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Sonic the Hedgehog And Hooters Japan Team Up For Chili Dog Campaign

Following a Tokyo Game Show announcement, Sega is moving forward with a Sonic Forces and Hooters collaboration that brings the supersonic hedgehog to the big chested wing joint. Starting November 16th and running until December 10th, Hooters Japan will feature Sonic decorations at their Shinjuku, Ginza, and Akasaka locations. The main offering of the promotion is a special chili dog, Sonic’s favorite, and blue citrus drink modeled after the speedster himself. Source: PR Times 『ソニックフォース』×HOOTERSコラボイベント、本日10/16(月)よりスタートです! コラボメニューをご注文いただいたお客様にはオリジナルコースターをプレゼントしております! ↓詳細はコチラからご確認ください!https://t.co/UHR92CbuLz pic.twitter.com/iMbBhE2Dww — ソニック委員会 (@sonic20th) 2017年10月16日 The staff will also perform a dance to “Fist Bump”, the Sonic Forces theme song "Ma'ams, please move ten feet that way, I'm here for the blue Hedgehog."…

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These Stretchable Mini-Shiba Inu Faces Are The Best Stress Reliever Ever

The adorable nature of Shiba Inu translate to just about anything, whether it be scratch and sniff Shiba Inu tummies or traditional Japanese sweets shaped like Shiba Inu faces and butts. Perhaps an-up-until now untapped source of cuteness lies in the stretchy and “mochi-like” cheeks of Japan’s favorite dog. If you’re not familiar, here’s a great example. Japanese Twitter user and crafts designer @trikotri222, however, seems to have realized that you don’t actually have to have your own Shiba Inu to experience that stretchy combination of joy and stress relief. Applying some creative elbow grease, @trikotri222 used their artistic skills with wool felt to craft this awesome stretchable Shiba Inu…

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Japanese Masturbatory Goods Maker TENGA Is Opening Up Their Own Curry Stand

TENGA, Japan’s most recognizable masturbatory aid (it’s basically a Fleshlight), comes in a variety of forms. Outside of the traditional series, which has a lineup offering models such as Deep Throat, Rolling Head, Premium Vacuum, and even an “American Size”. TENGA also offers stretchable eggs, menthol goods, and aerostimulation-based models, and just recently released their own sexual energy drink to “prepare you for a big night”. Now TENGA is doing something you might not expect, and might actually fear, of an adult goods maker. They’re getting into the culinary business with their very own adult toy TENGA Curry Stand! Source: Value Press Well, it’s just for one day as a…

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To Revitalize A Small Mountain Village, Japan Is Filling It With Zombies

Promotional efforts for Japanese towns, particularly rural ones, often depend on some outside-the-box thinking–like making a pop idol unit out of 60 miner mannequins or documenting a traveling monkey in his quest for romance. One of the latest efforts, this time by the village of Kosuge in Yamanashi prefecture, seeks to outdo even Japan’s most terrifying abandoned hospital haunted house. In order to revitalize tourism and promote their local festival, Kosuge will be turning into a town overrun by zombies–and they need help saving the victims. Source: PR Times Like all good Japanese obake-yashiki (haunted house) events, the zombie outbreak has a backstory to it, and one that both ties…

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Los Angeles Metro Turns To J-Pop And Anime Girls To Teach Train Manners

Many often point to Japan as a culture and society that strongly values scenario-based rules of etiquette, and perhaps its highly praised modes of public transportation are one of the best ways to observe these strongly encouraged manners in action. Things like speaking loudly, talking on the phone, eating, or taking up too much space are discouraged as train-riding taboos. While these may come across as common sense to some, Japanese trains (outside of last train–drunk people means anything goes) display both very convenient transportation services and models of public behavior. Unfortunately, younger generations and foreign visitors unfamiliar with Japanese train manners often don’t observe this etiquette, which has lead…

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This Japanese Wearable Blanket Turns You Into A Cow-Abducting UFO

Japanese retailer Felissimo tends to focus on animal themed goods and novelty items, but their YOU+MORE! series (a play on the pronunciation of “humor” in Japanese) gravitates toward the more absurd, such as scratch and sniff snickers that smell like cat and Shiba Inu bellies, or gigantic fried shrimp pajamas. Not betraying that pattern, their latest offering is a wearable blanket that turns you into a UFO abducting an innocent cow! Source: PR Times It’s a simple “wearable blanket” and UFO hood two-piece set, but one pull of a string lets you shift between hovering alien spaceship and cow-abducting UFO. Shut the blanket like so for a UFO traveling through…

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Japanese Feline-Themed Goods Retailer Releases Kitty Milk Scented Bath Powder

Japanese retailer Felissimo has a subdivision of goods called Nekobu, or Cat Club, which features a variety of feline-themed items for cat lovers. However, they aren’t always satisfied to just give their products a kitty-aesthetic. In the past they’ve released lip gloss that simulates kissing a wet cat nose, cat-paw socks that let you walk on hardwood floors with feline grace, and scratch and sniff stickers that smell like cat tummies. You might think it would be hard up the creative ante there, but they might have just done that with their new bath powder that smells like milk for kittens. Source: PR Times Titled “Feel Like a Cat Crazy…

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My Neighbor Totoro Has A Sequel That A Lot Of People Don’t Know About

Of all the classics legendary director Hayao Miyazaki has overseen for the much revered Studio Ghibli, it’s My Neighbor Totoro that most fans seem to reference with a sense of charm and nostalgia, which has come to make give it the status of one of his mostly fondly remembered works. Fortunately, taking that stroll down memory lane isn’t just limited to re-watching the film and playing the soundtrack–although you might have to take a trip for this alternative method. There’s actually a sequel to the beloved childhood romp My Neighbor Totoro titled Mei and the Kittenbus. トトロの続編『めいとこねこバス』を知ってる人ほとんどいない説 pic.twitter.com/p37x2Kpgwc — とある (@33kitta) 2017年10月10日 If the scenes in the above tweet by…

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Pocky Continues Its Adult Flavor Series With Classy Wine-Pairing Flavor

The original classic Pocky may have just been a simple chocolate pretzel stick, but the worldwide love the flagship Japanese snack enjoys has seen Pocky expand to a lineup of countless delicious (and often adventurous) flavors. Perhaps inspired by a trend of bars and restaurants serving Pocky in dark beers and alongside cocktails, however, recently Glico has released Champagne-flavored Pocky, and most notably, an “Adult Pocky” made to be paired with whisky. Now Glico is adding a special new vino-inspired Pocky to their adult flavored lineup with Goddess’s Ruby Pocky, designed to be paired with red wine. Source: Glico Truth be told, you could probably enjoy a glass (or bottle)…

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Epic Giant Straw Animals Emerge From Japanese Rice Harvest In Style

Niigata prefecture’s Wara Art Festival has a very creative and imposing way of making use of the leftover rice straw (wara) from the harvests that take advantage of the prefecture’s abundant rice production (vital in sake, which the prefecture is famous for). The Wara Art Festival is a collaborative effort between Niigata City’s local tourism board and students from Musashino Art University. Running from 2008, the festival boasts the creative talents of the students, as well as showcases just how much leftover rice straw there is via impressively crafted giant straw animals. Source: Wara Art Matsuri This year’s tenth anniversary of the festival filled Uwasekigata Park with a herd of…

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Woman Gives Birth In Japan And Documents How Good Japanese Hospital Food Is

It’d be a bit unfair to label all hospital food as slop or totally unappealing, but it sure feels like the image of unappetizing food in hospitals has at least earned some of its reputation. This is partly due to the grueling demands of a hospital, but also because some hospitals forbid their cooks from tasting the food they prepare. As imgur user Hahahah1111111 will attest, however, Japanese hospital food doesn’t face such an unappetizing image. Reflecting a change that Japan made in school lunches following World War II called the School Lunch Act, which partly focuses on making cafeteria lunches deliver nutritional education, Japanese hospital meals are designed to…

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It’s Really Hard To Buy A Gun In Japan

As the U.S. deals with the aftermath of a deadly and horrifically tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas, the discussion of stricter gun control laws often yields Japan, one of the safest countries in the world when it comes to gun-related violence, as an example of successful gun control laws. In 2014, the U.S. saw 33,599 gun deaths compared to only six in Japan, reports the BBC, and OECD data ranking Japan second only to Iceland in terms of gun deaths, with the U.S. topping the list (out of 34 countries). Of course, raw statistics are not the only thing to consider in this. More nuanced discussions about gun control…

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Starbucks Mt. Fuji You Are Here Mugs Give A Picturesque Tour Of Japan

While it’s quite understandable to stray away from places you can always visit at home when traveling abroad (or simply try and step outside from under the corporate umbrella of chain restaurants), Starbucks in Japan has quite a selection of exclusive items that might entice even some of the more dedicated travelers. The menu often features seasonal items such as Sakura Cherry Blossom products and even off-the-wall types like Cherry Pie Fraps, and in terms of sightseeing, there is even a tatami-style Starbucks in Kyoto made from a century-old renovated traditional teahouse. What most coffee-drinking collectors gravitate towards, however, are the area-specific tumblers and mugs that Starbucks Japan offers. Tokyo,…

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Nicolas Cage Is Now A Popular Japanese Snack In The Form Of The Nicolastick

One of the charming and funnier points of Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation is how it used an actor of Bill Murray’s caliber to spoof the more hamfisted and sometimes absurd ways big time Hollywood actors would lend their talents to commercials in Japan to sling a variety of products in hilarious ways. The golden trio, judging from general consensus, would be Arnold Schwarzenegger turning into a gibberish-spouting mad man over an energy drink, Hulk Hogan teaching you the days of the week in order to get you to buy an air conditioner, and Nicolas Cage singing the most dramatic song about pachinko you will ever hear. Now Nicolas Cage…

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Curious Cats Adopt Lifelike NieR: Automata Model As Their Adorable Guardian

Part of the intrigue of the world of Square Enix’s NieR: Automata is discovering mechanical creatures that show behavior that isn’t quite as mindless and automated as one might expect. You might find yourself having a similar, but more heartwarming experience of that mystery when you look at these charming pictures by photographer and NieR fan @TkmemoCom. With the help of model designer @CBJimHeart and the fitting setting (and felines) of creative space and studio PAP (@minopap5461), he was able to capture these awesome shots of a seemingly defunct NieR: Automata machine caring for some playful cats! Source: @TkmemoCom Source: @TkmemoCom The foresty space around the photo studio (used often…

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