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Hello Sandwich Tokyo Guide
a guide for people who like travelling like a local and visiting hidden places off the beaten track. There are tips on where to rent a bike, the best bike path, the best coffee, the best craft shops, the coolest shops, the cheapest drinks, the most delicious pizza, the best izakaya, the cutest cafes, the best rooftop bar, the coolest hotels (and the cheap and cheerful hotels), the loveliest parks and soooo much more.

It's a list of all of the places I frequent, making it a local insiders guide to Tokyo. Also included in the Hello Sandwich Tokyo Guide are language essentials and travel tips. It's the bloggers guide to Tokyo and if you'd like to visit the places seen on Hello Sandwich, then this guide is the zine for you.
shops  tourism  japan  tokyo  guidebooks 
may 2017 by jm
Bakeneko - Wikipedia
'The bakeneko (化け猫, "changed cat") is a type of Japanese yōkai, or supernatural creature. According to its name, it is a cat that has changed into a yōkai. It is often confused with the nekomata, another cat-like yōkai,[2] and the distinction between the two can often be quite ambiguous.'

Reportedly, Totoro's catbus is a bakeneko, as is the Maneki Neko good luck totem.
superstitions  cats  catbus  totoro  bakeneko  yokai  japan  history 
march 2017 by jm
Sanrio Introduces Rage-Filled Red Panda Character Aggretsuko
If you’ve always loved Hello Kitty but wish she also came with a deep well of rage, Sanrio has introduced just the character for you: Aggretsuko. An adorable 25-year-old red panda who works as an office associate, Aggretsuko is constantly taken advantage of and bothered by her boss and co-workers. So she deals with it by pounding beers and screaming death-metal karaoke.
sanrio  hello-kitty  aggretsuko  funny  japan  anger  rage  death-metal  karaoke 
january 2017 by jm
100 thieves steal $13m in three hours from cash machines across Japan
'Police believe that as many as 100 people, none of whom have been apprehended, worked together using forged credit cards containing account details illegally obtained from a bank in South Africa. The culprits used the fake cards at 1,400 convenience store automated teller machines on the morning of 15 May, according to police. Each made a single withdrawal of 100,000 yen – the maximum allowed by the cash machines.'

1,600 forged/stolen credit card credentials from a single bank, then a synchronised attack made possible by the eventually-consistent ledger model of ATM accounting.

(via William Gibson)
atms  banking  japan  fraud  security  credit-cards 
may 2016 by jm
These unlucky people have names that break computers
Pat McKenzie's name is too long to fit in Japanese database schemas; Janice Keihanaikukauakahihulihe'ekahaunaele's name was too long for US schemas; and Jennifer Null suffers from the obvious problem
databases  design  programming  names  coding  japan  schemas 
march 2016 by jm
Papa’s Maze 2.0: a father’s beautifully intricate puzzle for his daughter
Working in a similar fashion – drawing small portions each day – it took Mr. Nomura about 2 months to complete his new maze. And in our humble opinion, we think it’s actually just as beautiful, if not more. It’s not quite as dense and the crisper lines make it easier to perceive the interesting patterns that the maze forms. It’s stunning in graphic quality but it’s also a functioning solvable maze, just like its predecessor. Say hello to Papa’s Maze 2.0. It’s available as a print for $30.
papas-maze  mazes  prints  art  japan  puzzles 
march 2015 by jm
Japan's Robot Dogs Get Funerals as Sony Looks Away
in July 2014, [Sony's] repairs [of Aibo robot dogs] stopped and owners were left to look elsewhere for help. The Sony stiff has led not only to the formation of support groups--where Aibo enthusiasts can share tips and help each other with repairs--but has fed the bionic pet vet industry.

“The people who have them feel their presence and personality,” Nobuyuki Narimatsu, director of A-Fun, a repair company for robot dogs, told AFP. “So we think that somehow, they really have souls.” While concerted repair efforts have kept many an Aibo alive, a shortage of spare parts means that some of their lives have come to an end.
sony  aibo  robots  japan  dogs  pets  weird  future  badiotday  iot  gadgets 
march 2015 by jm
The Oral History Of The Poop Emoji (Or, How Google Brought Poop To America)
'I went over to Japan right around the time Takeshi was deciding which emoji were going to make it into the first cut of Gmail emoji. The [PILE_OF_POO emoji] was absolutely one of the necessary emoji that Takeshi said we have to have. There was actually conflict because there were people back at headquarters who had no idea what emoji were, and thought that having an animated [turd] in their Gmail was offensive.'

'[The poop emoji] got very popular when a comic called "Dr. Slump" was broadcast in Japan back to the ‘90s. Such poop was not an object to be disliked, but it had a funny meaning. This was a very popular comedy animation where a girl played a trick on other people using the poop. The poop was this funny object to play with. It was never serious.' 'In Japanese that’s called “unchi.” It’s a child word with a benign meaning. '
culture  emoji  google  pile-of-poo  turd  poo  japan  gmail  unchi  dr-slump 
november 2014 by jm
A Japanese Artist Launches Plants Into Space
This is amazing.
though the vessel was found on the ground, the flowers were not.
japan  art  bonsai  flowers  space  nevada  black-rock-desert  exobiotanica 
july 2014 by jm
Unchi-kun Candy - Japanese Lucky Poop Candy
What doesn't look like Christmas more than a smiling piece of poop, called unchi in Japanese? Because the shape of unchi looks similar to that of mochi used for shrine offerings, and because the sound "unchi" like the Japanese word for luck, this treat is actually a lucky gift -- at least that is how you can explain yourself when you give it as a gift. Each Unchi-kun comes packed with poop candy, taken out from the bottom. Once finished eating, you can open the slot in the back with a box-cutter and turn it into a bank.

Want one!
unchi-kun  unchi  pile-of-poo  emoji  unicode  cute  funny  japan  j-list  sweets  food  gross  candy 
may 2014 by jm
Papa's Maze | spoon & tamago
While going through her papa's old belongings, a young girl discovered something incredible - a mind-bogglingly intricate maze that her father had drawn by hand 30 years ago. While working as a school janitor it had taken him 7 years to produce the piece, only for it to be forgotten about... until now.

34" x 24" print, $40
mazes  art  prints  weird  papas-maze  japan 
march 2014 by jm
Poka-yoke (ポカヨケ)
'a Japanese term that means "mistake-proofing". A poka-yoke is any mechanism in a lean manufacturing process that helps an equipment operator avoid (yokeru) mistakes (poka). Its purpose is to eliminate product defects by preventing, correcting, or drawing attention to human errors as they occur.'
human-error  errors  mistakes  poka-yoke  failures  prevention  bugproofing  manufacturing  japan 
march 2014 by jm
Totoro Isn't All Cute. For Some, He's the God of Death.
"Everyone, do not worry," read the Studio Ghibli statement. "There's absolutely no truth or configuration that Totoro is the God of Death or that Mei is dead in My Neighbor Totoro."
totoro  studio-ghibli  death  morbid  japan  film  movies  urban-legends  alternate  plot 
august 2013 by jm
Namazu-e: Earthquake catfish prints
'In November 1855, the Great Ansei Earthquake struck the city of Edo (now Tokyo), claiming 7,000 lives and inflicting widespread damage. Within days, a new type of color woodblock print known as namazu-e (lit. "catfish pictures") became popular among the residents of the shaken city. These prints featured depictions of mythical giant catfish (namazu) who, according to popular legend, caused earthquakes by thrashing about in their underground lairs. In addition to providing humor and social commentary, many prints claimed to offer protection from future earthquakes.'
japan  art  namazu-e  ukiyo-e  catfish  earthquakes  myth 
january 2013 by jm
Hikaru Dorodango
'Hikaru dorodango are balls of mud, molded by hand into perfect spheres, dried, and polished to an unbelievable luster. The process is simple, but the result makes it seem like alchemy.
A traditional pastime among the children of Japan, the exact origin of hikaru dorodango is unknown.'
mud  dirt  dorodango  japan  art  howto  sculpture  hands  craft  play  children 
september 2011 by jm
Nuclear energy: Inside the black box
What's going on inside the Fukushima nuclear reactor, and how it is hoped meltdown can be averted
nuclear-power  meltdown  disasters  japan  fukushima  power  electricity  nuclear  from delicious
march 2011 by jm
Yakuza 3 reviewed by Yakuza
wow, fantastic review -- real Japanese mobsters give their take on SEGA's latest videogame
crime  games  japan  videogames  yakuza  sega  from delicious
august 2010 by jm
Why it's time to lighten up about "weird" Japan
'Being majime (too serious) is not cool in Japan; likewise it is important for voyeurs of Japanese culture to recognize that most everything pop-culture-y that is exported to the West comes at us with a wink. If you're all up in arms about it, then maybe the joke is on you.'
japan  majime  seriousness  fun  weird  news  journalism  from delicious
december 2009 by jm
100 Examples of Japanese Municipal Flags
a lot more awesome than the title would suggest (via TTT)
via:ttt  design  japan  logos  flags  graphic-design  graphics  from delicious
september 2009 by jm

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