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Japan Word of the Day #79 – Pakuru

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Today’s Word is: Pakuru (パクる)

Pakuru means to steal something or to copy something from others.
Originally, it was used among thieves and young delinquents to refer to act of stealing physical items.
From 1980’s it started to mean stealing abstract subjects such as ideas, concepts, writing, designs, characteristics, styles, etc.

Most recent variety derived from the word might be pakutsui. It’s short for “Pakuru” and “Tweet (pronounced as tsuīto),” meaning to copy someone’s tweets exactly, usually in order to get attention from others.

Image source: Bohan Navi

Japan Word of the Day #2 – Kurasuta (Twitter Slang)

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Twitter is huge in Japan too, and as always, when new culture emerges, new slang is created.

Today’s word is: Kurasuta (クラスタ)

The word kurasuta is derived from English word “cluster.” It means a group of fans and friends on Twitter who share common interests. For example, if you have a bunch of friends on Twitter who like Madoka Magica, you can call them part of a “Madomagi kurasuta (まどマギクラスタ).”

Interests don’t always have to be something tangible. For example,

Fabo kurasuta – a group of people who are addicted to favoriting tweets or getting others to favorite their tweets.

Neta kurasuta – a group of people who just want to share catchy jokes or phrases.

What kurasuta are you in?

 

Image source: IT-Twitter

Gorgeous Sunsets of Japan after the Typhoon

On Sunday, the 18th typhoon of the season, Man-yi, hit Central Japan.

Residents in areas of Kyoto, Fukui, Shiga, and Mie were required to evacuate as they experienced the “unprecedented amount of rainfall.”

Meanwhile, residents in other areas (that didn’t get damaged too badly) were stunned by gorgeous sunset after the typhoon cleansed the air. Here are some of the beautiful photos captured by Japanese Twitter users, after the storm.

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Source: @resist_rui 

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Source: @LoranYASSno9

At Shimokitazawa, Tokyo (above).

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Source: @u_kudox

Taken in Chobu, Tokyo (above).

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Source: @INNY_MUSIC

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The above photo was taken by @digitarou, the CEO of Nitroplus. He’s been working all day in his office, and caught by surprise when he got out of work and saw the sky.

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Source: @TokyoZooNet

The sunset seen from Ueno Zoo, Tokyo (above).

Mt. Fuji looks particularly beautiful, many people were surprised to see it so clearly.

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Source: @dtanak

Taken at Lake Yamanaka (above).

 

Mt. Fuji stayed clear in the next morning. Many cameramen visited Lake Yamanaka for a photo opportunity, according to the Lake Yamanaka Tourist Center.

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Source: @yamanakako_info

Below is a photo from Iidabashi, Tokyo. It’s rare to see Mt. Fuji so clearly from the city!

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Source: @tamegoeswild

See more photos after the storm on Twitter!

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 ^_^

A Cat who Dresses Up in Tarako, Mushroom, and Wasabi… the Latest Twitter-Famous Kitten from Japan!

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Do you know about a kitten from Japan, who’s famous for dressing up in a tarako (Japanese salted cod roe), a shimeji mushroom, and a wasabi plant? Her name is Wasabi-chan, and she is all the rage in Japanese Twitter community now.

At first, the photo is just kind of funny and cute. But there’s a reason why she dresses up in these seemingly uncomfortable outfits. This is a very touching story about the encounter of Wasabi-chan and her current owner @jessiepon. I’d like to share the owners’ tweets in English to reveal reasons behind this photo!

Everything Started from Here

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June 2nd, 2013

@jessiepon: “I heard a horrible cry of a kitten, getting attacked by crows in front of my house. I immediately rescued her and brought her to the vet. Crows have eaten inside of the kitten’s mouth, to the point she can’t drink milk on her own. The vet had to insert a catheter directly into her stomach to feed the kitten. Her initial body weight: 210g.”

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June 8th, 2013

@jessiepon: “We’ve been feeding her milk in every 4 hours. Her body weight is now 274g! “

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@jessiepon“Our kitten does not poop everyday. The vet said I don’t have to be worried about it, but still!”

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June 9th, 2013

@jessiepon“Good morning! Today’s photo of the kitten <3 After the catheter feeding this morning, I wiped her face, and the scabs fell off. She looks beautiful! She couldn’t even open her left eye when I first found her, but now she can raise her eyelid gradually. Her tongue is torn up in half, so sometimes it hangs out of her mouth like this… ^^;”

 Then, the First Time the Kitten Appeared in a Baby Covering

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June 11th, 2013

@jessiepon“Today’s photo! When I was taking lice out around her eyes, I heard her purr for the first time!  Her upper jaw is fractured, so it’s still bleeding a little. She is taking antibiotics, anti-inflammatory analgesic, and intestinal medication now.

“Also, we finally named her. Her name is ‘Wasabi-chan’ and she’s a girl. (*´艸`*)”

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June 12th, 2013

@jessiepon“Thank you for all the support and kind messages! Wasabi-chan is improving a lot, she started nibbling her front paws today.”
“Her body weight is now 300g!”

 

Then, this Photo was Uploaded, Making Wasabi-chan a Super Famous Kitten on Twitter

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June 15th, 2013

@jessiepon“She tries to fight back whenever we feed her with the catheter, so Granny made her this outfit to make sure she eats. A “tarako” Wasabi. Tomorrow we’ll go to the clinic again!”
*Tarako is a salted cod roe in Japan. It looks like this. 
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This particular tweet/photo got more than 20,000 retweets, to the owner’s surprise!
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…to the point that several Wasabi-chan “fans” made a Wasabi-chan stamp, Wasabi-chan felt plush toy, to show their support for the kitten.

Wasabi-chan Show Improvement in Her Health

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June 17th, 2013

@jessiepon“Wasabi-chan is very fortunate to have such warm responses from everyone! Today, we started her litter training, but as you can see, Wasabi-chan is not so interested in it… ʅ(‾◡◝ ა)ʃ”

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June 19th, 2013

@jessiepon“Toay’s Wasabi-chan! After the catheter-feeding at 4AM, she threw up her food. It’s because we increased the amount of milk today. Now she is fine, plays well and sleeps well.”

 

The New Outfit – Shimeji Mushroom

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June 20th, 2013

@jessiepon“Granny’s new hand-made piece! This is Wasabi-chan in a shimeji mushroom cover. We’ll start the catheter-feeding with this new outfit today!”

“Also, here is Wasabi’s profile: Used to be a stray cat / possibly quintuplets / female / initial weight: 210g (minus weight of lice)  / favorite thing: Granny / hates: catheter-feeding and mouth checkup / friend: stuffed mouse.”

Around this time, some people complained that putting a kitten in an outfit like this is an animal abuse, which drove the owner into having her Twitter account private. Clearly, these people have no idea why and for what reasons the owner makes Wasabi-chan dress up in it. It’s not for fun, but for feeding the kitten without her fighting back. Sudden movements can end up suffocating the kitten or hurting her throat/stomach! Luckily, @jessiepon opened up the account to public again.

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June 30th, 2013

 @jessiepon “It’s the first time Wasabi was able to poop by herself! Coincidentally, we have to bring a stool sample to the clinic today. Thank you for your help, Wasabi!”

Wasabi-chan Sends a Message to the World with Her Wasabi Plant Outfit

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July 1st, 2013

 @jessiepon“It’s been a month since I met Wasabi-chan! Thank you for everyone’s support. I made this photo to pray for the wellness and happiness of all pets in the world.”

 

She gets along with other members of the family too!

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(@jessiepon also has a dog and a parrot, and they are friends! how cute!)

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That is it for me to share the story of Wasabi-chan! I felt very warm in my heart as I saw the dedication @jessiepon showed to the kitten. You can check the rest of the photos and daily updates of Wasabi-chan from @jessiepon’s Twitter account or her Instagram!