Japanese cats that look like Yakuza members

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Sunday 2 February 2014

Some bright spark realized just how much in common cats have in common with the ‘yakuza’ (or Japanese gangsters). Must be their terror-inducing character attributes, spine-tingling sneers and evil expressions. Cats and the mafia: there must be some truth in the matter. Hell, even Don Vito Corleone had a cat, you know.

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Long exposure photos reveal beautiful world of fireflies

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Thursday 30 January 2014

The yellow dots are attacking from the dark forests! Kidding. These photos are actually of fireflies lighting up at night. Okayama-based photographer Tsuneaki Hiramitsu has taken shots of fireflies for years, often going out of the city and into dark, wooded areas where the fireflies reside.

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Bizarre but true: Japanese scrolls from the 1600s depict farting competitions

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Monday 27 January 2014

Well at least we know people back in the past enjoyed farting like we do now. The following images are from ancient Japanese scrolls that dates way back to the Edo period (1603-1868). The documents depict what they call ‘he-gassen’ or ‘farting competition’. Yes, we’re looking at valuable documents with historical significance, and it’s about people farting.

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Chibi Pocket, the cutest toy robots you’ll ever see

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Saturday 18 January 2014

‘Chibi’ is a Japanese term for ‘short person’ or ‘small child’. In popular culture, chibi has mostly referred to characters with oversized heads and small bodies – similar to babies – to emphasize cuteness and child-like spirit. Graphic designer Junichi Tsuneoka has taken the concept of chibi to a whole new level by transforming terrifying […]

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Octopus balls? Eggplant? These toothpastes in Japan are nothing but avant-garde

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Tuesday 14 January 2014

Invention Spot has compiled a list of strange toothpastes that can be found in Japan. Either there really is a market out there for toothpaste scented with ‘takoyaki’ (a popular Japanese street food also known as, erm, octopus balls)… or we don’t really understand this world at all.

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Watch makes you solve puzzles first before knowing the time

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By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Monday 13 January 2014

TokyoFlash, Japanese maker of limited-edition LED and LCD watches, is known for its long line of mind-boggling and arcane concept watches that may or may not give you brain damage (I’m leaning towards the former). Their latest creation, the Kisai Spider Acetate, is no exception.

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Disney princess-inspired lingerie collection from Japan

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Fashion on Wednesday 8 January 2014

Can you feel the love tonight? With these Disney princess-inspired lingerie, you’ll definitely bring your man to a whole new world. Japan has done it again! This time, they succeeded in turning our childhood heroines into sexy beasts. Japanese retailer Bellemaison is offering a magical lingerie collection inspired by the dresses of Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, and Rapunzel.

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In Japan, a phone-answering competition actually exists

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Thursday 26 December 2013

Yes, you heard us right: a formal phone-answering competition takes place annually with thousands of office workers across Japan competing for the top honors for providing the most polite, pleasant and efficient service. What’s even more surprising: this year, in 2013, will be the 52nd year the competition is being staged. Wow. Then again, with […]

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The Otoasobi Project

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Music on Tuesday 10 December 2013

In 2005 at Kobe University, a group of 20 musicians, music therapists, 16 people with learning disabilities – like autism, Down syndrome, Williams syndrome – and their families, formed a music-making workshop that explores new musical expressions. And thus, The Otoasabi Project was born. The group usually collaborates with different artists in various fields such […]

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Realistic 3D goldfish paintings by Riusuke Fukahori

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Thursday 5 December 2013

Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori is known for his three-dimensional goldfish paintings created by pouring resin – the material they use for sculptures and not the dried grape that old people love to eat. Badum-tss! He had been practicing his craft for eight years before he became a hit online last year with his life-like creations. Now there are many copycats, but there can only be one master of the three-dimensional goldfish.

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Decotora: decorating trucks with lights in Japan

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By Paul White in New Photography on Thursday 21 November 2013

Tatsuki Masaru’s Decotora photo series puts the lens on the seriously cool decorated trucks of Japan. These are apparently a reflection of the individuality of the owner, with most of them looking like spaceships from another time.

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Things from Japan: the icePhone

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By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Friday 8 November 2013

Leave it to the Japanese to come up with anything. At this point, I’m not even surprised they came up with these weird but cute iPhone cases – or should I say icePhone. These icePhone cases are available for the iPhone5 and 5s. They come in two styles, soda and crunch. The beauty is in […]

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Naturally flavored orange fish from Japan

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 31 October 2013

What will they stink of next? The Japanese fishing industry, deciding that it needs to up their sales and “catch diners’ attention” are creating fish that naturally contain the flavor and scent of fruit and herbs. Have no fear—these fish aren’t two-headed mutants, but farm-raised fish that are fed food that is mixed with fruit […]

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Japanese designed burger wrapper makes it less ‘rude’ for girls to eat the burger

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By Annie Churdar in New Design on Friday 25 October 2013

The female population of Japan apparently hated the Classic Burger that being dished up by the Freshness Burger joint. The weird thing was, it wasn’t that the ladies hated the taste of the delicious burger. It seemed to be the size of the sandwich created the turn-off. And no, these ladies weren’t searching for a […]

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Want to see the amazing ice sculptures at the Sapporo Snow Festival?

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By Lost At E Minor in Cool Travel on Thursday 24 October 2013

Fancy a snow trip to Japan? Sapporo are giving you the chance to check out the amazing ice sculptures at the Sapporo Snow Festival, where you’ll take in the spectacle of this magical winter wonderland, then shred the powder and experience the energetic nightlife of Niseko.

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