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Possibly the most considerate pedestrian crossing button ever installed

Push-buttons at a pedestrian crossing are a pretty standard safety feature at most intersections.

But how long does a push button need to be? And we’re not talking about the length of time waiting once you press the push button, but the length of the actual push button…

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Summon your inner middle-aged woman for the obashot, Japan’s latest photo trend!【Photos】

A picture is worth a thousand words. That’s perhaps why instead of writing letters or spending hours chatting on the phone, people are gravitating towards “keeping in touch” through sharing photos on social networking platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram. With these services, you’re not just keeping in touch with your friends and family, you’re keeping in touch with the latest photo trends.

If you’re one of those photo trend followers, then you have to master the art of posing like an obasan (which literally means “aunt” in Japanese but also refers to middle-aged women in general), otherwise known as the obashot (short for obasan shot), because that’s what’s trending among Japanese Twitter users now. And also because it’s funny.

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Top 20 anime photobombs in historical photographs

If you haven’t heard of the Twitter account Anime in History yet, then you need to follow them right away. They put out near-daily pictures of anime characters flawlessly Photoshopped into historical photographs, making you swear that they were actually there.

With over 100 pictures and counting though, we figured it was about time to do a list of the best pictures released so far. So we here at RocketNews24 present to you the top 20 anime photobombs throughout history, as made possible by Anime in History.

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“Sleeping angel” in a high school uniform trolls Japanese train passengers and Internet users

There she is, that heavenly high school beauty dozing across from you on the train, complete with a handwritten message on the window not to disturb her peaceful slumber. You stare lovingly at her angelic sleeping face…only to realize that yep, you’ve been tricked, big time.  

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10 of the craziest complaints Japanese people have heard from customers

Anyone who’s worked in a store, restaurant, or pretty much anywhere in the service industry knows the joy of interacting with customers. And it’s not just your country that has crazy customers, it’s a fact of humanity that transcends culture and language, Japan included.

So with that we bring you the top 10 tweets made with a hashtag that’s recently been getting very popular with Japanese twitter users: #ActualCustomerComplaints. We’re not 100-percent sure how true the “actual” part is, but they’re all so hilarious and painfully familiar that you’ll be too busy laughing and commiserating to mind.

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Introducing the new PikaChu! Amusing character mash-ups bring the Japanese internet to giggles

Ever wondered what Pikachu would look like fused with other familiar characters from manga, anime, and video games?

Neither have we, to be honest, but now we can see what the love-children of those amalgamations would look like thanks to Japanese company Mountain Graphics, a maker of t-shirts and other apparel. “Cardcaptor Zakura,” “Wapire-chan”…their series of character mash-ups are sure to tickle your funny bone!

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“Insta in my Hand” is the latest smartphone trend among high school students in Japan

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!

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Mochi hot cakes: The Japanese pancakes you don’t even need a rice cooker to make!

There’s a reason we say “selling like hotcakes”, and that reason is that hotcakes are awesome. These fluffy, light little circles of joy were sent to make snack time delightful and fill the world with rainbows and sunshine.

But if you’ve ever looked down at your little pancakes and thought “hey, this just isn’t Japanese enough for me!” then we have the answer for you. Mochi, Japan’s favourite rice cake, is said to make hot cakes even fluffier and even more awesome. But how do you add a solid, square block of mochi to a bowl of pancake mix anyway?

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Monday Kickstart: Naughty hamster chews its way through a stuffed animal, into our hearts

Another Monday, another few thousand spins around the old hamster wheel, right? While that sounds terrible, it’s actually pretty cute. At least if you happen to be a real hamster.

What with their plump buttstiny food portions, and under-sized houses, hamsters are easily some of the most adorable animals on the planet, right next to cats and puppies. And thanks to their tiny size, they make great pets too, though you do need to pay special attention to their teeth, ensuring that they don’t grow too long. But while teeth that continuously grow might be a chore to us humans, they’re one of the hamster’s greatest tools, allowing them to chew right through whatever their little hearts desire! Like your favorite stuffed animals…

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Father develops simple method to make cranky toddlers into productive little go-getters

Any parent knows that getting children to stick to a basic daily routine can be difficult. Sure you might occasionally find an infant who for some reason just loves brushing their teeth or waxing the car, but for the most part it can be downright impossible to get them to do anything productive except sprint into a wall and laugh hysterically about it.

However, one Japanese dad by the Twitter nickname of Mr. Q believes he has found a simple and effective way to convince a child that brushing teeth and changing clothes are in their best interest.

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Can you guess what this amazing Super Mario Bros art is made from?

Given Mario’s reign as the king – or at least, like, Hand of the King or maybe Master of Coin – of the current pop culture nostalgia craze, it’s no wonder that we’ve seen a lot of Super Mario Bros. fan art over the years.

Most of it’s pretty great stuff, but few works of Mario fan art have required quite as much thankless dedication and time commitment as this recreation of the original Super Mario Bros. start screen recreated in an unusual medium. Can you guess what that medium is?

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Cat scratch fever: Free-loving exhibitionist kitties become Twitter sensation

Nature is beautiful and vicious at the same time, isn’t it? From jaguars stalking prey in the shadows to the deft strikes of the praying mantis, there is a host of animals that are downright fascinating to watch.

And some of them are just hilarious, like the three cats who’ve sent Twitter into fits of laughter with their very public displays of…um…”affection.”

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Japanese netizens traumatized by creepy Pooh calendar

Who doesn’t love a cute desk calendar? An adorable picture of a kitten or your favorite cartoon character can really brighten up the place. Plus, lots of companies in Japan give them away as free gifts to customers, so you don’t even need to buy one most of the time.

Of course, if you get it for free, you can’t really complain about the quality, as one net user discovered when he flipped to April earlier this week. Notice anything strange about the illustration of Pooh above?

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Two wildly different characters, same voice actor. Twitter users share their shocking anime finds

Are you an anime fan? Do you watch Japanese anime in their original Japanese dialogue? If your answer is “yes” for both questions, then you’ve probably had the experience of picking up on a familiar-sounding voice in a certain anime, Googling to uncover the seiyuu (voice actor in Japanese) behind the character, and then realizing that you’ve actually seen quite a few titles he or she has starred in.

Twitter users in Japan have been digging through the Internet for some drastically different performances from the same voice actor/actress, and sharing their surprising finds on Twitter. Check them out after the break!

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12 things that shock Japanese people: “Did you know kids leave out cookies and milk for Santa?!”

Foreign cultures are always going to have things that surprise outsiders. Roasted shellfish snacks may be perfectly normal to Japanese people but not quite so appetizing to us, whereas kids dressing up on graduation day is endearing to us but downright terrifying to Japanese people.

The Japanese website CuRAZY recently compiled a list of 12 extremely popular tweets that revealed some sort of “surprising information.” Far more surprising than the tweets themselves though is the fact that so many Japanese people actually found the information surprising in the first place.

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Man posts tweet threatening to release sarin gas in Akihabara as an “April Fools’ Day joke”

Here at RocketNews24 we love a good April Fools’ Day yarn. But in Japan, April Fools’ Day still isn’t that popular, and there’s a clear difference between catching people out with a clever joke and deliberately trying to deceive and emotionally harm people.

One man who apparently doesn’t know the difference between a joke and lying maliciously managed to flood Akihabara with police after posting a particularly unfunny April Fools’ Day tweet threatening a sarin gas attack in the area.

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Paternity search board game from the 80s making a comeback on Twitter

Despite occasionally having risqué names like Taboo or Hungry Hungry Hippos, board games are generally wholesome fun for the whole family to enjoy. And what could be more family-oriented than a game where the main objective is to find out who your family is?

Yes, in Konoko Darenoko (“Who’s child is this?” also translated as “Who is the father?”) a woman who has had multiple partners in a relatively small timeframe must now determine who the biological father of her baby is. But watch out! Those alleged fathers are tricky and will do whatever it takes to avoid responsibility.

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Breaking: An increasing number of cats sitting weirdly

We now interrupt our regular stream of parliamentary coverage to bring word of a troubling development among cats in Japan. Although it has occurred before, in recent months there has been a trend among cats to sit in positions unbecoming the felis catus species.

Either that or recently there is a trend among cat owners to post pictures of them sitting strangely on Twitter. Whatever the case, it’s here and it’s happening, so get an eyeful of all this late-breaking cuteness. Your life may depend on it.

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The Internet has a new crush again, and she just happens to be a golf caddie?!

Sometimes it seems like the collective Internet has the attention span of about five minutes. Though, to be fair, that’s longer than a Vine video, so we guess things aren’t completely hopeless. However, it also means that the Internet’s collective id develops (and loses) crushes faster than a mayfly.

And this week, the Japanese Internet masses have apparently developed a crush on a golf caddie.

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Kabe-don? That’s old news. Now it’s all about the sode-kuru!

Are you still using kabe-don to show your love, tough guy? If so, you’re clearly behind the times! Who even does kabe-don anymore? No one, that’s who!

Okay, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but it looks like the Internet has found the next hot way for tough guys to show their love: Sode-kuru! What is sode-kuru and how can you use it to win the heart of your crush? Read on to find out!

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