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Python Hunts A Cup Of Instant Ramen While His Human Cleans His Poop

Though not exactly the most nutritious food out there, instant ramen noodles are a popular go-to for those lazy days when cooking a meal is out of the question. Despite being ready in about 3 minutes, many are so delicious that instant noodle fanatics will have no problem devouring a bowl (or two) of cup ramen almost every day. The appeal of instant ramen isn’t just widespread among people, however, as Japanese Twitter user @BlueSky36229917 found out one day while cleaning out his Super Fire Ball Python’s cage. 糞の片付けして戻って来たら麺づくりに巻き付いてた(¯―¯٥) pic.twitter.com/o6SSTw6Pgy — アシン (@BlueSky36229917) May 15, 2017 I came back from cleaning his poop to find him coiled around a cup…

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Sip Stunning Cocktails Inspired By Japanese Folk Tales At This Posh Tokyo Bar

There’s nothing more timeless than fairy tales passed down from generation to generation, but as people get older, many forget the initial feeling of enchantment that made them fall in love with their favorite childhood stories in the first place. Hoping to bring that magical spark back are Japanese Fairy Tale Cocktails, a year-long running series of mesmerizing cocktails inspired by perennial Japanese folk tales. These drinks will take booze-loving adults back to memory lane, while also giving them a chance to relive familiar fairy tales in a completely different way. Offered at the MIXX Bar & Lounge on the 36th floor of the ANA InterContinental Tokyo Hotel, guests will…

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics Holding Mascot Design Contest, Offering ¥1 Million Prize

While anime character heavyweights such as Goku, Luffy, Sailor Moon, and Naruto have been named as official “ambassadors” of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, an official mascot has yet to be selected. That’s because the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Organizing Committee is offering one lucky winner the chance to design the mascot themselves, with 1,000,000 yen ($8,975 USD) for the winner, and 100,000 yen ($896 USD) for finalists as incentive. Source: IOC/IPC/Tokyo2020 Guidelines state that the contest is open to both Japanese and foreign residents of Japan, and applicants are required to submit a mascot design for both the Olympic and Paralympic games with a text profile of the characters. As…

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Love Doll Gallery In Tokyo Offers “Love Juice” Served From Doll Breasts–If You Massage Them

You may remember Orient Industry, a Japanese love doll maker that offers dolls made of high quality silicone, and options that customize every feature of the body, from bust size to hairstyles, and many dolls now even have posable body parts, including movable hands and fingers. The maker boasts that their dolls are so realistic they have been mistaken for humans. Now those with no interest in actually buying one will have a chance to verify that claim, as the company is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a gallery and exhibition in Tokyo–along with a very odd drink on the menu. Source: l-amusee Photo albums detailing various models will also…

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Even Your Cat Will Appreciate Having These Cat-Shaped Bread Loaves For Breakfast

If you haven’t already replaced your morning toast with bunny-shaped bread, these new cat-shaped bread loaves offered by the Hankyu Hotel in Osaka will add an adorable touch to your ordinary breakfast. Made to be soft on the inside with a pleasantly crunchy crust, these purrfectly baked bread loaves are the only way cat-lovers will ever be able to imagine starting their day with again. Source: PR Times Each loaf comes pre-cut into 5 slices, enough for a family breakfast or a kitty-inspired morning meal for one. They can be purchased for 350 yen (US$3.13) starting May 26th, which gives those going all out some time to buy matching cat-shaped…

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Patient Kid Makes Do With Cardboard Nintendo Switch, Until His Dad Pulls A Touching Switch Of His Own

Like many Japanese families, Japanese father @mohikan1974 holds monthly family meetings where important orders of the month are discussed. Everything from finances to chores is discussed. @mohikan1974 regularly updates his Twitter account with the on-goings of such meetings, and one particular story has sent a wave of heartwarmth through the Japanese Twitterverse. @mohikan1974’s son, Kazutoyo, has always wanted a Nintendo Switch. However, the system is rather expensive, so in a display of creative patience, Kazutoyo crafted his very own Nintendo Switch out of cardboard. While it may be seen as an appeal to get one (the father assumed so!), it’s a rather adorable way of respecting the situation while trying…

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Dumped By His Girlfriend, Penguin Falls In Love With Anime Cardboard Cutout

You may remember Grape (great name, btw), an adorable and seemingly confused Humboldt Penguin living at the Tobu Zoo in Saitama prefecture. The story seemed simple enough. Zoo staff had placed a cardboard cutout of Hululu, an anthropomorphized Humboldt Penguin from the series Kemono Friends (the series features animal characters given a more human aesthetic). Grape noticeably became attached to her, probably for her penguin looks, and began hanging out around the cardboard cut out routinely! やはり、気に入ってるみたいですね。今日も朝から見てます。 #けものフレンズ pic.twitter.com/H2wbSxPh6M — 東武動物公園【公式】リュウくん (@tobuzoo7) 2017年4月26日 New information has come to light, however, thanks to sites like Buzzfeed Japan and Twitter users such as @gon_trpg, who have asked Tobu Zoo staff for background…

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Chinese Dress School Swimsuit Joins Lineup Of Creative Japanese Swimsuits

Whether for cosplay, modeling, or the intended use, themed swimsuits have become a bit of a thing in Japan. Over the past year we’ve seen Shrine Maiden Swimsuits, and even Totoro Swimsuits in America. Japanese maker Moira Design seems to specialize in them, however, releasing hybrids such as Japanese Schoolgirl Uniform Swimsuits and Japanese P.E. Uniform Swimsuits. Now the maker is combining Chinese dresses (at least the Japanese image of them) with Japanese school swimsuits to release a Chinese Dress School Swimsuit. Source: PR Times You might find the design of the swimsuit to be something not many people would willingly hit the beach or pool with, but Moira Design…

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12-Year-Old Girl Chokes Out 24-Year-Old Opponent In Japanese MMA Debut

Last month, you may have raised your eyebrows at a 12-year-old girl by the name of MoMo being booked for her MMA debut against 24-year-old Momoko Yamazaki at Japanese MMA event, DEEP JEWELS 16 in Tokyo. As it turns out, not only did she win, she did so in quick fashion–winning by rear-naked-choke at 2:59 of the first round. Held at Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo, DEEP JEWELS 16 saw a women’s MMA bout built with buzz and controversy because of the 12 year age difference between fighters. However, MoMo’s camp cites the difference in preparation for the fight as being the most important contrast, telling WMMA Rankings that MoMo has…

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Blind Boy Sends Nintendo Touching Thank You For Only Game He Can Play, Their Reply Is Awesome

Their seems to be a philosophy of kindness going on at Nintendo’s customer support department, as they have a history of responding to adorable letters sent to them by kids. But even with their reputation for receiving heartfelt correspondence, they must have been taken aback with tears when they received a very special letter from Japanese Twitter user and father @kentarock1020’s son–a blind fifth grader who simply wanted to thank Nintendo for his favorite video game–the only one he can play, but loves so much. 全盲の長男が唯一楽しめる#リズム天国 シリーズを全てパーフェクトでクリアした長男が#任天堂 さんへ手紙を書いた所、返信の手紙が‼️たった1人の為に誠実に対応でまさに神対応です✨任天堂さん、全シリーズ音楽監修のつんくさん是非とも新作をお待ちしてます🙇#nintendo pic.twitter.com/LPOLfboJIT — けんたろー (@kentarock1020) 2017年5月17日 The son, Hibiki, was diagnosed with Binocular Retinoblastoma at just the age of one-and-a-half, and at the…

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Ramen And Shaved Ice Is The Summer Combo You Need To Try This Year

In Tokyo, near the Yamanote Line at a station called Komagome, resides a small ramen shop called Kabochan Ramen. Named after the owner Kubokawa-san, an experienced and knowledgeable ramen enthusiast, this ramen shop was handed down to him from the original owner who was planning on shutting the restaurant down. Originally the restaurant served shoyu ramen or salt based ramen. However although Kubokawa-san continued the shoyu ramen tradition of the shop, he also created a delicious and spicy miso style of ramen that went perfectly with a Japanese style shaved ice dessert called Kakigori. It may be an unexpected combination to find Kakigori, a famous Japanese summer festival ice treat…

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French Jewelry Brand Creates Japan-Inspired Collection Featuring Retro-Modern Designs

During the late-19th century, ukiyo-e, porcelain, fans, and other forms of Japanese fine art became strong sources of inspiration for many Western artists. The European craze for Japanese art became so great that the word “Japonism” was coined in 1872 to describe the phenomenon, and has since been used to explain the influence of Japanese art on Western art culture. Now, two centuries later, the usage of the word “Neo Japonism” has been on the rise. Neo Japonism refers to a revival of Western interest in Japanese art, which has prompted many artists to turn to Japanese art culture for inspiration when producing modern works and designs. Source: PR Times…

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Credit Card Forms Japanese Idol Unit Out Of Company Employees

At initial glance, you might mistake Higashi-Ikebukuro 52, Japan’s latest mega-member idol unit, to be a sister-group or spinoff of other popular acts such as AKB48 or Keyakizaka46. Outside of having a lot of singing (liberal use of the term) and dancing members, they’re actually unrelated, though. That’s because Higashi-Ikebukuro 52 is an idol group made up of a credit card company’s employees! Source: YouTube Many Japanese Idol groups also have a sports-team sort of representation of areas in Japan (such as with AKB48 and Akihabara), and that’s no different with Higashi-Ikebukuro 52, who represent Eastern Ikebukuro in Tokyo. The 24 member group is comprised all of employees for Japanese…

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

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…

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Japanese Summer Fashion Is Purring With These Cute Cat Yukata

While they don’t get quite as crazy as making gigantic and wearable felt cat heads, Japanese online retailer Felissimo has always been pretty creative in releasing cat-themed fashion items such as socks and glasses that actually mimic the physical traits of felines. Now their Cat Department, specifically dedicated to cat-themed items, is releasing maybe the cutest way to walk around at Japanese summer festivals with this charming cat yukata. Source: PR Times Felissimo’s Cat Department frequently surveys cat owners for what type of goods they would like to see released, and according to their research they found that while cat yukata certainly exist, it is hard to find varieties that…

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