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.
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, […]
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?
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.
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 […]
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.
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!
Would you like a quick tour of the world’s most expensive 1-bedroom apartment? It’s being listed at 1.8 billion yen (US$21.8 million) as we take a peek. Simply called The House, it’s located at the most exclusive district of Tokyo – Minami-Azabu. At 4,434 square foot (411.932 sq m), we did the math and it came up to a jaw-dropping US$4,920.75 per square foot.
The Japanese love their autumns so much they’ve found a way to eat them – in the form of maple leaves fried tempura style. The snack is considered to be a must-try delicacy for visitors to Osaka, where it is fried in sizzling vegetable oil with lightly sweetened maple batter. The recipe gets even more […]
Bookstores in Japan are constantly launching new titles of manga, novels and non-fiction. In this whirlwind of stiff competition, the bookshops work hard with the different publishers to push their publications to the number one spot. And this is where book stacking comes into the equation.
This pair of eyeglasses launched by Blinc Vase in Japan is perfect for bespectacled smoochers who need to retain their eyesight when rubbing each other’s faces raw. Although the promo video is rather cute, I’m not betting it will be a best seller anytime soon. Each pair is sold for an eye-popping 68,000 yen (US$620), […]
Launched in Japan, these rather arty Suzugami dishes are made from aluminum that’s stretched wafer-thin by pounding them flat with a hammer. The result is an amazingly flat, square sheet that’s not just pliable but also tough enough to retain the shape you’ve moulded it into according to your heart’s desire.
From a cultural perspective, the preparation of a bento, or home-packed meal, is a pretty big deal in Japan as it reflects how highly capable and super efficient mummy really is. The idea of a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich is alien when only the cutest lunchbox can past muster!
This unique festival lets you try out coffins, funeral clothes and makeup in preparation for your death
So, how would you like to go? With growing interest in ‘shukatsu,’ a coined Japanese term that means activities to prepare for ‘one’s end,’ a ‘try-before-you-die’ festival called Shukatsu Festa has been steadily growing in popularity in Japan. The event this year attracted over 5,000 visitors, with 50 companies competing for their business. Many were eager to lie inside a coffin filled with flowers.
If you, like Sir Elton John, feels that ‘Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word’, you’re probably not alone. Nobody cheers up at the thought of apologizing for one’s misdeeds in our personal and professional lives. But if you live in Japan, you can pay someone else to do it for you. And they can play a role while they’re at it, too. For example, these agencies you hire may send someone pretending to be your mum to apologize on your behalf and declare your wish to break-up with a clingy lover.