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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Scare children from ever choking

Kami Kami Sensor

I have to admit that I don’t really write too much for the parents out there. So I decided to take a moment and talk about a product that someday might save your child’s life.

Kids are notorious for not being able to sit still. I can’t really blame them. They havn’t been in the world no more than a few years, and there is so much to see and do. When you have to force them to sit down and be still it can be such a pain for not only them, but for you as well. No better time comes to mind than when its time to eat. Kids tend to want to finish as fast as possible so that they can get back to whatever they were doing. What is a parent to do to make their child slow down before they choke? Threaten to make them have to wear the Kami Kami Sensor in front of thier friends!

Kami Kami Sensor

Nitto Kagaku’s Kami Kami sensor attaches to your childs face, and makes sure they chew a specified amount of times. Have your back turned? No problem. The Kami Kami sensor beeps after every 30 bites taken. When it comes to your child’s saftey, price should be no object. The Kami Kami sensor will set you back 11,550 yen ($188.95).

JapanToday via DVice

Super Mario saves the day

Japanese black theater is always interesting to watch. It takes a completely different level of creativity to pull off well. In this Super Mario parody, we see Mario leave his arch enemy in unfamiliar territory, meet a very influential politician, and save the princess too!

Via Geekologie.

2 MLB Teams Sign Japanese Pitchers

Koji UeharaTwo Major League Baseball teams announced today that they have signed Japanese players. What’s interesting is that these two teams have never signed a Japanese player ever. In total there are 14 Japanese players in the MLB. The Boston Red Sox lead the MLB with 3 Japanese players, the Seattle Mariners have 2.

The Baltimore Orioles signed right-hander pitcher Koji Uehara to a 2 year deal worth about $10 million dollars. Before coming to play for the Orioles, he spent the last 10 seasons with the JCL Yomiuri Giants. From stats alone, this seems to be a great pick. His career average is 8.00 strickouts per nine innings pitched. That technically would rank him as #7 among the best pitchers of in MLB.

Kenshin Kawakami

The Atlanta Braves also signed a right-handed pitcher. Kenshin Kawakami comes from the Chunichi Dragons of Japan’s Central League. In his rookie year with the Dragons, he not only was the Dragon’s first pick that season, but he also won the Rookie of the Year award that season. Kawakami is also no stranger to the international stage. He was a pitcher on the Japanese Olympic team for 2004 as well as last year in the Beijing 2008 games.

ABC & CCT via FG.

The Yoshimoto Cube

Invented by Naoki Yoshimoto in 1971, this crazy toy is called a Yoshimoto cube. If you don’t remember that day in geometry class many years ago, let me refresh your memory. A polyhedron is a geometric object with flat faces and straight edges. Wikipedia has a more scientific explanation that I won’t bore you with. Anyways, watch and be somewhat tripped out by the Yoshimoto cube.

And for the record, I’m not dead. Just traveling and working on something new for!

Via Gizmodo.

Amusing Japanese Commercials

One thing that I can never get enough of are Japanese commercials. Maybe I’m a bit biased due to the fact that they are Japanese, but here in the states, we have a whole different mindset when it comes to humor.

There’s no other way to describe this one other than cute. Yes, I’m man enough to use cute as a description for something other than a female. Thanks Speakout from Stuff Girls Like.

How’s that for determination.

The props are amazing.

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Japanese scientists can see your dreams

Sleeping Concert

We are one step closer to being able to see what people are dreaming about. A team of Japanese scientists have created a device that can reconstruct images and thoughts from people currently dreaming. The device is in its basic stage, but it can output what it finds on a computer screen.

While the images are not extremely vivid, this is a perfect proof of concept. The scientists showed 6 testers letters from the word “neuron”. They then proceeded to measure their brain activity and reconstruct the data to show the letters on screen. Leave it to Japan to create something so crazy as this!

Also interesting, the picture above is from a “Sleep Concert”. Yes, it’s a concert that is meant to put you to sleep. Read more about it here.

Via Telegraph.

The Daruma dolls have real eyes.

Most, if not all stores now-a-days have some sort of surveillance system in place to keep track of those that choose to not be law abiding citizens. Personally, if im casually browsing in a store and just by chance look up and stare straight into the camera, I get an unsettling feeling even though I have done nothing wrong.

When I used to work retail, I could go into the security room and see what they are actually watching. Take it from me, they watch everything. No matter how mundane and boring, you can guarantee they are watching. People picking noses, and scratching places they wouldn’t think to do in public is all on tape. Knowing that, I hate the fact that I am being watched.

In Takasaki, they have come up with a less intrusive way of keeping an eye on everyone without making the innocent feel paranoid that someone is watching them at all times. Takasaki is the birthplace of the daruma doll, a Japanese wish doll. The concept behind the daruma dolls are that you draw on the right eye when you make a wish, and when it comes true, they you draw in the left.

The company has replaced the right eye with a motion camera that from a distance looks just like a normal daruma doll. While I do like the idea, as I was writing this, I had to look at the other point of view. While it is clearly written on the daruma doll, “this is a surveillance camera,” some stores could easily not tell you that you are being watched. Still a cool idea when properly labeled.

Via Japan Probe

Thanksgiving Sushi Roll

Takami\'s Turkey Sushi Roll

It’s almost that time of year again. When America gives thanks to the pilgrims and Native Americans by gorging ourselves on turkey and stuffing. But how many times have you thought of sushi on Thanksgiving day? Yep, if you’re like me, probably never.

A hip and trendy downtown L.A. Japanese restaurant wants to change that. Takami has created what they are calling a turkey sushi roll to bridge the gap between east and west for Thanksgiving. I know what you’re thinking. No, it’s not raw turkey.

Takami\'s Turkey Sushi RollThe turkey roll consists of sliced turkey, avocado, asparagus, cucumber and sprouts wrapped in soy paper instead of nori. Instead of the normal vinegar flavored rice, it’s seasoned with dill and chives to compliment the turkey. The roll is then topped with a brown gravy. Takami made sure not to forget another Thanksgiving staple. The roll comes with cranberry jam on the side.

When you look at this, it actually sounds quite good. It’s essentially Thanksgiving dinner… rolled. All that’s missing is the stuffing.

Newsweek via FG

Japanese Mac Apples, for real

Mac Apples

Nope, this image hasn’t been photoshoped. A Japanese Mac addict actually grows these apples. Ok, no, it’s not a new species of apple. They are actually Fuji apples, however they really do have Apple logos.

A month before it’s time to harvest the apples, he cuts out the logos from what looks like opaque plastic sheets. He then sticks the logos directly onto the apple. The sticker blocks out sunlight to the area causing the apple to lack the normal pigment. This is very similar to females using stickers on their skin before tanning.

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Who would of thought to do it on apples… besides him.

via JapanSoc.

Barak Obama, Taro Aso, and the Internet

Barak Oama American Flag

As I stopped at the last redlight before pulling into my driveway tonight, it hit me. Barak Obama and Taro Aso, prime minister of Japan, share one similarity; thier legions of fans on the internet. I believe I can safely say they are 2 of the talked about heads of state on the internet.

I know I don’t have to tell you how the internet played a huge role in Obama’s presidential campaign.  I read an article yesterday about Barak Obama having to give up his blackberry and almost all communication done through the internet. For someone who has used the internet so much in the past 2 years, I can only imagine he’s dreading the day he takes office and has to stop. They say he may be the first U.S. president to have a laptop in the Oval Office.

Taro Aso

Taro Aso also has legions of fans from on the infamous 2ch message board and Akiba. While his appointment to prime minister didn’t utilize the same approach to the internet as Barak Obama did, his fan showed their support around various message boards and blogs.

With the internet now as the most powerful communication medium ever, one who can harness the power of the internet is truely in a powerful position. Barak’s massive social network is the first of its kind for a U.S. president. No political figure has ever been as connected to the ordinary people as Barak and Aso are online. I’m interested to see how they both take advantage of it.

Madonna is a Japanese warrioress

Is Madonna Japanese?Madonna… Japanese? Well that’s what she says. Madonna revealed that she was a “Japanese warrioress” in a previous lifetime. I guess stranger things have come out of Madonna’s mouth. This is just weeks after her very public divorce of Guy Richie. I wonder if this is ment to be a statement to Guy about the terms of their divorce. Maddona says,

I must have been Japanese in a previous life. I’m pretty sure I was a
warrioress. I can’t explain it, I just know. I’m good at fighting –
fighting with a big sword.

AZ Central reports that there may be a big custody battle between Madonna and Guy. This could be her signal that she’s willing to fight for what is hers. But why did she have to bring Japan into this?

AZ Central via FG

Petition to marry 2D characters

Boy reading mangaWhen real women just are not your thing, where do you go for love? A Japanese man has taken his case to the Japanese government. He has started a petition to legalize marriage between a human and a 2D character. Taichi Takashita already has over 1,000 signatures within his first week, and is well on his way to his 1 million signature goal. Takashita writes,

I am no longer interested in three dimensions. I would even like to become resident of the two-dimensional world. However, that seems impossible with present-day technology. Therefore,
at the very least, would it be possible to legally authorize marriage
with a two-dimensional character?

Well it’s cool that he has dreams and desires. Those without them tend to be really boring people.

Via Yahoo

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