Japanese dad photographs his adorable twins through life’s ups and downs

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Thursday 16 April 2015

Here’s a question: Does it get any cuter than a couple of Japanese twins giving the peace sign? Nope. This is the cutest Instagram photo series I’ve seen in a while and it’s all documented by the twins’ father, graphic designer Akira Oozawa.

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This man returned to his hometown with high levels of radiation to look after its abandoned animals

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in News on Wednesday 25 March 2015

The disastrous meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant occurred with the devastating Japanese tsunami in 2011. While the approximately 15,800 residents of Tomioka, a town located in the Futaba District, fled from their homes, one man decided to return instead so he can take care of the animals that were abandoned. Some of the pets were still tied up by their previous owners.

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Godzilla is now staying put at one building in Shinjuku, Japan and no one is freaking out about it

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in News on Thursday 19 March 2015

There is an even BIGGER reason now to visit the forever bustling precinct of Shinjuku, Japan. Look out for its new super huge denizen Godzilla, who can be seen bellowing away from one of the roofs of the many skyscrapers in Shinjuku’s entertainment section of Kabukicho, famous for its many Kabuki theatres and hostess bars.

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Yahoo! Japan wants you to help them raise funds for disaster relief on March 11

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Events on Wednesday 11 March 2015

It was four years ago that the horrible trio of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster happened in the Tohoku region of Japan, snatching away human lives and causing devastation.

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This wasp of a cracker not only doesn’t sting but tastes unexpectedly like raisins

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 11 February 2015

Ever been stung by a wasp? Revenge has never tasted better: these senbie (rice crackers) are filled with big, fat wasps for your culinary pleasure.

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In Japan, competitive hole-digging is an actual thing

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Video on Saturday 24 January 2015

Now this is new: an annual competition that actually pits teams against each other for digging the deepest hole as they build camaraderie. Though it sounds vaguely morbid: why dig a hole, if not to bury a dead body? In any case, the Japanese seem to take it very seriously, with 271 teams taking part in the 14th edition last year to win the coveted prize of a… gold shovel. Uh huh.

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Revenge bento art: Disgruntled Japanese housewives strike back at husbands and kids

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Thursday 15 January 2015

If this isn’t passive-aggressive, we don’t know what is. In Japan, bento-making is almost elevated to an artform, with housewives making sure the creative homemade lunchbox meals they pack for the family are as pleasing to the eye as they are to their appetites. This is often with immaculate prepping, cutting, sculpting and arranging the […]

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In Gifu, Japan, this mirror-walled cafe reflects the blooming cherry blossoms around it

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel, New Art on Thursday 1 January 2015

Japanese architecture studio Bandesign have created a mirror-lined cafe in Gifu, Japan, along a riverside street along a tourist route. While the inner walls of the single-storey timber-framed building are angled in a way to reflect a row of existing cheery trees, the outer facades are covered in white-painted steel strips with flaming red doors that […]

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Would you accept a marriage proposal this epic, across an entire country to be exact?

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Video on Tuesday 2 December 2014

On 30 June 2008, Yasushi Takahashi, or Yassan for short, left his job as a GPS artist on his 31st birthday and went traveling around his country to experience the Japan he only knew in books. He brought along a GPS logger to document the journey as he wanted to ‘write’ his girlfriend a GPS marriage proposal which was to be revealed at the end of his journey. His journey started in Hokkaido and ended on the island of Kyushu six months later.

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This video of Japanese learning to say ‘Fuck’ properly in English just made our day

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Video on Friday 21 November 2014

When Chris Broad — a British guy living in Japan who’s behind the entertaining YouTube channel Abroad in Japan — chanced across Tadashii fuck no tsukaikata, a book that literally means ‘The Correct Way to Use Fuck’, he bought all the copies he could afford and went on to pass these copies to ordinary Japanese, […]

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The English language gets butchered in these hilarious clothes from Japan

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Fashion on Thursday 20 November 2014

Redditor k-popstar recently moved to Japan as part of an English program. What she didn’t quite expect was the fashion of the country. Over the past couple of months, k-popstar has been taking photos of clothing in stores-the clothing with random English words on them. How random?

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There’s a panty liner war going on in Japan, and they’re targeting male customers

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Products on Wednesday 19 November 2014

Here’s a call-out to all men. Your bleak future is here. And for once, you may have wished you would be left high and dry. The male panty liner has arrived in Japan and it is a serious battlefield amongst its manufactures for its recipients – Japan’s aging male population.

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Here’s your railway station master in Wakayama, Japan… it’s a cat!

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 19 November 2014

Oh, wow. In the Kinokawa town of Wakayama, Japan, where the Wakayama Electric Railway-operated Kishi railway station lies, the latter has, among its rank of employees, a cat named Tama. Apparently the feline has been pulling in the crowds to take the train ever since she was recruited as station master. This can only be […]

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You can request a slow and leisurely ride when you get into this Japanese cab

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Wednesday 5 November 2014

Over in Yokohama in Japan, there’s a fleet of Turtle Taxis waiting patiently for passengers who’ll prefer a slower ride to those driven at breakneck speed. There are people like the elderly (remember Driving Miss Daisy?), pregnant women, mommies with young kids in tow and tourists who want to take in more of the city during commute who’ll appreciate such a service.

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Attaching a penguin to your floor wipe will make you look forward to house chores

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Products on Thursday 16 October 2014

If a penguin belly flopping all over the house doesn’t motivate you to do the chores, I don’t know what will. This penguin floor wipe cover is an adorable accessory for your mop. Simply attach the tuxedoed bird through the handle of your floor wipe, and watch it slide on its belly as you clean your home. Remove it from the handle, and it becomes a tissue box cover!

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