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Japanese Fast Food Chains Turn Themselves Into A Power Ranger Style Superhero Team

2018-07-20 03:54

After seeing Japanese Kit-Kat flavors turned into handsome anime men and worldwide fast food chains drawn as anime personas, it looks like actual Japanese fast food chains are getting in on the fun. Popular Japanese gyudon (beef bowl) chain Yoshinoya recently took to Twitter to announce a new campaign to form a sentai (Japanese superhero team, such as Power Rangers) with other companies known as the Meat Rangers. 今週のボツ企画ww「肉関連企業を5社集めてニクレンジャーを結成する」ボツ理由→5社も巻き込むなんて実現不可能。。。 お蔵入りさせるのがもったいないから投稿だけしてみた( ˘ω˘ ) pic.twitter.com/QD1DJK9Ydo — 吉野家 (@yoshinoyagyudon) 2018年7月6日 Surprisingly, other companies decided to get in on the fun. Japanese family restaurant Gusto asked how to participate, and Yoshinoya told them that for now, posting illustrations of your franchise as a sentai…


Japanese Village Faces Ninja Shortage–Even With Salaries As High As $85,000

2018-07-19 12:49

Japan’s Iga City, the birthplace of ninja, is running out of ninja in 2018. Iga City, located in Japan’s Mie prefecture, is believed to be the birthplace of ninja and home of the Iga school of ninjutsu. It also hosts Japan’s most famous ninja museum, where visitors can not only watch skilled ninja performers, but undergo training to pick up the skills themselves. Unfortunately, the city’s claim to fame is at risk as Iga is facing a shortage of skilled ninja performers for their annual ninja festival as the result of a nationwide depopulation problem, according to a recent episode of “Planet Money” on NPR. In the episode, Sally Herships…


Japanese Amphibious Gill Garment Aims To Let Humans Breathe Underwater

2018-07-18 05:36

If you’ve ever woken up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat after a nightmare of perishing away in a world submerged by rising sea-levels or conquered by aquatic alien overlords, you may have wondered how you would have been able to turn things around and lead the fight for humanity’s survival. While it may not be quite the answer just yet, Japanese biomimicry designer Jun Kamei‘s Amphibio, “a gill garment for our aquatic future,” is an underwater breathing device proposed to support life in “a future where humankind lives in very close proximity with water.” Mikito Tateisi Mikito Tateisi The 3D-printed garment (gills and respiratory mask)…


Japan’s Super Realistic Computer-Generated Schoolgirl Finds Her Cosplay Doppelganger

2018-07-17 01:07

Just a few years ago, one could make the argument that Saya was the most popular schoolgirl in Japan, although a good amount of her viral fame is owed to the fact that she isn’t actually human. Saya is actually the stunningly realistic 3-D computer-generated product of Yuka Ishikawa, who works as a freelance CG Artist and her husband Teruyuki Ishikawa, and she gained a very dedicated following of fans who fell in love with her after initially thinking her to be a beautiful (as well as living) schoolgirl. Sayaの2016verです(•̀ᴗ•́)。去年の発表から色々な皆さんの反応を頂きつつコツコツと改良を重ねてきました。既に動きのシステムも稼動していて秋の展示会へのお披露目に向けて制作中です、詳細は今後アナウンス予定です。 pic.twitter.com/kOGcMx96co — TELYUKA_Saya (@mojeyuka) 2016年9月9日 With her secret revealed, however, her internet fame hasn’t waned one bit. Instead, many have…


Artist Beautifully Combines Japanese “Spiritual Birds” And Trees To Illustrate The Four Seasons

2018-07-12 05:00

One of the minor but common grievances you’ll find among expatriates in Japan is a disdain for being asked “Does your country have four seasons?” or what sometimes comes across as excessive praise for Japan having four seasons. While it can be a bit comical at times, these comments are usually misunderstood, as most Japanese people are referring to how distinct and pronounced the differences between the four seasons are in Japan, and is an appreciation of the sights, sounds, and events celebrated between fall, winter, spring, and summer. Japanese artist @white16074 has created a series of four illustrations that beautifully highlights those seasonal distinctions through the imposing but graceful…


Never Eat Alone With This Virtual YouTuber’s Anime Girl Dining Experience

2018-07-11 11:18

Japanese virtual YouTuber offers up a home-cooked dinner made by an anime girl. There’s no question that virtual YouTubers make for a booming industry and hobby in Japanese days, with recent reports that the number of Japanese virtual YouTubers (topped by the mega popular Kizuna Ai) have actually reached the official number required to create a town in a Japanese prefecture. She hasn’t joined a hypothetical YouTuber town yet, but popular virtual YouTuber Siro is at least hoping to take up residence at your dining room table. In a recently released video, she offers up her very own home-cooked meal for you, and encourages fans to eat as they watch…


Japanese Illustrator Applies Different Styles Of Popular Anime To Disney Princesses

2018-07-10 02:05

Japanese illustrator re-imagines Disney Princesses using different anime art styles. Whether it’s turning fast food chain mascots into anime characters or drawing Japanese Kit-Kat flavors as handsome men, it’s clear that illustrators can have a lot of fun applying an anime aesthetic to popular characters. Japanese Twitter user, illustrator, and lover of cute things Miochi (@mio_ney) has given the trend a lovely twist, however, by drawing Disney princesses in the different styles of various popular anime–perfectly replicating each artist’s personal designs! Source: @mio_ney The illustration, titled “Disney Princess in Japanese Cartoon” by Miochi mimics the instantly recognizable styles of Hayao Miyazaki, Osamu Tezuka, and Akira Toriyama, while also turning Mulan…


Terrifyingly Realistic Felt Cat Roomba And Cat Monorail Are Ready To Purr Into Your Nightmares

2018-07-09 03:30

The Japanese corner of Twitter has quite the share of talented “wool felt artists”, with creations that range from adorably realistic shiba inu and corgis to gigantic and terrifying cat heads. Creative fantasy artist @sacocho may have perfectly bridged the gap between cute and creepy, however, with two feline contraptions that are bound to either warm your heart or fuel your nightmares. The first is a felt kitty and Roomba hybrid, and the second is a cat monorail. This liquid cat is sliding into your DMs–or nightmares! ネコとルンバの雑種。#奇想生物図鑑 #奇想生物 #奇想ものづくり #羊毛 #羊毛フェルト pic.twitter.com/gM7Dt6SRWJ — さこっちょ/奇想ものづくり (@sacocho) 2018年7月7日 Hop on board the Cat Rail! ネコ、飼いはじめました。#ネコレール#奇想生物 #奇想生物図鑑 pic.twitter.com/j14X8A78Rc — さこっちょ/奇想ものづくり (@sacocho) 2018年4月3日…


Japanese Instant Noodle Maker Releases Vanilla Ice Cream Creamy Seafood Ramen

2018-07-05 11:45

Japan releases vanilla ice cream creamy seafood flavored ramen In the world of Japanese instant noodles, a lot of creativity is required to stand out among eccentric heavyweights such as french fries and chicken nugget ramen, as well as host club anime boyfriend cup noodles. But in an apparent one-upping of the recently released ramen ice cream, Japanese instant noodle brand Super Cup may have crossed the point of no return. Super Cup is testing the limits of flavor combinations with a vanilla ice cream flavored creamy seafood ramen. According to a press release, the ramen is being released as a 30th anniversary celebration for Super Cup, and the soup…


After Heartbreaking World Cup Loss, Japanese Team Cleans Locker Room And Leaves Thank You Note

2018-07-03 05:57

Japanese soccer fans are reeling after a heartbreaking 2018 FIFA World Cup round of 16 loss that came in the 94th minute of a roaring comeback by Belgium. While the team is being commended for showing a spirited efforts and taking part of one of this year’s most entertaining matches, the players, much like their traveling supporters, are gaining attention for cleaning up after themselves, even after such a bitter loss. Much like with 2014 World Cup in Brazil, this year Japanese fans in attendance gained international attention and praise for staying after games to clean up not only their own seating areas, but surrounding sections as well. While not…


Meet Hana-Chan, The Stubbornly Cute Shiba Inu Who Will Let You Know When A Walk Starts Or Stops

2018-07-02 05:30

Aside from their trademark curly cute tails and miniature bean versions (which have spawned a mini-Shiba Inu cafe in Japan), Shiba Inu are well known for having a strong-willed and independent temperament, which can sometimes lead to frustratingly adorable bouts of stubbornness. Beneath that wily exterior are often warm and colorful personalities, and the same can be said of Hana-chan, who absolutely loves going to the park, and you can tell as much from her lovely expression. Source: @87shiba87 Hana-chan’s owner @87shiba87‘s Twitter account keeps a running log of the cheerful Shiba’s exploits, but a running theme appears to be how insistent Hana-chan is about either refusing to go out…


Watch Japanese Cat Cafe Cats React Moments Before Osaka Earthquake

2018-07-02 03:11

At 7:58 a.m. on June 18th, residents of northern Osaka prefecture in Japan were rocked by a 6.1 magnitude earthquake which is said to have damaged 6,235 structures in Osaka and over 500 in other prefectures, leaving five dead and four hundred injured. The widespread damage and ongoing recovery process are another sobering reminder of the sudden nature of earthquakes, particularly in Japan, and importance of preparation for the response period during such natural disasters. While cats don’t exactly have the benefit of a preparing earthquake resistant infrastructure, they may have an ability to preemptively sometimes sniff out the unsettling feeling of an oncoming disaster. Throughout history, there have been…


Tourists’ Good Luck Ritual Is Tarnishing Beauty Of Japan’s Most Iconic Shrine

2018-06-29 04:39

The famous gate of Japan’s famous Itsukushima Shrine is suffering from structural damage caused by travelers cramming it with coins. Itsukushima Shrine, located on the island of Miyajima in Hiroshima prefecture, is celebrated canonically as one of three most scenic beauties in Japan, and a permanent heavyweight on the top ranked places to visit in Japan. The small island boasts gorgeous mountain trails and views, and hosts free-roaming deer who aren’t afraid to mingle with human visitors. It’s main attraction and most iconic view, however, is undoubtedly the shrine’s torii gate, which appears to float on the water at high tide. じゃらん〈公式〉さん(@jalan_net)がシェアした投稿 – 2018年 6月月27日午前2時12分PDT It’s considered an all-day attraction,…


Japanese “Asteroid Jelly” Brings Otherworldly Sweets To Convenience Stores

2018-06-28 04:06

In the world of wagashi, or traditional Japanese sweets, looks can be just as important as taste. In recent years, the aesthetic appeal of some of these sweets has evolved to even reveal a different beautiful scene with each serving you take, but transparent sweets remain one of the most popular varieties. Whether it be celebrated confectionery Eitaro’s cherry blossom filled sakura jellies or the water-based Mizu Shingen Mochi that became a hit around the world as rain drop cake, clear Japanese sweets have proven to be an eye-catcher. たきかわ ひろむさん(@hiromuuun)がシェアした投稿 – 2018年 6月月27日午前9時59分PDT Japanese convenience store Lawson has decided to inject a little otherworldly beauty into the transparent sweets…


These Chubby Shiba Inu Puffs Are Begging You To Take A Bite Out Of Them

2018-06-27 05:38

The Japanese side of Twitter is filled with creative “food artists” who seem to strike a perfect balance between delicious and adorable, turning out treats that make you wonder if you should eat or pet them such as dango shaped like shiba inu faces and butts, or beautiful steamed goldfish gyoza. Japanese Twitter user and baking enthusiast @kaname_OAl7 may have raised the adorable pastry bar to an impossibly high standard however, baking up this cute homage to Yeast Ken, a shiba inu/loaf of bread hybrid Japanese mascot character, with these adorable strawberry jam and cream cheese filled puffy shiba inu bread balls. Source: @kaname_OAl7 If you’re unfamiliar with Yeast Ken,…


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