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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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It may look like a pink sky at sunset from the picture, but it's actually Japan's largest wisteria plant. It's located inside the Ashikaga Flower Park in Japan and measures 1,990 square meters, dating back to around 1870. Due to its heavy vines, the wisteria's entire structure is held up on steel supports, enabling visitors to walk below its canopy and bask in the pink and purple light cast by its beautiful hanging blossoms. Continue reading for more images and another video.

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You've probably seen quite a few Microsoft-branded computer accessories over the years, but here are five things that you might have missed. They include: a Japan-exclusive Windows 7 Burger King Whopper, Windows Vista toilet paper, Windows soda, a BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) t-shirt, and canned Windows 95. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny schol pictures and hilarious exam answers gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the fastest cook from Asia.

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How about some strange and creepy Japanese urban legends to start off your holiday weekend? First up, we have the Okiku doll, which can be found at the Mannenji temple in Iwamizawa, Hokkaido prefecture. The doll originally had cropped hair, but over the years the hair has mysteriously grown to 25 centimeters (10 inches), despite being trimmed annually. The legend has it that a teenage boy bought the doll for his two-year-old sister, Okiku. She played with it every day until her tragic and sudden death. Her family refused to get rid of the doll and noticed that its hair was growing, so they concluded that the spirit of their daughter resided within the doll. The doll was given to the temple in 1938 where it can be seen today. Continue reading for more.

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Called the White Goat, this gigantic machine turns shredded office paper into rolls of TP. That's right, simply feed 40 A4 sheets into the machine, and in 30-minutes, you'll have one roll coming off the assembly line. The machine actually takes the shredded paper and transfers it to a pulper, where it's dissolved in water, thinned out into wet paper, dried, and lastly, rolled into regular-sized toilet paper. One cavet: it'll set you back a cool $100,000 - not too bad actually, if you plan on running a toilet paper roll business. Continue reading for the video.

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