Have you heard of utsuro bune? No, I don’t mean the metal band. Utsuro bune was one of the first modern UFO sightings, and it happened way back in the Edo period in Japan. A lot of people believe that utsuro bune is definitive proof that we aren’t alone in the universe, but I’m a [...]
Japanese scientists have figured out a way to control your hand through electrical stimuli. Now, this has been done before, but it’s never been done so well using something that’s on the outside of your hand. Normally this sort of thing requires some surgery and isn’t particularly safe. This one involves putting a couple of [...]
Help A Salaryman. Watch This Video. It’s come to my attention that Japanese wives have been getting more and more stingy with their husband’s spending money. While in 1990 Japanese salarymen received on average 76,000 yen per month to spend on lunch, beer and other fun things, salarymen of today only get on average 36,500 [...]
A very good looking Frankenstein, though. Meet Aimi Eguchi. She’s the newest member in the Japanese Idol Group AKB48… well, she’s actually kind of like the newest “members.” She’s not a clone, well, sort of. She’s a hybrid of the “best features” of six current AKB48 members. She’s made up of a mouth, a head [...]
A few weeks ago, we announced our first-ever summer internship. Between that post and last Friday when the application closed, we’ve heard so much from so many wonderful people. I wanted to share some of the stats from the great Tofugu internship application of 2011: 224 applicants. People ranging from ages 13-46. Readers from tons [...]
If you’re super cool and observant, you may have noticed that the menu bar at the top of the site has changed. That’s because we’ve cleaned up the site a bit, updated the ancient About page, cut down on categories for articles and most importantly, added a new page to the site – Japanese Resources!
What if I told you the image above was poop? Would you eat it, even if it tasted like meat? Luckily for you, the image above is not poop – it’s just regular old meat (how boring!). Despite having perfectly good, poop-free meat (like the image above), Japanese scientist Mitsuyuki Ikeda has come up with [...]