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Nigel Sylvester: GO! Tokyo

Nigel Sylvester: GO! Tokyo

Pro BMX rider Nigel Sylvester eats at Robot Restaurant, tries sumo wrestling and much more in the latest episode of his hyperactive POV series. Featuring cameos by soccer player Giovani Dos Santos, BAPE founder Nigo, and the slick new Casio G-SHOCK GA700 watch.

Godzilla: The Soul of Japan

Godzilla: The Soul of Japan

Kaptainkristian explores the origins of Godzilla, a franchise most of us associate with giant monsters stomping on buildings, but that had a much darker genesis – the (completely warranted) nuclear fears of a post-war Japan. TL;DW – go watch the original Gojira.

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Spa-musement Park

Spa-musement Park

The city of Beppu in Kyushu, Japan has apparently come up with one of the silliest ideas for an attraction: an amusement park spa. This is going to result in breakthroughs in sanitation and towel-tightening technology.

日本の違い (The Japanese Difference)

日本の違い (The Japanese Difference)

(PG-13: Language) Videogamedunkey looks at some differences between video game marketing in the U.S. and Japan. In general, it seems the level of enthusiasm on the other side of the planet is just a bit higher than here in the States. That’s not to say it always works.

Hakone Parquetry

Hakone Parquetry

YouTuber 伝統工芸 青山スクエア shares this video of Noboru Honma creating Yosegi-zaiku, or traditional Japanese parquetry. It involves gluing small sticks of differently colored wood together to create geometric patterns. The resulting block is then shaved into a veneer.

Nintendo Classic Mini Famicom

Nintendo Classic Mini Famicom

The Japanese version of the Nintendo Classic Mini mimics the Family Computer’s body and controller. It also has a few exclusive games such as River City Ransom and Final Fantasy III. Nintendo, if you love money even a little bit, you should give this an international release.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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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