Japan

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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Kobe Beef Yakiniku Restaurant Installs Personal Stalls To Appeal To Women And Self-Conscious Solo Diners

Japan’s Abura Nikuhachi is sure to attract many visitors with its melt-in-your-mouth selection of A4-A5 ranked premium wagyu and Kobe Beef, as well as affordable lunch sets, but the yakiniku restaurant seems primed to reel in a new batch of customers, even if they have to come in one by one. In an attempt to appeal to those who want to eat alone, but simply feel socially awkward doing so, the restaurant has installed personal booth spaces for a solo-yakiniku experience that limits as much contact with others as possible. Source: At Press The practice may sound strange to some, but there’s precedent for it in Japan due to a…

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That Time Hayao Miyazaki Stood Up To Harvey Weinstein With A Samurai Sword

The legacy that Harvey Weinstein leaves behind will rightfully start and stop with the words “sexual predator”. That twisted legacy, however, is very closely tied to the immense power he wielded in Hollywood and how he abused it in his tenure with Miramax Films. The powerful and combative Hollywood producer famously earned the nickname “Harvey Scissorhands” for his tendency to slice up films with personally imposed cuts, resulting in taxing re-shoots and disgruntled filmmakers. Perhaps it was his sometimes described as curmudgeonly nature that spared legendary Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki from having the 1997 U.S. release Princess Mononoke butchered by Weinstein (under a distribution deal with Disney, which had…

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Nara’s Famous Roaming Deer Are Biting Back As Unruly Tourists Increase

The famous free-roaming deer of Nara Park in Nara, Japan (said to contain at least 1,500 wild deer) sometimes seem to be just as big an attraction as the nearby Nara Daibutsu, the largest bronze Buddha statue in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While sometimes regarded as messengers of Shinto deities, the deer have become emblematic of the surrounding area and are a top tourist attraction for visitors who lure them with locally purchased shika senbei (deer crackers) to take cute selfies or gain affection. Now it appears that recently the popular deer aren’t reciprocating to more aggressive tactics. よしながななみさん(@nanamiw)がシェアした投稿 – 2月 19, 2018 at 5:30午前 PST…

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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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Japan’s Viral Sexy Daikon Radish Can Now Be Your Giant Veggie Waifu

When Japanese online retailer Felissimo isn’t coming out with eccentric animal-themed goods like scratch-n-sniff stickers that smell like cat and Shiba Inu tummies, their YOU+MORE! series (a play on the pronunciation of “humor” in Japanese) tends to focus on the cute and cuddly, as seen with the popular fruit tarts pet bed and this giant French Lop bunny cushion. Never lacking in creativity, now Felissimo is offering a up a large cuddly pillow version of one of Japan’s popular Twitter trends–the sexy daikon radish. If you’re unfamiliar with a sexy daikon radish, it’s a hashtag description used on harvested daikon that appear to be sexily crossing their “legs” or posing…

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Twitter Thread Spells Out Small But Pleasant Surprise Conveniences Taken For Granted In Japan

Japan is often lauded for its social custom of omotenashi, or sense of hospitality and concern towards customers. And while far from perfect (look no further than complaints about limitless bureaucracy and sometimes rigid manual-based formality), there’s no doubt that the Japanese service industry is rooted in efforts towards streamlined convenience and a maximum quality experience for customers, even to the point of perhaps occasionally going overboard. But rather than more pronounced differences, it is often the small manifestations of this hospitality that make the biggest impact on visitors from overseas. While many are small enough to go unnoticed, typographer and designer Marcin Wichary’s recent trip to Japan has resulted…

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Cat Owner Overwhelmed By Feline Greeting After Leaving The House For Just One Hour

Cats tend to have a reputation, perhaps unfairly, for being fickle and even uncaring at times, and that’s likely why it’s doubly as cute when they show humans their affection. Japanese cat owner Kosuke, @(HOMEALONe_ksk) may have just provided us with one of the most adorable examples of that, with this video of his cats impatiently and longingly greet him after leaving his house for just a one hour run! たった1時間走りに外出ただけでこれ pic.twitter.com/Wh0N5X7Bwr — 響介 (@HOMEALONe_ksk) 2018年2月13日 As you can see, it seems as if Kosuke’s one hour absence felt like an eternity to his loyally waiting cats, who greet him with a chorus of guilt-inducing meows and head rubs. Understandably,…

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Plan Your Sakura-Viewing in Japan With This Blooming Forecast

If you’re planning to visit Japan in Spring to enjoy the cherry blossoms, you’ll surely be interested in knowing where and when the best conditions will be. Thankfully, the Japan Meteorological Corporation updates a “Cherry Blossom Forecast” listing the dates when cherry blossoms will start to flower and then, when they will reach full bloom. The best time to enjoy sakura, the period usually lasts for about a week in each location. According to their most recent update on February 15th, the cherry blossoms are expected to begin flowering (abbreviated as “BF” below) on March 26th and reach full bloom (abbreviated as “FB” below) on April 3rd in Kyoto, on…

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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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Let This Pawing Cat T-Shirt Handle Handshakes and Playing With Your Cat For You

Japanese online retailer Felissimo has a reputation for offering up feline-related goods that cat lovers never knew they needed. Recently, they’ve put out a popular kitty bed that turns your cat into a furry fruit tart, lip gloss that simulates kissing a wet cat nose, and scratch and sniff stickers that smell like cat tummies. Most are part of their YOU+MORE! series (a play on the pronunciation of “humor” in Japanese), which strives to combine eccentric and practical. Their latest release, a T-shirt that has a cat peeking and pawing out of your sweater, falls in line with that for sure–although mostly with the former. Source: PR Times It’s a…

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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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