Longread Food History

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The Great Sushi Craze of 1905: The Unexpected History of Japanese Food in America, From Edo Bay to the Bowery

Fields of Clean

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Japan is planning to turn its numerous abandoned golf courses into solar power farms.

Shabani, The Gorilla That’s Making Japanese Girls Go Crazy

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What a fascinating country.

So Advanced

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Japan’s new Kit-Kat Sandwich: Kit-Kats, whipped cream, and some type of orange jelly smushed between two pieces of sweet bread.

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Livin’ in the Net

Turning an internet cafe stall into a place to live in Japan.

Arrested for the Crime of Being a Street Artist’s Girlfriend

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Call it guilt by association, because that’s exactly what happened to 43-year-old Mami Urakawa, who was apprehended by Osaka police Wednesday after being identified in a cctv video hanging out with her boyfriend CLET as he added some humor to a street sign in the Japanese city. A “partner both in crime and life,” Urakawa took the rap for her man’s crimes and admitted to participation in the vinyl alterations to the city’s traffic signs which had been targeted by CLET as “symbols of authority that he seeks to challenge through art.” So you must be wondering where dude is during all of this? Well, he’s currently back in Florence, Italy where the couple resides, posting to facebook and sorting out what to do.

A look through some of CLET’s work, below.

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Japanese Advancements in Telecommuting

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The Super Gorone Desk adapts to wherever you want to set up shop… like in bed or on the couch. Anywhere!

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The Goddess of Grope

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After spending years as a midwife, Takiko Shindo mastered the Japanese art of Oppai Taisou (translated: boob exercise), which is meant to help women “achieve healthier, shapely bosoms.” Realizing that her hands were a hot commodity and that all women should benefit from her method, Shindo developed the “Oppai Taisou Hand” to simulate her master touch. Essentially an oversized back scratcher, the pink plastic hand allows its user to simulate the groping method in the comfort of their own home.

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Love You Japan!

It’s apparently a big thing in Japan for girls to dress alike to show off their friendship or something. Thanks to forward-thinking by a hardworking exec, grown-up girls who are friends and also fans of lingerie and Disney’s Frozen, now have the opportunity to wear matching Frozen-themed bras that change color when the girls touch. Are you still reading this?

via, laughingsquid

“I want to cook condom food for you”

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Leave it to the Japanese to integrate condoms into cuisine for a cookbook promoting safe sex.

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Calm in Chaos

Stainless is a series of high speed video recordings by Adam Magyar at the subway stations around the globe.

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Behold, Japan’s Second-Hand Booze Store

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Liquor Off will buy all of those bottles of cotton candy vodka and wild cherry rum that even in your darkest moments couldn’t be opened.

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