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Japanese Arcades: A Review

Japanese Arcades: A Review

YouTube gaming critic George Weidman aka Super Bunnyhop gives us an overview of Japan’s thriving arcade industry. A combination of cramped homes, pedestrian-friendly streets and abundant coins have kept Japanese arcades alive and evolving.

B. League LED Basketball Court

B. League LED Basketball Court

We’ve seen LED panels used as the floor in a basketball court before, but that was for a commercial. The new Japanese basketball league B.League actually played its inaugural game on an LED court that shows made baskets and more in real time.

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Owning a Ramen Restaurant

Owning a Ramen Restaurant

“I put my very best in every bowl I make.” Meet Kunimoto. He owns a ramen restaurant in Tokyo, Japan. Or, as YouTuber Life Where I’m From puts it, the restaurant owns him. He can’t find full-time employees, so he works from 8:00 am to 11:30pm six days a week.

Robot Sumo Wrestling

Robot Sumo Wrestling

This Japanese robot battle has a decidedly different flavor than Battlebots. Each robot is fully autonomous, and tasked with a single objective – to push the other robot out of the wrestling ring as quickly as possible. In the end, it’s a battle of speed vs. power.

Leave it to the Movers

Leave it to the Movers

This 2011 documentary shows how the Japanese’s diligence and world famous work ethic translates to its moving companies. Aside from transporting your belongings, they will pack and unpack your items as they were, and even clean both your old and new homes.

Instant Buzz

Instant Buzz

A fantastic Japanese commercial for Nissin Chikin Ramen, in which a girl sees her noodles swiped by a drone, and she must hunt down her lunch through a crazy, adventure-filled world packed with viral video tropes. Seriously, this commercial has every possible thing in it.

Damascus Skull Money Clip

Damascus Skull Money Clip

While we’re carrying cash less and less these days, when we do have a wad of money in our pockets, it should look this awesome. This metal clip from Hikari Japan is made from damascus steel, and holds up to 15 bills. In matte or shiny finishes.

Weird Japanese Commercials

Weird Japanese Commercials

We almost think that our lack of understanding the language makes this reel of wacky ads from JPCMHD all the more entertaining. The formula seems simple: any combo of animals, anime, boy bands, girl bands, cosplay, singing, and group choreography will do.

Kamikaze Dive Gunsai Attack

Kamikaze Dive Gunsai Attack

Japland TV’s latest drift video features Skylines, Truenos, Silvias and more smoking sideways on the infamous Gunsai touge in Gunma, Japan. The song is Miami Showdown by Digitalism. More on Speedhunters.

Japanese vs. American Horror

Japanese vs. American Horror

The Film Theorists compare Japanese horror films’ use of sound effects and timing with their American counterparts. Also, American films love to telegraph scary parts through the music and the environment, whereas Japanese horror can ruin even freakin’ broad daylight.

Drawing Circuits

Drawing Circuits

Japanese tech company AgIC shows off its conductive ink pen in the best way possible, by using it to draw and complete circuits that bring a tiny, magical city to life. Grab the pen, eraser, and paper on Amazon for yourself.

Castle in The Sky Model

Castle in The Sky Model

An incredible replica of a massive airship from Hayao Miyazaki’s Castle in the Sky. It features scads of lights, dozens of moving propellers and oars, and is surrounded by a sky filled with other aircraft in this amazing display at Tokyo Cityview – part of their Studio Ghibli exhibit.

Vans x Rollicking Satin Classic Slip-On

Vans x Rollicking Satin Classic Slip-On

Vans Japan’s 2016 Fall-Winter collection includes these dope takes on the Classic Slip-on. Inspired by Japanese souvenir jackets aka sukajan, these skate shoes eschew the canvas upper for red or blue satin with embroidery.

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Bill Shredder Piggy Bank

Bill Shredder Piggy Bank

This wacky piggy bank from SHINE Japan makes it look like you’re shredding your cash, when in fact it’s actually saving your bills. Designed for Japanese currency, but works with U.S. bills and most others.

Sadako vs. Kayako… in Baseball

Sadako vs. Kayako… in Baseball

The villains from classic Japanese horror flicks The Ring and The Grudge recently opened a baseball match in Japan’s premier league. The actors were promoting an upcoming movie starring the two characters.

Robot Restaurant

Robot Restaurant

Beatdown Boogie takes us inside one of Tokyo’s most over-the-top destinations. Robot Restaurant offers brighter and more colorful lights than Las Vegas, combined with crazy robots and costumed performers for some major sensory overload. Best watched in 4K.

The Mega Cockroach Trap

The Mega Cockroach Trap

To showcase its sticky bug trap, Japanese company Earth Chemical made a version of the trap that’s 929 times larger. Then they tested it with a “scientist”, a runner and a sumo wrestler. The scientist should’ve at least brought a pole. Or went around the trap.

The North Wind and the Sun

The North Wind and the Sun

This cheeky Japanese commercial for Kirin Beer features a modern retelling of Aesop’s fable, The North Wind and the Sun, in which two of nature’s greatest forces compete to make a traveler remove his cloak. Only this time, the traveler is two scantily clad women in bikinis.

Babymetal: Metal Resistance

Babymetal: Metal Resistance

Pop thrash metal band Babymetal’s girls are teenagers now, and they’ve gone mainstream globally. So we hate them now. Just kidding. Their new album Metal Resistance gives us more of their unorthodox mix of hair-raising music and kawaii singing.

The Koeyoshi

The Koeyoshi

This NHK World documentary focuses on ornamental chicken breeds. At 5:08 it talks about the Koeyoshi, a Japanese breed whose roosters have an exceptionally long and deep crow, like an empty faucet or a creaky door.

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The Kuroki Home Garden

The Kuroki Home Garden

Mrs. Kuroki was devastated when diabetes took her eyesight. Her husband created a vast flower garden in their yard, hoping that she will enjoy its scent as well as the company of visitors that it would attract. Their house is now a popular tourist spot. Photo by Morimori.

The Vending Machine Restaurant

The Vending Machine Restaurant

The awesome Only in Japan tries out the Automat Diner in Isesaki City. The restaurant has no staff or kitchen; instead it has three old vending machines. It’s not fine dining, but it’s affordable, clean and unique. Funny thing is, the U.S. used to have lots of automats.

Ice Diamonds & Classic Cocktails

Ice Diamonds & Classic Cocktails

Munchies dropped down Ginza, Japan’s Bar High Five to get a look at owner Hidetsugu Ueno’s perfectly balanced and artful cocktails, and his ability to individually carve chunks of ice into glimmering diamond shapes. Ironically, Hidetsugu doesn’t even drink.

History of Japan

History of Japan

(PG-13: Language, Flashing lights) Comedian Bill Wurtz teaches us an abridged and mostly accurate history of the Sunrise Laaaand using knock knock jokes with lethal punchlines, rainbow-colored type and the power of music.

Comiket Crowd Control

Comiket Crowd Control

YouTuber munya munyaka captured this 10-hour time-lapse of the crowd at the 2011 Comic Market or Comiket, a convention in Tokyo for self-published fiction. As munya munyaka notes, the attendees’ discipline was a big help to the Comiket staff. Sunrise is at 1:25.

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