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5 weird and wonderful Tokyo cafés worth a visit, perfect for breaking the ice on first dates

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Go fishing, do some handicrafts, or just enjoy a nice cuppa with hedgehogs at these delightfully odd cafés.

In an age of Internet dating, first dates with complete strangers are an increasingly common phenomenon. While going for coffee or tea is a pretty safe bet, if you’re looking for something to stand out from the crowd (or provide a talking point to disguise your inadequate social skills) you could do far worse than try out one of these new styles of café. Then again, you may just want to try these out on your own!

1. Hogurest Café – Foot Spa Café

In many onsen towns around Japan you can find public foot baths where you can stop, sit down and soak your weary feet. Hogurest Café, in Tokyo’s Taito Ward, takes this concept to another level by allowing you to relax in comfort by plunging your feet into hot, mineral-laden water as you sip your hot beverage of choice. The hot water is said to relieve stress and improve circulation, which is perfect for calming first-date nerves or forgetting the constant barrage of noise and lights that is the Japanese capital.

2. Fab Café – Design-and-create café

From enlightenment salons to elaborate designs concocted on napkins, cafés and creativity go hand-in-hand. At the Fab Café (short for fabricate, as opposed to fabulous) in Shibuya, customers can agitate their creative juices with caffeine before making their designs come to life with the café’s laser cutters and 3D printers.

It’s also possible to put that creativity to work on your café experience as customers can design and make their own stencils, one use of which is to produce stunning cocoa powder designs on drinks, or by using the cafe’s specialist food laser cutter to etch designs onto macaroons. Fab Café’s workshops for new visitors also include how to make items like hand mirrors, phone cases, wooden stamps and tote bags.

3. Mishin Sewing Machine Café

Perhaps you’d rather be making, or repairing, clothes while you chat and drink to your potential amour. In which case, you can show off your design flair and dextrous thimble use at a sewing machine café in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward.

The walls are covered in threads of assorted colours for you to embroider whatever you like; a perfect memento of the time you took your date to a sewing machine café/first-world-sweatshop experience.

4. Catch-and-Eat

As the summer draws slowly to an end, the chances to go and sit by a lake fishing and barbecuing disappear. But what if you could fish in any weather, unperturbed by insects and while sipping on a cup of coffee? The Catch-and-Eat café in Tokyo allows you to do this.

Surely both men and women admire a partner who can provide for their families, so show off your hunter-gatherer skills by gripping your tiny fishing rod and doing battle. After inevitably catching a mighty haul, the staff will then batter and deep fry your fishy trophies for you to eat.

5. Harry Café – Hedgehog café

Harry Café, in Roppongi, (which we’ve reviewed before) is named after the Japanese word for hedgehog: harinezumi (which literally, and adorably, translates to “needle mouse”). Like its cat, dog and owl counterparts, the hedgehog cafe allows you to sit amongst hedgehogs, where you can touch and pet them to your heart’s content.

Should you, or your date, fall in love with a particular hedgehog, you can even choose to take them home as they are all available to buy, with the café staff providing information on how to care for your new pet.

When a normal café won’t do, Tokyo continues to surprise, excite and often confuse us. They all serve the purpose of providing an interesting talking point, but if your budget won’t stretch to these options, maybe you could try a beef bowl lunch at Yoshinoya instead.

Café Information:

Hogurest Café/足湯カフェホグレスト
Address: Tokyo-to, Taito-ku 4-8-5, T&T Okachimachi building 3F
東京都台東区4丁目8-5 T&T御徒町ビル 3F
Open: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Fab Café/ファブカフェ
Address: Tokyo-to, Shibuya-ku, Dogenzaka 1-22-7, Dogenzaka Pier 1F
東京都渋谷区道玄坂1丁目22-7 道玄坂ピア 1F
Open: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sundays and Public Holidays 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Mishin Café/ミシンカフェ
Address: Tokyo-to, Setagaya-ku, Kamisoshigaya 7-19-16
Open: Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays and Public Holidays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Closed Mondays

Catch-and-Eat Café/釣り堀カフェCatch&Eat
Address: Tokyo-to, Nerima-ku, Nerima 1-35-1-106
Open: Monday-Friday 3 p.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-11 p.m., Sundays and Public Holidays 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Harry Hedgehog Café/ハリネズミ専門店Harry
Address: Tokyo-to, Minato-ku, Roppongi 6-7-2, Iwahori Building 2F
東京都港区六本木6丁目7-2 IWAHORIビル 2F
Open: 12 p.m.-8 p.m.

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Pikachu Outbreak event causes growing pains for Yokohama

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The sheer number of people undoubtedly brought a lot of revenue to the area, but the chaos from hosting such a large crowd also took its toll on area residents and police.

Most people consider this year’s Pikachu Outbreak event and related Pokémon GO events as great successes. The fourth Pikachu event was held in the Minato Mirai 21 business district of Yokohama on August 9-15. A city official reported that 2.3 million people attended, compared to last year’s 1.79 million. The sheer number of people undoubtedly brought a lot of revenue to the area, but the chaos from hosting such a large crowd also took its toll on area residents and police.

People walking while staring at their smartphones and parking their cars in nearby streets created congestion. The city and prefectural police received more than 130 complaints related to the event. According to the Tobe police station, an office worker in his 50s kicked a man walking in from of him, whom he believed was playing Pokémon GO. The incident happened on Sunday, and the worker reportedly said, “I got irritated with the nuisance.”

Because the cellular network in Japan is more sophisticated and advanced than that in America, the related Pokémon GO events did not suffer from the same network issues that the Pokémon GO Fest Chicago event did. Players who participated in the Pokémon GO Park event in Yokohama were able to catch some of the game’s rarest monsters, including Mr. Mime, Shiny Pikachu, and Unown. In addition, people who won tickets to the Pokémon GO Stadium event were able to catch the first Mewtwo in the game.

The main Pikachu Outbreak event featured a parade of 100 Pikachu, a Pikachu blimp, and a wide variety of Pikachu decorations. A “Water Carnival” as well as boats and buses full of Pikachu were more parts of the festivities. The free event offered Pikachu merchandise for sale to attendees.

To deal with all the aspects of the massive event, organizers hired about 3,000 people on the security staff, more than double the number hired last year. However, they were still unable to prevent issues related to human and vehicle congestion in the area. Police cars patrolling for lost children were unable to move, so officers had to search on foot. Certain city buses were two hours late, which is very unusual for Japan, so personnel had to be dispatched to aid the situation. A city official said the event overall had good and bad points, so they want to develop new countermeasures for future events.

Source: Kanagawa Shimbun
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而这部由Brent Bonacorse指导的科幻短片,带给了我们二者皆错的“非常规”故事设定。片中的三位讲述者,都是地球上的高精尖知识分子,对外星人有着自己的一套理解。他们或感性或理性,充满一丝不苟的严谨还有天马行空的想象力。然而,这些都帮不了他们。因为这些诸多猜测都是来自人类的想象。而那个庞然大物的外星人,是远超于人类认知的。


影片风格写实,以小搏大。无论是剧情还是表达手法上,都与《降临》的诗意风格颇为相似。值得体会的是,影片结尾部分,我们发现Raymond Davis与Emily Field相识。而当Raymond在海边偶遇外星巨人的时候,Emily一声呼喊,Raymond身边却空无一人。

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Upcoming romance film wants to eat your pancreas 【Video】

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It’s a bittersweet story of two high school students. One has cancer. The other finds her diary. Romance ensues. The title? I Want to Eat Your Pancreas.

Let’s back up a second here. Okay, first things first. This isn’t a zombie movie. It’s not a gory horror flick. And the title isn’t a pun or a bad translation. It’s a real-world romance novel. In fact, the title line appears multiple times in the book.

▼ Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai (I Want to Eat Your Pancreas)

The story is a first-person narrative, about a high school boy who discovers a “Disease Coexistence Journal.” The journal belongs to his classmate Sakura. As it turns out, she has pancreatic cancer and has one year to live. The two get closer over time, with him learning things about her that even her own family doesn’t know.

As for the line? Well, it’s something she actually says to him. Though with the extra context, it does start to make a lot more sense.

This isn’t the first time the book has received an adaptation. A live-action film was made last year, starring Shun Oguri and Keiko Kitagawa as the narrator (as an adult) and Sakura’s best friend. There was also a manga.

The new anime film will be released from Aniplex in 2018. No information on cast or crew for the new film is currently available. However, you can check out the very first 30-second PV below:

The book first came out as a web novel, later compiled into print. And yeah, at first glance the title is kind of weird. But the story itself is a sweet, sad one that many fans already love. Hopefully the anime adaptation will be just as successful.

Are you interested in this upcoming project? Tell us what you think in the comments!

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Study shows that 61 percent of Japanese junior high students can’t use a can opener

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Cats across the country lament the loss of their favorite sound.

Recently, an episode of Nogizaka Under Construction had members of the idol group Nogizaka46  do tasks to make them more self-sufficient.

At one point during the challenges, 19-year-old Asuka Saito was faced with a can and an opener. At a loss, the idol remarked, “I don’t know what this tool is, no one showed me how to use it….”

Host Osamu Shitara then turned to the other girls and asked if any of them have ever used a can opener before. Only three or four raised their hands and none of them appeared confident that they could operate it properly, with 23-year-old Nanase Nishino calling it, “scary.”

Now we might assume this is just a part of the pampered show-biz life that idols lead, but a study by the Japan Meteorological Association in 2016 revealed that only 61 percent of junior high students have ever used a can opener.

▼ “My daughter hurt her finger so I asked what happened. She said, ‘I wanted to eat a can of peaches but I didn’t know how to open it… it was hard work.’
Indeed, she
did work hard.”

This statistic led to much derision online.

“They were never curious about it?”
“All kids care about is taking photos and posting them on social networks.”
“They’re about as useful as a monkey.”
“Parents are pampering their kids too much. Why open it themselves when they can get mommy to do it for them?”

Not a lot of mercy going around to say the least. However, this likely isn’t a matter of overcoddling by parents or narcissistic tendencies of today’s youth. There just aren’t any cans around anymore, or at least the kind that require a can opener.

▼ “The pull-tab broke so I struggled for an hour to open it,
but when I realized I looked like an ape with a tool I gave up.”

Having lived in Japan well over I decade I could count the number of times I needed a can opener on both hands and half of those times were for imported cans of beans and coffee from North America. Here, the lion’s share of preserved ready-to-eat foods are packed in retort pouches – plastic sacks that can be heated with the food inside and open with a simple tear.

▼ “The way to open a can like a gorilla descended
from a long lost civilization that once used can openers.”

In addition, the Japan Canners Association estimates the number of canned foods that use pull tabs are about 90 percent. Therefore, a traditional fully-sealed can is a rare sight in this day and age and has been for quite a while.

By the way, in case you were wondering why the Japan Meteorological Association was studying can opener usage, it was as a part of a disaster preparedness assessment they were conducting. Given Japan’s reputation for catastrophe it’s probably good to check in on our survival skills every once in a while.

▼ “How to open a can…”

This means that even though advances in packaging has made life easier, using a can opener is still very important in an emergency situation to access supplies. Luckily, I know just the thing to get the youth of today into using can openers again…

▼ Zoodles!

Zoodles, Spaghetti-Os, or whatever shapes your preferred canned pasta comes in, are the ideal foodstuffs to fix this dilemma. Just the other day I showed a Japanese junior high student a picture of a bowl of Spaghetti-Os. He didn’t know what it was but said definitively that it looked “really good.”

So Heinz, Campbells, and you too, Chef Boyardee — this is an S.O.S. from Japan that we need your tasty pre-made pasta cans asap… especially anything with ravioli in it. It may very well save the lives of millions of Japanese people one day, and at the very least prevent televised embarrassment for the next generation of idols… until they’re asked to use a bottle opener.

Source: Big Globe News, Itai News
Feature image: Twitter/@garigarijp 



Korean pastry chef crafts incredibly realistic floral cakes using just buttercream 【Pics】

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When cakes are no longer something to be eaten, but to be looked at.

Bakers and pastry chefs are like wizards of the kitchen, working their culinary magic to create desserts that are both delightful for the tastebuds and a treat for the eyes. You might be tempted to sink your teeth into a beautiful Japanese cupcake or some Disney-themed mini-cakes, but maybe you’d twice about taking a bite out of something that’s just too pretty to eat.

Korean Instagrammer Atelier Soo regularly posts such photos of her creations, which consist of blooming flowers atop a cake base. In dazzling colors of red, blue and everything in between, she proves that her desserts can transcend culinary boundaries and become works of art.

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What’s astonishing is that all of the flowers are made of buttercream, carefully sculpted so each petal is unique. You can almost feel the incredible amount of time and effort poured into every single blossom.

▼ Atelier Soo also makes breathtaking cupcakes,
setting a fully bloomed flower on each.

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▼ This could be the most elegant wedding cake ever.

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Atelier Soo also teaches people how to craft the intricate blossoms using various techniques. Her four-week courses focus on shaping a myriad of flowers, from chrysanthemums and cherry blossoms to daisies and poppies.

▼ You can learn how to make cupcakes in her A-course…

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▼ …and even more complex designs in her B-course.

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▼ Crafting peony flowers at different stages of bloom.

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Be sure to check out more of Atelier Soo’s fancy creations on her website.

If someone presented me with such a gorgeous floral cake on my birthday, I’d lock it up in a glass case and stare at it till it grew moldy. Then again, I’d do the same for this these incredible cakes shaped like Pikachu and king crabs.

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Awe-inspiring coin sculpture erected during boring holiday

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No human being should be able to stack coins like this.

During the month of August, many people in Japan are enjoying some much needed downtime in the form of the Obon holidays. Some decide to travel while others return to their hometowns to see family and friends.

And then there are the rare few who shut themselves inside their homes and balance coins in an elaborate fashion. One such person is Twitter user Tanu who erected an elegant looking array of coins.

▼ “This holiday I did not take a trip. I did not hang out with friends.
I was making this. What this is, I do not know.”

What this is, is a work of art that must have required a fair degree of patience and nerves of steel to pull off. Tanu says that no adhesives or tweezers were used in its creation. Everything was done by hand and gravity alone in the span of about two hours.

As we can see, the bulk of it is made up of Japanese one-yen coins in one of the most worthwhile uses of them I have ever seen. However, that coin in the center is clearly not Japanese. Tanu tweeted that it was a one peso coin from Argentina that was laying around the house.

Now before you go digging through your sofa for a bunch of coins to become the next Tanu, there is a slight trick to his magic that can only be done with the Japanese set of coins or ones with similar features.

In Japan both the five and fifty-yen coins have holes in their centers. If you look very closely at the pictures above you can see that the Argentine peso is braced by two such holes, as is the single one-yen coin on top, but some of his other works show it more clearly.

Nevertheless, it is still mighty impressive, especially how he got that interlocking block of coins to balance so precariously on top like that. Others on Twitter agree.

“Good job!”
“How much is that all together?”
“That is art.”
“That looks like a monument out by Nagoya Station.”
“You’ve probably increased the value of those one yen coins!”
“Can I see a time-lapse video of you making this?”

As for videos, Tanu does have a Niconico Douga channel (registration required) which shows some of his coin stacking exploits, or you can check out a collection of his gravity-defying works we’ve covered before.

That just leaves the question of how much this little monument is worth. I tried counting but kept getting a severe headache and nosebleeds a short way in. If there are any Rain Men or Women out there who can do it (Argentine Peso included) let us know!

Source: Twitter/@thumb_tani, Livedoor News
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Japanese Twitter user stumbles upon the end of a rainbow while driving

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No, there was no Japanese leprechaun with a pot of sashimi waiting for him.

You can’t underestimate mother nature. She may endeavor to make your day a living hell with soaring temperatures and muggy weather, but she can also put on some impressive visual spectacles like baby-making-inspiring auroras or rainbows to brighten up your day every once in a while.

For Japanese Twitter @ustar, who happened to come across one such miracle of nature, it was an experience he would not likely forget in the years to come:

“For the first time in my life, I saw the end of a rainbow.”

Although the rainbow itself wasn’t crystal clear, as such things tend to be, it still looked as if the colorful arch sprouted out from the ground in front of him, almost as if the powers above decided to bless him with good fortune and a safe journey ahead.

Fellow Twitter users shared his awe:

“They say that there’s treasure buried at the end of the rainbow!”
“That’s really amazing! So that’s where you climb onto the rainbow, huh.”
“If you dig there, perhaps you might just find an oil field.”
“Ever since I was little, I’ve always wanted to see the end of a rainbow.”
“A long time ago, it is said that people who chance upon the end of a rainbow will be blessed with happiness. If you hold on to that photo, something good might come your way.”

With a single stroke, mother nature single-handedly brought joy and wonder to countless Twitter users with her spectacle. And while we consider @ustar to be incredibly lucky to lay eyes on something so special and rare, one other person might have beaten him with a full, circular rainbow atop Tokyo Skytree.

Source, featured image: Twitter/@ustar