Have you ever heard of 鯉のぼり(Koinobori) and 子供の日(kodomo no hi)??

Koinobori (鯉幟), meaning “carp streamer” in Japanese, are carp-shaped wind socks traditionally flown in Japan to celebrate Tango no Sekku (端午の節句), a traditional calendrical event which is now designated a national holiday; Children’s Day (Kodomo no Hi, 子供の日). These wind socks are made by drawing carp patterns on paper, cloth or other nonwoven fabric.

Children’s Day takes place on May 5, the last day of Golden Week, the largest break for workers and also a week in which businesses usually close for up to 9–10 days. Landscapes across Japan are decorated with koinobori from April to early May, in honor of children for a good future and in the hope that they will grow up healthy and strong.

Koinobori is usually big but this kawaii handmade koinobori figure is very small! Use this for your room decoration!

gee dont u just love how white ppl reduce modern japanese culture to stuff like “whoa japan invented some weird thing!! haha the japanese are so weird lol”



gosh finally I can manage to come this time!!! I went to Japan last Dec but don’t have any time to visit the office ( p′︵‵。)

but this time I can visit culture japan office. super duper happy. Thank you Danny Choo for welcoming me ^^ ( / (

as you can see there are some Smart Doll in the office and of course they are super adorable, I have both Mirai and Kizuna, and yet still excited to see the other Smart Doll. 

and can you find Smart Doll plus in the photo? and as Danny ever said, they will make it real. 120cm doll. Who’s gonna get it? It will be super duper awesome!!

P.S: I’m waiting for Eiji Seiun, do you? ^^



We aren’t sure if he’s a graduate of Hogwarts, but Japanese Instagram user Halno sure knows how to fly on a broom. Since the summer of 2011 he’s been sharing playful photos of himself and sometimes others “flying” around Japan and elsewhere with the grace and skill of pro Quidditch players. His life’s ambition is simple and awesome:

“I would like to travel all over the world with my broom”

Follow Halno on Instagram to keep up with his enchanting aerial adventures.

[via RocketNews24]


Last month we shared photos of a life-size Godzilla head being installed atop the new Toho Cinemas Kabukicho movie theater in the Tokyo’s Shinjuku neighborhood. The King of the Monsters looked pretty great when viewed from down on the street, but today we finally get to see what he looks like when viewed from the windows of a brand new hotel right next door. And you know what? He looks awesome!

The Hotel Gracery Shinjuku opened last week to reveal that it offers six special “Godzilla View Rooms” which each offer an amazing view of the Godzilla’s great big noggin as well as Godzilla-themed decor in the larger rooms. We were delighted to discover that a close-up look shows he’s even more detailed than expected. What’s more, he sometimes emits a mighty roar to remind the city that he’s boss.

Click here to watch a brief video providing an even better look at Godzilla and the Godzilla hotel rooms.

Visit the Hotel Gracery’s website for pricing and booking information. Now we know where we’ll be staying when we finally take that Geyser of Awesome Field Trip to Japan.

Head over to RocketNews24 for additional photos.

[via RocketNews24 and Nerd Approved]