Random Japan

Never work with animals: Outtakes from Japanese delivery company’s adorable black cat ad



Cat can’t quite get his box together, but he still gets an A for effort in the outtakes for Kuroneko Yamato’s commercial.

A few months back, we shared with you a cleverly cute video for Japanese delivery company Yamato Un’yu, in which a talented black cat puts together a shipping box. If you know cats, you’ll know that they just love boxes, even if they don’t have the dexterity to put one together. And they certainly don’t have the patience to take orders from someone who walks on two legs!

So it’s probably no surprise that the box seen in Yamato’s ad didn’t get put together in just one take. This week, the company has brought us a compilation of the many box fails that occurred in the making of the commercial, which are just as adorable as the successes.



  • 500: GSDF troops to be deployed on Okinawa’s Ishigaki Island to “strengthen the defense” of remote areas in southwestern Japan
  • 20 million: Number of signatures citizens groups are hoping to collect as a show of protest against recently-enacted security legislation
  • ¥81,000: Cost of a pair of men’s trousers at Takashimaya in Shinjuku made from the hides of Yezo deer culled in Hokkaido


  • JR West is getting ready to open a 30,000-square-meter railway museum in Kyoto. Among the attractions will be 53 train cars and a functioning turntable for steam locomotives.
  • Authorities in Kyushu are blaming a rash of “home invasions and crop damage” on North American raccoons, whose numbers in the region have been surging.
  • Officials at the land ministry say 60 percent of abandoned houses in Japan suffer from “decay and other significant damage.”
  • Bottom Story of the Week: “Aomori Pref. Uses Theme Song, Dance to Promote Life-Extending Dashi Diet” (via The Japan News)

Tokyo Police

Drone On And On

Ban The Watch

It’s Too Smart


Radwimps offer alternative to Japan’s sugary music scene

In a Japanese music scene flooded with helium-voiced teen bands chirping about candy, fluffy bunnies and all things “kawaii” or cute, indie rockers Radwimps offer a potent vaccine for sugar-poisoning.

The platinum-selling Yokohama foursome have released seven albums to date since forming at school in 2001 after vocalist Yojiro Noda first picked up a guitar and began strumming along to songs by Britpop giants Oasis.

“I learned to play guitar listening to Oasis when I was 13 or 14, just remembering the chords,” Noda told AFP after the band’s return from their first European tour.

A recent homecoming gig triggered crowd mania at Yokohama Arena as Radwimps belted out smash hits such as the number one “Dada” with its savage guitar riff, the reggae-inspired “Iindesuka” and the English-language “05410”—which sounds rather like Taylor Swift bumping heads with Green Day, but still poptastic.