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Japan’s 311MPH Train

Japan’s 311MPH Train

Citizens rode Japan’s upcoming magnetic levitation trains in a public test run. The train went up to 311mph (500kph), over 100mph faster than the famous Shinkansen or bullet train line. Original video here.

Crazy Generous Arcade Game

Crazy Generous Arcade Game

(NSFW: Language) YouTuber maxmoefoetwo found the arcade equivalent of Xíng háishì bùxíng. This Japanese medal game has so many crazy mechanics and parts, and it doles out prizes so epic you’d wonder if the machine was broken.

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Diggin’ in the Carts

Diggin’ in the Carts

Red Bull Music talks to some of the best Japanese composers, game designers and the musicians they influenced in the amazing miniseries Diggin’ in the Carts. A must watch for video game and music fans. English captions available.

Making Fake Food

Making Fake Food

A demonstration of how ultra-realistic food samples are made for display in Japanese restaurants. These fake pieces are handmade using plastic and wax, and look good enough to eat. But don’t. That cabbage sample is insane.

Japanese Whipped Cream Prank

Japanese Whipped Cream Prank

Japanese prank shows can be exceptionally sadistic. In this clip, we get to see how they’ve amped up the old pie-in-the-face prank using a high-powered hydraulic cream cannon concealed beneath a tabletop.

The Edible Speech

The Edible Speech

MAD is a Danish not-for-profit organization for restaurateurs. For its 2014 symposium MAD chose the theme, “What is Cooking?” This was the opening talk from Sobatei Rakuichi owners Tatsuru Rai and his wife Midori .

KFC: Fried Chicken Keyboard

KFC: Fried Chicken Keyboard

To celebrate Colonel Sanders’ 124th birthday, KFC Japan is giving away a keyboard that has fried chicken keys and the worst Esc button we’ve ever seen. It will also give away a fried chicken mouse, flash drive and earrings.

BMW R NineT Custom Project

BMW R NineT Custom Project

BMW Motorrad asked four of Japan’s best motorcycle builders to customize the R NineT. Bike EXIF got exclusive images of and information about the wonderful and varied results. Find out more about the project here and here.

Baseball Player vs. 190mph Pitch

Baseball Player vs. 190mph Pitch

Japanese comedy show Downtown asked former pro baseball player Takeshi Yamasaki if he can take the best that a pitching machine has to offer: a 190mph fastball. Look at the thumbnail and guess. Skip to 3:15.

How to Eat Sushi

How to Eat Sushi

Chef Naomichi Yasuda, owner of Sushi Bar Yasuda, teaches the basics of eating the world famous Japanese food. You can skip to 6:02 for the summary, but then you’d miss the chance to see a master at work.

Pizza Cat!

Pizza Cat!

Clerks meets cats in Pizza Hut Japan’s latest ad campaign. A series of bite-sized commercials show what a Pizza Hut store would be like if it was run by cats. Actually “run” is too optimistic a term for what plays out.

Single-Brushstroke Dragons

Single-Brushstroke Dragons

While the details and secondary colors are painted with additional brushstrokes, we’re still amazed by how artists, such as those at Japan’s Kousyuuya can create such impressive dragon bodies with a single stroke of a brush. More here.

Kutani Choemon Teacups

Kutani Choemon Teacups

Kutani Choemon is a 130-year-old Japanese pottery shop that uses a 17th century style. But it can still keep up with us young ‘uns, as shown by its teacups that feature modern pastimes. The shop also has surfer chopstick stands.

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Chankonabe: The Sumo Stew

Chankonabe: The Sumo Stew

Munchies’ new series Fuel looks at the food that athletes eat. For its first episode, they enlisted the help of former Sumo World champion Byamba Ulambayar to talk about Chankonabe, a high protein Japanese stew.

Japanese Schoolgirl Chase

Japanese Schoolgirl Chase

Two schoolgirls chase each other around the city in the longest and most badass softdrink commercial you’ll ever see, featuring death-defying stunts, a jazz drummer, ninja props and Japan-level parkour. English captions available.

Japanese Parquetry Demonstration

Japanese Parquetry Demonstration

In this episode from Gucci Japan’s video series entitled “Hand“, Japanese woodworker Noboru Honma shows off the technique of parquetry, in which blocks of wood are assembled into intricate patterns, then shaved into razor-thin slices.

Wonder Core

Wonder Core

Oh, Japan. How we love your fascination with surreal, yet hilarious advertising. Take, for instance, this spot for a piece of workout gear called Wonder Core, which also happens to save you from accidentally falling on your ass.

Rainbow Lambo

Rainbow Lambo

YouTuber Steve’s POV shares the most eye-catching Lamborghini Gallardo we’ve ever seen. Owned by a Japanese car enthusiast, the supercar’s hologram vinyl wrap makes it dazzle under even low light.

Portrait of a Kendama Samurai

Portrait of a Kendama Samurai

Matthew Ballard’s profile of Iijima Hiroki, a 22-year old kendama enthusiast. The kendama is a toy that requires excellent hand-eye coordination and reflexes. Iijima loves to spice things up by freestyle dancing while playing.

Becoming Sumo

Becoming Sumo

Hailing from Egypt, 22-year old Ōsunaarashi (“The Great Sandstorm”) is the first professional sumo wrestler to come from Africa. This clip is an excerpt from Salazar’s 30-min documentary. The entire film is on Red Bull TV.

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Valley of Dolls

Valley of Dolls

A small village in Shikoku, Japan has more dolls than people. Ayano Tsukimi makes the life-size dolls to preserve the memories of fellow villagers who have died or moved away. At once heart-melting and spine-chilling.

Babymetal: Megitsune

Babymetal: Megitsune

Babymetal combines thrash metal with cutesy pop. Their mission is for you to confront the most personal of questions: “Am I okay with this?” The answer can only be found through thorough research. Oh Japan. Thanks Joe!

Google Japan: Magic Input Hand

Google Japan: Magic Input Hand

Not about to be outdone by their American counterparts, Google Japan joins in on April Fools’ Day with this technical joke: a mechanical hand that makes it easier to use touchscreen devices. Captions available.

World Order: Have a Nice Day

World Order: Have a Nice Day

Genki Sudo and the rest of World Order’s kempt robots take us on a tour of Akibahara, a district in Tokyo known for its electronics and geeky establishments. Guest starring members of AKB48, who Wreck-it-Ralph fans might know.

Color Rimmed Washi Letter Set

Color Rimmed Washi Letter Set

Made by Haibara, these handcrafted washi envelopes and sheets are outlined with red or blue woodblock print. A wonderful gift for people who love writing by hand. Each pack comes with six sheets and three envelopes.

The Great Chewing Gum Cat

The Great Chewing Gum Cat

How would you describe the experience of chewing gum? We’re not sure we’d go beyond “meh.” But Lotte thinks that their long-lasting Fit gum will make you feel like you have your own Catbus. So… what’s in the gum?

English Words Not on Tests

English Words Not on Tests

English Words That Don’t Appear on Tests (試験に出ない英単語) is a series of Japanese books that teach English through hilarious sentences accompanied by silly illustrations. They’re available at Amazon Japan and E-Hon.

HyperDrive

HyperDrive

We’ve seen plenty of cool time-lapse videos, but we’ve never seen anything quite as hypnotic as this video by photographer Darwinfish105 captured while riding on Tokyo’s Yurikamome train line, then mirrored to create a tunnel effect.

The Way of the Sword

The Way of the Sword

Swordsman Shozo Kato Sensei has attained 8th Dan in Kyoshi Kendo and 7th Dan in Kyoshi Iaido. Here he describes the heart of both martial arts. A short film that’s part of Mercedes-Benz’ The Avant/Garde Diaries.

Bungee Bed Prank

Bungee Bed Prank

Comedian Toshiaki Kasuga ends up on the receiving end of a cruel prank from the Japanese TV special Dokkiri Award. According to Kotaku, Kasuga got drunk the night before the prank, sleeping through the elaborate setup.

Japanese Puzzle Box

Japanese Puzzle Box

This insanely intricate wood veneer box from Japan requires its owner to remember a sequence of exact steps in order to open it and access its contents. Unfortunately, it’s not impervious to sledgehammers.

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