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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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