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OMG! This may be the cutest baby we have ever seen. Baby Chanco is already fierce and fab at just 7-months-old.

Her gorgeous head of hair has stolen our hearts, and she is officially our new #hairgoals! 

Her Instagram @babychanco is labelled as her ‘hair diary’ and already has over 130,000 followers.

Yes, a baby has more followers than you, but can you blame them? We could spend all day scrolling through her precious pictures.

Baby Chanco lives with her mother, Mami, in Japan, where her mum loves photographing her in different poses that show off her beautiful, lengthy locks.

Mami runs her daughter's Instagram account, updating fans with more adorable photos as often as she can.

When asked what prompted Mami to start the account, she told HuffPost: ‘When she was born she came out with a LOT of hair.

‘We wanted to document it since we thought it will be fun.’

The family was surprised to see Baby Chanco born with a full head of hair and have called her ‘unique’ during the interview.

They hope her photos can bring joy to everyone around the world, and they certainly are!

You can follow @babychanco for all the latest adorable photos of Chanco and her stunning mane.

She is definitely our new Insta obsession!

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There are some things in life that were just made to go together. Gin and tonic. Sonny and Cher. Millennials and avocados. The list goes go. 

However, one of the greatest pairing has to be the blissful refreshment offered by an ice-cold drink on a sweltering hot summer's day. 

And while we don't get too many of those around these parts, you better believe that our freezers are stocked full of ice-cubes and Mr. Freeze for when such a moment does occur. 

Sheer perfection, right? Well what if we told you that Coca-cola had taken it one step further and created the first official coke slushy. 

Eight years in the making, Coca-cola Frozen Lemon has just launched for the first time in Japan. 

It comes in pouches, and can be enjoyed frozen, melted, or anywhere in between. 

Pro tip: Add a splash of your favourite liquor for a boozy coke daiquiri. 

In Ireland, the latest flavours to hit supermarket shelves are Coke Zero peach, and Diet Coke mango and cherry – so we're hoping the frozen variation will make its way over to this part of the world sooner rather than later. 

Bring on summer! 

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School uniforms have been used as fashion statements in the past – think Britney Spears in the 'Baby One More Time' video – but who thought they'd be dressing their kids in luxury brands for school?

The Taimei Elementary School in Toyko's upscale Ginza shopping district plans on introducing optional Giorgio Armani uniforms in April.

The full set comes at 80,000 yen a pop (about €590), which is three times more expensive than current school attire. The move has raised eyebrows of parents and government officials alike, Harper's Bazaar reports.

"I was surprised and wondered why such luxury uniforms have been picked for a public elementary school," one mum told Huffington Post Japan.

"I‘m worried that a wrong notion that something expensive is good and something cheap is bad could be imprinted on children," she continued.

The dress code change for incoming students was made known in a letter last November. In the letter, headmaster Toshitsugu Wada also hailed the school as a 'landmark' in the area.

Another landmark in the area? Armani's head office, which is a mere 656 ft. away from the school.

Government education officials are not pleased with the school's change in uniform.

In parliament, the officials discussed how, while school principals are free to set school rules and uniforms, this new policy in Taimei Elementary School did not have the consensus of the parents.

Following backlash against the Armani uniforms, the headmaster shared a statement on the school's official website.

"With humility, I take the criticism that explanation has been insufficient and not well-timed," it stated, "I will go on explaining carefully to those concerned."

He says there will be an explanation on uniform arrangements, though it remains unclear if the Armani ensembles will be mandatory.

What would you do if such a policy was put in place at your child's school?

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On December 31, well-known YouTuber, Logan Paul, deemed it appropriate to upload footage of a man who had taken his own life in a forest in Japan.

The backlash was swift and severe, and in spite of Logan's two apologies, YouTubers have been quick to turn their back on him.

However, a decline in popularity is by far the least significant outcome of the ill-advised decision, with authorities in Japan asserting that 22-year-old Paul could face charges should he return to Japan.

Speaking to The Daily Beast, Taihei Ogawa, one of Japan's most decorated and well-respected former police officers, said: "It’s not an issue that you’re Japanese or a foreigner—but that you’re breaking the law."

"And you’re showing these lawless acts to thousands of people who follow you on YouTube, which sets a bad example," he added.

"Even if you did things as a prank, you damaged property, you bothered people, you obstructed the work of innocent people trying to make an honest living, you were rude to many and you were a pain in the ass."

Paul's potential charges would include destruction of property, public indecency, interference with business operations and traffic violations.

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If you've ever found yourself narrowing your eyes at colleagues who pop out of the office once an hour for a quick ciggie break, this one's for you.

A marketing firm in Japan have tapped into this sense of workplace discontentment, and provided their non-smoking staff with six extra days of holidays a year to counteract the time taken by smoking staff.

As of September, Piala Inc have provided more than a working week's paid leave to non-smokers, due to the fact that the firm operates from the 29th floor of a Tokyo building meaning that each cigarette break costs the company at least 15 minutes in productivity.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Hirotaka Matsushima, a spokesman for the company, explained; "One of our non-smoking staff put a message in the company suggestion box earlier in the year saying that smoking breaks were causing problems."

"Our CEO saw the comment and agreed, so we are giving non-smokers some extra time off to compensate," he added.

In addition to restoring equilibrium among the company's non-smokers, the company's CEO, Takao Asuka, hopes that the introduction of paid leave will act as an incentive for smoking staff to quit.

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Japan have given the world many things – sushi, karaoke, Pokémon, the list goes on.

However, it looks like their latest creation could be up there with the best of them.

Introducing the coffee ice cream cone – and yes, it's exactly what it sounds like.

These babies are available at a number of locations around the world, but in true Japenese style, one Tokyo based cafe has taken  the sweet treat to the next level.

Not only do Coffee Cone serve delicious coffee sprinkled with sugar, spice and everything nice, they also add some of the cutest latté art the world has ever seen.

Just take a look. 

 
 

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Not only are these things cute AF, they also make it okay to eat dessert for breakfast, and that's something we are definitely down for. 

It's win-win!  

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All 90s kids will remember the horror of getting your Tamagotchi confiscated in primary school, only to get no sympathy after choruses of "but he'll die, Miss" from your teacher.

By the time you got your precious baby back at the end of the day, he was literally on death's door, surrounded by little poops and crying out for food. 

Oh, and you could never get a hint of pity from your parents, who simply did not understand the whole Tamagotchi concept.

 

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Well, get ready to live your 10-year-old life all over again, because the Tamagotchi is the latest 90s relic to resurrect itself from the graveyard of hair mascara and diamante denim.

As well as being one of the first artificial intelligence toys, the Tamagotchi was the ultimate fashion accessory to jazz up your school bag, which is why we're totally behind this re-launch.

 

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How kitsch would it be to have one of the baby bots attached to our keys?

And we'd have something else to do on our commute home than scroll through social media. 

Unfortunately, the adorable but needy little critters are only being re-released in Japan, but there are plenty available on eBay for anything form €9.99 to €20.00. 

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

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Last week, Tokyo woke to its first November snowfall since records began.

And, as you’d expect, residents of the Japanese capital were quick to document the occasion on social media with the hashtag “tokyosnow”.

Given the striking nature of the shots, the resulting collection of images has received much attention online and so we’ve gathered some of our favourites for you to explore.

Check them out below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#streetphotography #iphone5 #tokyosnow #streetcrossing #japan #snow #winter

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Feat image: Instagram @chicinkiev 

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At the end of a long week of work, politics and general drama, there are few things more tempting than a glass of red wine.

But for those in desperate need of a pick-me-up, Japan has found the ultimate solution.

Images from the Yunessun Spa Resort of Hakone have been doing the rounds online after it was discovered that the spa is home to a swimming pool filled with red wine.

For those wishing to follow in the steps of Cleopatra, the spa offers the opportunity to bathe in a red wine tank which is filled by a 12 foot bottle of the good stuff.

Because red wine contains resveratrol – an antioxidant which stimulates cell proteins – visitors can avail of the anti-aging benefits of vino while enjoying a glass or two mid-soak.

 

#yunessun #redwinebath #onsen #hakone #drunkbath #vice #japan

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And if wine isn’t your thing, the spa – which is located 100km west of Tokyo – will allow you to relax in pools of ramen, chocolate, green tea and coffee.

If there was ever a place to fill us with Wanderlust, this is most definitely it.

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We’re all for a bit of DIY now and then, but this just seems like far too much effort for us. 

 

・ ・ ・ ・ ・#evian #evian

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A new trend has emerged in Japan among bloggers and social media stars alike. 

 

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That trend involves making your own phone case out of recycled Evian bottles.  

We really appreciate how good for the environment this is, but we are not sure we would want the Evian logo on our phones. 

 

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In Japan, Evian is cooler than cool though,  so it makes sense that it's biggest fans would want to carry the logo with them at all times.

 

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If you happen to be particularly fond of Evian, check out the video and let us know your thoughts! 

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Everyone spends their money on different things. Splashing the cash on a new Givenchy handbag is the dream to some and a total waste to others. 

Yet, when someone spends nearly ten thousand Euro on a bunch of grapes, some eyebrows will be raised and some very difficult questions will have to be answered.

The bunch of about 30 grapes were sold for 1.1m yen (€9,777) in Japan – but these aren't just your usual run-of-the-mill grocery store grapes, they're actually a symbol of high status.

Each grape (worth about €317) is roughly the size of a ping-pong ball and each one has to pass a number of tests to qualify as a 'Ruby Roman'.

Grown in the Ishikawa region (where they're strict on only growing Ruby Roman grapes) each grape must weigh at least 20g and have a sugar content of at least 18%. 

Seasonal fruit in Japan is actually regularly sold for large sums of money to buyers seeking social prestige, or shop owners who want to show off to their customers.

The lucky man who bought Thursday’s grapes promised he would give samples to a few lucky customers.

“These are truly Ruby Roman gems,” he said. “We will display them at our store before giving our customers a sample taste."

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We might have to say goodbye to our Irish beauty Nadia Forde as she reportedly might be moving to France or Japan to be with her boyf Dominic Day.

The model has been living in London since winning I’m A Celeb in 2014 and now it looks like she might have to pack her bags again.

Dominic is in the running with both French and Japanese rugby clubs and it is claimed he asked Nadia to move with him if he is selected.

“Nadia is a real home bird, but Dom asked her to move with him when he decides on a new club so she said yes,” an insider told the Irish Mail on Sunday.

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