Morbidly brilliant “Death Cafe” in Thailand makes customers ponder about their mortality

Discounts are available for the brave who dare lie in a coffin for three minutes.

There’s a ton of delightful cafes out there for the inquisitive, outfitted with stuff like virtual idol girlfriends or even bloodsucking vampires. But one recently-opened cafe in Thailand takes the cake with a macabre theme that has customers wanting more.

Kid-Mai Death Cafe is located on the busy streets of Bangkok, boldly featuring death in almost every aspect of its stylish establishment.

▼ Death works harder than everyone else it seems.

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Parts of a replica funeral ceremony is on display, including a coffin, wreaths and skeletons. According to staff, the idea is to have patrons appreciate and contemplate their everyday lives, as they may not have the luxury of waking up the next day.

▼ Which is rather sage advice for the living.

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▼ Thought-provoking messages can be found all over the store.

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Customers can experience a fleeting death by lying down in the decorated coffin with its lid closed for three minutes, and get a 20 baht (US$0.64) discount off their total bill for their efforts.

▼ Because death also saves you money, I guess?

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But what’s a cafe without coffee and drinks? Fortunately, the store has plenty of those available, and all come with exciting names like “Born”, “Elder”, “Painful” and “Death”.

▼ Kid-Mai Death Cafe, a stylish cafe where
painful death tastes better than it sounds.

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Aside from the aforementioned drinks, there’s a series of beverages with gloomy names like “One year left”, “One week left” and perhaps the crowd favorite, “Last day”.

Despite all the grim reminders of death in messages found all over the store, Kid-Mai Death Cafe remains popular with customers looking for an experience of a lifetime. All the establishment needs is to take a page from Japan’s gruesome Tokyo Ghoul anime cafe and offer some grisly snacks with equally deathly names to truly complete the theme.

Restaurant information
Kid-Mai Death Cafe
Address: 1191 Phaholyothin rd. Phayathai Bangkok, Thailand 10400
Open 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Closed Sundays and holidays

Source: Facebook/Kid-Mai Death Cafe via The Nation, NextShark
Top image: Instagram/puypuy_si


Salaryman with sick wife pulls no punches in verbal smackdown of boss who won’t let him go home

Think Japanese businessmen don’t care about their wives? This one does, and he’s got no time for anyone keeping him from taking care of her.

Salarymen don’t really enjoy the most favorable place in Japan’s popular imagination. The stereotype is often that they’re meek in the workplace and disinterested at home, lacking the ability to show a spine to their boss or appreciation to their wife.

But while salarymen often get a bad rap in both works of fiction and broad discussions about Japanese society, it’s a disservice to them to paint with such a broad brush when applying criticism. Japanese Twitter user @Rakshasa_JP recently shared a story about his friend’s husband that showed, in dramatic fashion, that’s it’s not true that salarymen always put work before wives.

One day, at work, the husband approached his manager and said “My wife has come down with influenza, so I’ll be going home early,” as he wanted to take care of his spouse while she was sick. The manager, however, didn’t think this was a valid excuse for punching out early, and angrily told the husband “You can be easily replaced, you know?” implying that this sort of conduct could lead to the husband being laid off.

So how did the husband reply to the ever-so-slightly veiled threat?

“My wife can’t be replaced, you dumbass.”

And with that, the husband went home, figuring his days working at that company were done. However, in yet another twist, @Rakshasa_JP says that the husband kept his job, and the manager was eventually fired.

The husband’s dramatic exit earned @Rakshasa_JP’s tweet well over a hundred thousand likes, plus comments such as:

“Your friend’s husband is seriously cool…”
“Serves the manager right!”
“What an inferior-quality workplace superior.”
“Looks like the manager is the one who could be easily replaced.”
“If the manager thought it’d be so easy to find someone else to do the husband’s job, why didn’t he just cover his workload for him?”

Support for the husband wasn’t entirely universal, with at least one commenter feeling it’s debatable as to whether or not you need to knock off work early to take care of someone who has the flu. Others wondered what exactly led to the manager getting fired, since @Rakshasa_JP doesn’t go into detail as to whether his termination was a direct result of the verbal confrontation, other incidences of throwing his weight around in the office, or simple bottom-line work performance.

In any case, though, it looks like the top management at the husband’s company is willing to accommodate employees who need time off to deal with sudden family situations. That’s the sort of thing that encourages people to keep working for an organization, and ironically means that, the blustery manager notwithstanding, they probably won’t have to replace employees all that often.

Source: Twitter/@Rakshasa_JP via Jin
Top image: Pakutaso


Does catching a female co-worker’s eraser win her heart like it does in video games?

Seiji attempts to apply the romantic logic of dating simulators to the real world.

Spring has arrived in Japan, which is a time of great change as students graduate and move on to new classes while those in the corporate world are transferred and shuffled. With all these changes comes a great expectation of new relationships…possibly even romantic ones.

This is why spring is a common theme of so-called “gal-games” which are romance simulators that feature an array of pretty girls (hence the genre’s name) to pursue. Running from the innocent to the erotic, these games sometimes put the player in the role of the new kid in school, who must forge a romance with one of many unique classmates.

Our writer Seiji Nakazawa is an avid gal-gamer and feels he has mastered the ways of virtual flirtation. So, this spring it was time to kick things up a notch and try his moves out in the real world.

When it comes to gal-games, the real brass-tacks move – the hadoken if you will – is the “dropped eraser catch.” This is where a girl accidentally brushes her eraser off her desk only to have the boy catch it. As he returns her wad of rubber, their eyes meet and sparks fly.

This was where Seiji would begin.

Hovering over the desks of the editors to our sister site Pouch, he waited for one of them to drop an eraser. Considering everyone in the office worked on computers, this might take a whi…OH!! Momo dropped one!!!

However, with his reflexes dulled from the countless hours playing text-based gal-games, by the time the drop registered in Seiji’s synapses, Momo’s neighbor Mariko had reached over and already picked it up.

The art of the eraser catch wasn’t pure skill. Erasers were a lot like women; they were soft and smelled nice, but sometimes leave dust and bounce in unpredictable ways when dropped. This meant that a lot of luck would be required to get in the right position to retrieve it wherever it might fall.

In video games, situations where luck is a deciding factor can often be overcome by acquiring new items. In Seiji’s case it was the baseball glove that would increase his catch rate by 200 percent and give him plus two charisma.

With this new weapon, Seiji felt confident he could get on the route to a “harem ending,” which in gal-games refers to the ending where the character finds love with two or more of the female NPCs at once.

He quickly returned to leering at the women while they worked.

But again, one eraser drop in a day was already a miracle; there’s no chance it would happen again so soo…OH! THERE’S ONE NOW!






Seiji dived with all his might, putting his body on the line to catch the errant stationery. But three for three, he was able to snag and gallantly return each eraser to its owner.

After icing his left elbow, Seiji returned to the editors and asked them if they fell in love. Here are their responses:

Momo Momomura: “He’s neat and fun! I like him a lot…as a friend! If he picked it up normally it would have been fine, but this way was daringly fun and wonderful. If he was in my class I would want to be his friend.”

Mariko Ohanabatake: “I’m definitely more impressed by men who pick up the eraser rather than guys who are nearby but just ignore it…but what Seiji did was kind of overboard. Actually, among us girls he now has the nickname, “Keshi Gomu” (lit. Erasing Rubber).

Midori Hachiyama: “He’s very adorable. Personally though, I would have preferred it if he had picked the eraser up without me even noticing it and suddenly gave it back to me. It would have been better if he did it more gently too…you know, without slamming into a wastebasket. Sorry…”


While there were no outbursts of love, the three were somewhat charmed by Seiji’s moves and agreed to be friendly with him as long as he kept the court-mandated 30 meters away from them at all times. That’s about as close to a harem ending as he’s ever gotten in real life, so we can call this experiment a rousing success!

In hindsight though, the glove was probably too much. It was like adding a red mage to your party only because you want to spend the 20,000 gil and teach him thundaga, but you already have a black mage – something I think any ladies’ man can relate to.

Photos: SoraNews24


Japanese huggy pillow has fantastic chest of manly muscles, plus six-pack abs

Powerful pillow takes sexy cushions beyond the realm of busty anime girls.

Last month, we took a look at one of the latest innovations in Japanese huggy pillows: breast implants to give your anime crush a 3-D bust. But what if the chest you long to snuggle up against isn’t a pair of bulbous boobs, but muscularly masculine pronounced pecs?

That problem has recently been solved by Shirane, a recent graduate of Tokyo’s Ochanomizu Institute of Art. As part of her graduation project, Shirane crafted a cushion modeled after a male torso that’s as tautly toned as it is perfectly hairless.

During her pre-graduation exhibition, guests told Shirane time and time again that they’d love to purchase one for themselves. Brand-new art school graduates aren’t usually flush with cash, though, and so Shirane has launched a crowdfunding campaign on website Motion Gallery. She’s dubbed the product the “Oppai Pillow,” but instead of writing oppai all in phonetic hiragana, by which it would mean “[woman’s] boobs,” she’s instead written it with the kanji 雄, ordinarily read osu, and meaning “male.”

While promotional photos show the user lovingly massaging the pillow’s chest and lying against its six-pack abs, Shirane bills the cushion as an iyashi item, something to heal emotional distress and soothe the soul. Surprisingly, Shirane doesn’t mention what materials are used for the cushion’s shell or stuffing, so it’s a mystery as to where exactly the cushion will fall on the scale between feather-pillow soft and bodybuilder-pectoral firm.

The crowdfunding campaign was originally seeking 450,000 yen (US$4,200), but even with more than 50 days remaining, it’s already blown well past that, meaning that the pillow is now essentially a straight purchase for backers. 10,000 yen (US$93) gets you a muscle pillow of your very own, and pledges can be made here, with delivery scheduled for October.

Source: Motion Gallery via Anime News Network/Lynzee Loveridge, Nijimen
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Could the long-awaited Nintendo Switch Pokémon RPG be coming out this year?

Some resourceful netizens who have pieced together clues from various sources seem to think so!

Remember when Pokémon Sun and Moon came out, and fans guessed that the next game would be for the newly released Nintendo Switch? Remember how we all thought it would be called “Pokémon Stars”? We were all really surprised when in fact Nintendo announced that the next installment of the Pokémon RPG series would instead be Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, which would not be available for the Switch.

But our hopes for a new Switch-version Pokémon game would not die, and our fears were allayed when Nintendo announced that Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon would be the last Pokémon RPG to grace the 3DS console. In other words, the next installments of the series will be released on the Switch!

▼ The (unexpected) trailer for Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

But there have been no further formal announcements about it, so we’ve all been waiting somewhat impatiently for official news. Nevertheless, some resourceful fans, who just couldn’t wait, have come to the conclusion that the long-awaited, next Pokémon RPG for the Nintendo Switch might even be released as early as this year!

Their clues? Recent job listings indicating that the game is in its finishing stages. Japanese netizens presented as evidence last year’s openings at Game Freak for “3DCG designers” and “character modelers” for an “internationally popular RPG game”, whose work would include creating “human characters, monsters, and items”. Considering that Game Freak has only produced a few non-Pokémon games, and none of them could really be considered famous world-wide, fans guessed that the work could only be on a Pokémon game. The job posting states that the work contract would be until May of this year, which may mean that the modeling and game design stage is expected to be over soon.

Netizens also shared recent openings at The Pokémon Company International for editors in French and Italian, which are anticipated to start between April and June. The job listings state that the ability to work in a “compressed schedule” is a must, and they require a six-month contract. What does this indicate? Perhaps that the Japanese version of the game is nearly finished, and that the work of localizing it for the international community has already been underway. Japanese netizens believe that they’re expecting to finish the localization and editing in just six months, to release the new game as soon as fall or winter!

▼ Buzzwole is excited.

It’s uncertain which version of the game it could be; considering the timing, it’s hard to say. It took three years for Sun and Moon to be finished, and this year will mark two years since they were released. While other generations may have only taken two years, the next game could be very different, and it is expected for a whole new console, so it could take a bit longer to come out. 

If it’s not a new generation, what could it be? The most likely candidate is a remake of the Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum versions, which were originally released in 2007 and 2009 for Nintendo DS, and which, if we follow the pattern of previous releases, should be the next one to get a reboot. And what better way to reboot it than on the Nintendo Switch?

▼ The excitement might be getting to us.

Of course, this is all simply speculation, and without an official announcement from Nintendo or The Pokémon Company, no one can really say anything about upcoming releases. But with these speculations and the recent rumors of leaked starter Pokémon for the new generation, it’s hard not to get our hopes up!

Source: Kinisoku
Top Image: YouTube/The Official Pokémon YouTube Channel

Images: Pakutaso (1, 2), YouTube/The Official Pokémon YouTube Channel


Tokyo just got a brand-new Pokémon megastore, and here’s a massive look at its exclusive items

Ninja, sumo, and kabuki Pikachu are hiding in plain sight right next to Tokyo’s Pokémon Cafe.

Tokyo frequently tops lists of the world’s best cities to eat in, and it solidified its grip on that title last week with the opening of the first-ever permanent Pokémon Cafe. But while we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the restaurant (especially since we got to meet celebrity chef Pikachu), the cafe is actually only half of the city’s latest helping of Pokémon, since it’s adjacent to a brand-new Pokémon Center megastore.

Like the Pokémon Café, the Pokémon Center Tokyo DX, as the shop is called, is located on the fifth floor of the east annex of the Nihonbashi branch of department sore Takashimaya, just a short walk out the east exit of Tokyo Station. Colorful Pocket Monster murals greet guests on the first floor, and once the elevator doors open on the fifth, the excitement starts immediately, with a large statue of Pikachu, Snorlax, and Mew in the lobby that sits between the cafe and store.

▼ Don’t forget to check the statue’s backside, where you’ll find signatures from members of the Pokémon creative team.

Covering the wall behind the trio of Pokémon are the silhouettes of hundreds more.

These are arranged by their original Pokédex number, starting with Bulbasaur at the top of the far left column, and Pikachu, Number 25, two columns over.

▼ Since Abra’s name is “Casey” in Japanese versions of Pokémon games/anime, I made sure to find him.

Once you’ve had your fill of playing “Who’s that Pokémon?”, head on into the store, where mountains of awesome Pokémon merch awaits.

▼ Mt. Pikachu

Each Pokémon Center has its own exclusive items, and one of Tokyo DX’s special plushies is traditional Japanese fireman Pikachu.

Also not available anywhere else are a girlish Pikachu wearing billowy hakama pants, which were in fashion among young ladies during the Taisho period, when Tokyo Station was initially built…

…and dapper “gentleman Pikachu,” decked out in dandy duds for dudes circa 1915.

And of course, with the Pokémon Café right next door, there are chef and waiter Pikachu plushies as well.

▼ They even have Pikachu-themed foods!

Now if you think you’re too old to be buying stuffed animals (or, alternatively, you’re an unabashed fan who’s old enough to have filled up all of your toy-displaying shelf space already), you’ll be happy to know that there’s a wealth of practical-purpose merch on offer as well.

▼ Firefighter, hakama, and gentleman Pikachu get the acrylic key chain treatment, as do sakura, kabuki, sumo, and ninja Pikachu.

▼ The old school-chic Pokémon Oedo line applies Pokémon touches to traditional Japanese motifs for notebooks, toothpick cases, and more.

▼ This hand towel is perfect if you can’t decide which Tokyo DX exclusive Pikachu you want, and is cute enough that you could probably just hang it on your wall as a decoration.

Once again owing to the proximity to the Pokémon Café, there’s a nice lineup of plates and cups.

And what better beverage to pour into them than do-it-yourself Pokémon latte art?

Need to spruce up your interior? Cushions, of both the Pikachus in love and Eevee tail varieties, should tie together the décor of any room in your home.

How thorough is the theming? Even the restroom sign

and shopping bags are awesome.

And should you find yourself having bought more than you can carry…

▼ A totally foreseeable dilemma, especially since there’s a five-percent discount if you’re shopping on your birthday.

…have no fear, because they also sell Pokémon luggage.

But even if you don’t end up spending a single yen, a visit to Pokémon Center Tokyo DX is totally worth it. There’s a giant touch-screen Pokédex that’s free to use and can be set to multiple languages, including English, and on weekends between now and April 22, giant huggable hakama and gentleman Pikachus (we refuse to believe the vicious rumors that they’re actually performers in costumes) will be on hand to greet guests. Best of all, though, is the overwhelming warm, fantastically fuzzy feeling of being surrounded by other fans from all over the world.

Shop information
Pokémon Center Tokyo DX / ポケモンセンタートウキョーDX
Address: Tokyo-to, Chuo-ku, Nihonbashi 2-11-2, Nihonbashi Takashimaya S.C. East Building 5th floor
東京都中央区日本橋二丁目11番2号 日本橋髙島屋S.C.東館 5階
Open 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

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