Superwoman, or just crazy? This Japanese mother’s daily schedule seems almost inhuman

Ever felt like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done? Whether you’re working, a parent, a student, or all of the above, it can be tough trying to fit all the things that need to be done into your daily schedule. But after a Japanese magazine gave us a peek into the day of one Japanese working mother, we’re not sure whether to be in awe of all that she manages to accomplish, or to question her sanity.

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Look, I’m Yuzuru Hanyu! Twitter trolls get creative with celebrity portrait plastic files

Brand endorsement is a big thing in Japan, and many companies and organizations appoint celebrities and famous personalities to promote their products, services and campaigns. More often than not, these famous faces appear not only on billboards and commercials, but also on limited-edition campaign goods such as collectible postcards and plastic folders that consumers can receive by participating in the campaigns.

Fans would rush to get their hands on these limited freebies featuring their favorite stars, but as always, if there’s a face on it, there’d be trolling. Some Japanese youths have found some ingenious ways to “use” these Yuzuru Hanyu and Miliyah Kato plastic folders, check them out after the break!

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Chinese city mobilizes whole squad of firefighters… to rescue cat’s paw from moustrap

A cat owner’s plea for help removing his pet’s paw from a mousetrap apparently took a turn towards national emergency proportions recently when not one, not two, but five firefighters were to sent rescue the kitty.

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Japanese netizens proud to see Tokyo named safest city in the world, Osaka number three

Japan had plenty to boast last week when Tokyo was named as the safest city in the world by The Economist, with Osaka coming in a respectable third. Netizens were proud that even with Tokyo’s famously terrible (and sometimes dangerous) commutes and Osaka’s penchant for strange crimes, the two cities stood out to claim top spots among some of the largest cities in the world.

Click below to find out what made the two Japanese cities rank so high and which other cities made the list!

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No Photoshop here! Chinese city really does have a two-headed, German-made fire truck

Speed is of the utmost importance for emergency responders. When a fire breaks out, for instance, a delay in rescue workers arriving on-site can directly lead to lives being lost.

But while fire trucks have powerful, torquey engines that enable them to haul a full team and all of their firefighting equipment, they aren’t the most nimble vehicles when you need to bust a U-turn on a narrow road. Thankfully, some firefighters in China’s Nanjing City don’t have to worry about pulling off such complex maneuvers on their way to a blaze, thanks to their crazy-looking double-headed fire engines that can be driven in either direction.

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Not just for emo kids! Show your love for Ghibli films with clothes from Hot Topic

Hot Topic was once known as the best place to find Johnny the Homicidal Maniac swag at the mall, though now it seems like the chain is willing to sell whatever the kids are looking to buy.

And it looks like what the kids really want to buy these days are shirts and goods emblazoned with Studio Ghibli art!

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Color your way into someone’s heart this V-Day with life-like colored pencil chocolates

The other day we came out with a list of some Valentine’s Day chocolates that are almost too beautiful to eat. If only we’d had a list of “chocolates so life-like you might not even realize that they are chocolates,” these “Crayons Colorés” would surely have gotten the top spot.

As a Valentine’s Day special, the Palace Hotel Tokyo’s pastry shop, “Sweets & Deli,” has come out with beautifully designed colored pencils, I mean, colored pencil-shaped chocolates.

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Kirin to release line of 1% drinks, we’re not entirely sure why either

After conducting a survey of people’s drinking habits, beverage-maker Kirin discovered that Japanese people in their 20s just weren’t drinking as much as their elders. While for many this would be an optimistic sign that the younger generation is becoming a group of sober and hardworking members of society, for those in the alcohol business it’s a sucker punch to the bottom line.

So, in an effort to keep younger drinkers off the wagon, Kirin is meeting them 99 percent of the way by offering a line of drinks aptly named “Butterfly” which contain only one percent of alcohol by volume.

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Attack on sobriety: Round 2! This time, plum wine/juice with limited edition character labels

Hot off the heels of our previous announcement surrounding the upcoming release of Attack on Titan-themed plum wine (umeshu), we’ve got another lead on two limited edition sets of the hit manga/anime-inspired beverages. This time around, the sets will each contain three bottles of either plum wine or plum juice, all decorated with beautiful illustrations of the anime’s character designs.

But that’s not even the coolest part–the drinks were crafted using plums grown by the Attack on Titan author’s very own family!

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Gross-out chocolates make Valentine’s Day extra sweet for bitter singles

Valentine’s Day is approaching with the speed of a runaway freight train, which for all those out there who are currently unattached can be a cause of sweaty palms and lips curled up in sneers of derision. In the west, Valentine’s Day is a totally commercialised flurry of unoriginal gifts and saccharine sappiness, but in Japan it’s kinda different. The chocolate companies have managed to turn it into a sort of one-day nation-wide chocolate-making fest, wherein lovestruck women take up their wooden spoons and mixing bowls in hopes of creating sweet treats to win the hearts of their beloved (or, alternatively, earn points with male colleagues).

But for those who are sick of Valentine’s Day and its traditional hearts and flowers, this collection of disgusting chocs is sure to raise a few evil chuckles.

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Think Japanese news is boring? Try it with some cats!

Sometimes the news can get a little heavy-handed. Topics like terrorism or tax hikes can raise blood pressure, cause grumbling about the horrible state of the world, and eventually get to the point where it’s just so boring that you shut it off.

But one news show has figured out a way to keep viewers interested, even during the difficult parts: just have a cute cat walk around the news desk and be generally adorable while everyone is talking about serious subjects.

We’re not kitten you, it’s fur-real.

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Photos of hot Thai model/moto-taxi driver go viral, we kick off the corny pick-up lines

We normally don’t think of ourselves as a shallow bunch here at RocketNews24–not when we have such potentially life-altering news to report as the latest Sailor Moon-themed merchandise or the newest collection of cute cat photos to come out of Japan.

But occasionally there are those days when a little eye-candy does wonders to brighten up our wonderful readers’ days. For instance–anyone care to see photos of a hot Thai model/moto-taxi driver dude?

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This amazingly detailed theme park map is what Tokyo Ghibli Land would look like

At the Ghibli Museum in Mikata, Tokyo, in an enchanting building designed by Hayao Miyazaki himself, you can wander among sketches and storyboards, gaze up at the iconic Robot Soldier standing guard on the building’s roof, and learn about the history of animation.

What you can’t do is ride a Laputa roller coaster, a Sea of Decay log flume, or a monorail shaped like the Cat Bus, because a) Mr. Miyazaki would probably hate that and b) Ghibli is presumably doing pretty well out of its other endeavours and doesn’t feel the need to build an actual amusement park just yet.

So, alas, these beautiful plans for a full-blown theme park by Japanese artist and Studio Ghibli fan Takumi won’t be being realised any time soon. Which is a shame, because Takumi’s incredibly detailed Tokyo Ghibli Land is one theme park that we’d happily pay through the nose to visit.

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Fatal traffic accident in China leaves tour bus ‘topless’

Noticed anything odd about this bus? Yep, it’s ‘topless’, though it definitely shouldn’t be.

It was reported that this unfortunate tour bus in Tian Jin, China had its roof shaved off on January 26 when it drove right into a height-limit gate without stopping, turning it into a horror movie version of an open-top London tour bus.

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Fraudsters in China set up entirely fake bank, scam millions out of unsuspecting customers

Most people like to think that they’re wise to scams and cons, particularly financial ones, and would never be stupid enough to fall for one. But even the most suspicious of us could have been caught out by this intricate scheme which involved setting up a whole physical bank complete with ATMs and staff to make it seem completely legit.

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Happy Twintail Day! Now ask out that girl you’ve got a crush on, say Japanese fans of the hairdo

Now that we’re into February, shy men across Japan are out of excuses not to ask out the girl they’ve got a crush on. This month includes a special day with its own framework that allows guys to express their feelings with an established method that leaves no doubt about their affections.

Of course, we’re not talking about Valentine’s Day, because in Japan, women give gifts to men on February 14. No, we’re talking about Twintail Day, observed on February 2, which not only celebrates the dual-tail hairstyle, but also seeks to strengthen the bonds between young lovers and established couples alike.

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Put broken flowerpots to use by creating your very own miniature Laputa world

Fairy gardens, as they’re sometimes called, are a creative way to make use of any broken flowerpots you have lying around. Add a few plants, some minuscule stairs, and a piece or two of doll house furniture, and you’ve got an attractive yet practical miniature home for any magical friends residing in your neighborhood.

One Japanese website caught wind of some fairy garden pictures posted online by different people, and is currently touting them as miniature “Laputa worlds,” after the floating island found in the eponymous 1986 Studio Ghibli film. At first we were a bit skeptical, but upon further inspection, the site actually has a point!

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New sushi snowglobe looks good enough to eat…minus the sparkles

Ikura gunkan-maki has always looked like a jewel-encrusted circle of seaweed to me. The beautiful, almost neon-orange spheres look so inviting as they sit glistening atop their bed of rice. But as dazzling as this traditional fare is, whenever I actually eat ikura gunkan-maki, I’m never able to get past the sensation of dozens of salmon eggs popping as I chewed. That’s why I’m very much excited for these sushi snow globes that afford an endless view of this deceptive dish.

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Snow?! Uta no Prince-sama fans don’t care about no snow! (Or sleeping, apparently)

Though it’s not official, we’re starting to think that Japan’s national sport is waiting in line. The colder the day and the longer you stand around shivering, the more points you seem to get. Hey, it’s a lot less violent than, say, sportsball, so we’re not criticizing.

And the most recent line-waiting competition took place this Friday–just in time for the first snow of 2015 in the Tokyo/Yokohama area! We think that’s like a kicking a three-pointer in baseball or something. But who or what were these hundreds of people waiting for in the middle of the snow outside Yokohama Arena?

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Make your mark: Personalize gift bags, notebooks and more with free Muji stamp station

Here in Japan, most shops will do gift wrapping for free. It’s a very thoughtful and convenient service, but although they usually do a very nice job of it, it lacks a certain personal touch.

Popular lifestyle goods shop Muji may have the answer: gift bags that you can customize with a set of free and easy-to-use stamps. And the fun doesn’t stop there. Let’s take a look!

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