- Japanese artist illustrates the things that women with big breasts have to deal with
- Anime director under fire for anti-Semitic tweets intended for international community
- Japan Snow Battle Federation looking to make snowball fights Olympic event
- Narita Airport starts free cultural event series with kimono-wearing, manga creator experiences
- Tokyo restaurant’s mega pasta is so huge they’ll pay you US$455 if you can eat it all by yourself
- Domino’s Pizza Japan offers discount to customers in masks for limited time
- Shinji’s “Mexican” scream sparks snickering and debate over Evangelion language comparison video
Posted: 27 Feb 2018 08:00 PM PST
As it turns out, there are downsides to being a buxom beauty.
With so much of the world’s advertising dollars dedicated to glorifying the appeal of big breasts, you’d be forgiven for thinking that well-endowed women have an easy time getting through life.
However, according to Twitter user @wanwangomigomi, there are a lot of things that buxom ladies have to endure, and the Tokyo-based illustrator is bringing these points to our attention with an informative image shared online recently.
▼ Since it was posted online a couple of days ago, @wanwangomigomi’s tweet
Going around the image clockwise, from top left, we see nine different issues that the artist says big-breasted girls will relate to.
1. When you’re seated, your breasts have a tendency to sit on the top of tables
This is fine until a waitress comes over to take your order, prompting you to quickly lift your breasts away from the table in embarrassment.
2. You get groped
The picture showing a girl with her hands on another girl’s breasts spells out the issue here, as some people can’t seem to resist touching big breasts when they encounter them.
3. You don’t want to run
According to the artist, the reason for this is a concern for the Cooper’s ligaments, which can be stretched permanently from running if not supported properly with a good sports bra.
4. There aren’t any cute bras in your size
Shops either don’t have bras in your size or if they do, they often come with a higher price tag than the smaller-sized ones, even if they’re the same design.
5. Shirts don’t fit
Well-endowed women can have a hard time wearing business shirts, as the buttons tend to make the material gape over the chest area.
6. People stare at your chest
When you have large breasts, they tend to catch people’s eye. However, these glances often end up turning into unwanted stares.
7. Your shoulders get sore
The picture says that one breast can weigh about one kilogram (2.2 pounds), which means your shoulders are taking the weight of two kilograms every day.
8. You can put things on your chest
This is the one point that seems to work in a busty woman’s favour, as things like laundry and juice packs can fit nicely on top of one’s chest.
9. Dresses don’t suit you
According to the artist, one-piece dresses can make you shed a tear, as they end up making you look fat.
So there you have it – nine situations that well-endowed women have to deal with day after day. So next time you head over to ogle the assets of large-breasted models like Japan’s Jun Amaki, spare a thought for her plight; she might be able to fill out a virgin-killing sweater like no one else, but she has a harder time when it comes to everyday dresses and business shirts!
Source, image: Twitter/@wanwangomigomi
Posted: 27 Feb 2018 07:00 PM PST
Tweets made by Kazuyoshi Yaginuma, director of the anime Recovery of an MMO Junkie, claim that the Holocaust and Diary of Anne Frank, among other things, are fabrications.
In this age of technology, people are more connected than ever. On the one hand, it’s a good thing; we’re able to communicate with people all over the world and find support groups for anything we’re going through in life, and we can even watch or read about heartwarming tales. But on the flip side, it really gives the perfect avenue for aggressive, mean, and rude people to say things that they shouldn’t.
Recent tweets by @yaginuma_san, apparently the account used by anime director Kazuyoshi Yaginuma, have been the latest to stir the controversy pot. Though he has apparently been tweeting anti-Semitic content in Japanese for years, he has begun tweeting his thoughts in English in a series of posts over the last several weeks, as well. His tweets were posted in Japanese with English translations, or just in English, although some translations are somewhat inaccurate or unintelligible, likely the result of Google Translate.
Some of the tweets question the legitimacy of the Holocaust and the real reasoning for World War II, all while seeming to sympathize with the Axis powers, specifically Nazi Germany. In the thread that started with the above tweet, Yaginuma wonders how the gas chambers could have worked. What kind of technology at the time could have possibly been capable of such a thing, he asks, as well as why, if so many people experienced it, there no pictures or drawings. He asks for someone to draw him a picture of the gas chamber, believing that no one can. Other netizens promptly direct him to documentaries and pictures in historical archives.
The above tweet is a little harder to decipher from the English, so we’ll help out with translations of the whole thread:
Apparently, Yaginuma blames the Jewish community for the start of World War II, though at the same time he seems to believe that their persecution did not happen. Netizens in both languages are quick to point out that denying the occurrence of the Holocaust is anti-Semitic, but Yaginuma is vehement, despite being somewhat hard to comprehend, even in Japanese.
Companies that Yaginuma has previously been associated with were quick to distance themselves from him and his comments. SIGNAL MD, the company that produced Recovery of an MMO Junkie, the most recent anime that Yaginuma has directed, posted the following statement in English and Japanese:
U.S.-based anime streaming site Crunchyroll, which offers Recovery of an MMO Junkie as part of its selection, also released an official statement via tweet that they do not condone or associate themselves with such declarations.
Some users of Crunchyroll claimed that merely dissociating themselves from the claims is not enough; some called for a removal of the anime from the site, while others vowed not to watch the show or regretted that they recommended it to friends.
News and information site Anime News Network reached out to Yaginuma for clarification of his opinions, but though he was receptive at first, he soon changed his mind about participating in an interview. He posted screenshots of his private messages with a ANN reporter, saying, “When she said she wanted to openly discuss such a delicate topic with the intention of posting it for other people to read, I ran away.”
He later may have been referring to Anime News Network when he tweeted about “that overseas anime site”:
▼ “Um, that stunt pulled on me by that overseas anime site, which is an underling of the Jewish financiers, was done by yakuza in Japan who are employed by the government.”
Judging from Yaginuma’s other tweets, in which he urges his followers to “think for themselves”, criticizes the finance industries, and suspects the media and government of keeping vital information from the people, he might just be a tin-foil hat-wearing, nonsense-spewing conspiracy theorist, but his frequent tweets and retweets of anti-Semitic content are jarring for many fans of his work. It’s especially disheartening when even would-be politicians purport similar claims, and this kind of thinking in Japan has been translated into destructive behavior in the past.
Nevertheless, we can still look positively into the future, as the good often outweighs the bad, even on the Internet. Because after all, there will always be videos of loyal and happy doggos to lift our spirits.
Posted: 27 Feb 2018 05:00 PM PST
It just isn’t winter games without a good old-fashioned snowball fight.
With the Pyeongchang Olympics coming to a close, I’m left with many fond memories, like the time I walked past the television and briefly saw someone skiing. It’s nothing against the athletes and their remarkable skills or achievements. It’s just a little hard to watch as a layman spectator, if there’s something more interesting going on – something like…anything.
That may someday change, however, as the Japan Yukigassen Federation (JYF) is setting off on a mission to make snowball fights an official event in Winter Olympics. “Yukigassen” is literally the Japanese word for “snowball fight,” but in foreign languages can be used to mean an organized version of the popular winter pastime.
In yukigassen two teams of seven square off in a 10-by-36-meter (feet) court to have snowball fight. The team who manages to either eliminate all of their opponents by hitting them, or to capture the opponents’ flag is declared the winner.
▼ Scenes from the 4th Japan Yukigassen Championship
Snowball fights occur in pretty much any area of the world where you’ll find snow, and are a nice blend of physical strength, coordination, agility, strategy, and even craftsmanship (assuming you would have to make your own snowballs). For these reasons alone, adding it as an event at the Winter Games seems like a no-brainer, and netizens largely agree.
However, it is a long road to the Olympics for the JYF, which started in the small village of Sobetsu in Hokkaido Prefecture. There they devised the official rules for yukigassen and started holding tournaments in their local community. Eventually, the game grew in popularity to the point that it became the national organizing body in 1993.
▼ A closer look at a yukigassen match
Now, the JYF has chapters in five areas of Japan (Tokyo, Nagano, Tohoku, Kyushu, and Sobetsu) and a presence in eleven countries around the world. By next May they hope to have the world’s first international governing body of snowball fighting set up. Next March’s 6th Japan Yukigassen Championship, held at Hakuba Ski Jumping Stadium in Nagano Prefecture, will be the first “world championship,” inviting fighters from around the world.
Contestants are expected from China and Hong Kong, where the JYF has been actively raising awareness of yukigassen with Chinese educational institutions as an off-season alternative for student baseball clubs.
If all goes well, this will be the first step in the Japan Yukigassen Federation’s plan to bring the games into the Olympics. It would be a great addition too, as kids anywhere can easily emulate their nations’ athletes without needing any expensive gear. I still resent my father for not building a bobsled course in the backyard when I was young.
And for those in warmer areas, a summer alternative is also possible using those little paint-filled baseballs that Japanese convenience store clerks are supposed to chuck at robbers.
Posted: 27 Feb 2018 09:30 AM PST
The Tokyo-area's much-maligned international air hub is giving us a new reason to actually enjoy going there.
It seems like Narita Airport should be loved by travelers. After all, as the primary hub for international flights into and out of Japan, its serves as both the exciting gateway and the fond farewell to the country for overseas visitors.
And yet, many travelers can't help but sigh and grumble when Narita comes up in conversation, because it's located all the way out in Chiba Prefecture, over an hour away from central Tokyo. Narita's distance from most of the places travelers actually want to spend time can make their arrival and departure dates feel like wasted days, but this spring the airport is planning a series of cultural experience events that should help change the time you spend at the airport from a necessary hassle into a memorable experience.
Throughout March, Japan Culture Experience Corners will be set up in Terminal 1's third-floor event space and Terminal 2's publicly accessible Narita Sky Lounge Wa, both located just outside their respective buildings' immigration processing areas. From 2 to 6 p.m. daily, travelers can try on kimono, samurai armor, or ninja clothing for commemorative photos. For something more hands-on, there will also be introductory classes on Japanese brushstroke calligraphy, washi paper doll making, kite crafting, and making ukiyo-e woodblock prints.
On the other hand, if you're more interested in modern aspects of Japanese culture, Terminal 2's Skyrium event area will be hosting a Manga Creator Experience from 1 to 5 in the afternoon on March 27 and 28. Participants will use professional-grade tools to ink and apply screentone to manga illustrations, and can take the finished artwork home.
And finally, if you're content just to look at Japanese aesthetics instead of creating them, the Skyrium area will also be exhibiting a series of obi kimono sashes elegantly tied in the shape of spring flowers such as sakura cherry blossoms.
The specific dates for the Japan Culture Experience Corner activities are:
While the early announcement makes no mention of English instruction, the fact that the programs deal with pan-Japanese cultural aspects, as opposed to specifically Tokyo or Narita-related ones, suggests that foreign travelers will be warmly welcomed. So if you're flying into or out of Narita, make sure to visit the town's beautiful temple gardens early enough in the day that you can still make that days cultural experience event at the airport, and since the airport's events are free, you can save your money for the awesome bank of capsule toy machines.
Posted: 27 Feb 2018 07:00 AM PST
If you're hungry and quick enough, this eating challenge in Tokyo's liveliest student neighborhood can earn you a stack of cash.
Here at SoraNews24, we never back down from a challenge…as long as that challenge involves trying to eat a ridiculous amount of food. So no sooner had we walked away from the table after ordering a triple-decker wagyu beef hamburger steak in Akihabara, we were already looking for our next edible adversary, and boy did we find one.
Right now, the branch of the Stamina Taro Next restaurant chain in Tokyo's Takadanobaba neighborhood is offering what it calls the Meaty Mega-mori Stamina Taro Napolitan Spaghetti, "mega-mori" being the Japanese phrase for "mega-sized" food. The restaurant is in no way kidding around with that descriptor, either, as the entree weighs a mind-blowing 3.7 kilograms (8.14 pounds).
▼ It's a two-kilogram pile of spaghetti topped with a 500-gram hamburger steak, four strips of bacon, and no fewer than four pork cutlets. Oh, and it also comes with tonkatsu and cheese sauces on the side.
Stamina Taro Next is a pretty casual restaurant, but still, all that chow doesn't come cheap, as the Meaty Mega-mori Stamina Taro Napolitan is priced at 10,800 yen (US$98). Still, the last time we went out and paid 10,000 yen for spaghetti, we only got 2.3 kilograms of food. Plus, when you order the Meaty Mega-mori Stamina Taro Napolitan, it's actually an investment, since you can profit from eating it.
▼ Deep-fried gold!
See, if you, all by yourself, can finish the entire Meaty Mega-mori Stamina Taro Napolitan in 30 minutes or less, not only will Stamina Taro Next waive your bill, they'll also give you 50,000 yen (US$455) gift certificate as a prize!
Intrigued by this opportunity to indulge both his avaricious and gluttonous tendencies, our Japanese-language reporter Ahiru Neko volunteered to take on the challenge, boldly telling us "I've been waiting for something like this. Leave it to me. I'll finish it off in a flash. How can I do that? You doubt me, the Dekamori Assasin? Hahaha!"
▼ Ahiru Neko can be a pretty intense dude under the right conditions.
Though his confidence didn't waver, Ahiru Neko's vocal boisterousness changed to quiet resolve once the Meaty Mega-mori Stamina Taro Napolitan was placed before him. While he'd been waiting for the server to bring him his food, he'd been mentally calculating his battle plan, giving himself eight minutes to eat the pork cutlets, another eight for the pasta, three minutes for the hamburger steak, and finally three more for the bacon, which would leave him with eight minutes to lean back and contentedly pat his stomach before his 30 minutes were up.
Stamina Taro Next is kind enough to provide challengers with a timer, and we kept one eye on it and the other on Ahiru Neko's display of eating prowess. Occasionally he'd mumble his impressions, such as "Wow, these cutlets taste great" or "You know, this bacon is really high-quality," but for the most part he only sounds we heard were from his constantly moving fork and jaws.
Ahiru Neko's original target time of 22 minutes came and went, and still he wasn't finished. But while he never stopped eating, neither did time stop flowing, and before long, the timer's chime went off, letting us know the 30 minutes were up…
…despite a huge amount of pasta and meat being left over.
"Starting with the cutlets was a mistake on my part," Ahiru Neko said, immediately launching into a post-loss self-revue of his tactics. "It really threw off mu pace. Pork cutlets must be like my Achilles' heel," he continued. Really, we think "kryptonite" is the term he was looking for, but we weren't entirely sure his ears weren't filled with pasta by this point, so we didn't bother correcting him. "Still, I'd like to congratulate Stamina Taro Next on its victory," he announced, graciously admitting defeat
▼ When you're beat, you're beat.
With the one-on-one portion of this battle finished, fellow reporter P.K. Sanjun and SoraNews24 owner Yoshio, who'd accompanied Ahiru Neko to the restaurant, started in on the leftovers. and were happy to find that Stamina Taro Next's Meaty Mega-mori Stamina Taro Napolitan is incredibly tasty.
And lest you think the restaurant is only offering the 50,000-yen prize because they know they've set the bar impossibly high, the staff told us that Ahiru Neko is the third person to attempt the challenge, and that both of his predecessors succeeded. So incredible as it sounds, soloing the Meaty Mega-mori Stamina Taro Napolitan is within the capabilities of humanity, and if you'd like to try your hand/stomach, the challenge is in effect until March 14.
Posted: 27 Feb 2018 05:00 AM PST
The special “mask discount” aims to support people suffering from colds and hay fever at this time of year.
Big international brands like Domino’s love thinking outside the box when entertaining the local market in Japan, coming up with all sorts of creative ideas like reindeer delivery bikes, Hatsune Miku collaborations, and romantic kabe-don delivery offers.
Now Domino’s is outdoing itself with another limited-time special, this time coinciding with the transitional period between winter and spring, when many people around Japan can be seen sporting face masks, either due to colds and flu or to protect themselves from pollen during hay fever season.
The new offer, called “Mask-wari” or “Mask Discount“, gives customers a 41-percent discount on all pizzas, as long as they meet one condition: they must be wearing a mask when they receive their order.
According to Domino’s, the idea for the unusual offer came about after they conducted a survey amongst 100 of their employees, asking them to indicate the reasons why they would wear a mask. The results showed the majority of responses (41 percent) pointed to hay fever as the number one reason for mask-wearing.
A second survey, asking employees what they most wanted to eat when suffering from hay fever, revealed that pizza was the most popular choice. This was all the data Domino’s needed to come up with their new discount deal – cheap pizza for mask wearers during the February/March spring hay fever season.
Given that stepping outdoors into the pollen-filled air can be a difficult task for pizza-loving hay fever sufferers, Domino’s has decided to limit their Mask Discount deal to online delivery orders only. This means that customers won’t have to head outside to get their pizzas, but to get the 41 percent discount, they will have to receive their delivery at the door while wearing a face mask.
The offer, which runs from 26 February to 11 March, can be taken up by entering the discount code QMK41 on the online ordering site. And if you’re thinking about taking part in the campaign, don’t forget that in Japan, the word “mask” refers to the white masks commonly worn by people to ward off colds and allergies, so don’t count on getting the discount if you answer the door in a mask with glowing, soul-sucking eyes like this one!
Posted: 26 Feb 2018 09:00 PM PST
Anime's most controversial series continues to cause discord as some hear comedy and others see insensitivity.
In addition to fighting aliens and pleasuring himself to the sight of his unconscious acquaintance in the hospital, Shinji, the protagonist of anime Evangelion, spends a lot of time screaming. It's all in keeping with one of the franchise's core storytelling mechanics, which is that if you really took a barely pubescent kid and stuck him in a mecha to fight for the sake of humanity, it'd actually be more terrifying than thrilling.
As a matter of fact, Shinji spends so much time screaming that if Eva's themes don't really have a strong hold on your psyche, sometime all of his frenzied shouting can come off as sort of comical. But a short video shared by Twitter user @AnimuTiddie has attempted to tap into a new vein of Shinji-sourced laughs by seemingly showing how much more distressed Shinji sounds in an allegedly Spanish-language dub of the anime.
The clip repeats the same short sequence from theatrical release The End of Evangelion three times. First we hear it with Japanese voice actress Megumi Ogata, and next up is Shinji's English voice, Spike Spencer. In the third iteration, though, Shinji's scream jumps several orders of pitch and panic, with the on-screen text indicating that the audio is the "Mexican" version of the scene.
While the gap between the original Japanese and well-known English performances is startling, some are questioning the authenticity of the third scream. Some Twitter commenters have pointed out that the on-screen text's progression from "Japanese" to "English" to "Mexican" doesn't make sense, on the grounds that the language spoken in Mexico is Spanish, and that therefore the clip is an insensitive caricature of the Mexican culture. There's also a significant drop in audio quality during the "Mexican" portion of the video, with the scene's sound effects entirely drowned out and noticeable feedback from the microphone, which could indicate that it's not an official, professionally done dub of the scene.
On the other hand, the term "Mexican" could be being used in the clip to indicate the Mexican-market dub, as opposed to a dub produced for another Spanish-speaking country, since there can be significant dialectical differences within the language. Also, as a 1997 film, The End of Evangelion comes from a time when the bar was set much lower in foreign-language dubbing of anime, and to compound things, a Spanish-language dub not having the means to invest as much time and money into a project as the original Japanese or English version isn't entirely unimaginable. Then there's this supposed clip of the Mexican-market dub of the final scene of the Evangelion TV series, in which Shinji does have a much higher-pitched voice than he does in Japanese of English.
Authenticity of the audio aside, the tweet is causing heated debate and prompting a divisive mix of laughter and anger, which actually isn't all that far removed from the reactions Evangelion itself has been causing for the last 20-plus years.
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