BY Ellyn Kail
on Oct 24, 2013
It is no exaggeration to say that I am obsessed with Hello Kitty. My bedroom is saturated with stuffed animals and wall decals. The first thing I see every morning is an image of Hello Kitty on an airplane adventure, the words “It’s a wonderful day... Hello Kitty” flying alongside her.
But not all of Kitty’s days have been wonderful; like the rest of us, she has faced her fair share of criticism. The Japanese Kawaii aesthetic from which she is modeled is often seen as oppressive. Read More
BY Ellyn Kail
on Aug 19, 2013
Like so many others, my life revolves around my dog. My dog Remy’s life, however, revolves around fetch. I am woken many mornings by a joyous bouncing of her rubber orange ball, so (naturally!) I am always on the lookout for new innovations in the field of fetch.
This is a big one, ladies, so pay attention. A very special dog hailing from Kobe, Japan has figured out a way to play fetch by himself with the aid of only a few rocks and a strong water current.
I strongly recommend snuggling up with your dog and watching this incredible video. Read More
BY Amy LaCount
on Jul 11, 2013
Tell me, how stoked are you for the BUST 20th Anniversary Extravaganza?
You can’t stop thinking about it? You’re kept awake at night because all you can do is listen to old Cibo Matto records in anticipation? I’m right there with ya.
Cibo Matto, for those of you who don’t know, is…basically the coolest.
Hatori and Honda
Formed by two Japanese women – Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori – in the early '90s, the band’s moniker translates loosely to “crazy food” in Italian and is pronounced CHEE-bo MAH-toe. Read More
BY Laurel Walsh
on May 16, 2013
Officials in Osaka, Japan are keeping their heads down this week after their mayor, Toru Hashimoto, made some uncool comments about the country’s role in keeping "comfort women" during World War II.
His exact (-ish) words were (as translated and quoted by Japanese media):
"In the circumstances in which bullets are flying like rain and wind, the soldiers are running around at the risk of losing their lives. If you want them to have a rest in such a situation, a comfort women system is necessary. Anyone can understand that. Read More
There is weird shit out there for everyone, and students from Japan have just added to the world's long list of odd objects. Created for lonely students, the "girlfriend replacement coat" intends to mimic the satisfaction a wearer can get from receiving a hug from behind by a girlfriend. The lifelike hugging action is accompanied by a female voice that whispers into the wearer's ear through connected headphones. Read More
Objectifying women’s bodies in advertising is hardly something new. However, Japanese firm Wit Inc. is taking it to a whole new level. Wit Inc. is now recruiting women to wear stickered advertisements on their thighs, literally turning these women’s legs into billboards.
Paid up to $121 per day, women are required to be over the age of 18, have a significant number of followers on social media websites, and must wear miniskirts that reveal their thighs where the advertisements are plastered. Read More
BY Kari Belsheim
on Jan 02, 2013
Beate Sirota Gordon, an integral advocate for women’s rights in Japan, passed away on December 30 at the age of 89. At 22, Gordon became the only woman on the American board that wrote the post-war Japanese constitution. She created the portion on women’s rights and, having witnessed the inferior treatment of Japanese women for ten years, was focused on protecting and improving their quality of life. Read More
BY Amy Bucknam
on Dec 07, 2012
Here’s some Friday cuteness for you. It’s a Buzzfeed post that’s gone viral depicting a magical place of happiness and fur called CAT HEAVEN.
Well, it’s not actually called Cat Heaven. This place riddled – neig, COVERED – with cats is a Japanese island called Fukuoka. For the past five years, photographer Fubirai has documented the lives of semi-wild cats that inhabit the island, that are fed fish by the local fishermen. These cats run this place!
It truly is heaven.
Check out some of these photos and more here. Read More
BY Kaitlin Cole
on Oct 15, 2012
When I read that a cafe in Tokyo is providing customers the offer to sleep with a girl for about $80, I was like, hold the phone. It’s not what you’re probably thinking, though--it’s quite literally just sleeping.
If you feel like splurging, you can pay an additional 1000 yen (roughly $13) for your female snuggler to pat you on your head while you sleep, or you can stare at each other for one minute (staring contest, go!). Read More
BY Maggie Carr
on Sep 26, 2012
Eve Ensler is a total rock star.
She’s best known for writing and starring in the groundbreaking play The Vagina Monologues—heck, even your grandparents have probably heard of it. Not being one to rest on her laurels, she founded a nonprofit, V-Day, that combats the epidemic (and yes, folks, it is an epidemic) of sexual and domestic violence happening all around the world. Read More