Try this squeaky clean personality test based on bathing habits!

Try this squeaky clean personality test based on bathing habits!

The unconscious mind is an interesting thing. Our natural tendencies can often say a lot about who we are as people. For example, could it be that the way we bathe ourselves gives insight into our personalities? Japanese new compilation site Naver Matome seems to think so. They’ve posted a detailed list which explains exactly what your bathing habits have to say about your brain functions. See for yourself what the order that you bathe in and the attention you give to each body part has to say about your basic personality.

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Fourth-grader’s life goal of becoming a Pokémon Master applauded by cram-school teacher

Fourth-grader’s life goal of becoming a Pokémon Master applauded by cram-school teacher

Let’s say you’re looking for a job, and someone offers you a position as the vice president of human resources in a global logistics services company. That’s a pretty plum position, and most of us would jump at the chance.

However, offer a nine-year-old kid the same job, and he’s likely to turn it down and say he’d rather be an ice cream salesman instead. The point is kids don’t always have the most concrete handle on what professions entail, so if you ask them what they want to do for a living someday, you might not get the most sensible answers. This was definitely the case when a number of elementary school boys in Japan recently said that when they grow up, they want to become anime characters.

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Chinese model’s “muscle” pics spurned by netizens, Chun-Li pics win them back

Chinese model’s “muscle” pics spurned by netizens, Chun-Li pics win them back

The internet in China was lit up recently by photos of a young model showing off her rather meaty upper-arms. Being titled “China’s Most Beautiful Man,” a large number of netizens are declaring Photoshop shenanigans afoot, but all agree that her photos dressed up as Street Fighter mainstay Chun-Li are “kind of hot”.

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How to survive an earthquake (or zombie outbreak): Expert advice and items to prepare

How to survive an earthquake (or zombie outbreak): Expert advice and items to prepare

Being the most earthquake-prone country in the world, earthquake drills are as common in schools in Japan as fire drills are in the West. Knowledge of what to do and how to prepare for big quakes is essential, but many foreigners visiting or living in Japan are simply not used to larger tremors and have little or no idea how to respond should the earth start to rumble. Thankfully, even in Japan the chances of being hurt or killed in an earthquake are relatively slim, but it’s important to know what you can do to prepare. Combining our own first-hand experience with the expert advice of a seismologist from the California Institute of Technology, the following article not only discusses how best to respond in the event of an earthquake, but also lists the essential items that anyone living in Japan or any other earthquake-prone country should have stowed away in their earthquake preparedness kit.

Talking safety is never the most exciting subject, and no one’s asking you to go all Dwight Schrute and build a nuclear fallout shelter here, but it pays to be ready. And if the thought of tooling up in the name of earthquake preparedness fails to get your heart pumping, simply substitute the word “earthquake” for “zombie outbreak” and the process will become infinitely more fun.

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Special camping plans let girls in Japan rough it by day, enjoy champagne and butler service at night

Special camping plans let girls in Japan rough it by day, enjoy champagne and butler service at night

With so many people in Japan living in cramped urban population centers, it’s understandable that a large number of them want to head somewhere more rural if they’ve got a few days to get out of town.

On the other hand, Japan’s traditionally high standards regarding hospitality mean that often travelers want to be pampered while away from home. Add in the fact that it’s much more common for a group of Japanese women to travel together than a group of men, and you’ve got the makings of a new cottage industry of luxurious accommodations for female campers.

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Japan’s hottest city uses its scorching record to boost tourism

Japan’s hottest city uses its scorching record to boost tourism

This past summer on August 12, the city of Shimanto in Kochi Prefecture experienced a record-setting temperature of 41 degrees Celcius (105.8 Fahrenheit), the highest ever recorded in the country. But the little city on Japan’s southern island of Shikoku took the less than ideal title in stride, using it as a new way to promote the area. The city’s “41℃” campaign has been received positively by tourists and citizens alike, boosting the area’s tourism industry and bringing a little fame to the relatively unknown city.

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Seven-year-old in China gets hungry and calls…the police!

Seven-year-old in China gets hungry and calls…the police!

Growing up, we all learn the basic rules and etiquette for talking on the phone. Don’t talk with your mouth full. Don’t crank call random strangers. Never call a 900 number. And never, ever, ever call the police unless it’s a real emergency!!

But what do you think counts as an emergency for a seven-year-old? A house fire? A runaway dog? How about feeling a bit peckish? If you chose “feeling peckish,” you know just how this little boy in China felt!

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Fashion takes a tip from the dog park, leaves Japanese Tweeters baffled

Fashion takes a tip from the dog park, leaves Japanese Tweeters baffled

Fashion can be…confusing at times. Especially for those of us whose wardrobe consists of a black T-shirt and a white T-shirt, in case a fancy event comes up.

But there’s no denying that fashion, as an art form, takes its inspiration from the world around us. While not every design will become a permanent fixture or even necessarily work really well, we have to respect the creativity and thought that goes into making fashionable clothes. Though maybe this particular concept should have stayed on the drawing board…or in the dog park!

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21 Halloween treats from Japan

21 Halloween treats from Japan

Even though Halloween is an American import to Japan, many people celebrate the holiday in their own unique way. Although it’s rare to see kids going door-to-door to trick or treat on the night of October 31, many Japanese people celebrate the holiday by going to parties or participating in special events at school or in the community. To get into the Halloween spirit, a few clever cooks have whipped up some delightfully spooky Halloween dishes, displaying them on Cookpad, Japan’s most popular recipe swap site. Let’s take a look at 21 of the Halloween treats made by Japanese Cookpad users.

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Asuka’s official underwear sells out quickly on Evangelion’s online store

Asuka’s official underwear sells out quickly on Evangelion’s online store

Currently, the new arrivals section of the Evangelion Store, an online shop filled all our favorite robot-driving, angel-fighting merchandise, lists a very special lingerie set based directly off of a camisole worn by Asuka in the second new Evangelion movie. Unfortunately for fans of the second child, the item is already sold out and in need of restocking. We’ll try to pretend that’s not creepy, considering the character is only 14… Read More

Lazy cat shows us how to do a three-day holiday properly

Lazy cat shows us how to do a three-day holiday properly

It was a three-day weekend over here in Japan thanks to the Autumn equinox and the heat finally gave us a break, making it absolutely wonderful! With cool weather and so much time, surely everyone was really productive, right? I mean, nothing’s better than taking a few days to really get stuff done! I bet everyone was busying with things like reading a science book, cleaning the house, studying a foreign language, or going for long nature hikes.

Or maybe people were more like this adorable, sleepy-eyed cat.

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Tully’s Coffee checks off every last prefecture, set to open store in oft-forgotten Tottori Prefecture

Tully’s Coffee checks off every last prefecture, set to open store in oft-forgotten Tottori Prefecture

American coffee chain, Tully’s Coffee, is set to open a new coffee shop in Tottori Prefecture which will see it secure a firm foothold in every last prefecture in Japan. The absence of a Starbucks in Tottori Prefecture means that Tully’s Coffee will effectively steal the lead over the big S, who has set to set up a store in Japan’s least populous prefecture.

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Play games on your touch screen the way they’re meant to be played with Buttons Anywhere

Play games on your touch screen the way they’re meant to be played with Buttons Anywhere

Smartphones and tablet devices have proven themselves to be viable gaming platforms… as long as the game suits it. While games like Angry Birds work perfectly, old school gamers (which is probably all of us in this instance) can’t help but struggle with the virtual D-pad and buttons we’ve grown accustomed to in other genres like action games.

So along comes Buttons Anywhere to bring us back that loving feeling of 3D plastic buttons to games like Street Fighter and GTA on the touch screens of newer devices.

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In Japan, even cute animals obey the law 【Photos】

In Japan, even cute animals obey the law 【Photos】

We’ve all no doubt heard of the polite deer in the city of Nara that have learned to bow their heads to tourists in order to get food, but did you know that they also obey the law and know how to cross the road properly?

Check out these photos for one incredibly cute example of how to use a pedestrian crossing!

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The price of immersion: Hands on with Sony’s new HMZ-T3 personal viewer headset

The price of immersion: Hands on with Sony’s new HMZ-T3 personal viewer headset

As well as showing off its new PlayStation 4 console, PlayStation Vita 2000 handheld and Xperia Z1 smartphone at last week’s Tokyo Game Show, electronics giant Sony was also quietly pushing its newly designed HMZ-T3 personal viewer headset into tech fans’ consciousness, with demo units popping up in a number of booths. Since bringing its first headset to the market back in 2011, Sony has been gradually tweaking and refining its tech in response to consumer feedback, with its newest iteration due to go on sale later this year.

With the HMZ-T3, Sony has produced its lightest, most compact headset yet, retaining the ability to watch movies and play video games in both 2-D and stereoscopic 3-D, as well as boasting smartphone connectivity and, for the first time, wireless operation thanks to a portable battery pack.

Our experience of the previous model having been something of a bittersweet affair, we were keen to see whether Sony had managed to perfect its headset the third time around, so with the help of a friendly booth attendant we slipped on the new HMZ-T3 and put it through its paces.

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Osaka woman arrested for attempting to kill husband after he saved her life

Osaka woman arrested for attempting to kill husband after he saved her life

Osaka prefectural police announced on 20 September the arrest of 48-year-old Masumi Nishino for the attempted murder of her husband and arson of their home and office.  This arrest was made possible only after Nishino’s allegedly intended victim/husband saved her life by pulling her from the very same building she set on fire.

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Japanese children surveyed to find the most popular characters

Japanese children surveyed to find the most popular characters

Japan is a country with a lot of cute characters. Starting with the obvious ones from anime and manga like Totoro and Doraemon, there’s also ones featured in video games like Pikachu or Sonic, and corporate symbols like Hello Kitty. Going further we can delve into the deep ecosystem of costumed mascots that can be found everywhere throughout Japan. Finally we can pile on all of the imported characters from North America and Europe.

All these cuddly animals and monsters running around beg the question: Which one is the most popular amongst children? To answer that, we have the semiannual Characters and Children Marketing Survey results which were recently published in Japan. Let’s take a look.

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Mochi and Cookies & Cream together at last with new Yukimi Daifuku flavor

Mochi and Cookies & Cream together at last with new Yukimi Daifuku flavor

If you’ve never actually been to Japan and had a Yukimi Daifuku recommended to or forced upon you, you probably have no idea what that headline means.

Yukimi Daifuku is an ice cream treat that wraps the Japanese candy staple, mochi – rice pounded to a gooey consistency – with ice cream. It may be one of the few ice cream desserts in Japan that is popular outside of the summer months, most likely because it combines so many different flavors and eating experiences: The gooey, sticky mochi – which is slightly savory – contrasts with the sweet, creamy ice cream to create a totally unique treat you’d be hard pressed to find outside of Japan.

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Would-be bank thief just fails at everything

Would-be bank thief just fails at everything

Working in a bank seems like a fairly boring job most days. You talk to customers, fill out some paper work, deal with large sums of cash that you can’t use in awesome rap videos, and hope there aren’t any crazy people looking for a quick payday. But what happens when one of those crazy people walks into your branch and demands a bunch of money? Well, if you’re lucky, it goes about as well as it did for this bumbling bank robber in Chiba Prefecture.

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Hello Kitty gets a jack-o’-lantern grin at Mister Donut Japan

Hello Kitty gets a jack-o’-lantern grin at Mister Donut Japan

October is right around the corner and that means Halloween merchandise! Mister Donut is celebrating the holiday by churning out Hello Kitty jack-o’-lantern doughnuts and other adorable pumpkin-flavored treats.

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