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Hello Kitty in your kitchen

Mar 11, 2013 No Comments

If you or someone else you know admires Hello Kitty, then it might not be a bad idea to give them something involving this character, like this original present which boils your eggs in the shape of Hello Kitty. Of course, it would be nice to know if this person likes eggs, otherwise the gift [...]

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The Suihanki rice cooker

Aug 28, 2012 No Comments

In some places were we went to eat in Japan, they would put some kind of pot containing rice from which we would take the amount of rice we wanted. The truth is that the rice tasted great and was kept at an ideal temperature. This “pot” is really a machine that makes rice and [...]

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Stealth techniques of ninjas

Aug 21, 2012 No Comments

Ninjas mastered different techniques of walking, as the success of their missions depended on it. Although we have already discussed some of the most common methods in an earlier post, there are some other stealth techniques that were important to control and helped them moving around appropriately according to their surroundings. Ko ashi The ninja [...]

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Counting by hand, Japanese style

Jun 28, 2012 No Comments

We already saw how the Japanese count by hand. The problem is that this technique can only be used if this is meant for yourself. Now let’s see how they display this to someone else. Basically, you raise your hand towards another person (as if saying ‘hi’) and put as many fingers up as the [...]

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Marrying an anime character

May 31, 2012 No Comments

If this would happen anywhere in the world, it would be Japan. There, they have the famous “otaku“, and although this culture has spread to many countries, the mecca of the “otaku” is still in Japan. This Japanese, known online as sai9000, became infatuated with a character in a game (Nene Anegasaki) where you have [...]

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The most kawaii dog in the world!

Mar 28, 2012 No Comments

The dog in the video is called Mame and he takes his performance very seriously because getting his treat depends on it. Curiously, when the Japanese woman tells him to bark softer: he does! She uses the word kawaii, which is one of the most fashionable words in Japan, along with moe. The truth is [...]

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Nuki ashi: the technique that ninjas use to move silently

Mar 27, 2012 No Comments

The ninjas knew a number of technical movements that helped them to quietly and swiftly move around different kinds of places. One of the movements they learned was ‘nuki ashi’. This step helped them to tread on wooden floors undetected. In Japan, most floors had a special mechanism incorporated. This technique ensured a squeaky or [...]

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