Posts tagged "japan"

Could Mattel’s Japanese Barbie And Ken Be Any More Stereotypical?

A geisha girl and a samurai warrior: these are the stereotypes Mattel used for Japanese Ken and Barbie dolls. Barbie is dressed as a geisha with lotus blossoms in her hair, a gold fan, and some gladiator heels which are badass-looking, but I'm thinking not particularly Japanese. Ken is dressed as a bare-chested samurai warrior…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 16, 2010

Japanese Resort Devoted To Men With Virtual Girlfriends

Just when we thought Japanese technology couldn't get any freakier (Love Pillows, anyone?) -- now comes a new wacky perversion. Atami, a resort town located just outside of Tokyo, now caters to men with virtual girlfriends -- guys who play a Sims-like virtual relationship game called LovePlus. The game features a teenage boy who work…

By: Julie Gerstein / September 2, 2010

Chopsticks For Two, For One

Combine history, design, and romance, and of course you get a winner: Originally fashioned as a hair restraint for samurai warriors, Mizuhiki grew into a Japanese cord-tying art form used as decorative symbolism. Playing with table design, Japanese company Oey combines Mizuhiki with chopsticks, binding them together with brightly colored twine. In the end, thi…

By: Leonora Epstein / September 1, 2010

More Ridiculous Than The Vampire Facial—Wrinkle-Reducing Goggles

Beer goggles: Make ugly people look prettier. Japanese wrinkle goggles: Make ugly people look uglier, normal people look uglier. The last completely insane anti-aging treatment we heard about was the vampire facelift, a creepy process involving facial blood injections, but now these "wrinkle goggles" make just about any beauty treatment seem legit in comparison.

By: Leonora Epstein / August 31, 2010

What’s Your “Stomach Face” Up To This Weekend?

TGIF! I'm trying to decide what to do with my stomach face this weekend. I think I'll take it to Coney Island and then maybe out for a bite to eat. Yeah, that sounds fun. How about you? What's your stomach face up to this weekend? [BuzzFeed]…

By: Ami Angelowicz / August 27, 2010

Introducing The “Pee Without Noise” Stool For Those With Really Weird Bathroom Issues

We've talked before about the anxiety of doing a #2 in your significant other's home, which is an understandable concern (especially for us ladies). But maybe we've got this whole bodily function fear thing wrong—what if guys are embarrassed to pee? From Japan, there's this "Pee Without Noise" stool, which would imply that it's a…

By: Leonora Epstein / May 20, 2010

Gross: Japanese Portable Ashtray For Women

If you smoke, you already have to deal with smelling like an ashtray, so we're not sure why anyone would actually want to carry around one—in their purse no less! Apparently in Japan, "mobile ashtrays are now fashion items." For women who want to be "responsible smokers" (whatever that means), this girly metallic pouch attache…

By: Leonora Epstein / May 12, 2010

Japanese Men “Bored” With Fashion, Turn To Skirts

We have to give props to Japanese dudes for their willingness to explore fashion options. True, the country's guido-inspired OraOra look didn't quite capture us, but there's something to be said for pushing extremes. The latest trend on the streets of Tokyo is one that's made a brief comic appearance in the U.S.—skirts for men.

By: Leonora Epstein / April 13, 2010

Today’s Lady News: Meet Eri Yoshida, Baseball’s “Knuckle Princess”!

Meet Eri Yoshida, the "Knuckle Princess," an 18-year-old from Japan. She has accepted an offer to pitch for the Chico Outlaws baseball team in Chico, California, which is a men's league. Last year Yoshida became the first woman in Japan to play professional baseball with men; she will be the the first to pitch for…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 9, 2010

Is It Ever OK To Apply Makeup In Public?

I'm one of the lucky few who doesn't have to deal with the hassle of a morning commute, and let me tell you, it's amazing. But for those individuals who have to hop in a car or on the subway to make it to work in the morning, any spare time is a necessity. Suddenly…

By: Bianca Posterli / April 8, 2010

Japanese Restaurant Honors The Male Member For One Night Only

Each spring, Kawasaki, Japan, puts on an annual fertility/penis festival, and a Japanese restaurant in New York City is carrying on the tradition. Matsuri will host its own Kanamara Matsuri, or Festival of the Steel Phallus, on Thursday, complete with edible sweetmeat resembling male members. The special menu includes a Big Sausage, a Get It…

By: Catherine Strawn / March 31, 2010

Does This Creepy Robot Baby Make You Want To Get Pregnant?

Lately, all it takes is a chubster in a Gap onesie for my ovaries to throb. But the good citizens of Japan are apparently less inclined to make babies — so the University of Tsukauba built them Yotara, a robot baby, to encourage the birth rate. Yotara giggles, sneezes, sleeps and "wakes up" when a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 23, 2010

Japan’s Latest Men’s Fashion Trend Is Sexist, Thug-Inspired

According to The Senken, "The most widely read fashion daily in Japan" (I'd never heard of it either until I was handed a copy at Paris Fashion Week), the latest men's fashion craze is a style called "OraOra," which "comes from a sound Japanese people make when threatening someone." As such, the general theme i…

By: Leonora Epstein / March 9, 2010

Japanese Hair Dye Will Give You Creepy Magic Mohawks

This Japanese commercial is either an anti-drug PSA showing you how terrifying and creepy you sound when you're high, or it's a promotion for a men's hair dye. Chances are with the latter, but that doesn't make it any less bizarre. Ready yourself for some clapping mohawks and a weird, drugged-out rendition of "If You're…

By: Leonora Epstein / March 8, 2010

No Fancy Nails, Dyed Hair, Or Earrings For Some Japanese Athletes

Dang, athletes in Japan have some serious dress code rules to contend with in order to participate in their sport. First, we told you about snowboarder Kazuhiro Kokubo, who was banned from the Olympic opening ceremony by the Japanese Ski Association because he was sporting a "hip-hop" twist on the national uniform. Now, we've learned…

By: Annika Harris / February 22, 2010

Abercrombie & Fitch Is To Japan As Oil Is To Water

Run, run for your lives! Cologne-doused, shirtless Abercrombie & Fitch models are coming after the people of Japan! While this may sound like the plot of a bad spoof movie, it's not too far off from the truth. (OK, well, not quite.) Apparently, the retailer has set up its first outpost in Japan, and the…

By: Leonora Epstein / February 9, 2010

How Do We Feel About Breast Milk Shampoo?

Shiseido sells a line of shampoo and body washes in Japan that touts "mother's milk" as a component. Ew! Do these Shiseido products really have breast milk in them? Turns out they don't (phew), but rather, the beauty company is trying to sell "the concept of mother's milk," which apparently means pulling nutrients from other…

By: Leonora Epstein / January 11, 2010

These Wacky Japanese Beauty Products May Be Headed Your Way

When it comes to beauty products (and fashion, for that matter), you can always count on Japan for crazy out-there trends. And with a new decade comes new inventions, and more ways to spend money on your appearance. These inventions are already a big hit in Japan, so they have a fair chance of being…

By: Bianca Posterli / January 4, 2010

Now Your Bustier Can Double As A Putting Green

I've heard of some strange lingerie in my time, but the Nice Cup in Bra, comin' at ya straight outta Japan, is probably one of the more bizarre. That green bustier? It magically transforms into a putting green. In Japan, there's a golfing boom among young women -- "those women always on the go" --…

By: Susannah Breslin / November 12, 2009

Breath Checker Device Lets You Know If You’re Primed To Kiss

In our digital age, that old hand-to-mouth trick to check your breath is so passé. (Plus unreliable if you just caressed your hands with some scented lotion. Ahh, guava patchouli breath ... mmm. Kidding.) That's why there's this Date Breath Checker, a hilarious Japanese (of course) gadget that reads the levels of grossness on your…

By: Leonora Epstein / November 3, 2009