The Face of Japan Is Changing, But Some Aren't Ready 

Change happens slowly in Japan, but it does happen. You wake up one day, and things that weren't possible years ago are happening today. Nowhere is that more evident than in the woman who will represent Japan in the Miss Universe pageant—but that's to the chagrin of some who wanted a more "Japanese" winner. » 3/13/15 7:30am 3/13/15 7:30am

Here Are Some Photos of Prince William Doofusing All Over China

While his duchess stays home to incubate Royal Baby 2: Second Helpings of Royal, Prince William is currently roaming Asia, gamely participating in a wide array of photo ops. And so it's time for our very favorite globally syndicated entertainment program: Royals Doing Things! » 3/03/15 3:30pm 3/03/15 3:30pm

Tokyo Municipality Plans Vote On Recognition Of Same-Sex Couples

Tokyo's Shibuya ward, a municipality which is part of the larger Tokyo metropolis, is best known for its shopping and having the busiest crosswalk in the world. It is now taking steps to become even more notable: the ward government proposes to issue certificates to same-sex couples which it calls "equivalent to… » 2/12/15 9:50am 2/12/15 9:50am

The Disappearing Ama: Japan's Tough, Topless, Free-Diving Mermaids

In the 1920s, a young law school graduate named Yoshiyuki Iwase left Tokyo and returned to his hometown of Onjuku, a fishing village in eastern Japan. With an early Kodak camera, he began documenting the traditions of the ama, women who dove for seaweed, shellfish, and most famously, pearls. What remains of Iwase's… » 1/16/15 9:05am 1/16/15 9:05am

Why Did Japanese People Stop Performing Seppuku?

Seppuku, a highly ritualized form of suicide that involved cutting one's own stomach, was once part of the bushido samurai code, and considered an honorable way to die and, until the 20th century, was quite common. So what happened? Why did this practice die out? » 1/09/15 11:00am 1/09/15 11:00am

Japanese Vagina Kayak Artist Indicted on Obscenity Charges

Megumi Igarashi, the Japanese artist arrested in July for crowd-funding a kayak shaped like her vagina, has been formally indicted on obscenity charges. Igarashi has been arrested twice this year over the kayak. She now faces up to two years in prison and a fine equivalent to $20,755. » 12/26/14 11:00am 12/26/14 11:00am

​Japanese Travel Agency Now Offering 'Solo Weddings' for Single Women 

Want a wedding but don't want a husband? Want a wedding and have a husband but don't want him to be part of it? This very entrepreneurial travel agency in Japan has got you covered. » 12/22/14 5:20pm 12/22/14 5:20pm

This Over-the-Top Marriage Proposal Is a Giant Red Flag

There's a lot of scoffing and scorn out there for theatrical marriage proposals, but viral videos or hidden cameras are usually harmless. Cheesy and annoying to observers, perhaps, but ain't no thing between the betrothed. In Japan, however, we are faced with something quite different. » 12/04/14 12:45pm 12/04/14 12:45pm

I Went to a Hatsune Miku Concert and It Was Fucking Amazing ​

On Saturday, I watched a not-particularly-realistic 2D projection of a teenaged girl in teal pigtails singing in a computer-generated voice mesmerize a concert hall packed with teens. For two hours. And it was actually pretty fucking amazing. » 10/21/14 11:15am 10/21/14 11:15am

Girl Group SNH48's Lesbian Music Video Reportedly Banned In Korea

Various LGBT+ media claim Korean media is speculating the Korean produced music video by girl group SNH48 has been banned because it features a heavily implied lesbian relationship. » 10/14/14 9:06pm 10/14/14 9:06pm

Lonely? This Creepy Chair Will Wipe Away Your Tears and Hug You Tight

You know that feeling you get when you come home to an empty house with nothing but the TV to keep you company and a delicious Swanson dinner with reconstituted brownie in the fridge? Well, your problems are solved. No matter how lonely you are, there's now a chair that will make your life a joy. » 10/07/14 4:45pm 10/07/14 4:45pm

Body-Positive 'Chubby' J-Pop Groups Will Eat Whatever They Want

Earlier this year, Chubbiness, an all-girl group consisting of girls bigger than your average Japanese starlet stormed the J-Pop scene. The Chubbiness girls love to talk (and eat) food and their favorite "chubby" body parts. They've been quite the sensation, and they're not the only puniko ("Marshmallow girl") group. » 10/01/14 3:15pm 10/01/14 3:15pm

Condom Cookbook Encourages You to Eat Where You Jizz

Forget everything you know about condoms (that's a load off your mind) (until a commercial tries to sell you condoms) and get ready to experience prophylactics as you never have before: As cooking and eating utensils. Your first erotic meal? Condom Meat Stuffing. Delicious! » 9/24/14 7:20pm 9/24/14 7:20pm

These Are The Seven Best Lesbian Anime Series Ever Made

After considering many opinions across the internet and consulting with fellow yuri (百合, lesbian themed Japanese media) fans, these are the seven best examples of non-explicitly erotic girl-on-girl animation from Japan. » 9/15/14 11:35am 9/15/14 11:35am

Man Swallowed Whole by Tidal Wave of Adorable Bunnies

The island of Ōkunoshima, also known as Rabbit Island, is densely populated by feral rabbits, similar to the various cat islands of Japan, but you know. With bunnies instead. Please tell me there's a baby goat island SOMEWHERE. » 9/06/14 3:00pm 9/06/14 3:00pm

Cats Make Totally Incompetent Pizza Hut Employees

Cancel the Clio Awards forever because there'll never be another ad campaign that tops this beauty out of Japan, which features a Pizza Hut staffed by a bunch of cats who are completely awful at their jobs and do not care at all. » 8/22/14 2:20pm 8/22/14 2:20pm

Here's the Strangest Piece of Exercise Equipment You've Ever Seen

Forget the Shake Weight, forget Sauna Suits and forget Tony Little's Gazelle, because there's a new piece of fitness equipment on the scene that's so ridiculous that just by looking at it you will descend into a shame spiral that will rival anything you've ever felt in tenth grade. Allow me to present the glory that… » 8/21/14 7:15pm 8/21/14 7:15pm

Parenting: Are You Doing It Right? Depends on Where You Live.

Parenting is hard, no newsflash there. Know what can make it harder? Having too much information about various approaches, all with conflicting supporting data. Add to this that our entire sense of community has shifted, and many parents live nowhere near their families of origin, leaving most of us to wing it in a… » 8/19/14 1:40pm 8/19/14 1:40pm

Japanese Schoolgirl Arrested for Killing and Dismembering Classmate

A 16-year-old girl from Nagasaki prefecture has been arrested for allegedly murdering, decapitating, and dismembering her 15-year-0ld friend and classmate. That whooshing sound you hear is 4 million aspiring horror screenwriters firing up their laptops. » 7/28/14 3:00pm 7/28/14 3:00pm