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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Space Invaders Bank +

Tomy has done it again. If you are old enough to remember space invaders, this functioning bank will trigger your nostalgia reflex. 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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The Hip-Hop Grannies Dance Troupe +

Hip Hop Grannies - Wu Ying

Not quite Japanese, but I was surprised this story slipped by me during the Beijing Olympics. When you think of hip-hop dance, I’m sure you usually think of a much younger generation not only enjoying it, but taking part in it. That isn’t the case for China’s 70 year old Wu Ying. She is the leader of a dance troupe known as the Hip-Hop Granies.

It all started in 2003 when she first saw the National Hip-Hop Dancing Competition on Chinese TV. Wu Ying says,

The competitors were all young people, wearing headscarves, headdresses, hats, and various clothes. I thought that was very fresh.

Adrienne Mong / NBC NewsInspired by their movements, she thought that hip-hop dancing would be perfect for not only keeping herself in shape, but for China’s elderly as a whole. She began learning at local gym by any means she could. Soon she wanted to find others who would be interested in starting a dance troupe. Obviously, she was met with resistance, however it did not persuade her for realizing her dream. She soon found another 4 women, and after 6 months of training and rehearsals, the Hip-Hop grannies made thier debut at the Beijing qualifier for the National Hip-Hop Dancing Competition.

Adrienne Mong / NBC NewsAt the time, the Hip-Hop Grannie’s average age was 60. However it did not stop them from placing 3rd at the qualifier. It was then when China knew the Hip-Hop Grannies was here to stay. Since then, they have attracted at least 1,000 different women. Currently their oldest member is 74 years old. Many of the members see hip-hop dancing as more than just great exercise. Mentally, it allows them to see their age not just as a handicap. Wen Di, 55, retired last year and she wanted to fill an emptiness in her life. She says that Wu’s dancing on TV was very inspiring.

It is indeed very inspiring to see that in a society with such strong traditional views, especially for the elderly, one can put aside tradition in order to find something that truly makes them happy.


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