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Japanese Twitter User Discovers A Sunflower Growing From The Grave Of His Hamster

2017-05-22 01:03

Being there for the death of a pet is one of the hardest experiences in life, and the only way to really find solace is to hope that their time alongside us humans was filled with happiness. But sometimes we hear of little miracles that make us believe our animal best friends are still looking out for us, perhaps even paying a visit every now and again to see how we’re doing. A small miracle was what Japanese Twitter user @CRAZYMONKEY_Dub recently experienced one year after the death of his hamster. One day when out in the yard, he noticed a sunflower growing from the exact place he had buried…


Start The Day Off With A High-Energy Wake-Up Call From A Japanese Fisherman At Sea

2017-05-12 03:10

Serial snoozers will know that no matter how many alarms are set in the morning, no matter what obnoxious ringtones will be blaring from the speakers of our phones, waking up is still one of the hardest things to do. While little might help to alleviate the grogginess we feel when we’ve just hopped out of bed, there is a one-of-a-kind wake-up call service that could make getting up a slightly more pleasant experience. The service, named Fisherman Call, gives sleepy users the chance to rise and shine to the robust voice of a Japanese fisherman working in Miyagi Prefecture’s Ishinomaki City. Created by the brilliant minds of the Fisherman…


Japan Self-Defense Force To Open More Positions To Women

2017-05-11 06:14

In an unprecedented move by the Japanese government, the Ministry of Defense has opened up positions in the Self-Defense Force to women that would give them more exposure to direct combat. With the opening of these new positions, women will be allowed to fly attack helicopters and maritime patrol planes. In the Ground SDF, women will also be placed in chemical protection units and will be able to man anti-tank choppers such as AH-1S Cobras and AH-64D Apache Longbows. Source: JGSDF This move is a continuation of the government’s decision in November 2016 to give women a larger role in the SDF. In November 2016, the military announced that they…


Touching Flip Book Animation Is Making Teary-Eyed Audiences Miss Their Moms

2017-05-07 01:22

Tekken, a Japanese comedian and renowned illustrator, has never failed to reduce audiences to tears with his plethora of touching flip book animations. His works first gained recognition with the moving 3-minute animation “The Pendulum of Life” (“Furiko”), and have since been featured in music videos and media outlets throughout the world. Now, fans are getting emotional all over again with the recent release of yet another heartfelt project. The animation, titled “A Mother’s Perseverance and Happiness,” shows the ups and downs of a loving mother and son as they both grow older over the course of two generations. Though it starts with the mother raising her son into an…


Studio Ghibli Animator’s Touching Commercial For A Bread Company Is Reminiscent Of Kiki’s Delivery Service

2017-05-02 05:59

Thankfully for Studio Ghibli fans, the creative prowess of the animators who worked on Ghibli classics can be enjoyed in works outside of those made for the world-famous anime studio. Such works include a touching commercial made for Japanese bread company Francois, which came into existence by the hands of Studio Ghibli animator Yoshiharu Sato. Sato worked not only as a key animator for movies like Porco Rosso, The Dog of Flanders, and The Secret World of Arrietty, but was also indispensable to the directing and designing of My Neighbor Totoro. Source: YouTube The commercial, which promotes the Fukuoka-based company’s Slow Bread products, tells the romantic tale of Cassis and…


Bathroom Notice Asks Patrons To “Work Together” When Using The Malfunctioned Bidet

2017-04-19 12:53

Bidets are by no means an exclusively Japanese experience, but public Japanese bathrooms are known for their high-tech toilets accompanied by an array of complicated buttons. But one bidet system confounded even a seasoned user of the country’s advanced toilets, because it required the assistance of an understanding comrade in order to function properly. ちょwwwww めちゃくちゃ難易度高いウォシュレットやwwwwwどうやって意思疎通するねんwww pic.twitter.com/B3lqA7ipV5 — ふぅみヽ( ゜ 3゜)ノ (@k_yzf_r) 2017年4月16日 Due to a system error, this bidet is synchronized with the one in the next stall. If the adjacent stall is occupied, please use the bidet comfortably through mutual communication and understanding. Posted by Japanese Twitter user @k_yzf_r, this picture was originally sent from a surprised friend…


Steak Is Becoming A Source of Hope For Victims of Exam Hell

2017-04-18 12:54

In Japan, many look forward to the months of March and April when cherry blossoms begin to bloom, temperatures begin to rise, and the much-anticipated season of hanami (or “flower viewing”) commences; yet, to some, March and April are also the most dreaded months of the year, as it marks the peak of “exam hell” or juken jigoku in Japan. As spring rolls around, thousands of soon-to-be middle school and high school students take their entrance exams, hoping to be accepted to elite schools. This is a critical time for many young Japanese students, since each entrance exam is viewed as a series of steps that eventually determines a student’s…


Panic Buyers Brace For Great Japanese Potato Chip Apocalypse

2017-04-13 02:49

Whether it’s Milk and Toast or cola, Japan has a very appreciated reputation for getting creative when it comes to potato chip flavors. However, it appears that at least for a temporary window, it won’t be quite as easy to get your hands on some of the country’s more popular varieties of potato chips. Recent typhoon damage in Hokkaido has caused a potato shortage, resulting in limitations to Japan’s potato chip production–and so now people are panic purchasing. ジャガイモ不足でポテチ販売休止 ネットでは1袋750円の高値転売(AbemaTIMES) – Yahoo!ニュースhttps://t.co/hBskcOemY7 近所の西友も全然なかった(ू˃̣̣̣̣̣̣︿˂̣̣̣̣̣̣ ू) pic.twitter.com/S1iCwskgVl — 齋 濱 系 も っ く ん ⊿🍊 (@ashuu_neruzumin) 2017年4月12日 Japan Today reports that starting April 15th, Japanese snack maker Calbee will halt the shipment…


Japanese Ad Agency Creates Imaginary Prototypes Of Products We Wish Existed In Real Life

2017-04-03 02:21

An ad agency with only 4 employees might seem really small, but it only takes one brilliant mind to come up with creative ideas that can be utilized in our everyday lives. Take the designs of Tokyo Design Studio GOES, a company that works on ads, posters, catalogues, and a plethora of other items we come across on the daily. In addition to the various projects their handful of staff take on for clients, GOES also shares many whimsical, humorous, and hands down ingenious imaginary prototypes of products we wish existed in real life. Such designs are regularly posted on GOES’ official Twitter account, and while some have indeed become…


No Friends? Take Pictures With “Rental Friends” And Look Popular On Social Media

2017-03-24 05:52

With smartphones and social media, it’s become so much easier to connect with friends from all over the world. But now, SNS accounts have become more than just a way to keep in touch with others; they’ve turned into detailed profiles of individuals and their lives (or at least the part of their lives they want others to see), and a place to showcase everything from their daily shenanigans to their life-changing adventures. In fact, companies are even known to search personal profiles to help them get a grasp of the characteristics of a potential employee. But in contrast to all the people with awesome pictures and hundreds — even…


Send Your Friend A Free Drink From Anywhere Behind This Digital Japanese Vending Machine

2017-03-22 10:19

When it comes to lifestyle technology, Japan is known to take it one step further than other countries. This can often be seen on a smaller scale with devices like vending machines, which in Japan have digitized purchase windows and money scanners for quick and convenient use (the scanning is possible with IC commuter passes with QR codes embedded inside). However, for Japanese vending machine company Acure, vending machines with “only” these features still don’t qualify as truly convenient. YouTube Since the world is now filled with people dipping their heads into the screens of their smartphones, Acure took advantage of that reality to make purchasing from vending machines even…


Will Premium Friday Become Japan’s Solution To “Death By Overwork?”

2017-03-16 11:19

In Japan, the term “premium” is often used synonymously with something that is good or highly favored. Take for example Suntory’s “The Premium Malt”, Wendy’s “JAPAN premium” menu, or Panasonic’s “Japan Premium” campaign used to endorse its Made-In-Japan products. In an effort to combat long work hours and karoshi or “death by overwork”, the Japanese government unveiled a new campaign in February called “Premium Friday”, which allow workers to leave by 3:00 pm on the last Friday of every month. Approximately 130 firms, including major companies such as Toyota Motor Corp. and Suntory Holdings Ltd., have already agreed to partake in Premium Friday, and are requesting that all employees halt…


Skyscraper In Tokyo Shows Height Of The Devastating Tsunami Of The 2011 Tōhoku Earthquake

2017-03-10 03:19

On March 11th, 2011, a devastating maginitude-9.0 earthquake rocked Japan’s Tōhoku region. It triggered massive tsunami waves that washed away roughly 3,500 houses and buildings while also devouring everything else in its path — including the lives of thousands of people. The day has been etched into the memories of everyone living in Japan at the time, and the disaster has made people vow to never forget the lives lost and to be better prepared for future catastrophes. With Japan approaching the 6th anniversary of the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Yahoo! Japan took to the streets of Tokyo to make a powerful statement. Placing a large message board on a…


Japanese Viewers Vote For The 10 Most Heartbreaking Animated Movies Of All Time

2017-02-24 04:46

Just because animation isn’t “real life” doesn’t mean animated movies are less poignant and emotionally stirring. With sincere storylines and super realistic motion graphics, many animated classics have left us bawling, breaking our fragile little hearts to the point where it’s sometimes hard to sleep at the end of the night. In an attempt to find out which animated movie is the saddest, Japanese movie fans recently voted for the top 10 tear-jerkers of all time through a survey taken by goo. The ranking includes both foreign animation and Japanese anime. Unsurprisingly, the massive global hit movie “Your Name” found a place on the list. Ranking: 1. Grave of the…


The Rise Of The Decline Of Dating In Japan

2017-02-17 01:19

Suicide and dating. Not many would find similarities in the two, given the fact that the former is often the means to an end of unbearable suffering, and the latter, a term with a more positive connotation, is often characterized by the pursuit of true love and happiness. However, in a recent column posted by Joshi Spa!, it was said that suicide and dating have more commonalities than one would think. Not only does dating require time, but it involves physical, emotional, and financial investment. When a serious relationship fails, one can only imagine the emotional suffering that will ensue. Imagine attempting to start a business in which you invest…


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