Here is Charli XCX Singing 'Boom Clap' in Japanese

How much does pop princesa Charli XCX know and love her fanbase? Definitely enough to try her hand at singing "Boom Clap," one of last year's biggest hits, in Japanese, for special release of Sucker on Warner Music Japan. Unsure how she fared as my Japanese is a little rusty, but at least two people in the always… » 1/28/15 12:30pm 1/28/15 12:30pm

This Crazy Ninja Schoolgirl Chase Video Is Awesome

Know this up front: This is an ad. But it's so fun, so awesome, so cleverly done and amazingly produced, the nanoseconds of product placement at the end are totally worth it. » 7/22/14 1:40pm 7/22/14 1:40pm

The Cast of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Is Almost Entirely White

With the news that William Fichtner will play Shredder, that rounds out an almost entirely white cast in the Michael Bay-produced, Jonathan Liebesman-directed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Perhaps the most offensive casting is the awesomely impossible-to-kill Shredder, whose alter ego is Oroku Saki, and has always… » 6/24/13 10:30pm 6/24/13 10:30pm

Japanese Mascots Set World Record; Also Haunt Our Dreams

Did you know that the cities and prefectures of Japan have kawaii mascots? I don't know what any of these things are — I look at this mess and just see Valerie Cherish as a giant cupcake — but I really love the idea of cities having adorable mascots. Ugh, so sick of sports hogging all the good shit in America! (I'm… » 1/29/13 11:45pm 1/29/13 11:45pm

What Dark Secrets Has Hello Kitty Been Hiding?

She may look innocent, but Hello Kitty could be a lot sneakier than we could have ever dreamed. The tiny white cat—whose iconic cheerful face is plastered on everything from notebooks to vibrators—has invaded our consciousness to such an extent that we accept her unquestioningly. » 1/30/12 10:20am 1/30/12 10:20am

Would You Rather Have Sex With An Elephant, A Horse Or An Eagle?

We often use critters to describe sex. He's a tiger in the sack. She's a hellcat in bed. They were fucking like bunnies. And the penis is often called a trousersnake, or a one-eyed worm. But is there anything sexy about eagles? » 5/16/11 2:50pm 5/16/11 2:50pm

Rush Limbaugh Makes Fun Of Japanese Refugees

As if the devastation in Japan wasn't horrifying enough, in the U.S. we've been subjected to idiotic jokes about the disaster and wingnuts' ridiculous suggestions that the Japanese brought this on themselves. Since Rush Limbaugh is both an idiot and a wingnut, we aren't too surprised to find he's been laughing at the… » 3/16/11 11:46pm 3/16/11 11:46pm

American Pets Deprived Of Birthday Party Fun

Reuters reports on the ceremony held for Japanese pets on their first birthdays. Wacky/adorable quote: "This dog is no different than a son, so I'm glad I can give my son this celebration. I hope he will be healthy forever." » 1/11/11 5:10pm 1/11/11 5:10pm

Sally Draper's Sexual Revolution

Last night's Mad Men was all about shame: Roger's racism embarrasses his coworkers, Betty's exposed a horrid mother, and Sally's budding sexuality humiliates the Draper family. » 8/23/10 1:57pm 8/23/10 1:57pm

Lose Weight (Maybe) With Pink Japanese Gizmos

The thigh slimmer and the ankle doughnut sorta make sense, but the posture doohickey and the whistle just seem like cute little rip-offs. [BoingBoing] » 6/09/10 7:30pm 6/09/10 7:30pm

Japanese Actress Who Does Carrie's Voiceover Thinks Character Is…

"Sometimes I even think, why do you do something so stupid!" says Yuko Nagashima, who speaks Carrie's lines in the Japanese-dubbed version of Sex and the City. » 6/07/10 6:30pm 6/07/10 6:30pm

Price Of Beauty: Jessica Becomes A Geisha In Tokyo

In last night's episode of The Price Of Beauty, Jessica Simpson and her pals were in Japan, where they learned the ways of the geisha, tried out Harajuku Girl fashion and learned about eyelid surgery. » 4/20/10 1:00pm 4/20/10 1:00pm

Meet The Ladies Of The "Chubby Maid Café"

There is a place in Akihabara, Tokyo, called Pomeranian: The Chubby Maid Café. It's a restaurant run by "a bunch of not-so-thin girls" and the waitresses dress in maid costumes. Vice interviewed a few. » 1/16/09 4:00pm 1/16/09 4:00pm

Bowwow Wow

Another fun, kooky Japanese gadget to covet: "Oshaburi" toys are kind of like pacifiers for your pet. They're chew toys, but with funny mouths on one side, turning your Lab into a Looney Toon. Four different designs, hours of fun. Unless you have one of those dogs who destroys everything. Then it's more like 3 minutes… » 3/10/08 1:45pm 3/10/08 1:45pm

Japanese Tiger Is Psyched About Toilet Training

Leave it to the Japanese to make a simultaneously adorable and creepy cartoon about pooping (see also: Everyone Poops). The video above — seen today on parenting blog Babble — shows a little tiger named Shimjiro. His tigerents are trying to potty train him, and is he ever excited about weeing in the toilet! I'd… » 12/20/07 1:30pm 12/20/07 1:30pm

Jeez, the Japanese can make anything cute, even S&M! Check out these Bondage Kewpie Doll cellphone charms, which feature a nekkid little doll tied — with its hands behind its back — in your choice of red, pink, purple, blue or black string. Baby's been bad! [InventorSpot] » 11/20/07 2:45pm 11/20/07 2:45pm