Forget passwords! Japanese smartphone allows you to pay with your eyes

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Wednesday 17 June 2015

Welcome to the future, everyone. Forget those passwords when paying for things online – now all you need is a set of eyes to make a transaction thanks to a very nifty Japanese smartphone, the Arrows NX.

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Guys get pleasured while singing karaoke in this bizarre Japanese game show

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Video on Tuesday 21 April 2015

This is one game show you never want your grandma to see you on! Over in Japan (where else?) there’s a game show called ‘Sing What Happens’ and judging from the headline of this article, you can probably guess what happens.

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Restaurant serves up sushi with human flesh, lots of it, for accompaniment

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By Kenny Ong in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 1 April 2015

You should do yourself a favour and check your morals at the door of pan-asian resto-bar Buddha Bar in Knightsbridge, London. Inspired by Nyotaimori, a supposedly ancient art of sampling raw fish off the bare bodies of, hopefully, very well scrubbed ladies, the hip joint is serving up a whole new sushi dine-in experience.

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100 Japanese maids cook the perfect pancake in this quirky cookware commercial

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Thursday 15 January 2015

You know how most cookware is advertised by showing women in button down shirts with a family to cook for? Well, in Japan, things are done differently when it comes to advertising. To market their non-stick cookware, FlavorStone used 100 flexible maids to do the cooking, all while stretching their legs as far as they could go and wearing those typical maid outfits you only see on Halloween.

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Trippy time-wraping placemat will mess with your mind at mealtime

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Saturday 10 January 2015

Japanese design studio A.P. Works has created a placemat made from twill fabric with a silk-screen pattern that uses the strategic placement of cutlery and plates to manipulate the illusion of the latter bending the placemat. Sadly, however, the placemat is not in commercial production yet… all the more reason to scrawl away on your […]

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Want to know how to train a cat to sit in a certain spot? Do it with duct tape!

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By Kenny Ong in Cool Websites on Tuesday 28 October 2014

A Japanese cat blog called Guremike has been getting plenty of hits from cat lovers ever since pictures of how a particular kitty was circus-trained to sit inside a circle made from duct tape.

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In Japan at night, people are now putting their wallets to bed in special mini-futons!

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By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Wednesday 17 September 2014

There is now a new ritual among some Japanese before they get themselves into bed each night. They have to put their wallets into bed first. And not in any micro beds but specially made futons complete with mini pillows and cute bed sheets.

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This guy can spin a frozen pizza into a microwave from across the street!

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By Kenny Ong in Video on Monday 15 September 2014

The internet is already filled with people putting their skills to stuff that are totally unnecessary and being celebrated for it. Surely one more wouldn’t hurt? In which case, how about a round of applause for this professional Japanese frisbee thrower who can hurl a frozen pizza into a microwave inside an apartment from across […]

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This Japanese dad tickles her daughter pink by dressing as different historical characters at bath time

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By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Tuesday 12 August 2014

Making the rounds online are pictures of this unidentified Japanese dad who makes bath time a fun time for his little girl by dolling himself into different characters. Looking at them pose in the tub, I wonder who enjoys it more. The daughter or the father?

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Guess what? The first bonsai tree has finally been sent into space

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By Milo Sumner in Tech on Saturday 9 August 2014

Japanese artist Azuma Makoto has taken a giant leap on behalf of mankind. The 38-year old recently became the person responsible for sending the first bonsai tree into space, a momentous occasion. Makoto is primarily concerned with installation art and this is no exception, except that normally his pieces are firmly on this planet. At […]

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Here’s how some people are trying to avoid sunburn in Japan

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Fashion on Thursday 31 July 2014

For those wanting to cover up in the warmer months, there’s a new item of clothing you might want added to your wish list. It’s called an anti-sunburn mask and it’s supposed to cut down on UV rays by up to 98%. But there’s a catch. You have to wear this over your face, so […]

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Stackable Sushi Rings, the eternal Bento Box

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By Sheena Andies in New Fashion on Thursday 10 April 2014

Alongside my eternal quest for more sushi, I think I’ve found a way to satiate my craving for the time being. Or perhaps initiate it. Just like a take away menu, you choose your sushis, your makis, and your rolls, and they all come to your door in a bento box. Can we consider these […]

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This terrifying Japanese TV commercial comes with an advisory warning

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Saturday 7 December 2013

There’s nothing better than a scary commercial and this one straight from Japan is making the rounds…and scaring people like never before. So much so that the commercial comes with an advisory warning before screening, asking viewers to refrain from viewing if they have any mental or health concerns, or those that may see a […]

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4D communication: Smell-enhanced texting

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By Annie Churdar in New Products on Wednesday 23 October 2013

Take your texting experience to the next level with ChatPerf! We all know smells are powerful emotional and memory triggers. So why not use that to humanity’s advantage? Make texting, chatting, and concerts way more fun by adding a unique smell. Just plug your desired scent into your iPhone, download the app, and enjoy a […]

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ICASEA: crunchy, fragmented ambient electronica

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By Daniel Purvis in New Music on Tuesday 9 July 2013

A night spent clicking deeper into the digital rabbit hole, clutching at fickle interactive works and embraced by ambient electronica, I discovered ICASEA. A British, Japanese and German collaborative, ICASEA music distribute crunchy and fragmented walls of distortion alongside lush and funky digital beats, all disseminated via digital delivery with occasional vinyl and cassette (yes, […]

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