Gotta ride ‘em all! JR West and Pokémon team up for the release of a new ICOCA train pass

Gotta ride ‘em all! JR West and Pokémon team up for the release of a new ICOCA train pass

The West Japan Railway Company, also known as JR West, is celebrating 10 years since the launch of its ICOCA smartcard passes. And they’re doing it in style!

Introducing the JR West and Pokémon Center Osaka limited-edition collaboration railway card! Now you can ride all over Western Japan with your Pikachu train pass, which comes complete with a pop-up stand of the cute critter’s head, for just 2,000 yen (US$20)!

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Canadian artist’s “what happened next” Street Fighter character designs are dark and awesome

Canadian artist’s “what happened next” Street Fighter character designs are dark and awesome

Montreal-based artist and owner of personal blog Novamesh Arman Akopian (perhaps better known by his DeviantArt tag of GUYJIN) is causing quite the stir here in Japan today with a series of illustrations depicting the cast of Capcom’s genre-defining fighting game series Street Fighter years after the events of the game’s martial arts tournament.

Tremendously dark but expertly drawn and with detailed character descriptions alongside each illustration, we learn that things are not looking good for the majority of the Street Fighter crew, with Blanka struggling with alcoholism, Guile’s “sonic boom” attack eventually causing him to go deaf, and Chun-Li… well, Chun-Li is still looking as flexible and muscular as ever.

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How to produce good quality sperm: view hardcore pornography

How to produce good quality sperm: view hardcore pornography

Is it a sign of manliness to have highly potent semen? It’s certainly a valuable trait for heterosexual men hoping to exercise their virility and extend their hereditary lines, though it seems a bit more difficult to measure and compare than, say, the length of one’s third leg.

Evolutionary biologists worldwide have a particular interest in the quality of common spunk, and some have dedicated years of research to discovering the secrets to producing potent semen. Turns out it’s perfectly possible to both train and trick your body into making better sperm. So, whether it’s for the bragging rights or a better chance at fatherhood, here are a few tips to turning out top-notch sperm.

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Fluffy cat and dog sushi turns heads and wins hearts in South Korea

Fluffy cat and dog sushi turns heads and wins hearts in South Korea

One day, some unsung genius stared at the fluffy pure-white fur of their beloved cat, thought “mmm, looks just like fluffy white rice”, and grabbed a red towel and a black sock to make their dream come alive. Boom! Fluffy cat sushi was born.

Over in South Korea, fluffy cat and dog sushi has become all the rage, with proud netizens displaying their home-made creations anonymously on internet message boards. Don’t get me wrong – this sushi is purely for decoration and made from household pets with beautifully white fur! Furthermore, it’s easy! If you have a pet at home who’s willing to sit still to be adorned, you can make your own delicious little morsel just like these.

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Nearly 290,000 people still living in shelters two and a half years after the Tohoku disaster

Nearly 290,000 people still living in shelters two and a half years after the Tohoku disaster

The devastation from the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami will not soon be forgotten. It has left an indelible footprint on the collective consciousness of Japan and, indeed, the rest of the world. While photos of Japan’s speedy response in many of the stricken areas are certainly inspiring, it’s important to remember that the prefectures worst hit by the natural disaster are still in the process of recovery, with a great many citizens continuing to live in refugee shelters.

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Typhoon Man-yi leaves much of Kyoto below water

Typhoon Man-yi leaves much of Kyoto below water

Typhoon Man-yi has been causing havoc across mainland Japan today, sweeping the length of the country and dumping torrential rains the like of which few have ever seen. Thousands of people in Western Japan have been forced to evacuate their homes, and as we can see in the following photographs, whole areas of Japan’s ancient capital city, Kyoto, have been left submerged after rivers burst their banks.

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Fried shark toys: An interesting twist on tempura

Fried shark toys: An interesting twist on tempura

What will they think of next? From Japanese toy company, Takara Tomy, makers of an indoor kite and robotic tropical fish, comes a fried shark toy that looks good enough to politely refuse to eat.

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Hardcore Totoro: Western fan art reimagines Studio Ghibli classics with gritty realism

Hardcore Totoro: Western fan art reimagines Studio Ghibli classics with gritty realism

We’ve already seen what can happen when artists take the creations of Studio Ghibli and thrust them into the world of the macabre, but the following collection of fan-art posters has left us feeling quite on edge.

Reimagining all of your animated favourites with a shocking level of impact and realism, it’s fair to say that these posters are perhaps truer to their films’ roots than Ghibli would ever care to admit, but at the same time we’re quite sure that, had the films had debuted with these as their official posters there would be far fewer kids pestering their parents to go and see them.

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Japanese rock star inspires reckless typhoon behavior

Japanese rock star inspires reckless typhoon behavior

Rock stars have been influencing fans’ bad behavior for decades, inspiring drunken debauchery for generations of wasted youth. But one Japanese rock star’s influence has taken on a slightly different form–inspiring people to run outside and dance in the middle of typhoons like the one currently battering the Japan.

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Environmentalists angered by new research that suggests dolphins have low IQs and behave violently

Environmentalists angered by new research that suggests dolphins have low IQs and behave violently

For many, the word “dolphin” conjures up images of docile, intelligent creatures that are often considered to be the heroes of the sea, pushing stranded swimmers back to shore and fending off predatory sharks whenever they’re not skipping alongside boats and generally being cute. However researchers from St. Andrew’s University in the United Kingdom have released controversial information that suggests that this is far from the case, resulting in uproar among dolphin conservation groups who argue strongly that dolphins should be protected on account of their high IQs. The news has also shocked many dolphin lovers who regard the creatures as some of the most intelligent and sociable in the world.

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7-Eleven Japan gets old school with green tea and azuki bean ice bars

7-Eleven Japan gets old school with green tea and azuki bean ice bars

We’re half way through September and autumn should be right around the corner, though you wouldn’t know it from the never-ending heat. But 7-Eleven has our backs with a new, unique ice bar just in time to (hopefully) ring out this sweaty, sweaty summer.

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Kobe University study reveals honesty is the best policy, to the tune of $5,000

Kobe University study reveals honesty is the best policy, to the tune of $5,000

Quick, think of the one thing your parents always told you when you were growing up. Was it “be nice to people” or “always say thank you”? If the one thing you can remember getting drilled into your brain as a child was “don’t tell a lie” then chances are your making around $5,000 more annually than your peers who don’t remember such lecturing.

At least that’s what Kobe University Professor Kazuo Nishimura suggests after conducting a survey of nearly 16,000 adults in Japan.

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Start your day off right with a swarm of gigantic hornets in your window

Start your day off right with a swarm of gigantic hornets in your window

The social problem of hikikomori continues to be widespread throughout Japan. For most it’s a developmental disorder either caused by mental or environmental factors that cause them to not want to leave the house. For just a few, however, I have to think this situation happened. Because I know for sure if I woke up to what this twitter user posted outside my window, I would never set foot outside again.

***WARNING: this picture may be unsettling to some***

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Someone uses a note to hold their place in line at the Apple store, the Internet goes ballistic

Someone uses a note to hold their place in line at the Apple store, the Internet goes ballistic

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night will prevent diehard Apple fans from being the first to get their hands on the newest Apple product. One of our reporters has waited in line for eight days to get an Apple lucky bag. An iPhone 5 cosplayer waited in line for the first day release and didn’t even buy an iPhone 5. But the dedication of this next “Apple lover” is questionable. Instead of slumming it with the rest of the iPhone 5S hopefuls in front of the Ginza Apple store, this person decided to leave a note instead, hoping to save their spot in line without having to actually be in line.

When the first person in line at the very same store got there ten days early, sat through an entire night of rain, and made a special rig using a car battery to charge his laptop, this note leaver seems a little weak. Japanese netizens were not afraid to let us know how they feel about this line cheater.

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“Architecture for Dogs” gallery in Tokyo will feature bizarre DIY dog houses

“Architecture for Dogs” gallery in Tokyo will feature bizarre DIY dog houses

Architecture for Dogs is a collection of kennels and accessories for canines that are designed by many different architects, most of them Japanese. It is “a new medium, which makes dogs and their people happy” and features unique designs, all of which can be made at home. So if you’re looking for a dog stroller, Chihuahua bubble suit, or a cone that sits on top of your dog instead of going around his neck, you can check out all that and more in Tokyo this fall.

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Cats versus blinds: A battle we all win

Cats versus blinds: A battle we all win

Cats: The fuel that runs the Internet! No matter where you are from, cats are a source of endless delight. And when those furry critters find themselves caught in awkward poses, it cranks the cuteness levels from 10 to pure “ZOMG!!” So today we bring you a host of pictures found on the incredibly popular Japanese site, Hamster Sokuhou, and Japanese commenters’ reactions to these adorable fails.

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Man steals high school girls’ raincoats, gets caught, admits he has an “interest” in them

Man steals high school girls’ raincoats, gets caught, admits he has an “interest” in them

While it’s nothing unusual to read about some creep taking pictures up girls’ skirts, this story is of an entirely different disturbing nature.

Recently, an Internet user bought a raincoat on an online auction, and, upon receiving the raincoat, opened it up to find…the name of a girl’s high school written inside of it. Wondering if the raincoat had been stolen, the auction winner contacted police, which was when things started to get really strange.

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The top 8 fast food chains in Japan

The top 8 fast food chains in Japan

Do you have a favorite place to get a quick, cheap meal? Maybe you go through the drive-thru at McDonald’s and enjoy a BigMac or cruise on over to Krispy Kreme for a sweet treat. Even though Japan doesn’t have a strong culture of driving motor vehicles, people in the island nation still enjoy a wide variety of quick bites. But what is Japan’s favorite fast food? News site, NariNari, has the answer.

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Lady’s iPhone cries when charging after not being used for a long time

Lady’s iPhone cries when charging after not being used for a long time

These days technology seems to be getting more and more closed off from the consumers that use it. Back in the day you easily could pull out a screwdriver and fix the gear on your Walkman by yourself after it chewed up your new jack swing mix-tape.

Now you wouldn’t know how to pop open an iPhone, even if you wanted to void the warranty. This is why problems like this lady’s have got me baffled. In her video titled The Case of My iPhone Gasping While Charging After a Long Time we can watch an iPhone make sounds not unlike Police Academy’s Michael Winslow when charging from 0%.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Thailand causing stir with new line of black donuts

Dunkin’ Donuts Thailand causing stir with new line of black donuts

The Thailand office of American doughnut chain, Dunkin’ Donuts, has been unrolling a unique line of doughnuts since August of this year. All of these 27 doughnuts have one thing in common: They’re black as midnight. 

But that’s just the tip of this ebony iceberg. We’ve seen black food hit the scene before but these doughnuts took a year in the making as Dunkin’ Donuts carefully selected what they thought were the best combination of ingredients. What they came up with is interesting to say the least. Some flavors will make you drool, some will make you cringe, but they’ll all make you interested.

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