Old-timey Japanese women are not ones to be messed with

Old-timey Japanese women are not ones to be messed with

A photo surfaced on the internet recently which shows us a typical day at the office for a couple of ladies a long time ago in Japan. They look almost bored as they unload 300 kg (661 lbs) of rice each on their backs.

Read More

Colossal Titan appears at Enoshima – terrifying even when made of sand

Colossal Titan appears at Enoshima – terrifying even when made of sand

You’ve come to the beach for a relaxing day in the sun, ready to kick back with a cold beer when all of a sudden.. a Colossal Titan appears!

Read More

Fresh Mount Fuji spring water without all the climbing!

Fresh Mount Fuji spring water without all the climbing!

Mount Fuji.

In many ways, this snow-covered peak is the symbol of Japan, its image emblazoned on everything from classic woodblock prints to coffee mugs. And with Mount Fuji’s designation as a World Heritage site this year, you can bet its cultural significance will only skyrocket.

One thing the mountain is especially well-known for in Japan is the fresh water that is produced by its snow-covered peak. But who has time to climb a mountain just for some water? Not us! And apparently many other people don’t either, so here’s a list of places you can get Mount Fuji water—without all the hiking!

Read More

Stalled Akira live-action movie comes back to life

Stalled Akira live-action movie comes back to life

After being completely suspended in 2012, it seems like plans for the Akira live action movie are finally moving forward again. The Warner Brothers movie will be a Hollywood retelling of the 1988 cult anime classic, with original writer and director Katsuhiro Ohtomo acting as executive producer. This will perhaps assuage some fans’ fears that Hollywood will turn the dark, complex narrative into just another generic guns-and-explosions blockbuster.

Read More

20th Century Fox to officially apologize for Napoleon Dynamite’s crappy Japanese title

20th Century Fox to officially apologize for Napoleon Dynamite’s crappy Japanese title

For foreigners living in Japan, looking through DVDs can be a chore. You generally have a 50 percent chance of the title being the same, leaving you scanning through the cover designs to find what you’re looking for the other half of the time.

Sometimes the new titles that are bestowed in Japan give more insight to the film. For example, Jerry Maguire is given the less romantic but more concise title of The Agent. However, translation and localization often leaves people making judgment calls that could easily backfire. Take the DVD version of Napoleon Dynamite which Japanese cinema lovers have deemed “Japan’s worst changed movie title.”

Read More

He-gassen: The rise and fall of an empire as depicted in farts

He-gassen: The rise and fall of an empire as depicted in farts

Well, this is certainly the stinkiest battle we’ve ever seen.

Currently making the rounds on various Western news sites, the He-gassen e-maki (Fart Battle picture scroll), is proving to be quite the hit nearly 200 years after its creation. And, while we’ve already told you how bad for your body it can be to hold in your gas, this picture scroll has an entirely different message.

(Caution: Some of these images, though not sexual in nature, may be unsafe for work as they contain uncovered genitalia.)

Read More

Bun flopper traumatizes Japanese netizens, everyone finally just throws their hands up

Bun flopper traumatizes Japanese netizens, everyone finally just throws their hands up

You’d think people would have gotten the hint after the ice cream freezer diver got himself fired and his local Lawson convenience store shut down. But some people just need to learn their lessons the hard way.

After all, it wouldn’t be a wasted youth if you didn’t waste it, right? And, you have to admit, experience is the best teacher! (Don’t tell Ms. Yamaguchi we said that!)

So, just what is this Burger King employee taking a dive into?

Read More

Family Mart: Master of disguise?

Family Mart: Master of disguise?

When setting up shop around famous landmarks, it never hurts to blend in. Especially in Japan, where tourism accounts for roughly five percent of the GDP. You wouldn’t want to destroy the tourist attraction by ruining the ambiance, right?

On the other hand, there’s not really very much that’s “traditional” about Family Mart convenience stores, so we had to wonder what kind of disguise would get slapped on their store near Ise Grand Shrine…

Read More

Cute cat noodles, anyone?!

Cute cat noodles, anyone?!

Ever the popular food, the Japanese noodles nagashi somen (“flowing noodles”) are the perfect treat for those beleaguered by the summer heat. Unlike your typical ramen, udon, or soba noodles, you can’t get nagashi somen in any old restaurant. Using a special set-up, thin, white noodles are sent down a bamboo trough of fresh, ice-cold water. Customers then have to try to catch the noodles with their chopsticks before it quite literally passes them by. It’s both a fun and frustrating experience for hungry patrons.

So what does this have to do with cats?

Read More

The 10 convenience store candies that are perfect for summer (we hope you like salt)

The 10 convenience store candies that are perfect for summer (we hope you like salt)

We’re pretty sure the last time someone went out of their way to eat hard candies when perfectly good ice cream and chocolate bars were available nearby was the 1930s or those tin candy scenes from that heartbreaking anime, Grave of the Fireflies.

But in Japan, candy comes in so many crazy flavors, colors and varieties, you’d be remiss not to at least try the convenience store greatest hits. Unfortunately, doing so would probably give you adult onset diabetes, so we’ve gone ahead and tried all the candy on offer because we’re already gross and diseased anyway. Here are our top 10 picks for the greatest hard candies on offer at Japanese convenience stores.

Read More

【Awesome Nature Pics】 See penguins looking cooler than ever!

【Awesome Nature Pics】 See penguins looking cooler than ever!

We hope many of you out there love penguins, because if you do, you’re in for a real treat! (And if you don’t already love penguins, we’d like to respectfully suggest that you see the movie Happy Feet or March of the Penguins, or preferably both, so you too can become a happy believer in penguin power.) We admit, we’re quite partial to these little black-and-white fellas, and we’ve brought to you our fair share of penguin stories in the past, from flying penguins  to penguins without heads, to name a few.

Well, today, we have a selection of photos that show penguins as wild animals, plain and simple, in all their natural magnificence and of course, cuteness! So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some amazing shots of our webbed-footed friends along with a compilation of comments from Japanese Internet users.

Read More

Lettuce farmers of “Miracle Village” looking for love – benefits include cute dogs and a six-figure salary

Lettuce farmers of “Miracle Village” looking for love – benefits include cute dogs and a six-figure salary

Kawakami Village in Nagano Prefecture is considered Japan’s premier lettuce producing village. Located near Tokyo and with just the right conditions for farming, residents have been able to pull in a good chunk of cash from their own brand of lettuce, earning it the nickname “Miracle Village”.

Bumper crops such as their Chinese cabbage are booming so well that the village’s 4,759 people boast and average annual income of over 25,000,000 yen (US$252k). However, all work and no play makes Jyoji a dull boy, so the mayor of Kawakami is sending the call to all Japan that some eligible bachelors may soon be hitting a ski-slope near you!

Read More

Japanese island that has refused nuclear money for 31 years pushed into a compromising situation

Japanese island that has refused nuclear money for 31 years pushed into a compromising situation

After the explosion at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant back in 2011, the subject of nuclear power has become a very delicate and complicated issue for the Japanese. While there is an element of danger associated with the creation of nuclear energy, many towns have also benefited from the large sums of compensation, known as “nuclear money”, that have gone into creating jobs and strengthening the prosperity of areas that have agreed to home such power plants.

Despite pressure from surrounding groups and the mainland, a small island off the coast of Yamaguchi Prefecture has for years refused to have anything to do with nuclear money, and has firmly opposed plans to build nuclear power stations in the area. But all that may be about to change.

Read More

Radical catwalk allows cats to roam outside in safety

Radical catwalk allows cats to roam outside in safety

What’s on the catwalk this season? A very innovative feline creation!

In Japan, where space can be limited for cats and humans alike, a lot of pet parents keep their pets indoors. Still, cats love the outdoors. The fresh breeze running through their whiskers and so much more to see and smell! This new catwalk lets cats roam the outside perimeter of the house, free from potential dangers. It really is so wonderfully simple that we can’t help thinking “Why didn’t we think of that?”

Read More

Tea and a chat with award-winning illustrator Yuko Shimizu 【People we love】

Tea and a chat with award-winning illustrator Yuko Shimizu 【People we love】

If you’ve picked a copy of Time, Rolling Stone, the New York Times or any number of comic books or Penguin paperbacks in the past 10 years, chances are you’ve come across some of Yuko Shimizu’s work somewhere along the way. With big names like Gap, Pepsi, Microsoft, and even Visa listed on her resume, it’s little wonder that the Tokyo-born artist was voted one of Newsweek Japan‘s “100 Japanese People The World Respects”, and has made a name for herself as a highly successful illustrator in a country thousands of miles from the place she once called home.

Even so, Yuko is incredibly friendly and down to earth, and, on a rainy New York day earlier this year, she invited us in for a chat and a cup of tea while giving us a tour of her studio and introducing us to her little chihuahua pal, Bruiser.

Read More

Survey suggests that most Japanese smartphone users couldn’t care less about mobile sites

Survey suggests that most Japanese smartphone users couldn’t care less about mobile sites

It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that smartphones and mobile technology in general have changed our lives in ways that we might never have imagined even 10 years ago. Communication between people on either side of the globe has become almost instant, with a wealth of information quite literally at our fingertips, and we now have more processing power in our back pockets than the PCs that took up most of our desks in the late 90s.

But is it possible that we are becoming a little too obsessed with making our data-loving life as streamlined as possible? What we’re talking about here are the mobile versions of websites that users are often redirected to when trying to visit a website on their smartphones. Often, these smartphone-friendly sites help us navigate more easily and avoid having to pinch to zoom or pan around the screen to read their contents. But due to their simplicity, many mobile versions lack many of the features of their PC-version brethren and we spend time trying to find what we really want.

A survey conducted by Kenrei Takuchi, CEO and Management Consultant for Iroha Ltd, suggests that a significant number of smartphone users in Japan have a fond dislike of the mobile versions of popular websites and wish they’d disappear back up into the sky where they came from.

Read More

252 of Japan’s favorite animated gifs

252 of Japan’s favorite animated gifs

Hey, you got a minute to spare? Actually make that a couple dozen minutes.  We’d like to share a few hundred of the wildest and funniest gifs getting circulated around the net in Japan.

Of course cats are well represented here but we also got dogs, spiders, manatees, lions, (no tigers), bears, monkeys, turtles, and people all injuring themselves and each other. Watch and marvel at feats of strength of these animals and people, and enjoy even more the cringe-worthy carnage that ensues when they don’t quite make it. Get an eyeful of a guy getting bitten in the nuts by a rottweiler. Enjoy military misfires, cats in zero gravity and the magic of Coach Raphael Benitez. Both faked and real hypnotically looped images are here for your amusement.

Without further ado, sit back, grab a snack, and enjoy these 252 animated gifs. Happy Friday, everyone!

Read More

2,000 figures ready for their close-ups at toy exhibition in Ikebukuro – and oh, admission is free!

2,000 figures ready for their close-ups at toy exhibition in Ikebukuro – and oh, admission is free!

Kaiyodo is one of Japan’s largest figure makers. Aside from being the manufacturer behind the Revoltech line that’s a hit with hardcore anime fans, over 130,000,000 of Kaiyodo’s Choco Eggs, toy animals, bugs, and tanks hidden inside an edible chocolate shell, have been sold, cementing the company’s spot in mainstream popular culture.

To celebrate its 30 years in the business, the Kaiyodo Figure World exhibition is being held in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro district. Roughly 2,000 figures are on display, admission is free, and as if that wasn’t enough, photography is completely unrestricted. Visitors are free to snap as many pictures of any figures they like.

Read More

Elementary school principal resigns after responding to knife threat with a heavy smack

Elementary school principal resigns after responding to knife threat with a heavy smack

The principal of an elementary school in Osaka recently resigned under pressure from the city’s board of education after using physical violence as a disciplinary measure against seven of the school’s students for enacting and concealing the event of a knife threat within the school.

Read More

Poll picks ideal leaders and lovers from cast of Studio Ghibli films

Poll picks ideal leaders and lovers from cast of Studio Ghibli films

Best Team of the Year is a Japanese organization for the promotion of better team building and teamwork skills. Each year its executive committee hands out awards for the best collaborative groups in a variety of industries.

Recently, Best Team of the Year asked its 200 committee members between the ages of 24 and 33 which character from the works of anime powerhouse Studio Ghibli they’d most like to have as a leader, and also which they’d like to have as a boyfriend or girlfriend.

Read More

  1. 1
  2. ...
  3. 154
  4. 155
  5. 156
  6. 157
  7. 158
  8. 159
  9. 160
  10. ...
  11. 343