Hayashi 'Fang' Hougi

Born in Taiwan, raised in Singapore and going to school in California, Fang has lived in many different countries, but is hoping that her final destination will be Japan. A self-proclaimed workaholic, Fang works obsessively like everyone else in Silicon Valley where she currently resides. When not working, she enjoys sleeping, reading, arts & crafts (currently into ceramics and embroidery), cooking and watching TV. Her favorite place in Japan as of now is Arashiyama, Kyoto.

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Stunning One Piece cosplay compilation will make you fall in love with the series once again

There are many reasons why One Piece is such a popular series: the characters are strong personalities yet complement one another, and the battles are breathtakingly exciting. Above all, the story itself is a tear-jerking tale of friendship and camaraderie.

Because of its popularity (and protagonist Luffy’s simple outfit), you are bound to meet hoards of One Piece cosplayers at any anime convention or cosplay event. With the large collection of One Piece cosplay out there in the wild jungle known as the Internet, someone finally decided to put together this lovely cosplay compilation video complete with melancholic background music and heart-wrenching lines from the anime. Sit down, grab some popcorn, and start looping.

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Store your Hastune Miku game in a Hatsune Miku pouch!

Fans of Hatsune Miku, are you looking forward to the upcoming game Hatsune Miku Project Mirai Deluxe for the Nintendo 3DS? The latest Miku game by Sega will be released on May 28 this year and lots of hype has built up around the game among dedicated Vocaloid fans.

And now, Sega has just announced an adorable Miku-shaped pouch for Nintendo 3DS, so you can have Miku both in and out!

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Dress your kids up with this Evangelion children’s fashion line!

Evangelion fans in Japan are probably jumping with joy right now over this newly announced series of children’s fashion based on the hit anime. A collaboration project between the Evangelion store, Geewhiz and StompStamp, a series of super-adorable children’s fashion items are now available online for Evangelion-loving parents to dress their kids in subtle yet stylish anime gear!

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Convenience store in Japan welcomes new range of donuts, Evangelion-style

Fans of the popular anime franchise Evangelion would probably get a pleasant surprise if they walked into this particular convenience store in Japan. Instead of putting up pictures of the actual products to advertise their new line of donuts, the creative store employees of this branch decided to take a cue from the popular anime and dress their window a little differently.

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The 11 wittiest tweets from Japanese netizens

Sometimes the Internet can be such an immense collection of humorous netizens that we are unable to take our eyes off it. In this endless battle of the wits, we came across a selection of some of the best from the Japanese Twitterverse. Check out these sharp but hilarious jabs at what would otherwise be mundane daily life, and let it brighten up your day!

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What if there was Photoshop in ancient China?

In this day and age, we are all very aware of how deceiving photos can be. In China, the power of Photoshop cannot be undermined as both women and men go to extreme measures to give themselves “cosmetic surgery” on their mobile phones. In fact, sometimes the pictures are so Photoshopped, they look nothing like the real deal. This rampant Photoshop phenomenon has led to this hilarious parody mocking throngs of Chinese girls who spend most of their time editing their own faces.

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Sony makes Korean gamers’ dreams come true by finally giving them Metal Gear and Dragon Quest

Korean gamers and netizens are crying tears of joy now that Sony has announced it will be translating some of the most popular Playstation titles into Korean for the first time. This might come as a surprise for many considering the popularity of video games in Japan’s close neighbor, but for years fans of these series were deprived of the ultimate gaming experience in their native tongue. However, that will finally change this summer.

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Help! My dad turned into a cat!

Yet another feline made rounds on Japanese internet when his owner uploaded a picture of him behaving like a worn-out middle-aged man at home, comfortably lazing on the sofa while watching the TV. He sure resembles the stereotypical image we have of exhausted oji-san (middle aged man) office workers who come home from work and end up on the couch in a slump!

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The real story of Nintendo’s Mario

Ever since Mario first appeared in Nintendo’s Donkey Kong in 1981, he has been a fan favorite in the world of video games. Over the past three decades, Mario has appeared in over a hundred titles on numerous platforms as fans grew up alongside their favorite bearded (well, most of the time) Italian plumber.

For many casual Mario players, it seems like each game is an independent story filled with action and adventure. However, the hardcore players at Scorpigator Films have put together a Super Mario Timeline using clues from the various games to tell the full biography of Mario, the hero of Mushroom Kingdom.

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We try out the scariest fashion game on the app store

We heard that there is a particularly alarming girls’ fashion mobile game lurking in the app store, so in the spirit of RocketNews24, we decided that we had to try it out for ourselves. The game in question is Mary&Ange II, an updated version of, well Mary&Ange, a simple dress-up game for iOS and Android produced by Halcon. The game seemed innocuous enough from the download page, even though reviews were mixed. However, little did we know there was a hidden secret inside…

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What separates the men from the boys: Feline Edition

Because the internet just can’t get enough of cats doing things – and neither can we – here is another cat video that has taken the Japanese internet by storm. In short, it’s a video of a pair of cats, one ‘doing things’ and the other ‘doing nothing’. Who knew it could be that adorable? This is indeed the Neko Power at its best!

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God Eater anime announced for Summer 2015!

If you are into Japanese action video games for the PSP or PlayStation, you might be familiar with the popular series God Eater from Japanese game maker Bandai Namco. It was announced during the Tokyo Game Show in September 2014 that the game will be adapted into anime, and now fans finally have a date to look forward to as the series is officially slated for release in Summer 2015!

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A new kind of food safety threat in China: humans

While food safety problems are unfortunately common in China, one outraged Chinese netizen recently shared a new kind of trouble jeopardizing food: humans. The poor victim only wanted to send some snacks from Japan back to China, but when the package finally arrived, it was found to have been completely ransacked by someone on the way. Postal services and customs are our only way to transport items from one place to another without travelling, so when a breach of trust like this occurred, it led many Chinese netizens to ponder upon the meaning of civilization.

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Japanese choreographer combines daily life with a dash of humor for some dancing fun!

HIDALI is a well-known Japanese choreography unit that has not only performed widely but also provided choreography for top Japanese music artists such as SMAP and Arashi, as well as for important occasions such as the annual NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen New Year’s Eve music program. But even with their busy schedule, they are never short of creativity as shown through this series of YouTube dance shorts titled “GREETING SERIES” that combine their original choreography with various Japanese holidays and events. Everyday life has never seemed this fun before!

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Calling all Cat Lovers: Did you know that Singapore has a ‘Cat Museum’?

Cat cafes are still all the rage, and there are even cat pubs for adults to enjoy some feline company. So when we heard that Singapore now has a ‘cat museum,’ we were definitely excited.

When I first heard the name, I envisioned an actual museum with exhibits on the history of the feline race, along with a gift shop filled with adorable cat-inspired merchandise. However, the Cat Museum in Singapore, it turns out, is supposedly a non-profit organization. According to their official website, it’s “a mission with the message that every home or small office deserves a cat… or two!” Yeah, sure, I’d love a cat or two in my office!

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Can you spot the mistake in this One Piece drawing?

There isn’t a manga fan that doesn’t enjoy a good color spread in their favorite manga magazine. However, a One Piece image in the latest issue of Weekly Shonen Jump raised blood pressures online when fans noticed a mistake author Oda Eiichiro had made. Have you spotted it?

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Burberry’s oriental strategy goes awry, gets roundly mocked by Chinese netizens

Burberry, one of the most famous luxury brands in the world, recently caused havoc on Chinese internet with their new product – a scarf with the Chinese character for prosperity (福) embroidered on it. This character is often used in Chinese New Year decorations and is seen as a sign of good luck. Clearly Burberry thought that if they threw the character on a scarf, it would sell millions of them China.

As it turned out, the Chinese positively hated it…

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Man learns how to play Super Mario World… with his nose and a recorder【Video】

By now we have pretty established that video-streaming site Niconico is in its own league when it comes to innovation…or pure weirdness. However, we are still constantly amazed by the unique ideas extremely creative Niconico users put up on the internet. Think you’re good at Super Mario World? This particular Mario Master has decided to up the game by playing Mario using…a recorder. Sorry, no; recorder with his nose.

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Fatal traffic accident in China leaves tour bus ‘topless’

Noticed anything odd about this bus? Yep, it’s ‘topless’, though it definitely shouldn’t be.

It was reported that this unfortunate tour bus in Tian Jin, China had its roof shaved off on January 26 when it drove right into a height-limit gate without stopping, turning it into a horror movie version of an open-top London tour bus.

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This ‘Rock Climbing’ ramen will make a man out of you!

Niigata is one of the largest prefectures in Japan by area. Apparently, their ramen is also on the larger side. And by larger, we mean XXXXL. The famous local ramen restaurant “Men Macho” (‘men’ as in ramen) is best known for serving up insanely gigantic Fuji mountains of ramen toppings. This time, they have unveiled yet another new creation called the Rock Climbing ramen. That sure looks like one intimating wall of toppings to chomp through!

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