawaii Steampunk Android TCG is a venture by a Japanese company to spread otaku culture to the world through the power of cute robot girls in the form of an old-school trading card game you can play with your friends. The Kickstarter campaign is currently in the final stages, and they’re just a few thousand dollars off their goal. Read on for anime artwork and an overview of the project.

 Disclaimer: RocketNews24 is not affiliated in any way with this Kickstarter campaign.

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Wife gets revenge on pervy husband with equally NSFW bento

Wife gets revenge on pervy husband with equally NSFW bento

You know bento boxes? Those cute, lovingly-designed lunchboxes that Japanese mothers make for their kids or, if the guys are lucky, their husbands? Well sometimes even something as sweet and innocent as a bento can be perverted…

Warning: NSFW images ahead.

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Here’s an easy way to check if the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will fit in your pocket

Here’s an easy way to check if the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will fit in your pocket

With Apple’s announcement of their new iPhone lineup the burning question on everyone’s lips is – but is it gonna fit in my pocket?! Download and print this handy to-scale model and find out!

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Adorable three-year-old Filipino boy absolutely kills it on the drums【Videos】

Adorable three-year-old Filipino boy absolutely kills it on the drums【Videos】

Martin Cruz hails from Iselin New Jersey, is a killer at playing church music on the drums, and is just three years old! Watch four videos of this little guy owning that kit after the jump.

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10 tips to stop you from embarrassing yourself in China

10 tips to stop you from embarrassing yourself in China

Moving or traveling to a foreign country, especially one with a culture very different to your own, can be a nerve-wracking as well as exciting experience, especially with a country like China which has a long history of tradition. There’s so much that could go wrong and so many unintentional faux pas to make. Wouldn’t it be handy if someone put together a helpful list of the top ten things someone coming to China should know…? Read on to find out what conversation topics are as awkward as talking about hemorrhoids and why you should never give someone a green hat.

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Yahoo! Japan’s “50%-off” campaign isn’t quite what it seems

Yahoo! Japan’s “50%-off” campaign isn’t quite what it seems

When Japan’s Yahoo! Shopping introduced their 15-year anniversary sale with the promise of ‘50% off’, people were of course looking forward to getting their hands on some half-price bargains. However, the products on offer turned out to be nothing like anyone was expecting…

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Chinese woman fed up of putting on makeup, gets plastic surgery instead

Chinese woman fed up of putting on makeup, gets plastic surgery instead

In today’s modern world plastic surgery is just one more way of attaining our beauty ideals, and anyone who gets surgery has their own personal reasons for the decision. However, one woman’s reasons have become a hot topic in China after she revealed that she was going to have plastic surgery because she was fed up with doing her makeup every morning. Now the results of her surgery have also been made public.

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Could you draw a map of Japan that doesn’t look like poop?

Could you draw a map of Japan that doesn’t look like poop?

Sushi, geisha, sumo – everyone knows at least a few famous things from Japan. But how many people actually know what the country looks like on a map?

Our Japanese writer asked six of his foreign friends with an interest in Japan to draw a map of the country to see just how good their knowledge of the country was. The following collection of decidedly poopy-looking doodles is what he got back.

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Kabe-don no longer just for humans, cat proves his manly credentials

Kabe-don no longer just for humans, cat proves his manly credentials

The kabe-dons not just for humans anymore! Introducing the kabe-don-neko, here to make you swoon with his masculine pose and come-hither stare. Or more likely just give you a giggle.

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GMO’s pretty employees rival AKB48 with big smiles and short skirts

GMO’s pretty employees rival AKB48 with big smiles and short skirts

 

Submissions for AKB48’s Kokoro no Placard Video Awards are open, and the first company to submit their entry is GMO Internet Group, who reveals a startling high number of pretty ladies working for them. Just look at those fresh smiling faces! Will we be seeing a GMO idol group sometime in the future?

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Do you really know how to eat sushi? Probably not!

Do you really know how to eat sushi? Probably not!

Did you know that you’ve probably been eating sushi wrong this whole time? Check out this video from a pro sushi chef to see how you should be doing it if you want to be a real sushi gourmet.

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Artist turns innocent Disney princesses into flirty pin-up girls

Artist turns innocent Disney princesses into flirty pin-up girls

What would you get if you crossed the charming, ever-so-innocent Disney princesses with…sexy, risqué pin-up girls? Read on to see the Disney girls like you’ve never seen them before.

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How many references can you find in these bustling hidden object images?

How many references can you find in these bustling hidden object images?

How would fourteen of the world’s most vibrant cities look if you asked an artist to cram everything that represents them into one explosive image? Read on below for all the wonderfully diverse pictures, and see if you can spot the hidden passenger.

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Is Asia missing the point of the ice bucket challenge? Taiwanese sufferer of ALS voices criticisms

Is Asia missing the point of the ice bucket challenge? Taiwanese sufferer of ALS voices criticisms

Following on from this post, we thought it might be appropriate to share some opposing opinions to the ice bucket challenge, which is still going strong and getting more column inches (not to mention YouTube minutes) than anyone could have ever dreamed.

The craze recently found its stride in Asia with an ongoing chain of Japanese business folk, as well as tycoons and celebrities across China. However, one Taiwanese sufferer of the ALS had some criticisms to voice.

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Japanese CEOs take on the ice bucket challenge

Japanese CEOs take on the ice bucket challenge

The ice bucket challenge has gone viral this summer with everyone from your average Joe to celebrities and business moguls such as Oprah, Charlie Sheen, and Bill Gates getting on board. Now it’s even spread across the pond to Japan, and started circulating among the business bigwigs over here. Yesterday Toyota President Akio Toyoda took on the challenge with a brave face, while also keeping the charitable spirit alive.

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Our Japanese writer discovers a surprising escalator in the US, declares America Best Place Ever

Our Japanese writer discovers a surprising escalator in the US, declares America Best Place Ever

Target is America’s second-largest retailer, and its humongous stores have everything you could possibly need, from food to clothing to household goods. For a Japanese person visiting America for the first time these stores can be a tourist attraction in themselves as they gaze at the enormity of it all, and then leave without buying anything because it’s too overwhelming and they’re scared of doing something wrong.

However, our writer Japanese found something in a Target store that may even surprise Americans too.

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English pick-up lines: Foreign writer shares his advice with amorous Japanese men

English pick-up lines: Foreign writer shares his advice with amorous Japanese men

We recently came across this article on English pick up lines for Japanese guys wanting to get ‘close’ to women while they’re on holiday abroad. Some of the tips are a little out there, though. What do you make of the advice offered?

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