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Samurai Armor or your Pets

Thanks to Kotaku for the link on the recent Japanese invention of samurai armor for your pets. I think it’s pretty cool but my cat would kill me if I tried to put it on him :D

Japanese Prime Minister’s Motorcade Merges into Traffic

I need these guys in my car!

Beat up Thugs for Fun

Just saw this over at Kotaku. Now you can impress your date with punching out a bully at an Osaka theme park.

It also asks that you don’t forget to go the designated spot, so the bad guys can show up.

Nah. I think I’ll just start punching random people.

Kawaii Poses Through the Ages

Fun little video showcasing some of the cute Japanese poses over the years. Seems like I have to update my double peace sign style.

Japan using Fawlty Towers and Red Dwarf to teach English

The BBC reports that Fukuoka Prefecture is turning to Fawlty Towers and Red Dwarf for English practice in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics.

Teachers in Fukuoka Prefecture have been using Fawlty Towers and Red Dwarf to get students used to hearing spoken English. It raises the prospect of a generation of Japanese students sounding like Basil, Sybil or even Manuel. – BBC

I wonder if there will be an increase in tourists being called “smeg heads” or “cheating, weaselly, low-life scum buckets”?

And I can’t talk about Red Dwarf without mentioning my favorite character.

Duane Dibbley!

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

Stop laughing!

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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.