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.”
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- Traveling to Japan on a budget – the best FREE places to visit in the country2
- Shockingly huge, exquisite egg sandwiches found in Tokyo3
- Talking busty anime girl mousepads respond to where, how strongly you fondle their chests 【Video】4
- Internet survey sheds light on how Japanese women deal with the hair ‘down there’5
- Shuko Chiichi restaurant in Tokyo boasts all-you-can-eat deep-fried chicken and other sides6
- Japan’s small-breasted lingerie maker launches new sub-brand with stylish, sexy designs 【Photos】7
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- Japan Airlines adds a dash of magic to promote its new credit card【Video】9
- Godzilla/Evangelion crossover figure: Two giants of Japanese storytelling in one awesome package10
- 8 Japanese gadgets you wish you had in your country!1
- Number fortune-telling: What your birth date can tell you about your own shortcomings2
- The people of Japan, defined in one photograph3
- Official 2020 Tokyo Olympic logos possess a little secret you might not have noticed4
- Lingerie-inspired bathing suits: The latest fashion coming this summer to Japan 【Photos】5
- Twitter user shares difference in how male and female anime artists draw characters in swimsuits6
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- Stylish Japanese home gardening pod lets you grow vegetables indoors with little effort, no soil10
- Kobushi Shindan: The personality test that you can take just by making a fist1
- Japanese university “otaku class” has strict requirements: “You must watch 20 anime per week”2
- As fan art pops up for anime-style English textbook character, original artist asks for restraint3
- 8 Japanese gadgets you wish you had in your country!4
- Every Yu-Gi-Oh! card ever, all in one place at awesome Tokyo train station display 【Photos】5
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- Number fortune-telling: What your birth date can tell you about your own shortcomings7
- English textbook characters get anime-style makeover to appeal to linguists and otaku alike8
- Cast of this summer’s live-action Naruto stage play looks more awesome than ever in new photos9
- Cool cat delighting animal lovers as he regularly rides the train in Tokyo 【Photos】10
- 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
- Super bug — Japanese entomologist encounters a real-life titan, but of the insect variety5
- Kobushi Shindan: The personality test that you can take just by making a fist6
- Awesome Samurai Armor Hoodies are looking to conquer the whole world/keep you warm7
- Final Fantasy Chocolates: The gift your gaming Valentine actually wants8
- Man creates a glorious garden of scented flowers to make his blind wife smile again9
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- Japan’s small-breasted lingerie maker launches new sub-brand with stylish, sexy designs 【Photos】
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- Godzilla/Evangelion crossover figure: Two giants of Japanese storytelling in one awesome package
- Watch over 20 drones dance in unison with a trio of shamisen players in front of Fuji【Video】
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