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Japanese company tries to create motivational poster, accidentally creates demotivational poster

My pick for the SoraNews24 article this week is the depressing: Japanese company tries to create motivational poster, accidentally creates demotivational poster.

Sometimes the way Japan comes up with solutions to problems is hilariously sad. Nobody having children? Let’s have meetings until all hours of the night and discuss ways to fix it. Want students to all have “natural” hair color? Force the ones with naturally not-black hair to dye it black.

And here we have another example. When upper management is displeased with how their subordinates handle the last-minute changes that they demand, how do they fix it? By looking into themselves and seeing what they can do to create a better environment for the workers who look up to them?

Nah, just blame the young people!

Take a look for yourself by reading the article here, and at least take solace that most Japanese people found it as sad as we did.

Top image: Twitter/@katokato 

Yokohama government trash-helper app gives poignant philosophical advice to depressed citizens

My pick for the SoraNews24 article this week is something you’d probably only ever see out of Japan: Yokohama government trash-helper app gives poignant philosophical advice to depressed citizens.

I was not only impressed that the Yokohama City government created an app to help people figure out when/where to put out their garbage (especially helpful since it can be so complicated in Japan), but the programmers went through with the extra effort to put in amazing answers when people ask how to throw away their “husbands” or “hopes.”

If you want to see how the app responds (spoiler alert: it’s apparently quite a well-read app), then be sure to check it out.

Featured image: SoraNews24

Sticking cheeseburgers through soft drink straws now a thing on Japanese Instagram 【Pics】

My pick for the SoraNews24 article this week is this confusing culinary delight: Sticking cheeseburgers through soft drink straws now a thing on Japanese Instagram 【Pics】.

When I first saw this popping up on Japanese sites, I immediately knew I wanted to write about it. It’s just so bizarre, but also so simple that anyone could do it themselves. Not that I could really see why anyone would want to.

There’s so many questions here: Aren’t the burger bits stuck in the straw gross? How do you get the burger through the straw in the first place? Do you push the straw through it? Then how do you line the straw back up into the drink? Maybe you slam the burger like you’re impaling it through a spike? But doesn’t that make a mess? And, of course, what are the advantages of doing this at all?!

If you’re a brave soul willing to try this yourself, I’d love to hear some answers.

Featured image: Instagram/im_mmoe

W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 kanji with ironic meanings 【Weird Top Five】

This week for my SoraNews24 W.T.F. Japan article, I wrote about the top five kanji with ironic meanings.

In English, words can be broken down into smaller parts. For example, “biology” is “bio” (meaning “life”) plus “ology” (meaning “the study of”). The same thing goes for Japanese too, and sometimes you can even break down the kanji themselves to figure out how their parts come together to give their meaning.

Except sometimes, when you look at the individual parts of a kanji under a microscope, they don’t really come together in the way you’d expect. In fact, they might even end up giving you the complete opposite meaning that the kanji actually has!

Who are the worst of these “ironic kanji” offenders? Only one way to find out!

Read the article here.

W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 odd ways Japanese people beat the summer heat 【Weird Top Five】

This week for my SoraNews24 W.T.F. Japan article, I wrote about the top five odd ways Japanese people beat the summer heat.

Summer in Japan can be brutal. With high temperatures and high humidity, if you’re used to more mild summers then you may find yourself surprised when you’re covered in sweat after just walking to the local convenience store.

But thankfully the Japanese people have adapted to these sometimes-brutal temperatures with a variety of interesting methods. Some of them are similar to things done in other parts of the world, but others are in a complete league of their own.

Which ones are the craziest? Only one way to find out!

Read the article here.

W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 most difficult Japanese tongue twisters (with videos!) 【Weird Top Five】

This week for my RocketNews24 W.T.F. Japan article, I wrote about the top five most difficult Japanese tongue twisters.

Even if you don’t know any Japanese, it’s still fun to try out tongue twisters in another language. After all, it’s not like the tongue twisters themselves make a whole lot of sense anyway, it’s just sputtering the sounds out that counts.

In fact, since your non-native tongue is trained in different ways, it may even make it easier! …or not!

Either way, there’s only one way to find out.

Read the article here.

W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 strangest Japanese home goods 【Weird Top Five】

This week for my RocketNews24 W.T.F. Japan article, I wrote about the top five strangest Japanese home goods.

Every country has some daily-use items in the house that would confuse the heck out of any foreign guests, and Japan is no exception.

Whether it’s doing familiar things in unfamiliar ways, or doing completely foreign things in foreign ways, you can prepare your eyes to be less confused if you see these things in a Japanese friend’s house.

Read the article here.

W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 most famous pet dogs in Japan 【Weird Top Five】

This week for my RocketNews24 W.T.F. Japan article, I wrote about the top five most famous pet dogs in Japan.

When I started planning this article, I originally wanted to do “top five most famous pets.” That was a mistake!

There were way too many famous cats, dogs, hedgehogs, monkeys and more for me to fit them all in one article. I didn’t want to cut any of them short and do another “top fifteen” either, since these pets all deserved to have plenty of pictures and videos posted of them in the article.

So I decided to go with the category that had the most members: dogs. If people like this one then I’m sure we’ll see the lists for other species someday, but for now we’ll start with these furry, easily-excitable friends.

Not much else to say except get ready to follow a few more animal accounts!

Read the article here.

W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 ways to get rid of the annoying door-to-door NHK guy 【Weird Top Five】

This week for my RocketNews24 W.T.F. Japan article, I wrote about the top five ways to get rid of the annoying door-to-door NHK guy.

The NHK guy is the annoyance feared above all others in Japan: he’s the door-to-door “salesman” who tries to get you to sign a contract with NHK, the Japanese public broadcasting service, so that you will pay them money every month.

Even though the NHK guys (and NHK themselves) claim that paying this fee is mandatory for all TV owners, nothing ever happens to those who don’t pay, so it’s usually a fairly awkward encounter to say the least.

This article was inspired by my recent visit by the NHK guy. I used one of the methods on this list with him… which do you think it was?

Read the article here.

W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 most hilarious Japanese euphemisms 【Weird Top Five】

This week for my RocketNews24 W.T.F. Japan article, I wrote about the top five most hilarious Japanese euphemisms.

One thing that I’d like to start doing more of in the W.T.F. series is really bringing Japanese things to an English-speaking audience that they really have no other way of finding out about.

While articles like “top five strange Christmas things” and “top five ways to immigrate to Japan” are perfectly fine and interesting and helpful and all that stuff, they’re most compilations (hilariously and expertly-written compilations, of course!) of things that you can find if you looked them up in English.

I’ll still do article like those, but I’d like to do as many as possible on topics that are much more difficult to look up in English, such as this week’s topic on euphemisms.

What kind of things do Japanese people like to talk their way around? Are they similar to ones we have in English or completely different? There’s only one way to find out.

Read the article here.