Japan

'Bananas Are Slippery' Study Wins Pointless Research Award

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Tech

A study into the slippery nature of banana peel has won the coveted Ig Nobel Prize for all-round improbable research. The spoof awards aims to cele...

Why I Am Giving Up Tipping, Part II

Jeff Salmon | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jeff Salmon

In countries where tipping is not the norm, the general understanding is that tipping is a reward for those who go above-and-beyond to offer a top-quality service. However, the Japanese, for example, suggest that the employer is paying good money for their staff to do precisely that - and surely that work ethic cannot be faulted.

Can Coding Help Us Get Ahead?

Rachel Swidenbank | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Tech
Rachel Swidenbank

20 years ago we were leading the way in technological advancements, and now our children will be provided with the skills that will present them with the opportunity to become the new masters of technology.

Pictures Reveal Incredible Devastation In Hiroshima After Deadly Landslide

Huffington Post UK/AP | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK

Rain-sodden slopes collapsed in torrents of mud, rock and debris early Wednesday in the outskirts of Hiroshima, killing at least 10 people and leaving...

These Japanese Sex Dolls Are Disturbingly Realistic

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

When we first heard about a teddybear that doubles up as a vibrator we thought we'd discovered the most disturbing sex toy ever invented. But then ...

WATCH: Ronaldo Channels The Spirit Of Bill Murray For Bizarre Japanese Advert (Video)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Sport

Cristiano Ronaldo followed in the footsteps of his former Manchester United teammates to front one of those bizarre Japanese commercials. Ronaldo c...

Cutest. Invasion. Ever.

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Tech

This is the cutest invasion we've ever seen. Park of a Japanese promotional stunt known as 'Pikachu Outbreak', the invasion saw 50 of the loveable ...

This Japanese Island Has More Cats Than People *Squeals*

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Forget cat cafes and house pets, if you're a real feline fan there's only one place you need to be: cat heaven island. Tashirojima, a fishing town ...

First Picture Of Japanese Schoolgirl, 15, ‘Killed & Beheaded By Classmate, 16'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK

A 16-year-old girl has been arrested in Japan on suspicion of killing a classmate. Victim Aiwa Matsuo was visiting the suspect at her home in Sase...

Ten Unusual Honeymoon Destinations

Jane Anderson | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Anderson

Just because you're going on honeymoon doesn't mean you have to stick to the tried and tested "romantic" destinations for newlyweds. Here are 10 alternative honeymoons that will be sure to get your hearts racing...

New Trends in Tokyo

Charlotte Cave | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Cave

Just landed back from shooting four issues of autumn winter fashion in Tokyo. When you go all that way, no point just doing one story when there is so much to say - what a world. What an experience. Misty, humid and hot - as a hair stylist, one could worry about the hair but luckily we are all about 90's grunge: neon wigs, plaits and fifties quiffs; damp air couldn't touch us.

Planet Appetite: UNI Restaurant Brings Japanese Peruvian Nikkei Cuisine to Belgravia, London, UK

Rupert Parker | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Named after the Japanese word for Sea Urchin, UNI Restaurant and Sushi Bar serves up delicious Japanese and Peruvian fusion cuisine, known as Nikkei.

This Robot Won't Stop Asking People To 'Get Naked'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Tech

A new humanoid robot developed in Japan has a unique strategy for making friends. It wants you to take off your clothes. The Andrew WK-style adv...

Vagina Artist Arrested For Distributing 3D Scans Of Her Genitals

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK

An artist has been arrested on suspicion of breaking Japanese obscenity laws. Megumi Igarashi was detained after distributing data enabling recipi...

Tony Abbott Finds Yet Another Way To Embarrass An Entire Nation

Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott would like you know he and Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe both have new boots. To mark this momentous moment...

Japanese Wagyu Back on European Menus

Rebecca Williams | Posted 04.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecca Williams

Japan was banned from selling beef in the European Union until last year and all imports of Wagyu beef were from Australia, New Zealand, America and the United Kingdom. Restrictions have been removed and now the Japanese are keen to reclaim the marketplace.

One Man's Symbolic Bow

Laurenne Chapman | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Laurenne Chapman

I am very impressed by the way Japan have dealt with this and I think we need to use this as a springboard for the articulation of how culture needs to change going forward as we move out of the old patriarchal paradigm into a new chapter with new norms...

Japan Has Robot Newsreaders

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK Tech

Fans of Edward R. Murrow look away now as the modern day newsreader could soon be replaced by super-realistic robots. Unveiled at the National Muse...

How Crossfaith Made Heavy Metal History at Download 2014

Olly Hunter | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Olly Hunter

For those of you who haven't heard Crossfaith before. They're a genre busting band cut from a cloth not that dissimilar from former tour mates Enter Shikari. They mix up hardcore, punk rock, metalcore and electronics from trance to dubstep to produce a sound that's brilliantly fresh, heavy and most importantly unique.

Team Focus: Japan's 'Magic Square' Can Guide Them to the Knockout Stages

Ben McAleer | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Sport
Ben McAleer

Many feel Japan have an excellent chance of successfully navigating the group stages such is the ability of their attacking players. While the defensive solidity of Alberto Zaccheroni's side is questionable, offensively they have the personnel to hurt their Group C opponents...

SoftBank Builds Robot That Knows When You're Sad

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK Tech

This is Pepper, it's a robot that can tell when you're sad. It can also help around the house or work in customer service. Created by SoftBank, Pep...

This Japanese Drinks Company Wants To Advertise On The Moon

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK Tech

Things are hotting up in the race to return to the Moon. Earlier this week we learned that Russia is seriously working on a plan to annex our natur...

Dine With A Stuffed Hippopotamus Because You Have No Friends At This Moomin Cafe (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK

Love the Moomins? Got no friends? No problem – A Japanese restaurant has it all covered. Tokyo’s Moomin Café will enhance your lonely dining ...

How To Brush Your Teeth With A Gun

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Tech

There's a chap in Japan who likes nothing more than to attach a toothbrush to a gun and brush his teeth with it. We'll just let that sink in a bit....

Beyond the Front Pages

Carla Buzasi | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK
Carla Buzasi

I'm breaking my own rule this week, and starting with a story that very much made the front pages - the front page of Time magazine to be precise. Earlier this week, Beyoncé was crowned queen of the US title's 100 Most Influential People In The World list, or the Time 100 as it's more generally billed, and consequently pictured looking her usual stunning self on the front of the magazine. So far, so good. The socialsphere, however, didn't take long to react and when it did, the reaction wasn't pretty.