Kyoto Sangyo University opened a brand-new research facility this week, the Honeybee Industry Research Center, to study the ecology of the little bumblers and the benefits of their honey. This kind of specialized facility is extremely rare and is generating a lot of buzz among entomologists. Read More
Okay, I’m sure you’ve seen loads of cute cat videos on the internet already. And they never fail to make you smile, do they? Well, once again, we’ve found an utterly adorable cat video to share with our cat-loving viewers. This time, the video features three cats intently watching a game of tennis – and boy, are they focused on the ball! They’re so focused, in fact, that all three of them move their heads in absolute perfect unison! But don’t take our word for it, you can see the video below yourself. Read More
When we hear “sashimi”, usually what comes to mind is fish. But there are actually a wide variety of sashimi, such as horse sashimi and chicken sashimi. And, since ancient times in Japan, there is frog sashimi. (Here is where we try it out so you don’t have to.) We went to a Tokyo restaurant that we heard serves frog sashimi, “Asadachi” (which means morning wood, you know), about 3 minutes walk from Shinjuku station in ‘Piss Alley‘.
How tough is it to be a pet animal? Free shelter, free food at dependable intervals, an abundance of toys and attention, nudity encouraged in most cases . . . what are they lacking, and which of us wouldn’t sign up for that kind of life?
Pet massages have become a hot topic, and it appears that Fido and Fluffy enjoy muscle stimulation and relaxation at the end of a long day just as much as their pet owners do.
Dr. Takashi Ishino combines the latest approaches of Western and Eastern medicine to stimulate feline pressure points with gentle massages at the Kamakura Genki Animal Hospital in the Tebiro neighborhood of Kamakura City. Here are three easy cat massages from Dr. Ishino’s repertoire: Read More
Next time you pick up a package of instant ramen, you may want to look extra closely at the label. A media outlet in Hong Kong recently reported that a type of instant ramen containing dog meat has been growing in popularity. Read More
In the bird world, the undisputed masters of mimicry are the myna. You may even have seen them on TV from time to time copying human voices with eerie precision, but you’ve probably never seen one quite as adorable as Abe-chan, a pet myna cum YouTube star.
They say that dog is man’s best friend. However, as the number of smartphone users continues to grow that title may soon be challenged, especially if you consider Bandai’s newest iPhone development, Smartpet.
Every dog lover wants to ensure their canine companion stays healthy and strong, and this means putting them on the right diet. But with so many different kinds of dog food on the market, it may be difficult for owners to choose one that agrees with their dog’s physiology and palate.
We asked our resident dog-loving reporter, Yoshio, for his advice to fellow dog-owners on how to pick the best chow for their best friends.
“Small-breed dog food has a milder flavor than large-breed food, making it tastier and easy to eat. Similar to blue cheese, dog foods with a strong aroma are preferred by aficionados like myself, though laymen are often put off by the pungent odor,” remarked Yoshio.
The Ameyoko block of Tokyo is a comprised of a busy market street lined with quaint little shops selling various foods, cosmetics and knick-knacks like clocks. You can expect to find just about anything in Ameyoko, which makes it the perfect location for Geinanhonbo, a whale-meat specialty shop, to open its newest branch.
At Geinanhonbo you can choose from 16 different cuts of whale meat from a giant fridge that takes up most of the shop space. Red meat cuts are relatively cheap, costing 380 yen per 100g (US$1.32/oz), but more expensive parts like the tail or jaw can run up to 2,800 yen per 100g ($9.84/oz). The store offers “almost every edible part of the whale” including the heart, which costs about as much as the red meat.
The image you see above has become the meme of the day for the Japanese internet, who have concluded from it that if you wear a dog costume while walking a dog, it looks like the dog is walking you. In Soviet Russia.
Come on rest-of-the world, we really think it’s time for you to embrace the washlete—you know, that bidet function common in Japanese toilets that sprays water and cleans important parts with the push of a button.
Really, once your go washlet, you never go back. We personally couldn’t imagine a world without the washlet. Even our cats use the washlete.
That’s right, our cats know how to keep potty time clean and proper. Take a look at the video posted below for proof!
Until recently, it was generally believed that the design for Pikachu was based on the mouse.
However, recent Japanese research suggests that Pikachu may have actually been modeled off thecacera pacifica, a species of sea slug found in the Indian and Western Pacific Oceans.
“To the person who abandoned kittens here: They were all eaten by crows. They’re dead. You killed them. Abandonment is no different than murder.
-From, the person who saw it happen”
Christmas is approaching fast and perhaps you’re thinking of getting your child or loved one a kitten. Or maybe you’ve just moved into a new apartment that allows pets and you’ve decided to get a puppy.
But before you go to the pet store with cash in hand to purchase a furry new family member, we want you to stop and think for a moment.
While we can’t vouch for the situation overseas, here in Japan, pet adoption networks are having their internet message boards filled with more and more abandoned kitten and puppy adoption requests each day.
Moreover, since these animals are currently under the care of protection groups, many of them are relatively comfortable around people and will likely easily adjust to a new home.
Protection groups are obviously invested in the well-being of animals and are thus often more likely than pet shops to provide you with help and advice, even after you’ve take your kitten or puppy home and welcomed it as a new member of your family,
Below, we’ve put together 4 reasons why future pet-owners should consider adoption before purchasing from a store. Read More
A lot of ladies head to the spa for beauty treatments and relaxation, and recently more and more men have been getting in on that action. But the spa industry isn’t stopping there. They’ve begun on the animal kingdom as well.
According to our sources, Australia now boasts a spa for the exclusive use of lady crocodiles.
Do you have a penchant for the fluffy and cuddly? Well, good news! It turns out there is a place in Japan that is literally crawling with squee-worthy bunnies. About 300 of them, in fact. They aren’t even fenced in, but are living their adorable little lives running free on an island.
Snail cream is a natural skin care product made from snail mucous, the liquid they secrete to climb along walls without falling. The medicinal and cosmetic effects of snail mucous on human skin have long been recognized, and snail cream is popular among some women as a miracle cream that works well against wrinkles, acne, stretch marks and other conditions.
Recently, one woman in China was so impressed by the effectiveness of snail cream that she decided to cut the middle man and let living snails spread their mucous around her body directly. However, this romance was short lived: within a week of using the snails, they began to mysteriously die off. Read More
A heartwarming video of two cats embracing each other tightly and falling soundly asleep in the comfort of each others’ arms has sparked jealousy in the hearts of the Japanese Internet masses. Read More
On May 21 a video of a rabbit supposedly born with no ears after the Fukushima nuclear accident was uploaded to YouTube. Though the exact cause remains unclear, many people are speculating that it could be an effect of radiation. Conversely, many also claim that the video is a hoax. Read More
On April 21 the Japanese government declared the 20 km zone around the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant a no-go zone, forcing volunteer animal rescue groups that had been working in the area to halt their efforts.
Before the no-go zone was enforced the groups had been working to rescue the cats and dogs left behind by their owners who fled after the nuclear crisis broke out. After being denied special permission to enter the area several of the groups appealed to the public to pressure the government into taking action. Read More
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