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Ahhh Yeah! It’s Sriracha Doritos Time In Japan!

Much like Kit Kats, Japanese potato chips tend to embrace seasonal and limited-time-only (期間限定) flavors, which often result in adventurous flavors such as Sukiyaki Pringles, milk and toast chips, and the uh….problematic blackface potato chip. Japanese Doritos lead the way in the “weird flavor” chip march, however, having released unusual salami, Caesar Salad, and shrimp mayonnaise flavors–to name a few. Their latest effort taps into what has become one of the world’s most beloved hot sauces, however, as Frito Lay Japan released Sriracha-flavored Doritos this month. Source: (C) Grape Japan名 Japan might not exactly be the country you thought would incorporate the popular spicy rooster sauce into a Doritos release,…

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Japanese Artist’s Dark, Deep And True Illustrations Will Definitely Make You Think

Japanese Twitter user and artist Avogado6 doesn’t offer much of a self description, saying only that “I’m an ordinary person who likes chemistry. I create video works,” in their Twitter profile. The nearly daily illustrations that Avogado6 posts have been resonating with people from around the word, however, and communicating such an avalanche of emotions and thoughts, that perhaps there isn’t really much needed to be said. Avogado6’s powerful illustrations are presented only with a title, and while many seem to share a common theme of dark satire, layered symbolism leaves their meaning open to interpretation. Avogado6 has published two collection books, available at their official website. Below are several…

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Japanese Plastic Food Displays Look So Delicious

If you’ve ever visited Japan without a grasp of the language, you’ve likely had a dining experience or two saved by the incredibly realistic food samples that line the windows of many shops around the country. Behind the convenience of visually aiding a menu, artificial food samples in Japan have somewhat of a cultural significance. Japanese culinary culture has long put a strong preference on harmonizing great taste with beautiful aesthetics, so many seem to believe that the popularity of food samples is tied to a sense of relief and assurance that Japanese people get from first sampling the food with their eyes. In the video below, the Great Big…

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Japanese Artist Illustrates Gigantic Animals Comforting Humans In Hard Times To Warm Your Heart

Most people seem to only refer to spirit animals when watching a viral video of a particularly lazy pug or hungry otter, but Japanese illustrator Kubota (@13033303 embraces the concept as source of comfort in hard times expressed through art. Kubota specializes in drawing larger-than-life animals and mythical creatures, but a recent series of gigantic cuddly animals consoling humans who have had a bad day has been warming the hearts of thousands on Twitter. Source: @13033303 つらい人のところに現れてとりあえず元気づけようとしてくれる生き物 pic.twitter.com/wXJ7VzISU6 — もの久保 (@13033303) 2018年2月10日 Source: @13033303 疲れた人のところに現れてとりあえず添い寝してくれる生き物 pic.twitter.com/8dqT9eQ6JT — もの久保 (@13033303) 2018年2月7日 Source: @13033303 がんばっている人のところに現れてとりあえず胸(お腹)を貸してくれる生き物 pic.twitter.com/QbCv2k6q50 — もの久保 (@13033303) 2018年2月13日 Each Tweet comes with a tagline of a “a creature that suddenly…

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This New Giant Kirby Plush Comes With Kirby-Themed Japanese Sweets

Premimum Bandai is no stranger to releasing gigantic versions of our favorite video game and anime characters, as seen with the enormous huggable Snorlax pillow that barely fit into people’s homes. This time, they’ve turned their sights to everyone’s favorite pink puff protagonist from Nintendo, Kirby. In the past, Kirby has been sold as adorable meat buns at Japanese convenience stores, and even cutesy lingerie. Now the ability-stealing hero Kirby is available as a giant plush pillow for you to cuddle with, and he’s brought snacks with him. Source: At Press Premium Bandai actually has a story explaining the gigantic Kirby that measures in at 60cm and 5.5kg. Apparently one…

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Watching This Japanese Sign-Maker’s Perfect Handwritten Work In Action Is Just Too Soothing

Along with providing a chance to observe fascinating beauty, traditional art forms in action can sometimes have a hypnotizing and soothing quality to them, as evidenced by the satisfaction of watching this Japanese artist painting a dragon in one stroke. It’s @signsshu, a calligraphy artist running a sign shop, who is mesmerizing Japanese Twitter users with a video of him perfectly writing a store sign free-handedly that is being called “too satisfying”. 本日のボーナス映像朝一から黒板書きを二枚程やったので、その模様をタイムラプスで。シビアな物件ではないので、殴り書きですが、スピード感みたいなものは伝わるかと思います。後半、老眼鏡をかけた白髪頭が映り込みます。申し訳ございません。このように小さな文字は、手を付いて書きます。 pic.twitter.com/WQ6Rc1oaff — サインズシュウ (@signsshu) February 10, 2018 @signsshu provided a time-lapse video of himself working on a blackboard-style sign, writes that although it’s just some “hasty scribbling”, the video should convey a sense of speed with which…

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Japanese Hotel Apologizes For One Minute Internet Stoppage At 4:00 AM

While some may take issue with the bureaucratic dealings and “do as the manual says” methods of some service systems, the sense of hospitality one can find in Japan is almost universally praised. This kindness towards a customer or guest, known as omotenashi, often manifests itself in subtle pleasantries such as a clerk escorting you out of the store and bowing to you, or free green tea in certain taxi cabs. Other times it may come across to foreign visitors as totally surprising, such as emergency toilet-paper stashes or the frequency with which lost wallets are returned to their owners untouched. Then their are the extreme cases, such as a…

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Japanese Creepy Snow Prank On Parent’s Car Is Straight Out Of A Horror Movie

When snow falls heavily in Japan, as it did a couple of weeks ago in Tokyo, many race outside for the rare opportunity to test their creative snowman-making abilities. Particularly creative and somewhat mischievous snow-fun lovers like Japanese Twitter user Skull (@skull0502), however, have a more terrifying way of making snow sculptures. Source: @skull0502 Source: @skull0502 In a Tweet where Skull writes that they “filled their parent’s car up”, you can see the unsettling images of an army of soulless faces that many online are comparing to the bosses of a Silent Hill game or a demon out of the world of Berserk. Closer inspection will reveal the mask used…

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Fan Artist Creates Hypnotizing Glitter Sailor Moon Phone Case Inspired By Transformation Sequence

When put in the hands of professionals, tributes to Sailor Moon such as Japan’s Sailor Moon cafe’s colorful menu and figure skating champion Evgenia Medvedeva’s Sailor Moon cosplay skating routine can really do the popular series justice. Sometimes it’s fans who end up showing their love for Sailor Moon, as shown by Japanese fan artist and Twitter user Hana (@unXXXhm). Take a look at this awesome Sailor Moon smart phone case, inspired by the famous transformation sequence. (※音出ます)自分用に作った変身シーン風ケース pic.twitter.com/LNZ3KZDCsU — はな (@unXXXhm) 2018年2月5日 The dazzling glitter-based case has garnered a lot of attention from Sailor Moon fans on Twitter, with many wanting a case just like it. Unfortunately, this case…

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Japan’s Headless Robotic Pet Pillow With A Moving Tail Now On Sale To Relieve Stress And Terrify All

You may remember the therapy robot pet Qoobo, which debuted at CEATEC Japan 2017 and garnered international acclaim for its ambitious, but somewhat creepy design. Designed by Yukai Engineering, Qoobo is a “tailed cushion that can heal your heart”, and is marketed as a therapeutic robot pet cushion. While not exclusively intended to be feline, Qoobo (a combination of the French word for “tail” and the word “robot”) has been somewhat jokingly referred to as a “headless cat”. The appeal of Qoobo is in its interactive and “stress-relieving” nature. Gently stroking Qoobo results in it calmly wagging its tail, while harder and more aggressive petting provokes a more excited tail-wagging…

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Japanese Twitter User Makes Papercraft Gun That Fires Wooden Bullets

If you search around for paper-based arts and crafts on Japanese Twitter, you’ll find a load of fascinating creations such as DIY sushi restaurant houses and mechas custom built for cats, as well as traditional hand-cut paper art that brings old text and beautiful animal designs to life. Japanese Twitter user and papercraft artist Haruki (@02ESyRaez4VhR2l takes a little of his passion for the works of Nintendo Labo and has pulled the trigger on this intricately designed paper gun that fires wooden bullets. 制作途中に撮った内部構造ですほぼ全て工作用紙で作っていますが、動作的に負荷がかかるところには瞬間接着剤を染み込ませてガチガチに固めています〜 pic.twitter.com/hnyiKATsXS — 晴季 (@02ESyRaez4VhR2l) 2018年1月27日 As you can see below, the paper gun is capable of having the clip removed and can fire wooden bullets that…

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Inside Japan’s Museum Of Strange Rocks That Look Like Human Faces

In the past, Great Big Story has taken a look at fascinating aspects and adventures in Japan, such as the story of an indebted fish who has been visiting with an elderly diver at an underwater shrine for 30 years, as well as the delicious and gorgeous world of traditional Japanese sweets. One of their latest videos dives into the phenomenon of jimmenseki, or rocks that resemble human faces, and the museum in Japan dedicated to them! Yoshiko Hayama runs Chineskikan, a museum that houses an assortment of peculiar stones that look like human faces, located in Saitama prefecture’s Chichibu. The video tells her story of collecting the strange rocks…

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Japanese Twitter User Makes Absolutely Amazing Anime Artwork Using…Excel

Sometimes, the mere thought of opening a spreadsheet instills an overwhelming pang of mundane work-related thoughts in a human being. However, as we’ve seen before with the Michelangelo of Microsoft Excel, certain creative geniuses can use the office tool to produce amazing artwork. Japanese Twitter user and Excel wizard @Maruraba_2 might just be the very best going at, making incredible anime artwork using Excel! 素人「絵描きソフト、いっぱい種類あるから分からない…どれがオススメですか?」 キチガイ「Excel」#Excelアート pic.twitter.com/KdgaAuZKHb — まるらば@Excelアート (@Maruraba_2) 2018年1月21日 The original Tweet that’s garnered attention references a conversation @Maruraba_2 has probably often had, where people ask “There are so many art software programs, I don’t know where to start–do you have a recommendation?” to which they wryly reply…

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Japanese “Human Uber” Lets Users Attend Events Via Another Person’s Body

A lot of interest in technological fields in Japan lately has stemmed from the integration of augmented reality, virtual reality, and the use of avatars–whether that be to spruce up a game of table tennis or to print out the resume of your future anime self. Introduction to new developments in that regard at this week’s MIT Tech Review’s EmTech (Emerging Technology) Asia conference is turning heads, however, as it showed off what is being referred to by some as “Human Uber”, and let’s just say the aesthetic is certainly attention-grabbing. “Human Uber,” developed in Japan, provides a way to attend events remotely using another person’s body. “It’s surprisingly natural”…

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Universal Studios Japan Gives Way To Final Fantasy Ride, Goods, and Food!

As part of Universal Cool Japan initiative, Universal Studios Japan’s collaborative effort to promote Japanese entertainment and pop culture around the world with big time attractions, a Final Fantasy ride opened in the park on January 19th. While Detective Conan and Monster Hunter, and Sailor Moon attractions are set to open in the Spring, the mega-popular RPG franchise got first dibs at the Osaka theme park, and seems to have broken in in full force. 【フォロー&RTするだけで応募完了!抽選で4/29にアトラクション体験へご招待】 ユニバーサルクリスタルの公開実験に参加して、 #FF の世界を体験しよう! 【ファイナルファンタジー XRライド】 この美しさ、すべて現実。https://t.co/PsiAke0Tec #USJ pic.twitter.com/UbnoQhDZ4h — ユニバーサル・スタジオ・ジャパン公式 (@USJ_Official) 2018年1月18日 Outside of a roller coaster and VR hybrid called the Final Fantasy XR Ride, which allows guests to board an Mog airship…

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