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Hello Kitty’s workload about to get even heavier with the introduction of Battleship Kitty

Hello Kitty’s workload about to get even heavier with the introduction of Battleship Kitty

Hello Kitty’s lengthy list of endorsement contracts must be a source of constant pressure for her. The success of products as diverse as contact lenses, melons, and even fire extinguishers riding on her marketing appeal must be an enormous weight on the shoulder’s of Japan’s favorite feline.

Now, Kitty-chan’s about to add an enormous weight to her head, as part of a new tie-up with the city of Kure in Hiroshima Prefecture.

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Adorable owl will ride on your hand while you draw, silently judge you 【Video】

Adorable owl will ride on your hand while you draw, silently judge you 【Video】

Owls are the cutest things with feathers this side of baby penguins tripping over their own feet. Even people who don’t like birds love owls–they’re just that freaking adorable. If we had to guess, we’d say it’s probably their enormous eyes, soft feathers, and ability to sit and stare for hours on end. Normally that would be creepy, but like cats, that predatory stare of “what shall I eat today?” is purely lovable when you know they’re (probably) not thinking about eating human face meat.

But have you ever wondered just how patient an owl can be? While a cat will sleep in your lap (or under your keyboard), one wrong move and it’s claws-in-flesh time. So how about our feathered friends?

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Dog found trapped in a Japanese suburb is a little sad, a little cute, thankfully all OK

Dog found trapped in a Japanese suburb is a little sad, a little cute, thankfully all OK

With a shortage of flat, buildable land leading to high prices for real estate, Japan is a crowded country. In homes, it’s not entirely unusual for rooms to serve dual or triple purposes, with fold-up tables and futons helping to transform living rooms into dining rooms, and later dining rooms into bedrooms.

Smaller houses and apartment buildings don’t just mean less space for human residents, though, but for pets too, as can be seen in this photo of a dog that got trapped running around its yard.

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Aoshima Island has 100 cats, and we photographed almost all of them

Aoshima Island has 100 cats, and we photographed almost all of them

Recently, we sent our intrepid reporter Meg to Ehime Prefecture’s Aoshima, also known as Cat Island or even Cat Paradise. We’d heard rumors that the island’s packs of free-roaming kitties were facing an obesity crisis from the snacks given to them by their numerous animal-loving visitors, and wanted to check up on our little friends.

When Meg came back, she reported that the cats were fine, thanks to their active, calorie-burning lifestyle. But how could she be sure? Did she check every cat on Aoshima?

She certainly came close, and we’ve got the photo collection to prove it.

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Overhauling your Gundam model for maximum cuteness

Overhauling your Gundam model for maximum cuteness

There’s a unique challenge for anime professionals working on a franchise with as long a history as Gundam, which aired its first episode 35 years ago. Since each new series does away with the war mechs of its predecessors, designers are always under pressure to come up with giant robots that look more powerful, technologically advanced, and, in the case of the villains’ machines, sinister than what fans have seen before.

With Gundam Unicorn’s NZ-999 Neo Zeong, piloted by baffling-named antagonist (and Toyota owner) Full Frontal, we think the animators did a pretty good job. From its sharp, angular lines, blood-red paint job, and the crevices in the sheet metal produce murky shadows, the mobile armor appears immediately menacing and dangerous.

Unless that is, you remove the head unit and replace it with a cute anime girl or kitty cat.

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Sit up! Japanese toymaker releases hunchbacked cat collection to stop office workers slouching

Sit up! Japanese toymaker releases hunchbacked cat collection to stop office workers slouching

In Japan, a hunched back is called neko-ze, which literally means cat’s back. These days, one of the most common places to see neko-ze is not actually in the feline world but in the office, where workers hunch over computers, inadvertently ruining their backs and causing all sorts of problems in the process.

In an attempt to remind workers not to slouch, Japanese toymaker Bandai is releasing a series of hunchbacked cats designed to sit next to your computer. One look at these during the workday and you’ll stop the office neko-ze.

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Olaf from Disney’s Frozen is cute enough to eat!

Olaf from Disney’s Frozen is cute enough to eat!

It’s par for the course that an animated Disney film will include a loveable sidekick providing lighter moments throughout the narrative. But it’s not often that these secondary characters can be replicated so well in edible form. Olaf from Disney’s Frozen though, is an absolute treat for cooks who want to add some cute flair to their meals and sweets. His round, white snowman figure is easily created from rice, potatoes, Japanese radish and even sweet icing. Take a look at some of these gorgeous incarnations of Olaf in the food world.

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Super cute Rilakkuma homemade treats revealed in GIF form look sweet both inside and out!

Super cute Rilakkuma homemade treats revealed in GIF form look sweet both inside and out!

Now, one thing we can tell you for sure is that we here at RocketNews24 never get tired of appreciating cute sweets, whether they’re Totoro macaroons or cat paw marshmallows. This time, we’ve found a series of delightful GIF images that show adorable Rilakkuma treats actually being created. And what makes it particularly fun is that the sweets aren’t made in a fancy pastry shop or cafe; they’re made with what looks like a relatively simple kit that anyone can use at home! The results, nonetheless, are certainly cute enough to brighten your day. Just take a look for yourself!

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Watch as this Japanese vlogger transforms from a 24-year-old man into a school girl【Video】

Watch as this Japanese vlogger transforms from a 24-year-old man into a school girl【Video】

For many men, make-up is basically magic in a bag. We usually know the effect it has, but it can often seem as mysterious as figuring out Facebook’s privacy settings. Of course, the art of cosmetics is not entirely lost on all men, as we’ve shown you before, but here’s one young man who knows exactly what he’s doing with a make-up kit.

Meet PurotanCH, a Niconico Douga and YouTuber who posts humorous videos of his adventures with make-up, and his surprisingly large biceps. Watch his nigh-magical transformation from sexy young man into cute high school girl below! And be sure to stick around for the best/worst miming of Frozen‘s “Let It Go” we’ve seen this week.

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Put out the flames with a Hello Kitty fire extinguisher!

Put out the flames with a Hello Kitty fire extinguisher!

In the market for a fire extinguisher? Neither were we, until we saw these at the Sanrio online store! With three gorgeous designs, there’s never been a better time to decorate and protect your home at the same time.

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That’s not a rabbit, that’s Mother Nature’s version of Pikachu (also known as Viscacha)【Photos】

That’s not a rabbit, that’s Mother Nature’s version of Pikachu (also known as Viscacha)【Photos】

As the end of the week closes in, it’s time to slow things down a bit and unwind. It’s been raining in Tokyo for the past couple of days, and we all know what cool, rainy weather does to us, right? It makes us feel oh so sleepy… like these fluffy… real-life Pikachus…

W-what? Did I just say Pikachu? I mean, Viscacha! Just look at them dozing off on the rocks!

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Japan’s Rabbit Island – Yes, it really does exist

Japan’s Rabbit Island – Yes, it really does exist

In some ways, the island of Okunoshima, in western Japan’s Setonaikai Inland Sea, seems like a terrible vacation spot. It’s already in an out-of-the-way region of the country, and with no connecting bridges, the only way to get there is by boat.

Then there’s its dark past. During the 1920s, ‘30s, and early ‘40s, Okunoshima was the site of a secret chemical weapons lab for the Japanese Imperial Army. The clandestine work being carried out there earned it the sinister nicknames Poison Gas Island and The Island Erased from the Maps.

Happily, the postwar years have seen a return to more peaceful, benign activities on Okunoshima. As a matter of fact, in the last few years it’s become one of the area’s most beloved tourist destinations, and the reason why is easy to see from the other name Okunoshima is called by, Rabbit Island.

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Desserts in Wonderland – Our lesson in decorating storybook sweets

Desserts in Wonderland – Our lesson in decorating storybook sweets

The relatively small size of Japanese kitchens, and ovens for that matter, mean the average person doesn’t get many opportunities to bake desserts. Sure, once a year a lot of women will whip up a batch of chocolate or some other sweets, but February 15 is usually the beginning of a 364-day streak of no homemade goodies.

Looking to break this cycle was our Japanese-language correspondent Momo. But how would someone who charred all of her attempts at Valentine’s Day sweets to a crisp as a schoolgirl, fare at her Alice in Wonderland cookie and cake decorating class?

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Keep kitty cool this summer with the nyanko nabe cooling pot

Keep kitty cool this summer with the nyanko nabe cooling pot

It’s not easy being covered in fur. Especially when you have to endure the stifling heat of a Japanese summer! Now hot kitties are sure to get some respite, thanks to a new product that’s already selling out online. While it may look like an everyday bowl, this is actually a whole lot more, with a special ergonomic design that’s especially effective at supporting and cooling a cat’s body. It’s called the Cooling Aluminium Kitty-Cat Pot, and it’s sure to be your cat’s favourite piece of furniture this summer.

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Japanese netizens think this soggy doggy looks like seaweed

Japanese netizens think this soggy doggy looks like seaweed

The thing about fluffy dogs is they look a lot bigger than they actually are. Take this little pomeranian for example – he looks more like the cousin of a rodent than a canine once he’s been robbed of his voluptuous mane. But the most interesting part of this photo is what Japanese netizens think this soggy doggy looks like.

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Who are you calling “cute”!? Seven-year-old karate master will destroy you

Who are you calling “cute”!? Seven-year-old karate master will destroy you

“Aw, what an adorable little karate tot!” I thought to myself as I stumbled upon a video of seven-year-old Mahiro-chan about to do some adorable flailing. “It’s like someone put a karate gi on a Cabbage Patch Kid!”

Trembling in anticipation of some otherworldly cuteness, I clicked play and GAHHHHHHHH!!!! She’s TERRIFYING!!!!!

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Fat cat takes over the art world with an amazing online mew-seum

Fat cat takes over the art world with an amazing online mew-seum

While most cats would be content with plain and simple internet domination, there’s one chubby tabby who craves something more. Meet Zarathustra, the Russian cat who’s sinking his paws into a different pie, taking over the world of fine art and starring in his very own exhibition. From Da Vinci to Rembrandt, no artwork is safe from this feline’s sultry poses and exquisite expressions.

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Characters that are “difficult to color because they move too much” have taken over Twitter!

Characters that are “difficult to color because they move too much” have taken over Twitter!

Do you like manga? We definitely do! Here at RocketNews24, we cover topics related to manga (or comics) every once in awhile, so you might have seen quite a few articles featuring images of manga drawn by professionals and amateurs alike. But have you seen manga that has a mind of its own? We found some on Twitter!

Check out these adorable, albeit slightly mischievous, characters who fidget about and “interact” with their artists within their little manga frames!

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Pikachu soccer jersey lets you represent as a lover of both sports and Pokémon

Pikachu soccer jersey lets you represent as a lover of both sports and Pokémon

In Japan, the national sports teams are officially known as the Nihon Daihyou, literally the Japanese Representatives. And while it’s true that the Japanese soccer team will be getting eve more attention than usual as it competes in the World Cup in Brazil, one could argue that Japan’s pop cultural icons, more so than its athletes, are the most prominent representatives of the country internationally.

Or, you could sidestep the debate by combing the too with a Pokémon soccer jersey.

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Take a peek inside a Hong Kong cat cafe

Take a peek inside a Hong Kong cat cafe

Many foreign tourists who come to Japan make sure to check out one of the country’s ubiquitous cat cafes before heading home. After all, if you’re a cat lover, what better way to relax in the middle of your busy schedule while still doing something distinctly “Japanese”?

But did you know that cat cafes are springing up in other parts of the world, too? Take Hong Kong’s Ah Meow Cat Cafe (阿貓地攤), for instance. Located in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong’s major shopping district, the cafe is always jam-packed with curious customers. We wanted to share with you some photos from popular Canadian blogger La Carmina’s visit to the cafe, so sit back, gather up your feline friends, and start purring!

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