Sliding paper doors give a subtle elegance to any room, but unfortunately for homeowners in Japan who like to keep things nice, are extremely fragile. Even the slightest finger poke can damage the thin paper, leaving you with the task of trying to cover up the imperfections. But those with shoji are in luck! Crafty netizens have come up with an easy and eye-catching way to fix those holes, using their favorite patterned fabric to add a splash of color to the traditionally white doors.
Jun 9, 2014
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!
- Oona McGee
Apr 3, 2014
When it comes to screwing, most people would choose a Phillips head or a flat-head to get the job done. Or if you’re in Japan, where they use different terms, you’d ask for a plus (+) or a minus (-) screwdriver to get things going. Now though, it seems the humble screw has just received a facelift, thanks to a clever design collaboration between a Tokyo artist and a manufacturer from Osaka. The only thing cuter than a tiny smiley screw is the adorable driver that screws them in!
When I was a freshman in university, still meandering aimlessly around campus as a General Education (read: “Future Starbucks Lifer”) major, I spent a brief stint in the art college thinking I’d give drawing or maybe even painting a try. After several months of doodling poorly-drawn machine gun-wielding dinosaurs attacking stick figures while my classmates were effortlessly putting together impressive full canvases, I decided I wasn’t really cut out for fine arts.
If only, like this guy, I’d known I could use clever lifehacks to give me an edge in class. The unnamed do-it-yourselfer used simple tools including a few different sizes of paint brush, a paint roller and an old-school projector hooked up to a computer to transfer an iconic scene from Akira Kurosawa’s classic Seven Samurai onto a barren dining room wall with stellar results. To top it all off, he claims he has no formal training or innate art talent and that anyone with enough time and just the right amount of crazed dedication to pop culture can do it.
Here’s his step-by-step guide:
We’ve seen some amazingly elaborate cosplay over the years, and while we stare in awe, we’re usually too busy and wide-mouthed to think about how much the costumes cost. But what’s a money-strapped cosplayer to do? Anucha “Cha” Saengchart of Thailand-based website, Lowcost Cosplay, has the solution, bringing the world costume design ideas using things found around the house. Toilet paper, utensils, and oh so much flour is used to create impressive lowcost cosplay. Because when it comes down to it, cosplay is about the love of the character, not how much money you have.
Pets are wonderful. They liven up the house, bring us warmth and love, and help us keep in touch with our human side after a long day of toughening ourselves up in the harsh world out there. Sometimes, they even inspire us to be creative!
Check out this space-age “kitty backpack” designed by a cat-loving Chinese netizen! This might very well be how pet carriers will look like in the future!
Everything worth doing is worth doing to the extreme, if you ask us. So if you have a nice, juicy granny apple, sure, you could eat it as is, or you could spend 15 to 20 minutes with your fingers in dangerously close proximity to a sharp knife and make this adorable apple swan!
If you follow these instructions, it seems reasonably easy to consistently make these edible dinner decorations, but we hope your hand-eye coordination is up to snuff because the only thing more dangerous to your digits is playing that old saloon game “Five Fingers.”
- Michelle Lynn Dinh
Sep 16, 2013
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.
It’s never intentional but often inevitable. Unused items have a way of piling up in the dusty corners of cabinets and closets. These things can be left untouched for years, forgotten in favor of newer, shinier brands.
This is something I find particularly true with lotion, of all things. I’m very picky about my moisturizers, especially in Japan where the majority of which contain unnecessary whitening. But so many beauty kits come with their own bottles of hand cream, and lotion itself is one of those go-to gifts when shopping for a distant friends. In the end, I find myself with bottles upon bottles of unopened hand creams all going to rot in the back of my closet, and apparently I’m not the only one with this particular problem. Like an answer to prayer, the people over at Naver Matome recently released a list of additional uses for the lotion cluttering our cupboards, as suggested by Japan’s creative, frugal few. Here it is: seven unconventional uses for excess hand cream.
You have a term paper due tomorrow that’s not going to write itself, but you just can’t bring yourself to sit down and write it. You have to clean off your desk first. You know, a cluttered desk means a cluttered mind. Once that’s done, you’ll be sure to start writing. But wait, a rerun of your favorite TV show is on. It’s only thirty minutes… how much work can you really get done in half an hour anyways? Alright, you’ve wasted enough time! You have to get serious or you’re going to land up pulling an all-nighter again. But dang, look at your pencil! It’s in pieces! Better assemble it first before you get down to taking notes, underlining things in your textbook, doodling on the pages, and then eventually writing that paper…
OK, now this one’s going to take a while…
Home of the independently created floating bed and doomsday escape pod, China has become a hotbed of DIY inventors making their dreams come true. Such is the case for a resident of Jinan who, since watching Transformers 4 years ago, has been creating his very own.
After spending 70,000 yuan (US$11,000) and 6 months he was ready to unveil this robotic wonder. He sure looks proud. Let’s see it!
- The top 10 instances when Japanese people feel thankful to be Japanese1
- 61 more images of cosmetic surgery from South Korea2
- Plus-size idol group “la BIG 3″ made a music video, and they do a lot of eating in it【Video】3
- Kabe-zubo! Kabe-zun! The unexpected, highly intense versions of Kabe-don are here!【Photos】4
- “Bye-bye!” Chinese flying doll works a little too well, becomes one-use toy 【Video】5
- Traditional Japanese candy gets fancy: Konpeito comes in wine, chocolate, and green tea varieties6
- Geographical Survey Institute posts 184 images of Mount Ontake eruption online7
- Tokyo Disney Resorts to introduce plethora of new attractions for 20158
- US Department of State announces lucky winners of green card lottery9
- We troll a scammer online, make him wish he’d never tried to take our money10
- 61 more images of cosmetic surgery from South Korea1
- Artist turns innocent Disney princesses into flirty pin-up girls2
- We troll a scammer online, make him wish he’d never tried to take our money3
- Japanese women reveal their methods of raising a guy’s bedroom technique4
- Japanese illustrated cookbook teaches you how to cook “mother and daughter”【Photos】5
- The ugly truth of goukon, Japan’s group blind dates6
- Tokyo hamburger vending machine has a human touch7
- Chinese cadet is beautiful enough to make you want to join the army8
- Ghibli anime inspires beautiful cosplay from across the seas 【Photos】9
- The 30 most ‘romantic’ lines that women want to hear (well, according to the Japanese internet)10
- School textbook is withdrawn after “teacher” on the front is recognized as Japanese adult video star1
- Artist turns innocent Disney princesses into flirty pin-up girls2
- Surgery, diet, and sunscreen transform heavy, swarthy Thai boy into slender, tan-free lady3
- 61 more images of cosmetic surgery from South Korea4
- Lifehack: Transform a Starbucks paper bag into a fully functional wallet!5
- Scholars confirm first discovery of Japanese sword from master bladesmith Masamune in 150 years6
- Ten-year-old boy cuts construction worker’s lifeline because noise was interrupting his cartoons7
- Japanese actor’s unfortunate choice of t-shirt has net users amused, doubting his English ability8
- You’re in for a big surprise if you fall for this bikini wearing DJ’s sexy poster!【Photos】9
- Chibatman called in by police, receives their official approval10
- Nailed it! The shape of your nails may reveal the type of person you are!1
- “Mom’s 1st Birthday” – Try to get through this video without tearing up【Video】2
- School textbook is withdrawn after “teacher” on the front is recognized as Japanese adult video star3
- Artist turns innocent Disney princesses into flirty pin-up girls4
- 6-year-old boy vowed to marry his childhood sweetheart, really marries her 18 years later5
- Ten-year-old boy cuts construction worker’s lifeline because noise was interrupting his cartoons6
- How to make epic pancakes with your Japanese rice cooker7
- 61 more images of cosmetic surgery from South Korea8
- Surgery, diet, and sunscreen transform heavy, swarthy Thai boy into slender, tan-free lady9
- The clever way Japanese drivers thank each other without saying a word【Video】10
- Traditional Japanese candy gets fancy: Konpeito comes in wine, chocolate, and green tea varieties
- Geographical Survey Institute posts 184 images of Mount Ontake eruption online
- Tokyo Disney Resorts to introduce plethora of new attractions for 2015
- US Department of State announces lucky winners of green card lottery
- We troll a scammer online, make him wish he’d never tried to take our money
- What, there’s now a specialty burrito shop in Tokyo? Of course, we had to go try it ourselves!
- Miyako-jima’s Paantu Festival: Traumatizing small children to bring them good luck
- Miranda Kerr’s newest photoshoot for Vogue Japan stirs up controversy
- Police officer arrested for assaulting 2 train station attendants in Saitama
- Online “Population Decrease Map” of Japan paints a bleak, womanless future for the country
- An Inside Look at Low Income Apartments in Hong Kong【Photo Gallery】
- Tired of apple? McDonald’s Japan now has anko sweet red bean pies
- 100 things to do in Japan in 100 seconds 【Video】
- Artist turns innocent Disney princesses into flirty pin-up girls