Student amused to find entry—and corresponding visual—for “cat ears” in his electronic dictionary

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What happens when children contribute new entries to dictionaries? Cat ears happen, that’s what! Err, but maybe not the kind we were hoping for…

Japanese Twitter user @sand_stingray recently posted an entry from his electronic dictionary, which happens to define a rather unexpected term—nekomimi, otherwise known as “cat ears” in English!

▼ A quick Google search of the term nekomimi results in the following pictures.


Since the term nekomimi typically conjures up images of cute anime-style girls with adorable cat ears, we can imagine the surprise and perhaps shock that @sand_stingray must have felt when he saw the following explanatory illustration for cat ears in his electronic dictionary:

▼ “@sand_stingray: I couldn’t stop laughing in the middle of class”

▼ First picture


Japanese dictionary by everyone!

Cat ears [nekomimi] 

Definition: Human characters who have cat ears on their head. Often used by fans of anime.

Sample sentence: ‘The character with the cat ears is so cute!’

Submitted by: Third-year junior high school student, male, Hokkaido

Diagram → Explanation”

Second picture


“Diagram → Explanation”

Third picture


Whoah there! Not quite the anime-style babe with cat ears that we’re used to seeing. If anything, this lady seems to be in need of either a bit more shut-eye or a personal stylist…

Even better, another Twitter user decided to poke fun at the picture and subsequently designed a New Year’s greeting postcard with the cat-lady front and center:

Would you send this postcard to your nekomimi-loving friends? We think we’ll just stick with the more practical cat-ear headphones, thanks!

Source: Twitter/@sand_stingray
Insert image: Google

Origin: Student amused to find entry—and corresponding visual—for “cat ears” in his electronic dictionary
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Order your own historical sword-turned-hot-guy Touken Ranbu cake just in time for the holidays

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Remember Touken Ranbu, that game where you turn historical Japanese swords into hot men? Well, one shop is now turning those men into delectable cakes!

Just to recap, Touken Ranbu (刀剣乱舞) is a free-to-play collectible card browser video game in which players travel to the past and call on legendary swords to help defeat the forces of evil—which are then transformed into handsome young men. Originally released this past January, the game has proven to be quite the hit with the ladies in particular, for reasons entirely unfathomable to us…

Enter Sweets Workshop Priroll, a Tokyo-based cake shop which specializes in custom-made cakes with individually selected prints and personalized messages. Furthermore, the shop offers a steady line of cakes in collaboration with popular video games and anime of the day. While Priroll has offered roll cakes decorated with prints of Touken Ranbu characters on multiple occasions in the past, this is the first time that they’re offering a regular round cake variety–just in time for Japan’s season of Christmas cakes, too!

▼ Here’s an ad announcing the release of the Touken Ranbu-themed cakes, which are each 12 centimeters (4.72 inches) in diameter and 7 centimeters (2.76 inches) tall.


Now here comes the tricky part–narrowing down which of the following 10 sword hotties to adorn your cake with. Pick your favorite from the cakes below!

1. Mikazuki Munechika


2. Kogitsunemaru


3. Ishikirimaru


4. Iwatooshi


5. Imanotsurugi


6. Kashuu Kiyomitsu


7. Kasen Kanesada


8. Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki


9. Yamanbagiri Kunihiro


10. Hachisuka Kotetsu


To top it off, each cake also comes packaged with a custom-made fork decorated with the family crest of an individual character. How’s that for a cool little memento?

Orders should be placed on the Priroll website and can be paid for by credit card online or by cash upon delivery. Each cake costs 3,550 yen (US$28.91), with a separate shipping fee dependent on your location in Japan. Priroll is currently set to begin shipping out orders after December 15, and cakes should last for up to 20 days if kept properly refrigerated.

Source/Images: Priroll

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Extremely rare Cinderella Dollfie sells at auction for over $10,000

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Disney and dollmaker Volks come together to create a one-of-a-kind Cinderella Super Dollfie, but its final price costs an arm and a leg, plus maybe a glass slipper or two.

Dollfies, producted by the Japanese brand Volks, have become one of the top-selling Asian ball-jointed dolls among collectors and enthusiasts since their debut in 1997. But these dolls aren’t for children. With fully customizable eyes, heads, and paint jobs, they go for US$400-$2,000, depending on the model, with some limited edition releases fetching even higher prices.

Since 2011, Tokyo Disneyland has been home to the D23 Expo Japan, described as the ultimate event for Disney fans, and the 2015 Expo held from November 6-8 was no different.

In addition to having life-sized versions of Ana, Elsa, and Cinderella’s outfits on display, a one-of-a-kind Super Dollfie version of Cinderella made an appearance.

▼ Cinderella’s eyes look awfully red… Could there be trouble after Happily Ever After?

The doll was auctioned off on Yahoo! Auctions, and went for 1,300,000 yen (approximately $10,500). If you think that’s pricey, Volks also created a Jack Skellington doll for the D23 auction in 2013 which netted 2,100,000 yen, along with Rapunzel which had a final bid of 703,000 yen.

▼ Jack

Netizens have already been speculating whether or not both companies have plans to unveil other characters in the future, with some hopeful for a possible Aladdin, Ariel, or Tinkerbell release.

Sources: Twitter/@volks_doll (1, 2, 3), Twitter/@conupuni, Twipple/@risa_m23, Culture Lab
Top image: Twitter/@volks_doll

Origin: Extremely rare Cinderella Dollfie sells at auction for over $10,000
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These minimalistic origami-inspired watches are sure to please any fashion lover

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Origami has exploded internationally over the last few decades, and these minimalist watches from Hong Kong capture the heart of the tradition on your wrist!

Based in Hong Kong, odm produces a wild range of watches targeting, as the company says, “fashionable youths who are fond of bold, new and advanced designs.” While we can’t find any artificially intelligent watches on odm’s online store, we do have to say that some of them are pretty snazzy. But the snazziest of all is surely the origami-inspired “0 degree.”

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The concept behind these watches, which bear only the digits “2,” “3,” “5,” and “9,” is focused on peace and blessings — just like paper cranes folded prayer. The relatively bare faces of the watches also reflect odm’s slogan “2359,” which is the last minute of the day (23:59 or 11:59 p.m.). According to the company, you could see the last minute of the day as a bummer, since the day is nearly over, but they prefer to view it more optimistically: You still have one minute left!

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We’re not sure how useful a single minute can be, but we suppose you could get quite a bit done. For example, you could go on a really fast online shopping spree or send someone you care about a nice text message. Heck, you could probably even make a fairly large donation to a worthy charity!

Of course, fancy watches don’t come cheap, so you can expect to spend US$100 on one of these minimalist watches, though that’s not a bad price if you count all the built-in peace and blessings, right? The watches are available in three colors on odm’s online store.

Sources: odm via Japaaan
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Here's Some New Pictures Of Princess Charlotte To Melt Your Heart

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The Duchess of Cambridge took pictures of the six month old royal baby at their home in Norfolk.

The royal family just shared some brand new pictures of six month old Princess Charlotte.

The royal family just shared some brand new pictures of six month old Princess Charlotte.

Twitter: @KensingtonRoyal

The pictures of Charlotte were taken by her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, at their home in Norfolk and shared on the Kensington Royal Twitter account on Sunday.

The pictures of Charlotte were taken by her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, at their home in Norfolk and shared on the Kensington Royal Twitter account on Sunday.

Princess Charlotte appears even cuter and cuddlier than last time we saw her at her baptism in July.

"The Duke and Duchess hope everyone enjoys these new photos of Princess Charlotte as much as they do," read a message accompanying the brand new images.

Twitter: @KensingtonRoyal

Kate is said to be a "keen photographer".

Kate is said to be a "keen photographer".

The first photos of Charlotte to be shared with the public by the royal family were also taken by the Duchess.

Charlotte was pictured being kissed by her brother Prince George when she was just a month old.

Twitter: @KensingtonRoyal

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Driving up the Miyagi coastline, four years after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami

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I recently visited several areas of the Miyagi coastline decimated by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. This is what I saw.

The 2011 Tohoku magnitude 9.0 earthquake, which struck off the coast of Miyagi prefecture at 14:46 p.m. on Friday, March 11, was the biggest earthquake to ever hit Japan. It shifted the world on its axis by estimates of between 10 centimetres and 25 centimetres ( (4 and 10 inches), and triggered a powerful tsunami across three prefectures which reached a height of 40.5m or 133ft. The tsunami, in turn, badly damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, causing level 7 meltdowns at three of its reactors. 15,893 people died, 6,152 were injured, and 2,572 people remain missing.

While I was in Japan at the time, it was difficult to take in the magnitude of what was happening, particularly when the full scale of the tragedy was diminished to dry data figures. This year I finally got the chance to visit the Tohoku region for the first time with my family, and I was able to witness for myself what has been left, and what is being rebuilt, in the four years since the disaster.

The first thing I realised during this visit is that due to the topography of Japan’s coastline, it is possible to drive through prospering towns that are still flourishing, and then five minutes later, drive through a barren wasteland with nothing but the concrete foundations of swept-away buildings left to prove that anyone ever lived there. Some towns are now construction sites, while some sit as empty fields, the husks of dead, blackened trees littering the landscape. And of course, there are the clusters of white headstones nestled together amidst the bare scrubland which mark the mass graves, dug by volunteers, where the dead were buried.

People in Japan are generally cremated in Buddhist ceremonies, but the sheer number of people killed exceeded the capacity of crematoriums and morgues, leaving the government and Japan Self-Defense Forces with no other option than to dig mass graves in which to inter the deceased

There are several reasons why I wanted to see these places for myself. Firstly, I believe it’s important to remember what happened, rather than turn our backs on unpleasant memories. Secondly, the people who have worked and lived on this land for generations are still there, working hard to rebuild. We cannot abandon them.

The Tohoku region is a genuinely lovely part of Japan, and is home to one of the Three Beautiful Views of Japan: the myriad tiny islands of Matsushima in Miyagi prefecture which pepper Matsushima Bay, and which protected the bay from the tsunami. I would recommend a visit to the Tohoku region to anyone who wishes to see the beauty of the nature of Japan. Tourism also can only help to support the economy and further the rebuilding efforts.

The first signs of destruction I saw were in the town of Arahama, a few minutes’ drive south of Sendai Airport (which was deluged when the tsunami struck yet is in operational order today). The town of Arahama did not fare so well. It is a collection of shrublands, dotted with concrete building foundations poking out of the long grasses. The only building still standing is the four-storey Arahama Elementary School. While badly damaged in the tsunami, it has not been torn down, and its shell remains as a memorial to the disaster.

The school is less than a minute’s walk from the sea wall, which was ineffective in holding back the tsunami. Along the Tohoku coastline, new, higher sea walls are currently being constructed. At Arahama, there is a sign detailing the construction process there. In the below picture, the yellow line represents the old sea wall, and the red line represents how much higher it is being raised.

This is all that’s left of Arahama – the concrete foundations of buildings.

These trees were also victims of the tsunami.

The force of the crushing water literally bent this electricity pole in half.

The landscape has been completely flattened.

A shrine and memorial have been erected by the sea wall to honour those who lost their lives.

The yellow sign reads: “We pray for the resurrection of Arahama with all our hearts.”

After our sobering visit to Arahama, we arrived at Matsushima Bay and enjoyed the beautiful autumn sunshine while walking along the long bridge to the closest of its tiny islands, Fukuura and cruising around the bay. Some parts of the rock formations on several of the islands were broken off by the tsunami, but it’s incredibly hard to tell that anything ever happened here. While strolling around, we felt a 4.0-magnitude earthquake, a common occurrence in Tohoku, which is still suffering aftershocks. It registered as a light trembling which was barely noticeable.

One of the tiny islands of Matsushima, as seen from the tour boat which goes around the bay.

Driving north from Matsushima Bay, we encountered a desolate stretch of coastline with many clusters of white headstones glinting in the sun. Literally across the road from the failed sea wall, we also discovered an abandoned, four-storey building which appeared to have survived the tsunami.

The building is a hot springs hotel, known as Kanpo no Yado Matsushima, one of the Kanpo no Yado hot spring chain hotels. The chain’s website now lists Kanpo no Yado Matsushima as “permanently closed”.

▼ Location of Kanpo no Yado Matsushima

The driveway seems a bit overgrown, but in general it doesn’t look too bad, until you look inside, which I was able to do because the front door was wide open.

▼ The lobby was full of debris.

The inside of the hotel has been completely trashed, yet the upper floors are in much better shape. There is a visible tide mark on the second floor wall which marks how high the tsunami waters swelled. We can only hope that the guests were able to get to the higher floors in time.

▼ The tide mark from the tsunami is clearly visible in this second-floor hallway.

▼ The guest rooms on the higher floors are in decent shape still.

According to an article from 2014, the local government of Higashimatsushima, where the hotel is located, is currently seeking donations to raise funds to repair and refurbish it for use as an evacuation centre in the case of a future tsunami. The building, which was erected in 1975, is made of reinforced concrete which was strong enough to withstand one tsunami. With the proposed eventual reopening of the area’s public beaches, a reliable evacuation centre will be a necessity in the future.

After Matsushima Bay, we continued our drive up the coast, and passed through another valley towards Ishinomaki Bay. On the way, we spotted a lone house that was still standing, its damage perfectly preserved.

An American teacher on the JET Program, Taylor Anderson, was among those killed in Ishinomaki. Ishinomaki Okawa Elementary School lost 70 of 108 students and nine of 13 teachers and staff. The teachers and children crossed a river bridge in order to reach higher ground and were swallowed by the tsunami travelling inland via the river.

▼ A damaged bridge in Ishinomaki

The last part of our journey was by far the saddest. We were heading to Minamisanriku, a town whose name kept popping up in every report about the tsunami’s devastation. I already knew that the small, coastal valley town was badly damaged in the disaster, but I completely underestimated how much. As we turned the corner of the winding valley path which looks down on the bay, I wasn’t initially sure what I was looking at. There is no town there at all. Minamisanriku is gone.

The area where the town used to be now looks more like a quarry. Construction vehicles are everywhere, and piles of finely ground-up debris form small hills which you can drive through down to the pier.

▼ More than half of the population of the town of Minamisanriku died.

A sign in Minamisanriku reads: “Hang in there, Tohoku”

There are no houses, no trees, no vegetation, and no buildings, except for one – a red skeletal structure. It is all that remains of the town’s three-storey Crisis Management Centre. The roof of the building was completely submerged during the tsunami, and people were photographed clinging to the building’s rooftop antenna.

While much of the remains of Minamisanriku have been razed away to make fresh for the rebuilding efforts, the Crisis Management Centre building’s metal skeleton will remain standing as a memorial to those whose lives were lost.

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Origin: Driving up the Miyagi coastline, four years after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami
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