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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Take a peek into the world’s most expensive one-bedroom apartment at US$21.8 million

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Architecture on Saturday 11 October 2014

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.

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In Japan, you eat the leaves of autumn before it goes away

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 8 October 2014

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 […]

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The Japanese make book stacking into an art form amidst a sea of competition

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Tuesday 7 October 2014

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.

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You can wear this while kissing if both your eyesight isn’t 20/20

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Products on Monday 6 October 2014

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), […]

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Dishes you can mould into whatever shape you want, and change them again and again

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Products on Wednesday 24 September 2014

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.

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In Japan, mums get really competitive over how their kid’s bento box is packed and presented

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Art on Thursday 11 September 2014

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!

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This unique festival lets you try out coffins, funeral clothes and makeup in preparation for your death

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in News on Wednesday 10 September 2014

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.

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If you really can’t say you’re sorry, this Japanese company will do it for you

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Saturday 6 September 2014

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.

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Meet the most honourable fowl in Japan (but don’t expect to take its eggs out of the country)

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Eco on Thursday 4 September 2014

The Onagadori, also known as the ‘most honourable fowl’ in Japan, has been a bird protected by the Japanese government for many years. To breed the Onagadori properly, one must keep a number of roosters in tranquil, non-stressful, temperate conditions in order to select the birds with the best and longest tail growth. Indeed, their feathers must not be ruffled as more aggressive birds will destroy their own tail feathers if they are in distraught!

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