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Crack Cases With A Talking Butt In Upcoming Net Anime Series “Butt Detective”

2017-06-27 10:29

Detective Conan better watch out because a new rival’s in town. That rival, who will soon be getting his very own online anime series, is a jiggly butt of a detective named Oshiri Tantei, which literally translates to Butt Detective. Joined by his little sidekick Brown, he solves crimes and fights the bad guys like a true case cracking hero. Did we mention his face is one giant butt that talks, drinks, and eats (and farts, but we’ll get to that later)? While Oshiri Tantei might seem like another odd creation from the world of Japanese animation, it’s actually based on a popular picture book for children of the same…


Japan’s First Female Sento Artist Hopes To Revitalize Public Baths With Soothing Murals

2017-06-26 05:24

Bathing in Japan can be a cleansing experience on many levels, but much of the attention in this regard, rather understandably, goes to the luscious scenery and tranquility provided by the onsen baths in ryokan (traditional Japanese inns), or the beautiful hot spring towns that bring the world of Spirited Away to life. Less explored are these onsen’s more casual counterpart, sento, public bathhouses with just as rich and storied a history. Open to the public and often located in big cities, sento typically feature murals of soothing countryside landscapes, running streams, and Mt. Fuji to help instill tranquility in patrons as they bathe and forget their big city woes….


Rainbow Bentos Turn Ordinary Ingredients Into Radiant Edible Masterpieces

2017-06-26 12:42

As anyone who makes (or has ever attempted to make) home-prepared bentos every day can attest to, getting out of bed to put together a balanced, nutritious, and visually appealing lunch is far from an easy task. Even with the existence of jaw-droppingly gorgeous bento masterpieces to inspire us to release the same amount of mouthwatering creativity into our own bento boxes, the truth of the matter is that most of us would very much rather hit the snooze button a few more times than try and create an edible work of art at six in the morning. Fortunately, one of the newest hashtag trends on Japanese Twitter is sympathetic…


Manga Artist Illustrates Somewhat Awkward Ways People Address Their Boyfriends In Japanese

2017-06-25 05:44

In different countries, people address their loved ones differently. Some terms of endearment are evidently more unusual than others, and as Japanese manga artist Ezaki Bisuko illustrates in a short comic, it seems that there’s no shortage of awkward nicknames for boyfriends in the Japanese language. The comic introduces 8 different ways people have (apparently) begun to address their boyfriends in Japan. As you might already know, there are many English loanwords in Japanese, and one quite common way to address boyfriends is to use the word “ダーリン” (Daarin). Daarin comes from the English word “darling,” which some people even shorten to “daa” to refer to their significant others. Another…


Fish Comes To Visit Japanese Diver Friend At Underwater Shrine For 30 Years

2017-06-24 01:45

You may remember Hasama Underwater Park, a praised diving spot in Japan that houses an underwater Shinto shrine (a specially opened extension of the Susaki Shrine) that boasts whale sharks, sunfish, and other exotic marine wildlife that swirl around the sunken torii gate–as well as a spot to drink coffee underwater. One diver, Hiroyuki Arakawa, entrusted with maintenance and care taking of the shrine, has a particularly special relationship with the fish down there, however. He’s been rendezvousing with his fish friend Yoriko, an Asian sheepshead wrasse, for the past 25 years! A standard greeting between Arakawa and Yoriko Source: YouTube Arakawa’s chance meeting with the ailing Yoriko, who was…


Japanese Plarail Fanatic Recreates Yokohama Station With A Toy Train Set

2017-06-23 03:26

Japan is home to one of the most complex railway systems in the world, catering to the busy lives of the millions of pubic transport users going about their daily business at any given day. Stations like Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Tokyo are themselves notorious for being massive mazes that are utter nightmares for the unfamiliar traveler, while their myriad platforms are constantly whizzing with trains carrying thousands in and out of the cities. Like its Tokyo counterparts, Yokohama Station in Kanagawa Prefecture is also known as one of the busiest stations in Japan. It is the hub of hundreds of trains operated by six different railway companies, as well as…


Turn Open Wine Bottles Into Decorative Art With Handmade Kokeshi Wine Bottle Closures

2017-06-23 02:13

Kokeshi are traditional Japanese wooden dolls that were once adored by Japanese children as handmade, one-of-a-kind toys, but in more recent times they’ve been appreciated throughout the world as endearing ornamental objects created by skilled craftsmen. But as beautiful as they might be simply placed on a table or in a display cabinet, they can now double as handy wine bottle closures for those (rare) occasions where a bottle of wine goes unfinished. Source: HANDECO Source: HANDECO The kokeshi wine bottle closures are made by HANDECO, a Japanese brand offering handcrafted products inspired by traditional Japanese crafts and culture. Their creations utilize materials and techniques originating from various regions throughout…


Sip Coffee On Tatami Mats Inside A Century-Old Building At Kyoto’s Traditionally Japanese Starbucks

2017-06-23 11:48

Walk the streets of any country where Starbucks has planted its roots and you’re bound to see the familiar green logo beckoning passersby to have a cup of coffee every which way. While most of these locations look similar inside and out regardless of where they are found, time and time again there are special Starbucks stores built inside buildings of historical and architectural prominence. Starbucks Japan As a country where its many regions are always looking for ways to pay respects to their local cultures and traditions, Japan is certainly no stranger to such uniquely designed Starbucks locations. The newest Starbucks of this kind is set to be in…


Ramen Kabuto: The Japanese Ramen Restaurant With A Samurai Spirit

2017-06-22 06:53

We’ve seen samurai armor slowly become a trend in accessories and handbags, most recently with a company that makes samurai armor for cats and dogs, but what happens when you combine the a fascination with the armor of Japan’s early warriors with the country’s modern love of themed restaurants? We imagine the result is something similar to Ramen Kabuto, where your chef and server delivers your ramen in custom-made samurai armor. Source: At Press Source: At Press If you were unaware of the the shop’s gimmick and stumbled into Ramen Kabuto seeking greasy noodle and broth refuge from the cold of Sapporo, you might be taken aback to see that…


Seller Thinks He’s Ripped Off Japanese YouTuber With $3 Rusty Knife, Definitely Regrets It After This DIY Restoral

2017-06-22 11:46

You may be familiar with Japanese YouTuber JunsKitchen for his helpful and fun videos about cooking delicious Japanese meals, usually accompanied by his feline sous-chef Kohaku. Jun’s knowledge for Japanese cooking doesn’t seem to be just limited to recipes, however, after a chance encounter at a recycling shop, it’s become evident he knows a good blade when he sees one–even when it’s covered in rust! At the recycling shop, Jun found a man trying to sell a traditional Japanese knife, but the store refused to purchase it due to it’s clearly tarnished quality–even for a measly 30 yen (about 30 cents). Jun later approached the man and offered to purchase…


Japan Loves Otters So Much That Now There Is An Exhibition Dedicated To Them

2017-06-21 12:33

Japan, especially in the SNS circle, is getting excited about otters. Now, a group of otter-loving SNS users have gathered up to do an exhibition entitled “Kawauso Honto Ten” at “TODAYS GALLERY STUDIO” (Tokyo). At the exhibition, you will see works by ponchan918, mako and others who are popular in Japan’s otter-infatuated social media circle. Works by otter photographer and university professor Jyunichi Sato will also be shown. All in all, the exhibition is expected to feature over 200 works. There will also be a shop with over 2000 items, including stuffed animals and handmade ottergoods. A pet that’s easy to take care of? Otter owners love their pets because…


New Three Step, One Minute Prep Yukata Pajamas Look Like The Real Deal

2017-06-21 11:47

Japanese manufacturer and retailer Bibi Lab has a reputation for releasing unique and hybrid “room wear”, or pajamas, that respond to interesting needs they identify in customer research and surveys. In the past, their inquiries have led to such releases as a Japanese schoolgirl outfit that doubles as a personal kotatsu, pajamas that lazy people can practically live in, and of course, a giant pillow that is a set of a pigtails that…hugs you back. Their latest endeavor appears to be in response to customers craving an easy-to-wear yukata. One of the staple joys of attending a Japanese summer festival is slipping on the casual summer kimono to get in…


Studio Ghibli’s Kiki Returns As 17-Year-Old Schoolgirl For Cup Noodle Commercial

2017-06-20 04:12

Whether it’s creating a Giant Ultima Weapon Fork from Final Fantasy or having seven armor-clad samurai show off extreme sports skills, Nissin Cup Noodles never shies away from flexing their creative muscle when it comes to creating ad campaigns for their popular Cup Noodles brand. So when it came to making a commercial for their new “Hungry Days” campaign, a promotion centered around the theme of youth, they took everyone’s favorite witch from Studio Ghibli’s Kiki’s Delivery Service and fast forwarded to the golden days of her youth as a 17-year-old in high school in a beautifully animated short. Source: YouTube Studio Ghibli diehards may lament the change in art…


Give Your Feet Nine Adorable Lives With Cat-Shaped Japanese Geta Sandals

2017-06-20 11:38

Just when we thought we had seen the ultimate in Japanese summer feline fashion with cat-motif yukata, it turns out there is a purrfect pair for it in the form of cat-shaped traditional Japanese sandals, allowing cat-lovers to show off their fondness for kitties in style. Source: PR Times The three-piece series of cute cat sandals come courtesy of Nara-based geta (traditional Japanese elevated sandals) and footwear maker Narageta, and are called the Nyarageta–a pun combining the maker’s name with the Japanese word for “meow” (“Nya”). Narageta produces a variety of geta designs, combining traditional aesthetics and technique with modern technology for foot comfort and mobility. The Nyarageta are said…


Unicorn Taiyaki Fish Ice Creams Give Japanese Traditional Snack Colorful New Look

2017-06-19 08:39

In the world of Japanese sweets, it’s not uncommon to come across some snacks that appear to be too cute to eat. Taiyaki (literally “baked sea bream”) looks like it may fall into that category, although the growing popularity of the fish-shaped cakes around the world may say otherwise. While traditionally filled with red bean paste, many shops in Japan offer varieties filled with chocolate, custard, and thanks to trends around the globe–ice cream! While not the only shop in the world stuffing taiyaki mouths with sweets, New York City’s Taiyaki NYC has gained a lot of popularity for their variety of ice cream-filled taiyaki, including a recent special of…


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