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Cool advertisement for baseball girls mobile game in Shinjuku Station drawn using actual mud

You can’t play baseball if you’re afraid of getting dirty.

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Japanese electronics store cleverly disguises its elevator to make it look exactly like a train

Feels almost like an amusement park ride.

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Student tries to advertise his university club at station, accidentally uses a picture of himself

A hilarious mistake that may end up being a good advertisement after all.

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Studying kids from a Japanese publishing logo break free, go on adventure by reading books

Shogakukan’s studying children leap out of their logo and find an endless fantasy world waiting for them. Get reading, kids!

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“Art” or “just lazy?” Tokyo art exhibition poster debated

Some people may not know art, but they know what they hate.

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Japanese illustrator designs dental clinic billboard to look like an ad for an awesome anime

Makes us wonder if there will be an action-packed dentist anime someday.

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Ludicrously unbelievable diet product claims to convert beer and chicken into water

New breakthrough boldly defies both science and common sense.

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Bookstore ad in Japan reminds us people with more money can buy more stuff

Yeah? Well, they can’t buy happiness… Oh, who are we kidding. Of course they can

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Is nothing sacred? Line crossed as beloved anime Captain Tsubasa endorses pseudo-gambling

Reason #164 why pachinko sucks.

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Poster ad has had enough of people not undergoing cancer screening, unleashes fiery hell on them

In Japan, even the Demon King wants you to take health issues seriously.

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Misleading Japanese weight-loss flyer slims your body along with your room too

They say the world looks different when you’re thinner.

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If this ad doesn’t make you want to visit Hikone, we don’t know what will 【Video】

Hikone Castle is celebrating its 410th anniversary in style.

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OBJECTION! This 3D wire art of Detective Conan and Phoenix Wright is amazing

Two of Japan’s greatest instruments of justice merge seamlessly into one another in this amazing illusion wire art.

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Emotional video explores the gap between ideals and reality for working mothers in Japan【Video】

Get out the tissues because this short ad will make you appreciate family bonds all over again.

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PlayStation Japan’s Pro Evolution ad is actually pretty cool 【Video】

Japanese ads frequently miss the mark, often being overly bizarre or simply cringe-inducing, but sometimes the marketing gurus hit the back of the net, as with this latest TV spot from PlayStation Japan.

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Japanese electronics shop turns smartphones into anime hotties, has them neg female customers

A young Japanese woman suddenly finds herself surrounded by four hot guys, each one vying for her favor. One is tough, another is cool, and the third is going with the soft sell. There’s even a handsome man trying to game her or rule her or neg her, whatever the term is when pseudo-aggressive dudes simultaneously tell a girl that she’s insufferably lame but that they also desperately want to hook up with her.

The woman’s pulse races as she realizes she hold all the cards in this game of love. But this scenario is too good to be true right? Is it a dating simulator video game? A reverse-harem anime?

Nope, it’s the cell phone corner of a Japanese electronics store.

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Osaka fried chicken is sibling devourin’ good, implies morbidly funny ad

Japanese culture has more or less made peace with the fact that the things we eat used to be alive. Part of the reason people in Japan say itadakimasu, literally “I will receive,” at the start of a meal is to verbalize their gratitude for receiving the life of the ingredients that make up the dishes. Sashimi that’s served still moving is considered a delicacy, because what’s fresher than seafood that’s arguable not even entirely dead?

Still, even Japan generally has limits of how much it wants to imagine the former life of the tasty morsels it’s dining on, which is why one startling fried chicken advertisement is drawing a mixture of gasps and chuckles.

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Japanese net users amused by One Piece’s Luffy making hypocritical public service announcement

Japanese net users were amused after an advertisement which depicted Luffy (the hero of best-selling manga and anime series One Piece) warning readers not to shoplift began circulating online. In case that doesn’t quite strike a chord with you, all you need to know is that Luffy’s dream is to become the King of the Pirates–in other words, the ad is totally ignoring the fact that you know, stealing is kind of what he does, by profession.

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Fascinating Meiji-era candy ad claims to help you get fat, get sex appeal

Nintendo, Suntory, Mitsubishi… what do they all have in common? Well, they’re all companies established during the Meiji period (1868 – 1912) that are still thriving today. Call it nepotism if you like, but companies are often handed down from father to son, which is why Japan has more old companies than anywhere else in the world.

Confectionery company Asadaame is another one of these Meiji-era companies. Established in 1887, they’re still selling candy to this day. And recently an advertisement for their candy was discovered that dates back from those early days – and shows some very different attitudes towards physical standards of attractiveness

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Traditionally dressed Japanese waitress runs so fast her kimono flies off in cheeky Wi-Fi advert

Kimono are beautiful, often brightly-coloured intricate works of art as well as being items of clothing. But if you’ve ever tried one on, you’ll know that the sensation is at first somewhat akin to being wrapped in a sleeping bag or heavy roll of carpet. Even walking in a kimono can take some getting used to, and it beats me how Kyoto’s Maiko are able to dance in those things.

But in this slightly naughty commercial by Japanese internet provider UQ-WIMAX, a kimono-clad waitress at a traditional Japanese restaurant actually manages to run so fast, her kimono goes flying off!

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