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Ukiyo-e Heroes Rage Quit T-Shirt

Ukiyo-e Heroes Rage Quit T-Shirt
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The Rage Quit t-shirt features a woodblock-style print designed by Jed Henry, maker of the Ukiyo-e Heroes prints. It sees an angry gamer tattooed with characters from Super Mario Bros. and a pile of controllers spilling out of his body after committing seppuku.

The Rick Dance (Japanese)

The Rick Dance (Japanese)

The dance from the Rick and Morty episode Ricksy Business is entertaining all on its own. But it’s just that much better in the Japanese dubbed version shown here. Though “wubba-lubba-dub-dub” is the same in all languages.

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FightCrab

FightCrab

Alpha footage from Japanese indie developer Nussoft’s upcoming game Kani no Kenka aka FightCrab aka The Fight Game You Didn’t Know You Needed. Watch in awe as two sword-wielding crustaceans battle it out to the death. Loser goes to Red Lobster.

The Good Life: Story Trailer

The Good Life: Story Trailer

The latest game from Deadly Premonition creator SWERY, and developer Yukio Futatsugi of Phantom Dust fame looks like a trip. It’s a daily life sim RPG in which you play a journalist who must pay off a massive debt, and along the way uncover the secrets of a small UK town.

Yuji Kaida Coloring Ultra Monster

Yuji Kaida Coloring Ultra Monster

A fantastic Japanese import for fans of monster movies, this 96-page coloring book is loaded with Yuji Kaida’s line art illustrations of classic monsters and creatures, including Godzilla, Gamera, Ultraman, and more. Drops 10/2018.

Star Wars Bento Boxes

Star Wars Bento Boxes
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Tote your fish, veggies, and rice around in your favorite Star Wars characters. These stackable bento sets come in R2-D2, BB-8, Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, and C-3PO versions, and are made from BPA-free plastics. The bowls are dishwasher and microwave safe.

Back in Black: Japanese Style

Back in Black: Japanese Style

NHK Blends presents a wonderfully mellowed-out version of AC/DC’s 1980 rock classic Back in Black, performed on traditional Japanese instruments, including the shime-daiko, shakuhachi, and koto with a few owl calls thrown in for good measure.

Slippery Stairs

Slippery Stairs

Another in a long line of ridiculous Japanese game show activities, this one has a simple premise but hilarious results, as a group of contestants attempt to climb a two-story staircase covered head-to-toe with slippery lube that looks like ectoplasm from Ghostbusters.

Sumi Playing Cards

Sumi Playing Cards
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Card Experiment teamed up with illustrator ToK to create a beautiful deck of playing cards inspired by traditional Japanese tattoo art. The precise and dramatic artwork incorporates stylistic elements of ukiyo-e, blending images of mythical creatures and nature.

Retro Tech: The Panapic

Retro Tech: The Panapic

Techmoan looks at another strange and wonderful bit of retro technology. This time, he unboxes a 40-year-old gadget from Japan that does something we’ve never seen before. We won’t spoil the surprise, and will let you discover it for yourself.

The Go Ranger Challenge

The Go Ranger Challenge

In this skit from the Japanese variety show Gaki Tsuka, the cast dress up as Power Ranger-style heroes. But they each have to wear different colored costumes purely by chance. It gets hilarious, then boring, then annoying, and back again. It’s the human equivalent of MasterMind.

The Great Monster off Kanagawa

The Great Monster off Kanagawa
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Designer Michael “DinoMike” Buxton combines two iconic Japanese images, as Gojira himself stomps through the Great Wave off Kanagawa. Available on t-shirts, notebooks, wall art, phone cases, tote bags, throw pillows, and even an awesome duvet cover for your bed.

Hot-o Peppa Peepa Pay Poppy

Hot-o Peppa Peepa Pay Poppy

A series of Japanese commercials from 2009 we stumbled across on YouTube, featuring a woman singing about hot peppers as the Peanuts gang jams out in the background. It’s almost as catchy as the Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen song. Dance remix here.

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Making Kumiko Lattice

Making Kumiko Lattice

The Japanese craft of Kumiko requires the use of thousands of tiny, carefully cut sticks of wood, each individually placed to form intricate lattice panels. Is it just us or does the music they added to the video sound like end of Saturday Night Live at 4:43?

The Tire Ski Jump

The Tire Ski Jump

We’re currently in Tokyo for a few days, so there’s no better time to feature this hilarious bit of old Japanese TV in which they launched a series of car and truck tires down a ski ramp to see how far they would fly. We’re pretty sure this is how Katamari Damacy started.

Making Mud Balls

Making Mud Balls

Who knew mixing mud and water could result in such beautiful and shiny spheres? We sure didn’t. Artist Bruce Gardner shows a brief glimpse into the Japanese tradition of Hikaru Dorodango, in this short film by P2 Photography. Learn to DIY on Instructables.

Smooth Criminal: Japanese Cover

Smooth Criminal: Japanese Cover

Bamboo flautist (we just like that word) Yoshimi Tsujimoto is accompanied by two talented koto players for a truly unique rendition of Michael Jackson’s 1987 classic Smooth Criminal, with a traditional Japanese flair.

Japanese Commercial Reel

Japanese Commercial Reel

George Kareman is looking for an acting gig. Unfortunately, all of his work has been in Japanese commercials, so he might have a bit of trouble selling his skills here in the states. Yes, we know this is probably fake, but it’s still funny.

How to Use Chopsticks

How to Use Chopsticks

It starts out like any other slightly awkward educational video, but this clip descends into utter madness the longer and longer you stick around through its 3-minute lesson. We’re using that “Galaxy” move the next time we eat out.

“Banned” Furby Commercial

“Banned” Furby Commercial

If Furbies didn’t freak you out enough already, they will after you watch this hilariously warped take on Japanese commercials from YouTuber MikeDiva. You have been warned.

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Manga Sound FX Rings

Manga Sound FX Rings
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You’ll have to find a way to order them from Japan, but RGB Laboratory’s bold rings based on the chunky sound effect characters from manga are well worth the effort.

Nintendo Wii U Unboxing

Nintendo Wii U Unboxing

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata unboxes one of the first Nintendo Wii U consoles off the assembly line, presumably wearing gloves to keep this fingerprint magnet from glazing over with grease.

Pie Hell

Pie Hell

Got the Monday Tuesday blues? It can’t possibly be as bad as the one that Matsumoto Hatoshi had. He was hit with pies for an entire day after losing a bet to his co-host on the show Gaki no Tsukai.

2012

2012

Genki Sudo and the well-attired members of Japan’s World Order come together for their latest music video, featuring yet another demonstration of their perfectly-synchronized dance moves.

Mika Explains Star Wars

Mika Explains Star Wars

(Spoilers) Trouble following the plot of Episode IV: A New Hope? Nope, didn’t think so. Perhaps Mika can help set the record straight with her slightly confused, yet charming explanation of Star Wars.

Outrage (Trailer)

Outrage (Trailer)

If there’s one thing you don’t ever want to do is you don’t mess with Japan’s Yakuza bosses. That’s one lesson clearly illustrated in director Takeshi Kitano’s Outrage.

Everybody, MikuMikuDance!

Everybody, MikuMikuDance!

A couple of years ago these guys took YouTube by storm with Backstreet Boys’ cheesetacular anthem. We didn’t think it could get better, but leave it to Japanese technology to improve upon the original.

Magician Walks Through Table

Magician Walks Through Table

Up until now the most amazing magic trick we had seen involving a table was the old “tablecloth yank.” This Japanese magician with a penchant for Andy Warhol has changed everything.

Symbol (Shinboru)

Symbol (Shinboru)

Did this behind-the-scenes-esque trailer for an absurdist comedy about a luchador named Escargot Man and a man in pajamas trapped in a magical room just change our Netflix queue? Yup.

Japanese Ghost Prank

Japanese Ghost Prank

When in doubt as to how to pull off a prank that scares the snot out of somebody, the good old fashioned creepy-girl-ghost-busting-through-the-wall remains a consistent crowd pleaser.

13 Assassins (Red-Band Trailer)

13 Assassins (Red-Band Trailer)

A group of unemployed samurai must help stop an evil Lord and save the country from the rule of tyranny in this martial arts epic. We didn’t know there was such a thing as unemployed samurai.

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