Japan (and South Korea) is known for unique types of KitKat, and if you haven’t had the chance to come across one, WHAT ARE YOU EVEN WAITING FOR?!? I mean, c’mon: sake flavor, green tea, strawberry, pumpkin, sweet potato, red bean or wasabi KitKat (just naming a very few), would you really want to miss out on that?! Or ever heared of those KitKats you can bake in the microwave? FLAVORGASM, istg! And now, living in a country with only one or two standard KitKats (basically everywhere outside East Asia) will become even duller. Continue reading
Remember the huge controversy about the Japan 2020 Olympic logo? The original logo was said to be a plagiarism and new designs had the chance to be in the run for the official logo. But also some hobby-designers made an attempt and created beautiful logos which I presented to you in this post. Continue reading
The June issue of Kodansha’s Nakayoshi magazine is announcing on Saturday that the members of the creative team CLAMP are launching the new Cardcaptor Sakura sequel manga series in the magazine’s July issue on June 3. The manga will take place after titular character Sakura graduates from Tomoeda Elementary School, in her first year of junior high school. Sakura sees a mysterious dream, and an incident takes place.
The news dropped a while ago: in 2017 there will be a live-action-movie of the Japanese SiFi-Anime classic Ghost in the Shell. Which seemed to be joyful breaking news at first, turned out to be quite a shocker (at least to me): DreamWorks has snagged the rights for the adaption. Yeah, that already didn’t sound right. I immediately had to think of Continue reading
The Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) 2015 in Hong Kong have just ended and the results are in. BIGBANG rocked the show with winning three major awards: “Song of the Year”, “Artist of the Year” and “Worldwide Favorite Artist” – this makes them winning “Artist of the Year” the third time (2008 and 2012). EXO took home four awards: “Best Male Group”, “Album of the Year”, “Best Asian Style” and “Global Fans’ Choice Male”. It is the third year in a row EXO managed to win the title of “Album fo the Year” and they just debuted in 2012. Find the complete list of winners below. The online K-pop news channel Soompi offers you to watch all MAMA 2015 performances.
Although I myself am not a passionate cook, I like to watch others make food and enjoy seeing their creativity. So I came over this food trend from East Asia which is called character bento or kawaii bento. It’s about adding cute little faces on your food – especially in your lunch box. And it doesn’t really surprise me that this trend supposedly originated in the country of cuteness: Japan! Continue reading
Once again I am convinced that Japan comes up with the craziest, yet hilarious ideas on this planet. Of course Japan as well as Korea leave Germany far behind when it comes to technological gadgets and software and I doubt Germany will ever reach the East Asian level on that behalf.
After reading this article on Japanese city launches app to report dog poo I could not help but congratulate the inventive mind of the Japanese people. Just recently I was hanging out with my boyfriend and we saw a dog owner letting his dog poo in the city centre.
Let’s be honest, it is impossible to explain complex organisations in just a couple of seconds. However, #BBCAsia tried to give short and informative first glance into the Japanese Mafia, Yakuza, in their video clip Who are Japan’s Yakuza? In 60 seconds. Nothing to get too crazy about, but if you hardly have any knowledge about the Yakuza this might come in handy and trigger your interest.
I guess it is useful to know in which business the Yakuza is in nowadays – as many tourists still believe they get caught in the clutches of the Yakuza easily. Many non-East Asian friends of mine often wonder why Korean, Japanese and Chinese society are so strict about and against tattoos. It is the image which comes with the tattoos as only mafia members used to have tattoos – especially large dragon tattoos on the back or heavily full-cover tattoos (e.g. arm-sleeve tattoos) – and therefore a strong stigma is still resting on tattoos.
After the controversy about the official logos of the Olympic Games 2020 in Japan’s capital Tokyo, many unofficial Tokyo 2020 logos popped up on the internet.
I kind of liked the ideas and some designs seem even nicer than the controversial one. I prefer the crane origami motif rather than the fan – because it is also typical for many other
Asian countries – or the star-shapend shuriken weapon even though it’s funny. Which one do you prefer or do you want to suggest your own design? Join in #unofficialemblem