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Stylish squirrel’s self-made pet costume is so cool even he knows he looks good【Video】

Thanks to Japan’s love of fashion and animals, you can walk into just about any pet shop and find cute outfits for your dog. From styles that copy human duds such as shirts and dresses to playful costumes that look like cartoon characters or other animals, you can easily put together a wardrobe a pooch that’s as extensive as that of its human owner.

On the other hand, there’s a lot less to choose from in off-the-rack clothing for a pet squirrel. It turns out that you don’t have to go to the pet supply store to have your loveable little companion looking dashing, though, or even be handy with a needle and thread. All you need is some leftover veggies.

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Meow-meow but no flush-flush? What’re these cats doing on highway rest stop toilets in Japan?

Even after years of living in Japan, I’m always pleasantly surprised by how awesome the highway rest stops are. Not only do the larger ones have food courts and markets with all manner of local delicacies on offer, but the bathrooms are almost always incredibly clean.

Part of the thanks for all that shining porcelain goes to the hard-working cleaning crews, but you also can’t discount the Japanese cultural mindset that stresses not making trouble for others, which in turn keeps people conscious of the importance of using public restrooms in a way that leaves them clean for the next person.

But does this series of photos of cats sitting on toilets mean even the feline guests of Japanese rest stops have an advanced sense of courtesy?

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Mini Bruce Lee from Japan wins the Internet this week 【Video】

It’s only Tuesday, but we feel safe in declaring this week’s Internet champion already: Ryusei, the cutest Bruce Lee we’ve ever seen.

While Bruce Lee spawned many imitators both in life and after his death, Ryusei might be the only one we’re willing to accept as the new Bruce Lee. And we doubt many will argue!

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Why is even Japan’s packaging cute? Delivery company decorates its boxes with cats

One of the things I love the most about Japan is how most people here seem to have a non-ironic, totally open and serious love of all things cute. Taking the mundane and making it adorable is basically a Japanese art in and of itself; even their packaging is full of hidden messages and cute sayings.

Now, Japan’s Twitter users have been cooing over parcel company Yamato Kuroneko’s cardboard boxes, which feature adorable marching kitties that are revealed as you open the box. Because why not?

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Want socks with that? McDonald’s Japan attempts to win customers with fast food, toasty feet

McDonald’s hasn’t been doing so well in Japan for a while now, but they’re still plugging away at the Japanese market, trying to stay popular in a country that has plenty of burger chains of its own, and without any of those awkward food scandals at that.

It seems their latest gimmick – giving away free stripy socks akin to those Ronald McDonald wears – is doing more to win over customers than any of the special creations they’ve previously tried to use as bait, however…

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Notice me, Kitty! Adoring cockatoo’s three-year campaign to win the heart of the cat it loves

If you’ve got any experience of the dating world, then you probably know how much it sucks when someone you like doesn’t like you back.

Generally, most people tend to give up at this point and move on, but when Mai-san the cockatoo first laid her beady eyes on handsome Ku-san the cat, she knew she had to make him notice her, even if it took years of hard work…

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Get inspired by this cat’s early morning workout!

Thanks to the Internet, we’ve seen pets on treadmills, animals interfering with their owners’ workout routines, and curious pups and kittens joining adult yoga sessions with adorable poses of their own. In amongst all the action, though, there’s been one thing missing: this cat doing stomach crunches.

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Hamster, chipmunk and squirrel money pouches store your change in their cheeks!

Japan is still very much a cash-based society, and it’s not at all unusual here to walk around with several hundred dollars’ worth of yen in your pocket. You can even pay for a pack of gum with a 10,000 note (US$ 84) if the mood takes you, and nobody will mind a bit. But the downside to this is that it’s really easy to amass a huge amount of loose coins, especially if you’re not diligent about paying in exact change.

A good solution is to carry a spare purse full of change, and what better option could there be than these adorable squirrel, chipmunk and hamster face purses from YOU+MORE?

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Toddler Evangelion Rody rompers now come in more colors

The slightly sinister line of children’s clothing crossing Evangelion and Rody from Premium Bandai just got updated with more colors. The original included Unit 01 and Unit 00 with matching bibs. The new onesies are based on Asuka’s Unit 02, Mari’s Unit 05, Kaworu’s Unit 06, and the Yuru-Shito mascot.

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Bet you can’t look at Satomi Ishihara’s face without wanting to squeeze it 【Video】

Quiz time! Is this video of actress Satomi Ishihara pouting and finger-dancing along to something called the puni-puni dance:

a) ridiculously catchy?
b) a telling example of what it means to be female and in a Japanese commercial?
c) the cutest thing to happen since those photos of the baby otters?

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Pay to have a cute girl squeeze your rice balls at “Galmusu”, Akihabara’s onigiri idol cafe!

Onigiri are the perfect Japanese snack food. Portable and (generally speaking) healthy, they consist of a small ball or triangle of rice containing one of a huge variety of fillings, wrapped in seaweed or coated with some kind of seasoning. While most of the onigiri you can buy at convenience stores here in Japan are probably filled and shaped by machine, it’s traditional to roll ’em yourselves by making a squeezing motion with your hands. And now you can combine your love of onigiri with your love of cute idol girls by heading down to “Galmusu”, a new cafe where, for a small fee, a cutie will squeeze your rice balls for you right in front of your eyes!

We sent one of our Japanese reporters to investigate this new form of edible performance art!

Oh, but before you read on, we should probably mention one thing: our reporter usually can’t stand anyone handling his food

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Can you spot the immensely cute animal addition to this cushion?【Pictures】

In the tiny apartments of Japan, having a small pet really strikes the balance between companionship and available space. A popular and incredibly cute option is everyone’s favorite rodent, the hamster!

However, even if you are trying to be thrifty, the costs can start to add up. There’s food, the cage, water, toys…the list goes on and on. You definitely want your little guy to be happy, and you try to provide the best, most comfortable home you can. But there’s a chance you’ve already got the perfect bed and resting place for a hamster in your home. Just ask yourself a very simple question. Have you been afflicted with hemorrhoids recently?

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What happens when this adorable Shiba’s travel box gets smaller and smaller? 【Video】

Koharu is a sweet Shiba Inu from Japan who loves going for car rides. She even has a special bed in the back seat of the car where she cozies up for the ride. But what happens when her bed gets smaller and smaller each time she hops in the car, ready to go? We’re sure Koharu will squeeze her way into your heart as she tries to squeeze her way into these bitty boxes!

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Origami at the dinner table! How to make cranes and doggies out of your chopstick sheath

Ramen joints and other cheap restaurants in Japan often just leave a container of chopsticks out on the table for customers to grab a pair from. Classier dining establishments, however, set the table with a pair of chopsticks for each guest tucked inside of a paper chopstick sheath, called a hashibukuro in Japanese.

But what do you do once you’ve pulled your chopsticks out of the cover? You could leave the empty sheath lying on the table, or, seeing as how you’re sitting in a Japanese restaurant with a piece of paper, you could use it to make some cool origami art.

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“Japanese Harry Potter” hopes to fly around the world on a broomstick, document it on Instagram

Everyone loves a good themed Instagram account. Especially when the subject matter is both simple and intriguing. It doesn’t hurt when the photographer has a great eye for framing a shot, either. And if you throw a hint of cuteness in there, you’re practically guaranteed followers.

Take Instagram user halno‘s account, which features a plethora of beautiful shots of himself and friends leaping gleefully into the air with a broomstick jammed between their knees. This “Japanese Harry Potter” has over 263,000 Instagram followers who can’t get enough of his adorably goofy aerial antics!

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Three Shiba Inu puppies, one head of Chinese cabbage, tons of smiles 【Video】

In describing the Japanese countryside, you could say it’s tranquil, peaceful, beautiful, or traditional. “Exciting,” though, probably isn’t what you’d call Japan’s farmland, where life pretty much consists of field work during the day and sleep not long after the sun goes down.

Of course, that’s going by human standards. If you’re a dog, rural Japan can be filled with thrills. For example, while most of us would look at the setting of this video and see a vegetable patch, to these three adorable pups it’s an awesome Chinese cabbage buffet!

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Pikachu outbreak to happen again in Yokohama this summer, this time with dance fever!

Half-way through April, all of the cherry blossoms are gone from the Tokyo area, and while it’s good to know that they’ll be back in 12 months’ time, it’s always kind of a bummer to see them go.

Thankfully, though, there’s plenty to look forward to as the weather starts to heat up. For example, traditional festivals and amazing fireworks displays take place all across Japan during July and August. Plus, it looks like there’s a new annual summer event now, as the city of Yokohama is going to once again be overrun by Pikachus this year, and this time it sounds like all 1,000-plus of the unbearably cute Pocket Monsters have come down with dance fever!

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Shiba inu way too proud of its new pee pad

A Twitter user recently reported their pet dog as being overly pleased about its acquisition of a new pee pad. The shiba inu was reportedly swaggering around the toilet-device and looking “a little too full of itself” according to witnesses.

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Cuddly koalas pose in business class as part of trip to celebrate Singapore’s 50th birthday

To celebrate Singapore’s 50th birthday, Australia sent four koalas to the Singapore Zoo for what is possibly the best birthday present ever. As one of Australia’s national animals, these four fuzzy marsupials were given top-notch treatment as they were upgraded from the cargo hold to “Koala Class”. Pictures appearing on Qantas’ Facebook page showed exactly how good people and bears have it in business class.

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The adorable cuteness of sea squirts is too much for us to handle!

As we all know, the internet is basically powered by pictures of cute and adorable animals. Whether it’s yawning otters, play-fighting pandas, or big, fuzzy kitties, none of us can resist the allure of a good dose of cute.

But did you ever stop to think about all of that cuteness that’s just lurking beneath the surface of the ocean? This week, we learned that sea squirts are pretty adorable, and they even have tiny faces that look like they’re smiling or in the middle of a sing-song!

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