New cosplay seller enters stores across Japan, just in time for Halloween

New cosplay seller enters stores across Japan, just in time for Halloween

We’re well into fall now, and it’s time to start preparing for some horror-filled festivities on October 31. Japan is getting all geared-up with ghosts and skeletons clearly on display and plenty of Halloween parties planned for the days leading up to the turn of the month. But of course, what’s a Halloween party without a good costume? And what’s a good costume without a band of beautiful girls ready to promote it?

Clearstone costume maker recently released a new cosplay series called Tokimeki Graffiti, modeled and promoted by the idol group, DenpaGumi.inc. Already, whether for the quality of the costumes or the influence of idols, sales are really skyrocketing!

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Simple tricks to make the most of your Japanese shoebox apartment

Simple tricks to make the most of your Japanese shoebox apartment

The standard comparison to an average Tokyo apartment is to a shoebox. Okay, taken literally, that’s an unfair comparison, but it’s true that Tokyo’s huge population and extremely limited space leads Japanese architects to wedge tiny apartment cubicles into every nook and cranny, often resulting in bizarre, Lilliputian floor plans.

True, things aren’t as bad as they are in some parts of Hong Kong, but making the most of Tokyo’s miniscule living spaces means thinking like an extremely tiny engineer. It also means making sacrifices.

Here are some quick tips and simple steps to making the most of your new miscroscopic Japanese home, brought to you by clever Japanese Netizens:

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Air China serves expired in-flight food, mid-air rush for the restroom follows shortly after

Air China serves expired in-flight food, mid-air rush for the restroom follows shortly after

Billions of people travel by air each year, and in recent years, low-cost airlines have heated up the competition a fair bit, spoiling travelers for choice with their attractive rates. Apart from the pricing, some other factors that many of us consider before buying a ticket include the quality of service, the time of the flight, whether there is likely to be much eye candy among the cabin crew, and of course, the quality of the in-flight food. When you’re cooped up in an aircraft for hours on end, sometimes having to endure the thundering snores of a comatose businessman, or some brat kicking your seat from behind, the quality of the in-flight food can be something that makes or breaks your flight experience.

In some rare cases, the food served not only ruins your mood, but also your tummy. Air China is reported to have recently served expired food products as part of their in-flight cuisine, causing a rumble in the tummies of about 50 passengers and rushes for the bathroom.

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How mean are you? Compare your life with the average Japanese person

How mean are you? Compare your life with the average Japanese person

Feeling a little average these days? Sometimes it can be hard to get a sense of where you stand with the general public in terms of health, wealth, or Twitter followers. For that we present a compilation of averages that news compilation site Naver Matome found across the web.

If you’re Japanese and want to see how you match up to your fellow citizens, or if you live abroad and want to see how your life stacks up to those in Japan take a look. Chances are you’ll find something that’ll make you feel exceptional.

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Study in China determines Sprite to be the best drink to relieve a hangover

Study in China determines Sprite to be the best drink to relieve a hangover

So you hit the bottle a little too hard last night and have now awoken in a state of gut-rotting, head-pounding, agony. Standing before the fridge you pretend to be a doctor and judge which drink would be chemically most efficient to chug your way out of this stupor. Water? Coffee? Wheat tea?

Surprisingly, if you chose Sprite, you’d be correct. At least, that’s what a team of researchers at Zhongshan University decided after studying the effects of 57 different drinks against hangovers.

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A day with the new PlayStation Vita Slim: Unboxing, hands-on and screen comparison

A day with the new PlayStation Vita Slim: Unboxing, hands-on and screen comparison

It’s Thursday October 10, and that can only mean one thing: the PlayStation Vita Slim is finally here! Unveiled by Sony at the beginning of September and proudly displayed at this year’s Tokyo Game Show, the currently Japan-only handheld charmed us the moment we held it in our hands, so much so that for a moment we wondered just how strong the cable tethering it to the smiling Sony rep was and if we could make a break for it.

The new portable console went on sale here in Japan just this morning, our own unit arriving via courier delivery a little after 9 a.m.. We’ve been putting the console through its paces for most of the day now, so join us after the jump as we unbox, poke and prod Sony’s newest piece of gaming hardware, and see how it stands up against the previous model of PlayStation Vita.

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Japanese man arrested for shouting that he studies English (weird) before grabbing woman’s butt (illegal)

Japanese man arrested for shouting that he studies English (weird) before  grabbing woman’s butt (illegal)

Police from the Himonya Precinct in Tokyo’s Merguro Ward have announced the arrest of one Keiko Hatano. Mr. Hatano has an unusual given name for a man in Japan, but even more unusual is the crime he is suspected of: fondling a woman’s posterior after explaining to her that he “studies English.”

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Supermarket sculpts anime and video game heroes out of ground meat

Supermarket sculpts anime and video game heroes out of ground meat

If you’re anything like us, ground meat isn’t exactly a tough sell. It requires no prep work, cooks up in minutes, and you can eat it with a spoon. It may be just about the quickest, tastiest protein fix available.

But should you require any extra evidence that ground meat is awesome, check out these amazing reproductions of popular anime and video game characters in meat form from grocery store Uwajimaya.

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Take a peek inside the world’s top video game companies

Take a peek inside the world’s top video game companies

While you’re trying to sneak your way past Clickers or making it rain at a Los Santos strip club, do you ever stop to think about those men and women who have slaved away for countless hours, trying to bring you the best game possible? And with every good group of game developers, you have to have a place to house them while they work, so here’s a look inside the walls of some of the biggest video game companies in the world.

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Feel better fast: Eight home remedies from the little old ladies of Japan

Feel better fast: Eight home remedies from the little old ladies of Japan

The only thing worse than catching a cold is feeling like you’re about to catch a cold. That achiness you can feel in your bones, followed by dread, worry and the thought, “I’m too busy to get sick now!” It’s enough to make you sick on the spot.

But fear not, the grandmothers of Japan have a plethora of home remedies that’ll get you feeling better in no time. Some may be little more than old wives’ tales, but when you’re feeling under the weather, why not drink hot onion water or smear ginger on your forehead. It actually might be good for what ails you.

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Japanese violinist perfectly mimics patrol car siren, blows our minds

Japanese violinist perfectly mimics patrol car siren, blows our minds

There’s no shortage of brilliant musicians on the Internet putting their unique spins on popular songs or performing in unusual locations. From shamisen duos playing on moving vehicles to symphonic video game music, it seems like there couldn’t possibly be anything new for us to discover.

Emphasis on the “seems like,” because you are not going to believe what this Japanese violinist manages to pull off!

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Tokyo Disneyland’s cast creates magic in the kingdom

Tokyo Disneyland’s cast creates magic in the kingdom

At Tokyo Disneyland and every other embodiment of Disney’s Magic Kingdom, the staff are all referred to as “cast members.” It may seem strange at first to refer to the people sweeping the sidewalks and answering phones the same way you would an actor in a play, but the fact is that all the theme park is a stage and the staff are but players, doing all they can to make the magic of Disney come alive. It’s their primary job to bring a sense of joy and wonder to every last visitor to the park, and yet the magic can manifest itself in some truly surprising ways! Here are a few of the first-person accounts given by people impressed by the Tokyo Disneyland cast.

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“Boobie massage scenes”: 15 of the most awkward search histories found by family members

“Boobie massage scenes”: 15 of the most awkward search histories found by family members

It used to be that “the eyes are the window to the soul.” But now everyone is too engrossed in their smartphones and computers to bother to look at anyone’s eyes! Fortunately, there’s a new window to the soul–the search history.

If you’ve ever accidentally stumbled across the search results from after your friend borrowed your computer for some quick googling, you already know just how awkward a few words on a screen can be. Especially if it involves hair and any random body part. But a lot of times, the most shocking search results are left by members of your own family. Here are some of the best and worst of the awkward search histories found in Japanese homes!

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What cheeky animal fit itself into this bookcase?

What cheeky animal fit itself into this bookcase?

Those of us with pets likely all have a story of finding our animals in all sorts of strange positions, hidden places and just plain odd situations. Twitter user jack4520 recently found their beloved pet in what looks like an incredibly uncomfortable place, although the smile on the animal’s face says otherwise. Click below to find out what animal found its way into this crowded bookshelf!

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F1 Korean Grand Prix future looking grim, complaints of love hotels and no fans mount

F1 Korean Grand Prix future looking grim, complaints of love hotels and no fans mount

“Forget the Grand Prix, the real race for the drivers is the flight from Korea to Tokyo tonight on various private jets.” A statement tweeted by F1 writer Adam Cooper on 6 October when the Korean Grand Prix was held.

Sure enough, only a few hours after the race had finished, Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso tweeted, “Already in Japan! One of the best GP’s of the year!” This is a move that the Japanese media had taken as a source of pride as well as yet another sign that trouble looms for the beleaguered Korean Grand Prix.

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Magic mackerel! This bitter fish has beautifying bowels

Magic mackerel! This bitter fish has beautifying bowels

Fall is the season for mackerel pike. In traditional Japanese restaurants and homes across the nation, it’s quite common to find a complete silvery fish, from head to tail, plopped atop one’s plate.

As an American, I was very confused the first time I found myself faced with a full mackerel for a meal, and I wasn’t really sure where to start. I knew that the meat of the fish was buried in there somewhere, but I had no idea what to do with the rest of the innards. Growing bolder with each poke of my chopsticks, I took one bite of the mackerel’s bitter bowels and promptly decided against eating fish guts ever again. Although, looking back, I might have been a bit hasty with my decision. As it turns out, the consumption of mackerel viscera actually comes highly recommended for its large supply of beautifying vitamins! Looking at the highly touted health benefits of the mackerel’s digestive organs, these particular fish guts might be worth another go.

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Previously unseen CCTV footage of March 2011 tsunami is intense 【Video】

Previously unseen CCTV footage of March 2011 tsunami is intense 【Video】

Earlier this year, we brought you videos shot by those who fled the wall of water that the March 11, 2011 earthquake brought to Northeastern Japan. As shocking as they were, most – thankfully – were taken from relatively far away by the towns’ residents once they had reached comparative safety. The following footage taken in Iwate Prefecture, however, was recorded right where the tsunami hit by security and roadside cameras.

The footage shows the awesome, raw power of the tsunami, and gets much more up close and personal than anyone would every hope to. We should warn you that some readers may find the following images disturbing.

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How nerdy are you? Use this handy formula to calculate your “otaku coefficient”

How nerdy are you? Use this handy formula to calculate your “otaku coefficient”

Originally a particularly polite way of saying “you,” the Japanese word otaku evolved into a label for anyone with an obsessive, passionate devotion to their hobby. While most commonly associated with anime fans, the term is also applied to hardcore video gamers, technology buffs, and even auto enthusiasts.

Much like “geek,” otaku was initially a derogatory term, but has lost a lot of its sting and become largely co-opted in recent years. Still, it’s important to not let yourself get too wrapped up in your hobbies. Conveniently, there’s now a mathematical formula to determine if your otaku-ness has become too much for your own good.

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Self-Defense Force hopes people will answer the call of duty (and cute anime girls)

Self-Defense Force hopes people will answer the call of duty (and cute anime girls)

Given the less assertive role of the Japanese Self-Defense Force compared to a conventional military, it’s natural that the organization’s recruiting tends to be on the low-key side. The JSDF does indeed do invaluable work in disaster-relief and humanitarian missions, but the pitch to recruits is less hunting down the world’s villains and more holding the fort and being ready to lend a hand when people are in need.

Accordingly, the JSDF Coordination Office for Kagawa Prefecture, located on Shikoku, the smallest of Japan’s four main islands, has decided to go with showcasing the soft power-look of cute anime girls in its recruitment efforts.

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12 stunning views of banging Bangkok school

12 stunning views of banging Bangkok school

Thailand’s oldest private university, Bangkok University, has one of the most stunning campuses in Southeast Asia. Founded in 1962 by the owner of the Thai beverage company Osotspa Co., Ltd., the school now has two campuses. An incredible 27,000 students attend Bangkok University and after seeing the following 12 photographs, you will be jealous of every last one of them.

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