- Overambitious diners set restaurant ablaze trying to grill all-you-can-eat yakiniku
- Japan’s ultimate wagyu beef bento costs almost US$3,000, promises to be an unforgettable meal
- Keep yourself fed this Holiday Season with these talking Star Wars automatic snack dispensers!
- Japan’s most popular pub chain rolls beer price back to what it was in 1980 for celebration
- Nine famous anime voice actors turning 50 this year, including the voice of Sailor Moon
- Freaky-looking Goblin shark washes up on beach, almost puts us off seafood for life 【Photos】
- Japanese woman arrested after stealing 90,000 yen worth of anime from live-in boyfriend
- Woman fears dick pic when man suddenly sends picture of “his Gundam,” love story ensues instead
- Seven Japanese beauty products recommended by Twitter that are perfect for lazy girls
Posted: 29 Nov 2017 07:00 PM PST
There’s a reason why greed is considered a “deadly” sin.
The incident happened around 9:30 p.m. on November 27, at a yakiniku barbecue restaurant in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture. According to prefectural police, the fire started when the flames leaping up from the large amount of meat grilling at a customer’s table spread to the oil-covered air vent above.
If you’re unfamiliar with how yakiniku-type restaurants work, often there is a grill at the center of each table, and customers can order meats and other sides of their choosing and grill it up themselves. This particular restaurant had an all-you-can-eat option as well, which is what the customers in question had ordered, before things took a turn for the worse. “We were grilling a large amount of meat, when the flames went up and the air duct caught on fire. We tried grilling a bunch at once so we could finish it all within the all-you-can-eat time limit,” one of the diners explained.
Fat drippings from even a small amount of meat can cause a fair amount of flames, as you can see in the video below, so you can imagine that a large pile would elicit a rather sizable fire. Couple that with a grease-covered air duct just above the grill, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.
The fire raged for four hours before it was fully extinguished, but not before it burnt through the whole two-story establishment, and part of the real estate office in the connecting building. While there were several customers and employees in the restaurant when the fire started, thankfully no one was injured.
31-year-old Kazuaki Sawada, a diner at the restaurant who witnessed the fire, told reporters: “There were a number of businessmen-looking customers sitting at the table, and the flames went straight up and it caught fire. We just couldn’t put it out, and it got bigger and bigger.”
While they didn’t purposely set the restaurant on fire in a hangry rage, they tried to take advantage of an all-you-can-eat deal and in the end sent an establishment up in smoke. Perhaps we could learn from their example and not be greedy with our food.
Posted: 29 Nov 2017 06:00 PM PST
With nearly 10 pounds of premium Japanese beef, there's no room for any vegetables here.
When most people think of Japan's bento, the first things that come to mind are the affordably priced boxed lunches sold at convenience stores, or the unassuming familial tastiness of bento made by a loving mother or wife. But bento can go high-end too, with gourmet ingredients and prices far beyond the 600 yen (US$5.35) that inexpensive store-bought bento usually cost.
For example, take a look at this meaty offering, filled with cuts of premium wagyu beef from Tottori Prefecture, which was recently rated as the highest-quality beef in all of Japan by the Wagyu Registry Association.
No room for vegetable side dishes here. Every compartment of the bento box is stuffed with beef, sitting atop a ration of Tottori-grown Kinu Musume rice.
Looks mouth-watering, doesn't it? And it should, because this ultimate meat-lover's bento will set you back 292,929 yen (US$2,615). That's inclusive of 21,698 yen (US$194) worth of sales tax, meaning that the levy on this bento is enough for a whole month of ordinarily priced bento lunches.
On the plus side, you do get a gargantuan glut of beef, 4.5 kilograms (9.9 pounds) of it, to be exact, so this is clearly designed for sharing. The gigantic 60-centimeter (23.6-inch) box is also made out of actual wood instead of plastic, so it might be reusable, provided you don't mind the fact that plenty of beef juices have probably soaked into the wood (and I'm guessing you don't, if you're the kind of person willing to drop nearly 300,000 yen on a single shipment of beef).
The regional theme continues with the seasonings, which include a dipping sauce flavored with Tottori-grown pears and wasabi raised in the prefecture.
As for the exact cuts of beef, they roughly correspond to their respective locations on the cow silhouette made by the bento compartments. So in addition to prime rib, tenderloin, sirloin tip, brisket, and the chuck tender, you'll also get a few cuts that probably seem pretty exotic to Western palates, such as the tongue and temple.
Still, at this price you'll probably want to at least try a bite of everything. The Tottori Wagyu Complete Cow bento can be purchased online here from bento delivery service Gochikuru, with orders being accepted between now and March 31. Fulfilling orders takes two weeks, but that should give your beef-craving friends plenty of time to complete their battle royale competition to decide who gets to eat with you.
Posted: 29 Nov 2017 05:00 PM PST
These Darth Vader and Stormtrooper snack dispensers just might be tempting enough to sway you to the dark side!
Takara Tomy A.R.T.S., a subsidiary of Japanese toy franchise Takara Tomy Group, has recently announced a gadget that’s sure to delight Star Wars fans and also keep them nourished with tasty tidbits as well. It’s the “Star Wars Otsumami (snack) Server” and it comes in a Darth Vader and Stormtrooper design!
The mask-shaped snack dispenser, which stands 23 centimeters (9 inches) tall, is not only cool to look at, but fun to use. You place your hand under it, and voila, a sensor-triggered response from the machine will reward you with a small serving of munchies accompanied with one of several sound effects, including famous lines from the Star Wars movies.
The Darth Vader version is programmed to speak lines such as “I am your father“, “As you wish” and “Yes, my master“, as well as generating sounds including Lord Vader’s characteristic breathing and the buzzing light saber vibrations, while dispensing the snacks.
The Stormtrooper version will generate sounds such as the phrases: “Don’t move” and “Freeze!“, as well as the familiar blasts of their signature blaster rifles.
But that’s not all. What makes this snack dispenser even more fun is that it comes with a special “party mode” in addition to the regular “normal mode”. In normal mode, the machine simply gives you a small mouthful worth of snacks each time you activate it. But once you set it to party mode, the server will occasionally dispense at random a whole handful of goodies while The Imperial March theme song plays, accompanied with a Star Wars line associated with the Dark Side, such as “Luke, it is your destiny.”
▼ Here’s what the packaging looks like:
The Star Wars Otsumami Server will go on sale starting December 14 at a price of 6,980 yen (US$63) and will be available at retailers and toy stores across Japan as well as from the Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. online shop.
So, a snack server that provides good party entertainment and can also be displayed as a high-quality 1/2 scale replica mask? Yup, we can definitely imagine a lot of Star Wars fans coveting this gadget come mid-December!
Posted: 29 Nov 2017 09:30 AM PST
Always a good choice for a beer, Hub is about to become an even better one.
Since opening its first branch in 1980, Japan's Hub chain of bars has been a stalwart ally to fans of adult beverages. With convenient locations, low prices, a friendly atmosphere, and English menus, the Hub's English-style pubs have built up a diverse clientele of both Japanese and expat college students and young professionals.
That broad appeal has been good to Hub, and the company has announced that as of December 4 it'll be listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. To celebrate the achievement, on that day all Hub locations will be offering draft beer, all day long, for just 180 yen (US$1.60).
Why 180 yen? Because that was the price of beer at Hub's first branch in Kobe's Sannomiya neighborhood when it opened 37 years ago, which means if you factor in inflation, on December 4 Hub's beer will be even cheaper than it was when the chain was founded.
Oh, and unlike many bars in Japan, Hub has no cover charge, and its tax-included prices, plus the lack of tipping in Japanese society, means that 180 yen is the total, final price of that beer. Granted, the 180-yen promotion is for a half-pint, but there's no limit to how many glasses you can drink at that price, and 360 yen, total, for a full pint is still a great deal. And besides, regardless of glass size, 180-yen beer is a great excuse to go drinking on a Monday.
Posted: 29 Nov 2017 08:00 AM PST
A list to make long-time anime fans feel equal parts old and nostalgic.
Anime is a youth-oriented medium, something that's readily apparent when the vast majority of series star child or teen protagonists. But while their fictional status means the heroes and heroines of anime stay eternally young, their human voice actors do, of course, grow older.
Highlighting that fact is a recent tweet from Japanese Twitter user @animeveryhope10 which lists a number of famous performers, including talent involved in some of the biggest anime hits ever, who have turned 50 this year, or will before the start of 2018.
Let's take a look at some of the biggest names on the list, and their most famous roles:
● Kotono Mitsuishi: Sailor Moon (Sailor Moon), Misato Katsuragi (Evangelion)
● Megumi Hayashibara: Rei Ayanami (Evangelion), Ranma Saotome (Ranma 1.2), Lina Inverse (Slayers)
● Takehito Koyasu: Hotohori (Fushigi Yûgi, Kiryu Toga (Revolutionary Girl Utena, Ryosuke Takahashi (Initial D
● Akira Ishida: Kaworu Nagisa (Evangelion, Xellos (Slayers, Athun Zala (Mobile Suit Gundam Seed)
● Kazuya Nakai: Ruronoa Zoro (One Piece)
● Akiko Yajima: Shinnosuke Nohara (Crayon Shin-chan)
● Toshiyuki Morikawa: Griffith (Berserk)
● Yuji Ueda: Amiboshi, Suboshi (Fushigi Yugi, Sagara Sanosuke (Rurouni Kenshin), Keitaro Urashima (Love Hina
● Mitsuo Iwata: Kaneda (Akira), Itsuki Takeuchi (Initial D), Kintaro Oe (Golden Boy)
The other, less prominent performers also on the list are Yoshiko Kamei,
While the list is sure to make long-time anime fans feel old, that's not really the reason @animeveryhope10 put it together. Instead, he simply wanted to highlight how much outstanding vocal talent was born in 1967. And what's even more amazing is that a handful of the individuals on the list are still voicing those characters, specifically Mitushi as Sailor Moon, Hayashibara as Rei, Nakai as Zoro, and Yajima as Shin-chan. Each is now several decades older than their ongoing characters (the age gap between Yajima is 45 years), but fans can't imagine any other voice coming out of the characters' mouths, so don't be surprised if some of them are still at it when they turn 60.
Posted: 29 Nov 2017 07:00 AM PST
Rare “living fossil” shark that looks like it’s trying to escape from its own face is a great reminder for us to stay out of the water.
Deep and dark, the sea is a world of mystery. And with what it vomits up on Japanese beaches, we’re quite happy for it to stay that way. Japanese Twitter user @Tomochin_s14 recently took a photo of a freakish creature they found washed up on a beach in Ose, Shizuoka Prefecture, to the south of Mount Fuji, getting rather closer than we would have dared in the process.
The creepy looking critter, and possessor of a face even its own mother might find hard to love, may look like an aberrant mutation or like something from the film Alien, but it’s actually a rare species of shark known as a Goblin Shark, which normally lives thousands of feet below the ocean’s surface. They are only ever rarely seen, leaving their population numbers a mystery. Sightings are so infrequent that other more knowledgeable social media users told @Tomochin_s14 that if they told an aquarium about the find they’d get an immediate reply. One commenter, maybe taking the Japanese’s love of seafood too far, jokingly suggested that rather than informing the aquarium they should be carting it over to a fishmonger.
▼ A Goblin Shark in its natural habitat, or more like a kaiju monster based on its terrifying form, which is threatening to our bladder integrity.
Fortunately for us, Goblin sharks don’t often come all the way up to the surface, preferring to hide in the depths, scaring the hell out of each other. The few living specimens that have been caught tend to die within weeks. The cause of death being mirror or reflection-related has yet to be conclusively confirmed. For Goblin sharks at least, it’s better down where it’s wetter, take it from them.
▼ While @Tomochin_s14’s photo might have us a bit green at the gills, it turns out that’s one on a good day. You wouldn’t want to see him when he’s angry…
▼ And if you thought you were ever going to sleep again…
As much as we love all of the weird and the wonderful that makes up Japan, we’d also rather like to forget about the nightmare-inducing creepy-crawlies and horrifying beasties that live alongside us, forever lurking. Fortunately our stomachs are made of stronger stuff, so after a shaky few minutes our seafood cravings have kicked back in.
Posted: 29 Nov 2017 06:00 AM PST
It's nice to have a partner who values your hobby, but not like this.
It's never easy when a romantic relationship reaches its end, but it's particularly painful when it happens with live-in lovers. Even among that subset of breakups, however, things have got to be especially awkward for Japanese Twitter user @wkkazuya.
The 49-year-old @wkkazuya had become involved with a 23-year-old woman who was living in a dormitory owned by the company she worked for, which isn't an unusual living situation in Japan. She decided to quit her job, though, which meant she needed to find a new place to live, and so she ended up moving in with @wkkazuya, who lives in the city of Akashi in Hyogo Prefecture, not far from Kobe.
@wkkazuya is a pretty big anime fan, and a physical media collector to boot. Like a lot of people with those passions, he's got a few shelves in his home filled with his personal treasures. And while that sight probably filled him with satisfaction, he was a lot less happy when he noticed that some gaps had suddenly appeared on his shelf, with a number of his prized DVDs and Blu-ray discs missing.
With no one else having access to the discs, @wkkazuya suspected his girlfriend was behind their disappearance, and contacted the police on November 24. Although she initially claimed that an acquaintance of hers had stolen the missing anime, during questioning she admitted that she indeed made off with the discs and sold them at a local branch of Geo, a retailer that deals in second-hand anime, video games, and CDs, for a total sum of roughly 90,000 yen (US$800), saying "I had no money, so I stole them." She has now been formally placed under arrest.
According to @wkkazuya, among the pilfered anime were a limited-edition first-pressing Blu-ray box set of Sora no Manimani, an unopened first-pressing complete Blu-ray set of Android Kikaider, an unopened Blu-ray set of Darker then Black, and a limited-edition Blu-ray box of True Tears.
The betrayal could have been worse, though. As shown in another photo, @wkkazuyas's box set of Azuki-chan, as well as his set of Tokyo Pig, were safe, having been kept in a separate room.
While the stolen goods have been recovered, they're currently evidence, and so are being held by the authorities. Unfortunately, @wkkazuya claims that the discs which were unopened while in his possession have since been opened, which would severely affect their value in the collectors' market (it's not clear whether the discs were opened by his girlfriend, the Geo staff, or police investigators).
The incident has caused @wkkazuya to think his girlfriend was the reason several other items, including cash, have gone missing from his home recently, although for the time being it's only the anime he's made an official complaint to the police about.
Posted: 29 Nov 2017 05:00 AM PST
Expecting an image of an unwanted member, she instead found the partner she desired.
Long ago, I had plans to meet up with a girl in Tokyo's Odaiba neighborhood, which has plenty of fancy restaurants with nice views of the bay and skyline. But when we met at the station, before heading to the restaurant, she suddenly asked, "Would it be OK if we went to see the giant Gundam statue first?"
I ended up marrying that girl, and so I've always felt that Gundam should be admired not just for its awesome beam saber and head-mounted vulcan machine guns, but for its ability to bring couples together. As further proof of the anime mecha's matchmaking skills, consider the case of Elle Howley and John Grasso.
Howley and Grasso attended the same high school, and after graduation ran into each other on dating app Tinder. After they'd exchanged a few messages, Howley deleted her account, having decided that the app wasn't for her, but Grasso wanted to keep their conversations going, and approached Howley through her Instagram account. He also announced that he was going to send her "a pick [sic] of my gundam."
Now it should be noted that there's not any precedent of "Gundam" being a euphemism for "penis," either in Japanese or among English-speaking anime fan communities. But honestly, anytime a guy suddenly, without prompting, says "I'm gonna send you a pic of my …", you should brace yourself for a dick pic, regardless of how he ended the sentence, and so Howley expected just that.
Shockingly, though, it turned out to really be a picture of a Gundam, specifically a plastic model that Grasso had put together and painted in his free time. And since Howley is a Gundam fan herself, with a soft spot for TV series Gundam Wing in particular, she was impressed with Grasso's passion and craftsmanship.
The two continued chatting online, met up in-person in April of 2016, and began dating, with Howley regularly referring to her boyfriend as "Gundam Guy." This month, they took a trip to Boston, where on November 22 Grasso once again showed Howley something unexpected…
…an engagement ring!
So yes, from Grasso's questionably worded, though innocent, offer to share a glimpse at his love of anime robots, a real-life love story has blossomed, one that will hopefully have the same longevity as the long-running animated franchise that served as its catalyst.
And while modern society has become pretty accepting of women retaining their maiden name after marriage…
…"Mrs. Gundam" does sound pretty awesome.
Posted: 28 Nov 2017 09:00 PM PST
Can’t be bothered to to spend hours in front of the mirror? These products are for you!
Are you struggling with skin problems, but hate spending an hour or more on skin care and cosmetics? Do you constantly oversleep and miss out on quality makeup time? Or do you, for some incomprehensible reason, refuse to use these Pokemon face packs?
Don’t worry, there’s an easy way for you to look beautiful and be lazy, at the same time!
Try one of these seven “Lazy Cosmetics” to help keep your skin moist, your hair neat, and your face fresh and clean with little to no effort!
1. Barrier Repair Sleeping Pack
This gel-type applicant is meant to seal in products, like toners and moisturizers, that were supposed to have been applied beforehand, but we won’t judge you if you just use this. Your skin won’t complain, either! According to the packaging, it’s great for dry skin, and promises “luxuriantly soft and smooth skin in the morning”. There’s a small trial pack that you can buy at your local drug store but the regula-size jar is about 1,500 yen (about US$13.50).
It’s also got rice milk in it, so bonus points for natural ingredients!
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2. Elixir Night Pack
Much like the Barrier Repair Sleeping Pack, this gel by Shiseido is meant to be applied before bed, after applying all other products so that you can wake up with a lustrous, soft skin. But for the lazy ladies of the world, simply applying the gel will have plenty of positive benefits! It contains collagen for aging prevention, and a relaxing floral scent. It sells at most drug stores for about 2,800 yen ($25.19).
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3. ZuboLabo Night Time Lotion Wipes
Getting its name from the Japanese word “zubora” which means “sloppy” or “unkempt”, ZuboLabo’s lotion wipes are a big hit with the ZuboLadies (see what we did there?) of Japanese Twitter. Since it’s got the benefit of being an all-in-one solution, you don’t have to do anything before or after using these wipes, since they remove makeup, wash your face, and tone and moisturize your skin. At just 900 yen for 35 sheets, these are the most economical, and the most useful, way of taking care of your skin with little effort.
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4. Butter Spray
This is not the kind of butter that you spray on to a pan before you make muffins. We don’t claim to be experts, but we don’t believe that would be very good for your skin. No, this spray is made out of 98 percent shea butter! Boasting “speedy moist” capabilities, it’s said to fix those dry hands and feet in just three seconds, because it’s an already warm and easy to apply spray, rather than a thick balm. So you don’t have to worry about wasting time on scooping up and softening regular shea butter with your hands, then laboriously massaging it in. It’s available for 1,200 yen ($10.80).
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5. Saborino Quick Dry Spray
For those who really hate taking the time to blow-dry their hair, Saborino’s Quick Dry Spray is said to be a godsend. There are two kinds: the regular (yellow) and the high moisture retention (pink). This product uses the power of SCIENCE to dry your hair faster with a hair dryer – without being dangerous science, of course! Plus, it’s got a delightful fruity scent and lots of styling oils mixed into it, so you can make sure you’re not damaging your silky locks. You can buy this for 1,300 yen ($11.70).
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6. Saborino Wake-up Masks
Masks are a great way to do all-in-one skin care, but don’t worry, we won’t suggest you try the terrifying cat masks again. Saborino’s Wake-up Masks are great if you don’t have much time in the morning: just put one on first thing when you wake up, take it off sometime before you run out the door, and you’ll have washed, toned, and moisturized your face! According to the package, it really only needs 60 seconds to work. Plus, it’s got a nice fruity scent and it’s packed with tons of natural ingredients, like orange and grapefruit oils and avocado extracts. There are five varieties, with each pack of 28 selling for 1,300 yen ($11.70).
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7. From Roots to Ends Hair Milk
Don’t be alarmed: just like the butter, this does not contain real milk. It’s a hair styling lotion that also provides damage care and protection and is great for those who are too lazy to mess with irons, gels, and sprays. Simply pump a suitable amount into your hands, making sure you’ve got plenty, and gently massage it into every bit of every strand of hair, from roots to ends. Then style! Simple as that. It goes on light and keeps hair smooth, plus, (and we see a trend here) you’ll get a nice fruity smell! You can get it for 600 yen ($5.40).
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There are a plethora of great products out there, so it can be hard to figure out what’s right for you. Lazy girls have an extra hard time finding beauty products that won’t cost them that precious time in bed. Hopefully these peer reviews can help you pick out a few products that meet your needs. If not, here are some other well-loved beauty products to try out, and if you’re into the exotic, you can also DIY your own KFC bath salts.
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