When you think about all the power our modern devices burn through each day, particularly when some of us leave our gear switched on when it really needn’t be, it seems like a tremendous waste. So why not put some of that lost heat energy to good use and keep your pets warm?*
- Joan Coello
Feb 20, 2014
In recent years, the things to watch out for while driving on the road aren’t just green and red lights, reckless drivers in the next lane, or traffic police on your tail. Drivers now have to look out for con men who stage fraud accidents in order to rip a few big bucks off of you. Thankfully, we have technology on our side! In-vehicle cameras and the cameras on our mobile phones are great tools that could protect us from such “accidents”. A Chinese driver shows us how!
Yes, it’s still only Wednesday, and that means we’re only half way through the week. But if you’re a glass-half-full kind of person like the little guy pictured above, that means we’re now half way through the week, and the weekend is in sight!
- Philip Kendall
Jan 28, 2014
Its popularity may be dwindling in today’s world of ultra-rich football and baseball teams and their players, but there’s something wonderfully dignified, almost majestic, about sumo. And as one photograph shared last weekend by the Japan Sumo Association shows, there is perhaps even more magic to be seen if only we could all just slow down and open our eyes a little more often.
“I’m taking a bath with my boyfriend,” tweeted one Japanese netizen going by the name of Machiko, uploading a photo with her message. Despite the suggestion of sauciness, however, rather than being something that moderators would quickly remove or fellow users would tag as inappropriate, the image was retweeted and favourited thousands of times in just a few short minutes.
After all, it’s not every day you see a life-sized boyfriend made entirely out of soap bubbles…
- Philip Kendall
Sep 17, 2013
- Master Blaster
Aug 27, 2013
Summer vacation in Japan is quite short compared to other countries running only for around a month and a half. On top of that, with extra-curricular activities and homework to do during that time children still have limited freedom to enjoy themselves. When there’s some time to let loose, you bet they’re going to take it.
Combine that with the social phenomena of Middle Seconditis (Chu Ni Byo) wherein students in the second year of middle school undergo an unusually self-centered or rebellious phase. However, contrary to the name, Middle Seconditis can affect anyone at any time – especially if a freezer is nearby.
Thanks to the advent of social networks such as Twitter, we can now monitor the behavior of Middle Seconditis sufferers and try to find a cure for this dreaded disease. Let us examine some specimens.
People change and places change given enough time, but have you ever seen a revolution of a skyline like this? China’s growth in the world stage can’t be ignored, and this simple photo comparison says it all.
Bicycle theft is no laughing matter, especially in Japan where bikes are widely relied upon for daily transportation. Luckily, a cheap and effective means of protecting your ride has surfaced on the internet, and it’s sure to send any would-be thieves packing.
A photo surfaced on the internet recently which shows us a typical day at the office for a couple of ladies a long time ago in Japan. They look almost bored as they unload 300 kg (661 lbs) of rice each on their backs.
If you were asked to imagine the behavioral traits of your average crocodile, surely the first thing that would come to mind is a creature floating on the surface of the water with a fixed look as it lies in wait for its prey. However, it may well be time to put such thoughts behind you. The following image of a crocodile swimming in its enclosure at a crocodile farm, which is currently doing the rounds online, is winning the hearts of thousands of Japanese.
- Philip Kendall
Apr 16, 2013
Anyone familiar with the hit Japanese comic and animation Doraemon will likely know the character Nobita. Cursed with terrible luck, the schoolboy receives help from an earless robotic cat sent back in time by his own great-grandson in the future. Nobita is a lovable character, but “cool” is rarely a word that people use to describe him.
Throwing caution to the wind, however, one young man was spotted riding Tokyo’s trains yesterday dressed exactly like the hapless character. Cosplay or just quirky fashion sense, we don’t know, but the Internet had plenty to say about the rare sight.
- Philip Kendall
Feb 21, 2013
Perhaps wanting to go one up on the kid who was caught dropping a chop on a train last year, a parent on board a passenger plane in China this month has been photographed allowing her child to squat down and defecate in the aisle of a plane full of (hopefully horrified) passengers.
And we thought kids kicking the back of your seat was reason to complain.
McDonald’s Japan’s Texas burger is back, but it won’t be around for long! Having missed out on the chunky beef sandwich the last time they invaded the country, our man Kuzo headed down to his nearest restaurant and grabbed a couple to poke, prod and shove down his gullet. The experience left him confused: there’s plenty here to delight burger fans, that’s for sure, but not everything about this little slice of Texas is worth writing home out. Kuzo’s full impressions after the break.
Winter. It’s cold and miserable most days, but every so often the freezing winds produce something magical that is awesome enough to take your mind off of your frozen toes. This is one of those things.
It’s not just today’s kids who are feeling the effects of a high-calorie, low exercise lifestyle; some of our pets are getting a little wide around the waist, too. Shared by a Japanese Twitter user late last week, this photo shows a hamster that could do with spending a little more time on the running wheel as he can’t quite squeeze himself down his plastic slide. Cute/sad/funny photo after the break.
- Philip Kendall
Jan 28, 2013
Whether it’s luxury hotel rooms or a seemingly ordinary computer mouse, it’s important to present whatever you’re selling online as attractively as possible. Advertisements must be concise and informative, and of course the product presented in as aesthetically pleasing a manner as possible. In the 21st century where digital air brushing is the norm and we have learned to filter the information we receive through an Internet-ready sieve of cynicism, advertisers have their work cut out for them, and without big budgets to transform ordinary snaps into tantalizing vistas, hoteliers and real estate agents must find other ways to make their resorts and accommodation look good.
The above image was spotted on a Korean real estate website by a Japanese Internet user. Advertised as a “stately residence complete with outdoor pool”, the fantastic wooden-framed structure and spacious pool look quite nice, don’t they? While it’s hardly Olympic size, we could certainly imagine ourselves doing a few lengths in that pool each morning before heading out to take care of business or ensure that our dozens of employees were working sufficiently hard.
There is, however, a little more to this image than meets the eye. Click the link to see the same pool photographed from a shall we say “less flattering” angle.
Selling your junk online just took on an altogether different meaning.
While we’re probably all aware of how much more enticing auction items that feature photographs are, after seeing this image, those looking for good deal on a computer mouse may have been left wishing they’d taken a chance on an item that lacked a photo.
Coming from a Chinese auction site, the above image shows what at first appears to be a perfectly normal ASUS optical mouse. Boxed! And oh-so-shiny! But wait… what’s that being reflected in the plastic packaging? Oh. Oh dear.
- Philip Kendall
Jan 22, 2013
When we first caught sight of these images, we wondered whether we ought to go back and update our recent unusual hot spring resort article. Checking the location of these hot spa resort hotels, though, we soon learned that – despite looking unmistakably Japanese in every way – these hotels are actually situated in none other than Taiwan. And I always thought the British dull for seeking out an English pub as soon as they arrive abroad…
Enormous photo dump after the jump!
Surrounded by multi-story buildings and forever glued to our computers and smartphones, we often forget that the world we live in was once a much simpler place. People took time over writing letters, arranged to meet with friends and loved ones well in advance and, without streaming video and compact, waterproof music players to keep us entertained, took the time to appreciate the little things in life.
As a reminder of Japan’s once much more subdued yet intrinsically beautiful lifestyle, RocketNews24‘s sister site Pouch presents us with the following collection of photographs, which feature stunning Japanese gardens, arching wooden bridges over rivers, and ordinary folk just going about their day some 100 years ago.
So grab yourself a cup of tea, switch your phone to silent mode and take a few minutes to appreciate just how different life in Japan used to be.
- Local thugs forced to fight pro Muay Thai fighters as punishment during Thai New Year festival1
- Stunning 22-year-old HD footage brings Tokyo of the ‘90s back to life2
- Tear-jerker: Brain tumor patient’s “final wish” is to find her husband a new girlfriend3
- Japanese people surprised to find that “popular Japanese store” Meiso doesn’t exist in Japan4
- REVIEW: Sony’s new tablet is thinner and lighter than the iPad Air, and Android fans will love it5
- Tokyo custom hamburger steak restaurant is all about choices, and all of them are delicious6
- The baffling reason three men spent 30 minutes in an Akihabara restroom together7
- We hope you’re not thirsty — Tokyo shuts down its vending machines for U.S. president’s visit8
- Classic Japanese painting “Picture Scroll of a Fart Battle” is exactly what it sounds like9
- If real animals were Pokémon, the world would be a much weirder place10
- The extreme lengths Samsung must go to make sure your Galaxy phone works perfectly1
- 12 gender-bent Disney and Ghibli characters that are utter perfection2
- Photos of women with and without make-up show that reality is what you make it3
- 10 Japanese expressions that sound delightfully strange and funny when translated4
- 10 things Japan gets horribly wrong5
- Japanese high school student becomes Twitter sensation showing difference between time with boyfriend and friends6
- Lady Gaga goes gaga for Hatsune Miku, makes virtual idol her opening act7
- Cat greets its returning owner with so much warmth we’d swear it was puppy love8
- Advice from Japanese women on dealing with your boyfriend’s anime girlfriend9
- “Racist” Air France geisha poster prompts satirical home-made fixes10
- Chinese Photoshop Trolls and the Half-Blood Prisoner of the Deathly Phoenix Goblet (Part 6)1
- Unfortunate Google employee forced to wander alone on eerie abandoned island for Street View photos2
- Daughter of Osamu Tezuka, God of Manga, discovers his stash of hand-drawn sexy mouse artwork3
- 【TBT】China’s Photoshop experts will fix your bad photos, but be careful what you wish for4
- The extreme lengths Samsung must go to make sure your Galaxy phone works perfectly5
- 10 incredible tiny houses in Japan: a photo tour6
- Little store managers take over FamilyMart in Taiwan, hilarity and tons of cute in store【Video】7
- 10 things Japan gets horribly wrong8
- Japanese netizens put reality on hold for a moment, fall in love with new attorney general of Crimea9
- Take your love of touching imitation breasts out on the go with Puni Puni Case For iPhone10
- Korean high schools allow “anything goes” yearbook photos, with hilarious results1
- Taiwan’s Gravity Max – Quite possibly the scariest roller coaster in the world2
- Don’t call them fat, call them Marshmallow Girls!3
- Japanese netizens put reality on hold for a moment, fall in love with new attorney general of Crimea4
- Beautiful gym babe impresses Chinese netizens with her incredible fitness!【Pics & GIFs】5
- Picture perfect siblings of 18 years apart melt the hearts of Chinese netizens【Photos】6
- Attack on Titan’s studio head talks sequels, keys to the hit anime’s success7
- Unfortunate Google employee forced to wander alone on eerie abandoned island for Street View photos8
- Chinese Photoshop Trolls and the Half-Blood Prisoner of the Deathly Phoenix Goblet (Part 6)9
- Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki says the anime industry’s problem is that it’s full of anime fans10
- Tokyo custom hamburger steak restaurant is all about choices, and all of them are delicious
- The baffling reason three men spent 30 minutes in an Akihabara restroom together
- We hope you’re not thirsty — Tokyo shuts down its vending machines for U.S. president’s visit
- Classic Japanese painting “Picture Scroll of a Fart Battle” is exactly what it sounds like
- If real animals were Pokémon, the world would be a much weirder place
- With the stuffed characters of the Moomin Café, you’ll never dine alone!
- Enjoy the ambiance of Okinawa’s aptly named Cave Cafe (plus “chest hair of the ancients”!)
- Japanese pig farmer shows the world how pigs should be treated
- Two months is a lifetime: Cancer-stricken 22-year-old gets married in the hospital
- The Five Japanese Streets That People of Japan Most Want to Visit
- Those freaky Hello Kitty contact lenses are back, and this time she brought friends!
- Kim Jong-un’s haircut takes over the world
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