Can the world understand a Japanese humor website? One man asks 4chan and Reddit

Can the world understand a Japanese humor website? One man asks 4chan and Reddit

The above image depicting a man looking at erotic manga on a train has been circulated wide across the internet. We even made use of it in an article about unusual train behavior. Hardcore readers, however, may recognize this man as Yoppy, a writer from the awesome Japanese humor website Omocoro.

With his new-found fame, Yoppy embarked on a quest to present his website beyond the shores of Japan. But was the world ready for the Japanese-oriented naked-man-heavy content of Omocoro? Find out in this naked-man-heavy article!

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Chinese women’s prison puts on Lunar New Year fashion show, wows the world

Chinese women’s prison puts on Lunar New Year fashion show, wows the world

In celebration of the Lunar New Year, one women’s prison in China decided to put on a fashion show featuring members of both the prison population and the guards. Fortunately, it ended up being more Glee than Shawshank Redemption and earned media attention even across the sea in Japan.

Check out some photos of the event below!

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Want to smooch (and brag about it) but missing a partner? How to take a kissing selfie alone

Want to smooch (and brag about it) but missing a partner? How to take a kissing selfie alone

Everyone wants to feel the joy of a simple kiss; the intimacy, the passion, the physical closeness, it’s all so nice. But there are many hurdles to successful kissing – the biggest being the fact that you need a willing and kissable partner! So what about the single people of the world? How can they fill their friends’ Facebook feed with annoying photos of themselves caught in the moment and having a nice smooch?

Enter slightly eccentric Japanese blogger Keisuke Jinushi, who lives by the mantra “There’s no time like the present” and is a self-dubbed “perpetual loner”. After his hugely successful “girlfriend hand” selfies wherein he tricked the world into believing he had a real girl of his own to feed him food and wipe ketchup of his face, Keisuke now introduces us to a foolproof technique for anyone who wants to make people think they have a kissable partner! You might get a few funny stares, though…

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Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki comments that the concept of kids maturing through adventures is “a lie”

Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki comments that the concept of kids maturing through adventures is “a lie”

At an event held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Japanese author Rieko Nakagawa’s worldwide best seller Guri to Gura (or Guri and Gura in English), friend and fellow artist Hayao Miyazaki has gone on record to say that – unlike in many of the animated features he has created to date – children do not simply head out on adventures and come back smarter and more mature, calling the idea “a lie”.

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The Evil Within survival horror game’s new trailer posted

The Evil Within survival horror game’s new trailer posted

The PlayStation Japan channel began streaming a new trailer for Resident Evil director Shinji Mikami‘s The Evil Within (PsychoBreak) survival horror game on Thursday. The video reveals the game’s characters and monsters.

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About time! Osaka embraces free city-wide Wi-Fi

About time! Osaka embraces free city-wide Wi-Fi

Despite its image as a sleek, technologically advanced society, Japan really sucks when it comes to free wi-fi hotspots. In fact, when the Japan Tourism Agency surveyed tourists about difficulties traveling in the country, a lack of free Internet access was far and away the number one answer.

One major city has finally taken note and begun offering better connectivity for visitors. Osaka has just announced the launch of Osaka Free Wi-fi, a program that brings free wi-fi to locations throughout the city, as part of its effort to position itself as an international gateway to rival Tokyo.

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Japanese hotel asks guests: Flush toilet paper down the toilet, pretty please!

Japanese hotel asks guests: Flush toilet paper down the toilet, pretty please!

The rules at hotels tend to be the kinds of things you can’t do, like swimming in the pool after seven or running naked down the hallways. But that’s not always the case–sometimes the rules tell you what you should be doing. Case in point: One Osaka hotel’s sign instructing Korean patrons to flush their toilet paper down the toilet.

Wait, what??

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Artist depicts beloved video game Katamari Damacy in traditional Japanese ukiyo-e style

Artist depicts beloved video game Katamari Damacy in traditional Japanese ukiyo-e style

Regular readers will no doubt know that we at RocketNews24 love video games. And as anyone with a pair of eyes in their head can tell from a quick glance at our site, we live and breathe Japan and Asia as a whole. So when we stumbled upon these works of art, which combine traditional Japanese woodblock printing and one of our favourite games ever, Katamari Damacy, we simply had to share them with you.

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Japanese women: The new demographic for porn

Japanese women: The new demographic for porn

Like it or not, porn is without a doubt one of the largest industries in the world. You can often find it entirely by accident simply by entering the wrong (or right?) search terms into Google–even with Safe Search turned on! But if we’re being completely honest, it really seems like the industry is a bit one-sided. After all, when you imagine a non-specific someone watching porn, you probably picture a man alone in a dark room clicking furiously around the Internet.

But things are starting to change in Japan, thanks to a few enterprising “adult-oriented” companies who are targeting females.

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52 seemingly naughty photos and GIFs to liven up your Sunday!

52 seemingly naughty photos and GIFs to liven up your Sunday!

While we here at RocketNews24 usually focus on stories coming out of Asia, sometimes we find things on the Internet that are just too funny not to share here. Recently we stumbled across 52 hilarious pictures that look incredibly risqué at first until you go in for a closer look, only to laugh at the unintended naughtiness of it all. Of course, to fully appreciate the scandalous yet naughty pictures, you will need a healthy dose of immaturity and a suspension of good taste.

We also included 3 scandalous gifs showing the sexier side of the weather forecast. So get ready and click below to start laughing at a variety of double entendres, unfortunate camera angles and poor word choices!

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Gay wedding at Tokyo Disney Resort inspires manga

Gay wedding at Tokyo Disney Resort inspires manga

Koyuki Higashi creates manga with writer Yuko Masuhara & Hiyakoi’s Emiko Sugiyama.

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Sailor Moon fans can now buy transformation compact mirrors from a gashapon machine!

Sailor Moon fans can now buy transformation compact mirrors from a gashapon machine!

We’ve shared with our readers quite a few Sailor Moon products in our past articles, from sexy Sailor Moon lingerie to sparkly  Sailor Moon  chopsticks. Now, while fans may be delighted with the wide range of Sailor Moon goods available, particularly the cute gadgets from toy maker Bandai, there are so many of them that it probably isn’t realistic to try to collect all of them, especially considering that some of the items aren’t exactly cheap.

In fact, some of our reporters at sister site Pouch who are die-hard fans of the series, had just recently been wishing aloud that Bandai would come out with an affordable range of Sailor Moon transformation compact mirrors. Well, it seems their wish has now come true! Just this week, Bandai released a new range of lovely compact mirrors, and more importantly, they’re cheap and can be bought right from a Gashapon vending machine!

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Japan’s very own Braziltown offers great food and shopping for a great price

Japan’s very own Braziltown offers great food and shopping for a great price

The World Cup is now less than half a year away! Don’t you wish you could go to Brazil to cheer on your national team? For those of you living in Japan who can’t quite scrape together the funds for that ticket, we bet you didn’t know that you can visit Japan’s very own ‘Braziltown’ right outside of Tokyo! While the world’s most widely viewed sporting event won’t be coming to the area anytime soon, you can still get a taste of the atmosphere by visiting authentic Brazilian restaurants and import stores. And the best part of going? This Braziltown is located within two hours of Tokyo and only costs 1,000 yen (US$9.77) to get there. Not bad considering airfares these days… 

The folks at Another Tokyo, a popular Japanese website dedicated to introducing off-the-beaten track places around Japan, sent a reporter to Braziltown to check it out. Join us for a look at his photos and to hear about his experience.

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19 Chinese expressions with amazing literal translations

19 Chinese expressions with amazing literal translations

The Chinese language is widely regarded as one of the most difficult languages to learn.

There are more than 80,000 Chinese characters in existence, although a non-native speaker can get by with 1,000 of the most frequently used.

To make matters more complicated, the characters that make up each word or phrase individually carry different meanings based on the context in which they’re used. For example, the Chinese character 吃 could mean “eat,” “drink,” “bear,” or “take,” depending on the phrase that surrounds it.

As hard as the language is, it can also be incredibly poetic when translated character by character into English, and sometimes hilarious.

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Ensure your fruit never rolls away with pentagon oranges

Ensure your fruit never rolls away with pentagon oranges

From creepy pears in the shape of a baby to heart-shaped lemons and watermelons, Japan has the market cornered on unusually shaped fruit. Now we’ve come across a five-sided orange produced in Ehime Prefecture. What’s more, these pointed fruits are supposed to help you pass your school exams!

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Moving to Tokyo? Here are the three best, most reasonable neighborhoods to live in

Moving to Tokyo? Here are the three best, most reasonable neighborhoods to live in

Committing to an apartment in Japan can be nerve-wracking. On the plus side, there’s no penalty for breaking your lease, but on the other hand, you can expect to pay somewhere between four to six months’ worth of fees and deposits to your real estate agent and landlord. This being Japan, they’d like that in cash, and before you move in, of course.

Long story short, bouncing around from one apartment to another is cost prohibitive, so you want to make sure you choose a location you like. For everyone who’s looking for a place to live in Japan’s capital, we asked a real estate agency for the three best, most affordable neighborhoods in which to live in downtown Tokyo.

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Chinese boss trolls employees with deceptive new year’s bonuses

Chinese boss trolls employees with deceptive new year’s bonuses

Working sucks. We all know this. (Unless you work at RocketNews24! Right, boss?) But when bonus time rolls around and you get a big chunk of change, all the blood, sweat and tears you’ve excreted over the past year toiling for the man almost seem worth it.

So imagine how employees of one company felt when their boss handed out boxes of shrimp-flavored Pretz as their long-awaited bonuses. Not to worry, though, this story doesn’t end in a plebeian revolt. The actual bonus is revealed after the jump.

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Onigiri in Paris: Small lunch shop brings traditional Japanese rice balls to France

Onigiri in Paris: Small lunch shop brings traditional Japanese rice balls to France

Though extremely simple, Japanese onigiri, those handheld balls of rice and seasoning, are simply delicious and addicting. Dating back over 1,200 years to the Nara Period, onigiri were created as a portable snack. Now, not only have rice balls transcended the humble kitchens of old-timey Japan and nestled their way into convenience stores across the nation, they’ve also made their way abroad. Mussubi is a delightful lunch shop in Paris that has brought onigiri and bento to the people of France. With elegant and fresh ingredients tiptoeing throughout the menu, this quaint shop has earn high praise from local residents.

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25 of Japan’s favorite animal fail GIFs

25 of Japan’s favorite animal fail GIFs

There’s something so innocent about animals. That’s why it’s extra funny when they fail. Take the featured GIF at the top here for example. That little kitty just wanted to get into that super fun-looking box. He was probably going to pretend he was in a tree or whatever cats think about during the day. Instead, he was catapulted through the air and slammed to the floor by that box of wonder while his two dog friends blink uncontrollably.

You won’t find GIFs of annoying girls who think they’re Beyonce or dumb people doing equally dumb things. No, only missed jumps and badly timed leaps dominate this adorably cringeworthy compilation of some of Japan’s favorite fail GIFs featuring animals. Enjoy!

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Adam Smith or Aerosmith? 21 tweets from Japanese university economics students

Adam Smith or Aerosmith? 21 tweets from Japanese university economics students

Ahh, economics! Adam Smith, worlds with only two types of fruit, and an abundance of calculators–what’s not to love? Everyone seems to have different opinions on the study of commerce, but there’s no denying that it might, possibly, make the world go round. Maybe? We’re still confused about whether or not Karl Marx was a Marxist.

But one thing we do know is that economics is a major subject of study around the world–and especially in Japan! While the subject isn’t exactly know for being exciting, it turns out that there’s a lot of humor to be found among its students. Here are some of top “aru-aru” moments from Japanese econ students.

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