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Some older Japanese women wear their school uniforms well after they’ve graduated high school in an attempt to make themselves look younger. After all, nothing screams youthful innocence in Japan like a sailor outfit. Eventually, however, everyone reaches an age where “youthful innocence” is better read as “pitiful desperation.”

But if you adults out there are still looking for an excuse to strut about in your old high school uniform, we have news for you: Ramen Shop Takanashi in Yokohama offers free ramen to customers over 30 who enter the shop wearing a schoolgirl outfit. Yes, even men. Read More

Restaurant employees of the future may be modeled after warriors of the past. At least, that’s the impression we were left with after visiting Hajime, a restaurant staffed by dancing robot samurai waiters. Read More

Modern Toilet Restaurant: From Bowel To Your Bowl

Taipei, Taiwan—a city known for cuisine that overturns common sense and challenges convention.

There is no better representation of this than the popular chain restaurant Modern Toilet. A novel concept that couldn’t be described any better than its name, Modern Toilet offers a variety of poo-themed delights served in toilet-shaped dishes to emulate that exhilarating feeling of eating feces straight from the bowl. Read More

On May 2, 2011 Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. Navy SEALs during a special operation in Pakistan. President Obama stated that the death of bin Laden is “the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al-Qaeda.”

As details of the operation were reported around the world the scene of President Obama and government officials watching the situation unfold live via camera feed from the White House emerged as a representative image of the event.

The severe expressions of those present show the room was filled with palpable tension. However, a series of images posted to Japanese Internet forum 2channel show the mood in the room may have been slightly different than mainstream media has let on. Read More

Taiwanese Girls Face Plant For The Sake Of Art

In 2009 a Facebook group called The lying down game was created to showcase pictures of people lying face-down with rigid bodies in public. The group became an Internet sensation in the English-speaking world and the group now hosts thousands of pictures of fans face-planting all over world.

Now, a Facebook page featuring photographs of two beautiful young women lying face-down in public places around Taiwan has began to spread the fire across Asia. Read More

A recent commercial by a Taiwanese online game company has been met with a flood of complaints from viewers for its intolerable use of the human vocal chords. Read More

A number of fascinating pictures capturing the wonderful world of underground drainage systems in Japan were uploaded to a Russian LiveJournal blog. The pictures hold an artistic quality that replaces the ‘dirty’ image of sewers with that of an eerily enchanting sci-fi world. Read More

It’s a well-known fact that romantic relationships with real women are incredibly inconvenient: you take them out on dates, pay for their meals, and do everything you can to keep them pleased—only to be kicked to the curb at the end of the day. Even if you did find that perfect girl, you’d be too nervous to talk to her in the first place!

Face it: it’s just easier to stay single. However, even those free from delusions of ‘romance’ may still fantasize of a little pleasant interaction with the opposite sex from time to time.

Now, thanks to the ‘background video’ DVD series Amateur Meal Time ~Let’s Eat Together!~, you can now fulfill that desire by enjoying the atmosphere of a dinner date without the hassle of actually having to meet a real woman! Read More

In 2007 Japanese home sanitation company S.T. Corporation launched a commercial for their popular brand of bathroom deodorizer, Shoshu-Riki for Toilet, featuring a group of foreign musicians performing a jingle called Song for Toilet.

The commercial and jingle became an instant hit with its catchy tune and lyrics: “Shoshu-Riki, I love the toilet. Shoshu-Riki, I love it too! For your lovely toilet, Shoshu-Riki!” Read More

While many Japanese rappers freely mix English in to their lyrics, it’s probably much less common for American rappers to do the same with Japanese.

Enter Kokujin Tensai (lit: Black Genius), who is trying to break ground by making Japanese his language of choice when busting mad, phat or otherwise sick rhymes.

From his alias, you might be given the impression that Genius is all wind and no game, but the moment you hear his raps you’ll know his shit is real.

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Sony’s Patapon 3 Trial Replaces Patapon With Half-Naked Japanese Man

Patapon 3, the long-awaited third installment in the PSP’s rhythmic tribal god simulator, is set to be released on April 12, 2011 in North America and April 28, 2011 in Japan.

To commemorate the release of the game, Sony has released a browser-based trial version of the game. However instead of the Patapon warriors, this version stars the eccentric Japanese comedian 江頭2:50 (Egashira niji gojuppun), often refered to as Ega-chan by fans.

Your goal? Send Ega-chan into FEVER! Read More

Jilin Province, China—Last year, Mr. Zhang’s beloved pet dog Hu Zhi (Tiger) suddenly stopped eating and died for reasons unknown. As Mr. Zhang was burying his companion, he noticed a hard lump protruding from the dog’s stomach.

When Mr. Zheng took the dog in for an autopsy to find out the cause of the protrusion, a gallstone about the size of a chicken egg inside was found in his stomach. Mr. Zhang decided to keep the stone as a memento. However, Mr. Zhang was soon informed of a shocking fact: the stone removed from his dog’s stomach has a value of nearly 500,000 Yuan (US$76,487).

Why is this stone worth so much?

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The neighborhood of Ximending is located in the Northeastern part of Taipei, and is the Taiwanese hub of fashion and Japanese culture. Often referred to as the “the Harajuku of Taipei,” many fascinating sights can be seen just by walking up and down the streets, looking around at the numerous shops, and observing the customers that fill them.

Your reporters in Taipei recently stumbled across a food vendor that sells a corn dog-like concoction made by baking a sausage, coated in hotcake batter, in a special iron grill shaped like a penis.

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A recent Taiwanese fad involves photo studios that offer a special ‘transformation’ service. Women have their hair and makeup done professionally, choose from a selection of fancy clothes, and have their own glamorous photo shoot. These studios are known for being popular with female travelers, but in the city of Gaoxiong there is a certain photo studio that specializes in glamming up men to look like women.

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