Robo-Geisha is one crazy movie +

Bit NSFW. Well, I’ve never been one to shy away from crazy Japanese cult movies. As a matter of fact, I didn’t think I would find one that topped Tokyo Gore Police. Silly me. Leave it to the minds that created Machine Girl and Tokyo Gore Police to team up and create this over the […]

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A 3 foot horror story +

The bathroom in many homes is a very lonely room. You only visit it when you need something, and not for the pleasant atmosphere the room provides. So is it really hard to believe that the lonely bathrooms around the world holds a deep seated grudge for the humans that use it? I think not. […]

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A real Hello Kitty +

If you are reading this website right now, I would find it very hard for you to not know what Hello Kitty is. One could argue that it is one of the most well known Japanese brands right up there with Honda and Sony. This video has nothing to do with Hello Kitty other than […]

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Kids vs Zombies +

So, Andrea subliminally tricked me into purchasing Left 4 Dead on Steam, and I have been enjoying playing it for the past few days now. Funnily enough, I have to play Louis everytime I play online because well… my real name is Louis and I’m African-American. You may be wondering what zombies have to do […]

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Ichi the Killer Bento +

Gore movies are one of my many favorites from Japan. The last one I watched was Tokyo Gore Police a few months ago. What can I say about that besides it was unbelievably gory… As for the actual story, I think I could of written something better as weekend homework in the 4th grade. But […]

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Naoto Fukasawa’s Fruit Juice +

They say that the way food or drinks look plays a major influence on how well we like it. I would have to agree. These are some awesome fruit juice packaging from Industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa. Looking at the strawberry box, it looks as if the packaging may even feel like the specific fruit it […]

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Mini Nikon SLR in Japanese candy +

Gilco is one of Japan’s oldest candy companies, and is home to the popular Glico caramel candy as well as the legendary Pocky. For about 80 years now, inside the Glico caramel candy boxes there is a small toy called “Omake of Glico” (Small gift of Glico). It started off as little toys kids would […]

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Space Invaders Bank +

Tomy has done it again. If you are old enough to remember space invaders, this functioning bank will trigger your├é┬ánostalgia├é┬áreflex. Personally I remember the game, but I’m too young to remember the actual table. We did have a functioning Atari when I was a child though. Ah. Memories.

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2ch hates Tabloid Tokyo books +

Seems the authors associated with WaiWai can’t get away from the outright hatred thrown at them over the past few months. Some of the authors published a series of tabloid books that talked about a lot of the crazy stories that appeared in Japanese tabloids and on WaiWai over the years. These books are now being put under heavy criticism just like the now extinct column.

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There are 2 books in the series, Tabloid Tokyo 1 and Tabloid Tokyo 2, with the new Tabloid Tokyo XXX scheduled to be released in September. What I find funny, and a testament to this whole WaiWai argument, is that Japanese reviews on amazon were heavily negative, while American/English reviews on the books were generally positive. One has to remember that tabloid news in any country is not to be taken seriously. It’s one of those things people read to be entertained. However I do see the point that maybe WaiWai needed to be its own publication, and not associated with the respected Mainichi.

If you’re not familiar with WaiWai, the column first came under criticism in May of 2008. Many readers of the newspaper said the content was too vulgar and the stories talked about misrepresented the Japanese society. Mainichi then investigated the column and found inappropriate material, and removed what they found. However, criticism continued, and Mainichi was forced to remove the column all together.

Via Goyaku & Mainichi

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