Monthly Archives: April 2015

WTF Japan: Did that potato just peel himself for soup

Japan is the country of samurai and extreme devotion to the cause. More or less any cause. While the samurai have disappeared, their spirit lives on…and if this video is to be believed, it lives on in Japanese potatoes, who … Continue reading

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Video game characters break all the rules

What would happen, if Pacman decided to borrow the spaceship from Asteroids? What if Mario borrowed a couple of guns from Master Chief? Here is a video of video game characters breaking the rules 🙂

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Crazy wish cats from local temple

A few pictures of the wish cats from a local temple. As I understand it, people buy a cat figurine and make a wish. They take the figurine home, but if the wish comes true, they return and place the … Continue reading

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WTF Japan – Welcome to the world of Mameshiba – beans, hippos and kissing

Mameshiba (豆しば?) is a Japanese merchandise franchise created by copywriter and Korean Japanese national Kim Sukwon. The Mameshiba are different varieties of beans (and other legumes) that have dog-like faces and tell trivia. Their name derives from a series of … Continue reading

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WTF Japan: When making rice cakes becomes kick-ass

Making traditional rice cakes, known in Japan as mochi, might not exactly sound like anything special. It does, however, take on a bit of kick-ass attitude when you do it like these guys at Nara’s Nakatanidou 🙂

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Japan: How the Houshi Ryokan has stayed in the same family for 1300 years

A lovely little video about the history of the Houshi Ryokan. Houshi (english) from Fritz Schumann on Vimeo.

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Photos of Japan: Meiji Jingu and Sake Barrels

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A few pictures from a visit to the Meiji Jingu shrine and the sake barrels donated to the shrine by sake producers from all over Japan.

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