Some Sneakers Age Like Shit

One pair to rock, and one pair to stock, right? Sneakerheads might amass a large collection of shoes, with some pairs not aging like fine wine, but rather, falling apart. » 3/23/15 8:26am 3/23/15 8:26am

Why Did Japanese People Stop Performing Seppuku?

Seppuku, a highly ritualized form of suicide that involved cutting one's own stomach, was once part of the bushido samurai code, and considered an honorable way to die and, until the 20th century, was quite common. So what happened? Why did this practice die out? » 1/10/15 9:53am 1/10/15 9:53am

McDonald's Is Having a Crappy Week in Japan

Lovin' it? Oh no, McDonald's must be hatin' it. This week has gone from worst to worst for the fast food giant as people are claiming to find all sorts of horrible things in their meals: from bugs to human teeth. » 1/08/15 12:27pm 1/08/15 12:27pm

How Japan Built The World's Best Horse Racing

TOKYO — I came to watch Japan's top racehorses, arguably the strongest in the world, contest last Sunday's Japan Cup, worth more than $5 million. I left believing that the reason the Japanese racing industry is so much healthier and more popular than any of its counterparts is about much more than the quality of… » 12/11/14 12:23pm 12/11/14 12:23pm

A Day At The Track For The World's Biggest And Strangest Horse Race

TOKYO — One of the most-watched and best-attended sporting events in the world took place in Tokyo last Sunday. More than 100,000 people, thousands of whom slept outside overnight, streamed into Tokyo Racecourse for the $5 million-plus Japan Cup. But as the Cup's 18 runners entered the walking ring just after three… » 12/05/14 4:58pm 12/05/14 4:58pm

Dice-K To Return To Japan, Take His Mythical Gyroball With Him

After six seasons with the Red Sox and two with the Mets, Daisuke Matsuzaka is apparently returning to Japan, considering a contract with the defending champion Fukuoka Softbank Hawks. He'll always be remembered for the hype, and for his unhittable pitch that in reality is all but unthrowable. » 11/25/14 2:41pm 11/25/14 2:41pm

11-Year-Old Japanese Hockey Wunderkind Is The Truth

The kid dangling and destroying the competition above is Aito Iguchi, an 11-year-old who plays for Japan's Saitama Junior Warriors. Truthers out there are dismissing his skills, arguing that Japan doesn't develop quality hockey players, there are a million 11-year-old Canadian kids that good, his skills won't matter… » 11/22/14 12:55pm 11/22/14 12:55pm

Sumo School Is a Magical Place

When you think of sumo training, you probably think of large men eating lots of food and wrestling each other. You should also think of large men sitting in a classroom and learning stuff. » 10/14/14 9:34am 10/14/14 9:34am

High School Baseball Game In Japan Takes 50 Innings, Four Days

A baseball game in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan that started Thursday took 50 innings and four days to determine a winner, which is amazing in its own way, but wait until you see the two starters' pitch counts. » 8/31/14 10:44am 8/31/14 10:44am

Ronaldo's Facial Fitness Commercial Is Inexplicable, Perfect

Have you been looking for a way to achieve maximum facial tone that doesn't make you feel so bored and tired? Isn't it time you had a way to be happy with your facial fitness without all the hassle? There have probably been dozens of scientists with degrees in science-related fields who have long argued that there is » 8/06/14 10:07pm 8/06/14 10:07pm

The Sport of Japanese Apologizing

After losing a game, you might think what this Japanese baseball team did was rather extreme. Then again, you might think this is pretty great. » 7/24/14 9:40am 7/24/14 9:40am

Is This Adult Stealing a Baseball from a Kid? A Special Report.

Recently, the above GIF has been appearing on numerous Japanese sites. Commenters have been criticizing the woman based only on this animated image. But what's going on? Time to delve deeper. » 7/23/14 8:13am 7/23/14 8:13am

This Ronaldo GIF Is Stupefying, Perfect

There is surely an explanation, but just watch this for one moment, unadulterated by context, and enjoy it. It's wonderful. The inexplicable behavior from the host and Ronaldo's 1,000-yard stare momentarily interrupted by a blink that says what the actual fuck? Amazing. » 7/23/14 12:20am 7/23/14 12:20am

Wily Mo Peña Hits Massive Home Run In Japanese All-Star Game

Wily Mo Peña has been playing in Japan since 2011 and represented the Orix Buffaloes for the Pacific League in this year's All-Star Game, played Saturday at Koshien Stadium. Peña smoked the first pitch he saw from Hanshin Tigers 20-year-old pitcher Shintaro Fujinami and damn near hit it out of the stadium. » 7/19/14 2:36pm 7/19/14 2:36pm

Here's What Saving $1.3 Billion On a New Stadium Looks Like

Yesterday we learned that London-based architect Zaha Hadid had rethought her design for Tokyo's Olympic Stadium, after widespread protests and a major budget cut put the original design in jeopardy. Dezeen has the new images of the redesigned stadium, and it's... pretty damn similar, despite a $1.3 billion budget cut. » 7/10/14 1:42pm 7/10/14 1:42pm

Colombia's Four Goals Mean Four Instances Of Amazing Announcing

Colombia put four balls in the net yesterday, which means we have four instances of Javier Fernández Franco going berserk and four instances of the awesome Caracol heavy metal celebration song. Here's everything from Colombia's Caracol TV, and the rest of the goals scored yesterday as heard in the home country. » 6/25/14 12:00pm 6/25/14 12:00pm

Bad Tattoo Baffles Japanese Soccer Fans

When not watching one of the most boring World Cup matches in recent memory, Japanese soccer fans were watching the tattoo on the arm of Greece's Theofanis Gekas. The tattoo fail, that is. » 6/20/14 10:13am 6/20/14 10:13am