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Techno Temple2m22s

Techno Temple

Gosen Asakura started using techno music to attract young followers. Syoonji temple, Fukui prefecture, Japan.

Published: February 26, 2018
This 89-Year-Old Grandma Takes Hilarious Selfies1m33s

This 89-Year-Old Grandma Takes Hilarious Selfies

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again, age is nothing but a number and this footage proves it. This is the story of Japanese lady that is closing in on her 90th year of life, but she has the spirit of a teenager. You don’t need your age to define you, and that is the best lesson she is giving the world. A 89 year-old Kimiko Nishimoto started taking pictures when she was 72 years old. And now she is very famous after she started taking hilarious selfies . She was first introduced to selfies by her son and it’s been going on ever since. She admits to being very confused by the whole concept at first, but with time she has learned to be the mistress of selfies. We guess it’s never too late to start something. In addition to her incredible skills with the camera Kimiko is extremely talented when using Photoshop. You’ve heard it right, she can do quite the magic with a few sets of layers and it would leave us all in awe. Some of us have a hard time adjusting an Instagram filter, while there she is creating masterpieces with a few clicks. She takes her photos using a remote control and they are incredibly unique and intriguing. We guess that talent knows no bounds. What are your predictions for the future? Can you see yourself learning something completely new when you’re 72 years old? Make sure you tell us what you think in the comments down below.

Published: February 26, 2018
Samurai Taxi Driver2m08s

Samurai Taxi Driver

Tatsuo Hisae works for Kyoto’s Rakunan Taxi service. He won a one million yen lottery and set the money aside for a trip around the world, which he had dreamed of since he was a child. When he finally went ahead with the trip and returned home, inspired by his many conversations all over the world, he decided to tie his hair up in the traditional samurai style and become a taxi driver. After being refused by over 10 companies he was finally hired a year later, and now drives the streets of Kyoto as a suit-wearing samurai.

Published: November 13, 2017
Curious Animal Cafe Where You Can Pet Otters, Chinchillas And Hedgehogs1m36s

Curious Animal Cafe Where You Can Pet Otters, Chinchillas And Hedgehogs

Japan is known for this curious trend of animal cafes where visitors are allowed to pet the animals. Apparently, they took it to a whole different level by bringing small-clawed otters into the mix. The cafe already has 12 chinchillas and 50 hedgehogs, but the three newly-arrived otters completed the picture. Cafes in Japan are engaged into a never ending quest to create the most unconventional cafes, so this shop in the trendy Harajuku district of Tokyo decided to push the limits by introducing small-clawed otters to their pet-loving customers. This unique cafe offers customers a chance to touch, hold or play with these furry creatures, along with several other animals. Visitors can interact with the animals after receiving instructions and some help from the staff. Customers can purchase chinchillas and hedgehogs, but the otters are not for sale because they are designated as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List and their trade across borders is restricted under the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES. Did you ever have the chance to touch and play with otters, chinchillas and hedgehogs? In Japan you have the unique chance to spend time with animals while drinking your coffee. How neat is that? This new shop opened in Harajuku, Tokyo and started a new trend, being the home to hedgehogs, otters and chinchillas, how lovely! The otters and chinchillas are very friendly with humans, so unsurprisingly these cafés quickly became popular and attracted the attention of the public! Would you like to drink your coffee accompanied by animals?

Published: November 13, 2017474 views
Woman Obsessed With Pet Goat Puts On A Mask To Become One2m22s

Woman Obsessed With Pet Goat Puts On A Mask To Become One

Tokyo resident Aya Shinozuka became really lonely and depressed when her beloved dog passed away. It was then when she encountered goat Shiropen while she was doing research on pets that can communicate with humans, other than dogs. Honestly, there were some tough times raising a pet goat, especially because there is very little information available, but her life was filled to the brim with goats before she knew it! This woman became obsessed with her pet goat . She feeds him hay from a bucket, she gives him bath and she walks him around the neighborhood in a stroller. In a nutshell, she treats him like her own human baby! Not that much of a pet, but a baby! Shiropen is an African type of goat called a pygmy goat. Aya took him when he was only one and a half months old and has lived with him ever since. Unlike dogs and cats, information about pet goats is hard to come by so Aya had to learn step-by-step about the process of raising a goat. She read a lot of special books and consulted with other pet owners on the way. There is no doubt that these two share a special bond ! Owner says that goats can learn just as many tricks as dogs, and can communicate just as well with humans. That was the reason why Aya got interested in goats. Walks are important for Shiropen’s health so Aya takes him out when the weather is good, and they both enjoy having nice strolls. The funny thing is this owner never paid too much attention to goats in the past, but after she got Shiropen, she got hitched to goats, and started buying goat related stuff like toys, books and goat related decorations and clothing. She even had a mask in a shape of goat imported from England. She puts the mask on and pretends to be a goat, imagining what it feels like! Is this crazy or yes! Talk about obsession!

Published: November 13, 2017187 views
State Of The Art Robot Hotel Opens Near Disneyland In Japan1m33s

State Of The Art Robot Hotel Opens Near Disneyland In Japan

Henn na Hotel has been recognized by Guinness World Record as "the first robot-staffed hotel" in the world. The lobby images the age of dinosaurs, and at the front desk, you will be greeted by multilingual robots who will handle the check-in and check-out process for you. The dinos are robots, of course, and it’s the first act of a hotel stay that’s free of human interaction. The hotel is not only unique with the robot operation, but is made environmentally friendly, and offers comfortable stay with the newest model mattress. One of the definitions of the Japanese word “Henn” is “to change,” which represents their commitment for evolution in striving for the extraordinary sensation and comfort that lies beyond the ordinary. The unique experience will take guests one step into the future . It goes without saying that the location of these hotels in resorts and theme parks highlights the novelty of them, and we think it will be quite some time before we see regular business hotels or the like manned by machines. The hotel is the second robot-operated hotel to launch in Japan, and is located just outside the Disney theme park in Urayasu. The robot-hotel is planning on expanding around the world over the next five years, reports The Japan Times. During the opening ceremony for the hotel, the CEO, Hideo Sawada said “the goal is not about being strange, it’s about transforming and evolving.” The gimmicky hotel received a lot of press attention in Japan and overseas, but it has proved to have staying power beyond its wacky concept. Certainly, the likes of Pepper in SoftBank stores and other places has also contributed to the ordinariness of seeing robots in Japan today.

Published: November 13, 201726 views
The Monkey Business In This Japanese Bar Will Make You Go Bananas2m32s

The Monkey Business In This Japanese Bar Will Make You Go Bananas

People come from all over the world to meet the famous waitress at this bar called Kayabuki. She is unique and very special and most importantly she is paid in bananas. The waitress is this 17-year-old monkey called Fuku-chan who helps pass out napkins, beer and other things to customers. It all began when Kayabuki’s owner handed a napkin to Yacchan, the first monkey who become waiter and he brought it out to the guests. Fuku-chan started imitating Yacchan when she was 3 and has continued ever since. The bar also has several other baby monkeys and customers can take pictures with them. When work is over they get paid in bananas. How adorable! Kaoru Otsuka, owner of this bar, introduced the idea of monkeys serving customers like waiters. This monkey business attracted global attention and before he knew it, his little bar became a hit and has been going strong for 29 years. Are you running a restaurant and can’t afford to hire waiters? Well, you could take a cue from this Japanese restaurant in Utsunomiya, Tochigi prefecture, Japan which hired monkeys for the job. In an attempt to make them look more human they dressed them up in cute, little uniforms! The Kayabukiya Tavern looks like any other traditional-style Japanese 'sake-house' restaurant. However, once you walk into the modest premises it quickly becomes apparent that human waiters have been replaced by adorable monkeys. This Japanese restaurant has changed the face of customer service by employing monkeys to help with the table service. Actually, the monkeys are even better waiters than some really bad human ones. Originally, owner kept the monkeys as household pets, but once he realized they were capable of working in the restaurant he gave them this role to play. Watch how amazed these guests are when they call out for more beer and get served by one, personally delivered by the monkey! It’s amazing how it understands human words!

Published: November 13, 201739 views
Oya Museum, like a huge underground shrine1m25s

Oya Museum, like a huge underground shrine

Egyptian pyramids. Indiana Jones. Even an underground shrine. Did you know that there is a place that people describe like this in Japan? About a 30 minute bus ride from the center of Tochigi prefecture’s Utsunomiya city lies Oya Museum, a place where you can learn about Oya stones, which are known for being used by the American architect, Frank Loyd Wright, when he designed the old imperial hotel. The highlight of the museum is the remains of an around 20,000 square meter (140m x 150m) mine 30 meters underground, in which you can fit an entire baseball field. In this unique space, littered with machines and where the walls are lined with markings left by mining equipment, BMW test drive events and Omega watch presentations have been held. An X Japan promotion video was filmed and a live Enya performance was televised there as well. Movies and television dramas have also been filmed there, and many weddings are held every year in an area that is not open to the public currently. Since April of 2013 people have been allowed to take pictures inside, and information about it is spreading on social networking sites. In 2016, 340,000 people came to visit the museum. Although it’s a popular place to bring the family or go with a date, the average temperature is around 8 degrees Celsius, so don’t forget a jacket if you go.

Published: November 13, 2017
The 95-year-old man's Rainbow Village2m18s

The 95-year-old man's Rainbow Village

Rainbow Village, located in the suburbs of Taichung, Taiwan, has undergone a massive transformation thanks to a 95 year old man named Huang Yong Fu. He was born in Hong Kong, and fought in the Second Sino-Japanese war as a member of the Chinese Nationalist Party, when he came to Taiwan with his regimen in 1949. Then, years later he settled down in this village and began painting around 2008. At the time the region was to be a part of a redevelopment project, but village fans, seeking to protect the village which had become famous for its paintings, gathered support online and sent numerous e-mails to the mayor of the city, so the mayor came to visit the village personally. Then things changed quickly, and rather than destroy the village, they moved to help preserve it. Mr. Huang Yong Fu goes out whenever he can to greet and talk to tourists, and the village makes an effort to support philanthropic work by donating a portion of the money it makes from souvenirs to charitable organizations.

Published: November 13, 2017
Ancient Art Of Knife Massage Helps Taiwanese Stay Sharp2m23s

Ancient Art Of Knife Massage Helps Taiwanese Stay Sharp

Taiwan is as famous for massages as it is for its delicious food. But did you know that there is a massage style that uses knives and is actually very popular? Knife massages originated in China and date 2,500 years back. Taiwan is now one of the few places where unusual kind of massages are given to those who are brave enough. Knife massages are attracting hardcore spa enthusiasts to have cleavers chopped across their faces and bodies in a bizarre new wellness trend. This cutting edge mania sees customers 'relaxing' as sharpened cleavers are pressed in rhythmic motions all over them, with nothing but a thin piece of material separating their skin from the blade. Hsiao Mei Fang, the owner of Ancient Art Of Knife Therapy Education Centre, in Taipei, Taiwan , has been performing the strange procedure for more than 13 years and says that they have created an original new knife therapy treatment. 'Everything has a Yin and a Yang, so instead of using one knife we use two. We don’t take kitchen knives but use special ones for the therapy,' Fang explains. People often think that this therapy is just 'for fun' but after having the therapy they see real results and recommend it to friends. At first they are scared because similar knives for cutting chicken and pork meat are used, and customers are afraid of being cut like that too. The customers all fully clothed and emerge without a scratch. We couldn't help but admire the bravery of those who willingly submitted to a blood-free treatment. Driven by sheer curiosity, would you sign up to go under the knife ?

Published: November 13, 201736 views
This Man Travels The World Only To Put His Head Into Comic Foregrounds2m09s

This Man Travels The World Only To Put His Head Into Comic Foregrounds

Tomoyuki Shioya is obsessed with comic foregrounds and has traveled all over the country, even outside of Japan to places like Taiwan and the United States, just in order to take pictures with them. His collection of photos nears 3,000. In the beginning he would take pictures with the comic foregrounds when he happened to be at a tourist spot, but one day he saw one that was getting thrown out and asked the shop owner if he would take a picture of him in it, prompting the shop owner to say: “Well, if people get this much joy out of it, I’ll put it back up.” Tomoyuki decided he wanted to have more experiences like that and started seeking out “head in the hole” photo boards to take pictures with. He always walks around with a tripod and camera and will take pictures using the timer feature on his camera no matter how crowded the space. Tomoyuki says that he has never felt embarrassed by his hobby. In time, his activities caught the media’s attention, and he has now appeared on television and in events, as well as held exhibits of his pictures and written a book. He says that he wants to continue taking pictures at comic foregrounds until the day he dies. You could see his pride as an aficionado, and he even seemed pretty cool to us.

Published: November 13, 2017
Chimpanzee on the Loose?!2m10s

Chimpanzee on the Loose?!

On February 7th, 2017, Tokyo’s Tama Zoological Park held a practice drill for what to do in the event an animal escaped from its enclosure. It is a drill held once a year alternating between Tama Zoological Park and the Ueno Zoo, and the scenario was a chimpanzee fleeing from its keepers. Though the chimpanzee was a costumed staff member, there were those among the unknowing park visitors who thought a chimpanzee had actually escaped as they watched it harass the drill participants, who were equipped like it was the real deal with tranquilizer guns. Altogether 80 people, from police officers to fire fighters participated in the drill. The person who dresses up as the animal is typically a new staff member. This time the chimpanzee keeper, Mr. Yosuke Taguchi played the part. In the past there have been drills for lions, snow leopards, and orangutans, and a chimpanzee, milu deer, red panda, and hermit ibis have actually escaped before.

Published: November 13, 2017
The Museum That Displays Charming Stone Faces1m48s

The Museum That Displays Charming Stone Faces

They say that you can meet Elvis Presley and John F. Kennedy in Saitama Prefecture’s Chichibu City, two hours northwest of Tokyo, Japan. The Chichibu Museum of Rare Stones exhibits many unusual rocks, including a popular display of more than 700 that resemble people’s faces. Almost all of them has a name, with some of them resembling popular Japanese entertainers, anime characters, and even Elvis Presley and the like. Each one captures their characteristics really well. The Japanese have even invented a term that is applied to stones that resemble human facial features – “jinmenseki”. The rocks were all gathered over a 50 year period by the museum’s first director, Mr. Shoji Hayama, at the nearby Arakawa River. The current director is his wife, Ms. Yoshiko Hayama, She was formerly the chief curator of the Museum of Rare Stones and she took over the position held by her husband who passed away in 2010 – a family tradition literally set in stone. Ms. Hayama said that the museum, which opened its doors 27 years ago, was like an extension of her husband, as she explained the stones’ various characteristics. An avid collector, the late Shozo Hayama spent 50 years collecting rocks that looked like faces. His only requirement was that nature is the only artist. It seems she has truly inherited Mr. Hayama’s passion for the stones. There is, at the moment, such a large number of rocks on display that some do not even have names. Therefore, the owner is known to sometimes invite visitors to give names for rocks.

Published: November 13, 2017
Japanese Whisperer Teaches Beluga Whale To 'Talk'1m59s

Japanese Whisperer Teaches Beluga Whale To 'Talk'

One Japanese researcher has taught a beluga whale to “talk” by using sounds to identify three different objects, offering hope that humans may one day be able to have conversations with sea mammals. The high intelligence of whales and dolphins has made them a popular target for research. So, meet Nack, the beluga that ''talks'' at Kamogawa Sea World in Chiba prefecture, Japan. Nack’s home is one of the leading aquariums in Japan, a two-hour drive from Tokyo station which holds around 11,000 organisms on display, starring the talking beluga whale. Nack was caught in Canada in 1988, 28 years ago. Among dolphin species, beluga’s distinctive characteristics are their pure white color and lack of back fin, though they are scarce. If you touch one, you will notice right away that they are very soft. It is thought that they got like that because they live in freezing cold water. At the end of his forehead it has a hole for breathing which is called an air sack. By drawing sound between the air sack and spiracle, it whistles like a human. Beluga whales are very intelligent, friendly and they enjoy being trained in this way. Seven years ago, with the cooperation of the aquarium, Tokai University professor Tsukasa Murayama started training Nack after he became dissatisfied with hand-signals currently used to communicate with dolphins and whales and taught the beluga to imitate human speech as part of his research. Now Nack has his special performance.

Published: November 13, 2017164 views
You Can Now Ride A Go-Kart Through The Streets Of Tokyo2m02s

You Can Now Ride A Go-Kart Through The Streets Of Tokyo

Gliding across the streets of Tokyo in a go-kart. No one would have believed it, but now tourists, both foreign and Japanese, are talking about just such a thing. Akiba Cart, near Akihabara station, is providing the service. Because the <a href=" https://rumble.com/v36o4f-go-kart-rubbish-bin-hack-make-science-fun.html " target="_blank">go-karts</a> are treated as miniature cars, all you need is a normal driver’s license to ride them, making them widely available to anyone, and you don’t have to use a seat belt or wear a helmet either. Many of their patrons wear costumes when they ride the karts, and once they are on the road they become the center of attention. Due to this, they are used not only by tourists, but also in event promotions and advertisements. The founder of the company, Daisaku Koyama, came up with the idea for the service. He says he was inspired by the French prankster, Remi Gaillard, who made a video depicting <a href=" https://rumble.com/v39o1r-relive-your-childhood-with-human-sized-mario-karts.html " target="_blank">Mario Kart</a> on real roads. He decided he wanted to start “a safe service where you can ride unusual vehicles," and started the company in April of 2013. The service, which was brought about through sheer coincidence, is now breathing new life into Tokyo’s tourist scene. Just drop by in Koyama’s underground lair, pick a costume of your own desire (you can choose from a wide variety of plush costumes, Like Mario and Luigi, Buzz Lightyear, Batman or your favorite Pokemon), grab that go-kart and go, go, go!

Published: November 13, 201720 views
Check Out The Japanese Café That Is All About The Barbie Theme2m15s

Check Out The Japanese Café That Is All About The Barbie Theme

A café where you can eat surrounded by 250 Barbie Dolls would be a Barbie fan’s dream. As a matter of fact, such a place opened in February, 2015 in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, called “Pink Holiday.” Owned by one Ms. Hisano Ise, she tells us, “I wanted to help people understand the greatness of Barbie.” The café’s most popular dish, ordered by 80% of its customers, is its “Doll Cake,” in which a Barbie doll’s dress is made of cake. It’s a popular surprise for birthdays and other occasions. There is also a box where you can act like you’re a Barbie doll, a makeup room, Barbie accessories, and everything Barbie. The owner has 200 dolls she keeps outside the café, which she switches out every season. One way to enjoy the café might be to check it out several times and discover a new doll each time. Speaking of Barbie , the most famous doll ever made, did you know that her real name is Barbara Millicent Roberts? If you're a hardcore fan you probably already knew this, so here's another tricky question for you: do you know when is Barbie's birthday? You give up? It's March 9, 1959. Despite being "born" in the fifties, this cute doll is still ridiculously popular all around the globe, and according to the video, it has a massive cult in Japan. Would you visit this café?

Published: November 13, 201716 views
Rice Field Art Has Spread All Over Japan2m12s

Rice Field Art Has Spread All Over Japan

As you all know, Japanese love eating rice as it is an essential staple in their diet. The amount of self-sufficiency of rice in Japan is very high, about 95%, and the scenery of rice fields is a national symbol of the Japanese countryside. Imagine beautiful golden rice plants shining under the sunny blue sky… Rice fields make the Japanese countryside more beautiful through all four seasons. In a small corner of Inakadate Village, a little hamlet in Aomori Prefecture, there is a massive piece of art called “Rice Field Art,” where 12 species of rice are used to make 7 different color shades to create massive canvases out of rice fields , which are 492 feet long and 328 feet wide. Though it’s spreading throughout Japan now, Inakadate Village was the first to create such an art piece, and the level of detail put on display in their work is absolutely unbelievable. They first started making the “Rice Field Art” in 1993 as a community revitalization project, and since then it has spread all across the country. Now there are more than 100 rice field art locations all over Japan. At Inakadate village they change the motifs every year. Throughout the years rice canvases of Marilyn Monroe, Hokusai’s “Thirty Six Views of Mount Fuji,” and Star Wars were attracting lots of tourists. Last year 340,000 people came to visit this village to see the beautiful artwork rice field art and with this year’s depiction of the popular Taiga Drama, “Sanadamaru,” the village is seeing a lot of interest in their work.

Published: November 13, 201713 views
The Bareheads’ Bearing Up2m04s

The Bareheads’ Bearing Up

There was a peculiar gathering on September 15th, 2016, in Aomori Prefecture’s Tsuruta-machi, Japan. Looking across the venue of this gathering on that harvest moon in the middle of autumn, the most magnificent heads you ever did see were on display. They were the heads of the “Tsuruta Bareheads’ Bearing Up Club,” a group of bald and balding men who gather together every year. The activities they do each year are only possible for the follicly challenged. Their first meeting was in 1989, when the flyer for the group read, “Cue balls unite! Let’s brighten up the world!” The group participates in many activities other than their yearly meetings, such as driving safety campaigns and visits to nursing homes.

Published: November 13, 2017
Castle in the Clouds1m12s

Castle in the Clouds

Ono City, Fukui, Japan, called the Hokuriku region’s little Kyoto, is overflowing with nature and tradition. It is a home to one of Japan’s best fresh water springs and Shichiken asa'ichi, an early morning farmer’s market that has been going on for 400 years. According to Ono City Hall’s Mr. Shimizu, Ono City’s Echizen Ono Castle has been garnering national attention of late, as “The Castle in the Clouds.” It earned this nickname due to the clouds that form about its base from sunrise until around 9 A.M. that make it appear as though it is floating in the sky. These clouds form when the day prior was humid, there is a big difference in temperature between noon the previous day and the morning, and the wind is not very strong. It is a rare event that only occurs 10 times a year, from fall through spring. Produced by 28Lab Inc. & E.x.N K.K.

Published: November 13, 2017
Man Lives With A 6 Foot Reptile For More Than Three Decades1m50s

Man Lives With A 6 Foot Reptile For More Than Three Decades

In Kure City, Hiroshima, Japan, lives Mr. Nobumitsu Murabayashi, a 65 year old man who has been living with an alligator for 34 years. The alligator’s name is Caiman, and it is a male spectacled <a href=" https://rumble.com/v32rb6-jaguar-attacks-caiman-crocodile-close-up-footage-2.html " target="_blank">caiman</a>. He bought the baby alligator at a festival without thinking too much about it, and now it’s grown into a hefty 2.1 meters and 46 kilograms. Though Mr. Murabayashi keeps a massive tub of water in front of his house for Caiman, he roams freely, spending a lot of his time in the tatami room, or sometimes the bathroom. Because of this, he has to have the tatami renewed once a year, and the sliding paper doors are full of holes. Despite that, Mr. Murabayashi cares for Caiman like his own son, and when he has time he takes him for walks in the city. Don’t worry, he has permission from the city government! He’s been featured in TV shows before, and many people know about him, but still, when people see the <a href=" https://rumble.com/v3aea4-huge-alligator-chases-and-then-eats-smaller-alligator.html " target="_blank">huge alligator</a> walking down the street, even the locals stop and stare at him closely. With his children all grown up and independent, Mr. Murabayashi now showers Caiman with all of his attention. Caiman, who is expected to live another 20 to 30 years, has become the joy of Mr. Murabayashi’s life. Produced by 28Lab Inc. & E.x.N K.K.

Published: November 13, 2017353 views
Hipster Hairdresser Transforms People’s Heads Creating Cutting Edge Styles 2m14s

Hipster Hairdresser Transforms People’s Heads Creating Cutting Edge Styles

In Osaka, Japan, lies one very unique hair salon called “Trick Store.” One of their artists, Hiro, has created some of the most cutting edge new styles simply by responding to his clients’ requests. Artist Hiro is known as The Epic Hair Artist who makes colourful styles featuring tomato, lizard, ladybug, goldfish, pineapple and many more. He creates hairstyles that one can only call works of art along with his clients, cleverly using three different sized shavers and paint brushes, which are not typically used in hair styling. This creative hairdresser creates unique styles for clients by using paint brushes for constructing intricate works of art on people’s heads. He creates what he calls "shave art" by trimming patterns into people’s heads and using dye to create the colourful cuts. Hiro has been invited to China and Korea as a lecturer to give advice on how to create whacky hairstyles “that have a punch’, and says he wants to work internationally in the future as well. It really is difficult to peel your eyes away from his boundary defying work. Hiro is definitely an epic stylist who transforms people's heads with incredible 'shave art' by using pineapples and tomatoes as inspiration. This creative hairdresser has shown off his whacky creations after turning people's heads into a pineapple, tomato and even a goldfish. His styles have gone viral and are shared worldwide. Produced by 28Lab Inc. & E.x.N K.K.

Published: November 13, 2017392 views
Ultra Fast Pounding Gives Mochi A Perfect Texture1m36s

Ultra Fast Pounding Gives Mochi A Perfect Texture

In Nara, Japan, lies Nakatanidou, a mochi shop that is usually jam packed with tourists. They fill the shop in order to find delicious mochi snacks of course, but they also go to see the mochi making process as well. The mochi pounders have perfected the technique and have synchronized their breathing perfectly. The second half of the process is to strike the mochi two times a second. They strike it at a fast pace while it is still warm in order to create a soft and sticky texture. This method of mochi making was passed down to Nakatanidou’s president, Mitsuo Nakatani, from his home town of Kamikitayama-mura, in Nara Prefecture. Nakatanidou has been doing this for 24 years, and started with a single goal to introduce Japan’s mochi pounding tradition to the world. He reveals that the secret to good mochi is pounding it fast while it is still hot. Seeing people’s smiles when they see our mochi pounding is what keeps me going, says Nakatanidou. Of course, their hands may suffer sometimes, but their motto remains “work hard and you get faster with practice”. Nara Park, which is famous for deer that roam freely throughout it, is nearby along with many other tourist spots. If you ever find yourself in Nara, don’t forget to stop at Nakatanidou to see their super fast mochi pounding technique? Mochi is Japanese rice cake made of mochigome, a short-grain japonica glutinous rice. The rice is pounded into paste and molded into the desired shape. In Japan it is traditionally made in a ceremony called mochitsuki. While also eaten year-round, mochi is a traditional food for the Japanese New Year and is commonly sold and eaten during that time. (source: Wikipedia) Produced by 28Lab Inc. & E.x.N K.K.

Published: November 13, 20171,718 views
World’s First Cafe To Cuddle And Adopt Hedgehogs In Japan2m06s

World’s First Cafe To Cuddle And Adopt Hedgehogs In Japan

There are a variety of unique cafes in Japan with an animal theme, from cat cafes, to owl and reptile cafes, and a new addition to this trend is growing in popularity, drawing people from all over the world to its doors. “HARRY” is the first of its kind in Tokyo, where hedgehogs are served as main attraction and charm visitors with their cuteness. Located in the Roppongi entertainment district, the name is a play on the Japanese word for hedgehog. At this cafe, you can touch, feed, and even buy these adorably fluffy animals . Each customer has their own reasons for visiting. Some come to relieve stress and some come to see what it is like to play with a hedgehog before they buy one. The spines freak some people out, but the staff is there to explain how to properly communicate with the animals so as not to frighten them. The way the hedgehogs move and roll up into little balls is so cute that anyone finding themselves stressed out in the big city is sure to smile when they see them. The cafe is home to twenty to thirty friendly hedgehogs of different breeds that you can spend time with and even take home. All available hedgehog breeds available for purchase are listed on a chalk-written blackboard. So if customers find it hard to part with the adorable rodents once their hour is up, they have the option to give them a home. Produced by 28Lab Inc. & E.x.N K.K.

Published: November 13, 2017
Old man dressed like a high-school girl2m08s

Old man dressed like a high-school girl

Have you heard about the “High school girl” in Tokyo everyone’s been talking about these past few years on twitter and other social networks? Hideaki Kobayashi, 54 years old, works at a printing company and on the weekends he goes out in a girl’s high school uniform. He says he has a lot of reasons for wearing the uniform, but his initial inspiration was a campaign for free ramen for anyone over 30 wearing a high school girl uniform that his friend told him about. At first he wondered what would happen if he wore the uniform, but unexpectedly, nothing came of it. After he started wearing the uniform, he traveled to Tokyo, Osaka, and other cities. He even went to France and China in uniform, where he attracted lots of attention; many tweets were written about him and he started to become known as “that old man wearing a girl’s sailor uniform.” Now, he is also popular among teens, and was invited as a guest to the “Cinderella Festival,” a high school girls only event. At the event, he was asked to promote a game developed by a group of high school girls. When he stood at the booth, many girls asked if they could take their pictures with him, a middle aged man wearing a sailor uniform. As we sat observing him surrounded by all these young girls, we felt like it’s not just the uniform that drew people to him, but his character as well. We even heard that there is a rumor with the girls that if you meet him, you will find deep and true happiness. 这几年在东京常有人目击到的一位特别的「女子高中生」,在推特和个网絡社群中造成不少话题。他是小林秀章(54岁),平常是位在印刷公司工作的普通上班族。一到周末却以水手服(日本女子高中生常有的制服样式)姿态出现在各地。有很多原因促使他开始穿水手服,但最主要的契机是2011年在神奈川的拉面店举办的一个活动策划:30岁以上穿水手服来店即可免费得到拉面一碗。小林先生在朋友的建议下决定挑战看看。在穿之前他预想了许多可能的状况,但事实上并没有任何大惊动发生。 在那之后,他开始在东京,大阪,以及国内其他城市旅行。他甚至也穿着水手服去到了法国和中国。其特殊的样子吸引不少人注意而在推特造成话题,也慢慢以「水手服欧吉桑」闻名。 最近小林先生的人气不减,甚至被邀请到专为女子高中生举办的活动「辛德瑞拉节庆」。他在现场为一个女高中生团体所开发的游戏作推广代言。现场活动的摊位前有许多女子高中生等着要和他合照。 观察被这些年轻女孩包围的小林先生,我们发现他的人气并不仅仅因为其特别的打扮,而他本人的性格也是相当有魅力。也因此出现「只要能见到他,就会得到幸福。」这样的传闻。 Produced by 28Lab Inc. & E.x.N K.K.

Published: November 13, 2017
World Famous?! Kanamara festival1m59s

World Famous?! Kanamara festival

On April 3rd, 2016, the world famous and one of a kind “Kanamara Festival” took place at Kanayama shrine in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. This annual festival, which is held on the first Sunday of April every year, is famous for its Penis shaped portable shrines, which the locals carry throughout the city. People come to the festival to pray to find a partner or to get pregnant. Of late, it has also become known for running campaigns to raise awareness about safe sex practices as well as fundraisers for HIV research. This rather unique way of praying is said to have begun in the Edo period, when prostitutes prayed for protection from sexually transmitted diseases. They would lie on straw mats with the belief that by doing so, their body would return to normal the way a sprout grows anew in the spring. Produced by 28Lab & E.x.N K.K.

Published: November 13, 201745 views