Kawaii

Cheeky crows pluck panda’s fur to line their nests at Ueno Zoo, panda doesn’t seem to mind

Pandas have such a cute and innocent image. All they seem to do is sit around, eating bamboo and being adorable. (When they’re not beating the stuffing out of each other in panda Fight Club, that is). Recently at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo, sneaky crows have been documented abusing the panda’s easy-going nature by harvesting their fur to take home to line their nests!

Check out these adorable (and kinda of sad) pics and videos of a hapless panda being shamelessly robbed of its fur!

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This adorable cat commercial answers the question: “What would a cat conversation sound like?”

Cats are generally known for being the quieter choice of pet compared to dogs, but anyone with a talkative cat will tell you – it’s hard to shut them up once they’ve started chatting. Some cats just enjoy the sound of their own voice, while others like to talk to their owners for reassurance. Nevertheless, it seems that cats only ever tend to say the single word “meow” or some variation of it, which can mean anything from “Feed me!” to “Your hair looks stupid today, hoomin.”

In Japan, cats don’t meow, they say nya or nyan and this new kitty commercial from cellphone company au attempts to depict a “realistic”  feline conversation, with pretty adorable results.

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Satisfy all your slicing and dicing needs with this incredibly kawaii kitty kitchen knife

Do you like cute kitties? Do you like chopping things up? Of course you do! And now you can combine both of those passions (in a nice way!) at the same time with this adorable laser-cut stainless steel kitty knife. It’s just purrfect for all your culinary needs, especially if you’re of the opinion that even the most mundane of tasks can be rendered instantly more enjoyable with the inclusion of a little touch of cuteness.

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“Creepy-Cute” doll animation “MILPOM★” portrays the realistic Tokyo girls’ life

Despite the kimo-kawaii (creepy-cute) appearance of this pilot episode of “MILPOM★”, the “girls’ talk” dialogue may be too real for some boys to handle. The contrast between the innocent MILPOM★ and aloof PonPon as they engage in a conversation about boys provides an amusing glimpse into the daily lives of young, fashion-obsessed women on the streets of Shibuya.

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Food over Flowers! Magnolia Bakery’s cherry blossom cupcakes have arrived in time for spring!

Cherry blossom time in Japan is all about appreciating nature and the transitive beauty of life, right? Wrong. It’s totally an excuse to stuff your face with delicious food during “cherry blossom viewing parties”, aka Japan’s über-picnics! Onigiri are usually a popular food to consume under those canopies of candy-pink petals, but cherry blossom-flavoured food and drinks are also unsurprisingly popular around this time of year.

Luckily, mega-popular chain Magnolia Bakery has a store in Japan, and they’re rolling out special cherry blossom cupcakes for spring!

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Trendsetter Kyary Pamyu Pamyu makes a splash with cute shark socks, inspires copycats

Wacky singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is as famous for her eclectic style choices as she is for her singing. So it was no surprise when this sharky ensemble she uploaded to her official Twitter account had fans all over Japan dashing to stores in an attempt to emulate her style. What followed was a wave of adorable shark sock foot selfies!

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Japan’s Twitter users weigh in on the question: “Whose pet looks cutest on the scales?”

A weight-check is a routine part of many vet examinations, themselves something that can be traumatic enough for the average pooch or kitty without the added pressure of finding out they’ve put on a few extra grams. But it turns out that plopping your pet down on the scales is actually the perfect opportunity for an adorable photo op, as these Twitter users found recently. Let’s check out some pets at the vet’s!

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How relaxed are you right now, on a scale from one to Akimbo Kitty?

Oh, to be a cat, and inhabit one of those fluffy, soft, ultra-bendy bodies. It’s well-known that cats are so flexible as to be basically a liquid with fur, and what this means is that they’ve got an uncanny knack of being able to relax comfortably in the most awkward of positions. Take Akimbo Kitty, the cat from these snaps, who couldn’t be happier to be sunken into that beanbag/chair thing. Just look at those jaunty toes!

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Malaysian girl who got famous for holding things has a beautiful sister【Photos】

Remember a while back when we told you about the Malaysian girl with 229,000 Instagram followers, who uploads pictures of herself holding things? Well, it turns out that she has a sister who is just as cute, and since we know how much you all love pictures of cute girls (and guys!) we decided to introduce her to you! Join us after the jump to meet Min Chen’s sister, model Brandy Akiko!

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The cutest sailor uniforms we’ve ever seen come in jellyfish and galaxy prints!

Even if you’re not a particular fan of Sailor Moon, you’ve got to love Japan’s cute sailor school uniforms. Fun fact: the original sailor school uniforms in Japan were modelled after the British Royal Navy’s uniforms. But sailor uniforms aren’t just for school – there’s a big industry in Japan for “nanchatte“, aka “just for fun” sailor uniforms,  and these jellyfish- and galaxy-print suits are just about the coolest we’ve seen!

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Itami-kawaii: Cute gets depressing, inspires Japanese Twitter users

Perhaps one of the first words Japanese language-learners pick up is “kawaii,” which makes sense considering how often you’ll hear it in everything from TV shows and anime to a stroll down Takeshita-dōri. However, “kawaii” isn’t just “kawaii” anymore–there’s also kimo-kawaii (“gross but cute”), among others.

And now there’s a new kawaii that’s spreading through the Japanese Twitterverse: Itami-kawaii, or “painful but cute.” It might be hard to visualize, so check out some pictures below and get ready to groan “kawaiiiiiii” in agony.

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Enjoy even more “catmosphere” from the Tokyo office that’s filled with cats!

If, like me, you just can’t get enough cats in your life, then you’ll probably remember how last month we introduced you to this Japanese workplace that’s filled with cats! The Tokyo-based IT company which owns nine adorable rescue cats (which are free to play and snooze around the office as they please) has since been posting regular kitty updates to their dedicated Twitter account, so we thought it was about time we updated you!

Join us after the jump for brand-new pics of what has to be the world’s most purrfect work environment!

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Lotte’s animated gum hotties are back with new post-Valentine’s-Day-short!

A little while back, we introduced you to a novel promotional concept backed by major candy manufacturer Lotte featuring cool guys based around different flavours of gum. The animated hotties appeared in a short “visual-novel” style animated commercial where they romanced the main character (a tooth) with their minty fresh appeal. Well, we’re happy to report that, post-Valentine’s-Day-chocolate-binge, they’re back with a new animated feature, but all is not right in gum land – too much chocolate seems to have made the guys go a little funny in the head!

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It’s Panda-monium! Play-fighting pandas pummel and paw their way into our hearts

Pandas have a pretty laid-back and serene image, don’t they? When you picture pandas, you probably imagine them lazing around, maybe chewing on some bamboo or their own feet.

But it turns out that when you put a bunch of pandas into a zoo enclosure together, you sometimes wind up with a panda death match, a veritable battle royale of pandas, where escape is futile and the fight goes on until only one panda emerges victorious! Okay, so they’re only play-fighting, but it’s still really, really cute!

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Purritos hit Japan! Twitter users can’t stop wrapping their cats and it’s too cute!

Cats are notorious for being finicky and difficult sometimes (okay, actually quite a lot of the time). As  cat lovers we learn to cherish every head-butt and hand-nuzzle that our feline buddies dole out as and when the mood strikes them, but sometimes you’ve got to take matters into your own hands if you want to get some loving. If kitty’s resisting your advances, try gently wrapping them up in a big old “purrito” with an old towel or blanket, then you’ll have a captive audience for your snuggles and smooches!

Trust us, cats love it, and if you don’t believe us, check out this purrito gallery!

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Watch these American YouTubers freak out over adorable 100-yen store goods from Daiso

100 yen stores in Japan are amazing treasure troves of cute, functional and useful bits and pieces you never knew you needed. They’re the perfect place to go to when you’re struggling with that “I need to buy something” feeling and don’t want to spend too much money, since everything in the store is the same price of (tax included) 108 yen. Perhaps one of the most successful of Japan’s 100 yen stores is Daiso, which stocks a huge variety of useful household goods and snacks (among some of its more, um, interesting wares).

But did you know that Daiso also exists outside of Japan? Here’s what happened when two YouTubers from California decided to share their haul of goodies from their local Daiso with their followers online!

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Kitties, doggies, bunnies, and deer – even more stuff balanced on Japan’s pets!

Earlier in the week, we reported that the phenomenon of putting weird stuff on your pet and taking a photo of it was having a revival on Twitter in Japan. Today, we’re delighted to bring you even more pictures of a range of fuzzy animals with stuff precariously balanced on them!

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Netizens hatch adorable baby birds from supermarket eggs, provide evidence

Uzura (quail eggs) are a popular food in Japan, as their relatively tiny size makes them perfect for snacking or adding to bento. As a result, you can find them in pretty much any supermarket over here. But it turns out that some shoppers out there aren’t interested in eating the little speckled eggs – they’ve been trying to hatch them instead! When reports first started popping up from netizens claiming to have hatched their own quails, we thought this was just an urban legend, but now a YouTube clip and blog post has appeared, showing different people seemingly hatching actual, live baby quails from supermarket eggs. Join us for some adorable pics and videos!

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These placid penguins really love taking a ride on this seal’s silky back【Photos】

The holiday period is well and truly over, and it’s cold, grey and generally blah outside. If this sounds like your life, then you could do with a penguin pick-me-up to perk you right up, courtesy of RocketNews24! We’ll even throw in a free seal to seal the deal! Join us after the jump for some adorable photos of a beautiful interspecies friendship!

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Buddhist monks cultivate cat haven at Fukui Prefecture’s “Kitty Temple”

Here’s a familiar saying: “In Ancient Egypt, cats were worshipped as gods; they have never forgotten this.” Certainly in Japan, cats are still given a huge amount of respect, with entire islands of moggies being given free roam to peacefully exist in their own little kitty ecosystem. Of course, things aren’t perfect, and stray and abandoned cats are a sad reality in Japan as much as they are in many other countries. But today we’re here to appreciate the happy cats of Gotanjo temple in Fukui Prefecture, who are lovingly tended to by Buddhist monks and fawned over by the adoring tourists who come to visit. You can even get a special kitty cat fortune and see what’s in store for the coming year!

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