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Tokyo's First Robot Wedding

Date: 2010 May 16th Sunday [10:47] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology > Robotics

BBC News have a fascinating article about a wedding with a difference in Tokyo. It was the worlds first wedding to be conducted by a robot. Appropriately both bride and groom are connected to Japan's robotics industry. The robot is called the I-Fairy, has flashing eyes and a flowery headdress, it speaks in Japanese and can be seen on the BBC video instructing the groom to to lift the brides veil for the traditional first kiss. The article does not state if the robot has any legal power to marry anyone.

Source: BBC News

Japanese PM's dress sense proves unpopular

Date: 2010 May 15th Saturday [5:41] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Current Affairs

BBC News have an interesting article about Japanese PM Yukio Hatoyama's fashion sense, or rather lack of it. A checked multi-coloured BBQ shirt he recently wore draw a lot of criticism. Apart from raising lots of eyebrows with bad dress sense the Prime Minster has seen his ratings tumble for not fulfilling a key campaign promise of moving the American Military base in Okinawa.

Source: BBC News

Dating by blood type in Japan

Date: 2010 April 28th Wednesday [2:11] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

BBC News are running an interesting story about blood types in Japan. Similar to horoscopes, profiling people by A, B, O or AB is common, with it even being a popular question in speed dating. Blood group B get sounded out for people having bad experiences with them being "flamboyant free-thinkers, but selfish". You may have also noticed blood groups as part of the character profile in some games too.

Source: BBC News

Therapeutic ringtones for mobile phones

Date: 2010 March 23rd Tuesday [10:35] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

The Times have an interesting article covering a new fad for Therapeutic ringtones in Japan. With hefty claims such as improving your skin tone with the power of alpha-waves the ring tones have a lot to live up to. The different melodies are designed to ease a range of various day-to-day issues. There's one for hang overs, one for going to sleep, another for staying awake and so on. These are the latest creation from Matsumi Suzuki and the Japan Ringing Tone Laboratory. The ringtone providers are currently excited about their new range of ringtones that promise to relieve hay fever, however no research has been conducted in this area.

Source: The Times

DVD Horror Stories

Date: 2010 January 24th Sunday [15:51] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

For a change, here's a little horror story that will make some anime fans cringe and check their collection, and others not even blink.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Eat the Samurai way, this May

Date: 2010 January 21st Thursday [21:23] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Freaky Things

If you're feeling both feisty and hungry at the same time, why not satisfy those needs over your favourite bowl of udon? With samurai chopsticks!

Kotobukiya should be releasing them this coming May, and will no doubt be stocked up by many otaku shopping sites.

Source: Kotobukiya

Dogs as fashion accessories

Date: 2010 January 18th Monday [17:21] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

It's well know that cute things are popular in Japan. BBC News have an interesting article about dogs in Japan that are used as fashion accessories.

It highlights the lucrative business of doggy fashion and how papered the pups get well groomed in special beauty parlours (which isn't that uncommon in the UK and US).

The article has lots of pictures of dogs dressed up in clothes apparently dungarees are fashionable for dogs in Tokyo this year. It also points out that due to the declining birth rate in Japan dogs are said to outnumber children under the age of 10. As a result dogs are pushed around the cities in buggies instead.

It also briefly covers the trend of cat cafes where you can rent cats to pet by the hour.

Source: BBC News

Santa Penguins of Matsue City

Date: 2009 December 8th Tuesday [4:17] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

BBC News have an amusing article about the Santa Penguins of Matsue City. The article includes a video of the 5 African penguins who parade around a local park in Santa costumes. The handmade costumes consist of a red cape, with small bell along with a white trim. The parade is due to take place everyday until Christmas. It's not every day you see cosplaying penguins! We wonder if they dress as Pen Pen for the rest of the year?

Source: BBC News

The world's best bike shed

Date: 2009 November 6th Friday [3:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology

Japan is often seen as the nation of innovation. The latest invention from Japan, the Bike Tree solves a common problem around the world. The Guardian reports about the world's best bike shed. Illegal parking of bicycles is a problem in Japan. Other countries have problems with bike theft. Steel company JFE Engineering have solved this problem. This invention works on a subscription basis you pay 1800 yen a month (about 12 GBP or $20 USD), your bike gets an electronic tag so the machine can read it. The machine then takes the bike and places it in it's stacking system. It works in a similar way to automated tape backup systems (think of a large robotic arm fetching an item).

This bike shed looks great and we hope it gets picked up around the rest of the world, it would solve the long term problem of bike theft!

Source: The Guardian

MaiOtaku - Dating for Anime Fans

Date: 2009 November 5th Thursday [17:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

Otaku Dating sites seem to be all the rage at the moment. So we've discovered another dating site for anime fans MaiOtaku. They're pitching themselves as the OKCupid for anime lovers.

Read More... | Source: MaiOtaku

London Gets Shibuya Style Crossing

Date: 2009 November 2nd Monday [5:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Current Affairs

BBC News have an interesting article about a new crossing on Oxford Street in London.

The London shopping district now has a crossing inspired by the X style walk way. The most famous of which can be seen at Shibuya in Tokyo and is frequently filmed in documentaries that feature Japan.

The opening ceremony sounds like a lot of fun -
"In homage to its Far Eastern inspiration, the mayor will strike a two-metre high cymbal as Japanese musicians play taiko drums."

They even got cosplayers involved too -

"A giant X, in the form of 60m (196ft) of red ribbon will then be unfurled by devotees of cult Japanese Manga characters dressed in colourful costumes."

The London Mayor said the crossing was "a triumph for British engineering, Japanese innovation and good old fashioned common sense".

Oxford Street is frequently very busy with more than 200 million visitors a year and ideas like this help ease congestion at the bottle neck area of the tube station.

The BBC News Website has photos of the event you can even see a few cosplayers there too. ^_^

Update We've been sent some great photos of the opening ceremony.

Read More... | Source: BBC News

The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan

Date: 2009 October 19th Monday [15:18] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

Contributing writer for G-FAN magazine Armand Vaquer has sent us details about a new travel guide he's written called The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan.

The travel guide is due out next month and will retail for $15 a copy.

Read More... | Source: Armand Vaquer's Blog

Kashiwa Mystery Cafe

Date: 2009 October 1st Thursday [3:41] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

Not knowing what to order at a cafe? Or fancy a surprise? Mac software developer Cabel Maxfield Sasser has discovered the solution. At the Kashiwa Mystery Cafe. Essentially it's a bit of performance art. You order and pay for something, and then you get what the previous person ordered. For example if you ordered a lemonade, you'd get an orange juice, and the person who orders after you gets a lemonade and so on...

Officially called the Ogori Cafe, the idea is to treat someone.

It's an interesting experiment. Of course if you can't read Japanese this can be very confusing!

Source: Cabel's Blog

MTV Iggy on Otaku Culture

Date: 2009 September 10th Thursday [14:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

The good folks at MTV Iggy (which is focused on breakthrough music and pop-culture from around the globe) have sent us details of their new feature - Otaku Culture.

They've got a couple of videos up from Otakon 2009 in Baltimore. It includes some otaku steampunk culture along with a video on ball jointed dolls. They've also got details of J-Rockers VAMPS, and plenty more to explore too.

Source: MTV Iggy

Bunny Cafes in Japan

Date: 2009 August 30th Sunday [11:42] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

BBC News have an interesting article about the current trend in Japan of Bunny Cafes. The article focuses on one in Nagoya, which allows visitors to pet cute rabbits, eat rabbit themed food (nothing with carrots in, just cute pictures of bunnies on). Guests can even bring their own pet bunnies to socialise.

Source: BBC News

MCM Expo Retain Video Games Cosplay World Record

Date: 2009 August 24th Monday [14:16] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

We've just been send the details from the folks behind the MCM Expo. They currently hold the Video Games Cosplay World Record with 376 cosplayers at the 23rd May 2009 London MCM Expo. They expected the record to beaten at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. However they managed to get 311 video games cosplayers. As a result they intend to raise the bar even higher at the next London MCM Expo this October 2009.

Read More... | Source: London MCM Expo

Japanese Harry Potter Fan meets the film stars

Date: 2009 July 20th Monday [4:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

Tokyo Mango has discovered some amusing footage of a Japanese Harry Potter fan meeting the stars from the Harry Potter movie. Japan Probe has indepth coverage. It's nice to see a bit of role reversal when a Japanese otaku goes to the west.

Source: Japan Probe

Giant Gundam robot stalks Japan

Date: 2009 July 8th Wednesday [8:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

BBC News are currently running an interesting story featuring the Giant Gundam model in Tokyo. It focuses on Japan's great love for all things giant and robotic.

They get Patrick Galbraith, ethnographer at the University of Tokyo (I want his job), and author of The Otaku Encyclopedia to explain what Gundam is.

The article then goes to explain the rise of otaku culture and concludes with how robots will become more common place.

Source: BBC News

British fans of Manba

Date: 2009 July 4th Saturday [7:59] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

BBC News have discovered the Manba scene in the UK. The article titled Japan's fashion rebellion goes West, features two fans of the Japanese fashion, along with a video of them Para-para dancing and a separate video interview.

"British teenagers like 18-year-olds Eilish and Declan got caught up in manba after an interest in Japanese culture led them to start researching on the internet, where they came across the style."

They've discovered how to apply the make-up by watching videos on YouTube, and use Japanese social networking site Mixi to keep up with Japanese people who are also into manba fashion. The article also mentions they meet up with other mamba fans in London's Chinatown.

Source: BBC News

Too pretty to be Gundam, but it is!

Date: 2009 June 24th Wednesday [21:06] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Freaky Things

Now we might have all heard of the life-size Gundam that was recently placed up in Odaiba. But how about an all pink, gender-questioning Gundam?

It's that same model everyone has seen before, only coaxed into believing it should be a strawberry cheesecake...

Source: Gizmondo

Homemade Katamari Controller

Date: 2009 May 26th Tuesday [4:05] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

On browsing the internet we've discovered a hardware hacker at play. Kellbot has built a Katamari Ball Controller for the Playstation 2. There's video footage explaining how it works along with a circuit diagram on her blog.

The Katamari controller is basically a giant trackball. The creator considered using a yoga ball, but found it impractical. We wonder if Namco will create an official trackball add on for the game? There seems to be tons of alternative controllers for consoles now, and a trackball could surely be used in more than one game? Super Monkey Balls would be great too!

Source: Kellbot

Cosplayers Wanted - Storm Trooper Escort Provided

Date: 2009 May 6th Wednesday [17:23] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Are you a cosplayer? Are you free on Saturday 16th May 2009 and able to get to London? The people behind the London MCM Expo are looking for 10 cosplayers. They want you to help with publicity for the Expo, you'll be protected by a group of Storm Troopers (yes Storm Troopers ^_^).

The mission is a daring raid on Oxford Street. Where you'll be handing out flyers. The cosplayers will be given free passes to the Expo as a way of saying thank you.

Read More... | Source: London MCM Expo

Is Mikado Pocky? A Taste Comparison

Date: 2009 April 26th Sunday [16:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Cuisine

UK readers might have noticed adverts on TV, for a product called Mikado, which looks strikingly like the favourite otaku snack Pocky.

In this article we'll do a taste comparison and reveal the differences, and answer the question, is Mikado Pocky?

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Dragonball Evolution Review

Date: 2009 April 8th Wednesday [14:35] | Posted By: LittleWoodenBoy
Category: > Anime > Film

Here's a review of the the live action film based on Akira Toriyama's manga Dragonball. The story follows Son Goku as he tries to finad the seven Dragonballs in order to defeat the evil Piccolo.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

HRP-4C the Humanoid Female Robot

Date: 2009 March 16th Monday [16:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology > Robotics

BBC News have some interesting video footage of a life-like walking female robot.

The HRP-4C has 30 motors in it's body which allow to walk and move it's arms. It also has 8 motors in it's face to create various expressions.

Read More... | Source: BBC News

Evangelion Merchandise Selection

Date: 2009 March 8th Sunday [14:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Anime and merchandise naturally go hand in hand, with some titles just a thin excuse to create merchandise. Generally the more popular the series, wider and crazier the variety of merchandise available. With Neon Genesis Evangelion, regarded one of the most popular titles of all time, I thought it would be worth looking into the more unusual merchandise available from the franchise. When researching this article I expected to find some oddities, after all you can even get an Eva Unit-01 mountain bike. However I was really surprised by what's out there!

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Japanese Toilet Exhibition

Date: 2009 January 25th Sunday [14:19] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Fans of Japanese plumbing in Tokyo, will want to go to Toire Hakubutsukan Exhibition as reported by The Japan Times. Highlights include the toilets used by sumo wrestlers, which apparently 5 cm wider and 7 cm longer than the regular Japanese toilet bowl.

Other famous toilets include the "throne" of feudal lord Takeda Shingen. The article claims the a quarter-size model of the field toilet was used by as he "mulled strategies during the Warring States Period (1467-1568)".

Admission is free, Tokyo show ends Jan. 27, moves to Kasugai, Aichi Prefecture Feb. 5-9. 2009 Toto Tachikawa Showroom is near Izumi Taiikukan Station on the Tama Toshi Monorail Line. Call 042-537-1010 for further details.

Source: Japan Times

Domo goes pink for Valentine's Day

Date: 2009 January 25th Sunday [13:05] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Toys

Looking for the perfect gift for the significant otaku other? Amazon.com are stocking a Valentine's Day Pink Plush Domo Kun Doll. Everyone's favourite little brown monster appears in pink for valentines day. His little tag even has a heart on.

Note to readers - it's is hard writing about this without mentioning little pink monsters, the possibility for double entendres in an article like this is endless.

Source: Amazon.com

USB Lunch Box Keeps your food nice and hot

Date: 2009 January 19th Monday [18:09] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

We love USB powered gadgets and so do many Japanese gadget manufacturers. Tokyo Mango have discovered another great bit of gear by Thanko. The USB Hot Lunchbag. It keeps your meal at a constant 60 degrees Celsius until it's lunch time.

Source: Tokyo Mango

Cat Cafes in Tokyo

Date: 2009 January 14th Wednesday [8:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

BBC News have an amusing story about the current trend in Akihabara - Cat Cafes. The article mentions Ja La La Cafe, where clients pay by the hour for the company of cats petting and photographing them. We've heard of these pet rental places before. Most Japanese apartments don't allow pets, and for many jet setting business people pet ownership isn't practical, so the pet cafes have sprung up as a result.

Read More... | Source: BBC News

Canadian Man Builds Perfect Woman

Date: 2008 December 11th Thursday [14:08] | Posted By: Spike
Category: > Freaky Things

A news story from The Sun found via Slashdot (so it HAS to be true) reports on a man from Ontario, Canada who has constructed himself the perfect woman.

Read More... | Source: The Sun

Miterudake The Eye Contact DVD

Date: 2008 November 25th Tuesday [15:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

Wired have posted an article about a rather strange Japanese DVD, Miterudake (which translates as just looking), is aimed at introverted otaku who have trouble making eye contact with others. It features plenty of footage of ladies to make eye contact with. Each one is in front of a white background. They blink and you make eye contact with them, and that's all there is. Wired helpfully point out you can buy it on Amazon Japan here

Source: Wired

Japanese Man Seeks to Marry in Two Dimensions

Date: 2008 November 1st Saturday [14:59] | Posted By: Spike
Category: > Freaky Things

A Japanese man has launched an online petition to allow the legal marriage of fictional characters. Taichi Takashita has started the online petition to allow himself to marry an undisclosed Manga character and has requested an amazing one million other people to follow suit by signing up.

Read More... | Source: News.com.au

Batman Manga from 1966

Date: 2008 October 29th Wednesday [18:52] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Boing Boing have posted an article about the discovery of a manga version of Batman from 1966. Apparently these comics have been lost for ages and have recently been found and compiled into a new book Bat-Manga!: The Secret History of Batman in Japan.

The book features the authentic manga by Jiro Kuwata, who was commissioned to do a regular Japanese version of Batman. It's aimed at a Japanese audience with different expectations than those in the west.

"The result was stunning: a weird blend of genius suspense and gonzo weirdness, as villains turn into dinosaurs, commit strange crimes, rise from the dead, and rampage through a mangified Gotham City that has the streamlined wonderfulness of space-age Japanese pop culture."

Source: Boing Boing

Gaming Cosplay World Record set in London

Date: 2008 October 28th Tuesday [17:59] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

Following on from our earlier article about the Gaming Cosplay World Record we can confirm that they did break the record on Saturday 25th October 2008, for the largest gathering of people dressed up as video games characters. A total of 342 people were dressed as characters from games, narrowly beating the record set only last week in Germany with 337 people. These figures were verified by Guinness World Records.

Disappointingly the number for the London record could have been bigger, but some people were disqualified for dressing as characters that weren't primarily video games characters (we did warn about this), such as Lego Batman, or Indiana Jones. The question is how long will this record be held?

Source: BBC News

Monkey Waiters

Date: 2008 October 7th Tuesday [16:41] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

BBC News have an interesting story about some monkey waiters in a Japanese restaurant. The macaque monkeys Yatchan and Fukuchan are family pets who serve hot towels and beer in the bar. They're tipped with soybeans too!

Source: BBC News

Japanese Shrine Blesses Laptops

Date: 2008 September 14th Sunday [5:17] | Posted By: Spike
Category: > Freaky Things

A Shinto shrine near - yup you guessed it - Akihabara has started blessing laptops to protect them from the wrath of the gods and, err, malware apparently.

Read More... | Source: IOL

Anime Central Vanishes from Sky

Date: 2008 September 6th Saturday [21:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

UK readers with satellite TV may not have noticed the disappearance of UK based anime channel Anime Central from channel 199. For the last few months at least all the channel broadcast was Ghost In the Shell:SAC and Cowboy Bebop in a constant loop, although they are both excellent shows, they're not really something a TV station can exist on alone.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Tuiteru Cosplay Night in Tokyo

Date: 2008 August 31st Sunday [12:10] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

Crossplaying readers or indeed those interested in photographing crossplayers in the Tokyo area should be interested to know about a special cosplay event on 2008 September 27th Saturday to promote a new game called TUITERU by C:Drive.

What's also interesting is the venue chosen, Studio Snappy. A venue to photograph cosplayers. It seems that someone in Japan will cater to the every demand of the otaku market!

Read More... | Source: Tuiteru Cosplay Night

Fanboys wanted for MTV's True Life

Date: 2008 August 19th Tuesday [16:09] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

Our US based readers who like the idea of appearing on TV should consider this request from MTV who are keen to do a True Life episode on Fanboys.

Read More... | Source: MTV True Life

Celebrity Japanese bloggers

Date: 2008 July 7th Monday [3:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

Wired are currently running an interesting story about celebrity Japanese bloggers. The article states "They're good-looking, they're geeky and they love to blog". It then has a profile of each blogger along with a photo.

Source: Wired

New Non Photographic Law is a bit vague

Date: 2008 May 29th Thursday [18:12] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Current Affairs

Some anime and manga fans in the UK might have heard about the new proposals which would ban obscene images of children. The proposals mainly cover drawings and computer-generated images, however due to certain parts of the proposals being a bit vague, it's not exactly certain what images are classed as obscene. The mainstream press are keen to wrongly cite manga as one such example.

Read More... | Source: BBC News

Station Manager Cat saves company

Date: 2008 May 28th Wednesday [8:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Current Affairs

BBC News are running a delightful story about a stray cat who saved the day for a loss making Japanese railway. Tama was a stray cat and adopted as the mascot for Kishi station in western Japan. Two years ago the staff had to be axed, but she stayed and was promoted to station manager, and given her own office (which was previously a ticket booth).

The article states that she was born and raised at the station, in the city of Kinokawa, Wakayama prefecture. The feline apparently has the perfect temperament for a mascot and it happy to let people pet her.

Tama has spawned her own range of popular merchandise, including a picture book "Diary of Tama, the Station Master", and has been credited with returning the railway company to profit.

Phew, I managed to write this article without a single Lolcat reference.

Source: BBC News

Japanese parrot talks his way home

Date: 2008 May 22nd Thursday [15:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

BBC News have an amusing story about a stray parrot in Japan, who was reunited with his owner after repeating his name and address. The red-tailed African Grey parrot called Yosuke was taken in by the police and then taken to the local veterinary clinic.

Yosuke greeted people, sung popular children's songs and started to repeat his name and address. Police were then able to match these details to the parrots owner, who had taught the parrot how to recite its name and address.

Source: BBC News

Greenhunt proves to be popular

Date: 2008 May 10th Saturday [13:28] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

The Daily Yomiuri have an interesting article about Greenhunt, an up and coming anime series shown on satellite station Space Shower TV. What draws viewers to the show is that's it's spoken in the Toyama dialect, the same as the shows creator Toyoshi Miyasaka.

The show it's self appears to be a quirky hit, drawn in a web animation style familiar to those used to watching Flash based cartoons.

Source: Daily Yomiuri

From Maids to Mothers

Date: 2008 April 15th Tuesday [16:35] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

Mainichi Daily News have an interesting news story about the new craze in Otaku Cafe, the Mother Cafe.

Mother Cafe is in the new Mandarake outlet in Osaka (Mandarake are a chain of shops for anime and manga fans, and are evil as they are often packed full of delights to tempt otaku). Apparently the maids take on a maternal air, as they greet guests in motherly tones. Staff's age range from 19 to in their 40's, and they look older than they actually are. The aim is to become a therapeutic cafe, where people can open their hearts to the staff.

Source: Mainichi Daily News

Larvae Chocolates are a big hit

Date: 2008 April 14th Monday [17:07] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

With Easter long gone, we still can't stop thinking of chocolate. So we'd like to point out a story about chocolate in Japan a reader sent us (who has strange tastes including custard pizza, but that's another story in itself). The Japan Times On-line have a story about chocolate bugs, sold by an Akita based confectioner. Komatsuya Honten specialises in making chocolate treats that look like beetle larvae and caterpillars. Yum!

Read More... | Source: The Japan Times

Make your own Mech for only $742 Million

Date: 2008 April 4th Friday [3:47] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology > Robotics

Wired have an interesting article about how to make a mech. Takayuki Furuta the director of the Future Robotics Center in Chiba Japan, was worried that kids don't care about robots any more, so he ran computer models to figure out the best way to build a six story tall Gundam. Apparently they have blueprints for the robot, and actually intend to build one, although a 60 foot tall model wouldn't be financially feasible a 13 feet tall version could be produced by 2011.

The article also links to an article with the price breakdown in yen, a must for all those project managers out there. ^_-

Source: Wired

GONZO make progressive metal music video

Date: 2008 March 31st Monday [17:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Production > Gonzo

We've been sent some interesting details about anime studio GONZO, who have produced a music video for progressive metal band Dream Theater.

Read More... | Source: Dream Theater

Conan the Buddhist Bowwow

Date: 2008 March 31st Monday [16:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

BBC News are currently running a story about Conan, a lovable dog at Jigenin temple on Okinawa island.

The little Chihuahua sits on his hind legs, raises his paws and puts them together as if praying, copying the Buddhist priest at the temple. Apparently it only took him a few days to imitate the motions of praying. The temple now gets 30% more visitors as a result of little Conan joining in the prayers.

Source: BBC News

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