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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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Textbook Drawings

Unless you own the textbook, we don't recommend you recreating any of these drawings you're about to see. With that said, these funny doodles range from Star Wars' Darth Maul (above) to wacky hairstyles and comical situations involving famous historical figures as well as pop culture icons. One thing oddly absent are video game characters, especially from the Pokemon series. Continue reading to see them all.

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Panda Toast

What do you get when you combine pandas with toast? This nifty invention from Japan-based Jbox of course. After toasting your bread, place this stencil-like accessory on top of it, press down, fold where instructed, and you'll have a bear that's ready to eat, or to hold up a small tomato. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Pizza Cats Japan

Everyone knows the internet loves cats, and that's why Pizza Hut Japan decided to use the adorable animals for their latest promotional campaign. Tencho, Hime, Dora, and Detch, are the four newest cat employees their Pizza Cat! store, a fictional Pizza Hut location being run by the animals. In 2012, the company counted more than 6,000 Pizza Hut restaurants in the United States, and more than 5,139 store locations in 94 other countries and territories around the world. Continue reading for four more videos.

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Japanese Single Stroke Dragon Painting

Dragon paintings are nothing new, but creating them with a single brush stroke is definitely something you don't see everyday. These paintings are known as Hitofude Ryuu (dragon with one stroke) in Japan, and the ones you're about to see are from a studio called Kousyuuya in Nikko, Japan. Continue reading for two more videos and information.

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You might think this is a gag gift, like many other things you see online, but the Facial Pao Fitness is real and available now in Japan. It's basically a device with a round plastic mouthpiece and plastic paddle wings on either side. To start the workout, just hold the device firmly in your mouth and bob your head up and down to swing the paddles. According to its manufacturer, SHLAB, performing this exercise for 30 seconds, twice a day, can significantly tone up facial muscles, making a person look much younger. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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At first glance, it appears as if a group of people are trapped at the bottom of this pool, but it's just a clever illusion by Leandro Erlich at the 21st Century Museum of Art of Kanzawa, Japan. The installation is called "Swimming Pool" and basically utilizes a thin piece of glass with water running over top of it to create the illusion of being underwater. Continue reading for more images, another video and additional information.

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The Japanese Iron Samurai LED Watch (2-Pack) is currently being offered for only $24.99, today only, originally priced at $129.99. With the simple press of a button, the watch will display the time with the hour illuminating in LED on top and the minutes illuminating in LED on the bottom. Product page. Continue reading for another hands-on preview and more information

Notable features:
  • Faceless unique design, LED display of current time Time & Date functions.

  • Screen: Top and bottom row LED lights for time and date display.

  • You are going to get two different color led watches: Red and Blue

  • Material: steel Clasp: Exclusive fold over lock design.

  • Length: 180 mm with 18 segments for wrist adjustment Power: CR2016 (x1) pre-installed Size: 43 x 25 x 13mm.

[via Amazon]

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The internet knows Suzuki as "doge" - a slang term for 'dog' that is primarily associated with pictures of Shiba Inus and internal monologue captions on Tumblr - and now its been spotted running a small cigarette shop in Tokyo, Japan. The Shiba Inu lives in the shop with his owner and attracts both tourists from all over the country who come to buy something, or just to say hello. Continue reading for more images.

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If you thought using a phone, tablet, or other mobile device in bed is strange, think again. Introducing the Dozing Desk from Rare Mono. Simply put, it securely mounts a laptop above the user, and boasts movable legs that can be shifted to any position, transforming into a sofa desk and even a dinner table. Continue reading to see it in sofa desk and dinner table mode.

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