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Japanese Comedian Naomi Watanabe Makes Vogue Debut With The Most Relatable Makeup Video Ever

2017-07-14 01:10

Having made her mark in the world as a Japanese plus-size comedian (who does a mean impression of Beyoncé, by the way), Naomi Watanabe isn’t afraid to keep it real if it means playing her part in empowering women and spreading body positivity. Her strong mindset has contributed to her well-established career not just as a comedian, but also a model and fashion designer. In fact, she’s proven that nothing can make her abandon her silly antics and self-deprecating humor, not even a highly-coveted collaboration with Vogue. A post shared by 渡辺直美 (@watanabenaomi703) on Sep 15, 2016 at 1:32am PDT Watanabe, who is known for her bright and colorful fashion…


Japanese Illustrator Turns Life’s Awkward Yet Totally Relatable Moments Into Ukiyoe-Style Drawings

2017-07-10 02:18

It’s a given that life has a bottomless stock of awkward moments for us to experience. But we tend to forget that we’re all human, and a lot of what we go through are relatable to the vast majority of people just trying to live their lives. Japanese illustrator Takayuki Yamada jots down such moments and turns them into relatable haikus written alongside ukiyoe-style illustrations. Though a web designer by day, in his free time the Fukuoka-based artist conjures his alter ego Yamada Zenjidou, a haiku poet from the Bakumatsu-Meiji periods living in a modernized society. Using the voice of Zenjidou, Yamada creates artwork reminiscent of traditional Japanese art that…


Daughter Asks Dad To Turn Her Drawings Into Adorably Unique Character Bentos

2017-07-07 04:52

As many dads in Japan have proved, a little bit of creativity goes a long way when it comes to putting a smile on their kids’ faces. But while some fathers might turn their children’s sketches into professionally designed anime characters, Japanese comedian Takafumi Ozeki reproduces his daughter’s cute drawings as accurately as he can into heartwarming, handmade character bento lunches. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Ozeki’s adorable creations, but it looks like he’s come far from the days when he worried he would make an awkward impression on his daughter’s teacher. This year for Father’s Day, his daughter requested he turn a drawing she made of him…


Perfect Pitch! Pianist Turns Cringe-Worthy Press Conference Into A Musical Performance

2017-07-04 10:09

Do you have absolute pitch or perfect pitch? Perfect pitch is a rare auditory phenomenon that is characterized by the ability of a person to identify a given musical note without the benefit of a reference tone. Some people are born with that ability, but some acquire it through continuous training. One pianist demonstrated this kind of ability by performing the exact pitch from a press conference involving a Japanese congressman apologizing for his wrongdoings. In the video, the pianist not only amazingly plays the exact speed and pitch of the speech but also remembers to turn the speech of the reporter into musicical notes. Although the combination of the…


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…


Waiters With Alzheimer’s Serve Up Meals At Tokyo’s “The Restaurant that Messes up Orders”

2017-06-06 02:11

Tokyo is coming to be known as a hot spot for pop-up shops, but they are usually of the pop-culture themed variety–as seen with recent Power Puff Girls Cold Stone creamery drinks. However, last weekend, a restaurant with a name that would catch anyone’s eye popped up in the Toyosu district of Tokyo called “The Restaurant that Messes up Orders” ((注文をまちがえる料理店)), a name that makes a pun out of Kenji Miyazawa’s famous story, “The Restaurant of Many Orders”. While one might wonder why a restaurant would specialize in incorrect orders, the answer is quite simple. The restaurant employs waiters with dementia and Alzheimer’s, and does so to promote awareness and…


Plastic Modeler Paints 100 Yen Smartphone Cases To Give Them A Weathered Metal Look

2017-06-03 03:55

Even the most ordinary objects can be transformed into items worthy of a million bucks by the hands of talented craftsmen. Dollar store smartphone cases are no exception, especially when they’re given an entirely new look by plastic modeler @niiharu80. One day out of pure spontaneity, the Japanese hobbyist purchased some clear smartphone cases from the local 100 yen store and decided to paint them in a weathered metal design. The results, as the twitterverse soon found out, were no less than jaw-dropping. @niiharu80 decided to buy some clear smartphone cases at the dollar store. Source: @niiharu80 A huge fan of the weathered look, he decided to give them a…


Awesome Grandma Dances Into Grandson’s Room And Rocks Out On His Electric Guitar

2017-06-02 02:34

Metalheads who grew up in a small house probably have this one thing in common — they’ve been yelled at by a sibling, parent, or grandparent to turn the music down. But heavy metal just isn’t the same when played at a low volume, and truthfully, annoying the heck out of family members was all part of the fun anyway. However, there are always anomalies, like when Japanese Twitter user Yuhei (@gypsyheart3) was a hardcore metalhead living under the same roof as his grandmother. One day when he was still in high school, he was in his room playing Slipknot on his guitar. After a while, his grandma (who was…


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…


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