Incredible Chinese Cosplay Duo Gain Worldwide Fans

The term “cosplay” was first used in 1983 as a way of combining the English words “costume” and “play.” Since then, cosplay has grown to become a worldwide phenomenon. In Asia, it is seen as a significant aspect of pop culture and often influences Japanese/Asian street fashion.

Over the years, I’ve seen my fair share of impressive cosplay (such as this adorable Miyazaki-themed cosplay), but no one has impressed me quite as much as these guys.

A cosplaying duo from China has recently gained viral attention worldwide. Trust me when I say this attention is well-deserved. The 22 and 23-year-old look as if they just stepped out of a manga. Their slender build and tall figures have certainly helped to create the illusion of anime characters. The boys have recreated a number of looks from animes such as Kuroko’s BasketballFree!Detective ConanReborn! and Sailor Moon.

As you can expect, fangirls have been going crazy for them. CRAZY.  They have allegedly caused nosebleeds because of their sexiness and leave girls crying because of their beauty. While we’re sure these are all exaggerated comments, it’s still pretty funny to imagine.

Check out their cosplay photos below and keep in mind that we are not responsible for any nosebleeds, tears or excessive squealing.

 

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The World’s Last Women With Bound Feet

The tradition of foot binding is one that is deeply rooted in Chinese culture. The popularity of this practice continued for nearly 10 centuries and it was not until the early 1900′s that foot binding was officially banned.

As you can imagine, the process of foot binding was quite a painful one. Extremely tight binding was applied to the feet of young girls to prevent the feet from growing. To ensure that the foot stayed small, toes were curled inward and pressed with a great force until the toes were broken. As you can expect, infection and lifelong disabilities were extremely common.

Foot binding was a very obvious way of showing status. The idea was that women from wealthy families could afford the luxury of having their feet bound while women from impoverished families could not participate in the practice because it would restrict their mobility to work. Bound feet became a mark of beauty and many women who did not have their feet bound would not be able to find a husband.

The very few remaining women who had their feet bound are now in their 80s and 90s. British photographer Jo Farrell decided to document and celebrate the lives of these women. She has been photographing and interviewing women since 2006 and is currently raising funds to compile her research into a book, Living History: Bound Feet Women of China. Fastcodesign.com‘s Carey Dunne managed to speak to the photographer:

Though the foot-binding process was excruciating, Farrell says the women she spoke to didn’t express anger over their past. “The women know that having bound feet was a part of normal life at the time. It was what was required of them to find a suitable marriage,” she says. Often, women and their husbands took great pride in their tiny feet–the ideal length for a bound foot was three inches. In many cases, foot-binding led to permanent disabilities, but in the cases of the women Farrell photographed, most of whom are in their 80s and 90s, “they get around on their own just fine. Most of their ailments are to do with old age,” Farrell says. If anything, “they feel somewhat ashamed of their feet, as it is a bygone tradition and does not represent modern ways in China. They are a generation of forgotten women.”

 

Farrell acknowledges that her photographs are shocking and, at times, difficult to look at. However, she points out that we currently have a number of body modification practices which may seem just as bizarre to an outsider’s eye. We have plastic surgery, tattoos, FGM, etc.

“Perhaps her documentation of the painful remains of one culture’s insane beauty standards will help shed light on our own.” Dunne remarks.

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18 of Asia’s Most Bizarre Products & Trends

Everyday, it seems as if we come across products, trends and even holidays from Asia that gets us quite confused. From fuzzy-hair stockings to an actual single awareness day, Asia never seems short of these bizarre creations. Check out our list of 18 of Asia’s Most Bizarre Products & Trends below. Weird or awesome? You be the judge.


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1) The “Liberation Wrapper”
“For years, Japanese culture has encouraged women to strive for “ochobo” which is described as small and modest mouths… [The liberation wrapper] is a large burger wrapper with the image of a women’s face. The wrapper is meant to hide women as they take a big bite of their burger and maintain the appearance of ochobo.” Read the full story here.


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2) Finger Trap Beauty Test
“The concept is simple: Touch the side of your index finger to both the tip of your nose and your chin. If your lips don’t touch your finger, congratulations! You’re pretty! If they do, well, er … there’s always Photoshop?” Read the full story here. 


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3) Surgical Masks
“Apparently, there are 5 main reasons for the popular mask trend: for health purposes, to avoid social awkwardness, for warmth, for the lazy and in the name of fashion.” Read the full story here. 


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4) Black Day: Korea’s Single Awareness Day 
“As you may have guessed, Black Day is practically the opposite of [Valentine's Day and White Day]. This is a day is for those who did not receive gifts on Valentines Day or White Day. Yup, this unofficial holiday is for single people.” Read the full story here. 


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5) Double Eyelid Training Glasses
“The glasses are a non-surgical option to create the illusion of a double eyelid. The Eyelid Trainer is worn like any other pair of glasses. Apparently, 5 minutes a day with this contraption will give you the double eyelids you desire. ” Read full story here. 


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6) Tokyo Street Fashion 
“While many people find popular Japanese fashion styles such as Harajuku and Lolita confusing, New York-based photographer Thomas C. Card was intrigued by the street fashion that he spent months in Japan to document the various styles.” Read the full story here. 


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7) Edible iPhone Case
“The Survival Senbei Rice Cracker iPhone 5 Cover is handmade by “Mariko” using only brown rice and salt. For $64, you can have a phone cover that doubles as a tasty snack in case of an emergency.” Read the full story here. 


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8) Cosplay Graduation
“But the Kanazawa College of Art is not like other colleges. Graduates are apparently allowed to wear absolutely whatever they would like. So what happens when Japanese students have no dresscode for graduation? Some of the best cosplay ever.” Read the full story here.


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9) The Virtual Girlfriend
“Thousands of men and women of all ages have been captivated by this real life dating simulator which offers three girlfriends to choose from– Rinko, Nene and Manaka. All of the choices have different backstories and adjustable personalities.” Read the full story here. 


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10) The World’s Longest Kiss
“The world’s longest kiss lasted a whomping 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds. The record was set by Ekkachai Tiranarat and Laksana Tiranarat during an event organized by Ripley’s Believe It Or Not in Thailand. The annual kissathon competition happens during, you guessed it, Valentine’s Day.” Read the full story here. 


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11) Snail Facials 
“Although some of us may see snails as pesky and slimy or even a delicious delicacy, Japan is definitely transforming the use of these creatures and women are paying a pretty big price for this treatment. One session costs approximately 10,500 Yen, which is about $107.” Read the full story here. 


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12) Sex Ed For 30-Year-Olds 
“The tutorials cost more than $400, but women have been lining up to learn and lessons are booked weeks in advance. Many of these students are 30- to 40-year-olds seeking to decrease the anxiety before their first sexual encounter.” Read the full story here. 


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13) The “True Love” Bra
“Makers are claiming that the bra is able to analyze how a woman truly feels and will only pop open when the user finds her true love. The lingerie company is marketing the bra as a safety device. Apparently, the bra will ward off unwanted sexual advances and will make sure that all people, except your true love, will not have access to your breasts.” Read the full story here.


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14) The Study Cube
“Last year, South Korea’s environmentally-friendly furniture manufacturer Emok unveiled the Study Cube, a wooden box just big enough to seat one person in front of a built-in desk. The box comes with a bookshelf, whiteboard, LED light, outlet and ventilation grill. There’s even a massage bar under the desk that also serves as a footrest.” Read the full story here.


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15) Strange Asian Hairdos
“Whether its creepy, funny, or just intriguing to look at, all of these hairstyles are undeniably strange. Although strange hairdos are certainly not something people are born with, a quick google search of “strange Asian hair” is enough to let us know that this is a pretty common search.” Read the full story here.


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16) Anti-Rape Stockings
“The most recent fashion creation from China are hairy-leg stockings designed to ward off men and decrease the possibility of rape. The theory behind this creation is that the male will be so disgusted with the appearance of your legs that you don’t have to worry– they wouldn’t want to have a sexual encounter with you anyway.” Read the full story here


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17) Plastic Surgery Television Shows
“The purpose of this show is to “help those with special circumstances or people who are too ugly to feel confident in their life.” The participant facing “special circumstances” will have their plastic surgery sponsored by the television program and audiences follow along during the transformation.” Read the full story here.


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18) New Elementary Desks 
“Wuhan City, China has introduced these bars into an elementary school’s first grade classroom. Each bar is drilled into the wooden tables of school children in an effort to preserve the eyesight of the students.” Read the full story here. 

Zoo Discovers A Way To Cheer This Panda Up

Did you think only humans go through depression? Well Sijia is here to prove you otherwise. Sijia is a giant panda bear who lives in China’s Yunnan Safari Park and, you guessed it, she was depressed.

Sijia began showing signs of abnormal activity and depression after being separated from her panda friend, Meixi, who was sent to a zoo in Sichuan. The two had lived together since 2008 and Meixi’s departure clearly left Sijia lonely. Determined to lift her spirits, the staff at Yunnan Safari Park decided to add some joy into the panda’s habitat.

They built Sijia her very own amusement park.

The amusement park contained everything the panda needed to get her mind off of her missing friend. A wooden playground was built with all sorts of bars and swings. To keep Sijia company, the staff placed a life-size, fake panda into the habitat. The fake panda certainly doesn’t replace Meixi, but it helps with the loneliness.

Additionally, a plasma television was added into the enclosure. Don’t worry, the zoo didn’t expect Sijia to be caught up on all the latest shows. They simply felt that the panda would feel less lonely if she watched other pandas on the screen.

Sure enough, the amusement park appears to be working. Sijia is no longer moping around and is more cheerful– especially when she’s playing in her playground.

 

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Taiwanese Idol Creates Hilarious Disguise to Avoid Crazy Fans in Public

Roy Chiu Tse is a Taiwanese actor, singer and race car driver/enthusiast. In addition to his multiple talents, the 32-year-old celeb is quite a sight for sore eyes. Roy Chiu is most known for his roles in the dramas My DaughterWaking Love Up, and Office Girls.

With nearly 20 dramas under his belt, it’s no wonder that Chiu has had some trouble being out in public. A simple walk through town can quickly turn into a crowd of crazy fans.

Unfortunately, Roy Chiu has admitted that he has a fear of crowds. So what do you do if you’re a star who needs a break from being in the public eye? Apparently, you make a believable (and hilarious) disguise.

Roy Chiu’s alter ego is Kim Won, a man in his fifties who works as a minivan driver celebrities. He has thick eyebrows, darkened cheekbones, a patchy mustache, high-waisted pants and a hunched back.

This disguise was so believable that Roy Chiu was  able to successfully hide from crowds and crazy fans during while filming in China.

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59-Year-Old Casted For 16-Year-Old Role: A New Extreme For Asian Youth

Many Asian women have been told time and time again that they look much younger than their actual age. After all, there are now grandmothers who look as young as their daughters. While we generally get irritated about this youthful look in our twenties, we’re constantly reminded that this will be a blessing for us when we get older. “When you’re in your forties, you’ll be thankful,” strangers preach. As it turns out, some of us may be thanking our genetics even beyond our forties.

Chinese actress Liu Xiaoqing is testing the limits of her youthful face. Taking Asian youth to a new extreme, the 59-year-old actress is playing a 16-year-old girl.

Xiaoqing has had quite a number achievements under her belt. Before turning 30, Xiaoqing acted in a number of films including her breakthrough role in The Burning of the Imperial Palace (1983) which earned her a number of awards at the Chinese film festivals. In fact, with three Best Actress awards and one Best Supporting Role award, she holds a record for having won the most number of awards in the actress categories of the Hundred Flowers Awards.

Additionally, Xiaoqing is a business woman and a published author. In 1999, she appeared on Forbes’ list of the 50 richest Chinese businessmen and businesswomen.

Now Xiaoqing will focus on a new impressive achievement by playing a character who is more than four decades younger than her actual age. The drama, Lotus Lantern, has already stirred up quite a bit of controversy.

DramaFever claims, “Some Chinese netizens are sneering at her for acting with ‘a face full of Botox.’ Liu, however, feels that a woman should never give up on feeling beautiful at any age. The director of her new drama, Heroes of Sui and Tang Dynasties, also praises her as one of the best actors in China and says that young age does not equate to excellence in acting.”

Tell us what you think.

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Breakfast Food From Around The World

If there’s one thing that joins people together, that would be food. In fact, people often travel the world with the goal to try new types of food. This happens so often that the World Food Travel association has coined the term Food Tourism which is “the pursuit and enjoyment of unique and memorable food and drink experiences, both far and near.”

And why shouldn’t travelers be interested in new foods? Afterall, food can tell you much about culture, traditions and taste.

Now the old saying is that breakfast in the most important meal of the day. In honor of that, Buzzfeed recently decided to create the video “What Does The World Eat For Breakfast.”

In the video, we get a glimpse of a typical breakfast in various parts of the world. The video doesn’t seem to contain entire breakfast meals, but it certainly shows the most common breakfast foods of each country including the following Asian countries:
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Why Has China Fallen in Love With These Siblings?

Here at Audrey Magazine, we have two series that seem to do particularly well: The Daily SHAG (Smoking Hot Asian Guy) and Adorable Asian Babies.

So what happens when you combine the two topics? Apparently, you get China’s new viral sensation.

David Woo, a young man from Guangzhou, China, began his Weibo account in 2010. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Weibo, it is described as China’s version of Twitter. Much like many other young adults in their early 20′s, Woo had a typical amount a followers that consisted of his family and friends.

But then, Woo began posting pictures of himself alongside his sister Peipei. The adorable girl is 18 years younger than her brother and proved to be a social media magnet. Soon, Woo discovered that his brother-sister posts would get over 100,000 likes on the social media platform.

Clearly, David Woo had stumbled upon something special. Maybe it’s the adorable amount of love between the siblings. Maybe it’s because Chinese netizens like looking at an older brother who takes very good care of his little sister. Whatever the reason may be, China can’t get enough of the duo.

Check out the adorable sibling pictures for yourself.

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Why is This Strange Contraption Popping Up in Chinese Classrooms?

As Rocketnews24 points out, this strange, new device can only remind us of one thing: roller coasters.

In reality, the orange bars have absolutely nothing to do with theme parks. Wuhan City, China has introduced these bars into an elementary school’s first grade classroom. Each bar is drilled into the wooden tables of school children in an effort to preserve the eyesight of the students.

“According to the headmaster of the school, the desks were provided by a local centre advocating preventative care for eyesight deterioration amongst young people,” Rocketnews24 points out.

So how does it work?

As you can see, the bar forces the child’s head back. The student cannot hunch over too closely to their desk. In this way, they are encouraged to stay a certain distance away from whatever they’re writing.

The goal is that the bar will “help prevent the development of shortsightedness, or myopia, which has been linked to focusing on things too near-at-hand for significant lengths of time.”

Additionally, the bar can be moved back and double as a prop for books to make sure the student is seated far back enough from the book while reading.

We’re not quite sure we like the idea of a giant bar of steel practically begging a child to bump his/her head on it, but we’re definitely interested to see the long-term effects of this device. What do you think?

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The Dedication of a Single Parent: Father Carries Disabled Son Everyday

Chinese netizens have been moved by the story of 40-year-old Yu Xukang and his 12-year-old son Qiang.

Yu is not only a single father living in the rural areas of Sichuan, he also happens to be the father of a disabled child. Qiang suffers from a severely curved spine and a bent hand and foot. Because the condition is so rare, doctors have been unable to treat the young boy.

Needless to say, the condition has made things very difficult for the father and son, but Yu is determined not to give up despite the difficult circumstances.

According to Shanghaiist, Qiang’s mother abandoned the family when her son was only 3-years-old. As a result, Yu took on the responsibility of raising the child on his own.

Of course, this is no easy task. The rural area lacks of transportation and Qiang’s school is a two-hour walk away. Qiang cannot physically handle the walk, so Yu carries his 12-year-old son all the way to and from school.

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In total Yu walks 28 kilometers a day (roughly 6 hours) just to make sure his son is educated. The walk to school is down a difficult and rugged mountain road which eats away at Yu’s rubber shoes.

Despite the difficult situation, Yu shows an undying amount of determination. “We are never late,” he said proudly.

 

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