Any keen fisher(wo)men among our readers? Nowadays just about every phone is also a camera and a camcorder, so keeping a record of your latest catch is a trivial matter – and of course you’d want to, if only to avoid having to insist “I swear it was this big!” to disbelieving friends and family. [...]
Ikebana (生け花), literally “live flowers,” is the traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement. Its deceptively simple name hides years of history and cultural upheaval that began during the Meiji Restoration. I won’t go into all the details, but suffice to say that ikebana today is quite different from what it used to be! There are [...]
For most people outside of the Japan-loving world, internet memes were the gateway into the world of Domo. From killing kittens to just about everything else, Domo is all over the place. From plushies to clothing to vinyl figurines, Domo has become insanely popular. Thanks internet! But what is Domo really? How did he come [...]
In this edition of Tofugu’s weekly Saturday Timewaster, I’d like to regale to you a story about a man who’s videotaped the creation of one-thousand four-hundred fifty-two bowls of instant ramen and instant yakisoba. How he’s done the… wait… wait…… seriously? ONE THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED FIFTY TWO? Obviously the feat of strength here isn’t the [...]
I would like to dedicate this short post to our good friend Hashi. Little Hashi has not heard the fantasicality that is Polysics (the poor, poor boy), and I figured if someone as cool and well internetted as he had not heard the wondrous sounds of Polysics, there may be other poor souls like him [...]
Or perhaps not. You be the judge. For today’s Saturday Timewaster, I take you to the greatest non-watery slide I’ve ever seen. In a land where there are still teeter-totters, swings, and other supposedly “dangerous” playground equipment, this stands out above all the rest. Welcome to the roller slide of Naikai-Machi’s Central Park (中井町の中央公園).
Established on September 4th, 1948 as Nissin Food Products Co., Ltd. of Japan, Nissin now encourages its country to boil itself. But why? They already have two museums solely dedicated to noodle worship – what more could they want? Do they think their long history of entertaining commercials has earned them such blind devotion and [...]