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Dancing Hatsune Miku inside custom computer tower stuns Japanese Internet, everybody wants one

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If you need more Miku in your life, just put her inside your computer tower.

Custom-built computers can become works of art when the engineers behind them also have a sense of artistic style. We’ve seen some pretty impressive ones before, but recently one has been getting a lot of attention on Japanese Twitter.

Originally posted by @ippupu_ava, you’ve got to see this one in action to believe it.

“This is a PC side panel. Can you believe it?”

That is one seriously impressive mod! The way it looks like she’s dancing right inside the computer, how in sync it is with the music, and even the little details like the equalizer bars on the left side are amazing.

In fact… are we sure that isn’t just a real Hatsune Miku hologram in there? How does this thing work anyway? To answer that, the creator of the mod, @nissyan_daze (also known as N’s) jumped in to explain:

“We made the LED panel transparent. We used an optical illusion with
the video and inner parts of the PC to make it look like she’s dancing inside.”

He also showed off some other photos and videos of the project leading up to the big reveal.

“The free border is complete!”

“Don’t have to hide it anymore, so here it is!!”

The dancing-Miku PC is currently going on a tour around Japan, stopping off to be showed at the computer store 1’s in Osaka, then Tsukumo in Nagoya. It’s already at PC shop 1’s in Osaka, and here’s what the store tweeted about it:

“The modded side-LED PC that N’s completed at the 2nd self-created Computer
Off is now at 1’s! It’s in the back of 1’s battle stations, so come see it in person!”

Here’s how Japanese Twitter responded to the incredible computer Miku-fication.

“That is the greatest mod I’ve ever seen.”
“Please start selling these!”
“I want one too.”
“You are a computer god. And also a Miku god.”
“I need to have a dancing Miku in my PC too!”

While unfortunately it doesn’t seem like the PC is currently for sale, if you’re like that last netizen and desperately need Hatsune Miku to live inside your computer but don’t have the know-how to pull this off, then no worries. You can always just download a Hatsune Miku that will come to life on your desktop instead.

Source: Twitter/@ippupu_ava via My Game News Flash
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Cute cat can’t care about culture as it ignores “Do not enter” sign on samurai house in Fukushima

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Feudal warriors’ home fails to intimidate fearless feline.

Cat lovers’ fascination with felines often stems from the animals’ regal atmosphere. Compared to their over-energized, slobbering dog rivals, cats are sophisticated and eminently elegant.

But cultured as they may seem, cats don’t actually have all that much appreciation or respect for human culture it seems. Previously, we’ve seen them napping inside Buddhist alters or Zen gardens in Japan, and now comes another telling snapshot from Japanese Twitter user @rivesm, who was recently visiting the well-preserved samurai residences in Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, which now operate as a museum that’s open to the public.

As you can see in the facility’s promotional video above, the buke yashiki, as samurai homes are called in Japanese, are an exquisite look back to the lifestyle of Japan’s warrior class. But while there @rivesm also saw this:

a set of impudent pawprints leading a path across one of the low verandas on the edge of a room, right next to a sign clearly marked “Please refrain from entering this room.”

“Hey, it says you can’t go in there!” tweeted @rivesm along with the photo, though he, and many other online, were quick to let the transgression slide.

“But cats can’t read!”
“Forgiven on grounds of cuteness!”
“I love the way it looks like the cat hesitated for a bit in front of the sign.”
“And the way the path kind of meanders is cute.”
“I love how they’ve apparently decided not to wipe the pawprints away.”

Of course, given how much damage cats are capable of doing to traditional Japanese architecture when they really feel like it, it looks like this samurai’s home got off easy. As for the paw prints, you have to assume they’re going to clean them up sometime, unless they’re hoping that this is another case of a kitty-added touch adding to the historical appeal.

Related: Aizuwakamatsu Bukeyashiki
Source: Twitter/@rivesm via Jin
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Team of loincloth-wearing men helps clean up one of Tokyo’s dirtiest streets【Video】

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Scantily clad spokesmen in Shibuya also help give a second chance to juvenile delinquents.

“Eclectic” would be a pretty good way to describe the fashion landscape in Tokyo’s trendy Shibuya district. With a mix of fancy department stores, back-alley thrift shops, and just about everything in between, there’s so much variety that it can actually be kind of hard to put together an outfit that stands out when you’re walking along Shibuya’s crowded streets.

Unless, that is, you’re dressed in nothing more than a fundoshi, or traditional Japanese loincloth.

While most guys in Japan opt for boxers, briefs, or the compromise of boxer briefs, in 2016 a pair of University of Tokyo graduate students decided to start Fundoshibu (“Loincloth Club”), a company that produces and sells loincloths online. Loincloths haven’t been the go-to undergarment in Japan for over a hundred years, though, so Fundoshibu’s marketing efforts include promotional events where company representatives proudly wear Fundoshibu’s wares.

One periodic event that’s been getting a lot of attention is Fundoshibu’s trash pick-up project along Shibuya’s Center Gai, one of its busiest streets which also sees an unusual amount of litter for ordinarily clean-and-shiny Tokyo. But Fundoshibu director Takashi Noda says the project is about more than drumming up publicity for his company. “If we were going to be attracting attention, we didn’t want to do something just for ourselves, but something good for society.”

It’s not just the Shibuya streets that benefit from the fundoshi trash pick-up either. Mixed in with Fundoshibu employees are members of Hassyadai, an organization that seeks to help yankees (juvenile delinquents and ne’er-do-wells) who are looking for avenues to transition to more productive roles in society through internship, counseling, and share house services.

Because really, there’s nothing like a breezy loincloth to breathe fresh life into wayward youths.

Related: Fundoshibu, Hassyadai
Source: IT Media, Fundoshibu
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Tokyo school teaches cross-dressing men, transgender individuals to move and speak femininely

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Classes include voice training, makeup clinics.

The Nichome section of Tokyo’s Shinjuku neighborhood is the cultural center of the city’s, and also Japan’s, gay and transgender community. For decades, Nichome has had numerous restaurants, shops, and other businesses catering to the demographics drawn to the area, and next month will see the addition of a unique institute designed to help individuals transition to a lifestyle that fits their sexual identities.

Otome Juku translates to “Maiden School,” but the primary purpose of the organization is to assist people born physically as males acquire the mannerisms and aura of a woman. The school was founded by Satsuki Nishihara, a transgender media personality, and offers instruction on a number of specialized topics.

In describing her impetus for starting the scool, Nishihara says “I wanted to create a school to help people who, for example, buy a skirt or dress and want to dress like a woman, but don’t have confidence in looking cute wearing it, which keeps them from dressing like a woman in public.”

To start, Otome Juku will be offering three different classes. The broadest, the Womanization Lesson, focusses on adding a feminine touch to to how students walk, move, and converse.

The Makeup Lesson, meanwhile, teaches students how to apply cosmetics for a feminine effect, even if they have a physically male frame and facial structure. Finally, the Voice Lesson trains students in how to alter their vice for a lighter, more feminine register. And in the spirit of inclusiveness, Otome Juku’s lessons are open to women too.

All three lessons are priced at 6,000 yen (US$55) per session, or at a discounted rate of 29,000 for a five-lesson package (within the same category). Otome Juku also has a Dress As a Woman Experience service for first-time crossdressers priced at 9,000 yen, which recommended for people who “want to take a peek into the world of crossdressing.” Those who want to preserve those memories in photographic form can also schedule a photo shoot for 28,000 yen.

Continuing students also get access to one video cat counseling session per month.

Otome Juku is holding its first orientation event on November 5, and cases start on November 17. Reservations can be made through the school’s website here.

School information
Otome Juku / 乙女塾
Address: Tokyo-to, Shinjuku-ku. Nichome 14-16, Sensho Building 4th floor
東京都新宿区新宿2丁目13番16号Ssenshoビル4F
Website

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Japan by motorbike! Japanese biker captures his incredible round-Japan road trip on camera 【Vid】

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Biker captures beautiful and varied scenery of Japan, friendliness of fellow travellers, edited down into two short montage pieces.

With so many amazing places to see in Japan, and breath-taking nature, it’s well worth going further than just Tokyo and Kyoto and getting off the beaten track a little. While the Shinkansen bullet train can whisk you around the country incredibly quickly, going by road will let you see more of the country.

If you need even more inspiration, Japanese Twitter user @aokioori123 has compiled two short videos from his motorbike trip on (and off) the roads of Japan, showing a helmet-eye view of some truly gorgeous landscapes as he whizzed about on his Yamaha XSR900.

@aokioori123’s videos show the range of climates even just within the four main islands of Japan, and that there’s much more to Japan than just the built-up conurbations most tourists or ex-pats will see. Packing light, @aokioori123, managed to travel around on his bike, spending around 2,000 yen (US$17.87) a day on fuel, far cheaper than the train and yet seeing so much more.

Other Japanese Twitter users wanted to know more, including some of the places he’d seen. Most were jealous that he’d been on a trip that many might consider, but few would ever actually get around to doing, ticking off all 47 prefectures of Japan except Okinawa.

▼ Yamaguchi Prefecture’s Akiyoshidai cave in the Akiyoshidai Quasi-National Park

▼ Oita Prefecture’s Mount Yufu

▼ Mie Prefecture’s Yokkaichi City

▼ By the seaside, in Kagoshima Prefecture, at the very bottom of Kyushu

Despite the lack of luggage space (not such a problem if you know a few tricks), and being exposed to the elements, watching @akioori123’s video is enough to have anyone longing for the open road, even non-motorbike riders like myself. Unfortunately, while the scenery might be equally spectacular, you probably don’t get quite the same experience doing a round Japan trip on a single-gear mamachari bicycle.

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10 times Japanese train passengers aren’t so polite【Survey】

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Even in famously polite Japan, sometimes guys forget their manners.

Public transportation in Japan is awesome for a number of reasons, not the least of which are how punctual and clean the trains are. An equally important factor, though, is the remarkable politeness of most passengers, which is an especially big plus if you’re stuck on a crowded commuter train with hundreds of other people on your way in or out of downtown.

But while Japanese societal norms and values keep most people on their best behavior, that doesn’t mean Japanese train passengers never feel the desire to let their manners lapse for the purpose of making themselves a little more comfortable. Sometimes they even give in to such temptations, as revealed in a survey by Japanese media organization Standby, which polled 200 working men between the ages of 20 and 39 and asked them what etiquette slip-ups they admit to while on the train.

The survey participants were presented with a list of 13 commonly frowned-upon behaviors, and asked to select the three they most often find themselves doing, with one point given to their top pick, two to their second, and one for their third. When the points were tallied, the top 10 were:

10. Sitting in a priority seat even though other seats are open (46 points)

Japanese trains customarily have priority seats for elderly, physically handicapped, or pregnant passengers located at the corner of the carriages. But the corners are usually the least crowded part of the carriage, making them also the most comfortable place to sit. Since fully able-bodied passengers aren’t prohibited from sitting in the priority seats (they’re simply asked to give the seat up if someone in need wants it), grabbing a seat there even if you’re not one of the service’s target demographics is a common quasi-transgression.

9. Keeping your bag on my shoulder when the train is crowded (59 points)

Because of the contours of the human body, you’ll take up the least space if you hold your bag in front of you, as opposed to keeping it slung over a shoulder or two. But even when the train fills up and space is at a premium, some guys keep their bag on their back to help distribute its weight.

7 (tie). Taking out a newspaper, book, or smartphone even if the train is crowded (75 points)

On the one hand, a little light reading is a great way to kill time while riding from Point A to Point B. But when you’re literally standing shoulder-to-shoulder with your fellow passengers, whipping out your reading material or apparatus, even if it’s as compact as a smartphone, is sure to be cutting into someone else’s severely limited personal space.

7 (tie). Putting your bag on the floor in front of where’re your sitting (75 points)

This isn’t really an issue unless the train gets crowded, but if it does, holding your bag on your lap, as opposed to putting it on the floor, opens up a bit of foot space for passengers who weren’t lucky enough to snag a seat.

6. Dozing off and leaning on the person sitting next to you (106 points)

Taking a nap on the train is a time-honored tradition in Japan, but using the stranger sitting next to you as a pillow is a no-no (though it’s A-OK if you and your human pillow are a couple).

5. Putting your bag on the seat next to you when there are a lot of empty seats (108 points)

At first, there might not seem to be anything wrong with this. After all, if there are multiple empty seats open, what’s wrong with taking up one of them for your bag?

But by putting your bag on the seat, you’re essentially telling anyone getting on the train “Go look for a seat somewhere else,” which isn’t a particularly courteous thing to do. Plus, should someone really want that seat for whatever reason (maybe it’s near the door that’s closest to the exit at the station they’re getting off at), putting your belongings there means they have to ask you to alter your behavior for their benefit, which can be an awkward and embarrassing exchange,

4. Getting on the train while other people are still getting off (114 points)

When you’re waiting on the platform and a train pulls up, the polite thing to do is stand to the side of the doors, leave an easy path for people to exit from, and only hop on once everyone who’s getting off has left the carriage. But the sooner you can get inside, the greater your chance of grabbing an open seat, and so some people who want to rest their feet try to move against the flow and get a head start on their seat-hunting rivals.

3. Folding your legs (118 points)

Japan isn’t all too keen on leg-folding in general. It’s a serious faux pas in business situations, for example, but it’s an especially aggravating maneuver on trains. Most Japanese trains have bench seats designed to just fit a certain number of passengers (seven is the norm for many Tokyo area trains). So when you fold our legs, you’re coming close to sticking your foot in someone’s lap, especially if you’re above average height.

2. Using your phone near the priority seats (154 points)

Passengers are asked to refrain from talking on their phones on Japanese trains, regardless of which part of the carriage they’re in. Using your phone to fire off emails or read SoraNews24, though, is acceptable…unless you’re sitting in or standing near the priority seats, in which case you’re asked to power down your phone entirely.

This rule comes from concerns that the signals sent by mobile phones may interfere with pacemakers of other medical devices, whose bearers are likely to be sitting in the priority seats due to their health issues. But with smartphone use being such a ubiquitous part of rail travel in Japan, many people forget, or simply don’t bother to, shut their phones off.

1. Refusing to give up your spot next to the door no matter what (235 points)

If you do have to stand, one of the best spots on the train to do it is next to the door. There’s usually a short length of wall between the edge of the bench seat and the door opening, and if you can position yourself there and lean against the wall, you’re probably going to be a lot more comfortable than if you’re hanging onto a hand strap and having to use your back, leg, and abdominal muscles to balance yourself as the train makes it way down the tracks.

However, being near the door also means you’re right next to the flow of traffic as people get on and off the train. Depending on your stature, your shoulders might actually be jutting into the space people need to move through, in which case the polite thing to do is move out of the way or step off the train onto the platform, then reboard the carriage before it pulls away.

Doing that, though, means you might not be able to reclaim that prime location, and so many of the survey respondents are loath to give it up. Hopefully they at least remember not to hit anyone in the head with their bag while they’re standing there.

Source: Livedoor News/Standby via Otakomu
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Japanese women rank the otaku obsessions they can most forgive in a partner

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From manga to figurines, this list shows how 14 otaku hobbies fare in the romantic world.

Once upon a time, otaku geeks were all grouped under the one banner, with the term generally being used to describe a person with poor social skills who chose to escape from the real world by staying at home and indulging in solitary past-times involving anime, manga and video games.

Nowadays, a lot of the negative social stigma attached to being a geek is slowly being chipped away, with self-proclaimed otaku proudly owning their obsessions and distinguishing themselves from others in the group with niche interests. Still, when it comes to finding a partner in the real world, it’s not all that easy for an otaku to be accepted for doing what he loves, so Japanese survey team iResearch decided to poll 200 women between the ages of 20 and 30 to find out which otaku obsessions women can most put up with.

According to the results, there are two types of otaku that stood out from the rest as having the best chances of finding a romantic partner who can put up with their interests:

  1. Movie Otaku (62.5 percent)
  2. Manga Otaku (58 percent)

Those who are obsessed with movies and manga to the point of being called a geek are in luck when it comes to the dating pool, with more than half of the respondents saying this is an obsession they can put up with. Given that these are two of the most mainstream hobbies around in Japan, chances are that women are likely to have at least a passing interest in these things too, which means that some kind of shared bond can grow from spending time with someone who enjoys these pursuits.

While movies and manga represent some of the most mainstream types of otaku hobbies, there are plenty more out there in the world of geekdom. Let’s take a look at how the remaining 12 on the list fare below.

  1. Car Otaku (47 percent)
  2. Anime Otaku (44 percent)
  3. Computer/Internet Otaku (43 percent)
  4. Gaming Otaku (40 percent)
  5. Railway Otaku (35.5 percent)
  6. Airplane Otaku (34.5 percent)
  7. Bike Otaku (34 percent)
  8. Plastic Models/Models Otaku (25.5 percent)
  9. Idol Otaku (25 percent)
  10. Military/Survival Games Otaku (21.5 percent)
  11. Special Effects Films Otaku (18.5 percent)
  12. Figurine Otaku (18 percent)

※ 10.5 percent of respondents said there would be nothing they could put up with.

According to the results, less than one in five women would be able to put up with someone obsessed with figurines and special effects films like Kamen Rider. Though it’s a low result compared to the rest of the list, it’s still promising to know that there are women out there who wouldn’t cross this off as an absolute deal-breaker when it comes to finding the man of their dreams.

With only ten percent of respondents saying they wouldn’t be able to put up with any type of otaku hobbies, it appears that being a geek doesn’t automatically mean that you can’t find love. As long as you can find a way to spark up a conversation with a potential female partner, there’s no reason why you can’t have romance and be an otaku king too.

Source: Livedoor News via Otakomu
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Let it be known that the world is not ready for terrifying Macho Pikachu【Pics】

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The danger of having too much free time and too much artistic talent.

“Pikachu, do you even lift, bruh?”

That’s not a question we’d normally ask Pikachu, best know to the world as a cuddly, adorable electric mouse. However, Japanese Twitter artist @bankokukun shook up the Japanese internet recently with his depiction of a buff, brawny Pikachu that he adapted from a simple children’s coloring book.

The tweet has already garnered close to 200,000 likes in the span of just a few days, and while we can definitely appreciate his clear artistic talent, we’re also relieved that Nintendo has never seen fit to include this version of Pikachu within a Pokémon game to date.

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“I tried coloring seriously for the first time in a while.”

▼ You gave Pikachu iron…

▼ …it’s super effective! Like, really super effective.
Like maybe you shouldn’t have done that.

That brow! Those abs! The oddly disconcerting belly button! (Have Pokémon always had belly buttons?) It looks as if Pikachu fused with the Colossal Titan, and that is most definitely not kid’s stuff.

In light of @bankokukun’s latest creation, some of his past oldies but goodies resurfaced as well:

▼ Looks like Pikachu has found a gym buddy in Dedenne as well.

▼ When Pikachu was just starting out
on the path to en-muscle-ment.

▼ A fan colorized the buff Pikachu, making it all the more glorious
with some JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure sound effects too.

The bottom line here is that @bankokukun needs to find a less terrifying outlet to release his artistic talents. Just think of the horror if he were to attempt a “serious” drawing of Jigglypuff next! Oh wait, we’ve already seen that before….

Top image: Twitter/@bankokukun (edited by SoraNews24)



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Chinese teppanyaki chef amazes with egg-bouncing magic【Video】

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Let me get this out of my system now: Omelet’n you in on an eggceptional eggstravaganza of eggstreme eggercizes in an eggcitement that’ll leave you shell-shocked!

Earlier this month a video was posted on YouTube that began to make waves. It featured a teppanyaki chef in China who juggled a raw egg with a spatula in a way that seems to defy physics.

The chef paddles around the delicate ovoid as if it were a mere ping pong ball. If that weren’t enough, for the finale he then catches the egg along the edge of the spatula causing it to split. With that he begins to draw a heart with an arrow through it using the egg white.

Viewers were impressed with this feat of egg manipulation reacting with comments of “amazing” and “it’s like magic.” However, many were quick to ask if the chef wasn’t really Japanese saying, “Isn’t teppanyaki a Japanese thing?” and “I thought Japanese people did this stuff.”

The poster of the video laid doubts to rest by confirming it was taken in China by what was most likely a Chinese chef. And on that note, this is probably a good time to also point out that Japanese people actually don’t really do this stuff.

It is true that teppanyaki (or “hibachi” as it is sometimes known) has its origins in post-war Japan at the Kobe Misono Restaurant, which is said to have started the trend of a comedic chef performing tricks on a flat iron skillet called a teppan. But even then it had more appeal with the occupying soldiers than it ever had with the locals.

The general cooking technique of teppanyaki is still easily found in Japan, but it tends to be a relatively straight-laced affair without all the gags and stunts people abroad have come to know and love.

▼ WARNING: This 7-minute video of a Japanese
teppanyaki restaurant contains no stunts or jokes

That amusing style of teppanyaki grew much more rapidly overseas partly due to the successful Benihana chain in North America. Most of these teppanyaki chefs are trained the tricks and routines of the trade on the job by the restaurants in their own home country.

The egg tossing is a standard one among these entertainers. The following shows a egg trick contest held by a hibachi restaurant in Florida.

However, being commonplace doesn’t take away from how impressive it is. Luckily in the next video the hibachi chef was kind enough to reveal one secret to how it works.

▼ Interestingly, this guy draws a heart and arrow at the end too.

He explains that the key is spinning the egg which — if my armchair physicist assumptions are correct — might create an outward force that causes the egg to land straight down on a single point (much like a top). Doing this would allow the shell’s arch strength to help keep it intact.

That being said it would still be awfully easy to break, as the audience volunteers in the video demonstrate. It must also take some skilled wrists to catch the eggs with just the right amount of give.

Knowing all this actually makes this particular Chinese chef’s juggling act even more impressive. He seems to be whacking that egg with a lot more force than in any of the other videos. It’s no surprise it made the news over there as well.

So for all you teppanyaki fans who thinks Japan is the motherland of acrobatic cookery, this may come as a bit of a let down. The best we have for entertaining food preparation is really just Mr. Sato making rice balls with his own dried sweat.

Source: YouTube/SETN, YouTube/24thry
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