This tale of kindness and camaraderie will put a smile on your face and have you reaching for the tissues at the same time.
It’s not every day that one of the world’s most renowned authors sits up and takes notice of one of your illustrations.
Get out the tissues because this hand-drawn thank-you manga from creator to fan will hit you right in the feels.
For this fortunate man, honesty has paid off in the most beautiful way.
The story of an old man and a student whose only connection was taking the same train every morning has gone viral in Japan.
In true Japanese fashion, the three officers went above and beyond to ensure this family of ducks made it safely across the street.
These owners were in for a happy surprise when they discovered their dogs were their photographers in this professional studio photo shoot.
The former member of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force waited until he was 80 to reveal his artistic pastime.
Cat caretaker asks for cat food on Twitter, gets way more than she bargained for!
This elderly couple turned their sad future around with the beauty of flowers and now thousands of people visit them when their garden blooms each year.
People seriously need to stop chopping onions in here…
This beautiful grandmother shows the world there’s no age limit when it comes to having fun.
The story of the lone schoolgirl and the country train that takes her to school every day is capturing hearts around the world.
Nine years after his dog went missing, a Singaporean professor received a phone call that his long-lost companion had finally been found.
It’s far from the happiest place on earth, but Japan certainly has a reputation for kindness and hospitality. Most foreigners that visit the country return home with starry-eyed tales of over-the-top customer service and even random acts of kindness from total strangers.
But, this isn’t just a case of the Japanese putting on a good front for visiting foreigners: heartwarming acts of kindness in Japan are pretty commonplace (although this isn’t a Japan-exclusive thing; let’s be honest). If you’re in need of a Japan-flavored pick-me-up today, check out these stories of people being awesome, via Japanese Twitter users:
Peter, a former engineer from Britain, met his Taiwanese wife Liu Yifang through an online dating site years ago. They met, fell in love, got married, and then decided to open a bakery together. Cerebral palsy has not held Liu back in the least, and Peter says it was her strong will and boldness that drew him to her.
While the bread sold in their bakery—fondly dubbed “love bread”—has been satisfying stomachs, their story has been winning hearts as the couple shows us what love is really about.
At this point it’s probably no exaggeration to say that Toyota Japan is the master of making automotive commercials. Their commercials thus far have been heartwarming, bizarre, even more bizarre, and are more like minute-long movies than advertisements.
And the same thing goes for the most recent Toyota commercial. It’s about a man whose daughter leaves to go to college, and suddenly feels a lot lonelier at home with only his pet dog. What’s the twist ending that has Japanese netizens talking? And how does this all tie back to making us want to buy a Toyota? Read on to find out!
Are there really any men out there who would arrange a surprise proposal like this? This video we discovered could well be the greatest proposal we’ve ever seen – it’s almost too cool to watch.
Check out how Mari-chan’s man popped the question – using everything from a dance routine to a holographic projection of his own head – after the jump.
Over a century ago, eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the New York paper The Sun asking if the rumors she heard regarding Santa Claus were true. Editor Francis Church’s now legendary response is still widely read today, as even 117 years later, it holds up pretty well. At least to me, anyway.
For today’s youth, on the other hand, coming up in an age of unprecedented surveillance and information it’s got to be even harder to maintain belief in a magical man with flying reindeer sneaking into their homes at night to deliver presents.
And so history repeats itself, but this time with newspapers on the decline, a sixth-grade child using the handle tikuwa_0913 turned to Yahoo! Japan Answers for more information on Jolly old Saint Nick.
Last week, we shared a rather unusual ad from Ryugin, an Okinawa-based bank whose approach to selling loans involves robots, doe-eyed anime girls and more pink hearts than you can shake a stick at. As it turns out, this same banking corporation has quite the eye for attention-grabbing ads, as we’ve just discovered an older TV spot from the same company, titled Children and Philosophy, which poses a series of mostly abstract questions to a group of elementary school kids.
Responding to questions about everything from love and war to what it means to be free, the kids’ answers are at once refreshing, thought-provoking, and painfully sweet, to the point that we’re starting to wonder if they’re the ones who ought to be in charge of the world. Full video after the jump.