7-Year-Old Cellist Justin Yu Meets Ellen, Charms His Way Into Our Hearts

 

I don’t know about you, but at the age of 3, I was probably spending my days watching cartoons, drinking out of juice boxes and trying to figure out how on earth people colored inside the lines. What was Jun Justin Yu doing at 3? Learning how to play the cello.

Justin Yu is the son of Chinese composer and conductor Ziliang and Korean pianist Rho Aera. After learning how to play the cello, it wasn’t long before Yu went beyond the wildest dreams of any musical parent. After being accepted into the Herald Music School gift class, Yu performed in a number prestigious venues and most impressive of all, he made his debut in Carnegie Hall in 2012. Of course, he did this all before the age of 6. Now at the age of 7, Yu has been accepted by the Manhattan School of Music as one of the youngest cellist in school’s history.

 

 

On September 24th, Yu made an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to give us a taste of his breath-taking skills. As it turns out, this young prodigy not only has an incredible amount of talent, he also has an incredible amount of personality.

Yu quickly charmed his way into our hearts with his large facial expressions and adorable stories. He talked Ellen’s ears off about everything from his boring plane ride to his hilarious victory dance.

Check it out for yourself. Trust us when we say this will be the best 4 minutes of your day.

 

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Video of the Day: Tiny Toddler & Her Gentle Giant

 

If you’re looking for something to make you smile and warm your heart, then you’ve come to right place. We’ve just found the newest member to our list of Adorable Asian Babies, and she’s brought a friend!

The gentle giant’s name is Simba and he’s a 2-year-old Tibetan Mastiff. Because of the breed’s large size, Tibetan Mastiff’s have historically been used as guard dogs. This does not appear to be the case with Simba however, who seems to resemble a pillow or a soft playground more than anything else.

The tiny human playing with (or shall we say on top of) Simba is Weiwei. Undaunted by Simba’s large size, Weiwei seems perfectly comfortable lounging on top of and cuddling with the gentle giant.

After the initial adorable gibberish, Weiwei begins singing popular Taiwanese song 爱笑的眼睛, which roughly translates to “loving and smiling eyes.”

Despite the little one sitting on him and talking away, Simba doesn’t seem to mind the company of his best friend. Check out the video below which has already begun to go viral and has reminded many viewers of the characters in My Neighbor Totoro.

 

 

 

 

To check out more Adorable Asian Babies, click here!
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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.

 

 

 

Jamie Chung Has the Cutest Reaction to the Ice Bucket Challenge

 

If you’ve been active on social media lately, chances are you’ve probably run into the Ice Bucket Challenge. In fact, this has caught the attention of celebs such as Lance Bass, Elizabeth Banks, Martha Stewart and most recently, Jamie Chung.

The premise is simple enough. You take a freezing bucket of ice water, dump it onto your head, record it, post it on social media and nominate some friends to do the challenge as well. I don’t know about you, but usually I find myself rolling my eyes at these “chain letter” challenges. Call me uptight, but I doubt I would choke on cinnamon, chug a can a beer or dump ice water on myself just because “everyone else is doing it.”

 

 

But as it turns out, I ought to listen to my grade school teacher about not judging a book by its cover. There is apparently much more to the Ice Bucket Challenge than what meets the eye .The challenge is an effort to use social media to promote ASL awareness. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease in the United States, is a neurodegenerative disease which results in difficulty speaking, swallowing and breathing.

What does this have to do with freezing ice water poured uncomfortably on one’s head? Well, after you are nominated to do the Ice Water Challenge, you have 24 hours to complete the challenge or you must make a donation to an ASL charity. Either way, more and more people are curious about the disease and the viral challenge has undoubtedly raised ASL awareness. According to the Huffington Post, there has been a 1,000 percent spike in donations to the ALS association since the beginning of the Ice Water Challenge.

Just a few hours ago, Audrey cover girl Jamie Chung participated in this challenge and it’s definitely a must-see. Let’s just say, if I dumped a bunch of freezing water on my head, I doubt I’d look that cute.

 

Chung then posted a second video challenging none other than Vanessa Hudgens! We’ll definitely be on the look out for that one.

 

Viral Video Alert: Tiny Floating Asian Babies

Radio Station STAR FM 93.9 uploaded a video onto their official Facebook earlier this month and it already has 170,000 shares and even more likes. What could possibly captivate people this much? Adorable Asian babies, of course!

In this video, a pair of chubby-cheeked babies are relaxing in a small tub using baby neck floats. It’s quite a sight if you’ve never seen this odd little contraption. The device is used to not only keep the baby afloat, it also encourages good exercise and allows babies to explore their body movements.

 

The cuteness of these babies in their tiny donut floaties have left many squealing in delight, but that’s not all. The adorable video has been met with an alarming amount of criticism from those who are unfamiliar with the device.

Many have voiced concern and even anger. They have called the parents “stupid” for leaving the babies with a device that looks “uncomfortable and dangerous.” Admittedly, as cute as they were, a part of me couldn’t help but worry for the comfort of these babies as well.

Thankfully, many Asian netizens have pointed out that baby neck floats have been around in Asia for years. In fact, an American company named Otteroo, sells the device and goes into detail about its comfort and  safety. According to the official site, this device helps satisfy mental curiosity, encourages water familiarity and helps physical development and coordination.

 

Have you tried a baby neck float on your child? If so, tell us your experience!

 


Cutest Video Ever: Little Taiwanese Boy Comforts Girl on First Day of School

Remember when we were little and all the fairy tales were about a brave prince saving a beautiful princess?

We eventually grew up and realized that this fairy tale is nothing like reality. After all, we don’t need a prince to “save” us. And anyway, a lot of guys don’t even come close to the prince you may have once dreamed about. (Maybe you realized you prefer princesses over princes!)

Whatever the reason may be, we all grew up and got cynical. Well, this next video, reportedly trending in Taiwan, may have you believing in chivalry all over again.

In this video, which is currently one of the cutest things we’ve ever watched, a little Taiwanese girl is scared and crying during her first day of kindergarten. Luckily for her, she befriends the sweetest little fellow who tells her that he’ll protect her. He even offers to sleep next to her during nap time to keep her safe. Ah, the innocent days before hormones made everything complicated.

Check out the video below and be prepared for uncontrollable squealing.

 

This 5-Year-Old Dresses Better Than You

 

Ladies, watch out. There’s a new heartthrob in town and he’s here to make you swoon with his five year old swag and trendy street style outfits.

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This little Korean guy goes by the name of #kkamoong on instagram, and he’s the latest stylish baby to hit social media. He’s got some fierce competition though, between Californian babe Alonso Mateo‘s good looks all those equally stylish and adorable babies we brought you in the past. But we think #kkmoong here can give those babies a run for their money, don’t you? #thosecheeksthough

Scroll through to see more pictures of kkamoong:

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There’s nothing better then looking at pictures of adorable asian babies…except the part where they dress much more stylish than I do.

Excuse me while I go cry myself to sleep now.

 

1600 Pandas Invade Hong Kong’s Airport

 

Just a couple of days ago, 1600 pandas invaded the Hong Kong airport. Before you go into panic mode, don’t hide your kids, hide your wife just yet. These pandas are made out of recycled paper, constructed by French artist Paulo Grangeon. Now, animal invasions (well, man-made that is) in Asia are not exactly uncommon, as over the years we have seen a giant yellow rubber duck floating around, traveling from country to country. So what’s with this latest invasion and why so many of them?

Pandas, as you all probably know by now, are one of the top endangered species on our planet. According to the World Wild Life website, the greatest threat to panda endangerment are humans. Everyday human activities such as constructing roadways and railroads are causing fragmentation, as well as forest destruction are putting our precious pandas lives at risk!

That is why French artist Paulo Grangeon decided to step it up by creating the most adorable exhibition – a display of 1600 pandas made out of recycled paper (1600 for each of the pandas that still exist today) to raise awareness. Grangeon’s exhibition that began in France in 2008 was of course, highly popular. Thus, he took the campaign a step further by traveling with yes, all 1600 pandas to over 20 countries including the Netherlands, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and Taiwan.

For more information on panda endangerment and how you can help, click here.

Scroll through to see more squeal-worthy pictures of the Grangeon’s panda army!

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The Purr-fect Coffee Break Spot

Themed cafés have been around forever. You’ve probably heard of the famous Rainforest Café that can be found all over the United States or the Hello Kitty-themed café’s in Asia. Now, cat-themed cafés that started in Taiwan a dozen years ago are becoming a trend and are slowly hitting Europe, with North America and Australia soon to follow later this year. It’s pawsitively quite frightening how quickly this trend is growing. Japan alone is home to a reported number of 150 cat cafes where locals and tourists alike enjoy sipping their hot beverages while being able to admire and play with different breeds of cuddly kittens and cats.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Mixing food and feline does not sound sanitary nor appetizing, but the cat cafés are already thinking one step ahead. Before approaching their furry friends, customers are politely asked to disinfect their hands with a hand sanitizer, provided by the café. Some cafés even have a “look but don’t grab policy.” Even with restrictions however, these cat cafes are highly popular, so be sure to call ahead and make a reservation or else the whole situation could become a cat-astrophe!

Here is a list of top cat cafes to visit:

1. The Cat Café Budapest in Budapest, Hungary

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2. The Café Neko no Niewa in Singapore

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3. Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium in London, England

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4. Le Café des Chats in Paris, France

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5. La Gatoteca in Madrid, Spain

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