Hell yeah, we’d like to be scared while ordering our food, please

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Thursday 15 August 2013

Somehow Japan always manages to pull off the coolest stunts. In conjunction with the release of horror film sequel Sadako 3D 2, the marketing peops hooked up with a restaurant in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, and got service staff to dress up as the iconic film ghoul and lunge out at customers from behind the counter. Presumably […]

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In Tokyo, you can literally walk in the clouds

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Wednesday 14 August 2013

Japanese architecture firm Tetsuo Kondo are at it again following their dreamy outing at Venice Biennale three years ago: they’ve traipsed over to the courtyard of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo and built an impressive cubic two-storey space with a canopy of billowing clouds contained within.

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You say sausage, I say Suage: a restuarant in Sapporo, Tokyo

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By Dirty Robot in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 13 August 2013

Suage is one of my favorite food spots in the Susukino entertainment area of Sapporo. The nice little dining area is neatly tucked away opposite the big Norebesa building with the huge Ferris wheel on the roof. If ever you should happen to visit Sapporo, this should be your first stop for food. Period. The […]

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Epic drawings by Japanese artist Katsuya Terada

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By Ralph Lagoi in New Illustration on Thursday 8 August 2013

Katsuya Terada is an illustrator from Japan concentrating on detail driven sketchbook-like artworks. A prolific artist, he has done more than 1000 sketches and recently had a ten year retrospective show at the Kyotos International Manga Museum. He was also the character-designer for many video games, including Sega’s ground breaking fighting game, Virtua Fighter 2, […]

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Aoki Densetsu Shoot! old school Japanese soccer anime

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By Andrey Varela in Video on Wednesday 31 July 2013

I couldn’t pick between all the real-life TV series my friends were imploring me to get into, so instead I chose a Japanese soccer cartoon I used to watch when I was a kid. Aoki Densetsu Shoot is hilarious, and contains all the stereotypical quirks one would expect from anime.

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Hiromi Hirasaka creates art out of matchstick heads

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By Cat Madeira in New Art on Tuesday 30 July 2013

Playing with fire takes the literal meaning here. Osaka-based artist Hiromi Hirasaka saw boring matchsticks as a potential blank canvas, so started drawing Kokeshi-style faces on the match heads, creating these super cute and quirky design pieces.

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Japan’s feline obsession

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 12 July 2013

Haha, blogger and TV host La Carmina just compiled a visual list that illustrates Japan’s obsession with cats. Yes, Hello Kitty was just the visible tip of the iceberg. From cat cupcakes to cat jewellery to cat cosplay, don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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Skyfall’s battleship island is now on Google Street View

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By Low Lai Chow in Video on Thursday 4 July 2013

Hashima, the desolate island off the Nagasaki Peninsula coast of Japan that appeared in Skyfall, recently made new waves when Google’s program manager Okura Wakaba announced on the Google Japan blog that the island was on Google Street View. It only took him about two hours to shoot the images of the island using a […]

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Siro-A: Japan’s answer to Blue Man Group

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By Annie Churdar in New Music on Thursday 27 June 2013

Combining breathtaking visuals and foot-stomping beats, Siro-A is taking the world by storm with their killer electro soundtracks. With use of cutting edge laser shows and edgy dance, mime, and puppetry, this awesome group of six men is becoming a world-wide phenomenon. They’ve packed out 30,000 seats at the Shanghai Expo and even won the Spirit of the Fringe […]

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Eyeball licking? Erm… tasty

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 18 June 2013

Licking eyeballs is apparently all the rage right now for creative Japanese couples to express their affection for one another. There’s even a pseudo-officious term for it: oculolinctus. Wikipedia helpfully informs us that eye infections from oculolinctus could lead to blindness. Well, someone wise did say once that love is blind.

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Japan’s subway experiment: Beaming blue lights actually prevent suicides

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 14 June 2013

We just found out by accident today that Japan railway operators actually install blue LED lights above train platforms to calm suicidal commuters down. When they started doing it in 2009 as an experiment at three suicide hotspots along the Joban Line through Mito city, there was nothing to show if it would work. Now […]

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Proof that the Japanese are really creative

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By Low Lai Chow in Video on Wednesday 22 May 2013

When I was a kid, I used to look forward to catching this Japanese variety show, Masquerade or 超級變變變 on TV every week. On it, contestants vy to perform their most creative illusionary skits with old-school techniques — like guys clothed entirely in black and shifting objects about. They almost always some up with the […]

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Maico Akiba paints modern objects to make them seem 100 years old

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Art on Thursday 9 May 2013

If you’ve ever wanted to know what your beloved belongings will look like 100 years from now, you’re on the right page. Japanese artist Maico Akiba has been painting a range of everyday belongings to make them appear like they have decayed over time. All items are still fully functional, though. I think it would […]

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Humans bite back: Japanese restaurant serves gourmet fried piranha

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By Annie Churdar in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 2 May 2013

Piranhas are some of the most vicious little creatures in the animal kingdom. They may be small, but we shiver at the idea of swimming in the Amazon River and feeling one nibble on our toes. The killer fish can strip something as big as a cow to its bones in a matter of minutes. But now […]

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One way to make Japanese couples conceive? Let them raise a robot baby first

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By Annie Churdar in Tech on Thursday 2 May 2013

The cuddly little Japanese robot is called Yotaro. He giggles, sneezes, and smiles endearingly. This little guy might be just what reluctant Japanese couples need to push them over the edge and make them want to raise a child of their own.

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