We track down rare Ramen Pringles, sold only at special vending machines in Japan

New Japan-only Pringles flavour is an adventure hunt! One of the things we love most about Pringles is their special limited-edition flavours, covering everything from takoyaki octopus balls through to Eggs Benedict and even sukiyaki. So when we heard that Pringles was adding a Japan-exclusive ramen flavour to their lineup, everyone in the SoraNews24 office was […]

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Why Pantene Japan’s New #PrideHair Campaign Featuring Trans Models is Awesome

Source: Gaijin Pot
Pantene Japan's #PrideHair Campaign features trans models

It’s no secret that job hunting in Japan is ridiculously difficult. Everything about the process is set in stone, from the hairstyle and suit you wear to an interview to how many times you knock on the door before entering the interview room (hint: it’s twice).

With such a strict set of rules, how do people who identify as a different gender than they were born as—or maybe no particular gender at all—fit in? According to a recent online survey by Pantene, the answer seems to be simply: they don’t. At least, not yet.

There is little room for job seekers to express their identities outside the heteronormative gender binary.

Pantene Japan’s latest campaign, appropriately titled #PrideHair, attacks this issue head-on. In a society where women’s hairstyles and apparel for job interviews is defined down to how many centimeters tall their heels should be, there is little room for job seekers to express their identities outside the heteronormative gender binary.

#PrideHair is a multi-channel promotional campaign launched on Sept. 30 that features transgender models on billboards in Shibuya and Shinjuku Stations. Interviews with members of the LGBTQ+ community and a survey on Pantene’s website detail the struggles they faced job hunting in Japan.

新宿駅と渋谷駅で見かけたら教えてください…🥺#HairWeGo #PrideHair pic.twitter.com/XCGEZe8qbY

— サリー楓 / Sari KAEDE (@sari_kaede) October 1, 2020

76% of LGBTQ+ job seekers in Japan keep their sexual identity a secret

In Pantene’s press release published on Sept. 30 where they announced the campaign, they revealed the results of their online survey. It showed that 76% of people who identify as LGBTQ+ and have experience job hunting in Japan have kept their sexual identity secret from the companies where they applied. The most common reason cited was that …continue reading


How to stop a Nintendo Switch from overheating 【Video】

Japanese repairman says gamers should do one small thing to stop a common problem. Since the Nintendo Switch was released back in March 2017, we’ve been keeping fit with Ring Fit Adventure, playing with Pokémon hair in Pocket Monsters Let’s Go! Pikachu · Let’s Go! Eevee, and attending Japanese festivals in Animal Crossing. With all those […]

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Political sclerosis? Suga’s stability backed by LDP gerontocracy

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (C) leads his cabinet ministers as they prepare for a photo session at Suga's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, 16 September 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Issei Kato).

Authors: Yuma Osaki and Ben Ascione, ANU

After seven years and eight months in power, the abrupt resignation of Shinzo Abe due to health issues saw Yoshihide Suga installed as Japan’s prime minister on 16 September. After serving as chief cabinet secretary and Abe’s right-hand man throughout the previous government, Suga won the race to be the president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and prime minister by positioning himself as a self-made man and the ‘continuity’ candidate.

This theme of continuity resonated with the LDP’s key powerbrokers. As they looked ahead to the next general election, which must be held by October 2021, they sought to ward off party infighting and avoid a return to the pre-Abe merry-go-round prime ministership. Suga was seen as the person who could most credibly claim to represent stability amid the COVID-19 crisis. He was also seen as the best man to carry the torch on Abe’s economics policy package, Abenomics, which was a key factor in the LDP’s six national election victories in a row since 2012.

Yet Suga’s victory might never have been without the support of Toshihiro Nikai. An octogenarian LDP stalwart from Wakayama and a former minister of economy, trade and industry in the Koizumi and Fukuda governments, Nikai recently became the LDP’s longest serving secretary general (kanjicho).

Nikai has long played the role of kingmaker. Nikai ensured the longevity of the Abe government by changing LDP party rules in 2017, which allowed Abe to become Japan’s longest serving prime minister. After Abe decided to resign, Nikai moved quickly — with the help of the 75-year old Hiroshi Moriyama, the longest serving chairperson of the Diet Affairs Committee — to guarantee Suga’s victory. Nikai first persuaded the leaders of the LDP’s three biggest factions (the Hosoda, Aso and Takeshita …continue reading


Craft Beer Bars Japan – B at K5: Kayabacho

Source: bento.com

Brooklyn Brewery, now partly owned by Kirin, has opened a large Tokyo “tasting room” where you can sample freshly imported Brooklyn beers as well as some that are brewed here in Japan by Kirin. The ten beers on tap include Brooklyn Capataz (a barley wine aged in sherry barrels) and Brooklyn Rose de Ville (raspberry sour ale) as well as a brown ale, a pale ale and a few IPAs imported from New York.

You can put together your own tasting flight of anything on tap (Y1,000-1,200), and if you’re in the mood to celebrate or just splurge there are a number of special beers to choose from. Black Ops (Russian Imperial Stout), Quintaceratops (Belgian quad aged in rum and bourbon barrels), Intensified Coffee Porter, and K is for Kriek (brewed with honey and orange peel and aged in bourbon barrels on cherries) are priced at Y4,500-5,500 for a large bottle big enough for a group to share.

The food menu is pretty much limited to tacos (with ten varieties to choose from), fried potatoes, kale chips and similar snacks. The basement dining area is relatively spacious, and the club-style background music is played at a reasonable volume that doesn’t hinder conversation. …continue reading


Nabana no Sato Winter Illumination 2020-2021(MIE)

“Nabana no Sato Illuminations” boasts one of the largest scales in Japan. In addition to the hot theme area that changes every year, the well-known 200m “tunnel of light” and beautiful water illuminations, you can enjoy illuminations anywhere in the park such as “sea of light” and “twin tree”. Furthermore, at Nabana no Sato, you can enjoy a competition of flowers and light with autumn leaves, plums, cherry blossoms, tulips, and even nemophila.

business hours
10:00 to 21:00
10:00 to 22:00
Specific days: 12/24, 25, 28-30, 1/2-5, 9, 10, 16, 23, 30

※Please see here for the illumination lighting time.

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The 75th Anniversary of the Moomins The Moomin Comics(SHIGA)

The Moomin comic strips created by Tove Jansson (1941-2001) were introduced to English readers in 1954 in the London newspaper The Evening News and ran for over 20 years. The illustrations and words were primarily drawn and written by Tove, while her brother Lars (1926-2000) developed plot lines and translated the words into English. From 1960 on, Lars took over the creation of the comics. The ongoing comic strip series built a strong worldwide following for the Moomins. This exhibition features over 280 original drawings belonging to Moomin Characters Oy Ltd, shown for the first time ever in Japan. They are the basis for the Moomin characters that continue to be popular around the world today.

Closed: Every Monday, November 24th and 25th, December 29th-January 1st
(Open on November 23rd and January 11th)

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