Japanese social media wasn't entirely Hestia string pics this week (just mostly). Also commanding attention was a late season snowfall that accompanied unseasonably cold mid-week. This snow, the latest ever recorded for some areas, fell on the spring's sakura cherry blossoms, making for a striking, and photogenic, scene. Check it out after the jump.
Yep. That dress you're probably sick of hearing about was the subject of conversation internationally. Japanese sites were all talking about whether the internet famous photo showed a dress that was white and gold or blue and black. While artists such as noted doujin author Kohaku Sumeragi offered their interpretation, one sketch got over 20k retweets. Meanwhile, folks from model/singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu to Yurikuma Arashi's Kunihiko Ikuhara weighed in.
Depending on alternate pronunciations February 22nd, 2.22, can be "Nyan Nyan Nyan" Cat Day or "Nin Nin Nin" Ninja Day in Japan (or, if you want to split the difference (Cat Ninja Legend Teyandee/Samurai Pizza Cats Day). in 1987, the Japan Pet Food Association was able to establish Neko no Hi (the day of cats). As might be expected, in recent years this had evolved into an excuse for plenty of fan art and social media fun. Get a look after the jump.
Will the moe girls of YuruYuri be the red thread of fate that unites the pinkie fingers of Japan and Korea? Hit the jump to find out.
It's time again to get your Twitter feeds and filters in order for a new season of anime. Thankfully, there's now a comprehensive list of what you need to know to track your favorite show on Twitter or avoid spoilers. See to what use after the jump.
Twitter Japan has announced the top 10 rankings for its popular words and hashtags in year 2014. The most popular word in the anime category is "PreCure," Toei Animation's long-running fighting magical girl anime series, which has aired its 11th TV series HappinessCharge PreCure!. Check the top 10 anime words after the jump.
Fans always want to know more details about their favorite characters and the products characters use are no exception! A Japanese twitter user has compiled a list of road bike models according to Yowapeda characters and fans have found it very useful as a guide to know what brand and model of bike is used by their favorite characters. See the list after the jump!
The recently released Futon Cover For Smartphones by Japanese prize maker Kitan Club is a hit in the world of Japanese Gacha (coin operated machine) prizes. People not only rested their tired little smartphones inside of the soft Japanese bedding, but also used anime figures to recreate fun scenes from anime! Now there is a photo contest going on hosted by the manufacturer! Check out the entries from Twitter contest after the jump!
People are constantly coming up with new and creative ways to use tools that are given to them further enrich our lives. In one such way, Japanese users of Asian social networking platform LINE have been enjoying stamps in the chat function, but who would have thought that there was a way to use the existing stamps to "touch" your favorite anime character! Find out how after the jump!