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Bagel Heads: “New Japanese Trend” Is Neither New Nor A Trend

October 2nd, 2012 | 1 comment | Posted by Jen

Last week the Internet was all abuzz about “Bagel Heads,” this supposedly “new” body modification trend in Japan where people inject saline under their skin so their heads look like they’re exploding with delicious breakfast bread product for about 24 hours, just add schmear.

‘Bagel Head’ Saline Forehead Injections: Japan’s Hot New Beauty Trend?, the Huffington Post wondered.

‘Bagel Heads’: Shocking New Trend in Japan, Yahoo! News warned.

And the Herald Sun got a little punny with their reporting, titling their story on the fad, Bagel heads: A hole new trend.

The only problem with this “new” trend is that it isn’t new at all. The story of Bagel Heads first went viral in 2009, when the UK’s Bizarre Mag reported on it. The first line of the Bizarre post was quick to state, “This extreme body modification isn’t new, but it’s growing in popularity.” Many blogs and media outlets picked up the story then–which is when we blogged about it–including the premiere underground trendwatching paper of its time, The New York Times. Two years later, in 2011, Vice interviewed Ryoichi “Keroppy” Maeda, a photographer and journalist who’s been documenting the underground body modification scene in Japan for the last 20 years and who also happens to be the man who brought saline injections to the country. Maeda said in that interview that the bagel head thing had been going on “since 2007.” After that, still more blogs and media outlets picked up on the “new” (again) trend, with Neatorama declaring Continue reading Bagel Heads: “New Japanese Trend” Is Neither New Nor A Trend

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Of Course Electroshock Smile Therapy Was Invented By Asians [HOAX]

February 7th, 2011 | 1 comment | Posted by Jen

Hardass Asian Parents, do you wish your lazy, spoiled, selfish children would show some gratitude for all the sacrifices you’ve made for them by offering up a smile now and then? Is that too much to ask???

Welp, if it is, you can simply force their little mouths open with the Electro Smile, a device allegedly invented by a Japanese scientist that sends electric shocks to a child’s cheeks, producing a smile that “lasts for Days.”

I hate you, Mommy! BZZZZZZZZZ I mean, I love you, Mommy!

The gadget warns of an “only slight twitch side effect,” along with an only slight your-child-hating-you-forever-and-thinking-you’re-a-sadistic-fuck-for-the-rest-of-his-or-her-life (deep breath) effect.

[UPDATE: The photo above is for a real product, albeit one that doesn't deliver electroshocks (sorry, Tiger Moms). And the text is fake and not just the result of a horrible translation. The real product, as I learned from the comments section of Neatorama, is called a Kami Kami sensor, and it counts the number of bites children make while eating their food. Which actually seems way less useful than an electroshock smile therapy tool, don't you think?]

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Very Helpful: Part Poop

December 5th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Many moonfaces ago, when we were just starting DISGRASIAN, Diana posted a video from Zuiikin English, starring three aerobicizing English instructor-ladies known as the Zuiikin Gals. Zuiikin English is a Japanese show made in the early 90′s that has gained a cult following years later thanks to YouTube. Check out this one, which aired on CNN last night and will “bowel” you over:

For those of you rolling your eyes right now and thinking, “Gawd, here go those wacky Japs again,” THE SHOW WAS ALWAYS MEANT AS A SPOOF. Even we didn’t get that the first time. Alls I know is, I would love to hear the Dance Remix of this one. It could really get things, um, moving, in da club.

Read more about Zuiikin English here on wikipedia.

Thanks Greenie!

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Pork Dinner

September 25th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

A story surfaced last week in the Mainichi Daily News about a restaurant in the Roppongi district of Tokyo (home to many U.S. expats which used to be seedy but has in recent years gone luxe) where you can supposedly fuck a live chicken, dog, goat, or pig, have it slaughtered for you, and then EAT IT.

Every time I’ve attempted to write about this, I’ve thrown up in my mouth and aborted. But there are a lot of “facts” in the story that are fishy (I think you can fuck one of those, too, I just don’t really know how), which are broken down nicely in the blog Neojaponisme. Neojaponisme points out that the original story comes from a publication called Jitsuwa Knuckles. This is what it looks like:

Now, I can’t read Japanese, so I can’t verify whether or not Jitsuwa Knuckles is a legitimate news source, but it sure as shit does not look like one.

Also, the one eyewitness who claims to have been to the restaurant, works at an S&M club (not that we’ve got anything against sex workers, but read on).

“Apparently, the restaurant started off quietly in the basement of a building that a real estate agent in Roppongi who couldn’t find any other tenants,” an S&M club worker identified only as M tells Jitsuwa Knuckles. “News about the restaurant spread through word of mouth and it became popular.”

“An S&M club worker identified only as M” is the only source for this pork-riffic story? At the very least, that’s shoddy journalism. Also, as Neojaponisme points out, this story sound suspiciously like all the other Wacky Jap stories that are circulating the web, along with the innumerable tales of those Evil Baby-Killing Chinese.

If anyone else has the skinny on porking one’s dinner in Tokyo, we would love to hear from you. In the meantime, best of luck keeping your lunch down after reading this.


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