Japan's Best April Fools Jokes Of 2016

Japan's Best April Fools Jokes of 2016

Yesterday was April 1. Know what that means? Internet hijinks everywhere online, including in Japan. For the past few years, the country has done a solid job with April Fools (you can see previous coverage here and here), and this year is no exception. Here's a roundup of some of this year's standout gags.

Drone Taxis

Japan's Best April Fools Jokes of 2016

[Image: Sanwa Koutsu] Japanese taxi company Sanwa Koutsu rolls out the first drone taxi service in the world.

Pink Bear Meat

Japan's Best April Fools Jokes of 2016

[Image: So-net] Momo, the mascot for PostPet email program, sure looks cute enough to eat.

Sony Is Making a Real Proton Pack

Japan's Best April Fools Jokes of 2016

Basically, an ad for the new Ghostbusters film.

Audi's Kaomoji Lights

Japan's Best April Fools Jokes of 2016

[images: Audi Japan] The German carmaker is back with yet another solid April Fools' gag for Japan. This year, its kaomoji (those little faces you can make with text and punctuation) headlights and tail lights.

Coca-Cola Batteries

Japan's Best April Fools Jokes of 2016

[Image: Coca-Cola Japan] Because carbonated drinks are a good source of energy?

A Real Flick Japanese Keyboard

Japan's Best April Fools Jokes of 2016

[GIF via Google Japan] Not content with the flick-touch interface for typing in Japanese, Google made an analogue device for greater tactile flick feel.

Pet Bull

Japan's Best April Fools Jokes of 2016

[Image: Red Bull Japan] You know, Red Bull for pets. Heh.

The Latest Tekken Collaboration

Japan's Best April Fools Jokes of 2016

[Images: Namco | Square Enix] Tekken versus Square Enix card game Lord of Vermillion, letting players choose between popular Tekken and seemingly endless LoV characters for a roster of 745 fighters!

The Nendrone

Japan's Best April Fools Jokes of 2016

[GIF via GoodSmile] Those big-headed Nendoroid figures, but now in drone form.

Witch Delivery Service

Japan's Best April Fools Jokes of 2016

[Image: Interiorez] Online shop Interiorez launches a real Kiki's style delivery service.

Chicken-Head Selfie Contraption

Lawson convenience store, famous for its Kara-age Kun fried chicken bites, rolled out this selfie set-up (this is a pun, because in Japanese "selfie" or "jidori" can sound like the word for "free range chicken").

Wasabi Water

Japan's Best April Fools Jokes of 2016

[Image: ILOHAS] From the country that gave us yogurt water, here is wasabi water. Which sounds so very cruel.

The Dreamcast Reborn

Japan's Best April Fools Jokes of 2016

[Image: Asahi | Sega] ...as a beer tap for Asahi's "The Dream" Beer. If this were real, I'd want one!

[GIF via Lawson]


Comments

    I have a sudden urge to find a dead dreamcast to do horrible things to in order to make that real

    I don't get it, this stuff looks no weirder than the stuff we get out of Japan on the other 364 days of the year...

      Who would have known, Japan is a first world country that largely operates in a similar way to our own... Some people try to make a living out of writing about all the 'craaaaaaaazzzy things' that Japanese people do, when in reality those things are fairly anomalous and surprise the average Japanese citizen.

    Leave those Dreamcast corpses alone you bastards! Let the dead rest!

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