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Manga Sound FX Rings

Manga Sound FX Rings

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Japanese Mimes

Japanese Mimes

(NSFW: Language) Maybe it’s the fact that they’re not French, or maybe it’s the mohawks in place of facepaint – either way, Japan’s Gamarjobat guys are far more entertaining than Marcel Marceau.

Helldriver

Helldriver

You’ve gotta hand it to the Japanese. They sure know how to make exploitation flicks. If you have a weak stomach, turn away. Otherwise, please enjoy the most ridiculous movie trailer you’ll see today.

Japanese Concept Cars 1957-2009

Japanese Concept Cars 1957-2009

Pink Tentacle posted a gallery of Japanese concept cars from 1957 to 2009. Despite the weird doors, we like the 50s to 80s cars the most. The 90s on the other hand were the dark ages of concept cars.

Mind Shift

Mind Shift

The Japanese musical group World Order takes to the streets of the usually busting Tokyo, and does their best to take it down a peg and move at a slower pace. Except for that crazy part at the end.

Japanese Spider-Man

Japanese Spider-Man

We all have our memories of Spider-Man, whether the old “…does whatever a spider can” theme, the Sam Raimi blockbusters or even Spider-Pig. The Japanese have their own special memories.

Japanese Synchronized Marching

Japanese Synchronized Marching

We’re not sure if this is a presentation or a competition, or if this is just training before they venture into their extremely crowded cities. The amazing happens at the 1:10 mark.

Japanese Belly Ad

Japanese Belly Ad

We have no idea what this ad is marketing, but whatever it is we want to buy one just to support whoever it is that commissioned this ad. It’s safe for work, although there’s a belly kissing scene.

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Nikodama Googly Eyes

Nikodama Googly Eyes

Leave it to the Japanese to create an electronic gadget which lets you humanize any object. These Nikodama eyeballs can be stuck on the face of anything to give it more personality.

Elekit Tube Amp

Elekit Tube Amp

It’s been a while since we’ve seen anything as fracking minimal gorgeous and cool as the Elekit Tube Amp, a vacuum tube hybrid stereo amplifier designed by Koichi Futatsumata for EK Japan.

Trailer: Gatchaman

Trailer: Gatchaman

We first got a peek at Gatchaman all the way back in 2008. Now it looks like the CGI Japanimation flick is finally nearing release. In this clip, the protagonists go up against a giant mecha-bug.

Portable Watermelon Cooler

Portable Watermelon Cooler

File this one under the “one-trick-pony” category. There’s something just so wrong it’s right about this ridiculous Japanese invention that’s perfect for cooling a watermelon, or maybe a head.

Gundam In Shizuoka

Gundam In Shizuoka

Don’t worry if you missed the life-size Gundam statue in Tokyo. It’s now in Shizuoka; you have until March 2011 to kiss, hug and attempt to take home this epic statue and his beam saber.

Trailer: Alien vs. Ninja

Trailer: Alien vs. Ninja

This indie from Japan has massive sword fights, space aliens with big pointy teeth, dayglo magenta blood spurts and cheesy Japanese-to-English subtitled dialogue. What’s not to like?

Short Film: Snack Track

Short Film: Snack Track

We’re getting hungry just watching this short animated stop-motion flick by Brooklyn animator Lori Samsel. The entire animation was made from Japanese rice crackers. Crunchy and delicious!

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Green Float Environmental Island

Green Float Environmental Island

Japan’s Shimizu Corporation recently unveiled plans for a self sufficient floating ecotopia covered in vegetation that generates its own power, grows food, manages waste and provides clean water.

Polo Shirt Portrait

Polo Shirt Portrait

20 staffers arranged 2,700 polo shirts in 24 different colors to make a portrait of Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh as part of a campaign by Japanese apparel maker Onward Kashiyama.

Air Conditioned Bed

Air Conditioned Bed

The air conditioned bed from Kuchofuku uses quiet, low power dual-fans at the foot of the bed, which you won’t hear while sleeping. The air circulates from behind your head through the mattress.

TY KU Sake Liqueur

TY KU Sake Liqueur

TY KU, the world’s only sake-based beverage, is a liqueur filled with a bouquet of 20-odd flowers and fruits, including elderflower syrup, yuzu, plum and green tea, packaged in a self-illuminating bottle.

Citizen Eco-Drive DOME Watch

Citizen Eco-Drive DOME Watch

We love the sleek modern styling and multi-function display on Citizen’s limited-edition 80th anniversary timepiece. Too bad you have to go to Japan if you want one. Let’s hope for exports.

Tetsuo: The Bulletman

Tetsuo: The Bulletman

We don’t care that it’s in Japanese. This horror / action flick looks awesome. The story centers on a man who loses everything and becomes an iron-celled-metal-man hell-bent on revenge.

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