Book Review: Diary of a Tokyo Teen

Granted I may not be the intended target audience for this book. But for a moment you’re welcome to pretend I’m a Tokyo teen :D

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Japan Rent-a-friend

Have you ever found yourself without a friend on the weekend? What about a husband or a wife to hang around with? Or fake children? Or a person to give an apology on your behalf?

Your problems are over with Japan’s professional stand-in service Family Romance!

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New Yucky Burger from McDonald’s?

McDonald’s Japan has an exciting new burger! The ヤッキ burger. Or as you would pronounce it in English – The Yucky burger.

People in Japan have been pointing out this bad burger name, noting that “yakkii” sounds like “yucky” and explaining what “yucky” means in Japanese. The definition most people are referring to is “mazui” (そごくまずい) or “very unappetizing.” – Kotaku

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I’d Buy Tea From this Guy

I have no idea what he’s doing with his shirt?!

Aggretsuko – A Better Hello Kitty

I think we can all identify with poor Aggretsuko.

Obaachans Bring the 24K Magic

It wouldn’t surprise me if they were from Osaka :D

Trade in your license for Ramen

Photo Credit: jinkemoole

Photo Credit: jinkemoole

I must say, it is some pretty good outside the box thinking. Police in central Japan are now offering elderly people a discount on ramen if they agree to surrender their driving licences.

The deal has been arranged for senior citizens in Aichi Prefecture in a bid to reduce the number of traffic accidents on local roads. From Friday, elderly drivers who hand over their licences will get a 15% discount on ramen – the popular noodle and broth soup – at the Sugakiya restaurant chain. – BBC

I wonder if there is an age restriction, because I would totally turn in my license :D

Francis “Cooking with Dog” Passes

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Super sad news that Francis from Cooking with Dog passed away.

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Francis passed away this afternoon. He was 14 years and 9 months old and lived a full, happy life. He was a good friend and will be missed. – Chef and Francis

I was always amazed how he wouldn’t make a run for the food.

Osaka Ball Pit Bar

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Osaka has just launched its first ever ball pit bar. I guess the drinks come with the lids so you can’t spill, but I imagine that would be the least of my concerns when lounging it a pile of balls with drunk strangers.

Dive doesn’t have any tables or chairs, just a giant pit filled with over 20,000 colorful orbs for patrons to plunge into. There are all-you-can-drink rates for sixty to ninety minutes depending on the day, and the booze is served with lids so people don’t spill them in the ball pit. – Kotaku

Oh Osaka, don’t change.

Uber in Japan

Photo Credit: 1Q78

Photo Credit: 1Q78

A friend sent me this article on the fall of Uber in Japan. It’s interesting to see how these sharing style companies fare in the Japanese culture. I’m particularity interested in what happens with AirBnB and the troubles they’re having finding a legal foothold.

I guess time will tell.