While cafes and restaurants tend to make use of mascots and cartoon characters to promote their food, in Japan, you can actually call up muscular hunks to strut their stuff at your food outlet. These well-built entertainers are known as Macho 29, who have been flexing their bulky muscles from restaurant to restaurant.
Japanese curry has been made into a filling for breads in Japan for some time now, a treat more commonly known as curry-pan. You saw it correctly — the deep-fried food cut into half and sandwiched between two slices of white bread as shown on the packaging is curry-pan! According to @onose_negiice who tweeted about the curry-pan sandwich, the unusual double-carb delicacy turned out to be pretty delicious.
A Japanese company has created a device that offers a sense of security for women who live alone, by projecting a moving shadow of a man onto a window curtain. In Japan, many working adults move out of their parents’ home and live alone, or relocate from the countryside they grew up in to work in the city. In order to help protect women from creepy stalkers, Leo Palace 21 recently announced a possible solution “Man on the Curtain”.
The Japanese never fail to impress us with their artistic and quirky creations, such as these beautiful and life-like portraits, an unbelievably smooth and shiny ball made of aluminium foil, or even these creepy “snowmen”. In the tweet, @mina_naya posted some of her amazing creations, which are inspired by the characters from “Kantai Collection” and “Magical Girl Madoka Magica”. For the skeptics who don’t believe these are really flat images, @mina_naya had provided photos of the same illustrations at a different angle.
“Such an extraordinary photo capturing the very essence of a Japanese woman,” one might think. But you would be wrong – no part of this image has come from the lens of a camera.
A low crime rate has always been one of Japan’s plus points. It can be hard to tell what to watch out for in various areas of Japan, especially for transient visitors. The Gaccom Safety Navi is an interactive map that allows you to zoom in on an area, all the way from Hokkaido in the north to Okinawa in the south.
When it comes to aluminium foil, one usually associates it with barbecue: Potato or corn lathered with butter and wrapped in aluminium foil, or sambal sotong or stingray nicely packaged in aluminium foil. But little did we know that the very same aluminium foil can transform into a metallic ball! アルミホイル（16m）を丸めて叩いて、球にしました。 pic.twitter.com/XA9nbWsacH
While Japan was hit by heavy snowfall recently, Fukui prefecture reached a record-high of more than 1.30 metres last week. For some, it was a good reason to snuggle up in warm blankets at home, or to never leave the kotatsu — a low, wooden table covered by a futon, with a heat source underneath. For others, it was prime time to build snowmen, snow Pokemon, snow Totoro, and in some instances, chillingly eerie snow Noh masks. 親の車埋め尽くしたった pic.twitter.com/zfxbxkICYU
Japan is well-known for producing a variety of anime characters and mascots. As to which character is the most representative of Japan, it differs from one person to another. Is it the cute electric mouse Pokemon Pikachu?
It seems that in recent times, virtual reality has been applied to multiple facets of our lives, more notably in games and on roller coasters. Otherwise known as VR, virtual reality can help to enhance our experiences, making it feel as though we are in a different space.
Japanese rock band ONE OK ROCK may be a global name now, but this was not always the case. In a recent interview on Saturday (20 January) ahead of their performance to a 6,500-strong crowd at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, the band’s lead vocalist Takahiro Moriuchi (known simply as “Taka”) shared their experience during their initial performances in the United States. “There is that very strong, significant ‘away’ feeling,” Taka said of performing to an American audience at an interview session with Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore and other media.
Japanese rock band ONE OK ROCK talk to Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore about what it's like performing in different countries.
They say, “New year, new me.” How about “New year, new cat?” Nope, we are not asking you to get a new cat — although if you are intending to, remember to adopt and not buy — but for cat lovers to get a new accessory for your beloved felines! かぶりものシリーズ第１９弾！かわいい かわいい ねこキャンディちゃんhttps://t.co/YThnqgOnet pic.twitter.com/kMlxpto7Gg
Former Japanese AV star Sola Aoi announced her marriage on Weibo. Congratulations are in order for former Japanese adult video star Sola Aoi, who just announced her marriage on her Weibo account on 1 January (Monday). Aoi, who is known to have a large following of fans in China, uploaded a photo of herself wearing a wedding ring, along with a message in Mandarin to her fans.
Obsessed with getting more likes and followers on your social media sites? Well, your obsession could just pay off with this special campaign by a resort hotel called The Scene in Amami Islands, Japan! 【THE SCENE NEW PLAN】期間限定の日本初「フォロ割プラン」がスタート！SNSのいいね数やフォロワー数の合算した数が、プラン費用から割引。「フォロ割りプラン」https://t.co/mx86FVpT47 pic.twitter.com/G5bLPXu0v9
Whenever Singapore’s MRT trains break down, many people lament how problematic or inefficient they are, often citing how amazing Japan’s trains are. It does look like a striking difference in quality of service, especially when there are cases like Japanese train company apologising for leaving the station 20 seconds early.
Unh! Ever since the comical Pikotaro — who dons an iconic yellow outfit with a leopard-print scarf — came up with the catchy Pen Pineapple Apple Pen (PPAP) song, his popularity has skyrocketed. Apart from moving into the role of a producer, the Japanese comedian also recently had the honour of performing at the official state reception when President Donald Trump visited Japan. Despite his success now, Pikotaro was previously known by his other stage name, Daimaou Kosaka.
Previously, we have seen some funky Japanese fashion items like the frog jacket and fried chicken pants. Now, if you ever feel that you love dried fish so much you want it by your side always, you are in luck! Because a Japanese creative designer, Aomikan has made niboshi, or dried anchovy, into hair accessories.
Korean actor Park Bo-gum (left) with Japanese actor Takeru Satoh. You may recognise Takeru Satoh from the recently-released Ajin movie, or his role as the titular Kenshin in the live-action Rurouni Kenshin films, but the Japanese actor now has another accolade to his name. The 28-year-old made a special appearance on Wednesday (29 November) at the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) held in Japan, and immediately after became the most searched keyword on NAVER, Korea’s major search engine.
Last weekend, from 24 to 26 November, a Pokemon GO event was held at Tottori sand dunes in Japan. Named Tottori GO, the event replicated a famous section of the original Pokemon game called Safari Zone, where Pokemon trainers can catch a variety of Pokemon for a limited time period. In this case, the trainers could find rare Pokemon like Mr Mime and Unown at the famed sand dunes over the three days.
This drawing of a bolt and nut fully done in pencil looks so real, one would have thought it is a photograph. Few would imagine that pencil lead can give drawings such a metallic look, enhanced by the realistically-illustrated water droplets. The artist has been in love with drawing since young.
Have you been to Japan’s supermarkets or convenience stores and noticed some cartons have a notch mark, like it is chipped off on the top of their milk cartons? Actually, this is a barrier-free design specifically made for the visually impaired.
Japan’s popular discount store Don Don Donki will be opening its first Southeast Asian outlet at Orchard Central on Friday (1 December) from 10am. It will also have a “night market” concept featuring eight dining outlets in partnership with food manufacturer Hokkaido Marche. The exact opening hours for Hokkaido Marche will be confirmed nearer to the opening date.
Last month, Japanese netizens could not decide on the name of a colour. This time, the Japanese are confused by an actual building looking two-dimensional, with seemingly no depth at all. To top it off, people did not notice earlier — especially when it is the building of a popular place, Akihabara train station!
Popular fashion mall LUMINE opened its first store outside Japan on Saturday (25 November) at The Central mall in Clarke Quay. During the opening party on Friday (24 November) evening at the store, the theme was set to “I AM WHO I AM”, which is derived from LUMINE’s aim to inspire variability in fashion from Japan for Singaporean women. Lovers of anything and everything about Japan can now enjoy a new shopping and cafe experience.