• Inside the world's oldest hotel in Japan
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    Inside the world's oldest hotel in Japan

    Take us there!

  • From Queen Elizabeth II to the Imperial House of Japan: Royal families around the world
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    From Queen Elizabeth II to the Imperial House of Japan: Royal families around the world

    There's a grand total of 26 monarchies across the world, how many can you name?

  • If you can’t own a hamster, there is always an alternative – mochi
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    If you can’t own a hamster, there is always an alternative – mochi

    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.

  • McDonald’s Japan launches mysterious 'Gudetama-flavoured' McFlurry
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    McDonald’s Japan launches mysterious 'Gudetama-flavoured' McFlurry

    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!

  • New Don Don Donki outlet at 100 AM mall will have mobile food section for working crowd
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    New Don Don Donki outlet at 100 AM mall will have mobile food section for working crowd

    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.

  • Japan Park at Suntec will be a cultural and entertainment extravaganza
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    Japan Park at Suntec will be a cultural and entertainment extravaganza

    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.

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    Muscle hunks flex their guns for customers at Japanese restaurants

    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.

  • Bread-ception? Curry-pan is a sandwich filling in Japan
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    Bread-ception? Curry-pan is a sandwich filling in Japan

    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.

  • This 'shadow boyfriend' helps protect you from stalkers
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    This 'shadow boyfriend' helps protect you from stalkers

    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”.

  • Optical illusion makes these anime illustrations look like computer graphics
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    Optical illusion makes these anime illustrations look like computer graphics

    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.

  • WATCH: ONE OK ROCK on performing for different audiences
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    WATCH: ONE OK ROCK on performing for different audiences

    Japanese rock band ONE OK ROCK talk to Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore about what it's like performing in different countries.

  • How famous Japanese ramen chain Ichiran ensures its toilets never run out of toilet paper
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    How famous Japanese ramen chain Ichiran ensures its toilets never run out of toilet paper

    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.

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    Japanese people compete for the worst cat photo on Twitter

    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.

  • A fifth of Japan's infants use smartphones almost every day
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    A fifth of Japan's infants use smartphones almost every day

    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”.

  • Japanese YouTuber uses calculators as a musical instrument
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    Japanese YouTuber uses calculators as a musical instrument

    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.

  • Japan's LUMINE to open first overseas retail store and cafe in Clarke Quay on 25 November
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    Japan's LUMINE to open first overseas retail store and cafe in Clarke Quay on 25 November

    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.

  • This is probably the best invention to ward off umbrella-thieves
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    This is probably the best invention to ward off umbrella-thieves

    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!

  • Review: 'Tornado Girl' is funny if you're fine with abusive relationships
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    Review: 'Tornado Girl' is funny if you're fine with abusive relationships

    “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.

  • The Gudak Cam photo app is inconvenient – but the Japanese love it
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    The Gudak Cam photo app is inconvenient – but the Japanese love it

    With nearly everyone in possession of a smartphone, just about anyone is now able to take a photo. Gone are the days of cumbersome film cameras, when you had to worry whether you had enough film and consequently, how many photos you could take. There was no instant reviewing of photos on the spot, and much less taking of multiple shots to find the right one.

  • The superfluous edible fork is coming to McDonald's Japan
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    The superfluous edible fork is coming to McDonald's Japan

    McDonald’s Japan’s Gran Club House, Gran Bacon Cheese and Gran Teriyaki burgers have been well-received over the past six months they have been on sale. Indeed, it has been eight years since the Gran series made an appearance on McDonald’s Japan’s menu.

  • Bacon potato pie returns to McDonald's Japan: Can you say hehonhohehohai?
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    Bacon potato pie returns to McDonald's Japan: Can you say hehonhohehohai?

    It’s easy to feel sorry for ourselves in Singapore where we only have apple pie, occasionally banana pie that tastes like goreng pisang, and other sweet-flavoured pie at our local McDonald’s – whereas places like Japan get savoury pies like this “hehonhohehohai” – otherwise known as bacon potato pie. いよいよ本日から!ベーコンとポテトたっぷり、ほっくほくでクリーミーな #ヘーホンホヘホハイ!

  • What would you call this colour? Japanese netizens can't decide
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    What would you call this colour? Japanese netizens can't decide

    Many online optical illusions have become Internet sensations, such as strawberries that look red but actually are not, or the raging debate over the blue-black or white-gold dress. Our brains are wired to process things relative to their surroundings so as to maintain consistency and keep us sane… Or are they?

  • Would you wear these Japanese 'fried chicken' pants?
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    Would you wear these Japanese 'fried chicken' pants?

    Japanese fashion has once again tried to establish who is on the top with this wild idea of turning women’s thigh into delicious-looking fried chicken – though this is perhaps unintentional. The main feature of these orange-brown, wide-leg pants is the distinctive plump curve. Coupled with fair-skinned legs and a pair of white shoes, the effect indeed does look like a pair of chicken drumsticks. 楽天で見つけた服が私にはケンタッキーにしか見えないしバックスタイルとか完全にフライドチキン…… pic.twitter.com/5BwsWdLcys

  • Why you should never press the bus bell at the last minute
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    Why you should never press the bus bell at the last minute

    If you’ve taken the bus before, you might have noticed the are typical commuter types: The ones who talk really loudly like they’re in a marketplace; the ones who take up more space than they should; those who press the bell at the last minute, etc.