Awesome Japan

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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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