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Less than half of Japanese women wear a bra at home, survey finds

Posted: 30 Apr 2018 08:00 PM PDT

Surprisingly large number also say they relax at home in the nude.

Japan is unabashedly fond of fashion and sexiness, and those twin passions produce an extraordinary amount of interesting bra designs. We've seen designers take inspiration from anime such as Sailor Moon and Evangelion, and incorporate such motifs as bunny rabbits and the signs of the Zodiac.

But as impressive as all that creativity may be, according to one survey a large number of Japanese women don't feel the need for it at home. Between March 14 and April 27, internet portal J-Cast News asked women whether or not they wore a bra at home, collecting 4,311 responses and finding that less than half of the women polled always wear undergarments on top.

▼ Actress Manami Hashimoto was among the respondents who said she doesn't wear a bra at home.

45 percent of the survey respondents said they always take off their bra when at home, with another 11.4 percent saying they sometimes do. Researchers didn't ask for reasons why, but the greater comfort of being liberated from restrictive wires and straps seems like the obvious impetus.

▼ Actress and media personality Rina Kawaei, formerly of idol singer supergroup AKB48, also replied to the survey as part of the "no bra at home" demographic.

These statistic are sure to set some men's minds to fantasizing about 50-plus percent of Japan's at-home breasts swaying free and easy like hammocks in the breeze. However, it's also worth noting that in the same survey, 10.6 percent of the women polled said that when they're relaxing at home, they do so completely naked. While some people do indeed enjoy watching TV, surfing the Internet, or partaking in other domestic leisure activities in the nude, one-in-ten women doing so seems like an unusually high ratio, and it's possible that the survey's large number of women who don't wear a bra at home is simply a byproduct of the group of women who responded being less fond of clothing in general than the rest of society.

Source: @nifty News via Otakomu
Top image: Pakutaso

Okayama buses strike by continuing to run and refusing to take anyone’s money

Posted: 30 Apr 2018 06:00 PM PDT

If this tactic fails, drivers may even consider letting people cross the white line while the bus is in motion.

Bus drivers in Okayama working with Ryobi Group have taken to the streets in an unusual form of protest. While technically on strike, they are continuing to drive their routes while refusing to take fares from passengers.

▼ Image shows a white blanket over the fare machine.

A new rival bus line Megurin began operating on 27 April with some routes overlapping those of Ryobi and offering a cheaper fare. If that all wasn’t bad enough, Megurin buses have cute little faces too.

As a result, Ryobi drivers are feeling threatened and are asking management for improvements to their job security under the added competition. It would seem Ryobi was less than enthusiastic to accommodate and a strike was declared.

In cases such as this, management may use the labor stoppage against the drivers, appealing to the public that they are putting their own needs before the community’s. So to show that isn’t the case, Ryobi drivers are continuing to clock in, but without performing the part of their job that requires them to accept payment during certain times. In other words, free bus rides for all!

▼ The free-fare protest happened at the same time as Megurin’s maiden voyage.

This isn’t the first time such a strike has occurred in Japan or around the world. Both Brisbane and Sydney held fare-free days as part of labor disputes last year. The earliest documented case of a “fare strike” goes back a protest by Cleveland streetcar workers in 1944, and similar cases involving other services have happened in Europe and Latin America prior to that.

Readers of the news were somewhat divided about the concept, with many wondering if it was really in the workers’ best interests.

“This isn’t good at all. They’re working for free?!”
“I think stopping the buses altogether would put more pressure on management.”
“The idea is neat, but I think the money saved from wages and the value of free advertisement this action is creating means the company is still doing okay.”
“This is a great idea, I like that they are trying different ways to get what they want.”
“How cool is that?”
“I heard they do this in Australia and it worked out really well!”
“I think it is a good way to protect the company image in the long run, but I wonder how this affects both sides’ bargaining positions.”

There are a lot of factors that will affect the outcome of this labor dispute, but it is an interesting experiment to see how such a strike will work in Japanese business culture among management, workers, and passengers.

Considering that Ryobi drivers are looking for job security while up against a cheaper bus company, protecting their image and relationship with their passengers is crucial. So it probably is a wise move for everyone involved.

▼ If you’d like to experience a nine-minute fare-free Ryobi bus ride from the
comfort of your very own home, here you go! Don’t say I never give you anything.

I would love to see such a trend catch on in other industries too. Wouldn’t it be nice if theater staff just let you walk into movies? 7-Eleven clerks just smiled as you walk out with a bag of chips? Or if those poor exploited vending machine fillers decide to set the price of all drinks in Tokyo Station to ten yen?

Source: Sankei News, Twitter/@mipourako, Hachima Kiko
Top image: YouTube/Wasshoi Okayama

Man arrested for licking the face of Japanese police officer, claims he was trying to help

Posted: 30 Apr 2018 10:30 AM PDT

Drunken attempt at assistance is a prime example of the solution being far worse than the problem.

Japan's Golden Week vacation period kicked off last weekend, and two friends in Hyogo Prefecture's Akashi City, not far from Kyoto, apparently decided to celebrate its start by going out for some drinks. Unfortunately, once they'd gotten comfortably liquored up they then hopped back into one man's car to drive home.

The inebriated driver, a 32-year-old welder, ended up running the car into a drainage gutter, losing a wheel and crashing into a fence. He and the passenger, a 33-year-old office worker, fled the scene on foot before being picked up by a patrolman from the Hyogo Prefectural Police's Kakogawa Precinct at around 10:45 p.m.

The officer placed both men in his patrol car for questioning, and the driver was arrested on charges of drunk driving and failure to report a traffic accident. The passenger, meanwhile, might have gotten off scot-free, but while being questioned he suddenly leaned forward and licked the policeman's face between his mouth and nose.

While this behavior at first seems reminiscent of the serial foot-licker who prowled the streets of Kyoto a few years ago, the man insists he wasn't licking the policeman for his own satisfaction. As a matter of fact, he claims his actions were for the officer's benefit, saying "A mosquito had landed on the officer's face, and I was trying to get it off."

As gross and irritating as mosquitos and their bites are, even if the alleged insect really did exist most would argue that being licked by a drunken stranger is far more disgusting than having a bug on your face. Unsurprisingly, the police officer was less than appreciative of the tongue-based insect repellent strategy, and the man now faces criminal charges of obstructing the duties of a public official.

Source: Kobe Shimbun via Jin
Top image: Pakutaso

Expertly-piloted micro drone records breathtaking HD video of Japanese high school girls【Video】

Posted: 30 Apr 2018 08:00 AM PDT

Watch this tiny camera effortlessly zip around school like an inquisitive bee.

Footage taken by camera-equipped drones can be absolutely spectacular, providing refreshing visual perspectives of gorgeously-captured scenery.

With loads of practice flying the little things, YouTube channel Katsu FPV shows viewers just how stunning drone filming can be by recording a group of high school girls in the confined spaces of a school building.

▼ Get ready for a unique viewing experience.

The seven girls featured in the video are part of Onnanocos, a creative project aimed at capturing "the vibrant beauty of smiling school girls". Although the clip certainly achieved that goal, stellar camera work and deft drone piloting skills were what lifted the recording to levels not seen before.

▼ Like a little buzzing bee, the drone precariously
zipped by mere inches from one of the girl's face…

▼ …through the outstretched arms of another…

▼ …and through a gauntlet of chair legs.

The original video showcases Onnanocos members with subdued behavior, which while intriguing in its own right, is arguably not as warm and welcoming as the second version below.

▼ Here, the girls greet the hovering camera as they would a close friend.

Which clip did you find more interesting? I personally preferred the second video for having a lighthearted ambiance. Either way, I think we can all agree the drone’s amazing pilot is the true star of the entire production.

Not everyone has to be that skillful with a drone to pull off amazing videos though, but as one fascinating honeymoon drone montage shows, all you need is commitment and a desire to create lasting memories.

Source: YouTube/Katsu FPV, Onnanocos via Crazy
Images: YouTube/Katsu FPV

Japanese company is so kind it mails out condolence gifts if it can’t give applicants a job

Posted: 30 Apr 2018 06:00 AM PDT

Getting turned down for a job hurts, but one company wants to do what it can to help job-hunters bounce back from a rejection.

In Japan, as in many other countries, no news is bad news when you're job hunting. Most companies' human resource departments operate under a policy of only responding to applicants they're moving forward with, and if you're not being offered an interview, odds are you won't hear anything back from the recruiter after submitting your application.

Impersonal as it may feel, most people just accept this as part of modern business culture. Most Japanese companies are already stretched pretty thin staffing-wise (hence the country's infamous amounts of overtime work), and when you factor in how many resumes hiring managers receive in the digital age, many companies' simply don't have the time to correspond with applicants they're not going to interview.

A heartwarming exception, though, is Japanese food and beverage company Kagome, which specializes in tomato-based products such as ketchup and tomato juice (and also sometimes partners with Pikachu and the Evangelion anime franchise). Japanese Twitter user @tutuanna888 recently applied for a position with the company, and though she didn't make it to the interview stage, she received a written response from Kagome, and not an email either; the company sent her a box with a printed note inside, plus a consolation gift package.

The note reads:

We would like to offer our sincere thanks to you for applying to Kagome.

We deeply appreciate your interest in us as an employer, and for taking the time to fill out the application form and prepare a resume. As a modest token of our gratitude, we have enclosed a selection of our products.

We hope that you will continue to think favorably towards Kagome in the future.

Bundled with the thank-you letter were a package of tomato chicken seasoning and a bottle of 100-percent tomato juice, both Kagome-brand items. An additional message, printed on the box's cardboard itself, says:

"They're nothing so special, but please enjoy these with your family friends, or loved ones."

Even before receiving the package, @tutuanna888 says that she'd herd rumors that Kagome did this sort of thing. So while it's unclear whether or not Kagome mails out these condolence package to each and every applicant, at the very least this doesn't seem to be a one-time thing for the company.

It's not at all unusual for people to develop a bit of a grudge against a company for turning them down for a job, but Kagome's simple yet compassionate gesture struck a chord with Twitter, where @tutuanna888's tweet quickly racked up tens of thousands of likes and retweets. @tutuanna888 doesn't mention whether or not she's lined up employment elsewhere since, but if nothing else, Kagome is rooting for her, even if they're not able to offer her a position themselves.

Source: Twitter/@tutuanna888 via Jin
Featured image: Twitter/@tutuanna888
Top image: Pakutaso

Häagen-Dazs opens limited time traditional Japanese-style-sweets dessert cafe【Pics】

Posted: 29 Apr 2018 10:00 PM PDT

We went down to check it out and tickle our tastebuds!

Häagen-Dazs is big in Japan, regularly delivering Japanese-style flavours in its ice cream range such as Orange Sweet Potato, Japanese Citrus, and Condensed Milk and Brown Sugar.

And now Häagen-Dazs has taken it a step further. The Häagen-Daza Sabo (teahouse) has opened for a limited time in Tokyu Plaza Ginza Sukiyabashi Sado from April 18 to May 6. They offer traditional Japanese sweet ingredients like anko beans, yuba soymilk skin, and shiratama sticky rice dumplings.

We’ve been looking forward to this for a while, so we absolutely had to check it out!

From eight menu choices,we ordered the Häagen-Dazs dorayaki (red-bean-stuffed pancake), the ichigo (strawberry) “soup”, and the mascarpone parfait with green tea, as well as a pot of actual tea.

First things first, the tea! We ordered the “cocoa kinako (roasted soybean flour) hoji” tea. It’s a type of hojicha (roasted tea) that has the scent of cocoa.

The dorayaki stuffed-pancake was served with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, strawberries, sweet red bean paste, and ume plum/strawberry sauce.

Branded with the company logo for that Instagram appeal, of course!

We loved the airy and stylish interior of the cafe.

Next up, the parfait. The mascarpone parfait with green tea contains matcha, mascarpone cream, black beans, sticky rice dumplings, and crumbled karinto, which is a type of fried black-sugar snack.

Check out that sophisticated sprinkling of gold leaf on top, too!

The ichigo soup consists of strawberry puree with amazake, a kind of sweet rice porridge-like drink, strawberry ice cream, and strawberry slices.

The cafe should definitely appeal to those with sophisticated-yet-sweet-loving palates, and the range certainly does an excellent job of presenting traditional Japanese dessert elements in a fresh, modern way.

And considering Häagen-Dazs claimed two out of five positions in our top five ice creams in Japan, we have a feeling they’ll be coming up with new ways to tantalize for years to come!

Häagen-Dazs Sabo / ハーゲンダッツ茶房
Address: Tokyo-to, Chuo-ku, Ginza 5-2-1, Tokyu Plaza Ginza, 6th floor (part of Sukibayashi Sabo)
東京都中央区銀座5-2-1 東急プラザ銀座6階 「数寄屋橋茶房」内
Open April 18-May 6
Open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (Monday-Saturday), 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (Sunday, holidays)
Website

Images: SoraNews24