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12-Year-Old To Take On 24-Year-Old At Japanese MMA Event

2017-04-26 09:06

We’ve seen just about everything in the Japanese squared circle, including professional wrestling genius Kenny Omega take on a 9-year-old girl and Joey Ryan flip and slam his opponent using only his penis, but MMA is a whole different animal–although the line may be beginning to get blurred. On May 20th, Japanese MMA event DEEP JEWELS 16 will take place, where a 12-year-old girl going by the name of “MoMo” will make her MMA debut against 24-year-old Momoko Yamazaki (2-3 amateur) on the undercard. As reported by eFight, in accordance with DEEP JEWELS amateur rules, both fighters will wear headgear and not be permitted to strike the head while on…


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…


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…


Lapras Pokémon Event Brought 20 Million USD To The Earthquake Affected Areas In Tōhoku Japan

2016-12-27 11:03

Pokémon GO launched its first largest Pokémon event in the northern east Tōhoku region of Japan, which was affected by a devastating earthquake and tsunami back in 2011, causing thousands of deaths and irreparable damages to buildings. In an effort to help those still in need, Pokémon GO app creator Niantic decided to support the disaster-stricken areas by attracting Pokémon trainers to catch the rare Pokémon Lapras. pokestop.miyagi Lapras’ spawn rate was boosted significantly like the common Pokémon Pidgey. nacionpix Japan #PokemonGo Lapras Event! Catching lots of Lapras at Ishinomaki, Miyagi. And lots n lots of evee too! pic.twitter.com/nKKibWcrlf — IZ Reloaded (@izreloaded) 2016年11月15日 The Lapras event was held from…


Japanese Twitter Captures Mysterious Spherical Cloud Floating In The Sky Of Kanagawa

2016-12-20 05:49

A mysterious-looking cloud popped up in the sky earlier this month in Shonandai, Kanagawa in Japan. Not in the form of a dragon, cat, or dinosaur, it was actually a perfectly round, big, fluffy cloud. The amazing view prompted excited SNS-users to take pictures and upload them online for the rest of the world to enjoy. 日曜日の午後3時に湘南台で奇妙な雲を見たとFacebookで投稿がありました。確かにこんなの、見たことがない…! pic.twitter.com/we1j5i2vKD — poppy (@pmxpvrtmx) 2016年12月6日 According to climate experts, the cloud probably falls under the “roll cloud” category. Its unique form is due to an undercurrent of air brushing over mountains on a windy day. As a volcanic island, Japan’s geography is a main factor in the production of these perfectly round clouds,…


Odaiba’s Life-Size Gundam Statue Is Leaving Next March

2016-12-05 04:44

Odaiba’s landmark giant Gundam wasn’t the first mecha statue in Japan, but having stood tall since 2012, it may be the most recognizable. Unfortunately, it’s been announced that the heroic statue will be removed on March 5th, 2017, ending a five year watch. himotarou The 18 meter tall Gundam statue was first installed in Toritsu Shiokaze Park back in 2009. With attractions of 4 million visitors after 52 days, it became a must-see for fans of the Gundam franchise, as well as somewhat of an iconic landmark for Japan’s love of robots. On July 10th of 2010, it moved to the world’s mecha capital “Hobby Shizuoka.” Then it moved to…


Domino’s Japan Reindeer Pizza Delivery Cancelled, Replaced With Reindeer Delivery Bikes

2016-12-02 06:23

It’s unfortunate, but the result is probably predictable. Last week, Domino’s Pizza Japan made an official announcement that they were training actual reindeer to help make pizza deliveries in the cold northern areas of Japan like Hokkaido. dominos It sounds ludicrous, but everything was measured, calculated, and ready to go in terms of promotion. While it’s very possible that this was all a joke and PR stunt by Domino’s, they released detailed analysis of delivery standards in terms of cost, mobility in snow, and speed needed to cover distances. It was projected that a successful reindeer delivery system could save as much as much as 10 times the cost compared…


Hit Anime Film “Your Name” Passes Princess Mononoke, Now 3rd On Japan’s Anime Box Office All Time

2016-11-30 04:26

The popular anime film Your Name, directed by Makoto Shinkai has been steamrolling box-office charts in Japan for three months now, and is still showing few signs of slowing down. Perhaps it is fitting that a director often called the “next Miyazaki” is seeing what’s been dubbed his greatest work yet shoulder-to-shoulder with, and even passing some Studio Ghibli classics. His newest film Your Name is no stranger to the ears of anime fans, as it opened up to theaters in August and marked earnings of 10 billion yen (US$ 88.5 million) in only one month, which was a first for an anime film not directed by Studio Ghibli’s Miayazaki…


Time Lapse Shows How Japan Fixed The Massive Fukuoka Sinkhole In Just A Week

2016-11-16 06:19

Just one week after a massive sinkhole opened on a major street outside of Hakata station in the city of Fukuoka, Japan, city officials have announced the street repaired enough to be reopened to the public this Tuesday. 博多駅通ったので例のアレをみてきたけどもう大分埋まってて日本すごいな、、と驚きました‥ pic.twitter.com/w3umJQATh2 — 塩葛餅@3日目プ31a (@kzmch_823) 2016年11月10日 The whole, measured 30 meters long, 27 meters wide and 15 meters deep, opened up in the early morning of November 8th, and is believed to have been caused by underground construction work on the extension of a subway line in the city. Despite severe damage to the roads and concern for the safety of nearby buildings, no injuries were reported. Just as astounding is the…


Japanese Legendary Great Wave Woodblock Print Now Available As Tokyo License Plates

2016-11-11 06:28

Japan has strong vehicle regulations, so aesthetic customization of cars, such as colorful license plates, can be difficult. Despite allowing LED lights shining under the wheel, and real-life Mario Karts spotted driving through Akihabara, plate backgrounds remain plain and white. Recently, the regulation has loosened up in the Sumida ward of Tokyo, specifically for vehicle owners with a 50cc or smaller engine. The exception comes via the powerful name of Hokusai, Japan’s most famous and prolific ukiyo-e woodblock print artist, and Sumida’s pride and joy. His most famous and celebrated work, The Great Wave Off Kanagawa is now eligible as a license palte decoration. The masterpiece is instantly recognizable even…


One Japanese TV Channel Reacted To Trump’s Victory Very Differently Than Other Networks

2016-11-10 11:42

As was mostly the case around the world, Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 United Election came as a somewhat of a Stone Cold Stunner (which the President-Elect is no stranger to) to Japan. Trump’s coverage in Japan used to be limited to Home Alone 2 footage on Japanese news programs, but as the controversial Presidential candidate picked up steam, coverage of Trump became more in depth and for a majority of the day, all television eyes were on the Electoral Vote count. Well, except for one channel who has a history of just not giving a damn about major world events. That honor goes to TV Tokyo, known mostly…


Japanese Idol Group Producer Apologizes For “Nazi” Halloween Costumes

2016-11-02 05:15

Rising popular Japanese idol group Keyakizaka46, a sister group of Nogizaka 46, recently caused a stir online when the outfits they chose to wear at the Perfect Halloween 2016 performance were likened to those of Nazi soldiers. After media attention and pressure from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Sony Music and the idol unit’s producer Yasushi Akimoto have issued an apology. (Note: These Tweets are not from an official group account, but Twitter users comparing the uniforms.) 欅坂46 ナチス軍服を着てライブ → 批判殺到 pic.twitter.com/TltRiTPalX — トマト大好き (@tmato30kcal) 2016年10月24日 It’s important to note that the outfits are not explicitly Nazi uniforms or even referred to as such (a television broadcast referred to them as…


An Actual PPAP Cafe Launches In Japan’s Tokyo Skytree

2016-10-28 05:22

The PPAP song has melted the brains of many who listened to it and become a zombifying hit. Once it’s in your head, it’s forever there. It even hit the American Billboard top 77th ranking and as the shortest song to enter the top 100 Billboard chart. The hilarious and upbeat viral hit brought comedy alter-ego Pico-Taro over 60 millions views to his channel since September, not to mention many viral parodies.  To add to his insane popularity, he is opening up his own cafe! And of course it has the fitting name of PPAP Cafe (pen-pinapple-apple-pen). fashionsnap This menu was almost too easy to make, and given the lyrics…


Japanese Train Conductor Apologizes To Passengers For “Having So Many Foreigners On Board”

2016-10-12 11:09

The Nankai Electric Railway has come under scrutiny in recent days after one of its conductors on a train bound for Kansai International Airport on Monday made a controversial announcement. On what is said to be a crowded train, the conductor, a man in his 40’s, apologized over the train’s announcement system saying “There are many foreigners on board today. We apologize for the inconvenience.” After an inquiry about the announcement by a Japanese passenger, the conductor said he did not intend to make discriminatory comments, but defended his words when an inquiry was made as to the meaning of the announcement, the Sankei Shimbun reported, saying that he made…


Pocky Gets An Adult Makeover With Amber Whisky Flavor

2016-10-03 05:55

The crunchy sweet appeal of Pocky exploded outside of Japan many years ago, thanks to its simple taste and hard to put down shape. The Pocky brand, made by Glico, has been serving their snacks since 1966, with various flavors over that long chocolate lifespan, and now they add a new “adult” flavor to their lineup with, the “Otona-no-Kohaku,” or “Adult’s Amber”, said to be a variation of the classic treat that pairs well with your favorite glass of boozy brown stuff. pocky The Adult’s Amber flavor likely has a richer and more bitter taste than previous darker Pocky flavors, and that’s because it comes with the added punch of…


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