BY Veronica Santos
on Mar 04, 2015
Calling all cat lovers!
One of Japan’s southern remote islands, Aoshima, is bustling with feline frenzy, eerily outnumbering the humans 6 to 1. Originally used to curb the mice problem in the boats, the cats populated and eventually began to overrun the island. Now Aoshima is swarming with over 120 cats.
It’s been named Cat Island (for obvious reasons) and is the island's main attraction. Since there are no hotels, restaurants, cars, ... Read More
BY Audrey Cerchiara
on Nov 12, 2014
Frozen bras don’t sound particularly pleasant; Frozen inspired bras sound magical. And they are. The Close Sisters Bra from Japanese lingerie company Triumph, inspired by the close sisters Elsa and Anna from Disney’s Frozen, changes colors when the wearer encounters a buddy also wearing the bra. Alone, you are just wearing your average dark bra, but once you see your best friend / sister who has a matching bra and give her a big hug, the electronic ... Read More
BY Samantha Albala
on Sep 03, 2014
You are the coolest and best friend you'll ever have, so why not celebrate that and find some sweet stuff to mail yourself? Everyone loves getting packages and these days subscription boxes are the perfect way to show yourself you care. Peruse this list and find the perfect package that will make you do the happy dance! Or, I suppose you can get one of these subscriptions for a good friend, too.
1) FabFitFun: A fitness and beauty subscription for every ... Read More
Imagine being sealed with your lover in a plastic bag, unable to breathe, your fleshy bodies pushing against each other, breaking the boundaries of the self. For the Japanese artist Photographer Hal, a mundane household item—a vacuum-sealable futon container—can visually bring to life the invisible emotional currents of love-making and sexual intimacy. He seeks out intriguing couples in bars, inviting them to sit for him in the nude; he then vacuum ... Read More
“Master, I have finished preparing your order;” unfortunately, female workers at McDonald’s stores in Taiwan are encouraged to adopt this language. And as part of an annual holiday competition, McDonald’s Taiwan stores participate in an outfit-of-choice competition. A McDonald’s near Taipei Station chose to dress female employees in an anime inspired-maid outfit, complete with bows, pink frills, and thigh-high ... Read More
“Women always look for true love,” explains the commercial for the “True Love Tester,” a bra designed by Japanese lingerie company Ravijour. The bra contains within its stylish cups sensors that read and transmit a woman’s changes in heart rate via bluetooth to an app that calculates your “love level.” You guessed it: when the heart gets going, the bra gets unhooking.
In case you were worried ... Read More
The student artists Ayako Kanda and Mayuka Hayashi of Musashino Art University in Japan recently unveiled a gorgeous series of portraits of X-Ray and CT images of embracing couples. One might expect images devoid of flesh, readable facial expressions, and color to read as clinical and sterile, but the photographs are strikingly human: “X-ray images usually show the finite nature of our bodies composed only of matter. But these couples’ portraits ... Read More
Imagine a place where cats roam free, where felines own the land. That place is a real island off the beautiful coast of Fukuoka, Japan. We've told you about this before, but it's been getting a lot of attention lately, and it's just so great, we needed to post an update. Often referred to simply as “Cat Heaven,” the island drew the affections of the photographer Fubirai, who chose to photograph the cats over five years. His photographic ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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 ... Read More