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Unknown person leaves thousands in cash and gift certificates in dozens of mailboxes in Japan

Unknown person leaves thousands in cash and gift certificates in dozens of mailboxes in Japan

What if you found an unmarked envelope full of money in your mailbox? Would you keep it?

On March 20 and 21, exactly 30 households were faced with this very dilemma as an unknown person deposited a total of 760,000 yen (US$7,420) in the mailboxes of an apartment complex in Ikoma City, Nara Prefecture. The largest sum found in a single mailbox was 137,000 yen (US$1,339). Just 10 days earlier, mysterious envelopes were deposited at an additional 30 homes in Kawasaki City, 486 km (300 mi) away. This time, the envelopes contained gift certificates with monetary values ranging from 5,000 yen (US$48) to tens of thousands of yen (hundreds of US dollars).

If this sounds like easy money to you, you might be surprised to learn what half of the residents chose to do with the cash.

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Aichi fertility festival surprises everyone with gigantic membership

Aichi fertility festival surprises everyone with gigantic membership

Every year on 15 March in Komaki City, Aichi the Honen Matsuri (Harvest Festival) is held. Unlike other harvest festivals this one is to celebrate all forms bounty from crops to cash to family.

Also unlike other harvest festivals, this one has a 2.5m wooden phallus that gets paraded through the city during the afternoon. It’s called “Ooowasegata” (lit. big guy stem figure) and this year it drew a crowd of 190,000 spectators according to a Tagata Shrine announcement.

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【TBT】Kyoto noodle house serves one big, long noodle

【TBT】Kyoto noodle house serves one big, long noodle

Udon is one of Japan’s most well-loved noodles dishes, ranking in line with soba and ramen. Everyone has an opinion over which is the tastiest, but those who like a bit of girth in their noodles will probably go for udon, which are traditionally rolled thicker than other Japanese noodles.

If you really want something to chew on, Tawaraya, an established noodle house in Kyoto, makes udon noodles so thick that only one fits inside the bowl.

Our resident foodie, Kuzo, recently took a train out to the ancient capital to try Tawaraya’s udon for himself. Check out his report below!

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A moving story about how meeting a “talking” cat changed one veterinarian’s life

A moving story about how meeting a “talking” cat changed one veterinarian’s life

Have you ever wondered what your pet would say to you if it could talk? What kinds of things would you want to ask it in return? One Japanese woman claims that she encountered a cat that could talk around the time when she first started working as a veterinarian. This cat shared many things with her that changed her whole outlook of the profession and view of animals. The vet recently decided to share her profound experience with the rest of the world on an online forum. Whether you believe her words or not, this introspective story is sure to touch your heart. Keep reading to decide for yourself.

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If you give a mouse a cookie… you might get some chocolate in return

If you give a mouse a cookie… you might get some chocolate in return

Twitter user @sazaki0 recently got an unpleasant surprise when she discovered a mouse had taken up residence in her house, but this particular mouse had far better manners than your average rodent, offering a gift of chocolate to the lady of the house. Her full story after the jump.

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Tokyo teen attacked with pepper spray after making polite gesture

Tokyo teen attacked with pepper spray after making polite gesture

In one of the stranger criminal cases this summer–though not quite the strangest–a 29-year-old woman has attacked another woman in a Tokyo train station restroom with pepper spray.

The reason for the attack will leave you baffled.

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Surf While You Slurp: Anti-Loneliness Ramen Bowl Promises Relief for Singles

Surf While You Slurp: Anti-Loneliness Ramen Bowl Promises Relief for Singles

Salty tears roll down your cheeks as you spend yet another night alone eating instant ramen. You despondently stare at the ripples formed as you continue to sob into your noodles. The broth takes on a miserable taste you are all too familiar with.

Singles rejoice! Your nights of eating alone will be made a little less lonely thanks to this new invention: the anti-loneliness ramen bowl!

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“The Life and Sex Museum” Welcomes You, But Remember It’s Not a Sex Museum!

“The Life and Sex Museum” Welcomes You, But Remember It’s Not a Sex Museum!

Sex museums can be found all over the world exhibiting various kinky items.  Japan alone has quite a few.  According to Wikipedia Japan, there are six sex museums or hihokan in Gunma Prefecture.

This is much to the chagrin of the Life and Sex Museum who are listed among them, but don’t consider themselves a sex museum at all.

Thanks to Shigenobu Matsuzawa, the blogger scouring the heartlands of Japan for the oddest attractions like the bicycle theme park, we can take a virtual tour of this tribute to the miracles of life and sex and see what it has to offer.

But remember – It’s not a sex museum!

**That being said, a lot of it is probably not safe for work.**

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Rural Rest Stop Aims to be the Premier Location for Jet Black Food

Rural Rest Stop Aims to be the Premier Location for Jet Black Food

Rest stops in Japan tend to be a little different from their western counterparts.  Aside from offering drivers a chance to stretch their legs and powder their noses, they often offer unique goods characteristic of the area.  Sometimes the rest stops are even the final destinations for summer road trips.

A perfect example of a unique rest stop is the Ranzan Parking Area (RPA) in Saitama prefecture along the Kanetsu Expressway.  Here you can get your hands on two specialty dishes, ice cream and curry, both black as midnight.

And before you say it: no, neither dishes use squid ink.

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McDonald’s Japan Removes Menus from Its Counters, Everyone Suddenly Feels Awkward

McDonald’s Japan Removes Menus from Its Counters, Everyone Suddenly Feels Awkward

Starting on October 1, free morning coffee isn’t the only change you’ll notice at McDonald’s Japan. Step up to the counter and, in the space where the big menu used to be, you’ll find nothing but this sign, urging you to look up at the overhead menu to make your choice instead.

Yep, the menu has gone. From now on, customers are asked to check out a menu elsewhere in the restaurant before heading to the counter, or rely on the meal suggestion board overhead, ruining it for those of us who always just point at the picture of chicken nuggets and say “this please”, in an effort to avoid the awkward Japanese pronunciation of the word.

On the surface, this is but a minor change, but it is already having an effect on frequent visitors, and the internet is buzzing about it.

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