A Mother’s Creative Bento Boxes Teach Japan’s Geography And Look Adorable

 

We’ve seen everything from adorable Hello Kitty bento boxes to intricate panda bento boxes. And just when we thought we’ve seen it all, another creative food artist comes along and impresses us even more.

Bentos are home-packed meals common in Japanese cuisine. Traditionally, these boxes hold rice, fish or meat, and pickled or cooked vegetables. More recently, “kyaraben” (which translates to “character bento”) has picked up in popularity. Kyaraben are elaborately decorated bento boxes inspired by characters from anime, comics books, video games, animals, shows, etc. It is not uncommon to come across Japanese children comparing bento boxes at lunchtime to see who has the most impressive looking meal.

But one mother, who goes by the Twitter handle Sasariri, decided that she wanted her bento boxes to not only be cute but help educate her child as well. To do this, she very skillfully incorporated Japan’s prefectures as the theme for each bento box.

For each bento box, she used food items such as seaweed, egg and rice to accurately show the shape of one of Japan’s 47 prefectures, including Hokkaido, Kyoto and Tokyo. She even added the name of of each prefecture written in the roman alphabet to help her child learn even more.

Creative, yummy, cute and educational? Yes, please.

 

 

 

 

 

CHECK OUT MORE OF HER CREATIONS HERE.

 

Adorable Japanese Children Share Thoughts on Love, War and Happiness

 

If I were to ask seasoned, middle-aged individuals about their thoughts on war and love, my guess is that a handful would give me a response sprinkled with political opinions and even more would spew out jaded responses based on “the one that got away.”

But what about asking innocent children to dig into their brain and tell us what they feel about these deep issues? Their answers would be drastically different right?

Ryugin, an Okinawa-based bank, decided to go ahead and find out what sort of ideas were bouncing around in a child’s head. In a commercial titled “Children and Philosophy,” bright-eyed Japanese children give their adorable perspective on things.

The commercial, which is an advertisement for education loans that can benefit a child’s future, will have you smiling over their innocence.

 

 

 

China’s Bizarre “Face-Kini” Makes It To French High Fashion

 

Back in 2012, a Chinese beach accessory known as the “face-kini” began attracting worldwide attention.

The term face-kini gained online popularity years ago when Time Magazine showed off a picture of some Chinese beach-goers who wore the bizarre mask. Now, it seems the craze is back, but not in the way you’d expect. Recently, French magazine CR Fashion Book had their models sporting (you guessed it) face-kinis.

 

 

Despite the undeniable popularity of the face-kini, the beach accessory was never actually worn for the sake of fashion in China. The full head mask, often paired with a long-sleeved body suit, was a hit in China because of its ability to protect its user from the sun. The accessory helped with Asia’s questionable obsession with pale skin.

“I’m afraid of getting dark,” a face-kini wearer explained to The New York Times. “A woman should always have fair skin. Otherwise people will think you’re a peasant.”

 

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While China used the mask as a way to retain paleness, CR Fashion Book, which was created by former editor-in-chief of French Vogue Carine Roitfed, saw the masks as an opportunity for fashion.

Check out the French fashion photos below and tell us what you think!

 

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Touching Thai Commercial: This Boy’s Secret Causes Bullies to Stop In Their Tracks

 

Every time I hear about a new Thai commercial going viral, I prepare myself with some tissues. Better safe than sorry, right? After watching an emotional video about financial burden, a heartwarming video about the power of good deeds and a touching video about motherhood, one can’t be too careful about these tear-inducing commercials.

And I was right. This new life insurance commercial certainly does a good job of pulling at heartstrings. In the video, a young man is constantly ridiculed by his peers for his poor guitar playing.

All of this comes to a stop, however, once the bullies discover the true reason behind the boy’s guitar playing. What could possibly stop the bullies in their tracks? Watch the video below and find out.

In less than a few weeks, this video has gained over 3.5 million views. Let us know if it pulls at your heartstrings as well.

 

 

The Ultimate Cat Nap, Even More Yellowface and Other MUST READS OF THE WEEK

1) Get the ultimate cat nap with Japan’s new privacy hoods. (READ HERE)

2) Butter on a stick? A fan attached to chopsticks? Would you purchase these bizarre Japanese inventions? (READ HERE)

3) Stephanie Chang: the first Asian-American woman in Michigan’s State Legislature. (READ HERE)

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4) Check what these dedicated Indian students have to go through to get to school. (READ HERE)

5) Everyone has fallen in love with this Chinese firefighter who rescued a kitten. (READ HERE)

6) This Chinese escape-room exhibit allows you to simulate your own death. (READ HERE)


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7) North Korea’s threats over James Franco and Seth Rogen’s new film pushes Sony to make major alterations. (READ HERE)

 

 

8) Who say’s you shouldn’t play with your food? Artist creates chocolate legos. (READ HERE)

9) George Takei opens up about his family being taken at gunpoint (READ HERE)

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10) More and more and more yellowface. (READ HERE)

 

 

 

Marc Anthony Nicolas Reveals His Most Embarrassing Moment, an Unusual Pet Peeve and More

 

A few weeks ago, we interviewed the enthusiastic and lovable host of Lifestyle Network’s newest talk show On Your Marc! Check out this questionnaire for an even closer look at Marc Anthony Nicolas!

 


What is your go-to karaoke song?
-“All by myself” by Celine Dion or “Hold On (for one more day)” by Wilson Phillips.

Favorite celeb of all time?
-Has to be my friend Sharon Osbourne. She has helped me so much in the industry and helped promote On Your Marc! by being the first celebrity guest and I just love her so much.

Most embarrassing moment on your show?
-My most embarrassing moment on the show was when Sharon Osbourne was doing my makeup and asked me “You don’t want to look like Keith Richards?” I honestly did not know who he was. The only Richards I know is Denise Richards.

Favorite part of your day?
My favorite part of the day is when viewers watch On Your Marc! and message me on Facebook or twitter and tell me that I’m an inspiration to the Asian community.

Hidden talent?
-I can give Betty Crocker a run for her money. Best cupcakes in town.

Habit you need to break?
-I drink way too much iced coffee.

 

 

Favorite food?
-Pepperoni and sausage pizza!!!

Your guilty pleasure?
-Ice cream!

Your pet peeve?
-When people wear pajamas outdoors.

Greatest Fear?
-Being alone.

Your job in another life?
-Fashion designer.

What’s cool about being Asian?
Our warm personality.

 

On Your Marc! airs every Sunday at 9:30 pm on the Lifestyle Network. For more information, click here


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#TBT: Men Do Makeup With Michelle Phan … and Fail Miserably

With over 4 million YouTube subscribers, Michelle Phan is easily one of the most known YouTube makeup artists to date. For years, she has taught us all about contouring, the perfect way to put on liquid eyeliner and even how to take selfies.

Aside from being one of our personal favorites, the 27-year-old makeup artist has already packed in a number of achievements under her belt.

In conjunction with L’oreal, Phan released her own makeup line called EM Michelle Phan.  After purchase, customers of EM Michelle Phan products are encouraged to upload videos of their own “looks” and share them with one another.

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In 2012, Phan became a YouTube advertising partner and launched FAWN (For All Women Network) — a women’s lifestyle network in which guest hosts produce videos about makeup, cooking, fitness, fashion and careers.

As it turns out, Phan’s fanbase extends beyond women and the following men have decided to show that off to the world. Three brave souls decided to take on one of Michelle Phan’s makeup tutorials with no previous makeup experience.

The results? The boys were left with black eyes, smeared makeup and a new-found appreciation for girls who have mastered the art of makeup. Check it out for yourself:

This story was originally published September 2013. 

Justin Chon, Harry Shum Jr. & Kev Jumba in Martin Scorsese’s ‘Revenge of the Green Dragons’ (OFFICIAL TRAILER)

 

It’s finally here!

We heard news of Revenge of the Green Dragons early in 2013 and now, finally, we get a glimpse into the highly-anticipated gangster action thriller set in New York in the 1980’s. 

You can’t blame us for being excited. For starters the film is produced by Academy Award winning Martin Scorsese. If this is anything like his other crime drama, The Departed, then we have quite a lot to look forward to. And let’s not forget that this film, which brings Chinese American life to mainstream media, stars some of our most favorite fellows. 

Inspired by a New Yorker article on the “Chinese American underworld,” the film focuses on  two immigrant brothers Sonny (Justin Chon) and Steven (Kevin Wu, otherwise known as Kev Jumba) in pursuit of The (infamous) American Dream. The two find themselves joining the Chinatown gang “The Green Dragons.” Of course this leads to violence, crime, run-ins with the police and complicated love triangles. If that’s not enough to grab your attention, the film also stars Glee‘s Harry Shum Jr. who swaps his trademark letterman jacket for a gun and a suit.

Watch the first official trailer below:

 

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The film will premiere next month at the Toronto International Film Festival and will be released theatrically in October.

 

Photo courtesy of Angryasianman.com  

 

 

Cruel, Inappropriate Comments Cause Robin Williams’ Daughter Zelda To Quit Social Media

 

Just yesterday, we came across a touching message that Zelda Williams wrote for her late father, Robin Williams. Unfortunately, later that day, the biracial Filipina actress was so distraught from inappropriate comments and pictures concerning her father’s death that she decided to give up both her Twitter and Instagram.

Countless fans and celebrities (such as Dante Basco) used social media to express their grief over the death of the talented Robin Williams, who was found dead on Monday, August 11 after an alleged suicide. Unfortunately, aside from sympathy, humans are also capable of cruelty.

A pair of insensitive Twitter users tweeted rude pictures to her page that showed Photoshopped images of her father’s deceased body. Angered by this (as anyone would be), she tweeted for her followers to report the users.

“Please report @PimpStory @MrGoosebuster. I’m shaking. I can’t. Please. Twitter requires a link and I won’t open it. Don’t either. Please,” she wrote.

 

 

Finally she decided to get rid of her account all together. She informed her followers that she would delete her account for a long time and maybe even forever. She expressed herself further on her Instagram where she shed light on people taunting her and judging her for the amount of photos she had of her father. We certainly agree with her when she called these comments “cruel and unnecessary.” Her post read:

 

I will be leaving this account for a but while I heal and decide if I’ll be deleting it or not. In this difficult time, please try to be respectful of the accounts of myself, my family and my friends. Mining our accounts for photos of dad, or judging me on the number of them is cruel and unnecessary. There are a couple throughout, but the real private moments I shared with him were precious, quiet, and believe it or not, not full of photos or ‘selfies’. I shared him with a world where everyone was taking their photo with him, but I was lucky enough to spend time with him without cameras too. That was more than enough, and I’m grateful for what little time I had. My favorite photos of family are framed in my house, not posted on social media, and they ‘ll remain there. They would’ve wound up on the news or blogs then, and they certainly would now. That’s not what I want for our memories together. Thank you for your respect and understanding in this difficult time. Goodbye. Xo

 

According to Fox News, Zelda is currently not allowing the cruel comments to bother her further.

“To those he touched who are sending kind words, know that one of his favorite things in the world was to make you all laugh,” she said in a statement. “As for those who are sending negativity, know that some small, giggling part of him is sending a flock of pigeons to your house to poop on your car. Right after you’ve had it washed. After all, he loved to laugh too.”

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Dante Basco’s Touching Farewell to “Hook” Co-Star Robin Williams

 

You may know Dante Basco, who was featured in our Spring 2014 issue, as the voice of Prince Zuko on Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender or as the lead character in the independent film The Debut. But if you’re like me, your earliest memory of Basco was from Spielberg’s live-action Peter Pan film Hook (1991) where Basco played the red-haired Rufio, leader of The Lost Boys.

Among the notable actors in Hook, such as Julia Roberts, Dustin Hoffman and Maggie Smith, Basco seemed most fond of the talented Robin Williams. It goes without saying that the recent death of Williams shocked many, including Basco who admits that working with Williams truly changed his life.

Yesterday, Basco put his YouTube Vlogathon on hold and uploaded a video in dedication to Williams and the tragic news.

“Rest in Peace Robin,” Basco sadly whispers. “See you in Neverland.”

 

 

Today, on his official blog, Basco wrote an even more heartfelt farewell to his friend. Basco writes “I, like millions of others, became a fan and was always delightfully surprised by the performances he managed to produce, but with his passing, I can’t help to feel, along with my generation… I can’t help feeling like it’s the death of my childhood. I guess we can’t stay in Neverland forever, we must all grow up.”