In Japan, you don’t “like” something on Facebook, you “ii ne” it. But what about the five other “reactions” that Facebook has just added?
Nov 25, 2015
At least one minor celebrity has posted an angry rant on social media alleging video game publisher Electronic Arts tried to buy his endorsement of the upcoming Star Wars-themed game.
On the morning of Saturday, November 14, many Japanese Beliebers, along with some Non-Beliebers and Agnobiebers, awoke and checked into Twitter as usual only to find the famous Canadian pop star declaring that he was praying for their souls right alongside those of the people of Paris.
Confused and a little concerned, I—a card-carrying Agnobeiber—showed the above tweet to my coworkers, all of whom were equally baffled as to why Justin Bieber should be praying for them, considering nothing out of the ordinary happened here in Japan.
Nov 10, 2015
Here’s something for you, sushi and Twitter lovers the world over!
Earlier this week, a Japanese net user uploaded a free Chrome web extension which converts the Twitter “Like” heart icon into a delicious sushi icon instead. It may not be the most earth-shattering new function to ever pop up on the internet, but hey, it’s the little things in life, right?
Jul 16, 2015
The great thing about online social networking services is that they allow you to connect with anyone in the world. The bad news, though, is that there are bound to be some people out there that you don’t really want to be connected to. Of course, most systems give you the option to block other users who’re bothering you, but a new Japanese social network just might be able to stop such unpleasantness before it ever begins, thanks to the fact that only applicants who’re cleared by a strict artificial intelligence examination will be allowed to join.
Apr 17, 2015
The latest social media craze to hit Japan is called “Insta in my Hand,” for which net users share photos which look like they’re holding a transparent version of their Instagram or Twitter homepages in the palm of their hands. The boom was apparently imported from South Korea earlier this month, after Key, a member of K-Pop group SHINee, uploaded his own “Insta in my Hand” picture to his Instagram account. Japanese high school students have since tweaked the trend to include “Twitter in my Hand” shots as well.
Now you too can create your own “Insta in my Hand” images with our handy English guide, right after the jump!
Mar 17, 2015
When 28-year-old Ada Ng posted photos of herself sitting in the cockpit of a Cathay Pacific flight, she would never have imagined that she would find herself in the middle of a social media storm soon after.
But Ng’s photos and videos of her experience, and accompanying excited comments, which were posted on Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo, have prompted debate about airline security – and confusion as to why the young woman was allowed to travel in this way, seemingly in breach of post-9/11 security standards.
Feb 23, 2015
Tokyo Disney Resort is a popular date spot among Japanese people, and also serves as the setting for a fair number of wedding proposals. But getting down on one knee in front of a huge crowd of people is not without its disadvantages. When one plucky young man proposed to his girlfriend in front of the Cinderella Castle in Tokyo Disneyland last week, he set off a chain of events that looks to have ended with a little less magic and sparkle than he anticipated.
While many people were delighted to see the romantic scene unfold, other visitors took to Twitter to grumble about the inconvenience the man had caused by proposing in such a busy place, delaying the scheduled parade. And now, the guy’s ex-girlfriend has waded into the debate too.
Jan 28, 2015
In Japan, mobile and social networking games are a huge market, and have even begun to eclipse console games in recent years. This can perhaps be attributed to their commuting culture, which has made portable gaming a necessity, and the fact that smartphones are more accessible than portable handheld consoles. At any rate, it’s an industry that’s worth big bucks, and generally high quality is expected. Perhaps that’s why some gamers in Japan have been sniggering over this unusual game from China, which cuts corners massively by borrowing the likenesses of western celebrities in place of original content.
Hayashi 'Fang' Hougi
Nov 5, 2014
In the past few days, professional pick-up artist Julien Blanc became the source of tremendous ire after footage was shared online of a man identified by net users as him grabbing women on the streets of Tokyo, manhandling a convenience store clerk, and pushing girls’ heads down into his crotch while posing for the camera.
This kind of conduct, it would seem, is not dissimilar to the kind of advice Blanc gives to men during his “training sessions” on how to pick up women, as the recently shared video shows him talking about how easy it is for white men to grab Tokyo girls as they please and advising them to “just yell ‘Pikachu’ or ‘Pokémon’ or ‘Tamagochi’ or something” while doing so.
Oct 26, 2014
Having trouble finding love? Have a bunch of money you just don’t know what to do with? Are you Chinese, over 1.75 meters tall, under 30, rich and generous?
Then congratulations! You fulfill all the requirements to earn yourself the privilege of spending a fortune for a night together with this Taiwanese girl who is recruiting “temporary boyfriends” to fund her travels across China.
Apr 18, 2014
One Weibo user has attracted a lot of attention overnight by posting her unconventional fashion designs. She has already gained nearly 75,000 followers, even though she has only been a member for 42 days. While some think it’s all a big joke, she may just be ahead of her time.
The designer doesn’t say much about her work; most of her posts are simply captioned “my design.” She models her own works, but her face is usually expressionless. It’s not surprising, as her designs – which mostly involve balancing computer keyboards, rocks, plastic bottles, and vegetables on her head – speak so loudly.
It’s no secret that Facebook is having a little bit of trouble in Japan. A recent survey by Aun Consulting showed a drastic decline of almost 11 percent from September 2012 to January this year. But why are Japanese users quitting the incredibly popular global social networking site? Apparently, between all of the selfies showing off your perfect girlfriend, photo albums of that weekend trip to Tahiti and updates on your amazing job, some users are developing an inferiority complex about their lonely, boring and unsatisfying lives.
Jul 31, 2013
Something attracting quite a bit of attention on the net at the moment is an incident involving a 25-year-old homeless man in Japan who put himself up for sale as an “item” on the Yahoo! Auctions website. Anyone winning the bid would in theory have been able bring the man into their home and provide him with accommodation.
Want to share your plastic Gundam model collection with your friends but too embarrassed to upload it to Facebook?
On November 29, Japanese internet company SoftBank and subsidiary Yahoo! Japan launched WONDER!, a social network where otaku can upload photos of their PVC figures, plastic models, cosplay, and original illustrations.
May 19, 2012
We’ve all gotten very familiar with the concept of social media to the point that even my grandmother has a vague awareness of it. However, its detractors are quick to point that social networks, microblogs, podcasts, and what have you all amount to an ocean of pointless drivel.
It response to this harsh attack of new media comes a growing trend of web users and developers who are looking to harness the power of the internet for what they call “social good.”
- Legendary voice actress Megumi Hayashibara laments derivative anime, loss of 1990s’ ambition1
- Live-action adaptation of anime Fullmetal Alchemist coming to theaters2
- Hungry for art? Japanese cookie artist uses icing to make unbelievable edible masterpieces【Pics】3
- Dragon Ball Fusions game’s Nintendo 3DS bundle, 1st print bonuses unveiled4
- Mr Sato takes a trip to Twitter Japan’s lunch room, gorges on their special menu5
- Japanese textbook tries to cleverly illustrate chemical bonds, but the internet has other ideas6
- Cat wedding and engagement rings by Japanese design house feature gorgeous feline details7
- Swanky Tokyo hotel’s 2.2-pound bacon cheeseburger has us wanting to book a room for the food coma8
- Manga materials website offers thousands of reference poses for budding artists to download9
- Ninja language skills: Boost your Japanese with the power of onomatopoeia10
- 8 types of customer that irk supermarket store clerks in Japan1
- Say sayonara to “sayonara” – 70% of Japanese people don’t use this word for goodbye anymore2
- Japan’s new ukiyo-e passports are going to look awesome3
- AKB48 fan shows his love the only way he knows how: By buying $300,000 worth of CDs4
- Japanese Twitter user snoops under brother’s bed, finds less yet far more than she bargained for5
- Japanese dogs fail to stay calm during earthquake, succeed in bringing smiles to humans’ faces6
- This map predicted how Japan would attack the US during World War II7
- Windows 10’s annoying updates come alive in Twitter artist’s cute yet horrifying manga8
- Japan is getting its first full-scale Legoland amusement park9
- What would Pokémon look like as Gundam mecha? Awesome fan-made models show us 【Photos】10
- A detailed explanation of the bizarre anime hair of Detective Conan’s Ran/Rachel1
- Ju-On’s mother and son monsters start Instagram account, show what they do when not busy haunting2
- 8 Japanese gadgets you wish you had in your country!3
- Japanese hotel guest leaves pile of erotic manga out, gets pleasant surprise from cleaning staff4
- Number fortune-telling: What your birth date can tell you about your own shortcomings5
- She’s cute, but… Three types of girls to watch out for when dating in Japan【Video】6
- Say sayonara to “sayonara” – 70% of Japanese people don’t use this word for goodbye anymore7
- Awesome Captain America and Iron Man Ramen now being served at Tokyo restaurant 【Photos】8
- The people of Japan, defined in one photograph9
- New “theory” emerges as to why some otaku stare at a girl’s chest while she’s talking10
- Japanese craftsmen strike again: Make an old, beaten-up book look as good as new1
- Male teacher in China cosplays as female characters, gets discovered by his own student2
- How to make epic pancakes with your Japanese rice cooker3
- The train station that stayed open for a single school girl finally closes down4
- Kobushi Shindan: The personality test that you can take just by making a fist5
- Awesome Samurai Armor Hoodies are looking to conquer the whole world/keep you warm6
- Manga materials website offers thousands of reference poses for budding artists to download7
- Real-life Kiki’s Bakery is worth a visit whether you’ve seen the anime it’s based on or not8
- Is anime like reality? Can you flip up a schoolgirl’s skirt just by running past her? 【Video】9
- Japanese university “otaku class” has strict requirements: “You must watch 20 anime per week”10
- Japanese textbook tries to cleverly illustrate chemical bonds, but the internet has other ideas
- Cat wedding and engagement rings by Japanese design house feature gorgeous feline details
- Swanky Tokyo hotel’s 2.2-pound bacon cheeseburger has us wanting to book a room for the food coma
- Manga materials website offers thousands of reference poses for budding artists to download
- Ninja language skills: Boost your Japanese with the power of onomatopoeia
- This Lego samurai castle would be amazing even if it wasn’t also an awesome pop-up book 【Video】
- What would Pokémon look like as Gundam mecha? Awesome fan-made models show us 【Photos】
- We visit a conveyor belt BBQ offering Japan’s best beef at only a fraction of the price【Pics】
- New Edo Goldfish Wonderland to open at Tokyo Skytree this summer for a limited time
- How do you get to Sesame Street? Just head to Harajuku!
- Japanese pitcher throws one heck of a slider, slides self right off the mound
- 10 things that surprise foreign women in Japan
- Crazed Japanese fans at Tokyo anime event show they’re the most passionate in the world 【Video】