Adorable cat strikes mind-boggling pose – Can you decipher what he’s trying to communicate?

Sometimes our pets do crazy things to get our attention, whether it be for food, to play or just for some good ol’ loving. This adorable green-eyed feline seems to have tried everything to get his owner’s attention, but with little success, so he had to resort to some sort of strange yoga move. This pose did the trick, because he not only got the attention he craved, but that of the internet community too!

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An idol song written by a comedian? “Attakaindakara” is the latest craze in Japan 【Videos】

“Attakaindakara” is a song which born from a skit written by comedy duo Kumamushi and it’s currently one of the most popular tunes in Japan. In the skit, Shunsuke Hasegawa imagines what it would be like if he were reborn female and became an idol, launching into a song that he wrote himself, much to the displeasure of his partner Hiroki Sato.

We’re sure the pair knew they were on to something when they made the video, but they probably had no idea it would become quite so popular years later…

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I think I’m turning Japanese: American expat shares habits she lost after moving to Japan

When moving overseas, especially when moving between countries with as cultures as different as the United States and Japan have, adjusting to your new life abroad can take a bit of time. But once you’ve settled in to your life in your new home, the customs you had to be so mindful of in the beginning become second nature, to the point you may even find yourself having a bit of reverse culture shock when you go back to your home country.

Amie, an American who lived for some time in Japan, shared some of the “American habits” she lost, or conversely, some of the “Japanese habits” she picked up from her time living abroad, as shared by blogger of all things Japan-and-foreigner related, Madame Riri. Continue reading to see the list!

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Do you recognize this fresh-faced, super-famous video game character?

When you stop and think about it, a lot of famous video game characters are defined by one or two memorable features or accessories. Have Street Fighter’s Ryu change out of his karate gi and headband and into a pair of cargo pants and a hoodie, and he could blend into a crowd of customers at Uniqlo pretty easily. Likewise, a lot of gamers wouldn’t be able to pick Laura Croft out of a lineup if not for her hot pants and pair of gigantic pistols.

So let’s try a little quiz. Can you recognize this smooth-faced gaming icon?

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Kaiju are destroying the world…in their more voluptuous forms【Art】

Giant monster movies were the Japanese reaction to the atom bomb and an allegory to the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Their message was clear, Godzilla is a fearsome monster that can occur when science and technology get carried away. These kaiju (Japanese for giant monster) were intimidating creatures designed to be the bad guy. It’s pretty easy to cheer for their destruction when they look super scary.

We don’t have a time machine to go back and check Toho’s original concept designs, but we are pretty sure they didn’t look anything like the “Godzilla Female Personification Project“. This version of Gojira has got a bit of the boom boom, and it makes us think the wrong thing.

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What separates the men from the boys: Feline Edition

Because the internet just can’t get enough of cats doing things – and neither can we – here is another cat video that has taken the Japanese internet by storm. In short, it’s a video of a pair of cats, one ‘doing things’ and the other ‘doing nothing’. Who knew it could be that adorable? This is indeed the Neko Power at its best!

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From out of shape to fitness instructor in three years – one woman’s tale of reinvention 【Photos】

Here on the internet, where many of us virtually live, there’s little we love more than a good tale of transformation. Whether it’s through the use of clever make-up and camera angles to achieve a gorgeous face, or whether it’s a full-body overhaul, there’s something uplifting about living vicariously through other people’s success stories.

Today we’d like to share with you the tale of one woman in China who transformed herself from couch potato to fitness instructor in just three years, losing almost half her body weight in the process.

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Steam Garden 8: Travel through time at Tokyo’s premier steampunk event 【Photos】

As we promised a few weeks ago, we swung by Steam Garden 8: Meiji Democracy and took in the sights and sounds! With more photos than your Facebook feed after a weekend of drunken revelry, we are happy to report that Steam Garden is both an amazing way to spend a Saturday, and an event you’ll definitely want to check out as soon as you can.

Click below for some highlights of the steampunk event and tons of fashion and cosplay photos!

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Transgender Thai actress called “too pretty” and “wonderful;” maybe world not so bad after all

It’s really nice that we live in a world where a transgender woman uploading pictures of herself onto social media results in comments like “oh my god you’re so pretty!” and “I love your dress!” instead of slurs and hate.

Most recently, Thai transgender sensation Nong Poy uploaded a picture onto her social media that some followers thought made her look exactly like Chinese model/actress/singer Aneglababy. In all honesty though, this author doesn’t really care who she looks like; she’s already plenty awesome just looking like no one else but herself.

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Still no hoverboards, but 2015 has now given us this cool Back to the Future Delorean iPhone case

Now that 2015 is upon us, futurists and move fans alike are up in arms about all the cool things Back to the Future II promised we’d have by now, but still don’t. Where are our self-lacing shoes, they ask? When can we except to be devoured by holographic advertisements, huh? And what in God’s name is the holdup with the hoverboards?

What all these complaints fail to recognize, though, is all of the other amazing stuff that’s become part of our daily lives. For example, not only do we have the Internet and all the wondrous knowledge it provides, but we can access it from our mobile phones! That’s something even Back to the Future II couldn’t imagine, which is why it’s taken until the real 2015 for someone to make these sweet iPhone cases modeled after the film’s iconic Delorean time machine.

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It’s Panda-monium! Play-fighting pandas pummel and paw their way into our hearts

Pandas have a pretty laid-back and serene image, don’t they? When you picture pandas, you probably imagine them lazing around, maybe chewing on some bamboo or their own feet.

But it turns out that when you put a bunch of pandas into a zoo enclosure together, you sometimes wind up with a panda death match, a veritable battle royale of pandas, where escape is futile and the fight goes on until only one panda emerges victorious! Okay, so they’re only play-fighting, but it’s still really, really cute!

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Pot-sticker paradise, hot-spring hotel just outside of Tokyo makes for a tasty retreat

Ask a Japanese person to give some examples of Chinese food, and they’ll likely reply with things like chaahan (fried rice) and the quintessential gyoza (pot-stickers). With their crispy fried outsides and juicy, flavorful insides, you can’t go wrong with gyoza, and many would say that Chinese food chain GYOZANOMANSYU (餃子の満州), based in the Kanto region of Japan, is the leader of them all.

Those wishing to take the gyoza experience a bit further can visit the hot-spring hotel Toumeikan in Gunma Prefecture, managed by GYOZANOMANSYU, and for a mere 5,900 yen per night (roughly US$59) you can stay in one of their cozy Japanese-style rooms, take a relaxing soak in the onsen hot springs, and get your fill at their breakfast buffet. Located deep in the mountains of Gunma, yet within a two- to three-hour drive from Tokyo, makes this a great place for a weekend getaway. Albeit one involving lots of garlic and chives.

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After 23 years, Sailor Moon figures are more amazing than ever at Wonder Festival 【Photos】

We recently made the trip out to Chiba Prefecture for the winter 2015 iteration of Wonder Festival, where we could have spent all day admiring the awesome anime, video game, and movie cosplay going on. But as eye-catching as the outfits were, Wonder Festival is actually an event for showcasing new figures and models, and taking a look around the booths taught us something about the anime industry.

Trends may come and go, but Sailor Moon is here to stay. More than two decades after the phenomenally successful magical girl series made its anime debut, modelers are still making new figures based on its characters, and they’ve only gotten better in the twenty-plus years they’ve had to practice.

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Attack on Titan gets arcade game by Capcom

CAPCOM announced at Japan Amusement Expo 2015 on Friday that it has an Attack on Titan arcade game project.

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Is Samsung sounding the retreat on the Japanese smartphone market?

South Korean Electronics giant Samsung may soon pulling out of the smartphone market–in Japan, at least. Recent information from industry sources paints a dreary picture for the company’s prospects in the country, with Business Korea saying: “By continuing to do business in Japan, Samsung should expect more of a loss than a gain.”

So what’s to blame for its floundering smartphone sales?

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Is it true that Japanese go to Alaska to copulate under the Aurora? 【Myth-Busters】

There’s a persistent story in the north that the reason Japanese people come to see the Northern Lights has something to do with conceiving children under the aurora. Since we see many retired visitors, I’m dubious. Can you bust this myth?”

–A reader in Alaska

I don’t know about you but just the thought of making love under the aurora brings to mind some questions: how does one copulate in subzero temperatures and manage to survive? Are there special suits for this? And is using a hotel considered cheating?

Join me as I uncover the answers to all these questions, and expose much more, after the jump.

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Owner wins damages after Chihuahua dies following encounter with German Shepherd in the street

In a landmark case, the owner of an elderly Chihuahua who tragically died on an everyday walk in Osaka has successfully received 220,000 yen (almost US$2,000) in damages from the owner of a German Shepherd alleged to have brought about the death of their pet.

But what exactly happened that day, and was the German Shepherd – or rather its owner – really to blame?

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“Feel” and experience Kyoto’s Kiyomizu Temple from afar via Tumblr

Last month we were delighted to hear that one of Kyoto’s most famous sight-seeing spots, Kiyomizudera, has an Instagram account. The thing about Kiyomizudera though, is that it’s not really just a tourist spot, it is a functioning temple serving hundreds of people every day and it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site. The site’s grandeur expands past the temple itself, to the beautiful surrounding scenery and view of the Kyoto cityscape, which can be enjoyed from the temple’s location, perched atop Mt. Otowa. Even the everyday religious events around Kiyomizudera are worthy of appreciation.

With all of this in mind, the temple has come out with an official Tumblr website, which they hope will allow viewers to not only see the temple through pictures, but to really feel and embrace its atmosphere.

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Five surprising things about working in a cafe in Canada, as chosen by a Japanese girl

We asked a Japanese girl who has worked in cafes both in Japan and Canada to compare the two. Here are the top five things that surprised her, from the concept of “ladies first” to free drinks.

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Forget chocolates, this Valentine’s Day all we want is a beautiful box for our game carts!

When we first saw this tweet from Twitter user kotekote_mk, we got all excited imagining the possibilities of re-using boring old chocolate boxes as handy storage boxes for our game cartridges and consoles. Just look at how neatly those cards fit into the little spaces for the chocolates! It really speaks to our love of organisation. And video games. And, okay, chocolate. And we’re not the only ones – the response to the tweet practically broke poor kotekote_mk’s Twitter page…

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