Fish on new Yebisu “happy” beer cans changes colour when chilled

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RocketNews 24: (by Oona McGee)

In Japan, even beer cans have cute details.

Yebisu is one of Japan’s oldest beer brands, dating all the way back to 1887. Its well-known label features one of Japan’s Seven Lucky gods, Ebisu, the god of good luck, fishermen, and the ocean, who appears with a fishing rod in his right hand and a large red tai sea bream either tucked under his left arm or or dangling from his line.

And joining Ebisu for a limited time over the New Year period is a giant sea bream that changes from white to pink when chilled below 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit).

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The reason for the color-changing fish is all to do with bringing good luck, as Ebisu is known to do. Sea Bream, or tai in Japanese, is an impoortant component of traditional osechi New Year’s meals and is often eaten on festive occasions. Tai symbolises good fortune, both for its lucky red colouring and because tai forms part of the word medetai, which means happy or auspicious in Japanese.

▼ Rather than a bright red tai, the cans feature a large, pink “Sakura Tai”, which the company says is a good omen designed to bring joy and happiness.

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We’re not sure if it’s the lucky fish on the can or the liquid refreshment inside that brings the joy; perhaps it’s a combination of both! The company recommends drinking the beer at 4 to 6 degrees Celsius, which is what it will get down to after five to six hours in the fridge.

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Called the “Yebisu Medetai Can” or “Yebisu Happy Can”, these will be available around the country from today, 22 December.

These $700 lifelike cat handbags are the latest fashion craze in Japan

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Next Shark:

For the cat lovers in your life this Christmas: cat handbags… And no, they are not made from actual cats. The handbags made to realistically resemble cats by Japanese artist Pico are handmade from plastic, fake fur and spray paint, according to InStyle.

Getting one will cost you, however. The bags, which first gained the adoring attention of Twitter users, are only available through Yahoo Auctions Japan, where they can go for $700 or more.

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“Walk In Shanghai”

Shanghai is known as one of the busiest and biggest cities in the world, and thanks to media artist JT Singh we are getting a unique tour through its sprawling network of streets, subway lines, highways and, of course, people. Reversing Singh’s own movement against that of the city allows for us to focus in on his own actions and journey amidst 24 million others, as well as appreciate the simple pleasure of walking versus other methods of transportation.

Singh is an expert on emerging cities and has advised many city leaders throughout North America, Asia and Europe, including those in Toronto, Shanghai, Tokyo and Fuzhou, on how to help cities engage with their global context through tactics such as enhancing local cultural economies, tourism and trade, developing international presence and attracting foreign investment.

Ai Weiwei unveils “Golden Age” designer wallpaper at Serpentine Galleries in London

London’s Serpentine Galleries unveils “Golden Age,” a designer wallpaper by contemporary artist Ai Weiwei. The piece is a social commentary of sorts by the artist and features interlocking gold chains reminiscent of luxurious silk scarves, as well as surveillance cameras surrounding Twitter’s Larry Bird logo. This is possibly an allusion to the ongoing discussion of privacy topics like social media rights and government surveillance issues, as Ai Weiwei is reputed for his critiques on the Chinese government and his longstanding dissidence of the state’s policies.

“Golden Age” and the preview video above will debut ahead of the gallery’s upcoming wallpaper exhibition by artists, designers, architects and the like. The wallpaper collection will be available for purchase this May.

Serpentine Galleries
Kensington Gardens,
London W2 3XA, United Kingdom

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