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Say Hello to Fukushima Corporation’s New Mascot with a Very Unfortunate Name

Fukushima Industries, a commercial refrigerator and electric appliances manufacturer in Japan, introduced a very kawaii new mascot to the public. Apparently, no body in the company knew enough English or did not have a say in deciding its name.

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Image source: Rocket New 24

 

His (or her, he’s an egg so he does not have a gender yet) name is Fukuppy. They probably simply wanted to combine Fukushima Industrie’s “Fuku” and the word “-ppy,” which is commonly used for Japanese nicknames to show cuteness. It makes sense logically, but it just sounds so inappropriate to any English speakers. I’ll definitely add Fukuppy to our 10 Creepiest Japanese Mascots list.

You can read more on Fukuppy’s background story on Rocket News 24 (in English) or Fukushima Corporation’s website (in Japanese).

A Hello Kitty Caterpillar – Cute or Creepy?

 

According to Kotaku, this particular caterpillar’s been all the rage in Chinese cyberspace. People have been saying this Chinese Bush Brown butterfly in its juvenile form looks like the worldwide beloved icon, Hello Kitty.

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Yes…or no? Hmm….

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It’s starting to look kind of cute after seeing a few photos.

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Is someone willing to put red bows on its ears (or antennas, I assume)?

Source: Kotaku

Attack on Titan Roll Cakes: Stab in Colossal Titan’s Weak Spot!

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Priroll, a pastry company specialized in custom design roll cake is now offering Attack on Titan collaboration cakes! Whooping 13 different designs are available for order. Featured characters include Mikasa, Eren, Levi, and Colossal Titan.

1) Four Designs of Mikasa, Eren, and Levi Cake Rolls.

You get to choose a cake with only one character (with different angle) or three of them all together! It even has dashed lines printed on it so you don’t worry about slicing your favorite character in half when you are cutting the cake. How considerate of them!

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2) Three Designs of Mikasa, Eren, and Levi Cale Rolls with Custom Message Sections

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You can put a character’s quote in the blank section on the left of the character, or make your own message!

3) Three Designs of Mikasa, Eren, and Levi Cale Rolls with Custom Message Sections AND Custom Photos

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This option lets you customize not only the text, but also a photo of your choice inserted in the cake.

4) Three Designs of Colossal Titan Cake Rolls

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And lastly, Colossal Titan cakes. This one is great because it actually suggests you stabbing your knife in the Titan’s back of the neck, its weak point. It’s kind of gross but definitely the most creative cake roll so far. Below are two additional Colossal Titan designs.

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Priroll has made Creamy Mami, Naruto, Bleach, and various Sanrio characters collaboration cakes in the past. Check them all out on their website!

Sylvanian Families in Japanese Fundoshi Undergarments Are Somehow Extremely Fitting

Sylvanian Families is a line of animal figures and dollhouses originally sold by Epoch in 1980’s. Later it was distributed and became widely popular worldwide. I’m sure you’ve seen the adorable critters made of flocked plastic living in traditional western-style housings.

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Photo Source: Amazon Japan

They are such adorable creatures!
However, there’s been some odd trend around Japanese Twitter community recently.
Here are cute Silvanian Families… 

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Photo Source: Sylvanian Families 

Add Japanese “fundoshi,” a traditional Japanese undergarment…

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“Let’s Partyyyyyyyy!”

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Photo Source: Wikipedia

By just adding a single piece of garment, Sylvanian Families suddenly turn into exciting (possibly drunken) Japanese matsuri (festival) participants. They give us totally different impressions than when they are in their usual, western-tyle outfits that we are all familiar with.

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“Is this where the party’s going on?”

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Bunny Cop: “Where is the party!?”

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“Everyone here? Let’s wait for the village chief and start the fundoshi festival!”

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 Beavers: “Can’t hear your voice! Louder!”
“Yaaaaay!”

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“My underwear’s ripped! I have too much energy.”

(And a very drunk mole passed out on the sidewalk…)

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“My family only has one grown man who can participate in the matsuri. Good luck Dad!”

 

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Duck Mom: “Wh…who are you? Why are you in my house!?”
Ducklings: “Whoa… you guys are so cool!”

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“Heave-ho! Heave-ho!”

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“You two should get ready after the supper too!”

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Beaver: “Are you ready for matsuri?”
“Yeah!”

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“Fundoshi matsuri is all over Twitter!”

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“Fundoshi is…so romantic.”
“Hahaha, you just found that out?”

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“Here comes the mikoshi!”
“Heave-ho! Heave-ho!”

*Mikoshi is a portable Shinto shrine that four selected men (or women sometimes) carry to parade around the town during a matsuri.

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 “Keep it up guys!”

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“Great job, gentlemen!”

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Photo Source: @mee0121 Twitter

“Let’s celebrate! Eat! Drink!”

Meanwhile…the mole family is completely wasted.

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Photo Source: @kusomushimogura Twitter

“See what I can do! Hahaha”
“Hey! Keep your undies on!”

They are having so much fun! I’d never thoguht Sylvanian Families would look so good in fundoshi, but apparently they do. To follow all photos of fundoshi matsuri, check out the hashtag #ふんどし祭り.

Are you now interested in owning a Sylvanian Family?
Check out Yahoo Japan Auction via Rinkya for all listings of Sylvanian Families!
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All Photos are from NAVAR matome, unless otherwise credited.

Some of Japan’s WTF/Shocking Moments Captured on Twitter

Twitter is a melting pot of chaos and wonders in Japanese communities too.
I’ve collected some of Japan’s freaky/shocking/WTF moments captured and found on Twitter to share with you!

1) Used Color Contact Lens Should not Be Left There

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Source: @potyomukin33

This is a nightmare.

2) Super Scary Apartment Spotted in Kyobashi, Osaka

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Source: @zatsuhana

3) A Woman Got Her Leg Caught Between A Train and A Platform, People Gather to Help Tilt the Train to Rescue

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Source: @kishaburaku

 

(This just happened yesterday at JR Minami Urawa Station, Saitama.)

4) J-POP Idol Shoko Nakagawa’s New Hair-Do: Cicada Cast-off Shells

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Source: @shoko55mmts

She dressed up covered with cicada shells for a summer music festival, “Mezamashi Live” on July 20th. She threw some of the shells during the concert, but the wind was so strong they got blown away in pieces!

5) Dried Stingray Is the Freakiest Dried Food Ever

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Source: @sakamobi

Supposedly dried stingrays taste really good…but I can’t get over the looks!

6) Using a Mac in Starbucks

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Source: @piano1431

And the person in the back is also using a Mac!

7) Rilakkuma Punished to Set an Example for What Would Happen to Shoplifters

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Source: @dover_s2

8) Taking a Pet for a Walk

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Source: @deeppoid

 

I have a theory that most WTF moments in Japan happen in train stations.

9) Giant Tomato Takes a Train

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Source: @ryukawa0517

I told ya!
The tomato man was also spotted hanging out with a bun and a piece of lettuce.

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Source: @komauamok

10) A Perfectly Comfortable Spot for an Onigiri (Rice Ball)

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Source: @1_kazu28

11) A Roomba Lost in Kanda Street

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Source: @TOKYO_LITHMATIC

It reminds me of Pixar’s film WALL-E. Looks so lonely! I hope the owner finds the poor lost Roomba.

12) “Due to a System Error, ‘Hot Dog Combo’ is Currently Being Printed as ‘Crawfish’ on Receipts. We Sincerely Apologize.”

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Source: @hozondojo

Why does it even happen!?

13) Cat Mesmerized by Ghibli’s “The Cat Returns”

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Source: @twuku_

Soooo cute! By the way, here’s a trivia for “The Cat Returns.”
Look at this scene.

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Source: @isotu_akua

 

The school lockers are labeled with “Anno” and “Sadamoto,” the director and the character designer of Neon Genesis Evangelion, respectively. Anno also voiced as a seiyuu in Miyazaki’s latest film “Kazetachinu.”

14) ‘Babe Caught Me Sleepin’ Meme in Japan

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Source: @25nozomi25

There are tons of existing Bae Caught Me Slippin parody photos out there in the West, but this one makes me laugh even more because of those K-ON! slippers in the background, and the fact that a pretty girl like her is willing to do a joke like this!

15) A Hachi Cat at Shibuya Hachi Statue

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Source: @popona

 

At Shibuya Station, there’s a famous statue made in memory of Hachi, the faithful dog known to wait for his master everyday at this station after the owner had past away. There, sometimes you find a cat sitting in front of the statue. Cats appear in different costumes every time, so I don’t think it’s waiting for the owner, but nevertheless it’s an odd combination of a cat and a dog!

Anomaly is normalcy in Japan! Enjoy and embrace all the weirdness if you ever visit the country ^_^

Weirdest Items Ever Listed on Yahoo Japan Auction

Since Yahoo Japan Auction started in 1999, the service has grown into the biggest, most successful auction site in Japan. Sometimes you find great items, but  occasionally you encounter weirdest things you’ve never expected to see. I’ve selected a few examples of oddity every found on YJ Auction!

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Nyotaimori is “often referred to as “body sushi,” is the practice of serving sashimi or sushi from the body of women, typically naked (Wikipedia)”. However, this seller has offered himself to be Nantaimori,  which is a male version of it. In the auction description, the seller states it’s perfect for occasions such as “when you have no dishware at home,” “to show apology to clients when you made a mistake in business,” or “to create romantic atmosphere at dinner with a girl you are proposing to,” and so on. Um…yeah…is there an insurance policy for when it actually destroys your date?

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Well, it’s the planet we live on. In the Q&A section, the seller answered to questions like:

Q “How is the quality of the item?”
A “It’s been 3 hundred million years, but I think it could function another 5 hundred million years. Unfortunately the terrain and environment have changed from its original condition…”

Q “Is it size L?”
A “The size is S. There are many bigger planets out there.”

The auction started with 69JPY and eventually got terminated early by the seller with 9,999,999,999JPY with no highest bidder.

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It’s actually a legitimate product designed and sold by a brand called “nice to meet you,” but you’ve got to wonder, where do I wear these shoes to? They look really awesome as an art project though.

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This guy must be a real masochist to be willing to let random people decide what to do with his money! (Or maybe he’s secretly super rich?) The seller would do almost anything, with the exception of making profit for the won bidder (such as handing all salary to the bidder), or for illegal actions. The auction ended with 25,000 JPY.

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It sounds like the tale of “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” Supposedly, this item cannot be seen by ignorant people. The seller explained, “it’s embarrassing, but I cannot see it either.” Although he offered to give away a couple of Denny’s and Yoshinoya coupons as freebie to the highest bidder, no one purchased this item.

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The seller calls it “Space Kei Truck,” vaguely resembling to Reiji Matsumoto’s popular manga/anime Space Battleship Yamato. It’s actually a functioning kei truck.

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Space Kei Truck behind the scene photo, in process of making.

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Got stopped by police while test driving.
Police: “Where do you think you are going? Iscandar?”

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Suspicious interior of the space truck…

wallpunching

In crowded cities of Japan, not everyone has privilege to punch walls whenever they get angry (they are too nice to their neighbors). You could break your fist if you punch random walls without practice too, you can’t risk that! To solve such problem, the seller auctioned a service to punch walls on behalf of you. It was sold for 100JPY per punch, and total of 9 punches were sold.

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One of those weird Japanese random inventions. You can catch dog poop and pee directly in this handy plastic purse. Japanese people put so much effort in making smallest part of their life easier and more efficient, which is great! However, the dog probably feels embarrassed by this photo going up on internet.

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Evidently this guy was going through very difficult time. To try to cope with the situation, he produced a bunch of Japanese calligraphy pieces of “Orz,” a Japanese emoticon showing a man on his hands and knees struck by failure and disappointment. Calligraphy pieces were written on A4-size photocopy paper and framed. No one bid on it, which probably didn’t help his feelings.

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This adorable penguin is a pet of this auction seller. His name is “Penguin Ouji (Prince).” You get to own a foot print of Penguin Ouji and a day of hanging out with him, feeding him, taking a walk with him!

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The auction ended with 12,725 JPY. I hope the bidder enjoyed a date with Penguin Ouji!

timemachine

 

The title of the auction stated it was a “real time machine” (Makes me think of the movie I recently watched Safety Not Guaranteed.) The seller explained that he spent 20 million JPY to invent it and runs on regular 100V electric outlet. This was also Yahoo Japan Auction’s most expensively bid item ever in its history, which was 10 trillion JPY. WOW. Eventually, the Auction staff found out about it and forced to terminate the listing with no highest bidder.

 

Even from auctions, you can see Japanese people have twisted sense of humor! A lot of the time these weird items show up on Neta (Joke) category of YJ Auction (not always, but often). Please remember listings in this category are not always legitimate, so browse it with your own judgement!