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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 Have you withdrawn into a dark room, filled only with the blue light of your computer screen, desperate to avoid the horror of having to talk to a store clerk.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 In fact, if the number of hikikomori (socially withdrawn people who’ve isolated themselves from the outside world) is any indication, Japan is packed with shy, introverted people!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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Lady’s iPhone cries when charging after not being used for a long time

Lady’s iPhone cries when charging after not being used for a long time

These days technology seems to be getting more and more closed off from the consumers that use it. Back in the day you easily could pull out a screwdriver and fix the gear on your Walkman by yourself after it chewed up your new jack swing mix-tape.

Now you wouldn’t know how to pop open an iPhone, even if you wanted to void the warranty. This is why problems like this lady’s have got me baffled. In her video titled The Case of My iPhone Gasping While Charging After a Long Time we can watch an iPhone make sounds not unlike Police Academy’s Michael Winslow when charging from 0%.

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Creepiest mall ever? Visiting Shiga Prefecture’s (almost) empty Pieri Moriyama

Creepiest mall ever? Visiting Shiga Prefecture’s (almost) empty Pieri Moriyama

While you may not think of malls when Japan comes up, there certainly are a lot of them. Odaiba in Tokyo is probably the most famous place in the country for shopping malls, though nearly every prefecture has at least one.

Shiga Prefecture is no exception and Biwako Cruising Mall, Pieri Moriyama, located on the shores of beautiful Lake Biwa is a mammoth mall with a grand opening in 2008 that saw 30,000 visitors on the first day. Packed with 200 shops and a ten-screen cineplex, it was a veritable shrine to consumerism for a couple of years.

However, Pieri Moriyama is now known for a different reason…

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Japan learns the meaning of “sausage party”

Japan learns the meaning of “sausage party”

English is a difficult language to master. Not only do you have to learn all of the basic grammar and seemingly nonsensical spelling rules, the language is constantly evolving, with more and more slang terms being thrown out into the world, tripping up unsuspecting English learners. Sometimes, you have to be careful. Very careful. Things like “meat market” or “hit that” can pose quite a problem if taken literally. Another phrase, “sausage party,” had one Twitter user confused at first, inspiring him to take to the internet to tell the Japanese speaking world about his newly learned English. This in turn caused the phrase to be retweeted over 3,000 times in 11 hours, sparked a lot of interesting comments from Japanese netizens, and inspired the creation of a new term for a party with a lot of girls.

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Rarest Pokémon card ever can be yours for a small fortune

Rarest Pokémon card ever can be yours for a small fortune

As you’re surely aware, Pokémon is serious business in Japan, with tournaments and competitions for the myriad playable variations so viciously competitive that many resort to illegally acquiring and modifying Pokémon.

In that sense, it’s odd that one of the most valuable pieces of Pokémon memorabilia, the Pokémon Illustrator card from the Pokémon Trading Card Game, serves absolutely no in-game purpose. It is, however, considered to be one of the rarest Pokémon cards in existence.

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Japanese Twitter user displays the awesome power of her makeup kit, men gasp in horror

Japanese Twitter user displays the awesome power of her makeup kit, men gasp in horror

At first we weren’t entirely convinced that this was the same girl in both pictures. They’re just so… different. Look closely though, and beneath those layers (and layers) of makeup and the fake eyelashes, you’ll see that it really is the the selfsame young lady. Her little mole is there; her duck-face smile curls in the exact same way; the shape of her jaw and cheeks are the same. But, just, wow. Welcome to the world of “power makeup”.

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Anime mascot stumbles around stage, amuses kids and Internet users

Anime mascot stumbles around stage, amuses kids and Internet users

Mascots have long been popular in Japan, and there’s not shortage of chances for kids to see their favorite anime characters live and in giant-headed person. Anpanman and his crew, perhaps the most famous and beloved character among Japanese kids, can often be found on weekends entertaining screaming children all over the country.

And while it is basically child’s play, we can’t deny that with those enormous heads and choreographed dancing, the Anpanman team certainly has their work cut out for them every time they take the stage. But what happens when someone’s not quite up to snuff?

Disaster…horrifying, hilarious disaster!

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Top secret! This peep-preventing film will keep all eyes off your phone screen

Top secret! This peep-preventing film will keep all eyes off your phone screen

Whether it’s people worrying about the NSA stealing all the cookies from their cookie jars or a generous gent hiding his identity, it seems that privacy is all over the news these days. And while we could argue the merits and demerits of living in a surveillance society, we can probably all agree that there’s nothing more annoying than people looking at your phone screen over your shoulder!

Of course, privacy-protecting films for phones have been around almost as long as cell phones have, but this one takes your privacy to heart and makes sure no one sees your business…

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Unique plates to entertain your guests, hide your culinary fails

Unique plates to entertain your guests, hide your culinary fails

If you’re like me, cooking is less an art form and more a begrudging chore that you participate in purely out the need not to starve. Which is my clever way of saying that I am the exact opposite of “good at cooking.” But let’s be honest, normally it isn’t a big deal–that’s what 7-11 is for! But maybe you have a special someone coming over and you’d like to impress him or her with your hospitality. You might be tempted to order take-out, but nothing’s quite as impressive as a home-cooked meal, right?

So what’s a kitchen dunce to do? Just keep ‘em dazzled and distracted with these unique and arty plates!

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Ultra-realistic Kyary Pamyu Pamyu illustration looks more lifelike than Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

Ultra-realistic Kyary Pamyu Pamyu illustration looks more lifelike than Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

Recently, self-taught artist Yuuki Tokuda posted an illustration her made of model-turned-pop-star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. It’s a wonderful piece by itself, but as an added bonus he outlines the steps it took to create this picture all on his Twitter account.

So you too can create your own Pamyu Pamyu by following his steps, all you need are a few supplies and a whole lot of dedication. To give you an idea of how much dedication, this illustration took over 50 hours to draw. If you still want to try, here’s how it was done.

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Viral photo reveals what it’s like to have poor vision

Viral photo reveals what it’s like to have poor vision

Sometimes it’s hard for people with perfect vision to sympathize with those who are in need of corrective lenses. Although you’ll never know what it’s like to have to put glasses on every day or stick your finger in your own eye, thanks to a Tweet that has recently gone viral in Japan, anyone with good vision can easily see what it looks like to live with poor eyesight.

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