In Japan, if you can’t stretch to taking care of a live pet hamster, you could – as one Twitter user showed – rear a “pet” mochi instead.
To date, McDonald’s has launched a variety of McFlurry ice cream dessert flavours, from the classic Oreo to mudpie, strawberry shortcake, matcha, and the list goes on. The latest addition to this list is our favourite lazy egg character, Gudetama!
Japanese discount store Don Don Donki’s second outlet in Singapore will have a new “mobile foods” concept to cater to busy workers in the CBD area – and don’t worry, the baked sweet potato, one of the store’s most popular items, is still on the menu. It will have a Japan Mobile Foods section, which offers takeaway items such as yakitomorokoshi (Japanese-style grilled sweet corn), takosen (octopus takoyaki sandwiched between Japanese crackers), watagashi (fruity and colourful cotton candy), and gelato. Unlike the store’s flagship Orchard Central store, which is open 24-hours, the new outlet will operate daily from 8am to midnight, although it will open at 10am on its first day of operation.
Come August, a Japan-themed festival will be exhibiting the best offerings from the country's 47 prefectures in Singapore’s first-ever all-in-one event for die-hard and casual fans of Japan.
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.
One of the best ramen chains in Japan goes to incredible lengths to ensure that its customers have their toilet paper needs well covered. A notice in the toilet cubicle of Ichiran Ramen reads, “As you see, Ichiran strives to make sure that you will never run out of toilet paper. True enough, the famous ramen chain in Japan does have more than one toilet paper holder installed in their cubicles.
The Internet is a huge repository of photos of cats looking cute, or doing things as they please, or even exhibiting some ninja moves. But in Japanese cyberspace, a contest on the worst cat photo is gaining popularity.
It’s common these days that children are accustomed to using electronic gadgets. It seems that “smartphone child-rearing” is on the rise because parents, their hands full, find it the easiest way to cope. Among the 92.4 per cent of those women who possessed a smartphone, regarding the question “In a week, how often does your child view or use the smartphone at home?”, 20 per cent of parents with children under 12 months answered “almost every day”.
When it comes to making music, the first instrument that comes to a person’s mind is probably a piano, violin or guitar. Japanese YouTuber It’s a small world covered the one song video gamers will all know well: The Super Mario Brothers theme. The iconic tune has been covered many times before, using various musical instruments – including this wonderful violin cover – but YouTuber It’s a small world has amazed everyone with her rendition using calculators.
Come November, lovers of anything and everything about Japan will be able to enjoy a new shopping and cafe experience at Clarke Quay Central mall. Popular Japanese fashion mall LUMINE is set to occupy 10,000 square feet on the second floor of Clarke Quay Central when it opens on 25 November, and will feature a retail space as well as the first LUMINE Café.
Have you ever left your umbrella in those stands at the entrance of a building only to find them gone when you leave? Well, the Japanese have just the right solution to solve this problem!
“Tornado Girl” is a Japanese romantic comedy that’s an adaptation of the manga “A Boy Who Wished to be Okuda Tamio And A Girl Who Drove All Men Crazy”. The film revolves around the main character’s efforts to woo the eponymous “Tornado Girl”, who seems irresistible to all men. “Tornado Girl” is directed by Hitoshi One.