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The Running Christmas Tree is the latest revolutionary wearable device to have been developed by Tokyo-based inventor Joseph Tame.

This mobile seasonal illumination device has been designed to disrupt the illumination industry by allowing for on-demand illumination - simply pull out your phone and summon the Christmas tree anytime, anywhere, and Joseph will head in your direction to bring some light into your life.

Featuring over 1500 LEDs, 9 mico-controlers and 100 batteries, this 25kg / 2.5metre tree is unlike anything seen before, and has been a huge hit on the streets of Tokyo where the service was first rolled out.

Full information on the tree and links to book it for yourself can be found a: http://tokyoxmas.org



Fast Food of The Day: McDonald's in Japan Will Sell a 48-Piece Chicken Nugget Meal
Via: Kotaku
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48 chicken nuggets, 2,256 calories, no regrets.

McDonald's in Japan is planning on offering a 48-piece chicken nugget meal. The United States currently offers a 40-piece, so maybe this doesn't seem like a big deal.

But it is. Because the largest current chicken nugget meal in Japan is a 15-piece.

From Kotaku:

Likewise, the offer is for a limited time only. It's available only in Niigata Prefecture and part of a promotional tie-up with the the newly launched pop group NGT48, the Niigata-based spin-off of the massively popular idol unit AKB48. The groups tend to have around 48 members (sometimes more, sometimes less), divided up into different teams. That's a lot of idols. That's okay, this is a lot of nuggets. Forty-eight nuggets is surely a whole chicken, no? Fifty has to be.

King Curtis is very happy with this decision.

History of The Day: Rare Photo of 'The World's Most Loyal Dog' Emerge
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A rare photo of Hachiko, the Japanese Akita dog know as the "World's Most Loyal Dog," has emerged 80 years after his death.

The story of Hachiko and his owner Uneo dates back to 1920's Tokyo, where it is said Hachiko would wait every day at the train station for Uneo to arrive back home from work.

This happened every day, until 1925 when Uneo unexpectedly died while at work.

Hachiko couldn't understand that his owner had died, so he stood watch at the train station for 10 years until his death in 1935.

Most photos of Hachiko (like the one above) only show him standing alone, but the new photo shows his surroundings.

The photo shows the dog blending in naturally at the station, and is totally different from other memorial and closeup photos.

When Hachiko is pictured alone, the environment around the dog is unclear. Almost all shots of the dog with people were taken as memorial photos.

The photo found recently was taken around 1934 by the late Isamu Yamamoto, a former bank employee who lived in the Sarugakucho district in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo. That year, the first statue of the dog was erected in front of the station and Hachiko attracted public attention as a faithful dog.

Hachiko is a true icon, receiving tributes and statues across Japan.

Good boy, Hachiko. Good boy.

Pecs of The Day: Japan Has a Butcher Shop Where The Butchers are Beefcakes
Via: Kotaku
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Here goes Japan again, being weird and stuff.

A new butcher shop in Tokyo translated to "Macho Meat Shop" is serving up slices of flesh from some serious meatheads.

The entire staff are meaty, muscular dudes. And they serve meat. Get it?

The restaurant serves raw egg drinks, steaks and customers can feed the buff eye candy.

But you better hurry if you want to visit this meaty wonderland.

The shop is only open for a limited time until November 9.

Early Thanksgiving, anyone? No turkey on the menu. Just beef.

Hidekichi Miyazaki breaks the world record for the 100-Meter Dash.
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A Japanese man believes he can improve his time, even though he just received the Guinness World Record for fastest 100-meter dash by a person over 105 years old.



The Japan Times has the story:

Hidekichi Miyazaki, dubbed "Golden Bolt" after the fastest man on the planet, clocked 42.22 seconds in Kyoto to set a world record in the 100-meter dash for the over-105 age category — which had been nonexistent — a day after his birthday.

"I'm not happy with the time," the pint-size Miyazaki said in an interview after catching his wind. "I started shedding tears during the race because I was going so slowly. Perhaps I'm getting old!"

Indeed, so leisurely was his pace that Bolt could have run his world record of 9.58 seconds four times, or practically completed a 400-meter race — a fact not lost on Miyazaki.

...Asked about Bolt's latest heroics at the IAAF World Championships last month in Beijing, Miyazaki screwed up his nose and said with a chuckle: "He hasn't raced me yet!"

The twinkle-toed Miyazaki, who holds the 100-meter record for centenarians at 29.83 seconds, insisted there was still time for a dream race against the giant Jamaican.



Miyazaki said he thought he could get his time down to 35 seconds and we believe him.

Keep going!

Japan's Mount Aso had a surprise eruption.
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A few unlucky hikers were caught in one hell of a big surprise as the volcanon on which they were traveled erupted suddenly, Sept. 14.

Thankfully, no injuries were reported from enormous burst of black smoke and ash that rose up to 1.2 miles in the air.

According to The Guardian:

The 1,592-metre (5,222ft) high Mount Aso is one of the most active peaks in Japan but also a popular hiking spot. There were a handful of people at a parking lot near the peak but they were being evacuated safely, officials said on Monday. They said the eruption had come without warning.

The Guardian was also kind enough to provide a handy map so you know where this happened:



Here's a video of dat ash:



There is a nearby nuclear plant, but officials have said that it remains unaffected by the surprise eruption.

WTF of The Day: A Japanese Adult Film Actress Will Appear on Metro Cards in Taiwan
Via: Slate
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Things are about to get a whole lot hotter on Taiwanese public transportation, and not because of the summer heat.

Japanese adult film star Yui Hatano will appear on metro cards in Taiwan with "angel" and "devil" themes, reports BBC.

Here's an SFW version of the angel card.

And for those feeling a little naughty, the devil card.

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