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Pins ‘n’ peel: This banana art will blow your mind

Pins ‘n’ peel: This banana art will blow your mind

We don’t know about you guys, but when we were kids our parents always told us not to play with our food. Judging by the number of “banana tattoo” photos doing the rounds on Twitter today however, it looks like there are plenty of people here in Japan prepared to ignore that particular piece of parental advice in the name of art.

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Cat pics! Some of Japan’s most retweeted cat pictures to prepare you for the weekend

Cat pics! Some of Japan’s most retweeted cat pictures to prepare you for the weekend

The Internet is amazing, isn’t it? With a few keystrokes, you can learn nearly anything you want. Vast amounts of highly specialized, carefully cataloged information are available to anyone with the inclination to look. And then there are the social networks that connect literally billions of people, allowing near-instantaneous communication, opening up the possibility for endless conversation. And what do we do with all this potential?

Tweet pictures of cats at each other.

You know what, humanity? I have only one thing to say to you: Meow!

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Japan discovers novel use for iOS 7: Making ordinary wallpaper look like censored porn

Japan discovers novel use for iOS 7: Making ordinary wallpaper look like censored porn

Depending on where in the world you live, adult movies could be anywhere from freely available to buy in their uncensored forms to banned completely. In Japan, naughty movies are, as we’ve seen, in plentiful supply, but most are subject to heavy censoring, with genitalia either blurred out or pixellated over; an effect referred to in the business as “mosaic” (or so I’m told…).

So when Apple recently rolled out its newest smartphone operating system, which features a visual design that, on certain screens, makes parts of background images look like they’re behind a layer of frosted glass, the first words that sprang into minds of many young Japanese were “porn mosaic”. Barely minutes after iOS 7 had been rolled out, cheeky photos began cropping up on Facebook and Twitter showing how, to quote one user, it is “the most erotic operating system ever.”

Mildly titillating and possibly NSFW images after the jump.

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The little hedgehog that couldn’t (but it’s still fun to watch him try) 【Video】

The little hedgehog that couldn’t (but it’s still fun to watch him try) 【Video】

They may not have the swoon-inducing power of 14 baby pandas in a row, but hedgehogs are nevertheless incredibly cute, and they make great little pets. They’re passive, clean, ideal for those who are out during the daytime, and, as this video proves, hugely entertaining to watch wrestle with the inside of a toilet roll.

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Sumo referee takes a foot to the face as wrestler is thrown down 【Video】

Sumo referee takes a foot to the face as wrestler is thrown down 【Video】

The September 24 bout between Jokoryu Takayuki and Yoshikaze Masatsugu began much like any other professional sumo match. After the starting rituals had been carried out, the referee, or gyouji as he’s known in Japanese, called the giant wrestlers forward, and after a brief pause the men were on each other in a flash, pushing and shoving with all their might as the referee circled, studying their every movement.

What no one expected to happen next, however, was for the enormous foot of 138kg (304lb) Yoshikaze to find its way into the referee’s face as he was thrown to the ground, taking the robed man down with him.

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iPhone5S sells for US$10,000 on eBay

iPhone5S sells for US$10,000 on eBay

Since the 20 September launch of the iPhone5S and iPhone5C some people have already purchased theirs while others remain on waiting lists. All around the world the iPhone5S is in short supply, the gold model in particular proving especially difficult to lay hands on.

So when a gold iPhone5S became available on eBay this week the bidding quickly got out of control, with the price of the phone shooting up to around US$10,000.

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Six things that 70 percent of Japanese people are likely to do

Six things that 70 percent of Japanese people are likely to do

We all have our little idiosyncrasies that we think only we do, and people in Japan are no exception. However, one little infographic that surfaced online this week seems to have struck a chord with netizens in Japan. Although the title Things that 70 percent of Japanese people are likely to do at first seemed like an arbitrarily imagined statistic, reader reaction seems to suggest it’s actually right on the money!

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Chinese model’s “muscle” pics spurned by netizens, Chun-Li pics win them back

Chinese model’s “muscle” pics spurned by netizens, Chun-Li pics win them back

The internet in China was lit up recently by photos of a young model showing off her rather meaty upper-arms. Being titled “China’s Most Beautiful Man,” a large number of netizens are declaring Photoshop shenanigans afoot, but all agree that her photos dressed up as Street Fighter mainstay Chun-Li are “kind of hot”.

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Fashion takes a tip from the dog park, leaves Japanese Tweeters baffled

Fashion takes a tip from the dog park, leaves Japanese Tweeters baffled

Fashion can be…confusing at times. Especially for those of us whose wardrobe consists of a black T-shirt and a white T-shirt, in case a fancy event comes up.

But there’s no denying that fashion, as an art form, takes its inspiration from the world around us. While not every design will become a permanent fixture or even necessarily work really well, we have to respect the creativity and thought that goes into making fashionable clothes. Though maybe this particular concept should have stayed on the drawing board…or in the dog park!

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Lazy cat shows us how to do a three-day holiday properly

Lazy cat shows us how to do a three-day holiday properly

It was a three-day weekend over here in Japan thanks to the Autumn equinox and the heat finally gave us a break, making it absolutely wonderful! With cool weather and so much time, surely everyone was really productive, right? I mean, nothing’s better than taking a few days to really get stuff done! I bet everyone was busying with things like reading a science book, cleaning the house, studying a foreign language, or going for long nature hikes.

Or maybe people were more like this adorable, sleepy-eyed cat.

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A cute and clever way to make cat ears from a headband

A cute and clever way to make cat ears from a headband

Japanese high school girls are renowned for their cute fashion sense, and they’re not about to give up that hard-earned title. But just how cute and fashion-conscious can you be at Sports Day, a sporting event held by schools all over Japan, as you run around sweating like a pig?

Well, if you’re as clever as Yokota Hikaru, you can stay pretty cute. Click below to see how cute.

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Things only introverts will understand: Japan edition

Things only introverts will understand: Japan edition

Are you terrified of large crowds? Does the thought of a night out clubbing fill you with dread? Have you withdrawn into a dark room, filled only with the blue light of your computer screen, desperate to avoid the horror of having to talk to a store clerk. Well, you’re not the only one, even though it might feel like it. In fact, if the number of hikikomori (socially withdrawn people who’ve isolated themselves from the outside world) is any indication, Japan is packed with shy, introverted people!

Thankfully, the Internet has allowed the shy and introverted to come together and share their experiences. Check out these comments from the Japanese website Aru Aru Matsuri and see how many you can sympathize with.

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Tweeted photo of employees bowing in apology angers Japanese internet users

Tweeted photo of employees bowing in apology angers Japanese internet users

We’re all human, which means we all, eventually, make a mistake or two. Some of us might make more mistakes than others, but in general it should be easy to understand that accidents happen and sometimes the best course of action is to forgive and carry on with your life. However, not everyone is happy with a simple apology–some people require a bit more…humiliation.

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60 percent of young, “irregular workers” in Japan want a do-over

60 percent of young, “irregular workers” in Japan want a do-over

“I hate this job.” Not exactly uncommon words, are they? While you may not necessarily love the work you do, it’s always nice to at least not hate your job, right? Unfortunately, it seems that all too many of us are stuck in life-draining professions, wishing we could start all over. And, it turns out, over half of young “irregular” Japanese workers can sympathize.

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The Silly Universe of Joshi Kosei: Japanese high school girls entertain the Internet (accidentally)

The Silly Universe of Joshi Kosei: Japanese high school girls entertain the Internet (accidentally)

Feeling glum, chum? A bit down in the dumps? Just can’t seem to do anything right? Well, why not let a few Japanese high school girls, or joshi kosei, cheer you up with their (unintentionally) amusing conversations, all documented on the world-wide web thanks to Twitter!

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Download punk rock classics played in 8-bit – for free!!

Download punk rock classics played in 8-bit – for free!!

Who here is a fan of ‘90s punk rock? How about old school gaming from the NES and Sega Genesis eras? If you have an interest in one or both, there’s a new album up on Bandcamp, music community and selling outlet for self-releasing musical artists, called Punk Goes 8-Bit: Level 1. Tracks include popular punk hits from well-known artists, such as Blink 182, Less Than Jake, and The Offspring as you’ve never heard them before. Better yet, they’re absolutely free!

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South Koreans really hate it when you ask for directions, video proves

South Koreans really hate it when you ask for directions, video proves

An American tourist apparently learned the hard way recently to never ask Koreans – Korean smokers, actually – for directions, if the following video is to be believed.

After eating live octopus for your viewing pleasure – and it really is quite the spectacle – the host of this YouTube video inexplicably decides to keep rolling, telling viewers that Koreans are a laid back and wonderful people, before immediately asking two young men taking a smoke break for directions to a nearby landmark. They respond by physically attacking him and stealing his camera.

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Blood money: Yesterday’s typhoon leaves one man in an awkward predicament

Blood money: Yesterday’s typhoon leaves one man in an awkward predicament

Tokyo may have escaped with only minor damage compared to poor old Kyoto during yesterday’s powerful typhoon, but it would appear that there is at least one Twitter user who suffered losses of a truly horrific nature.

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“Would you like a fork or chopsticks with your drink?”

“Would you like a fork or chopsticks with your drink?”

Convenience stores have gotten a bit of a bad name recently thanks to impetuous freezer divers the world over. But this might be the final…straw.

The above picture (sans pixelization) is blowing up on Twitter, having been retweeted over 4,000 times. But what’s wrong with a little chocolate milk tea??

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Cats versus blinds: A battle we all win

Cats versus blinds: A battle we all win

Cats: The fuel that runs the Internet! No matter where you are from, cats are a source of endless delight. And when those furry critters find themselves caught in awkward poses, it cranks the cuteness levels from 10 to pure “ZOMG!!” So today we bring you a host of pictures found on the incredibly popular Japanese site, Hamster Sokuhou, and Japanese commenters’ reactions to these adorable fails.

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