- Buxom Japanese celebrity goes public with declaration that she is now looking for lovers
- 2018 Russian calendar features Vladimir Putin just hanging around with some dogs
- Messaging app LINE experiments with service to help pregnant women find seats on trains
Posted: 02 Dec 2017 03:30 PM PST
Followers older than 18 years of age can potentially date her.
The "Kano Sisters" are a celebrity duo well-known for their busty assets and flamboyant lifestyles. Mika Kano — the younger sister — often posts scantily-clad cosplays on Instagram, and the last time she dressed up as a sexy character, the Japanese Internet suffered a massive nosebleed.
Mika has now turned heads once again with a recent blog post stating her intent to find a partner, sending her legion of loyal followers into a frenzy.
▼ This woman isn't shy when it comes to showing off.
As with many things in Japan, it's a time-limited campaign:
Mika's quest has been an ongoing endeavor since February this year, when she posted a video of herself taking a bubble bath.
▼ "The bath time of a busty angel is sweet and heavenly.
Prospective suitors can take a gander at Mika's spicy pictures on the siblings' Instagram account, where she shows off her curvaceousness to followers.
▼ That's the softest bathrobe we've ever seen.
▼ Why settle for more when you can have less to wear?
Netizens were eager to offer their love to her:
Her call for suitors seems more like a publicity stunt than a heartfelt plea, but it seems that her followers relish the opportunity of being able to date the curvy celebrity, and perhaps see her equally busty sister Kyoko in the flesh.
Posted: 02 Dec 2017 05:00 AM PST
Man’s best comrade.
Russia’s notorious president Vladimir Putin is quite, well, notorious. He’s had a shady past, including some of his critics just happening to wind up dead, and he’s made a couple of awkward jokes that have had the international community shifting in their seats uncomfortably.
So then it would seem a hard task to make Putin more likeable. But one calendar did the best they could: by pairing Putin with lots and lots of dogs.
Japanese Twitter user @ydtmg_yoi recently posted photos of that calendar, purchased on a trip to Russia, the only place in the world where it’s available:
▼ “I picked up this crazy thing in Russia. A 2018 calendar of
I mean, it’s impossible not to smile when looking at all those cute canine friends. And then that means you’re technically smiling at pictures of Putin, which technically means you like him, which technically means your name is now Boris/Natasha and you live to serve the needs of Mother Russia.
For those curious, @ydtmg_yoi tweeted a photo showing the pictures from all twelve months in the calendar:
▼ We have to say though, most of the dogs look like they’re just putting up
As crazy as they are, these Putin calendars seem to be an annual thing in Russia. And at least this year’s one did a better job than the 2016 Putin calendar that showed off the man in ways no one ever asked for.
Posted: 01 Dec 2017 09:00 PM PST
The app connects expectant mothers looking for empty seats with passengers wanting to relinquish theirs.
A range of maternity services are available in Japan, including ones that give pregnant women priority when waiting for taxis.
And now the popular messaging app LINE, together with train company Tokyo Metro and Dai Nippon Printing, hopes to provide a service that helps expectant mothers look for seats on crowded trains.
▼ Posters promoting the campaign can be seen on trains.
Passengers who opt into the program will be notified via LINE whenever a pregnant woman enters the same cabin and presses the "I wish to sit" button in the messaging app. An interface tells the woman exactly which seat is being offered, allowing the two individuals to exchange places without so much as a single word uttered.
The service will be trialed from 11 December to 15 December on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, running from Ueno Station to Omotesando Station and Shibuya Station to Ueno Station. A total of eight trains are expected to perform this pilot service in their respective last cabins from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and interested volunteers can help provide valuable feedback to help improve the program.
▼ When labels like these don’t cut it anymore.
While this certainly provides valuable assistance to pregnant women, it also highlights some of the difficulties they face when taking public transport in Japan. Seats are swooped upon as soon as they are empty, and many passengers become so preoccupied with their smart phones that they hardly ever look up to notice someone else needing the seat more than them.
▼ People often tend to fall asleep in their seats too.
If pregnant women have to rely on such roundabout methods to guarantee them a seat on a train, perhaps it's time for society to do a bit of self-reflection. A bit of empathy goes a long way, and the women who help birth our next generation deserve that kindness. Failing that, we reckon trains should resort to using huge pink lights to alert everyone in the vicinity of their presence.
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