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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

The Sushi Artist

The Sushi Artist

(NSFW) Takayo Kiyota aka Tama-chan talks about her sushi art. Amazingly, she is not a trained chef. The humble and funny artist started her hobby because “very few Japanese know how to make sushi these days.” More here and here.

Liberation Hamburger Wrapper

Liberation Hamburger Wrapper

In Japan, it’s considered bad form for women to open their mouths wide to eat. Freshness Burger came up with a simple solution to this problem – a wrapper which lets them hide their big mouths while they chomp into their giant burgers.

Jetman over Mount Fuji

Jetman over Mount Fuji

Daredevil Yves “Jetman” Rossy recently completed his latest flight, this time buzzing by the incredibly majestic sights of Mount Fuji in Japan. We still can’t imagine how loud it must be to have four jets strapped to your body like that.

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Beyond Outrage (Red Band Trailer)

Beyond Outrage (Red Band Trailer)

(Gore) Beyond Outrage is a Japanese action film about two yakuza clans taking their power struggle to a national scale. Starring, written by and directed by the legendary Japanese entertainer Takeshi “Beat” Kitano.

World Order: Welcome to Tokyo

World Order: Welcome to Tokyo

In celebration of Tokyo’s selection for the 2020 Summer Olympics, World Order continues to work their slow-mo choreography, while giving us a brief tour of Japan’s biggest city in their trademark blue business suits.

Ski Jumping Pairs

Ski Jumping Pairs

A peek at the insanity that is Ski Jumping Pairs, a pachinko game that was ported to the PSP and PlayStation 2. The game was made by Riichiro Mashima, who would later go on to make the even more insane Japan World Cup games.

Jii! Jii! Jii!

Jii! Jii! Jii!

This animated commercial for a Japanese lighter and USB drive has so many mind-boggling aspects. First off, it’s over two minutes long. Second, it looks like it was made two decades ago. Third, everything else.

Japan World Cup

Japan World Cup

(NSFW: Language) Riichiro Mashima revitalized horse racing arcade games in Japan with Japan World Cup, a nonsensical horse racing betting game that combines CG animation with bizarre comedy. More here and here.

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