In Japan, there is an island of fairytale dreams called Tashirojama, better known as Cat Heaven Island. In this magical land, cats outnumber humans. Tashirojama has about 100 human residents, and many of them care for the kitties who make their homes all over the island. It is said on the island that giving the… More »
Leave it to Japan to think up a game show combining blowjobs, porn stars and a timed clock. On “Orgasm Wars,” a gay male porn stars tries to give a straight male porn star an orgasm “against his will” as he’s cheered on by a group of friends. Here, Sawai, the gentleman on the receiving… More »
Hey there, sonic nerds: this mini-symphony is made entirely from the sounds of water in Kumamoto, Japan. The area is known for it’s high quality water, so Sony took it upon themselves to make their own water-powered version of Pachelbel’s Canon by going around with high-quality audio equipment and recording the beautiful and varies noises. More »
Is it just me, or does the concept of an owl cafe not quite possess the same appeal as their predecessor, cat cafes? A bird of prey is not exactly my ideal coffee ‘n’ crumb cake companion … but as Japan would have it, “fukurou” cafes offering owl-themed food and drink are all the rage,… More »
According to UK’s Guardian, Japan’s young people aren’t having a whole lot of sex. In fact, a study found that 45 percent of women 16 to 25 “were not interested or despised sexual contact.” Despised. The desire to get married is declining, and fewer babies were born in Japan in 2012 than ever before. The changes… More »
It’s not so unusual to have a stockpile of Hello Kitty-themed waffle irons, toasters, tattoos, and toe socks, but apparently some fans want to take it a step further. These questionably creepy contacts are oversized for anime-like effect and offer the stunning design of Hello Kitty heads swirling around the pupil, with the option of… More »
Many items come out of vending machines that are essential to my everyday life, like tampons and peanut M&Ms. If a new vending machine out of Japan takes hold, we’ll be able to get our brassieres on the quick, too. Lingerie brand Wacoal debuted their bra vending machine, which features a bust-sizing chart, at a… More »
Though rare in the United States, using bird feces for facial treatments is a well-known and common in Japan. And if you’re just dying to have bird poop smeared on your face in the hopes it will improve your skin, one New York spa offers the treatment for $180.
This poop isn’t just… More »
Japanese beauty products are wild, man. They are at once super futuristic but also hopelessly outdated. Like if Betty Draper met “Tron” or something — you’d be wearing a crazy space suit but worried about “reducing” and “slimming your figure.” I’m totally fascinated by these things, and I’d be lying if I didn’t say that… More »
First base is kissing. Sloppy first is kissing with tongue. And after saliva has been sufficiently swapped, the standard is to get started with the boob touching. At least, that’s what I thought. Leave it up to the Japanese to come up with a new, more bizarre second base that is equal parts repulsive and… More »
A Japanese court has upheld a law that married couples must both use the last name of one of the partners. However, nearly 96 percent of the time, it is the woman who takes her husband’s surname. A recent lawsuit filed by five people sought to allow newlyweds to keep their “maiden” names if… More »
Do you love yourself? How much? Enough to have a lifesized 3-D printed doll made of yourself? Because you can do that now. A place aptly named the Clone Factory, in Tokyo, Japan, says it can make a doll from any human. Are you having nightmares yet?
Being an egomaniac does not come… More »
IndieGoGo is a fundraising platform that helps people generate money for “passion projects.” On the homepage of IndieGoGo’s site, there is a campaign to help a young girl with brittle bones. Another aims to fund an indie film project. And yet another is in support of an ocean clean up feasibility study. IndieGoGo explains itself… More »
Oh Tatsujiro Fukasawa, you do know a woman’s weakness, don’t you? Fukasawa, 40, attempted to kill a female colleague he’d been stalking by pouring hydrofluoric acid into her shoes. Hydrofluoric acid acid can be absorbed via the skin and cause everything from skin abrasions to internal organ failure. The woman realized something was wrong when… More »
“My partner Hiroko and I just held a gay wedding at the Tokyo Disney Resort. Even Mickey and Minnie are here to celebrate with us!”
Koyuki Higashi shared the above photo and the happy news of her wedding ceremony at the Tokyo Disney Resort in a tweet that has amassed nearly 7,000 retweets and… More »
The Japanese pop star Minami Minegishi (from the girl group AKB48) shaved her head and issued a public apology after she was caught by paparazzi leaving a boy’s house after a supposed hookup. Members of AKB48 are strictly not allowed to date or behave suggestively in public. She harshly berates herself in her apology,… More »
My roommate and I joke that her cat is kind of our joint boyfriend. Like a human boyfriend, Boo is very affectionate, loves to pick food off our plates, and throws the occasional temper tantrum which can only be quelled with cooing and snuggles.
Hmm. I just re-read that last sentence and it… More »
The reasons to visit Tokyo just keep getting more and more bountiful. I can go to the naked robot burlesque restaurant or to Love Joule, a “love and sex bar dedicated to women.” It’s described as a place women “can openly discuss masturbation.” Behind the bar, instead of liquor bottles, are rows of vibrators, lube… More »
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to get my hands on the new Polar Bear pillow that will wake me up every five minutes with a slap on the face. This new device called “Jukusui-kun,” meaning “Deep Sleep,” was designed by a Japanese professor to help sufferers of sleep apnea stop snoring… More »
Artists with obsessional focus in their work have always fascinated me, but none more than Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, whose work literally drove her insane. “Obsessions, phallus obsessions, obsessions of fear are the main themes of my art. Accumulation is how stars and earth don’t exist alone,” she explains. For the last forty years, she’s… More »