Giant Japanese Mackerel Pillow Cases Are Here To Creep You Out And Cuddle With You

2018-01-22 04:33

Japanese creative design brand Mocolle (whose official brand concept is “Wouldn’t it be nice if this existed?”) often makes clothes and home furnishings based on fantasies drawn from popular culture or artwork on social media. Two of their biggest successes originated as crowdfunding efforts, and went on to sell big in the form of a shirt that turns your breasts into bulging hamster cheeks, and Japanese shrine maiden lounge-wear. Their latest release is no different, as their giant mackerel pillow case for cuddling and storage smashed a crowd funding goal and is now available for order. Source: Mocolle Mackerel is a favorite and cornerstone of a lot of Japanese diets, and…


Complete Ninja Training For Some Fine Dining at Ninja Akasaka Restaurant Tokyo

2018-01-22 01:39

Part haute cuisine and part fantasy adventure, Ninja Akasaka is more of an experience than a meal. Source: (C) Grape Japan Our journey back in time started at the front desk, where the concierge asked us to wait for our ninja. The wall suddenly opened and a man dressed as your would expect came jumping out. He informed us that before we can reach our table we must complete some ‘ninja training’. From that moment on the theme is fully realised. All the interior, every prop is ninja-fied and no one breaks character even for a second. @danny4nancyがシェアした投稿 – 9月 20, 2017 at 6:41午前 PDT After sneaking through a winding…


Japanese Teen Gets Perfect Score On University Entrance History Exam With Insane Study Guide

2018-01-22 12:46

On January 13th-14th, high school students from all over Japan marched into test centers ready to tackle the National Center Test for University Admissions, a two-day standardized test that public and private universities factor into their review for admitting new students. In recent years, the examination has come under some scrutiny, with news and variety programs debating the quality and difficulty level of some questions. In order to get the highest score possible on the in-depth examination, many students spend grueling study sessions at prep schools compiling study notes. It turns out those notes really do make a difference, however, as one student who got a perfect score on the…


Sony’s Upgraded Pet Robot Dog Aibo Will Steal Your Heart [Video]

2018-01-22 12:41

On January 11, in the Year of the Dog, a date which can be pronounced “wan wan wan” in Japanese, an onomatopoeia for barking, Sony revealed its third generation of its iconic pet robot dog Aibo to the world in a special ceremony at its Tokyo headquarters. Source: (C) Sankei Shimbun Co., Ltd. The first 30 buyers personally received their new pets from Izumi Kawanishi, head of project development for Aibo. In what was surely an exciting and emotional scene for each anxious new owner, their new Aibo arrived nested in a soft, cushiony case, and the owners were instructed to press the activate button to bring them to life….


Starbucks Japan’s Valentine’s Day Chocoholic Frappucino Mixes Chocolate with Chocolate and Tops it with Chocolate

2018-01-19 05:39

With all the elaborate Frappucinos of 2017 (cherry pie, smores et al), 2018 sees Starbucks go back to basics with a limited edition drink which is simply loaded with chocolate. Like, a lot of chocolate. The association between chocolate and Valentine’s Day is much stronger in Japan than other countries with the holiday being observed as a chocolate gifting frenzy. However, Starbucks are urging people to treat themselves this romantic season. Naturally they want that treat to be either one of the Chocoholic concoctions they’ve brewed up. 1/24(水)から「バレンタイン チョコホリック フラペチーノ®」が新登場!ほかにもフードやグッズなど、My Starbucks会員の皆さまにはひと足早い情報をお届けします。 https://t.co/VKsllOWwiV pic.twitter.com/tBcn3cqok0 — スターバックス コーヒー (@Starbucks_J) January 17, 2018 The Valentine Chocoholic Frappucino is made up of a chocolate…


The World’s First Naturally Pink ‘Ruby’ Chocolate Bar From Kit Kat Japan

2018-01-19 02:29

A completely new type of chocolate has apparently been discovered. In addition to milk, dark and white chocolate, ruby chocolate is making its debut this month. Source: Nestlé Japanese Kit Kats have given us plenty of innovative flavours and products over the years such as Kit Kat Sushi pictured below and even Birthstone Kit Kats, but with a whole new type of chocolate, one could say they’ve really raised the bar (ha). Source: PR Times This is the first new natural colour of chocolate in over 80 years, since white chocolate was introduced by Nestlé. No extra flavours or artificial colouring is added to create the pink colour. The taste…


This Tokyo Arcade’s Creepy Dystopian Atmosphere is Straight Out of Blade Runner

2018-01-18 04:46

If you’re a fan of video games or have a penchant for the darker side of history, Anata no Warehouse (Your Warehouse) is the arcade for you. Source: (C) Grape Japan The interior is a faithful recreation of the Kowloon walled city, a 20th century slum in Hong Kong which was finally demolished in 1993. Although many lived a normal life within its confines, it was the only area the police were scared to tread and the city was controlled by triads, becoming a hotbed of crime, prostitution and general shady dealings… Source: (C) Grape Japan All the grit of the original place (aside from the smells and rodents), has…


Japanese May Want To Say Sayonara to Stifling Sneezes, Report Reveals

2018-01-18 01:29

According to Japanese etiquette, any physiological manifestation which draws attention to oneself should be repressed to the extent possible. For example, spitting and blowing one’s nose in public is considered bad manners. Even when such manifestations are involuntary, such as coughing or sneezing, Japanese manner and etiquette guides encourage people to hide them, not only to avoid polluting the air with germs but also with any noise that could potentially be unpleasant to others. While such notions are not exclusive to Japan, there is a stronger stigma here than in many other countries. When it comes to sneezing in public, if you’re not wearing a mask to begin with, Japanese…


Japanese Bunny Lover Gives Cute Wabbits Face Massages

2018-01-17 06:08

Rabbits! Cute and fluffy, with their adorable faces, pink noses, cute ears… they seem to be popular almost everywhere. Of course, Japan is no exception, and Japanese Instagram accounts feature many rabbits in the cutest of poses. We’ve seen adorable rabbits enjoying their slumber, rabbit cafes where you can surround yourself by cute, fluffy rabbits to your heart’s content, stylish bunnies dressed up in traditional Japanese clothes or looking dapper in a tweed suit and cap like a miniature Sherlock Holmes. And with a 3D live action Peter Rabbit coming to movie theaters in February, rabbits are as popular as ever. Twitter user Nao (@evo3183) is the proud owner of…


Japan’s S&M Themed Gym Literally Whips You Into Shape

2018-01-17 05:20

“New Year, New Me” is often the crying call of those who vow to ring in the New Year with a renewed enthusiasm for fitness, and that means putting in hard time at the gym and keeping a disciplined diet. This sometimes requires a special mode of motivation, and if you’re in Japan, one extra option for that is attending a gym where a cutesy maid is your personal trainer. Now there’s an even kinkier option for those looking to get swole in Tokyo in Shinjuku’s “Himitsu no Gym” (Secret Gym)–an S&M themed gym where your personal trainer is a professional dominatrix who commands your workouts and controls your diet!…


All-Edible Valentine’s Day Manekineko Chocolate Cats Want To Bring You Good Fortune

2018-01-17 04:13

Valentine’s Day is a major occasion in Japan, with chocolate shops, chocolate manufacturers, pâtisseries, and chocolatiers all vying for customers’ attention with their latest creations. While Japanese consumers are often happy to try the latest foreign brands of chocolates, they are also interested in chocolates drawing inspiration from the cultural and aesthetic traditions of their home country. For example, we have already seen chocolates with kimono style designs from Kyoto, chocolates showing the four seasons of Japan, chocolates resembling ornate woven temari balls and chocolates containing uniquely Japanese ingredients. Continuing this trend, world-renowned pâtissier Miya Fujimoto of Pâtisserie Étienne in Kawasaki, just a short distance from Tokyo by train, has…


‘Unforgivable Moomin’ is Possibly Japanese Hashtag of the Year After Surprise Appearance in University Entrance Exam

2018-01-17 03:07

Last weekend, students in Japan were left wondering if their future dreams had been dashed due to the inexplicable appearance of Moomin in their exam paper. The offending question in the Geography section of the National Center Test for University Admissions asked students to identify the language and setting of the classic Scandinavian cartoon. #ムーミンを許すな 良く考えるとムーミンの問題めっちゃ簡単じゃんwこのタグ潰した方がいいなw pic.twitter.com/rSZvehr3ph — 2月3日はTakiちゃまの生誕祭! (@taki0203yuko) 14 January 2018 The test and answers were made public afterwards, leaving even more people scratching their head. The correct answer was Finland and Finnish, but how could the student know this just by looking at a cartoon character? According to the Japan Times, Markus Kokko, counselor of press and…


Awesome 360° Panorama Tour Site Lets You Explore Some Of Japan’s Most Gorgeous Areas In Style

2018-01-17 01:54

With the abundance of awesome sightseeing spots and natural splendor in Japan, it can sometimes be difficult to narrow down a list of “must-go-to” areas on your travel itinerary, especially if you’re not quite sure when you’ll be coming back. And for those who have been to Japan and are feeling a pang of nostalgia for their journeys, a plane ticket isn’t always feasibly within reach. Fortunately, Japanese company Creative Office Haruka has launched a 360° Panorama project that lets you explore some of Japan’s most scenic regions while soaking in gorgeous detail and atmosphere. The project allows for visitors to explore some of the most famous, as well as…


The Geishas of Kyoto’s Gion District Gather For A Flamboyant New Year Ceremony [Video]

2018-01-17 12:40

Geishas and maikos (apprentice geishas) in the hanamachi entertainment quarters of Gion and Pontocho gathered on January 7 to participate in a yearly ceremony to kick off the beginning of business after the New Year’s holiday season. One of the largest gatherings occurred in Yasaka Hall in the compound of Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Hall in Higashiyama Ward. More than 110 geishas and maikos assembled in the hall, decked out in formal black kimonos and wearing kanzashi hair ornaments with rice-stalk motifs as well as dogs to celebrate the Year of the Dog. Source: (C) Sankei Shimbun Co., Ltd. Source: (C) Sankei Shimbun Co., Ltd. The geishas and maikos assembled in…


Town Goes on Frantic Fishhunt For Lethally Poisonous Fugu Erroneously Sold By Supermarket

2018-01-16 08:39

Considered a delicacy in Japan, fugu, also known as pufferfish or blowfish, can only be prepared by chefs who have obtained a special permit to safely remove and dispose of the lethal poison tetrodotoxin, contained mostly within the fish’s liver, but also the skin, intestine and ovaries. So, you can imagine the panic that ensued in the city of Gamagori, Aichi Prefecture yesterday, when, according to a report by the Asahi Shimbun, a concerned citizen contacted a local public health center noting that liver (above right in the picture below) had been included in a pack of fugu she had bought at the supermarket. 愛知県蒲郡市のスーパーで、肝臓を含んだフグの切り身パックが売られていたと県が発表しました。食べた場合、呼吸停止で死亡することもあり得ます。「絶対食べずに返品して」と県は呼びかけています。 https://t.co/wcI561qoxn pic.twitter.com/ILDvwTSTDD — 朝日新聞デジタル編集部 (@asahicom)…


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