Japans Washable Phone! For When Waterproof Isn't Enough

by Sharilyn on Dec 18 2015 |


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Biking With No Brakes: The Japanese Sport Of Keirin

by Sharilyn on Dec 11 2015 |


Biking is a pretty intense sport normally, but the Japanese stepped it up a notch by having no brakes on the bikes. Keirin started back in 1948 and has grown to have the most professional competitors of any sport in Japan. Read full story...

Japanese Art Of Preparing The Dead On Display At First Ever Life Ending Industry Expo

by Sharilyn on Dec 10 2015 |


Nokan (encoffinment) is the longstanding ritual in which a dead body is prepared and placed into the coffin for viewing by the family. This Life Ending Industry Expo in Tokyo provided the first contest designed to test the skills of the practitioners. It may sound crass or disrespectful to hold a contest like this, but it is meant Read full story...

.hack//Creators CyberConnect2 Partners With Square Enix For Final Fantasy VII Remake, Grunties To Replace Chocobos?!

by Dave on Dec 09 2015 |


This is not something .hack fans want to hear - CC2 is going to be really busy with Final Fantasy VII and any potential new .hack installments heading to consoles will be a lot lower in priority. Read full story...

Turtle Turmoil! Trenches Touted To Tortoises Traversing Tracks

by Sharilyn on Dec 09 2015 |


Countless turtles have been squashed by Japanese trains as both were just going about their day. In a solution that will satisfy both the sweet hearted among us and the fiercely practical, trenches are being built to provide safe passage for the turtles underneath the train tracks. Read full story...

NSFW: The Christmas Party Scene In Japan Is Serious Business (PIC)

by Dave on Dec 04 2015 |


With a population of less than 1% declaring Christianity as a practicing religion, Japan doesn't officially celebrate Christmas like the mega-event it is in the United States. Japanese think of Christmas as a romantic holiday. Many couples will spend time together and exchange gifts - most likely on Christmas Eve. For those who are single... Read full story...

Small Tokyo Noodle Shop Tsuta Gets World's First Michelin Star For Ramen!

by Dave on Dec 02 2015 |


It's official: the world's best ramen is served inside a 9-seat restaurant in Sugamo Tokyo. Jot this name down the next time you are in Japan or are planning a future visit! Read full story...

"Pang" Pong: The 100 Year Old Japanese Game No One Has Heard Of

by Dave on Nov 30 2015 |


This isn't a typo of Ping Pong (I've double checked). If you are aware of the game Pang Pong, which was created inside a Hitachi Factory in Yokohama Japan over 100 years ago please pat yourself on the back right now. The game was born due to Japanese workers playing catch with baseballs and breaking too many windows. Check out the full story for two videos explaining this weird game and its history. Warning: Some bad dub step and rap music awaits you. Read full story...

Toyota Announces Kirobo, A 4 Inch Mini Robot To Keep Sleepy Drivers Awake

by Dave on Nov 25 2015 |


Kirobo Mini is Toyota's interesting attempt to keep people who drive alone awake and sane. I mean as sane as it can get for talking to a 4 inch robot. Kirobo Mini will converse with a driver to prevent boredom and attempt to understand when someone is falling asleep at the wheel. Check out the video in the full story! Read full story...

Netflix Original "Underwear" Is Uniquely Japan, Hopeful Future Anime Series?

by Dave on Nov 24 2015 |


Were you expecting a high school ecchi anime series to be one of the first Netflix originals to come out of Japan? Well you guessed wrong. "Underwear tells the story of Mayuko Tokito, a young woman who grew up in the countryside on Japan’s Northernmost island of Hokkaido. After studying textiles at University, Mayuko begins her career at a high-end, custom lingerie atelier in Tokyo called Emotion."

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