Japan

Japanese cooks’ rice cakes come out like cocks, tickle the Internet

The traditional New Year’s treat looks just a little too happy about it being 2017.

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Award-winning novelist theorizes director of Your Name didn’t have a girlfriend in high school

But he also thinks that may be the secret to the anime’s success.

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Survey reveals the most popular time to slip into a yukata at a traditional Japanese inn

Before bathing? After bathing? As soon as you arrive? Or not at all? Find out when most people usually change into yukata when staying at a ryokan.

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Pikachu and Super Mario left out of lineup of official spokescharacters for Tokyo Olympics

After some seriously high-profile involvement, Nintendo characters aren’t part of newest promotional push for 2020 event.

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Artist discovers way to strip his anime-style characters’ clothes off using a hair dryer 【Video】

That’s pretty hot.

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Cat perfectly understands the value of sunshine in the winter months

Cat doesn’t have our tongue, but it is hogging up all the available sunlight.

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Awesome Japanese ramen restaurant has the Batcave of bathrooms【Video】

This must be how Bruce Wayne secretly uses the bathroom after eating his noodles.

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 most annoying sounds in Japan 【Weird Top Five】

Get ready to cover your ears, because these are some of the worst sounds made in Japan.

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Handsome men in ultra-snappy security uniforms delight New Year’s visitors to Japanese shrine

Anime-style outfits have become so popular they’re inspiring their own fan art.

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Japan’s cosplay inn giving a new lease on life to beautiful family business

Traditional hospitality mixes with modern otaku culture at mountainside ryokan.

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Dragon Ball Z’s Frieza cheers on runners at Japan’s New Year’s relay race with Koi Dance【Vid】

It turns out the anime villain isn’t just a fighter, but a dancer too!

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Dog’s response to other dog is perfectly acceptable…for a parkour athlete【Video】

Dogs are clearly man’s best friend, until they meet dog’s best friend: another dog.

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Gigantic 81-foot Evangelion statue goes up in Shanghai

Recreation of anime’s Unit-01 sets very specific Guinness World Record.

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First image from live action JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure live action movie released!

Fans were treated to a first look at an image from the JoJo live action movie over New Year’s, but it seems the response wasn’t exactly enthusiastic.

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Tokyo Metro employs megaphone translation tech at station near Harajuku

The underground train operator has commissioned several real-time translation megaphones to facilitate communication with foreign customers.

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Cosplayer wows Comiket attendees with sake bottle cosplay from hit anime Your Name

This is a clever way to keep warm while cosplaying outdoors in winter!

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Japanese singer wishes fans a Happy New Year with traditional version of Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen

Tradition meets the world of viral videos in a PPAP tribute that’s perfectly Japanese.

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【Lucky Bag Roundup 2017】The Maasai Tribe fukubukuro now selling through RocketNews24

Tired of reading about lucky bags but not being able to own one? Well, courtesy of our Kenyan correspondent Luka Sunte some are up for grabs…but it won’t be easy to get one.

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【Lucky Bag Roundup 2017】PPAP inspires a pineapple fukubukuro from Loft

If Piko Taro bought one lucky bag this year, we sincerely hope it was this one.

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【Lucky Bag Roundup 2017】Spruce up with The Body Shop’s choose-your-own-fragrance fukubukuro

With so many products to choose from, this is one of the most personalised lucky bags on the market this year!

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