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Japanese Sword Scissors

Japanese Sword Scissors

Nikken Cutlery sells a line of scissors that look like Japanese swords. They have blades lined with hamon, handles that look like wrapped hilts and scabbards for storage. The top-of-the-line model is based on the sword of the warlord Oda Nobunaga and costs over $300.

Don’t Worry, I’m Wearing

Don’t Worry, I’m Wearing

A ridiculous Japanese video in which the scantily clad host demonstrates a series of poses which make him look like he’s naked, even though he’s wearing underwear. Despite us being completely confused, we still laughed.

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Ultimate Rugby Battle

Ultimate Rugby Battle

Fist of the North Star villains Souther and Raoh rally their armies in a…rugby match? Perhaps feeling giddy with its resurgent national squad, Japan already released a promotion for the next Rugby World Cup, which it will host in uh, 2019.

Biisuke’s Big Ball Adventure

Biisuke’s Big Ball Adventure

When was the last time a Rube Goldberg machine made your heart race? Because this classic from Japanese children’s show Pitagora Suichi is as exciting as an Indiana Jones flick. Plus it has an awesome theme song. “I’ll be there brothers, hang on, almost there!”

Yakuza: Inside the Syndicate

Yakuza: Inside the Syndicate

Photographer Anton Kusters was allowed to photograph and mingle with a Yakuza family from 2009 to 2011. The Economist interviewed him about his one-of-a-kind experience. Learn more here.

School Lunch in Japan

School Lunch in Japan

CafCu Media shows us what lunchtime is like for the children in an elementary school in Saitama, Kanto, Japan. The students are assigned tasks – carrying the food, serving, cleaning – and each class eats and cleans together – and always thanks the kitchen staff.

Gesu no Kiwami Otome

Gesu no Kiwami Otome

Gesu no Kiwami Otome (ゲスの極み乙女。, Girl at the Height of Rudeness) is a prog-pop band formed from sharply-dressed friends from other successful Japanese bands. The drummer’s alias is Hona Ikoka. We hope she notices us.

Hotel Okura Tokyo: End of an Era

Hotel Okura Tokyo: End of an Era

Since it opened in 1962 the main wing of Hotel Okura’s Tokyo branch has largely remained the same, and as such stands as a living relic of modernist Japanese art. Sadly, the building will be demolished this month. More at Monocle.

Japan’s Straw Monsters

Japan’s Straw Monsters

Every year, Japan’s Niigata Prefecture takes leftover straw from the rice harvest into art. The Wara Art Festival showcases these impressive creations, which take the form of huge animals and monsters. Photos by @amymauscd, @kiyukatawani, and @waraartmatsuri.

Squidercise

Squidercise

We have no idea what’s going on here, but it’s from Japanese television, so that can mean only one thing: a guy dressed in a squid suit doing calisthenics. Dude needs to join Katy Perry’s tour with Left Shark.

Tiny Airport

Tiny Airport

There are tons of tilt-shifted, time-lapse videos out there, but the tiny toy effect is especially effective in this video by Darwinfish105, as he makes the airplanes and ground crews at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport look like living miniatures.

World Order: Multipolarity

World Order: Multipolarity

Genki Sudo’s well-dressed bandmates visit Yokohama’s Chinatown to pretend they’re jiangshi, eat dumplings and noodles, have their fortunes told and do their robot dance in front of a pagoda.

Explosive Juicing

Explosive Juicing

A weird Japanese video in which they demonstrate how to turn vegetables into juice by setting off underwater explosions. The cool part is that the juice remains inside the veggies, as their innards are pulverized by the shockwave.

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Nissan HKS R35 vs. R32

Nissan HKS R35 vs. R32

Motorhead teases its “Japan Tuned” issue with a video of the HKS GT-R R35 GT1000 and the legendary HKS R32 Group-A tearing up the Gunsai touge. Get the magazine to access bonus raw in-car footage. Score by Tatreal.

KiKi

KiKi

Like the Yoshida Brothers, instrumental duet 輝&輝 (Ki&Ki/KiKi) use the Tsugaru-shamisen to create modern music, in a style that we can only call virtuoso country rock. See more of them on NakTKY’s YouTube channel.

Neko Zamurai

Neko Zamurai

The movie adaptation of Neko Zamurai, a Japanese comedy show about a poor ronin who ends up taking care of the cat that he was asked to assassinate. The theme song is I’m so Great! by the Magokoro Brothers.

Tokyo Roar

Tokyo Roar

For Brandon Li, Tokyo “saturates the senses.” He made this video to preserve that feeling and present the city’s many facets: the serene and the boisterous, the old and the new, the holy and the hentai. Plus the club with robot boxing.

The Meteorite Sword

The Meteorite Sword

The Tentetsutou (Sword of Heaven) is a katana forged by Yoshindo Yoshiwara from a fragment of Gibeon, an iron alloy meteorite that was found in Namibia in 1838. It’s currently on display at the Skytree tower in Tokyo, Japan.

Japanese Blowing Game

Japanese Blowing Game

A gross game from AKBingo!, a Japanese variety show of the massive girl group AKB48. Two people compete in a reverse tug-of-war and try to blow an object into the other person’s mouth. This particular game involves a cooked cicada.

Japanese Gymnast Game

Japanese Gymnast Game

Japanese culture channel Kawaii Kakkoii Sugoi shows off a frustrating game called Daisharin Tetsubou-kun, in which the objective is to spin a gymnast off of his bar and stick the landing. We’re guessing Takara Tomy was inspired by this robot.

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MaiMai Arcade Game

MaiMai Arcade Game

Watch an expert take on the exact opposite of the generous arcade game. Sega’s MaiMai is a rhythm arcade game with eight buttons and a touchscreen. It’s like Dance Dance Revolution but for hands.

Net Cafe Refugees

Net Cafe Refugees

A short documentary about two of the many workers in Japan who live in Internet cafes, because they can’t afford to rent an actual apartment. Part of Shiho Fukada’s three-part documentary Japan’s Disposable Workers.

English School Commercial

English School Commercial

This commercial for Seiha English Academy, an English conversation school in Japan, claims that the school makes children so good at English you’ll need to call an exorcist. English speaking level: Japanese.

Instant Grilled Dumpling

Instant Grilled Dumpling

After frying shrimp at lightning speed, NTT DoCoMo once again resorts to a food-based analogy to promote its 4G network. This time they made ground beef dumpling in under three seconds. The music is the secret ingredient here.

The Wearable Tomato Project

The Wearable Tomato Project

Perhaps the most ridiculous invention to hit the running scene ever, the Tomatan is a robot that athletes can strap to themselves so they can eat tomatoes while distance running. A silly promo gimmick for Japanese food company Kagome.

Yuki-Taro Snowbot

Yuki-Taro Snowbot

So it’s time to dig out from the latest snownami. You could shovel by hand, or you could send off to Japan for Yuki-Taro, a robot that not only can plow snow, but that turns the white stuff into compact bricks of ice to keep things tidy.

100 Maids Make Pancakes

100 Maids Make Pancakes

An army of sexy and flexible Japanese maids cooking breakfast for a rich old man isn’t exactly the most progressive of ideas, but that doesn’t make this commercial for non-stick cookware any less awesome.

Motorhead Hakone Hill Climb

Motorhead Hakone Hill Climb

Motorhead Magazine assembled cars and drivers from various motorsports on the Mazda Turnpike in Hakone, Japan, where drifters and enthusiasts hone their craft. Masato Kawabata and his Nissan GT-R paid homage pretty damn well.

The Robot Contest for Dummies

The Robot Contest for Dummies

“Strategy only works when it is accompanied by the technology it requires.” Nifty Corporation’s documentary on Hebocon, a hilarious robot wrestling tournament where contestants know nothing about building robots.

The Concrete House

The Concrete House

Designed by architect Keiichi Kiriyama of Airhouse, this incredible home in Jiyugaoka, Japan is almost entirely constructed from concrete – from the walls to the floors to the countertops and ceilings.

Instant Shrimp Frying

Instant Shrimp Frying

Shrimp doesn’t really take that long to cook, but this commercial for Japanese mobile carrier Docomo shows how you can fry shrimp in less than three seconds – with the right equipment – and the appropriate death metal track.

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