Ever Wanted to Be in a Perfume PV? Here’s Your Chance

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Perfume wants YOU to be in their pv! Or at least your hand, that is.

For the production of the full pv to the song “Hold Your Hand”, the girls of Perfume are asking their fans to send in a photo of their hand featuring a word or character from the song’s lyrics. Entries may be submitted either via email (perfume_lyric@umusic.com) or the special shuttlerock site from June 4 to 18.

The list of words and characters can be accessed here. Just pick one (or two) then write it on your hand horizontally.

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Afterwards, take a photo of your hand.

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Photos must be in horizontal alignment and saved in JPEG format. Maximum size is 3MB.

Only one entry per person. If sending via email, use “Perfume” Hold Your Hand “Lyric Video Full ver. Photograph recruitment” as subject.

If chosen, not only will your photo be included in the full pv to “Hold Your Hand”, it might also be featured in live production.

Check out the official site for the full mechanics.

Need more inspiration? Then watch the short version of Perfume’s first ever lyric video, “Hold Your Hand”.

 

Source : JpopAsia.com

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[PICS] Super-ultra-teeny-tiny bonsai

You probably know that bonsai is the traditional art form of sculpting miniature trees in pots, but these photos raise the question, “Just how miniature can you get?“

According to one bonsai blog, there has been a trend in recent years of raising tiny bonsai less than 3cm in height called cho-mini bonsai, or ultra-small bonsai. In cramped Japan, these tiny plants mean anyone can find a spot for a little greenery and the internet is responding to demand with correspondingly tiny pots, gardening gear and display shelves.

Just the tiny pots are almost too cute to handle!

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Source : 24RocketNews

What type of girlfriend are you? (Based on your bangs style)

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When you’re a little unsure about your love interest, what or who do you turn to for advice? Most of us have read one of those horoscope love readings at least once in our lifetime. In Japan, many people believe that a person’s blood type has influence on their personality traits. This may sound slightly silly, but blood type is a factor some Japanese consider when choosing a date.

Recently, however, a new personality prediction trend has been getting popular among girls in Japan. It seems that the way a girl styles her fringe (or bangs) gives away hints about her relationship personality! Guys, you might want to pay more attention to your love interest’s hairstyle from now on!

1. Bangs of average length and thickness

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This style suggests that both your mind and body are satisfied. You seem to take initiative not only in relationship matters, but also in other activities such as your hobbies. It might be an understatement to say that you have a strong desire for love. A man who can also be your playmate or hobby-mate might be the best match for you.

2. Thick, straight-cut bangs that cover your forehead
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Hiding your forehead suggests that your heart is closed and you are passive towards love relationships. You also secretly wish to be seen as a lovable lady by the people around you. Perhaps you have experienced some sort of trauma in the past, causing you to shut others out. It would probably take a determined, patient man who wouldn’t mind taking the time and effort to slowly pry open your heart in order to be with you.

3. Left-side parting (often seen on idols such as AKB48)

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The left side of our body is said to be the “female side”, thus this style suggests that you are inclined towards a feminine thinking process and tend to switch between putting up a front and speaking from your heart. Instead of putting yourself on the line, you prefer to take on supportive roles. You guard your heart carefully and tend to be timid when facing love relationships, which could be why you have difficulty in finding a partner. However, deep down inside, you harbor a desire to gradually bridge the distance that isolates you from guys.

4. Right-side parting

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The right side of our body is said to be the “male side”, thus this style suggests that you lean towards a masculine thinking process, often thinking about things in a straightforward manner. This shows that you are comfortable with putting yourself out there and taking the initiative when it comes to matters of the heart. However, being overly ambitious might cause guys to think that you are selfish and always want to have your way. You would probably leave a better impression on soft-spoken, gentle guys, or males who are younger than you.

5. Bangs that sit above your brows

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This style shows that you are confident in yourself, and suggests that once you fall for someone, you are likely to go all out to pursue that special someone. You are generally tolerant, but you have a strong desire to be understood by your partner, and that may be the cause of arguments. Due to such a personality, you tend to be attracted to mature guys who are skilful in handling women, or men who are broad-minded and accepting.

6. Centre parting or exposed forehead

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This style suggests that you tend to take initiative in communication. You often find yourself setting the flow at mixer parties. Being overly aggressive in making conversation may result in you talking too much. That aside, you generally leave a good impression on guys. You have a soft spot for praises and flattery, and might easily fall for someone who showers you with such words.

Source : 24RocketNews

15 how to bind your shoes lace in Japanese-style

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For some people the way how they tying their shoes is something unimportant, but what if it’s the Japanese that tying your shoes lace? They always come up with creative ideas in everything.

Here are 15 ways binds a unique Japanese-style shoes and you can emulate in your shoes.

1. Ladder はしご結び

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2. Zipper ファスナー結び

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3. Double Back ファスナー結び

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4. Loop Back ループバック結び

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5. Bushwalk ブッシュウォーク結び

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6. Saw Tooth のこぎり結び

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7. Foot Bag フットバッグ結び

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8. Display ディスプレイ結び

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9. Hash ハッシュ結び

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10. Twistie ねじり結び

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11. Hidden Knot 結び目隠し

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12. Riding Bow リボン真ん中結び

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13. CheckerBoard チェッカー結び

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14. Lattice 格子結び

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15. BI Colour 二色結び

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So which one is your favourite? Tell us in the comment 😉

Source : Keepo.me

How To Make Spinach Tamagoyaki (Egg Roulade)

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Spinach tamagoyaki is a Japanese egg roulade which is made with a lightly seasoned egg mixture and chopped spinach. The addition of spinach freshens the traditional Japanese tamagoyaki recipe which is made only with seasoned egg.

This tamagoyaki recipe is lightly seasoned with dashi stocksoy saucemirin (sweet cooking sake), and sugar. It is not unusual to find very sweet tamagoyaki at restaurants or in pre-made retail bento (lunch) boxes.

Tamagoyaki is a dish that is enjoyed not just at breakfast, but also at lunch, as a snack or even as a side dish or appetizer.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 2 to 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup Japanese dashi stock (or 1/4 cup water + 1/4 teaspoon dried dashi powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon mirin (sweet cooking sake)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves
  • Cooking spray or canola oil
  • Cooking tool: square or rectangular pan, preferably non-stick (optional)
  • Cooking tool: bamboo sushi mat, for creating a decorative exterior on the roulade (optional)

Preparation:

  1. If you do not have homemade dashi stock, mix luke warm water and 1/4 teaspoon dried dashi powder in a medium bowl. Either katsuo (bonito extract) or konbu (seaweed extract) dashi stock.
  2. Crack 4 eggs into the bowl with the dashi and add soy sauce, mirin, and sugar. Mix gently using a fork or chopsticks. Try not to create too many bubbles in the mixture, which tends to happen with a whisk.
  3. In a separate small bowl, add baby spinach, enough water to cover spinach and microwave on high for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until leaves are tender. Drain and run spinach under cold water until cool. Squeeze excess water from spinach, then rough chop. Add spinach to the egg mixture.
  4. Heat medium non-stick frying pan over medium heat and coat with cooking spray. (Note: Use a square or rectangular pan if available.)
  5. Pour a thin layer of the egg mixture into the pan and lower the heat to medium low. Allow the bottom to cook and become firm enough to fold over, about 3 minutes. If any large bubbles begin to form, use fork or chopsticks to gently pop the bubble.
  6. Gently fold over the egg about 1 1/2 to 2 inch wide, and continue to roll the omelette over all the way to the end of the pan.
  7. Next, using a spatula, gently lift the folded egg up off the pan and pour yet another thin layer of the egg mixture into the pan, and lay the folded egg gently back onto the thin layer of egg mixture. Allow the egg mixture to meld with the folded egg. Wait about 2 to 3 minutes for the thin egg mixture to become firm enough to fold over again. Start with the folded egg and roll it back over the thin layer of cooked egg.
  8. Repeat the previous step. The roulade will continue to thicken as you repeat the process.
  9. Remove the completed spinach tamagoyaki (egg roulade) from the pan and rest the tamagoyaki on a bamboo sushi mat. (This last step is optional.)
  10. While the tamagoyaki is warm, gently roll the tamagoyaki within the sushi mat and apply pressure to create a subtle lined pattern on the exterior of the roulade. (Optional.)
  11. Once the tamagoyaki is cool, slice to desired thickness and serve.

Credits : http://japanesefood.about.com/