Every Sunday we gather the week’s weird and interesting Japanese news and present it to you in our Sunday News column. It might not always be hard-hitting news, but we hope that it still informs and entertains you. Enjoy!
Japan Airlines to Serve Kentucky Fried Chicken on Select Flights: What’s better than heart-stopping, cholesterol-rich, artery-clogging fast food? Heart-stopping, cholesterol-rich, artery-clogging fast food on a plane. For a limited time, Japan Airlines is serving the most Japanese of foods: Kentucky Fried Chicken. Japan Airlines won’t be serving some of KFC’s more interesting dishes, like its Famous Bowls or its Double Downs, but it’ll definitely scratch your American junk food itch.[/threecol_two] [threecol_one_last]Sakai, Japan Becomes Sister City To The Hobbit’s Shire: In case you didn’t know, the first Hobbit movie is fast approaching (December 14th!) and people are doing plenty in the meantime to celebrate. The city of Sakai, Japan, whose sister city is Wellington, New Zealand, the country where Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were shot, so it only makes sense that Sakai also make the Shire its sister city. Whether or not Sakai will also embrace the Shire, the Australian reality-drama TV show, is still to be seen.
Japanese Groom Ritually Destroys Love Plus Save Data on His Wedding Day: For most people, getting married means big life changes, things like opening a joint bank account, signing a lease together, or other significant decisions. For others, it means destroying your dating sim in front of an audience to prove that you won’t neglect your real-life wife for virtual pursuits. To each, his own, I guess.[/threecol_one_last]
[threecol_one]5 Things Nobody Tells You About Living in Japan: Cracked has quickly become an internet staple with lists like “The 6 Most Spectacular Dick Moves in Online Gaming History” and “6 Mental Illness Myths Hollywood Wants You to Believe,” but a Cracked article this week that’s surprisingly insightful about life in Japan, covering topics like technology, culture, and architecture. Read between the lines, and I hear you can find 10 Ways You Can Tell That You’re a 90s Kid.
Japan’s Kobe Beef Bound for U.S.: Kobe beef has been en vogue recently, although technically nothing served in the US is actually real, official Kobe beef. (Check out our write-up about it for more.) But now, Japan is finally allowing exports of its world-renowned Kobe beef to the United States, allowing American restaurants to at last advertise Kobe beef on their menus without lying about it. Good news for US diners, bad news for Hyogo cows.[/threecol_one] [threecol_two_last]
Tokyo is Michelin’s most gourmet capital for sixth year: For the sixth year in a row, Tokyo claims its spot as the culinary capital of the world. Tokyo has once again claimed the most restaurants with three Michelin Stars – the highest honor in the culinary world – beating out other gourmet capitals like Paris and New York City. Among the three-star restaurants are traditional Japanese restaurants like Sukiyabashi Jiro, along with more contemporary restaurants. And as for Portland, Oregon, my home city: let’s just say that Michelin might not be big on food carts. [via News On Japan][/threecol_two_last]