Who doesn’t love cherry blossoms (sakura) and cherry blossom season? That exquisite pink everywhere. Refreshing, energizing, even. It’s fun just to wander around checking out the different parks with cherry blossoms. Sadly, time flies and the petals blow away… Read More
In recent years, sushi has quickly become the most popular Japanese food outside of Japan.
It is against this backdrop of rapid sushi globalization that Japanese film director Noboru Iguchi, the mastermind behind such cult horror classics as RoboGeisha and Mutant Girls Squad, dares to ask the question: what if sushi grew fangs and tried to eat us?
Enter Dead Sushi.
You wander the Moroccan desert lost, dehydration and the scorching sun draining the life from your body more and more with each passing moment.
An oasis appears. A pool of water at the base of a lush tree promise relief from the heat and hope that you may yet find your way home.
You run towards the oasis but then stop suddenly. Did that tree just bleat at me?
You rub your eyes and, as the illusion evaporates into the unforgiving sun, you realize: that tree isn’t covered in foliage, it’s covered in goats. And that pool of water? That’s goats too.
You murmur to yourself: What the $!&#.
Have you ever met up with a friend only to find that you chose the same outfit to wear somewhere public? Or have you ever been in a class where someone you don’t know or even don’t like was wearing the same shirt as you? The feeling of awkwardness, annoyance, and/or embarrassment that comes with these situations is something most of us try to avoid.
However, three mysterious women in China have decided to make this a way of life by making their faces identical with cosmetic surgery.
Osaka is a city known for tasty traditional foods like okonomiyaki and takoyaki, the neon lights and mechanical signs of Dotonbori and a populace with the best sense of humor in Japan.
It’s only in a city like this that you could find something as in-your-face ridiculous as a series of statues we recently stumbled across outside of the Dotonbori Hotel Namba.
It all started when Japanese comedy website Omokoro hit 10,000 followers on Twitter.
In order to leverage their growing fanbase, Omokoro’s chief editor Harajuku called resident writer Sebuyama into the office at around 10pm and asked him to research what kind of tweets are most likely to be retweeted.
What ensued was a hilarious social experiment that grabbed the attention of net users across Japan and ended with Sebuyama sitting in front of his computer in nothing but underpants with nearly a hundred clothespins stuck to his naked body.
Wherever you go in the suburbs of Japan, you can bet that there will be a ramen shop along the main road. They usually offer a large parking area and have the run down look of shops that have been in business for years and years. They’re the kind of places long-haul truckers like to stop for a meal and a nap.
One such ramen shop has made news recently when its rather unique billboard was blogged about. In bold, black letters, the sign reads, “There’s nothing good here!”
A Yokohama Ward Office was shocked on 13 January, when they received a visit from the infamous immortal homicidal monster depicted in countless horror movies, Jason Voorhees. This time, however, rather than wielding a blood-stained machete, Jason hit the office with a donation of 10 Randoseru backpacks.
Sometimes we all need a little lovin’. Now you can get a kiss anywhere, at any time, with the saucy new iPhone app Choi Kiss, loosely translated as Kisses on the Go. This little piece of heaven won’t even cost you a penny.
Recently, a lot of fuss was made over an advertisement spotted near the Amerikamura (American Village) area of Osaka. Although overlooked by most Japanese who walked by, the posters hit English speaking foreigners like a slap in the face. It read: “Fuckin’ Sale — All 20% Off”.
This poster and the ensuing controversy surrounding it raises more questions than it does answers for both Japanese and Western people.
A long intro talk given by the school principal is unavoidable at any school event. Most of the time, those talks seem to go on forever.
It seems the phenomenon happens in China also. Some students at a Chinese school recently protested against their principal’s long and boring monologue. However, the way they did created some controversy.
It happened at the opening ceremony of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in Guang Dong Province. The school principal started his address on the red carpeted stage, when suddenly a group of male students in white t-shirts broke in. They made a straight line facing towards the stage, pulled their shirts up to their faces, and then laid back with their feet turning toward him.
What in the world happened? In China, showing the top in such a manner is meant to represent a dead dog. They said later that was a protest again his long and boring address.
People stopped paying attention to the address and started taking pictures. The somber ceremonial mood broke completely. The principal, in a show of stoic defiance, kept talking in spite of the disturbance.
Students vs Principal. Everybody watched breathlessly to see what would happen next. They realized the concrete they laid down on was so cold that they could not keep going. They ended their protest dismally in the end.
Some of the students that were present for the protest uploaded the incident on the internet. However, most of the comments to the videos are not very supportive. Some examples:
“It’s so abstract. I have no idea what they are trying to say”,
“That must be some kind of artistic statement, but what?”,
“They should have shown the administration some respect as students”.
The school addressed the comments to media with compassion, “Yes, some of our students laid down on the ground during the speech. But they had their own opinion, and they have the freedom to show it…”
Since the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake in Japan, Taiwan has shown itself to be a nation of extremely generous and caring people, who helped us through one of our darkest times. What you may not know, however, is that Taiwan is also a nation full of some of the hottest women you’ve ever seen. With the announcement that an online poll has selected Taiwan’s 10 Most Beautiful Women, Rocket News 24 would like to return the care and attention that they have given Japan. We also hope you join us and not miss out on the hottest women Taiwan has to offer!
On Yahoo Shopping, a site famous for its oodles of unique merchandise, an ornamental sword is attracting a lot of attention. It’s called the “Whale Sword” and it’s a model of a style of ornamental sword used in the pre-war days, with a blade close to a meter long. Who wouldn’t want that in their stocking?
As I was taking a walk through the city the other day, I encountered a cake shop with a fantastic exterior like something out of a fairy tale. It had a very cheerful ambiance, and on closer inspection, I noticed a remarkable figure. Could it be? Star of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, Jack Sparrow, selling pastries? Captain Jack managing a cake shop?
Are you looking for something to give to that special someone in your life? Choosing the right gift is a huge burden for many of us this time of year, especially with so many options to choose from.
So, everybody, what do you think when you see a girl’s armpit hair? Does it make a difference if she’s smoking hot? A lot of people would probably be surprised, and some of them might even reject her entirely over the matter.
Well, this has apparently become a big topic of conversation in China, where a pretty young woman bared her hairy pits to the world.
After eight years in the making, South Korean animated film Aaichi & Ssipak was finally released in its home country in 2006. Now, in February 2012, the film will finally be getting released on Japanese shores. But why the delay?
Well, for starters, Aaichi & Ssipak is a movie packed with graphic scenes of sex, violence, and poop. No, really.
A lot of ladies head to the spa for beauty treatments and relaxation, and recently more and more men have been getting in on that action. But the spa industry isn’t stopping there. They’ve begun on the animal kingdom as well.
According to our sources, Australia now boasts a spa for the exclusive use of lady crocodiles.
On November 5, Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder and father of the iPhone and iPad, passed away.
Strangely enough, Jobs’ death came the day after the iPhone4S was announced, almost as if he was holding on just to see off his latest brainchild off into the world he was soon to leave behind.
Even if he did accomplish this goal, the reality of passing away at the age of 56 must have been hard for him. Surely the technological visionary had more he wished to say and more he wished to accomplish before he died.
We therefore decided to go to one of Japan’s most prominent spiritual hot-spots, Mt. Osore (lit. Fear Mountain), and ask a traditional Japanese spirit-medium to contact Steve Jobs for a post-mortem interview. Read More