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Cryptic ad in Japanese newspaper reveals heartwarming message of hope for readers

Can you read the Japanese words hidden in these pictures? 

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Nissin commercial gets a thumbs up for parodying Sony’s classic PlayStation commercial【Video】

“One, two, three! One, two, three! One, two, three!”

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Japanese company uses real futons as advertising posters on Tokyo trains

Passengers are going crazy for the mini futons, saying they wish they could snuggle up to them on their daily commute.

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Japanese subway puts up posters of middle-aged men saying how Dragon Ball changed their lives

Goku taught me everything I know… including how to fire a kamehameha wave.

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Spirit of Ghibli lives on in gorgeous short anime promoting locally-sourced Japanese food 【Video】

Animators with ties to Studio Ghibli and Walt Disney Japan team up for mouth-watering anime ad.

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Can you spot the hidden darkness in this Japanese dating service ad?

Inadvertent or not, it’s a sobering reminder that not all relationships last forever.

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Chinese ad for laundry detergent is remarkably racist

Qiaobi detergent promises to fight stains and wash away any faith in humanity you might be feeling at the moment.

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Soccer star Ronaldo is at it again, now starring in ad for weird Japanese ab device 【Video】

There are a lot of things about Cristiano Ronaldo that we know to be true. He is objectively a very attractive man. He is objectively a fantastic soccer player. He objectively very rich. He is – and we say this without irony – “big in Japan.” He is objectively in great shape.

He will also, objectively, endorse near any damn thing. Like this weird ab device.

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These beer and cigarette poster from the Meiji and Showa periods will confuse and enchant you!

Perhaps one of the most fascinating things in the world is old photos. There’s something almost otherworldly about those 100-year-old photos of Japan, Japanese landscape, and Japanese people, as if we were looking back through a time-telescope. It doesn’t hurt that the photos, despite technological restrictions, also happen to be gorgeous! The same can be said for old Japanese advertising posters that show off a time and place few even remember.

Check out these 16 alcohol and cigarette posters below and try to remember: Just because the cool kids are doing it, that doesn’t mean you should! Cigarettes are still bad for your health.

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Free Umbrellas With A Purpose

Since March 8, you may have been seeing umbrellas around Tokyo printed with graphics for a new Xbox 360 and PS3 mahjong game.

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