Cup Noodle continues its reign as the most democratic instant ramen brand around.
Jul 8, 2016
Let this perky pup with the perfectly groomed spherical head in South Korea lift your spirits mid-week.
May 25, 2016
After watching this, we’re not sure if they’re actually trying to encourage young people to go the ballot box, or give them a seizure.
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.”
- Early-blooming sakura cherry blossoms create pink-tinged wonderlands in Japan1
- Miss Manners: A pro gives us pointers on Japanese dining decorum2
- Toilet teaching – Japanese programmer explains key concept with clever bathroom snapshot3
- SoftBank finally unveils new ads featuring Justin Bieber speaking Japanese【Video】4
- Kyoto Board of Education administers English test for teachers with disheartening results5
- More snowboarding Gundam Mobile Suits spotted in Japan!6
- W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 Japanese words with cool ancient origin stories【Weird Top Five】7
- Japan’s new luxury overnight bus is the conveniently classy way to get from Tokyo to Osaka8
- Miniature food artists are at it again, now with sushi, sake, and more traditional Japanese food9
- Japanese couple creates awesome Pokémon-style wedding invitations10
- Japan’s new luxury overnight bus is the conveniently classy way to get from Tokyo to Osaka1
- Japanese Twitter seems to have no problems with Karlie Kloss’ “geisha” photo shoot2
- Avril Lavigne’s younger sister marries Japanese rock star3
- How to make epic pancakes with your Japanese rice cooker4
- Want to make sure your Eevee evolves into Umbreon or Espeon in the Pokémon GO update? Here’s how5
- Kyoto Board of Education administers English test for teachers with disheartening results6
- Japanese pool player gives hilarious English interview complete with PPAP reference【Video】7
- Japanese “reverse engagement ring” helps women control their marital destiny8
- Japan’s Kashima Shrine has a beautiful, sacred spring hiding behind its main buildings9
- J-pop idol group gives us a lesson in iconic Japanese high school girl poses【Video】10
- Japan’s new luxury overnight bus is the conveniently classy way to get from Tokyo to Osaka1
- Japanese fashion fans and fan artists go gaga for sexy “virgin-killing sweater”2
- Want to make sure your Eevee evolves into Umbreon or Espeon in the Pokémon GO update? Here’s how3
- Band-aid lifehack: Japanese Twitter blows the Internet’s mind with new way to fasten bandages4
- Japanese student translates Trump’s tweets to practice English, accidentally gets 60K+ followers5
- Japanese Twitter seems to have no problems with Karlie Kloss’ “geisha” photo shoot6
- Starbucks Japan unveils new lineup of sakura beverages and drinkware for 20177
- Anime Your Name’s English subtitles struggle to show difference between “I” and “I” in Japanese8
- Knitted cat scarves: the latest trend to take the Japanese feline fashion world by storm9
- Japanese gaming chair is blowing up on online retail sites and Twitter10
- Japanese fan blown away by J.K. Rowling’s reaction to his Harry Potter/Fantastic Beasts drawing1
- Anime artist dad turns young sons’ sketches into awesome animation character designs2
- Japan’s new luxury overnight bus is the conveniently classy way to get from Tokyo to Osaka3
- Permanent residency in Japan now possible after just one year4
- One-finger selfie challenge is the boldest Internet craze yet5
- Forget maid cafes! Lift weights and get jacked with cute girls at a MAID GYM instead【Video】6
- Japanese fashion fans and fan artists go gaga for sexy “virgin-killing sweater”7
- Want to make sure your Eevee evolves into Umbreon or Espeon in the Pokémon GO update? Here’s how8
- Japanese gaming chair is blowing up on online retail sites and Twitter9
- “Nurse Goldfish” in Hokkaido amazingly appears to help disabled friend eat every time10
- More snowboarding Gundam Mobile Suits spotted in Japan!
- W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 Japanese words with cool ancient origin stories【Weird Top Five】
- Japan’s new luxury overnight bus is the conveniently classy way to get from Tokyo to Osaka
- Miniature food artists are at it again, now with sushi, sake, and more traditional Japanese food
- Japanese couple creates awesome Pokémon-style wedding invitations
- Tom Brady thinks a Pokémon character might have stolen his Super Bowl jersey
- Avril Lavigne’s younger sister marries Japanese rock star
- Japanese Internet users show off their myriad coffee filter-based life hacks
- Starbucks Japan unveils new lineup of sakura beverages and drinkware for 2017
- New Japanese reference book helps artists draw lazy characters
- Japanese “reverse engagement ring” helps women control their marital destiny