A Japanese girl skipping rope at amazing speed…

Amazing rope jumper (Video courtesy of Japanprobe)

I am not 100% sure, but I think the girl’s name is Megumi Suzuki. Megumi was recognised as the world record holder for 30 second speed jumping by the Guinness World Book of Records; she made 152 jumps in 30s on Sept 10, 2006.

I am not sure how Megumi looks like, but I bet that not too many Japanese could do 150 rope skipping in 30 seconds (151 in the video)… so it’s probably safe to assume that the girl in the video is in fact Megumi.


Mumin Papa Cafe in Akashi, Japan, has something special to offer their guests beside their food… an experience to relieve yourself in an underwater restroom surrounded by a giant aquarium filled with exotic fishes and a sea turtle.

Video – the aquarium toilet featuring on a Japanese TV show [Hat tip to Pinktentacle]

The luxurious toilet cost the restaurant owner 30 million Yen (~ US$263,000) to build it.

The idea seems cool, but I am not sure if I would be comfortable using the restroom. Besides, I don’t really have the chance to use it… it’s for ladies only.

Kibasen (騎馬戦) is a traditional Japanese game played by Japanese school boys.

The basic of the game involved 4 players on each side, with 3 people (horse) carrying a rider on top. The teams would charge at each other, with the riders attempting to remove the hat (or headband) of the opposition rider and thus defeating the team.

Sometimes they would use 4 carriers instead of 3, especially for younger kids that probably need an extra person to carry the weight.
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Still a month to go before Christmas, but Japanese are starting to feel the celebration mood.

A Tokyo hotel has unveiled their ‘Xmas tree’ – a 100m light deco assembling a Xmas tree on November 6; and it seems like Tokyo Disneyland has started their Christmas parade as well…

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A Tokyo hotel unveiling its Christmas Tree (Image courtesy to Xinhuanet)

Video – Tokyo Disneyland parade with Xmas theme

Lingerie maker Triumph International Japan has unveiled the “My Chopsticks Bra” which features a pair of cups that resemble bowls of rice and miso soup, and a set of collapsible chopsticks that tuck into either side. [Pinktentacle].

Japanese model Yuko Ishida and My Chopstick Bra
Japanese model Yuko Ishisda
with My Chopstick Bra

The bra was introduced on November 7 in Tokyo to promote the use of reusable chopsticks instead of the the disposable wooden kind.

Japan is one of the largest users of disposable chopsticks (waribashi) in the world, probably the 2nd largest behind China.

China has recently announced their plan to stop the export of disposable chopsticks to reduce the deforestation. It is estimated that 25 millions trees are cut in China each year just to produce disposable chopsticks.

The good thing is that Japanese youngsters these days are having more awareness on environmental issues… carrying a pair of personal reusable chopsticks are seen as a trendy move.

The lingerie model Yuko Ishida is a chopstick carrier herself. I am not sure if she would want to wear that bra on daily basis though.

Below is a video that shows more details about the bra concept…

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Japanese all-girls pop group Morning Musume visited Korea and Taiwan last week to promote their new album “All Single Complete — 10th Anniversary”.

Their visit in Korea didn’t seem to create much hype, but the girls were very well received in Taiwan. Below is a video of Morning Musume in Korea and some pictures of them in Taiwan…

Press conference in Korea (Oct 26) – they speak in both Korean and Japanese

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Latest music video (or promotional video to be precise) from Japanese pop star Koda Kumi, featuring Korean boyband TVXQ (better known as Tohoshinki in Japan)… “Last Angel”…

Koda Kumi feat TVXQ – Last Angel

An interesting Japanese video from Nikon for their 90th anniversary celebration. The video shares some development of their camera technology, as well as some nice photos and clips.

Nikon celebrates 90th anniversary [Hat tip to Kuanchong]

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