Japan

Did you know your electric kettle is also an instant noodle-maker?

Cooking udon, or any other kind of fresh pasta, just got a whole lot easier.

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Mother’s note to son in the final bento of his high school life gives Twitter the feels

When this high-school kid opened up the last hand-made bento lunch of his high school life, he found a note from his mother with a sweet and surprising message…

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We chow down on new cheesecake ice cream bar made with real cream cheese

It’s cold and frosty in Tokyo! Perfect weather for taste-testing the newest frozen cheesecake ice cream bar!

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Kimono-clad Hatsune Miku figure proves she’d have looked just fine in the pre-computer era

Exquisitely painted figure reimagines the digital idol in traditional garb.

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Japanese net users baffled by “business shirt underpants”

This item of clothing has Japanese Twitter users wondering if women wearing business shirts are actually showing us their underwear.

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Crying assemblyman Ryutaro Nonomura returns—shaven-headed and with a bizarre new move

Following his tear-drenched press conference and constant ear cupping, disgraced assemblyman Ryutaro Nonomura finally gets his day in court—and shocks the public yet again with a new trademark move.

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7 odd behaviors in Japan as seen by Chinese tourists

Last year about 5 million Chinese tourists visited Japan, and Chinese website NetEase was kind enough to compile a list of seven of Japan’s most unusual habits according to them.

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Nestlé Japan to release sake-flavoured Kit Kats this February

Now you can enjoy a break with a Kit Kat and a shot of Japanese rice wine all rolled into one.

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The top 7 weirdest Japanese capsule toys of January 2016

What bizarre plastic tat has been popping out of capsule machines in Japan this month?

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Japan’s trendy eringi mushroom pasta recipe: As eye-catching as it is labor-intensive 【Photos】

The recipe calls for meticulously sticking dry noodles into numerous mushroom stalks. Uppercutting the entire dish into the atmosphere out of sheer frustration at the difficulty of that step is, we presume, optional.

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Panda Taxi Company supports local zoo with half the revenue from its cute new vehicle

Riding a panda has never been more charitable.

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Snow falling at Ginzan Hot Spring has Twitter in awe with its otherworldly beauty 【Photos】

No, that’s not a screenshot from a Ghibli Film, it’s real life!

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Five lies you’re likely to hear in a Japanese hostess bar, and what they really mean

You might not be as handsome and charming as the hostess would have you believe.

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Schoolgirl showdown! Girls who bundle up for winter vs. those who keep the miniskirt faith 【Poll】

And no, you can’t pick “All of the above.”

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Hello Kitty skull ring and skull necklace are totally cute and metal as f#@%

You think you’re metal? Well, we bet you’re not half as metal as these silver Hello Kitty skull accessories!

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We try McDonald’s Japan’s new, as-yet-unnamed, Hokkaido hot potato burger

We got a sneak peek at McDonald’s Japan’s upcoming menu item: a burger topped with Hokkaido-grown mashed potato, cheese, and onion soy sauce.

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Harry Potter cast goes anime-style in new line of Japan-exclusive merchandise

”You’re a (chibi) wizard, Harry.”

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Six of our favorite songs performed on traditional Japanese instruments to get you to the weekend

From “Shake it off” to “Smooth Criminal”, these Japanese cover songs will definitely have you tapping your toes! 

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Japan is about to get baked cheesecake-flavour cornflakes—breakfast will never be the same again

Stop everything you’re doing because we have three very important words to say: cheesecake flavoured cornflakes.

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Need a souvenir to take home from Japan? How about some cute Hello Kitty minicars?

Forget miles per gallon — it’s all about the cuteness per gallon!

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