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Japanese Twitter Amazed by Hokkaido Residents’ Adorable Penguin Walk on Icy Roads (Video)

2018-12-13 05:41

The people of Hokkaido will often make jokes about the chaos a little bit of snow can throw Tokyo into. They deal with an onslaught of bitterly cold and treacherous weather every single winter without complaints. But are Hokkaido-ians really as snow-savvy as they make out on Twitter? As this video shows, the citizens of Hokkaido have become so accustomed to the perilous icy conditions of the north, that they have unconsciously developed a useful skill to deal with it. It went viral on Japanese Twitter as people expressed amazement at how the Hokkaido people have evolved to safely traverse dangerously icy roads. It was uploaded by @kamuikitano, an account…


WATCH: Nara’s Deer Gather to Hear the Notes of Beethoven

2018-12-13 05:06

At this time of year, the parks of Nara host an unusual event called “Shikayose” — the “calling of the deer.” This takes place every morning from December 1 to 14, excluding December 9. Be prepared for an unusual scene. As a man plays the French horn to the tune of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, known as the “Pastoral Symphony,” approximately 100 deer congregate as if being called by the classical music. Now, admit that those are concepts you didn’t think you would find all in one sentence! As the deer slowly move their hooves towards the musician, excited onlookers exclaim, “How cute!” to this curious occurrence. Written by Japan…


Adorable Chinese Zodiac Doughnuts from Krispy Kreme Japan Promise a Lucky New Year

2018-12-13 04:11

Krispy Kreme’s Japan branches have really been delivering when it comes to seasonally appropriate doughnuts. Spring, Christmas, Halloween, they’ve got it covered, and as the biggest celebration in the Japanese calendar, their New Year offerings hit it out of the kawaii park. Japan continues the tradition of assigning animals to each year as per the Chinese zodiac. 2019 will be the year of the boar and New Year decorations will include lots of boar motifs to usher in a lucky year. View this post on Instagram 株式会社オゼキさん(@ozeki_lantern)がシェアした投稿 – 2018年12月月12日午後10時50分PST They’re releasing not one set, but two seasonally apt sets of adorable doughnuts which celebrate a traditional Japanese New Year. The…


TV Anime SSSS.GRIDMAN OP Band OxT Guests On Idol Unit @17’s Radio Show at @home cafe

2018-12-13 10:06

The @home cafe maid cafe in Akihabara, one of the most famous and established maid cafes in Japan, is normally packed with “masters” and “mistresses” from around the world who come to enjoy a special moment of sweet hospitality and entertainment paired with tasty dishes, desserts and drinks. However, on November 13th, on the 3rd floor, the mood was even more special than usual because the maids serving inside were members of the @17 idol unit, composed of active @home cafe maids. In addition, the cafe was hosting a special public recording of @17 no Gokitaku Shimasenka? あっとせぶんてぃーんのご帰宅しませんか? (@17’s Won’t You Come Home?), a weekly short radio show in which…


Nobel Prize Winner Forgoes Strict Dress Code and Shows Off Traditional Japanese Hakama at Ceremony

2018-12-12 05:29

One of the co-winners of the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine this year is Japanese scientist, Tasuku Honjo. His discovery paved the way for a new cancer treatment which he hopes can become available for patients around the world. Congratulations to James Allison and Tasuku Honjo! Watch the moment the 2018 Medicine Laureates collect their #NobelPrize diploma and medal. pic.twitter.com/KGRwFZFOo4 — The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) 10 December 2018 He is far from the first Japanese recipient of the award, 26 others have come before him. But his appearance at the ceremony in Stockholm on 10th December has become a great source of national pride for Japan. The reason is…


Yokai: 6 Bizarrely Specific Demons From Traditional Japanese Folklore

2018-12-12 04:00

Japanese folklore is a treasure trove of beasts, demons, ghosts and ghoulies. The collective term for these beings is ‘yokai’. Ranging from the terrifying to the adorable, the sheer range is a testament to human creativity. Some of these yokai offer an imaginative, supernatural answer for some of life’s happenings, and sometimes the strangest thing about them is the very specific nature of their activities. Nurikabe Unknown author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons When walking the pathways and backalleys of Japan at night, watch out for nurikabe. Basically a moving wall, these apparitions appear out of nowhere to block random human’s paths. Although said to be invisible, Japanese artists through…


Japan’s Sightseeing Train Boasts Traditional and Stylish Interior Design Inspired by Kyoto Townhouses

2018-12-12 03:08

When touring around the Kansai area, there’s a whole lot to see and not always enough time. The easiest and most popular way to travel around is via Japan’s famously clean and efficient rail service. If you could spend the time taken travelling sightseeing and experiencing Japanese culture, you wouldn’t have to waste a single minute. The Kyo-train is a sightseeing express which allows you to take in the scenery in a luxury atmosphere. The Kyo-train GARAKU, which will set off from March next year is the second edition, which will go between Osaka Umeda and Kyoto Kawaramachi. With the concept of fully immersing passengers in a Kyoto atmosphere as…


Japan’s Karaage-kun Robot Serves Up Convenience Store Chicken of the Future

2018-12-11 04:35

Of all the legendary convenience store snacks in Japan, fried chicken must be one of the most popular. Sitting there, bathing in the warm, tempting glow of the heated cabinet… how many of us, while paying for our goods, can’t stand the glare any longer and burst out to the cashier, ‘and one box of karaage please!’ While Family Mart is famous for ‘Fami-chiki’, one hot piece of fried chicken in a paper bag, Lawson have their own rival. Their specialty is small pieces of fried chicken in a box decorated with a cute chicken mascot, called ‘Karaage-kun’. View this post on Instagram Yuika Yasukouchiさん(@0605.yh)がシェアした投稿 – 2018年10月月11日午前4時13分PDT In an effort…


Tokyo Disneyland Tease New Attraction in Behind the Scenes Video

2018-12-07 05:35

Tokyo Disneyland have previously announced their plans for an ambitious expansion project, the most expensive in the park’s history. Brand new themed areas will be added such as Frozen’s fictional kingdom of Arendelle and Peter Pan’s Neverland. As work is slowly progressing, Disney have given us a behind the scenes look at a brand new attraction being built. Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast will be the movie’s first ever ride through attraction, anywhere in the world and is the first time the main characters of Belle and the Beast have been made into animatronics. The video gives a cool insight into how Disneyland create the immersive worlds we…


Interview With Horipro International CEO Yoshitaka Hori (Part 3): The Business of Musicals

2018-12-07 01:46

Introduction In June 2018, Japanese entertainment giant HoriPro Inc. announced the creation of HoriPro International, a new company wholly owned by HoriPro, with the goal of aggressively expanding overseas with a focus on Asia. Aiming for the “creation of world-class specialists,” HoriPro International manages voice actors and music artists with international potential. May’n, Azusa Tadokoro, Ami Wajima, Machico, DJ YURIA, and cosplayer Liyuu are some of the more famous members in the current lineup. At the helm of HoriPro International is visionary leader Yoshitaka Hori, President & CEO of HoriPro Inc. A vital contributor to the HoriPro Group ever since he joined in 1993, Mr. Hori has been president since…


These Magical Photos Prove You Should Visit Kyoto and Nara in the Autumn

2018-12-06 04:36

You can’t stop us from gushing about Kyoto in autumn. As pointed out in a previous article, ‘Why Autumn is the Most Magical Time to Visit Kyoto’, different areas of Japan are at their best at different seasons. Kyoto, while lovely all year round, is particularly magical during autumn, thanks to surrounding mountains and leafiness which explode into a range of fiery hues. Photographer, Yako, spent 20 hours shooting in the height of Kyoto’s fall, and also visited neighbouring prefecture Nara, known for the deer which roam freely around the town and surrounding national parks. Source: yako_FLPR3 Source: yako_FLPR3 The almost otherworldly results show a bit of everything which makes…


All Eeveelutions Available as Detailed $100 Silver Necklaces for Stylish Pokemon Trainers

2018-12-06 04:44

Jewellers U-Treasure are the purveyors of fine jewellery for the more sophisticated otaku. They have a wide range of themed items based on popular series such as Star Wars or Pokemon, but their items don’t look childish or garish in any way. The stylish jewellery is aimed at adult fans, and they’ve even brought out some pretty Pokemon wedding rings for trainers who are done adventuring solo. A very delicate and feminine line of necklaces dedicated to the ever-popular Eeveelutions (a collective term for the different Pokemon that can evolve from Eevee) have recently become available. The whole set of Eeveelutions were revealed one by one in classic ‘Who’s that…


Organize A New Year’s Party in Japan And Feed 30 People With This Gargantuan Osechi Platter

2018-12-05 10:09

If you happen to be in Japan over this New Year’s holiday season, one of the things you may be interested in trying is traditional Osechi ryori お節料理 (Osechi cuisine). These are special dishes, usually served in a square box, often a lacquered jubako tray, which are intended to celebrate the New Year. These dishes are either made with luxury ingredients (top-tier seafood items such as shrimp, crab or lobster) or are considered auspicious because they symbolize long life, family happiness and bountiful harvest. Unless you are fortunate enough to spend New Year’s Day with a Japanese family, the only way to try Osechi cuisine as a foreign visitor is…


Japan Has a Deer Overpopulation Problem and Japan Wolf Association Think They Have a Solution

2018-12-05 05:59

Japan’s native sika deer have become a massive tourist draw in Nara and Miyajima where they are revered as messengers for deities, free to roam around the town. These regions are willing to put up with the trouble a massive, roaming deer population causes in return for the increase in tourism, but these aren’t the only places that are overrun. Source: Fast&Slow / PIXTA(ピクスタ) The deer populations of Japan’s forests and national parks have been exploding causing damage to Japan’s ecosystem, agriculture and forestry. Now in many regions, the scenic forestry is being ravaged by deers, their grazing affecting plant growth and diversity. They strip bark off trees and eat…


Chichibugahama Beach: The New Photo-Perfect, Favorite Destination in Japan

2018-12-05 04:26

by Ryosuke Kawaguchi The colors of the rapidly changing evening sky were reflected in the water. As the sun was setting on the inland coastline, a wave of appreciative cries came from the happy onlookers. Mitoyo City in Kagawa Prefecture boasts about Chichibugahama’s coastline, which offers a stunning view at low tide. It has become famous as a place to take “Insta-worthy pictures” on an evening with little wind, bringing together with the ’grams an increasing flow of visitors. Source: Sankei Shimbun This location’s success story started two years ago, when the city organized a photo competition. One of the entries portrayed two children reflected in the shallow waters of…


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