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Japanese pirates get real, no - seriously real…
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Read the full story Internet | Japan | WTF? 12:30 AM Yoshi Suzuki • Permalink
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A survey carried out just before Golden Week (fine weather all round – no showers reported) has shown some very interesting results about Japanese attitudes to piracy.

Virtual reality umbrella shares vibe of guerrilla rain, frog falls and more
Friday, October 23, 2009
Read the full story Environment | Events | Interviews | R&D | WTF? 09:54 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: osaka university umbrellas virtual reality

This week’s Digital Content Expo at Miraikan is one of the less corporate tech shows on the Tokyo calendar, so it’s no surprise to see some pretty kooky engineering like the Funbrella from a grad-student team at Osaka University.

Tokyo Zakka gadget store summer clearance sale!
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Read the full story Announcements | Internet | Storage | Toys | WTF? 09:06 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: humping dogs tokyo zakka usb

After a massive Twitter-only clearance sale last week, the doors are open to everyone and prices have been slashed, so get moving!

Shiny shiny - DWT logo all dressed up in rhinestones
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Read the full story Announcements | Off Topic | WTF? 08:40 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: logo pikarin

Wow - we’re really getting into the hard tech news now, eh? Completely ignoring the 18 insanely dull new phones DoCoMo just announced, I bring you our famous Pikarin-kun logo done up in finest colored glass beads instead.

High-tech Japan solves those low-down embarrassments
Monday, April 13, 2009
Read the full story Household | Japan | Off Topic | WTF? 10:00 PM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
Tagged with: drugs health women

In the spirit of the amazing Kowa anti-pee pills, we bring news of another product helping Japan move toward ending the need for people to urinate entirely.

All your blog are belong to us – software robot to do all that tedious writing
Monday, April 06, 2009
Read the full story Internet | Software | WTF? 09:20 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: blogs nec

So, NEC – you’re saying you don’t need us anymore? I’m hurt and know it’s no April Fool, so will just have to learn to live with it…

Tokyo toilets deliver data dump by very personal RSS
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Read the full story Household | Japan | WTF? 07:30 PM Yoshi Suzuki • Permalink
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The world and his dog know how space-age Japanese toilets can be (well, not this one), so it’s no great surprise to see the latest model add a little something extra to the mix in the shape of personalised RSS feeds from the throne.

Down with Japanese girls’ micro- miniskirts!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Read the full story Japan | Off Topic | WTF? 10:39 PM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
Tagged with: education fashion uniforms youth

Teachers at a high school in Japan want school girls to pull down their skirts. The group of teacher-guidance counselors commissioned, published, put up, and distributed three posters advising girls to lower the hemlines of their school-uniform skirts. News outlets reported on the ‘Proper dress all at once together campaign’…

Battlestar Galactica says What the Frack? to weird bicycle
Monday, February 23, 2009
Read the full story Household | Japan | Off Topic | WTF? 11:11 PM JMLH • Permalink
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Battlestar Galactica fans on a budget might get a kick out of this Japanese Mama Chari (or ‘Mom’s bike’) named for their favorite pseudo swearword.

Filthy habits of the webcam generation #374: online video karaoke
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Read the full story Audio | Digital cameras & camcorders | Household | Internet | Japan | WTF? 03:25 AM JMLH • Permalink
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If actual karaoke in the nasty ole world beyond your bedroom is a bit too scary, then how about doing it in front of a computer with any Tom, Dick or Taro looking in? Best of all, you can even do it in Japanese.

Missing monkey playing real-life game with police
Monday, February 09, 2009
Read the full story Japan | Off Topic | WTF? 04:12 AM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
Tagged with: monkeys police tokyo

The infamous wild monkey of Tokyo continues to elude captors. The macaque monkey that stormed Shibuya train station in August 2008 is apparently living in an internet cafe. Frustrated authorities have requested assistance from experts in primatology and the government’s spy agency.  An expert…

Paying through the nose for 3rd-party Twitter posts
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Read the full story Internet | NOT Japan | WTF? 06:47 PM JMLH • Permalink
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I work for a UK firm on occasion and so am frequently exposed to the very British style of press releases emanating from those fair isles, which is nice (I’m being kind here).

Bandai game helps single folk get hitched
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Read the full story Gaming | WTF? 11:33 PM JMLH • Permalink
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Bandai’s latest feeble attempt to revive its gaming fortunes at least has a little more humor than the cheap tat it usually peddles.

Tokyo police can track missing monkey on Twitter
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Read the full story Japan | Off Topic | WTF? 06:37 AM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
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That crazy little monkey that’s been taunting Tokyo police since August 2008 has moved into a new home. It seems the wacky macaque monkey – dubbed Makawaii – spends its nights at an internet café. The impish ape first showed up – alone – at Shibuya train station in Tokyo in August, 2008. The critter dodged…

Princess Masako may have waved during annual New Year’s event at Imperial Palace
Sunday, January 04, 2009
Read the full story Japan | Off Topic | WTF? 05:25 AM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
Tagged with: emperor masako royalty

Japan’s Crown Princess Masako made a rare appearance on Jan. 2 when she joined other members of Japan’s royal family for their annual public New Year’s welcoming at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Masako has been suffering from stress-related symptoms and mental…

The year in review - offbeat Japan news of 2008
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Read the full story Japan | WTF? 10:06 AM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
Tagged with: 2008 monkeys news

You’ll never forget that cute little Shibuya-train-station-marauding macaque monkey that made world headlines last summer. But do you remember the secret closet lady or the naked guy in the moat? How about the government employee addicted to porn?

NEC thermal scans at HQ entrance for flu carriers
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Read the full story Japan | WTF? 01:36 AM JMLH • Permalink
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We know it’s the season for colds and flu to stop the spread of goodwill to all men, but I was more than a little shocked by the lengths one tech company is going to in order to halt the march of the germs.

Gadget gift suggestions for the Lost Monkey of Tokyo
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Read the full story Japan | Off Topic | Transportation | WTF? 02:15 AM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
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The macaque monkey who’s been eluding police capture since August this year could use some holiday cheer. It’s cold in Tokyo now, much different from that hot summer morning when the cute wild ape jumped the wickets and…

Pekoppa, the listening plant nods while you unload
Monday, December 22, 2008
Read the full story Household | Toys | WTF? 05:04 PM JMLH • Permalink
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This isn’t entirely new, but it’s worth bringing you a snippet on Sega Toys’ Pekoppa – a tiny pot plant that apparently nods in agreement when anyone talks to it.

Xiao digicam ads – poop or prints?
Monday, December 08, 2008
Read the full story Digital cameras & camcorders | Film, TV, manga & anime | Japan | WTF? 09:40 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: takara tomy tv xiao zink

You know that new camera from Takara Tomy that features a little Zink printer that pops 2x3in photos out one end?

Sweary Stephen Fry really, really does not like Windows Vista

Strong language warning! Don’t read on if harsh words about innocent software offend you. No, seriously – he’s a potty mouth.

101 days of monkeying around in Tokyo
Monday, December 01, 2008
Read the full story Japan | Off Topic | WTF? 06:44 PM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
Tagged with: monkeys

Now that it’s winter, police continue to use their resources investigating reports of loose monkeys in the city, with sightings regularly reported on Japan TV news programs.

Japanese jelly candy might just choke you to death
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Read the full story Household | Japan | Off Topic | WTF? 09:22 AM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
Tagged with: food konnyaku safety

Hey kids, see this sweet candy? You probably want some, right? Here you go…no, can’t have it! Put it back behind the counter. It’s dangerous. And don’t let grandma buy it either.

Businessman wrestler finds strength from few fans
Monday, November 24, 2008
Read the full story Japan | Off Topic | WTF? 09:42 PM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
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During the week, this man sits at a desk in a company in Tokyo. On weekends he wrestles. But he is not a-pro wrestler. Not a semi-pro wrestler. No, there is a new category – according to this man - that is ….

Foaming beer shampoo only for baseball champs
Friday, November 21, 2008
Read the full story Household | Off Topic | WTF? 06:16 PM JMLH • Permalink
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In honor of the much-televised locker-room celebrations sports teams worldwide love so much, Bandai has found a way to turn spraying carbonated beverages from a filthy pastime into the very embodiment of cleanliness.

More quality Me time from Tenga’s toy box
Read the full story Japan | Off Topic | WTF? 06:06 PM JMLH • Permalink
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Can you guess what these little plastic eggs are for?

Tokyo’s wild monkey still doing his thing after three months of freedom
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Read the full story Japan | Off Topic | WTF? 06:59 PM JMLH • Permalink
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It’s exactly three months since a wild monkey decided to make his home in central Tokyo, so to mark the almost-anniversary our pals at Lets Japan have put together a scarily detailed dossier on the simian’s schedule over that period.

Japanese news uses CGI to refute groping allegations
Read the full story Film, TV, manga & anime | Japan | Software | WTF? 05:22 AM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
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After ten years of litigation, the Japan supreme court ruled in favor of a man who challenged an allegation that he fondled a woman on a Tokyo train. The man fought the police charges in 1999…

Japanese live-in coffin for the saddest of shut-ins
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Read the full story Household | Off Topic | WTF? 05:42 AM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: my room yamaha

Take a look at that photo - yes, your eyes are not playing tricks on you; and no, you don’t need to do one of those cartoon double-takes on the whiskey bottle in your hand before throwing it over your shoulder. It really is a portable wooden room that is designed to be set up inside another room.

Japan arms female train staff with pepper spray
Read the full story Japan | Off Topic | Transportation | WTF? 05:30 AM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
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Female attendants on JR Tokai line trains are being issued personal protection cayenne pepper spray devices.

Monkeying around in Tokyo ... again
Friday, November 14, 2008
Read the full story Japan | Off Topic | WTF? 01:40 AM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
Tagged with: monkeys

How many monkeys are there in Tokyo? According to a TV station on monkey-watch, there may be more than the original one mad-monkey of last summer. The tale of the monkey in the city began Aug. 20, 2008 ….

Perfect holiday gift: USB Humping Dogs now at credit crunch special price!
Friday, November 07, 2008
Read the full story Toys | WTF? 06:22 PM JMLH • Permalink
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What could make a better gift for the office party this holiday season than a set of brand new humping dogs? Especially at our new wallet-friendly price!

Heat AND cool your drinks via USB, you lazy SOB…

See that ugly piece of gray plastic in the photo above? Well, that could just be your key to total computing happiness, according to Digital Cowboy.

500kph maglev flying trains get green light to burn up Japan
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Read the full story R&D | Transportation | WTF? 09:18 PM JMLH • Permalink
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A signature on a piece of paper in Japan this week means that the country can now start work on commercializing a new generation of high-tech trains that make the current bullet trains look like pedal-bikes.

Japanese house plant writes own blog – no, really
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Read the full story Household | Internet | Japan | WTF? 06:31 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: blogs kamakura midori plants

They say any fool can be a blogger and, judging by the standard of my usual garbage, who’s to argue? Still, I bet no one ever guessed Japan’s latest online star would be a humble pot plant.

World’s longest ringtone lasts over an hour, but why?
Monday, October 06, 2008
Read the full story Wireless | WTF? 02:06 AM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: dwango ringtones

If you’ve got little to do this weekend and are interested in incredible tedium, then you could always download what its maker claims is the world’s longest cellphone ringtone.

Japanese scientists study cow burps as Earth heats up
Saturday, September 06, 2008
Read the full story Household | Japan | Off Topic | WTF? 02:05 AM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: cows environment tsukuba

Vegans should probably look away now – researchers at a Japanese agricultural institute are so concerned about global warming putting livestock off their food they’re testing ways to make them eat better.

Wi-Fi Chumby delivers Godzilla news to bedside/futonside
Friday, September 05, 2008
Read the full story Household | Toys | Wireless | WTF? 01:41 AM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: chumby godzilla wi-fi

Although it was announced in the US a while back, it’s only this fall that other territories will get their hands on Chumby, the so-called alarm clock of the future.

Non-canceling earphones deliberately let noise in
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Read the full story Audio | WTF? 11:13 PM JMLH • Permalink
Tagged with: earphones thanko

Thanko, everyone’s favourite purveyor of all things wackily Japanese, has come up with a product that is either as daft as usual or very canny – I really can’t decide.

New lamps cut UV to shoo away suicidal insects

Summer is the time of year when evenings are often filled with the fizz and crackle of winged insects obliterating themselves on outdoor lights, but did you know that it’s the ultraviolet part of the spectrum they really dig?



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