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True Crime: Police Provide Murderer With Victim’s Address

In relatively violent-crime-free Japan, there was a shocking case this year where a woman in Zushi, Kanagawa Prefecture was stalked and murdered by an ex-boyfriend, who then killed himself. That’s tragic enough on its own, but new information has come to light that it may have been the police themselves who enabled the ex to track her down. Read More

Nurses on Scooters: Because in the ER, Every Second Counts

Nurses on Scooters: Because in the ER, Every Second Counts

In an emergency medical situation, sometimes a few seconds can mean the difference between life and death. With this in mind, a hospital in China has issued its staff with an unusual addition to their standard medical gear: kick scooters. Read More

Life Imitates Art: Preteen Lolita Elopes With Stepfather

Life Imitates Art: Preteen Lolita Elopes With Stepfather

An affair between a young girl and her stepfather was the subject of fiction in Nabokov, but a woman in China has found herself at the center of a real-life Lolita story when she received a shocking email from her missing daughter. Read More

16 Things I Learned From Dressing in Drag: Confessions of a One-night Crossdresser

16 Things I Learned From Dressing in Drag: Confessions of a One-night Crossdresser

There are all kinds of men in the world, but I have arbitrarily decided that the kind of man that wants to try wearing women’s clothes at least once in his life are in the majority. I’m not talking about becoming a cross-dresser for life, but most guys would like to see what it’s like to go around in a dress at least for a little bit, right?

I am one of those men! In my 33 years on this earth, I have long thought that just once, I would like to proudly declare my desire to dress like a woman, and at long last, I seized my opportunity this Halloween to girl it up, and as a result I learned 16 things that men would never know unless they walked a mile in a woman’s shoes. Read More

Need Motivation to Lose Weight? How About Cheaper Rent?

Need Motivation to Lose Weight? How About Cheaper Rent?

Anyone who’s ever tried to shed a few pounds knows how hard it can be to stay motivated. Sometimes you just can’t reach down and find the fortitude deep inside to put down the doughnut and pick up your dumbbells without a more immediate payoff. A recently opened rental property in Osaka has come up with a novel idea to help dieters keep their motivation up: a discount on rent for weight lost. Read More

Rare Gold Saury Worth Weight in Actual Gold, Apparently

Rare Gold Saury Worth Weight in Actual Gold, Apparently

Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji Fish Market saw some intense bidding this week when two rare gold-colored saury from Iwate went on sale, proving once again that people are suckers for things that glitter. Read More

China Bans Fetuses From Movie Theaters?

China Bans Fetuses From Movie Theaters?

A few days ago, a pregnant woman was denied entrance to a movie theater in China, prompting a huge buzz on the net. The reason given by the theater? Movies are bad for the fetus. Read More

Walking, Talking Works of Art at South Korean Body Painting Festival

Walking, Talking Works of Art at South Korean Body Painting Festival

The International Body Painting Festival was held earlier this month in Daegu, South Korea. Artists used models as their canvas and covered them head to toe in paint, feathers and other shiny things to create one-of-a-kind works of art that will have you staring for more than one reason. Read More

Tokyo’s Top 14 Weird Theme Bars

Tokyo’s Top 14 Weird Theme Bars

Japan has more than its fair share of the delightfully bizarre. If you are looking to experience some of it first hand, with a frosty beverage in hand to help you embrace the weird, of course, check out this list of Tokyo’s top theme bars. Read More

Teleportation Caught on Chinese Traffic Cam!

Teleportation Caught on Chinese Traffic Cam!

China’s state-run media has been known to stretch the truth in the past, but now they’re making a claim that really beggars belief: they have footage of human teleportation. Is it from the basement labs of some high-tech, secret government research center? No, it’s from a traffic surveillance camera, but could it be the real deal? Read More

Is Mt. Fuji About to Blow Its Top?

Is Mt. Fuji About to Blow Its Top?

According to researchers, Japan might be about the add volcanic eruptions to the list of catastrophes that have dogged it over the past year, and the volcano in question is none other than the iconic Mt. Fuji. Read More

Lifehack for Curry Fiends: Get More for Your Yen at CoCo Ichibanya

Lifehack for Curry Fiends: Get More for Your Yen at CoCo Ichibanya

Any Japanese curry fans out there? If you’ve tried it, you know it’s in a whole separate class from the Thai and Indian curries most Westerners are used to. The sauce is dark brown and generally thicker and sweeter than other Asian curries, though the taste varies from shop to shop, and is served with rice. Along with some onions, carrots and potatoes, you can usually find some nice chunks of pork or beef in your basic curry, and then you can choose from a variety of toppings to make it your own.

For curry connoisseurs there’s nothing sadder than when you are enjoying your plate of curry rice and suddenly realize that you’re running out of curry faster than rice. You’re left rationing the last of your curry or finishing your meal with a couple of bites of disappointingly plain rice. Most people don’t know this, but if you are eating at the popular chain CoCo Ichibanya–affectionately known as CoCo Ichi–you can order more curry for free! Read More

Yu-Gi-Oh! Gets Disneyfied

Yu-Gi-Oh! Gets Disneyfied

Not too long ago, we showed you some fantastic Disney and One Piece crossover art. This time, internationally popular manga series Yu-Gi-Oh! gets the Disney treatment, thanks to net artist scaragh. Read More

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