Russia

Russian figure skating champion who loves Sailor Moon wows Japanese fans, then meets author

Move over Mao Asada, this 16-year-old figure skating superstar is stealing the hearts of Japanese fans.

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Bikini-clad Sailor Moon cosplayer hits the slopes for sexy snowboarding fun times【Video】

Because what else would you do in a Sailor Moon bikini?

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Artist creates the most amazing headwear out of the most innocuous material【Art】

These baroque-style wigs made entirely from paper are going to ba-low you away.

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Neko motorcycle helmets featuring cute cat designs are purr-fect for cosplay and for the road

Cats are continuing on their quest to rule the world, and this time they aim to stop traffic with their cuteness.

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Puppy as loyal as Hachiko saves young owner’s life in Siberia, gets a statue

This story of a three-year-old girl surviving over a week and a half in the woods with her pet dog has taken the Japanese Internet by storm, and is sure to give you a case of the warm fuzzies.

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How do you take your kitty? Cute art series brings coffee drinks to life as adorable felines

From espresso cats to cappuccino kittens, coffees with matching felines are the purr-fect afternoon pick-me-up.

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Drunk Russian man face-plants in the snow, decides it’s easier to just stay there【Video】

No matter how terrible of a day you’re having, there’s a good chance that this fellow’s having a worse one.

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Russian artist creates mind-blowing collection of eerily lifelike dolls

With such uncannily lifelike flesh and features, it’s hard to believe these dolls aren’t real.

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Putin puts the moves on Russian judo team during practice in Sochi

Haven’t had enough of Vladimir Putin this past couple of weeks? Watch the Russian leader take a break from his presidential duties to rumble with the country’s national judo team.

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Want to smell like Vladimir Putin? Splash his essence all over yourself【Video】

One of Moscow’s luxury department stores is selling a new fragrance inspired by the leader of Russia. Try it; they swear it’s not going to give you radiation poisoning.

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Every commuter’s nightmare: doors fail to close on moving Russian subway train

For when you need a little more excitement in your morning train ride!

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Putin 2016 calendar lets you see the Russian president in ways you never imagined (or wanted to)

Swooning ladies and manly men, your prayers have been answered.

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Wearable waves: Russian designer creates garments inspired by Hokusai woodblock prints

Wear a wave to your next party with designs inspired by one of Japan’s most famous ukiyo-e woodblock prints.

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When food becomes friend: An unlikely friendship forms between a tiger and a goat 【Video】

Birds of a feather flock together, but sometimes tigers and goats can become pretty good friends too!

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Real-world Russia is a surprisingly awesome backdrop for anime girl Photoshop fan art【Photos】

If anime girls suddenly started appearing in reality, you’d probably expect them to first show up in Japan, right? But as this collection of fan art photo edits proves, they look equally at home in Russia, Portugal, and other parts of Europe.

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We make a Russian Kentucky Fried Chicken sushi ginger sandwich

Our Japanese reporter Ahiruneko is an admitted gari (pickled ginger) maniac. Whenever he goes into a sushi restaurant he’s sure to polish off as much of the pink sweet and sour flakes as he does actual sushi. Yes, for Ahiruneko, sushi just wouldn’t be sushi without gari.

But one day he heard some troubling news. Word had it that Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants in Russia were selling a chicken sandwich topped with gari. “What are the Russians thinking?!” thought our reporter as he set out in search of these mythical creations…

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Prime Minister Abe does super cute shuffle-jog into meeting room, China falls in love【GIF】

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met Russian President Vladimir Putin at the U.N. headquarters in New York on September 28 to discuss advancing negotiations on long-standing territorial disputes between the two countries.

Rather than focusing on politics, however, netizens have been focusing much more on the fact that, having arrived late to the proceedings, Prime Minister Abe performed an adorable little shuffle-jog straight towards the Russian prez. So adorable, in fact, that some Chinese netizens have completely reversed their initial impressions of Prime Minister Abe, and now apparently think he’s the last word in kawaii!

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Border patrol between China and Russia staffed by… scarecrows?

We all know that scarecrows can be terrifying. but are they really scary enough to keep humans at bay? Well apparently in Russia, scarecrows scare you!

On the border between China and Russia, stuffed scarecrows man the border patrol guard towers. Is this a case of budget failure, laziness, or just a joke gone hay-wire? Read on to find out!

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Did someone say squid pigs? We make Russia’s cutest recipe ever

Russia is a fascinating country for many reasons, but food tends not to be one of them. For example, how many of us have a Russian restaurant in our neighborhoods? It’s not surprising as dishes with names like “borscht” don’t exactly electrify the taste buds.

But not so fast! One Russian dish has been trending online recently not only for its delicious taste but its adorable appearance as well: Squid Piglets! As you might imagine they are little pigs made out of squid and other delicious stuff.

Or, if you’re struggling to imagine such a thing, join our reporter Meg as she shows us how to make these squiggly wiggly little squid-piglets.

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What happens when two men walk around Russia holding hands【Video】

Gay rights have made huge steps these last few years with the latest win coming in the form of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of gay marriage throughout the country. However, the fight for equal rights is still long from over in the rest of the world as many countries don’t recognize gay marriage or even open displays of homosexuality.

While parts of Japan are supporting equal rights, Russia, one of its neighbors to the northwest, has traditionally been against homosexuality since its days as the Soviet Union. And what about today? How do Russians feel about two men just walking down the street, holding hands? A Russian YouTube video seeks to answer these questions with a social experiment.

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