We generally expect to see raw fish on top of rice when it comes to sushi But what if you take an animal that eats fish, and put it on top of rice?! Mind. Blown. Japanese company Tange & Nakimushi Peanuts has brought that intriguing concept to the masses by selling prints of neko-sushi for $407 each on their site.
I love burgers and I love ramen, but never have I imagined combining them. Japanese burger chain, Lotteria, has joined forces with famous Japanese ramen restaurant, Menya Musashi, to create the unique ramen burger. Instead of your typical beef patty, this carb-overload menu item consists of seasoned ramen noodles that are grilled, topped with BBQ pork covered in sweet brown sauce, and placed between two buns spread with mayo. It comes with a side of fish broth to help wash down this fatty goodness, and the entire meal costs around $6.50. Not enough? Pay an extra buck to get a second portion with more soup.
This special is available only from May 20 to mid-June. So if you’re in Japan, make sure to bring out your inner fatty and try it!
Never thought I’d see 3D latte art. This coffee kitty was created by Kazuki Yamamoto, a 26-year-old from Osaka, Japan. He posts his latte art creations regularly on his twitter account and he’s apparently far from the only one to surface from Japan. Although we do have latte artists here in the US, the Japanese designers take it to another level with the 3D features and the intricate designs.
Check out more of his cool work!
Remember Krang, the evil brain from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles who controlled a massive robotic body? Well, it seems some inventors in Japan thought it would be a brilliant idea to equip children with the equivalent of Krang’s body. Called “Kidswalker,” it’s basically a metal exoskeleton that allows a child to sit inside and, just like Krang, use levers to control the robot’s arms. Oh, and just to make things even more interesting for parents, the robot’s arms feature a metal claw and a drill. Because that’s exactly what you want to put in the hands of a bratty kid.
You’ve got to be a pretty special mom or dad to get your child this gadget, especially since it costs $21,000.
Now, admit it. Doesn’t it have a scary resemblance to the charming creature?
I was at the Haneda airport in Tokyo, Japan last month when I stumbled upon some really cute candles at the gift shop. One of them caught my eye in particular because I’ve never seen a candle modeled after a cup of Nissin instant ramen. I even bought one for Suzie for 714 yen ($7.31) as a gift from Japan. It would be awesome if the candle smelt like MSG goodness when ignited, but I don’t think Suzie wants to test it out — she says it looks too cool to burn!
Remember a couple years ago when we came across the Japanese “floating girl” pictures? This might be even more awesome. In Japan, it’s a photo trend among schoolgirls to re-enact Street Fighter’s “hadouken” superpower move. One person unleashes the imaginary explosion, which totally blasts the other people away. It’s a hilarious meme, and I’m even starting to see people here in the US doing these poses in their pictures!
I’m crazy about all things Hello Kitty, so imagine my delight when I discovered the plane I was flying on from Tokyo to Taipei was the famed Hello Kitty plane we talked about two years ago. Just so you can have a glimpse of what it was like, I took photos from start to finish!
My airplane ticket:
The tail end of the plane as I was boarding:
Holy crap, I think I just found the most amazing / creepy gadget ever: the iPhone case shaped like a human hand. Now you can feel like you’re holding Siri’s hand when you whisper sweet nothings to her.
For $52, you can get this handmade (no pun intended) delight, made out of soft silicone so it feels like a real human. However, you apparently have to remove the case when taking pictures, since the fingers get in the way. Also, putting the phone in your pocket makes it look like a zombie is trying to escape out of your butt, as seen in the hilarious picture below.
Get yours here.
Recently, this picture of Korean kids indulging in a french fry buffet went viral on the internet. The kids ordered $250 worth of fries at their local McDonald’s and piled the fried potatoes over a few tables.
Turns out, the idea of a potato party originated in Japan. Because of a deal in Japan that sold fries for a low 150¥ (or $1.60) from Oct. to Nov. last year, students started organizing potato parties. These gatherings are serious business: attendees will order crazy amounts of fries and are required to eat it all before they get to leave the table. Seems like one of the few occasions when eating your plate clean might be a very bad idea. Here are some of the pics that were tweeted around by Japanese kids:
Wish you could come home to a cat, but your landlord won’t allow it? Well, in Japan, ”cat cafes” give animal lovers a place to pay for petting time. Cats’ Time Cafe, for example, is one of many feline-friendly establishments in Osaka, catering to people who live in apartments that don’t allow pets. For a fee of $9 per hour, you can spend some quality time with your furry friends. Studies have shown that stroking pets reduces stress, so it’s no wonder that cat cafes are gaining popularity.
Our resident kitty lover, Emily, has actually been to one in Japan. ”It was extremely clean,” she says. “You can sit on a table, sip on coffee, and pet a cat while having a conversation with your partner. I think it’s a pretty fun date place as long as you’re not allergic!”
Personally, I’m allergic to felines so these cafes would be my hell. But apparently, there are also dog cafes!