Samurai bling: Crazy armor and helmets from medieval Japan

Samurai bling: Crazy armor and helmets from medieval Japan

When people think of Japan, they often think about anime or giant robots or giant robot anime. They are also likely to think of Japan’s medieval version of giant robot anime: the samurai. For many of us, the first introduction we got to Japan was through the amazing films of Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune, leaving with us images of unrelenting master swordsmen.

While the world may mostly be entranced by the swords, it’s impossible to deny the beauty of the armor we also saw on the silver screen. Though surely nothing so fancy was ever actually worn during the years of Japan’s civil wars, right??

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【Thursday Throwback】We order a Whopper with 1,050 bacon strips, Struggle to level comically huge burger

【Thursday Throwback】We order a Whopper with 1,050 bacon strips, Struggle to level comically huge burger

Thursday Throwback is your peek into the archives of RocketNews24. We’d hate for you to miss any of the quality quirky news from Asia and Japan just because you recently stumbled on our site. And if you’re a devout RN24 reader, thank you for your continued readership! Enjoy this blast from the past! 

(Originally posted on April 19, 2012 by Steven)

Well that didn’t take long. Just yesterday we shared the story of how our own Mr. Sato capitalized on Burger King Japan’s current 15 bacon strips for 100 yen (US $1.20) promotion by ordering a Whopper with 105 bacon strips. While Mr. Sato managed to finish the burger, he didn’t seem to be in the best shape afterwards, falling into a meat-induced coma and then suddenly breaking out of it only to run out of the room with his hand covering his mouth.

Surely we thought Mr. Sato had finally learned his lesson that consuming stacks of bacon is a task better left to professionals. So imagine our surprise when he came in the office holding a plastic bag sagging under the weight of a 1,050 bacon strip Whopper.

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Kids these days don’t want to poop!

Kids these days don’t want to poop!

It’s a fact of life: everyone poops. And yet society seems to have evolved some sense of embarrassment over letting people know that you’ve dropped a stinky load. We try to assuage these issues with things like private bathroom stalls and air fresheners in public restrooms. In fact, toilets in Japan will often have automatic noise makers to mask any embarrassing sounds that might slip past your posterior.

And yet still, a recent study shows that more than half of Japanese school children refuse to go number two until after they’ve returned to the perfect privacy of their own homes! They’ll hold it for hours rather than respond to nature’s call, their embarrassment about bodily functions eventually causing them to become chronically constipated.

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10 tales of awkward customer interaction from Japan

10 tales of awkward customer interaction from Japan

During my university years, I had the pleasure of working part-time in a customer service role for a fairly well-known company in the UK. My job mainly involved manning the customer complaints line, apologising profusely on behalf of the company and asking customers in as nice a way as possible if they’d swear at me a bit less and not bring my mother into it. Happy days, as I’m sure you can imagine.

Some customer complaints are, of course, perfectly valid, and it’s only right that people should take a moment to voice their dissatisfaction when they feel they have been let down in some way. But as the following collection of tales from Japan’s netizens shows, for every reasonable customer complaint there are a dozen cases of customers behaving like idiots, demanding the impossible, or simply not knowing what they’re complaining about.

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New island created in Japan by volcanic activity

New island created in Japan by volcanic activity

Japan is a crowded place. There’s just no way to get around it. The vast majority of good jobs and schools are found in the major urban centers, which are themselves located on the scarce patches of usable land available in this tremendously mountainous country.

Although few people particularly enjoy living in such dense population centers where you find yourself surprised when you’re not pressed against your fellow commuters on the train in the morning, what can you do about it? It’s not like Japan itself is suddenly going to start getting any bigger, is it?

Actually, it that’s exactly what’s going on, as newly released images show that a new island has recently formed in Japan’s waters.

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Japan gives the world a lesson in showing family devotion

Japan gives the world a lesson in showing family devotion

If there’s one thing that Japan does right, aside from taxis, trains and their abundance of vending machines, it’s their focus on the family unit. Familial piety is an important aspect of the Japanese mentality and ensures the well-being of the country’s aging population. But family devotion isn’t just about offering physical or monetary support; it’s about attitudes. And Japan is paramount when it comes to expressing humility and gratitude. Here’s a wonderful collection quotes from Japanese netizens explaining what it is to express familial piety.

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Finally, your dog can safely leap through flaming hoops with this adorable doggy fire gear

Finally, your dog can safely leap through flaming hoops with this adorable doggy fire gear

Every dog owner has experienced it: you want your dog to sit, speak, roll over and maybe shake, but your pooch has other ambitions. Bigger dreams. He wants to join the fire brigade (you know this because you taught him to speak), but you’re worried about your little buddy’s safety.

Finally, though, you can let your doggy chase both his tail and his dreams with this adorable doggy flame-retardant suit. Join us after the jump for more adorable photos!

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Buckle up, Japan! Survey shows only 68.2 percent of backseat passengers wear their seat belt

Buckle up, Japan! Survey shows only 68.2 percent of backseat passengers wear their seat belt

If you’ve ever lived in Japan, chances are you’ve seen a little three-year-old climbing around the inside of their parent’s car…while the vehicle was in motion. To those in other countries where seatbelt and child safety harness laws are strictly enforced, this might be shocking to hear, but this situation happens more often than you might think. In fact, Japan didn’t have a mandatory seat belt law for rear passengers until 2008.

But even an official law doesn’t seems to deter Japanese drivers from not buckling up when it comes to the backseat. That’s why the Japan Automotive Federation along with the National Police Agency published the results of a 2013 survey detailing exactly how many people use their car’s most important safety device.

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Gotta run from ‘em all! CG Pokémon fan art turns adorable Bulbasaur into frightening behemoth

Gotta run from ‘em all! CG Pokémon fan art turns adorable Bulbasaur into frightening behemoth

When you stop and think about it, the Pokémon series of video games ought to be terrifying. Sure, on the one hand, most of the pocket monsters the player controls are drawn with chubby cheeks and eyes whose size is equaled only by their cuteness. But at the same time, those rolly polly creatures do battle with each other by unleashing lightning storms, fireballs, and tornadoes. From a design standpoint, they shouldn’t look like Bambi’s woodland friends. Pokémon should look like something that could take on Godzilla.

In other words, they should look something like the frightening CG image here.

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Watch out for cute overload — see these cats with awesomely unique markings!【Pics】

Watch out for cute overload — see these cats with awesomely unique markings!【Pics】

As you can undoubtedly tell from the number of cat-related articles on our site, we’re quite fond of furry little felines here at RocketNews24. Now, while we firmly believe that “all cats are created equal and that they are endowed by their creator with certain undeniable charms”, we have to admit that a series of photos of uniquely marked cats found by a fellow reporter at our sister site Pouch was particularly delightful — so delightful, in fact, that we felt we had to introduce them here for all the cat lovers among our readers. So come in for a closer look, and get ready for a load of feline cute!

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Japan-designed New York City “Taxi of Tomorrow” put on display in Tokyo despite recent setback

Japan-designed New York City “Taxi of Tomorrow” put on display in Tokyo despite recent setback

In May 2011, Japan’s Nissan Motor Company was awarded the rights to manufacture a line of new generation yellow taxis for New York City, with the aim of replacing the myriad varieties of cabs on the city’s streets with one uniform design by 2020. Dubbed the “Taxi of Tomorrow” by the contest organisers, Nissan’s car was to become a major part of New York City life, and naturally came as a boon to the Japanese company.   

Sadly, the project has stalled following a number of legal disputes and issues over accessibility, but Nissan is nevertheless exceptionally proud of its modern take on the classic yellow cab, and recently exhibited it for all to see in a temporary showroom in Tokyo’s trendy Ginza shopping district.

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Charts reveal trends in recent Japanese working conditions: 52 percent of people want to change jobs

Charts reveal trends in recent Japanese working conditions: 52 percent of people want to change jobs

There are many things that we generally understand about what it is to be a Japanese businessman. The country has cultivated a careful image of men and women in black suits putting on the appearance of hard work, with their constant movement and expected overtime. But how much do we really know about what it’s like to be a member of the Japanese workforce. Why do they do it and how do they like it? What is the atmosphere like and where can the workers find joy?

To help us wrap our heads around these many mysteries, a series of helpful charts have been collected by Japanese website, Naver Matome, throwing some quantitative perspective on how Japanese workers really spend the majority of their waking hours.

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Finding the heroine’s panties: The most difficult side quest in newest Final Fantasy role-playing game

Finding the heroine’s panties: The most difficult side quest in newest Final Fantasy role-playing game

While in recent years opinions have become increasingly divided on the gameplay in long-running video game series Final Fantasy, there’s not much room to criticize the franchise’s artistry. New installments of Final Fantasy are consistently among the most visually and aurally pleasing games at their time of release. Each title has a huge team of designers and software engineers who spend untold hours making sure the cut scenes are gorgeous, the interface slick, and the soundtrack stirring and crystal clear. And also, apparently, that the heroine doesn’t inadvertently flash her panties.

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Russia’s “Candy King” channels Michael Jackson, moonwalks your cotton candy to you

Russia’s “Candy King” channels Michael Jackson, moonwalks your cotton candy to you

Every once in a while at a fair or all-you-can-eat buffet I come across a make-your-own cotton candy (or candy floss) machine. Let me tell you, the excitement of pouring some sugar in the bucket and putting the card paper stick in is… is just about five seconds long for me. It’s cool and all, but yields about as much a “huh-look-at-that” reaction as noticing a 90-year-old using a smartphone.

At least, that’s what I used to think before witnessing David Shtorm work his magic with the wispy confectionery. By combining music, lighting, sculpting and dance he transforms cotton candy-making into something that you can’t take your eyes off.

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We travel to Ormoc City, Philippines to talk to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan

We travel to Ormoc City, Philippines to talk to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan

Super Typhoon Haiyan left a trail of destruction as it made its way across the island nation of the Philippines on November 13, 2013. In the wake of the disaster, one of our reporters traveled to the Philippine island of Leyte to talk to the victims of this massive storm and give a firsthand description of the damage. Please enjoy his humble account of the situation in Ormoc City, Philippines.

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38 cars that are driving us insane!【Photos】

38 cars that are driving us insane!【Photos】

Ever been on the road, and a ridiculously gorgeous sports car pulls up next to you? Humans are generally known to respond to such a situation with three different attitudes: envy, annoyance or “simply can’t be bothered”. Sometimes it’s a mix of envy and annoyance, most of the time ending up with you mumbling an exasperated comment such as “Attention whore!” as the speedy automobile rockets off at the green light, leaving the thunderous vroom of its engines buzzing in your ear.

Jokes aside, whether you’re a car fanatic or not, these outrageously decorated vehicles are definitely traffic-stoppers that will make you take a second glance!

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Japanese comedian “Hard Gay” continues to make waves as a professional model

Japanese comedian “Hard Gay” continues to make waves as a professional model

If the Japanese media hadn’t bothered to point it out, we never would have even realized the newest model for American fashion boot (that’s a thing?) manufacturer Luan is none other than comedian and former tasteless gay stereotype “Hard Gay”.

We’re still looking at the promotional photos and rubbing our eyes in disbelief. It turns out that, when he made the surprise announcement in June this year that he had decided to go into modelling, the former entertainer wasn’t kidding around.

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Miyazaki Prefecture woman shot by hunter after being mistaken for a wild boar

Miyazaki Prefecture woman shot by hunter after being mistaken for a wild boar

An 84-year-old woman in the town of Takachiho, Miyazaki Prefecture was accidentally shot yesterday morning by a man who was hunting in the area, Yomiuri Online reports.

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Häagen-Dazs Japan turns 30, celebrates with commemorative rose and sakura ice cream

Häagen-Dazs Japan turns 30, celebrates with commemorative rose and sakura ice cream

The bizarre story of how Häagen-Dazs being a totally made up name that most of the world seems to think is actually of Dutch origin somehow aside, Häagen-Dazs ice cream – which is actually manufactured by a US company – is renowned throughout much of the world for being high quality and super delicious.

It’s no surprise, then, that Häagen-Dazs Japan has enjoyed strong ice cream sales and a stellar reputation for 30 years now, and to celebrate its 30th anniversary, the company is going to kick back, relax, and gobble down two pints of brand new rose and sakura cherry blossom flavors of ice cream made to commemorate the chain’s three decades in Japan.

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Bowing to the ground: Japanese pop group Arashi inspires extreme fan worship

Bowing to the ground: Japanese pop group Arashi inspires extreme fan worship

Check out this photo of extreme fan worship in Japan. Here we have a group of (human) Arashi fans, bowing down to their round paper souvenir Arashi fans at the Nagoya Dome… arousing floods of mockery on Japanese Twitter.

Mega pop group Arashi have been taking Japan by storm with another nationwide tour. In fact, the word arashi literally means “storm”. They have been electrifying stadiums all over Japan, beginning this month with the Nagoya Dome shown above. They next hit the Sapporo Dome, and will now move on to Osaka’s Kyocera Dome (Nov 22-24), the Tokyo Dome (Dec 12-15), and Fukuoka Dome (Dec 20-22). Be still my beating heart.

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