What type of girlfriend are you? Wait a minute, let me check your bangs

When you’re a little unsure about your love interest, what or who do you turn to for advice? Most of us have read one of those horoscope love readings at least once in our lifetime. In Japan, many people believe that a person’s blood type has influence on their personality traits. This may sound slightly silly, but blood type is a factor some Japanese consider when choosing a date.

Recently, however, a new personality prediction trend has been getting popular among girls in Japan. It seems that the way a girl styles her fringe (or bangs) gives away hints about her relationship personality! Guys, you might want to pay more attention to your love interest’s hairstyle from now on!

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【TBT】Dinner with a movie: DVD offers pleasant mealtime conversation with young Japanese females

It’s a well-known fact that romantic relationships with real women are incredibly inconvenient. You take them out on dates, pay for their meals, and do everything you can to impress them—only to be kicked to the curb and have your pride crushed at the end of the day. Even if you did find that perfect girl, you’d be too nervous to talk to her in the first place!

Face it: it’s just easier to stay single. However, even those of us who are free from delusions of ‘romance’ may still fantasize of a little pleasant interaction with the opposite sex from time to time.

Now, thanks to Japanese DVD series Amateur Meal Time ~Let’s Eat Together!~, you can now fulfill that desire by enjoying the atmosphere of a dinner date without the hassle of actually having to talk to a real human!

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Another “Beautiful woman doing things” goes viral in China

It might say something about the gender disparity still prevalent in Asia that whenever a woman of above-average physical attractiveness does something other than breath air, online message boards in Asia go gaga.

We’ve seen above-average-looking female truck drivers, above-average-looking female bowmen, above-average-looking female gym-goers… It appears that whenever women in non-traditionally-female jobs do what they’re being paid to do, the Asian Internet can’t help but stop and stare for a while, especially if said woman is, well… let’s just come out say it: hot.

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Cute Japanese girls with guns will steal your heart, put a cap in it

I think the title of this post should be pretty self explanatory, but in the interest of full disclosure these girls aren’t, as far as we know, actually real military personnel, nor are they members of some kind of guerrilla insurgency. These photos come from a magazine dedicated to ‘survival game fashion’. But hey, the guns look real enough and the girls are hot, so who cares about technicalities?

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Models from Shoko Nakagawa and Chiaki’s talent company donned Peach John Sailor Mooninspired intimates in a recent magazine ad campaign.

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It’s high time for a knee-high sock smartphone game

Japan’s got a somewhat unusual obsession with knee-high socks, with enthusiasts having come up with no fewer than two days a year to celebrate their love of thin-covering legwear. Of course, the country has the other, less unusual fetish of exposed skin.

But what about smartphone users who can’t pick between the two? Isn’t there a way to satisfy both their cravings at once?

Why yes there is, with a new app that lets users swipe the screen to make a model raise or lower her socks.

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Retailer promotes true goal of men’s fashion: convincing women to take their clothes off

Marketing men’s fashion can be a tricky thing, since, as on average, guys don’t spend that much time worrying about their outfits. One exception, though, is when they’re trying to impress girls. You can sell a man a jacket as long as you first sell him on the image that it’ll make him more attractive to women.

Of course, even if it is the underlying message, most companies are more subtle than to come right out and claim you’ll look so cool in their clothes that women will take their pants off for you.

Japanese online retailer Men’s Fashion Plus is not most companies.

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Beautiful Korean woman earns a living with Internet videos of herself…eating dinner? 【Video】

Today, we’d like to talk to you about Seo-yeon Park, a young woman living in South Korea. Ms. Park used to have a respectable position at a business consulting firm, but being an attractive young woman, she discovered that she could attract a large audience by posting videos of herself online. Many of the people watching can’t do the things she does, others can but feel they shouldn’t. Deep down inside, though, everyone who watches Park’s videos, in which she gives herself the pleasure and satisfaction most can only dream of, secretly longs to follow her unbridled example.

Eventually, Park’s online activities, which started out as a hobby, became so encompassing that she quit her job. Her online exhibitionism is now a full-time gig for which she has adopted the stage name The Diva.

As we’re sure you’ve already guessed, Park has crossed over completely into the world of producing Internet videos of herself eating piles of delicious food, and is making a comfortable living from it.

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Learn Japanese with us and this website of nothing but swimsuit model selfies

So today, we’d like to talk about a website called Jigadoribu. We won’t beat around the bush, it’s a site full of pictures of swimsuit models. And to all those of you who haven’t immediately skipped to the photos after reading that last sentence, thank you. Your display of self-restraint is an inspiration to us all, especially if you’re in the office, as this isn’t the sort of thing you want to be reading at work.

Sadly, our bosses won’t pay us for features that consist entirely of the phrase “And check this girl out!” repeated a dozen times. Likewise, we imagine you’d have some explaining to do should someone peek over your shoulder and see you perusing this article. So, as we did before, we’re going to mix appreciation of the female form with a little Japanese language lesson.

Let’s start with vocabulary word number one: jigadori, or selfie.

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I’m going to go ahead and get out in front of this one by assuring you I’m not in the least bit sexist and I don’t condone objectifying women in photographs and magazines. Besides, my mother and sister would literally obliterate me from the face of the earth if I ever did or said anything untoward in regards to the female sex.

That said, I think we can all agree that the female form is a thing of beauty – while the typical male body in general looks something like an extremely hairy potato that’s been sitting out for too long – and if you’re going to photograph girls, they deserve to be photographed right. So it was with open ears that I listened to ace photographer Yuki Aoyama‘s advice for taking sexy pictures of girl’s legs.

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Pop quiz, guys: Your girlfriend approaches you and says she’ll wear whatever panties you tell her to, and she won’t even get mad if you choose the ones that reveal too much or make her look fat. What do you do? Go for the safe, hip-level sailor stripes? How about the slightly creepy but non-offensive teddy bear print? Go for broke and tell her to go commando?

This is the kind of question men of the Internet apparently pore over, because this image with the above question popped up on a Japanese Internet forum recently.

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The weather might still be chilly down in Taiwan right now, but the heat among their McDonald’s outlets is blazing through the roof! Last year, we found outlets with their cashier girls dressed as maids, schoolgirls and flight attendants, but on New Year’s Day this year, an McDonald’s outlet at Kaohsiung joined the cosplay rally with cashiers dressed in pastel pink nurse uniforms and thigh-high stockings!

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McDonald’s has maids in Taiwan. We’ve got videos here

As an American living in Japan, I often get asked, “Do you miss McDonald’s?” This always strikes me as a strange question, as living near downtown Tokyo puts me in closer proximity to more outlets of the Golden Arches than I ever had growing up in the suburbs of Los Angeles.

Plus, it’s a little hard to get homesick for McDonald’s when you’ve got access to mouth-watering okonomiyaki and sushi joints, not to mention delicious Indian and Chinese restaurants. Being surrounded by the culinary delights of Asia means it takes something pretty special to coax you into a Big Mac run.

McDonald’s cashiers in Taiwan dressing up in frilly pink maid outfits definitely qualifies.

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China’s “Program Goddess” shatters image of IT professionals

So let’s imagine you had horrible parents. They never told you to eat your vegetables or wash your hands after you go to the bathroom, and you grew up without being warned about judging people based solely on their appearance.

One day you’re walking along the beach, winded from your lack of nutrients and itchy because of your filthy hands, when you come across the woman pictured above. What do you think she does for a living? She’s got a model-quality beauty, the lithe build of a yoga instructor, and the easy grace of a singer/songwriter. It’s got to be one of those three, right?

Don’t let the lack of a neckbeard fool you. Jin Ying Gang, the woman you see here, puts food on the table working as a programmer in China.

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Anonymous net user floods message board with waves of cute girls

In what’s being called an unprecedented cyber-attack, an unnamed individual suddenly began posting an assortment of images of cute Japanese girls on a message board. Productivity screeched to a halt as scores in the IT industry forgot what they were doing for a moment.

No terrorist groups have claimed responsibility for the photo dump but authorities are suspecting it to be the work of an individual who “appears to be really into women.” The following are the images posted in the attack. Be warned they may lead to third-degree procrastination.

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Five Cute Things Girls Do in Winter: Japan’s Men Share their Favourites

For many of us in the northern hemisphere, winter is finally showing signs of packing up and leaving us alone for a while. People are starting to use their heaters less or, wear fewer layers and, if you live in a paper-thin, central heating-less house in Japan like I do, risk not putting on a woolly hat when going to bed at night.

But winter in Japan isn’t all bad! There are beautiful snow festivals and alternative snow cones to be enjoyed! And, according to a report over on Japan’s R25 news site, even wrapped up in all that winter weather gear, the nation’s ladies still manage to look so very, very cute.

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Buy a Wii U and be a Hit with the Ladies! (But They Might Ignore You all Night)

Six years ago, a man inviting a group of girls to come and play with his Wii would probably have resulted in face slapping and a visit from the police, but here in 2012 everyone and their dog knows what a Wii is. And now, with the launch of the new Wii U, the next generation of remote-wielding gaming featuring a touchscreen-equipped controller, nerdy men the world over have a new toy to lure girls into their homes with.

The console supports up to four Wii remotes, plus the new touchscreen contoller, meaning that it’s one of the most group-oriented games consoles ever made, and just begs to be played by whole families or groups of friends.

But since RocketNews24 Japan‘s closest Wii U-owning pal (who we shall refer only as WiiMan to protect his nerdy identity) is a self-confessed part-time hemit and only ever gets to see the single-player modes of his games, he called his friend Kaori and invited her over for some multiplayer fun.

“A Wii U!?” Kaori said excitedly, “Definitely! I’ll bring my band friends with me! Don’t worry, they’re all cute.”

From home alone to a night of videogames with five cute girls in 90 seconds. WiiMan couldn’t believe his luck!

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We Have a Winner!!! Sony’s “Extra Bass” Headphone Girls Ranked and Rated

Sony Japan’s promotional dancing headphone girls – or Headphone Joshi as they’re known in Japan – have been with us for over a week now, whirling around and wowing us with both their dance moves and über cuteness.

As part of a promotion for its new line of “extra bass” headphones, Sony put together a YouTube page of its own featuring one girl from each of the 47 prefectures in Japan dancing before a camera to Avril Lavigne (why?) while listening to music through the new headphones. We can’t say that the videos made us want to buy Sony’s new tech any more than the next brand, but it certainly made us appreciate just how cute girls in headphones are.

We’ve long been fans of girls in glasses, Chinese dresses, mini skirts and school uniforms, so deciding which of the girls in Sony’s promotional videos was the true queen of cute, style and rhythm was no easy task. But, being the dedicated troopers that we are, we took a break from debating which of Beethoven’s symphonies best accompanies a glass of Beaujolais nouveau and sat down with a notepad and pen to watch those girls dance.

A couple of hours and many, many replays later, the RocketNews24 team had finally reached a consensus…

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