Strangers fondle Japanese woman’s breasts as part of “Free Breasts” offer at Shibuya Station

Posted: 27 Nov 2017 07:16 PM PST

Free hugs? This woman offers free breasts to men, women and foreign tourists in Tokyo.

Over the years, people around the world have been offering free hugs to strangers on the street in an attempt to bring a bit of sunshine and warmth into people’s lives. In Tokyo though, a young YouTuber decided to turn this concept on its head, instead handing out “free breasts” to passersby.

The unusual campaign was held outside Shibuya Station on the night of 23 November, as a young woman held up a sign that read “Free Oppai” (“Free Breasts“), while calling out the offer to everyone around her. It wasn’t long before men, women and foreign tourists began crowding around the woman, ready to fondle her breasts in a number of different ways.

The young YouTuber was accompanied by a male colleague, who’s been seen with her before in a previous video, along with another woman and a couple of younger men, who were keeping an eye on the proceedings, which were captured in the video below.

In the clip, a total of 60 people were seen fondling the woman’s bosom. Some were polite and respectful while others took full advantage of the situation, even going so far as to bury their heads into her chest.

Throughout the whole clip, the young woman appears to be happy with all the attention, giggling and smiling for the camera and the people who approach her.

▼ She even bows and says thank you to a number of people who touch her breasts.

▼ At one point she says, “The world will be at peace. Breasts will save the world.”

Some people who took advantage of the offer had no qualms about posting a clip of themselves taking part.

The YouTuber at the centre of the clip is a woman who goes by the name Pepsi Lu. While we may never know the entire story behind the reasons why this woman was offering her breasts up to passersby, perhaps next time she’ll try something less controversial in her efforts towards world peace.

Source: Hachima Kikou
Featured image: YouTube/チンフェ

Indie games’ Japanese-language releases overshadowed by developers’ sexy art request

Posted: 27 Nov 2017 06:00 PM PST

Do you want money? Fame? For these developers, it’s all about the erotic fan art (although fame and money probably wouldn’t hurt).

As always, there was a lot going on at the Tokyo Game Show this year, apparently some of it concerning games (our attention may have been elsewhere). As well as Japanese companies showing off their latest wares (hard and soft), a number of foreign companies make the trip too. Among them were two independent games developers, Sukeban Games and MidBoss, from Venezuela and the U.S. respectively. Their interview, which was translated into Japanese, has made the news in Japan, not for the quality of their games, but for their surprising appeal to fans.

In an interview conducted by the team at Playism, a gaming platform that translates and publishes indie games like Sukeban Games’ VA-11 Hall-A and MidBoss’ 2064: Read Only Memories, the four developers talked about their game-making influences, similarities between their two near-future cyberpunk-themed games and about their first experience of visiting Japan. But it was the final question of the wide-ranging interview that took it from an interesting insight into the game-making process and the developers’ personal journeys to something that had commentators laughing and a story that’s been making the rounds on Japanese social media.

Right at the end of the interview, the four developers were asked if they had any messages for Japanese potential players of their games, and of the three who answered the question all had the same request: “Please make some erotic dojin art for us!” Dojin is the Japanese term for self-published work, much of which is fan fiction but there is also a lot of original content. Within both types there are those who produce and publish adult versions of their favourite manga, anime or game characters and it’s this type the two games’ makers were after.

Obviously we’re far too high-brow and refined to sully these web pages with gratuitous titillation so you’ll just have to have a look at this one publishable piece of fan art, watch the game trailers and use your imagination.

▼ The trailer for MidBoss’ 2064: Read Only Memories

▼ The trailer, or possibly music video, for Sukeban Games’ Va-11 Hall-A

So, if you have artistic skills and a knack for drawing robots or cyber-punks in flagrante delicto, you could make an independent game developer very happy. If it was good enough for the God of Manga, it’s good enough for you.

Source: Automaton via jin115
Featured image: Twitter/@karepack529

Meet the Japanese woman in charge of Tokyo’s famous Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku 【Video】

Posted: 27 Nov 2017 05:00 PM PST

Behind the bright lights and massive robots at this popular tourist spot is a female president who’s been there from the very beginning.

In Japan’s male-dominated business world, it’s always nice to hear stories of women smashing their way through the glass ceiling and challenging traditional stereotypes. One woman who’s proved her mettle in Tokyo’s competitive tourist industry is Namie Osawa, the president of Shinjuku’s Robot Restaurant, which is one of the most popular destinations for international visitors to Japan.

If you’ve ever been to Tokyo, chances are you’ve visited the Robot Restaurant, which prides itself on presenting high-energy, light-filled performances featuring scantily clad dancers and giant robots. Behind the scenes are people like Osawa, who are responsible for everything you see during one of their 90-minute shows, including the staff chosen to perform, and the routines and giant machinery that are out on display.

Take a look at Osawa in this new video from Great Big Story as she shares some background information about the restaurant and how the concept originated.

It’s interesting to find out that Osawa originally thought only Japanese businessmen would be interested in the Robot Restaurant, going by the assumption that it would appeal to their childhood affinity with robots.

It soon became clear that there was a whole other audience out there ready to embrace the restaurant, as foreign tourists were instantly drawn to the crazy mix of bots and humans on display.

▼ Osawa believes the appeal for foreign tourists lies in their love of Japanese cuteness and technology.

Today, tourists from around the world line up outside the Robot Restaurant every night to get tickets to one of their four light-filled shows. And Osawa is more than happy to welcome them all with open arms, extending an invitation for everyone to visit the restaurant when they come to Japan.

Visitors to the Robot Restaurant might not be able to ride any of the huge machines that appear during the show, but they can expect to be entertained by a cast of energetic male and female dancers and wowed by dazzling lights and cutting-edge technology. Plus, every audience member gets to wave around their very own glow stick for the duration of the show.

So next time you visit the Tokyo hotspot to watch robots tower over dancers while you hold your glow stick in the air, don’t forget to send out a silent thank-you to the female president, Osawa. After all, without her, the Robot Restaurant might never have existed.

Featured image: YouTube/Great Big Story

Beautiful YouTuber shows Japanese and Korean makeup trend differences in half-faced comparison

Posted: 27 Nov 2017 09:30 AM PST

In colors and application techniques, the two countries go their separate ways when it comes to cosmetics.

Korea may be Japan's closest neighbor, but there are plenty of cultural differences between the two countries. That goes not just for such traditional areas as language and cuisine, but for modern pop culture as well, including makeup trends.

Japan and Korea can both boast highly developed cosmetics industries, but local tastes have caused their respective "in" looks to evolve along different lines. To highlight the differences, Korean YouTuber Daiya has put together a video providing a literal side-by-side comparison, as she does up the left half of her face using Korean styles and techniques, and the right half using Japanese ones.

▼ The video's English subtitles can be turned on by clicking the caption button.

A major difference Daiya points out are the popular hues of each country, citing orange, red, pink, gold, and brown as the in-fashion choices in Korea, with beige, pink coral, and coral orange filling those roles in Japan.

Daiya starts the makeup process at her eyes, noting that Korean trends favor heavier makeup to accentuate the desired lines, while Japan goes for a simpler, cleaner look. The Japanese-style eyebrow is also thinner than its Korean counterpart.

Foundation techniques also differ, with Daiya saying the Korean style producing a matte effect, while the Japanese technique is meant to give the skin a shine, particularly on the cheekbone.

Lip cosmetic preferences are another point of diversion. The Korean style uses bright, layered reds for a bold, mature allure, while the Japanese style's pinks work more towards reserved girlish femininity.

For a touch of added authenticity, Daiya even uses different brands of cosmetics for each side of her face, incorporating a number of Japanese-produced products into the Japanese half. It'd be interesting to see her take the cross-cultural-cosmetics-display to an even higher level by seeing how well the Japanese products would apply to the Korean trends, and vice versa, but for now, she's given her fans two distinct looks to try out for themselves.

Source, images: YouTube/다이야 黛雅 Daiya

New smartphone Tamagotchi promises to take a dump on your living room floor in preview video

Posted: 27 Nov 2017 07:00 AM PST

Critics may call the brand nothing but nostalgia-tinged crap, but Tamagotchis are moving into a whole new high-tech field of poo.

Although the original Tamagotchi model went on sale in November of 1996, toymaker Bandai's phenomenally popular virtual pet arrived in the rest of the world in 1997, and so Bandai Namco has designated 2017, for celebratory purposes, as the Tamagotchi's 20th anniversary. The company recently announced it will be re-releasing both the first generation and "Discovery of the New Species" Tamagotchi models, but it's now revealed a new plan for the brand with the unveiling of My Tamagotchi Forever.

Instead of a standalone device, My Tamagotchi Forever is a free-to-play title for smartphones and tablets. That's a bit of a break with tradition, as is presenting the Tamagotchi brand as a "game" rather than a virtual pet, as My Tamagotchi Forever's preview video does when it declares it the newest version of "the classic game for all generations." Bandai Namco probably made the right call there, though, as in the years since the original Tamagotchi's release, casual, non-objective-based gaming has become a robust section of the market.

Another smart choice was mixing nostalgia (the preview video shows a young girl playing with her Tamagotchi in 1997 before growing up and having a daughter of her own) with highlighting new gameplay elements, such as a promised augmented reality feature.

But things start to get a little strange after Mom snaps a picture of her daughter and their My Tamagotchi Forever character. Suddenly, the creature's stomach starts to rumble, and sweat pours down its forehead, as it reaches the end of its digestive cycle.

Most of us have never had to take a dump so badly that we perspired, but then again, most of us also haven't dropped a turd that's so big, relative to our body size, that it comes up to our shoulder.

▼ Even the Tamagotchi looks startled by his handiwork…or should that be buttiwork?

It's unclear whether those are supposed to be stink lines or steam rising from the coil of poop, but either way, the Tamagotchi isn't picking it up. Instead, he slides over a few steps to block it from his human housemate's view, ostensibly under the logic that out of sight equals out of mind, regardless of smell.

And how do he, mother and child react to the new arrival's fecal housewarming gift? After the initial shock wears off, they're all smiles.

▼ These people still have a gigantic turd in their living room.

Granted, there is precedent for all this. As part of their virtual pet concept, Tamagotchis leaving droppings for the player to pick up has always been a part of the gameplay, stretching all the way back to the original version. Mirroring flesh-and-blood pets, if you let the feces sit around for too long, it'll adversely affect your Tamagotchi's health.

Still, considering that the My Tamagotchi Forever preview is only a minute long, with less than 20 seconds of that devoted to the augmented reality feature, it's sort of surprising that the decision makers at Bandai Namco apparently said "There's not much time to work with, but let's make sure we find space to show off the AR poop!" Sure, it's a better choice than showing the AR Tamagotchi die (although the Forever part of My Tamagotchi Forever could mean that this time around the Tamagotchis will never die, regardless of age of living conditions), but it's a bold move to show "pooping" instead of a less-gross application of AR like, say, the Tamagotchi frolicking after you give it a treat.

My Tamagotchi Forever is scheduled for a 2018 release for iOS and Android devices. No word on whether the turd in the video will be cleaned up by then.

Source: YouTube/BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe via Anime News Network
Images: YouTube/BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe

Tokyo has a special rescue bus for drunks who fall asleep on the last train during party season

Posted: 27 Nov 2017 06:03 AM PST

Slipped into a comfortable beer nap and missed your stop? The Oversleeping Rescue Bus is here to help!

Public transportation companies in Japan pride themselves on precision and punctuality. This is, after all, the country where a train leaving 20 seconds early is grounds for an official apology.

That said, rail and bus operators know they can't expect such perfect precision from passengers. Some of them will make mistakes, which is why Nishi Tokyo Bus has decided to backstop passengers on the JR Chuo train line, which connects central Tokyo with the capital's western outskirts, by running one extra bus on select nights that departs after the last express train of the night reaches its final stop.

The special bus is called the "Oversleeping Rescue Bus," but the fact that it coincides with the height of company end-of-the-year drinking parties (called "bonenkai" in Japanese) is a pretty clear indication that Nishi Tokyo Bus expects most of its passengers to be people who got on the train liquored up, dozed off, and rode right past where they intended to get off.

▼ Save us, Oversleeping [Drunk] Rescue Bus!

Making things particularly problematic is that while the Chuo Line starts at Tokyo Station, in the heart of downtown, it ends all the way out at Takao Station, in the foothills of a mountainous region that lacks the cheap hotels and 24-hour-restaurants where Japanese revelers who can't get home usually spend the night waiting for the first train.

So at 1:05 a.m. on December 9, 16, and 23 (for the benefit of those who've been out drinking on the Friday nights of December 8, 15, and 22), the Oversleeping Rescue Bus will leave from Takao Station's north gate, serving as the final salvation for those who fell asleep on the last express train of the night, which leaves Tokyo Station at midnight and pulls into Takao at 12:55 a.m.). For 880 yen (US$7.85), the bus will carry passengers back to Hachioji Station (located east of Takao), arriving at 1:32. While Hachioji is still pretty far from downtown Tokyo, it's the most developed neighborhood in the area, and has plenty of places where liquored up salarymen can find a bed, or a seat to loiter in, until morning.

This will be the Oversleeping Rescue Bus' fourth year in operation, and Nishi Tokyo Bus says that last year 75 people made use of its services over three days, including 32 passengers on its busiest night. However, the company can't do anything to protect you from a spouse who's upset about your embarrassing screw-up, so picking up an "I'm sorry" present at Hachioji before you head home is probably a good idea.

Source: IT Media
Top image: Pakutaso
Insert image: PR Times

Man in Osaka lures housecat into street with food before shooting at it with BB gun【Video】

Posted: 27 Nov 2017 05:20 AM PST

Owner asks for Internet's help in tracking down man behind drive-by attack.

Japanese Twitter user @suminoe42, as the name implies, is a resident of Osaka's Suminoe Ward. He's also the owner of a four-year-old cat named Hideki, who generally spends his time lounging in front of @suminoe42's house.

As with a lot of Japanese homes, there isn't a lot of space between @suminoe42's front door and the street, and on multiple recent occasions he's noticed some peculiar litter, in the form of bread crumbs and BBs, just outside his house. Wanting to know why the reason for this odd combination, he took a look at the footage from his security camera that faces the street, and made a startling discovery.

In a video shared by @suminoe42 on November 24, a black Nissan X-Trail SUV can be seen stopping in front of the house. The driver stretches his arm through the window opening and tosses two objects, later identified by @suminoe42 as pieces of bread, out onto the pavement before slowly driving off.

But it turns out the food isn't litter, but bait. Shortly thereafter, Hideki, seemingly enticed by the food lying on the ground, ventures out towards the street. That's when the car, which has circled around the block, pulls up again.

Once again, the driver extends his hand through the window opening, but this time it's not to toss bread, but to open fire with a BB pistol, aimed at the unsuspecting cat.

Thankfully, Hideki wasn't injured in the attack. Nonetheless, @suminoe42 is, predictably, extremely upset about the incident. In an effort to help identify the attacker, another Twitter user isolated and enlarged the car's license plate in the video footage.

@suminoe42 has contacted the police, and asks anyone who spots the car to do the same. In the meantime, hopefully Hideki is spending more time indoors.

Source: IT Media
Images: Twitter/@suminoe42

Main Character photo lens turns your world into a Japanese romance game for just a few bucks

Posted: 26 Nov 2017 09:00 PM PST

Clever idea makes you the hero of a dating simulator

It's often said that people think of themselves as the protagonists of their own lives, and it's true that moments that seem mundane to others take on a special significance when they're happening to us. Now, thanks to Japanese Twitter user @itopoid, there's a way to let others view your personal narrative-quality moments through your eyes, thanks to the Main Character Lens (or "Shujinkou Lens" in Japanese).

The clever yet simple design consists of a rectangular piece of clear plastic with a border designed to look like the text box and command buttons of a dating simulator video game running on a PC. When you hold up the lens to snap a picture, if you let your camera auto-focus on the plastic frame everything behind it will blur, giving it the slightly distorted look common to background art in romance games.

Specifically, @itopoid says the Main Character Lens recreates "the moment three seconds before a female character appears," and so the messages in the text box (40 different versions are available) often contain a greeting from an unseen character identified only as "???".

▼ ???: "Welcome back. I've been waiting for you for so long."

▼ ???: "Even if it's an average life, I'm happy if we can spend our days together."

Some of the lenses, though, contain environmental descriptions, which can make for some funny effects depending on where you use them, as with this photo shot in front of a public men's restroom.

"I can hear a strange voice…yeah, I definitely don't want to get involved with whatever's going on."

Unfortunately, you can't just walk into a store and buy Main Character Lenses (which can be attached to a chain or cord to use as a key chain). To date, @itopoid has offered them for sale at the Comitia independent artists convention, priced at 300 yen (US$2.70) each. That price, though, along with the exact design customers get being random, makes them sound like a perfect fit for Japan's capsule toy vending machines, so hopefully they'll show up in there eventually.

Source: Jin
Featured image: Twitter/@itopoid