- Preston Phro
Nov 18, 2013
We’re not sure what’s happening in Ukraine, but it might be time to call Scully and Mulder: It seems like all the women are turning into dolls!
As the group of real-life dolls grows from a few ladies on YouTube into something resembling an international movement, the seventh “real doll” out of Odessa, Ukraine has appeared! Named Alina Kovaleskaya, the 20-year-old woman is as convincing and startling as any who’ve come before, though she insists there’s a key difference.
On 22 October, a young Twitter user with the handle Baku5538 happened to meet a German man out on the town by a stained glass window. The two chatted for around 30 minutes and went on with their business. Later on Baku posted the photo expecting his friends to be super jealous at his encounter with a foreigner.
However, a few weeks later on 13 November, Baku received a shock when a friend told him that a German guy who claimed to be a university student with the same name and looking just like the man he previously met was the subject of a city-wide manhunt after reportedly escaping from police custody facing charges of assault.
From elementary school all the way through high school, Japanese kids are required to study the convoluted subject of English as a second language. It’s an enormous struggle for many, as Japanese natives must familiarize themselves with not only the vocabulary and grammar points, they must adjust their ears to pick up on the plethora of sounds that do not exist in their mother tongue. To top it all off, when the existence of various English accents is brought to light, their brains can become confused even further.
A recent post on a Japanese message board asked people to list the differences between British English and American English. The comments extended far over 100. Here’s what some of the respondents had to say.
This is a squirrel absolutely freaking out – adorably – about dropping a nut from a high place. The little guy must have been fantasizing about that nut all day. He must have been saving it for a rainy day; one of those particularly stressful days after whatever squirrel equivalent to a desk job he was doing.
This might be old news, but just in case some of you missed the hoo-ha, this is Ippo, the baby zebroid who surprised the world with her beautiful mix of brown and stripes when she was born in July this year. A zebroid is the hybrid offspring of a zebra and any type of equine. Just look at the Italian beauty’s coat, she’s simply Mother Nature’s fashion statement!
In many countries around the world, Japanese cuisine has found a home. However, when one nation’s food culture lands in another’s backyard, things tend to get lost in translation. Deliciousness is always in the mouth of the beholder but Japanese people can often take issue with the way their food is prepared overseas.
For example, the website Madame Riri lays out their take of faux Japanese restaurants in Paris, a majority of which she claims is run by Chinese management. While we all might not share their hardline view of how Japanese food is prepared, they do have an interesting list of ways they believe can tell if a Japanese restaurant is truly run by Japanese people or not.
So without further ado: You might not be in a real Japanese restaurant when…
- BUSINESS INSIDER
Nov 7, 2013
If you’re in Belfast before December, you might want to consider a helicopter ride.
That’s the only way you’ll truly able to appreciate a huge artwork that’s sitting in the city’s Titanic quarter.
We almost wonder whether Yang Liu, a Beijing-born designer who has lived in Germany since 1990, was tripping when she put together these hip, riddle-like pictographs that abstractly convey behavioral differences between Westerners and Easterns; or more specifically, Germans and Chinese.
Relying on her experiences in Europe and China, Liu put together these clever designs that are a sort of Rorschach test for which region you identify with. We found ourselves staring and trying to figure out what they stood for, then nodding in agreement about one side or the other, but not always the side Liu expected us to identify with.
Nov 5, 2013
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II recently made a Mie Prefecture man an Honorary Member of the Order of the British Empire, which we think means he’s some kind of knight now or something. That or “Hand of the Queen” if standard Game of Thrones rules apply.
What did the lucky man, Sir Isao Toji, do to deserve such a distinction? Well, for the past 20 years, Toji has held an annual memorial service for 16 British servicemen who died in Japan as prisoners of war during World War II.
Electronics maker Sharp recently announced the prototype of a new, unlikely product that has set the Japanese Internet community abuzz …
This story actually has its beginning about six months ago, when Sharp Europe ran a competition called “#GetItDownOnPaper”, which invited students and graduates in Europe to submit ideas for solutions to everyday problems by sharing them on Twitter. The winner would be offered a two-week paid internship at Sharp Laboratories of Europe, a wonderful opportunity for any aspiring inventor.
The lucky winner was Siobhán Andrews, a student of Sustainable Product Design at Falmouth University, England, whose idea for an interactive chopping board apparently impressed the judges as well as the folks at Sharp Laboratories so much that they have come up with a prototype which has been named the Chop-Syc. But now that the prototype has been announced, the response, at least from Japanese Internet users, may not exactly be what the people at Sharp are hoping to hear. Read More
As you may have heard, Disney’s movies and theme parks are incredibly popular in Japan. While Hello Kitty is the reigning queen of cute, she can never rest easy knowing that Minnie is just one step behind, ready to take the throne. And with the immense popularity of Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Sea, it’s hardly any wonder that one of the most popular destinations for Japanese folks traveling abroad is Alcázar of Segovia, a Spanish castle which served as the inspiration for the nearly universally-known Cinderella castle.
And when you see the pictures we’ve found of the castle, you’ll want to visit it too!
When it comes to advertising, we can’t fully agree with the saying that “sex sells”, but we can’t deny the fact that a touch of sex appeal in commercials do have an effect in attracting the glances of many. Advertising and packaging featuring alluring ladies have been around since the 19th century, and have on many occasions sparked controversy, deliberately or not.
We’ve seen girls in skimpy outfits modeling for cars, sexy starlets promoting anything from perfume to apparel to even burgers. Just when we thought that such means of provocative advertising can no longer surprise us, some marketing geniuses from Poland gave us the kiss of death with their calendar featuring voluptuous beauties posing with coffins.
Pin-up girl illustrations hold a sexy and nostalgic fascination for men and women alike. There’s just something about the combination of their cute, open expressions and slightly erotic poses that captures and keeps a viewer’s eye.
That lasting fascination means that while the heyday of pin-up girl illustrations may have come and gone with the rise in photography, that doesn’t mean they aren’t still making appearances, and not just in vintage shops either. Polish artist Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz is using some famous illustrations as the basis for a new photography series that gives new meaning to the phrase “milk does a body good.”
The new Nintendo 2DS is out and we got our greedy little paws on the first one we could! Mmm…we love the smell of new game systems in the morning!
It’s not foldable and it doesn’t have a 3-D screen. On the other hand, it’ll play 3DS games with no problem and it’s significantly cheaper.
But is it worth your cold, hard cash? Find out below!
This is Tobi and Miya. Together they make up the music duo, Les Romanesques, whose intriguing stage performances have made them a huge hit in France. Their appearance on France’s Got Talent became the most watched YouTube video in all of France, and the 4th most watched video worldwide. Since then, they’ve appeared in French TV commercials for Mazda, and even helped promote the Paris International Film Festival with Jane Fonda and the Mayor of Paris. Their entertaining performances and music videos have just the right mix of talent and zany Japanese appeal that’s got audiences around the world asking for more.
The Coca-Cola Company recently launched a branding campaign in Spain, allowing consumers to personalize a Coca-Cola can or bottle with their name on it.
The global brand has achieved numerous marketing successes over the years, so it’s no surprise that the campaign received overwhelming response in just a couple of days. In fact, this award-winning “Share a Coke” campaign has been launched in several countries including Denmark, Australia, France and the UK, so some of you lucky people out there might already own one of those shiny red cans with your name on it. Nothing new, you might think, but there is a little twist behind the scenes this time.
- Rachel Tackett
Oct 8, 2013
These days, it’s not uncommon for Japanese soccer players to be placed on foreign teams. Shinji Kagawa with Manchester United and Yuto Nagatomo with Inter Milan are just two examples of Japanese athletes who play for teams abroad.
Now, the island country can lay claim to a new rising star, a nine-year-old soccer player who recently signed a contract with the world-famous Spanish soccer club, Real Madrid. Read on for a full introduction to this talented young player, as well as some videos of his amazing play style!
Who doesn’t love to look at exquisitely executed cosplay photos? Whether it’s a Chinese kid who looks like a very convincing girl, champion cosplayers, or an adorable little Titan-fighting baby, there’s just something about our favorite anime, manga, and video game characters being brought to life that really makes us happy.
Cosplay-lovers take note, the beauty and elaborate costumes of Enji Night, a 22-year-old gamer model from Hungary, have the entire cosplay world talking.
The old saying in Japanese gamer circles used to go “Bei game wa Kuso game” (“Western games are sh&%ty games”), but the tables may have turned in a big way if this year’s Tokyo Game Show turnout is any indication.
Western publishers were out in spades this year. In fact, the very first thing attendees saw when entering the gates of this year’s TGS were a bunch of armed soldiers and (tastefully) military-garbed booth girls promoting the newest entry in the Battlefield series of online multiplayer military shooter games.
- 10 things Japan gets horribly wrong1
- Cute girls are universal! Japanese netizens rave over a Chinese girl who is “too cute”【Photos】2
- So, the Dalai Lama walks into a convenience store in rural Japan… 【Photos】3
- The top five places to survive the zombie apocalypse in Japan4
- Six ways science-minded and art-minded Japanese people see the world differently5
- Watch the Singapore Tourism Board video that was so bad it was pulled from YouTube6
- Touching commercial pulls off a hat-trick to hit us right in the feels once again7
- Real-life barbie bares real-life face in minimal makeup selfies【Photos】8
- Otaku pro wrestler Tomoyuki Oka makes no apologies for blurring the nerd/jock boundary9
- The extreme lengths Samsung must go to make sure your Galaxy phone works perfectly10
- Chinese Photoshop Trolls and the Half-Blood Prisoner of the Deathly Phoenix Goblet (Part 6)1
- Unfortunate Google employee forced to wander alone on eerie abandoned island for Street View photos2
- 10 incredible tiny houses in Japan: a photo tour3
- How photos of food look when taken by a professional photographer vs a guy with an iPhone4
- Ten-year-old illustrator getting national attention for his unique style of portraits5
- See what 13 stuffed toys look like after a wash at the home spa6
- We finally get to meet Goku’s mother — and we think she’s a real cutie!7
- The extreme lengths Samsung must go to make sure your Galaxy phone works perfectly8
- Sad breakfasts the morning after a fight【Photos】9
- 【TBT】China’s Photoshop experts will fix your bad photos, but be careful what you wish for10
- Japanese netizens put reality on hold for a moment, fall in love with new attorney general of Crimea1
- Chinese Photoshop Trolls and the Half-Blood Prisoner of the Deathly Phoenix Goblet (Part 6)2
- Little store managers take over FamilyMart in Taiwan, hilarity and tons of cute in store【Video】3
- Revealed! Japan’s top 10 handsome samurai【Photos】4
- Unfortunate Google employee forced to wander alone on eerie abandoned island for Street View photos5
- Daughter of Osamu Tezuka, God of Manga, discovers his stash of hand-drawn sexy mouse artwork6
- Attack on Titan’s studio head talks sequels, keys to the hit anime’s success7
- 【TBT】China’s Photoshop experts will fix your bad photos, but be careful what you wish for8
- ‘Miss Korea’ ladies in the 1970s looked different, beautiful long before Photoshop existed9
- Admirers express their love for Crimean attorney general in the purest way they can: cute fan art10
- Korean high schools allow “anything goes” yearbook photos, with hilarious results1
- Taiwan’s Gravity Max – Quite possibly the scariest roller coaster in the world2
- Don’t call them fat, call them Marshmallow Girls!3
- Beautiful gym babe impresses Chinese netizens with her incredible fitness!【Pics & GIFs】4
- Japanese netizens put reality on hold for a moment, fall in love with new attorney general of Crimea5
- Picture perfect siblings of 18 years apart melt the hearts of Chinese netizens【Photos】6
- Attack on Titan’s studio head talks sequels, keys to the hit anime’s success7
- Unfortunate Google employee forced to wander alone on eerie abandoned island for Street View photos8
- Chinese Photoshop Trolls and the Half-Blood Prisoner of the Deathly Phoenix Goblet (Part 6)9
- Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki says the anime industry’s problem is that it’s full of anime fans10
- Watch the Singapore Tourism Board video that was so bad it was pulled from YouTube
- Touching commercial pulls off a hat-trick to hit us right in the feels once again
- Real-life barbie bares real-life face in minimal makeup selfies【Photos】
- Otaku pro wrestler Tomoyuki Oka makes no apologies for blurring the nerd/jock boundary
- The extreme lengths Samsung must go to make sure your Galaxy phone works perfectly
- Giant Patlabor robot stands tall in Tokyo even as film’s director calls it “useless” 【Photos】
- Sex doll idol singer’s public debut draws a shocking yet sane number of fans
- 10 incredible tiny houses in Japan: a photo tour
- Sulky Shiba can’t hear you… or can he!? 【Video】
- Ancient Chinese instrument can mimic Super Mario Bros. music with startling fidelity
- Tokyo’s 7 coolest public art pieces
- Women, money and time: Behind the scenes with Japan’s “King of Hosts”
- Scrapped original Dragon Ball designs bordered on plagiarism