Some of Japan's Best April Fools' Jokes

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Today is April 1st. Be wary! There are some pranks and tricks online that you might fall for. Some of them are not very good. But some of them are. Let's have a look.

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Japanese manga Weekly Shonen Jump, a magazine for young boys, is turned into Jumpteen, a magazine for teenage girls. [Weekly Jump]

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Have long fingernails? Don't want to get your phone all smudged up? Google Japan introduced a "magic hand" device to input Japanese characters into smartphones and tablets. [Google Japan]

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A can of Kirin "Mini" beer. So cute. [Kirin Beer]

Here's noodle chain Hanamaru Udon's "magma ankake udon." Note that the chain actually traveled to Hawaii just to film this gag! [Hanamaru Udon]

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Kodansha has a manga reader for your arm, called Kebo Arm. [Kodansha]

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Audi is getting into the sushi business in Japan, with a word play on "Quattro" (クワトロ or kuwatoro) and "toro" (トロ) or "fatty tuna." [Audi]

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A photo of an artisan making Pocky snacks. [Glico]

Capcom is making its games available in cat lingo. Nya~n! [Capcom]

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Japanese researchers are developing "alert smells" for each Tokyo train station to go with the distinctive music some stations have. [The Japan Times]

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Sega's next generation wearable hardware, MEGAne DRIVE (in Japanese "megane" means "glasses"). [Sega_Official]

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Red Bull's energy bath powder. [Red Bull]

This is Domino's Pizza new "Helium Gas Pizza." One bite makes you talk funny. [Domino's]

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Yahoo! Japan kicks off a WiFi service for pagers. Note: Pagers, or "pocket bells" (ポッケトベル) were popular among Japanese schoolgirls in the 1990s. The flowers in these girls' hair, the tanned skin, and the Baby-G watches all scream late 20th century Japanese youth fashion. [Yahoo! Japan]

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Thief gets turned into an old-style JRPG. [Square Enix]

DeAgostini, which is known for its serialized model kits, teamed up with mobile phone carrier Au for this build-your-own-smartphone prank. [Au/YouTube]

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A photo of an artisan making Pocky snacks. [Glico]

I don't know why, but this is the one that really made me laugh.