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Japanese Porn Star Has Wife Who Doesn't Mind

Who says that Japanese wives are not the best? Here's the story of a very famous Japanese porn star whose wife doesn't complain!

From the Globe and Mail:

“There’s no jealousy as far as I can tell. But last year while I was drinking with my wife in Asakusa [a neighbourhood of Tokyo], someone came up to me and asked for an autograph. She was surprised, but it didn’t lead to an argument. She understands it’s a job and she trusts me.”

While his daughter wasn't too happy about the deal, his wife (bless her heart) was unfazed:

But while his daughter was “shocked” at her discovery, Mr. Tokuda says his wife was unbothered to find out about his raunchy part-time profession. “My wife lets me do whatever I want now that I’m retired,” he says. “She’s just concerned about my health and tells me not to work too hard.”

Of course I am shocked.  Shocked, I tell you at this behavior.

Read more about the retired Japanese guy who has the job that 99.7% of all guys only dream about.

Two Cigarette Brands Are Selling Well in Japan

I just came back from a late night run to the convenience store where I was surprised to see, for the first time in my entire time in Japan, convenience stores selling what people consider to be "B-grade" Japanese cigarettes. It is quite unusual to see these low-end cigarettes at a convenience store.

I wrote before about how the Japanese government insanely raised taxes on cigarettes here. Now, the news is coming out that people have seriously curtailed their smoking and it has hurt government tax coiffures as well as the tobacco industry... Well, duh!

Wakaba cigarettes... Notice the cool and trendy design! ¥220 (about $2.50 USD) for twenty 18 mg. cigarettes 
It used to be that convenience stores, due to lack of space, only sold the premium brands of cigarettes; Seven Star, Marlboro, Camel, Lark, Lucky Strike, etc... (Japanese cigarette, High-Lite, was considered low-end)... But now since a pack of premium cigarettes costs about ¥420 a pack or more (about $5.00 USD), it seems …

The Funniest Japanese TV Commercials I've Ever Seen

OK. These are the best.

This is a series of Fanta commercials (with English subtitles) and these are hilarious! They are even better if you've been to Japan or live here.

I've watched these several times and still laugh everytime.

The description reads:

A series of Fanta commercials from Japan. Now with English "fansub" subtitles!

By the way, "dorobo neko", which I translated literally as "thieving cat", is a slang term that refers to a woman who chases after a man married to someone else.

Hilarious Cartoon! Tokyo Mater (From Disney / Pixar animation Cars)

My son loves the Disney / Pixar animation Cars. You know, the cartoon about Lightening McQueen and etc., etc....

Now, my six-year-old son shows me this great cartoon based on Cars that I had never even heard of. It is called "Tokyo Mater" and was originally shown on Disney TV during a movie special... So, I don't know how long this will last until Disney takes it down.... 

Enjoy while you can!

Hilarious Recruitment Video for Japanese Coast Guard

You've got to see this. It s a hilarious video for recruitment or the Japanese Coast Guard.

Requirements to join Japanese Coast Guard:

Must be 18 or over
Interested in the oceans and sailing
High School graduate
Ability to follow orders and scrub decks
*Ability to breakdance desireable but not required (will train).

And now, a comparison between Japan and the US Navy:

Guys! Beware of Soft Drinks in Japan

Once again, the good folks at I am Bored have come through with a good reason why ordering a soft drink in Japan can be bad for a guys self-image and machismo.

My Japanese friends said this cup was, "cute."

Thanks to I am Bored

Why Do Japanese Retailers Like Louis Vuitton Rip Off Customers?

Brand named goods are outrageously expensive and over-priced in Japan. Many women go overseas to buy these goods which hurts business here.

The retailers here probably figure that only older people are going to buy this stuff locally (hence they won't be Internet savvy) but there are many people who are onto their game.

Long time Japan resident and expert Ira Hata writes in:

I went to Louis Vuitton last week and looked at some boots that were going for 138,600 yen.  Then, I went online to LV's home page (in France) and found the exact same boots going for 89,000 yen (at today's Euro exchange rate)!!

1)      With the Japanese economy hurting the way it is and, worse yet, the fashion industry dependent on sales during specific seasons (not to mention changes in trends every year), why wouldn't they adjust the pricing to attract more customers and sell out their inventory?

2)      With access to real time information worldwide, why would Japanese customers continue to visit lo…

5 Outlandish Tech Myths About Japan

Over at Dvice they have an interesting article about how outrageous claims are about robots, vending machines, etc. are in Japan.

Here's a snippet from 5 Outlandish Tech Myths About Japan:
Of the roughly 5.5 million vending machines in Japan (the highest density of such machines on the planet), the beverage component (including beer) generated a staggering $27 billion last year. The remaining machines dole out things like candy, food, cigarettes, tickets, and toys. But if you follow the sensational random reports from various blogs, you'd think the streets were lined with machines spitting out lady's undergarments, and various other perverse curios of Japanese arcana.

The truth is that although there are indeed vending machines that dispense such underground items, these machines are almost exclusively limited to specialized establishments that cater to, well, unique customers. You could spend a year traveling throughout Japan and never see anything more threatening in the pu…

Make Your Own Japanese High School Girl Figurine... Really!

No, I'm not making this up. You really can have your very own Japanese High School girl figurine made for you. To your specifications... No! I know what you are thinking! This is innocent!

A company is offering to make your very own bobble-head figurine designed from a photograph that you send in to them. That's right! You can make a Japanese High School girl bobblehead figurine of any of your friends (or even yourself).

The next question is: Why would anyone want to make one of these?

The dolls cost $119 but they are custom made. See here for more details:

From Neatorama

Kurosawa Film Trailers (Part 5 of 5)

Part 5 of 5 of Akira Kurosawa film trailers in English:

Dersu Uzala (1975)  
From Wikipedia:

Dersu Uzala (Russian: Дерсу Узала, Japanese: デルス·ウザーラ; alternate U.S. title: Dersu Uzala: The Hunter) is a 1975 joint Soviet-Japanese film production directed by Akira Kurosawa, his first non Japanese language film. The film won the Grand Prix at the Moscow Film Festival and the 1975 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. The film is based on the 1923 memoir Dersu Uzala by Russian explorer Vladimir Arsenyev, about his exploration of the Sikhote-Alin region of Siberia over the course of multiple expeditions in the early 20th century.The film is almost entirely shot outdoors in the ruggedly beautiful Siberian wilderness. As with most of Kurosawa's work, each frame is carefully composed to form a dramatic picture. The film explores the

Kurosawa Film Trailers (Part 4 of 5)

Here is part 4 of 5 of Akira Kurosawa film trailers in English

High and Low (1963)
From Wikipedia:

High and Low(天国と地獄Tengoku to Jigoku, literally "Heaven and Hell") is a 1963 film directed by Akira Kurosawa, starring Toshirō MifuneTatsuya Nakadai and Kyōko Kagawa. It was loosely based on King's Ransom, an 87th Precinctpolice procedural by Ed McBain.

Akahige (Red Beard) 1965

From Wikipedia:

Red Beard(赤ひげAkahige) is a 1965