Couple holds intimate, romantic wedding ceremony on Tokyo’s busiest rail line

Couple holds intimate, romantic wedding ceremony on Tokyo’s busiest rail line

Out of all the rail and subway lines crisscrossing Tokyo, the most well known and heavily used is the Yamanote Line which encircles downtown Tokyo. Stations along the Yamanote serve some of the city’s busiest business, education, and entertainment districts, and the result during rush hour is train cars that are so packed it’s comical (for everyone except the passengers themselves, of course).

This month, however, the Yamanote Line was the site of a gathering quite a bit more intimate than its usual pressed mass of sleeping white-collar professionals, as a couple held their wedding ceremony onboard one of its trains.

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Foreigner in China rescues drowning woman, rumors of stolen belongings absolute BS

Foreigner in China rescues drowning woman, rumors of stolen belongings absolute BS

Last week, Japanese and Chinese websites were abuzz with the news of a heroic rescue in China and the alleged theft that followed.

At around 3PM on October 14, a foreign gentleman who happened to be at the famous Shanghai sightseeing spot, the Bund, spotted a Chinese woman leaping into the river in an apparent suicide attempt. Without a moment’s hesitation, the man followed her into the water to save the woman from drowning. However, once the rescue was finished, the man returned to where he’d left his belongings–only to find them gone! Once the news that the hero’s belongings had been stolen while rescuing a drowning woman hit the Internet, Chinese commenters fell into dismay, posting harsh criticisms of their fellow citizens.

And we have to admit that it would be pretty shocking–if it were true!

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Nagano police bust up cannabis tempura camping party

Nagano police bust up cannabis tempura camping party

Late last month 51-year-old resident of Azumino City, Nagano Prefecture, Kazuhiko Shirasaka, allegedly called together a camping party with around 30 other people including 62-year-old Naofumi Katsuragawa who lived in nearby Ikeda Town. Little did they know, these young rascals would be cooking up the makings of an after-school special, if late-middle-aged people still went to school.

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The future of smoking: USB-powered Jii Lighter is here! (And it’s kind of insane)

The future of smoking: USB-powered Jii Lighter is here! (And it’s kind of insane)

If you’ve been hanging around the Internet as long as we have, there’s a good chance you’ve seen it all–or almost all. From sleepy cats to pandagators, it sometimes seems that there’s not much left to surprise us, and then a Japanese commercial comes along and proves us wrong!

Jii Lighters aren’t particularly revolutionary in design–they’re just electric lighters that can be charged via USB–but when it comes to marketing, we think they may be light years ahead of the competition.

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Japan under siege by broken umbrellas

Japan under siege by broken umbrellas

Japan is a country that loves their umbrellas. Rain or shine, lolita or businessman, everyone enjoys the security of a swath of plastic or cloth above their precious head. However, this time of year poses a particular problem for parasol lovers, when mother nature flings typhoons at East Asia like so many spitballs at a blackboard of the Pacific Rim.

The result for most pedestrians is a nasty combination of heavy wind and rain where one wrong turn of the corner can instantly result in your umbrella becoming the world’s largest and most depressing shuttlecock.

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Xperia sales are up! Thanks to Japanese Internet’s newest crush?

Xperia sales are up! Thanks to Japanese Internet’s newest crush?

Over the summer, Sony saw quite an increase in their operating profits thanks in large part to excellent sales of their Xperia smartphone line. And while we’re sure that many people bought Xperias because they loved the technology or the design, there might be another factor that you won’t find in the company’s annual reports: Sayumi Tsuchida, the Japanese Internet’s newest crush!

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Pitch black sesame garlic ramen at craft brewer’s restaurant stirs our hearts while filling our bellies

Pitch black sesame garlic ramen at craft brewer’s restaurant stirs our hearts while filling our bellies

When dining out in Japan, there is a commonly accepted truism that you get the tastiest example of a particular type of food by eating it in a restaurant that specializes in it. For example, if you want good ramen, you go to a place that serves that and little, if anything, else.

Speaking of Japan’s favorite noodle dish, popular wisdom also holds that the dingier the ramen restaurant, the better-tasting the food.

So imagine our surprise when we discovered that the Yona Yona Beer Kitchen, a classy restaurant with a full menu in Tokyo’s swanky Nagata-cho neighborhood, can also whip up a bowl of ramen that’s as delicious as it is visually striking.

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Sweeten up your instant meal with a frozen treat, à la Korean style!

Sweeten up your instant meal with a frozen treat,  à la Korean style!

Instant noodles, otherwise known as instant ramen in some parts of the world, were invented by the Japanese and were once considered luxury gourmet over fifty years ago, back when fresh foods were more accessible than processed food. Today, the packaged instant delicacies have become an affordable snack enjoyed globally, particularly among those who are too busy, too lazy or those who have been deemed a fire hazard in the kitchen.

While the instant noodle makers have shown continuous effort in developing new flavors to keep the consumers’ tastebuds tingling, there are people out there who have gone beyond the bowl in creating their own unique serving. A sprinkle of extra seasoning, or topping it off with eggs or vegetables is rather common since the ramen itself isn’t quite as nutritious, but wait, ice cream?!

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Period pain? There’s a comic for that!

Period pain? There’s a comic for that!

There’s a five-frame comic doing the rounds on Twitter that’s got all the ladies talking. Called “The day of period pain”, it’s being praised for authentically depicting that dreaded time of the month and proves that, in Japan, there really is a comic about everything.

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Story of kindness at American restaurant warms hearts, stokes privacy concerns in Japan

Story of kindness at American restaurant warms hearts, stokes privacy concerns in Japan

Despite one of the top stories this past week being about how terrible Americans are at getting along, a picture posted on the Internet messaging board reddit has brought a little credibility back to the United States. Normally a hand-scrawled note to a server about paying the bill would barely make local gossip. However, this man’s offer of charity to two crying women who just received bad news made its way to Japan, moving some to tears and some to wonder if privacy concerns would prevent this from happening in their country.

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Short and silly tales from the conbini: The funniest tweets from convenience stores

Short and silly tales from the conbini: The funniest tweets from convenience stores

While joshi kosei (high school girls) may say a lot of silly things, they hardly have a monopoly on absurdity. And though everyone is bound to say something crazy eventually, hanging out in convenience stores, or “conbini” in Japanese, drastically increases the likelihood that you’ll come across something hilarious.

But who has time to loiter in convenience stores day in and day out? Certainly not us! Fortunately, Twitter exists, so we don’t have to spend all afternoon in FamilyMart waiting for someone to say something silly. Here are some of the best Japanese convenience store conversations found on Twitter, translated for your amusement. See how much we love you?

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Disney’s Rapunzel as Sailor Moon is the best thing we’ve seen this week

Disney’s Rapunzel as Sailor Moon is the best thing we’ve seen this week

Disney princesses get to have fun sometimes, right? When they’re not saving the day or being saved by their handsome prince, we’re sure they find time to kick back with their friends and celebrate holidays. The following is what a few of the most popular Disney princesses might wear on Halloween as envisioned by artist Isaiah K Stephens. And of course strong princesses like Pocahontas, Jasmine, and Merida would dress as their favorite female superhero or heroine.

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Two restaurants in China accused of adding poppy seeds to food hoping to get customers hooked

Two restaurants in China accused of adding poppy seeds to food hoping to get customers hooked

Reports out of China have revealed that two restaurants in the Guangzhou area were found to be using ground up poppy seeds in some of their dishes. The reports allege that the businesses were “using the seeds of addictive poppies in an underhanded way to get repeat business.”

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Foreign visitors pick the 20 coolest places in Japan

Foreign visitors pick the 20 coolest places in Japan

The users of travel website Trip Advisor recently ranked Japan’s best free sightseeing spots. Of course, if you’re visiting Japan from abroad and in a position to spring for airfare, odds are you’re not so strapped for cash you can’t afford to spend a little bit to enjoy yourself, since you came all the way here.

With that in mind, the site has now compiled the 20 coolest places in Japan, as chosen by overseas visitors, regardless of whether or not they charge admission.

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Chinese Photoshop trolls part 5: Testing the limits of the PS masters!【Photos】

Chinese Photoshop trolls part 5: Testing the limits of the PS masters!【Photos】

We’ve seen the Chinese Photoshop masters work their magic in Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4, which leaves us to wonder, exactly how creative can they get? Also, were those requests really sent in by the people in the photographs? Apparently we’re not the only ones pondering those questions. One brave hero sacrificed himself as a lab rat to test the limits of these photo editing experts. This time, only one photo was sent, and with a very simple request. Guess what?

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Japanese clothing brand earth music&ecology release new photo app, Mr. Sato has fun with it!

Japanese clothing brand earth music&ecology release new photo app, Mr. Sato has fun with it!

Though the brand hasn’t gained much popularity outside of Japan yet, earth music&ecology has propelled itself into the mainstream Japanese fashion world, thanks in large part to their ad campaigns featuring actress Aoi Miyazaki. With a focus on being “colorful and useful,” the brand seems mostly targeted at young women who aren’t looking for anything too extravagant.

Recently, the company rolled out a new smartphone app that allows users to add marketing text over their own photos, giving their patrons a chance to stand in Ms. Miyazaki’s place. A rather clever bit of marketing, we thought…until Mr. Sato decided to try it out!

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New Crescent Moon Wand from Sailor Moon is as real as a toy gets

New Crescent Moon Wand from Sailor Moon is as real as a toy gets

It wasn’t too long ago that we posted an article here on RocketNews24 cataloging the entire collection of Sailor Moon toys. Well, it looks like the people over at Proplica wish to add another item to the list. Fans of the Sailor Moon franchise are frothing at the mouth, hoping to get their hands on a real-life Moon Stick, more commonly referred to at the Crescent Moon Wand, Sailor Moon’s first attack item. This playful prop is being marketed toward adult toy collectors and comes packed with some pretty neat features.

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‘Tis the season to be shedding: One dog owner’s picture proves just how much!

‘Tis the season to be shedding: One dog owner’s picture proves just how much!

Now, pet owners may love their cat or dog to bits and consider them a member of the family, and that’s all fine and well. But I have a feeling that many owners, if being truthful, will also admit that all the hair that their beloved furry companions shed can sometimes drive them crazy. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s bad enough to make you want to give up owning any piece of clothing, linen or carpeting that’s not the same color as your pet’s fur.

But just exactly how bad can the “fur situation” be for, say, the average dog owner? Well, we’ve found a shockingly amusing picture that shows us! So, ready to face the hairy truth about dogs? Read More

Pandagators: Coming soon to a zoo near you?

Pandagators: Coming soon to a zoo near you?

In these tough economic times, businesses from department stores to zoos are struggling to attract customers, and sometimes there’s nothing you can do but get a little…um…creative. For example, shrewd business people will offer discounts, find unique merchandise, or paint their zoo animals to look like pandas.

Wait, what!?

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Tokyo Electric plans to end 2013 in the black

Tokyo Electric plans to end 2013 in the black

On 16 October reports have come out of Tokyo Electric Power Co. that they are working on a restructuring plan which will allow them to end the financial year with a profit for the first time since 2011.

The goal to end 2013 in the black was said to be a condition set by the various lending institutions to allow future refinancing. Needless to say, Japanese netizens have been thrilled at the news.

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