trends

Yo-Kai What? Monsters of all kinds plummet from children’s favorite character rankings

Conservative trends rule this year as kids are largely sticking with what they know.

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Finger Dance Makeup: Shiseido reveals the history of Japanese makeup through finger dance【Video】

From Heian Period ladies to today’s modern girls, Shiseido finds a unique way to showcase dramatic changes in beauty trends over the years.

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Japanese masturbation survey reveals self-pleasure habits around the country

The nationwide survey yielded some interesting results.

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Japanese Twitter falls in love with cute bowling hand craze【Videos】

Can your hand run and hit a strike on its own?

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Learn Japanese schoolgirl vocabulary with new video from Line【Video】

NHK and swastikas don’t mean what you think they do anymore.

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New sun protection mask becomes popular in Japan

Some are likening the new look to Darth Vader while others can’t stop raving about its many benefits.

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“Watermelon dress” trend sweeps Japan 【Photos】

Babies, animals and popular Japanese idols get in on the hottest trend this summer.

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Anime artist reveals the key features of handsome men in Japan

These are the features currently making people swoon across the country.

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We’ve seen some crazy trends in fashion come out of Japan, but this is definitely one of the most unusual yet.

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Increasing number of women leave rice behind at revolving sushi train restaurants in Japan

Unless sushi train restaurants add a new dish to their menus, the wasteful trend looks set to continue.

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Korean fashion trend reveals significance of wearing rings on different fingers

Korean fashionistas let us know why they choose to wear rings on certain fingers

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“You want to watch videos of Pikachu doing what?!

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These girls claim having a middle-aged man pay for their lifestyle is different from compensated dating, but is it really?

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Five bewildering ways beauty is measured in Japan

How do you define beauty? If you live in Japan, the yardstick for doing so may look a little bit different…

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From the Grape Picker to the Alchemist: anime-decorated “ita bags” now come in six categories

Designing your own ita bag is a growing trend amongst anime fans and now the painfully geeky accessory can be classified into six specific categories.

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Girls, drink all you want! “Hangover Makeup” is in!

I think most adult women have experienced those times when, following a great night out drinking with friends then coming home and falling asleep, they wake up to see their face all smudged and messed up because they forgot to take their makeup off. But that apparently doesn’t matter anymore, because the “hangover girl” style has become the newest trend in Japan.

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Weapons, drugs and racism among 15 things a minor could buy in Showa Japan

History in Japan is divided into the eras over which certain emperors reign. For example, now we are in the 27th year of the Heisei Era under Emperor Akihito. Before 1989, Japan was in the Showa Era, which began in late 1926.

Japan went through a series of major social changes during this period, which runs right through World War II and the saw the growth of the bubble economy. Fans of history are probably familiar with the political and business aspects of these changes, but not as much is seen of daily life in Japan during this tumultuous time.

So, here’s a little look at what things were like back then in a list of 15 things that a child could purchase during the Showa Period. Cue the Breaking Bad steel guitar riff.

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What? Never seen a dog with a perfectly round or square face before? 【Pics】

Trends come and go, and that applies to almost everything from fashion to food to makeup, and of course, hairstyles. People who don’t own pets might not know, but apparently, there are trends for doggy haircuts as well.

Some “trendy” dog owners and pet groomers in Taiwan have taken to giving their dogs very shapely haircuts so that they look different from the rest. These doggy haircuts are so impeccably done, they’re literally in shape.

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Itami-kawaii: Cute gets depressing, inspires Japanese Twitter users

Perhaps one of the first words Japanese language-learners pick up is “kawaii,” which makes sense considering how often you’ll hear it in everything from TV shows and anime to a stroll down Takeshita-dōri. However, “kawaii” isn’t just “kawaii” anymore–there’s also kimo-kawaii (“gross but cute”), among others.

And now there’s a new kawaii that’s spreading through the Japanese Twitterverse: Itami-kawaii, or “painful but cute.” It might be hard to visualize, so check out some pictures below and get ready to groan “kawaiiiiiii” in agony.

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