News: 3 Second Gyoza, Hello Kitty Toliet, New Island

Latest news from Japan:

1. The food world has been turned upside down since cell phone carrier NTT DoCoMo created a finely seasoned and cooked gyoza (Japanese dumplings) in three seconds. The video is high quality, fun, doesn’t require knowing any Japanese just an appreciation of time and how fast these balls of meat and flour are flamed up for a meal. I mean, seriously fast!

I anticipate some entrepreneurial Japanese restaurant will attempt a cannon fired BBQ of their food. Results are sure to vary.

2. Hello Kitty gets so big she’s now taking over your toilet!
That’s right, the white and pink kitty of legend is going high tech toilet, merging two of Japan’s icons in one place. Somehow, Hello Kitty, a “character” devoid of any character or books or even cartoons, has become Japan’s Mickey Mouse label for children (and adults, sadly). If you’ve had the pleasure and been confounded with your Japanese toilet seat, I can confirm they are both wonderful and daunting. The heat or cool on your bottom is a pleasure no matter the season or weather, however, some of the functions listed in kanji (Japanese pictographs of Chinese origin) can confuse. A friend’s sister came to visit in Japan and when peering at the toilet’s many buttons pushed the bidet option instead of using the handle to flush. Being French, she somehow lost the humor in the moment and came out with a soaked face and begging for help.

Hello Kitty toilet

As you can see, a horrifying object, but not devoid of fun. I cannot tell you how many years I thought Hello Kitty belonged in the bathroom, now the famous Kitty is just in the right place. I would guess this will be a best seller, with many crowds.

3. This is amazing, for the first time in over 30 years two islands have formed one larger landmass. Nishinomiya Island located about 600 miles south of Tokyo witnessed a volcano eruption in 2013 which formed another island nearby. Now, continued underground eruptions and lava flow have connected the two islands and made a much larger landmass. It’s estimated that the rocks fused at temperatures exceeding 1000c. The island continues to grow and is now larger than the radius of the Tokyo Dome according to the Japanese Coast Guard who is monitoring the island.

Check out this amazing images of the expanding Nishinomiya Island going from two to one.

  • First eruption on November 2013.

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