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Rock Sculpture

Photo credit: Hirotoshi Itoh

Kicking a few stones around while walking isn't anything most people would take notice of, but one look at these creative sculptures by Japanese artist Hirotoshi Itoh, and you'll see them in a whole new light. He goes by "Jiyuseki" online, and he masterfully works with natural stones using both hand tools, as well as clever props, to create illusions such as the one above of a group of tourists peering out from a rock. Continue reading for more images and information.

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Super Mario Lunch

Photo credit: Li Ming

A mother-of-two from Singapore decided to get creative with the lunches she packs for her kids about three years ago. She has gone on to make more than 100 different creations for her two boys - 10-year-old Ivey and and 7-year-old Lucas Tey - to take the school, including bento box versions of Mario, Spider-Man, and Hello Kitty. The Daily Mail reports, "Li makes around six different creations every week but keeps some of them a secret to put in her new book." Continue reading to see more.

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Japanese Curry

Getting creative with your food by adding in a few additional garnishes is one thing, these Japanese chefs have gone the extra mile and used everyday items to create works of art, like the panda curry you see above. Other examples include: a rice bear covered with an omelet blanket, several bento box art creations, and lots more. Continue reading to see them all.

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Starbucks Japan

Photo credit: Ruffee Cola

The Starbucks you see above is the Kobe Kitano Ijinkan store, located in a historic 19th century Western style building. The two-story structure was originally erected in 1907 for Americans residing in Kobe at the time and called the "Kitano Monogatari-kan" (lit: Kitano Story House). After being damaged in the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, it was donated to the city of Kobe, which then dismantled it and reconstructed the building as a Starbucks in its current location. According to Rocket News 24, "placing your order at the first floor bar, you can choose from a variety of rooms to enjoy your drink in. There's a spacious lounge, a dining room complete with cupboards, and even a small study that feels just like your own private refuge." Continue reading for more things you'll only find in Japan (and maybe other parts of Asia).

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Hello Kitty Contact Lenses

Hello Kitty like you've never seen the cat before in contact lens form. Even if you don't need contacts, these are purely cosmetic and also comes complete with a themed case as well as box, making it a perfect gift for any Hello Kitty fanatic. One caveat: it'll set you back $105 for a single set. Product page. Continue reading for more.

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Black Burger

No, this isn't just regular food coloring, but these black-colored burgers now being offered at Burger King locations throughout Japan. They're offered in two different varieties: "Kuro (Japanese for "black") Pearl" and "Kuro Diamond." The latter features a bamboo charcoal-infused black bun as well as bamboo-charcoal black cheese as well as a black onion and garlic sauce given its color by squid ink. Continue reading for live pictures and information.

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Japan Bunny Island

Known as Rabbit Island, Okunoshima in Japan was originally used as the secret base for the Japanese Imperial Army's lethal gas operation during WW2. From 1929 to 1945, more than 6,000 tons of poison gas were manufactured on the remote island, and the program was shrouded in secrecy. For approximately 16-years, Okunoshima was not seen on any map, and workers who produced the five types of poison gas - which were mostly used in warfare in China - were told to keep the factories a secret. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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A real-life Batman has been spotted on the streets of Japan, and he's been dubbed "Chibatman", due to the Chiba prefecture sightings. The residents seem to know as much about Chibatman's real identity as your average Gothamite knows about Batman's, but that hasn't stopped them from making him an internet sensation. Unlike other real-life superheroes that loiter in Times Square, there have been no reports of "Chibatman" attempting to fight crime. On the other hand, unlike the real Batman, there have been several pictures and videos posted where he's seen waiting patiently (like any good citizen) in traffic. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Weird Kit Kat

Photo credit: Kotaku

Green Tea Kit-Kats are nothing new, but what about Kinako Ohagi, Chunky Peanut Butter, and Ginger Ale? The origins of what is now known as the "Kit Kat" brand go back to 1911, when Rowntree's, a confectionery company based in York in the United Kingdom, trademarked the terms "Kit Cat" and "Kit Kat". Although the terms were not immediately used, the first conception of the Kit Kat appeared in the 1920s, when Rowntree launched a brand of boxed chocolates entitled "Kit Cat". This continued into the 1930s, when Rowntree's shifted focus and production onto its "Black Magic" and "Dairy Box" brands. Continue reading to see some weird, yet real, flavors from around the world.

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Hand Cut Art

Photo credit: Akira Nagaya

Akira Nagaya, a self-taught artist from Japan, has mastered kirie, or extremely fine paper cutting. It all started when he was 20-something and a sushi decorator, which entailed cutting slices into bamboo leaves. As time wore on, he'd use his set of knives to carve various patterns into paper. Now 47-years-young, his paper-cut designs are so intricate they look to be straight from a laser cutting machine. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing just how hot a Formula 1 car gets in action.

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