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Put down the frying pan – You can make amazing pancakes with a sandwich maker, Japan learns【Pics】

Genius idea has the potential to get even better in the next batch.

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Fan-made Ghibli Caption Maker lets you put your own spin on famous anime scenes

Works with images from Spirited Away, Whisper of the Heart, and more.

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Your mistakes will transform into Mt. Fuji with this cool art eraser from Japan【Photos】

Every mistake is another step on the path towards success, and also towards seeing Japan’s most famous mountain.

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Kentucky Fried Chicken installs fried chicken pick-up lockers in Tokyo, two other cities【Video】

A no-wait way to get your fried chicken take-out fix.

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Japanese Twitter has an ingenious way to cool down overheating electronics

Keep your laptop (and thighs!) nice and cool with this nifty trick.

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How to escape when you’re trapped in a bathroom with a broken door【Video】

Japanese Twitter user’s advice is especially handy if you live by yourself.

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A winter work-from-home essential from Japan: The kotatsu desk【Photos】

A traditional piece of Japanese furniture gets a modern update to make telecommuting extra cozy in the cold part of the year.

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Japanese gamer has brilliant, cheap way to keep you from rage-smashing your expensive controller

Before you ignore the future consequence, take a moment to remember something important from the past.

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How to make a beautiful matcha cheesecake using a microwave, toaster oven, and hardly any effort

A gorgeous and delicious world of sweets is waiting for even the most inexperienced home chefs.

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Company uses empty buses to create giant maze after tours drop due to COVID-19【Video】

A very different kind of bus tour for tourists.

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Beautiful highway in Japan has terrifying traffic safety reminder

The open road might tempt you to step on the gas, but being so far from traffic means you’re far from something else too.

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Japanese video arcade introduces free punching service for sore versus game losers

Tired of the dai pan problem, arcade seeks to channel fists towards more appropriate target.

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Japanese office workers getting boost by giving themselves anime ending theme at end of workday

Get Wild taikin puts a swaggering period on the end of the day, and Guren shukkin helps on the other end.

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Japan’s sweet/terrifying face cakes are here as we order a batch of Kao Dorayaki【Photos】

Our reporter couldn’t make it home to visit Mom and Dad, so she wanted to let them eat her face instead.

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How to turn a classic Japanese noodle dish into Studio Ghibli’s Totoro

Tororo turns into Totoro.

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New panties from Japan can transform into cats【Photos】

Four different kitties are waiting to live in your lingerie drawer.

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Japanese convenience store customers reimagined as gacha game characters

Working at a konbini is like playing roulette with a gacha game mechanic.

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Tokyo theater holds special text message screening since audiences can’t shout during pandemic

Toho wants to show “the voice of your heart in written form” during hyper-violent action movie.

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Face Dorayaki Japanese sweets: Delicious, terrifying, or both?【Photos】

For when you love someone so much that you want them to eat your face.

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Work from home in peace and quiet with Otegaroom, a tiny soundproof room for your apartment

Kid chatter interrupting your Zoom call? Struggling with work/life separation? Never fear, the Otegaroom is here!

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