Awesome Tokyo cafe’s less-than-a-buck beer is so cheap it’s almost criminal

The name of the restaurant is Coffee Mafia, but it’s the poster for 100-yen beer that has our attention.

Earlier this week, 7-Eleven broke our hearts by canceling its plans to start selling draft beer in its Japanese branches for the ludicrously low price of just 100 yen (US$0.90). We admit, we cried a little…but then we dried our tears and picked ourselves up. We were not giving up on the dream of 100-yen beer, because our three mottoes in life are:

1. Stay hungry
2. Stay thirsty
3. Stay cheap

And so we threw ourselves into research, searching for a substitute, and we finally found one!

Located in downtown Tokyo’s Shinjuku neighborhood, Coffee Mafia (which also has a branch in the city’s Iidabashi district) is, as the name implies, primarily a coffee specialist. However, they serve beer too, and as of July 18, just one day after 7-Eleven cancelled its affordable alcohol plans, Coffee Mafia started its summer promotion, where until August 31 draft beer costs just 100 yen. Oh, and that’s including tax, so you really can order a beer and pay for it with a single 100-yen coin.

Coffee Mafia pours its beer into the same cups it serves its coffee in, so if the foam hasn’t settled yet, it actually looks like you’re sipping a latte instead of imbibing a brew. The cafe also has food, and since we were saving so much on beer, we splurged on a plate of thick-cut roast beef for 800 yen, which was decadently delicious.

▼ The cafe’s outdoor table feels great on a warm summer night.

100 yen gets you a small-size beer, but you can also upgrade to a medium or large for 190 or 280 yen, still both extremely low prices for owntown Tokyo. Speaking of the location, Coffee Mafia is just a few blocks from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (also called “Tocho”) and its free observation towers, and since the café is open until 11 p.m., it’s a great place to stop off for a drink after seeing the city from above, even if all you’ve got is a single 100-yen coin in your pocket.

Cafe information
Coffee Mafia (West Shinjuku branch) / コーヒーマフィア(西新宿店)
Address: Tokyo-to, Shinjuku-ku, Nishi Shinjuku 6-12-16, Tenku Mura 2nd floor
東京都新宿区西新宿6-12-16天空MURA2F
Open 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
Closed Saturdays, Sundays, holidays
Website

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Grumpy Man’s Guide to Tokyo Disney: A bitter ex-fan shares his side of the 35th anniversary gala

Can faith, trust, and a little bit of pixie dust rekindle P.K Sanjun’s love of Disney? Here’s his experience of the 35th anniversary festivities.

If you read our article about Daiichiro Tashiro’s trip to Tokyo Disney Land and Disney Sea, you may have noticed that he wasn’t the only one grooving along with the Three Caballeros in one of the pictures.

▼ At the bottom there is our Disney fanatic Daiichiro, but hang on… zoom in some more…

▼ This is another SoraNews24 reporter entirely!

That’s right, Daiichiro was accompanied by our very own P.K. Sanjun, normally more likely to be spotted roaming the streets to catch Pokémon or finding ways to score deep discounts at the local McDonalds. So why was he here, at one of the officially licensed happiest places on Earth?

“Tashiro invited me, and his eyes were so super-duper puppy-dog sparkly with excitement that I just couldn’t bring myself to say no.”

But why would anyone turn down the chance to turn a reporting gig at Disney in the first place?! Well, it turns out that P.K. has quite the checkered past with old Mickey.

“Actually, when I was a young boy I adored Disney. I was just five years old when the Tokyo Disneyland opened in Chiba, and because I lived so close I would visit it three or four times a year right up until I was a high schooler. I would dread going home so much that I’d screw up my face when I heard “When You Wish Upon A Star” play, because that meant the park was closing. Then I’d think, “I’ll come again!” and would find myself pulled back soon after.”

“But then…I think it was like, 15 years ago now? I went to Tokyo Disneyland again with about ten of my friends, and it was just awful. Just a cacophony, it was way too much for me. I was relieved the second any of the attractions finished.”

▼ P.K., haunted by dissatisfied memories

It was then that he decided he had officially become Too Old For Disney. The star-studded delights that had thrilled him as a child were now too loud, too gaudy and too much effort to put up with. P.K. decided than and there that he was never going to set foot in another Disney park again. No more trips to Tokyo Disney Land, and even the opening of Tokyo Disney Sea in 2001 wasn’t enough to tempt him back.

So when Daiichiro invited him, P.K. tried to convey this tale of disillusionment. Daiichiro, who loves Disney so much he lives in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, where the parks are located, sunnily replied: “Oh, don’t be like that! Let’s just go!”

▼ Could you say no to that face? P.K. sure couldn’t.

And so they went.

As the two men arrived at Maihama Station, P.K. fought back a newfound wave of malaise. How was he going to get through all of this over-the-top Disney cheer? Worse still, Daiichiro seemed to have received a dramatic power-up just from being in vicinity to the Magic Kingdom. He even forced P.K. to go to a souvenir store shortly after they entered the park.

“You can’t just go around dressed like that,” he chided. “Let’s not waste this day out! We’ll get you a new outfit!”

Poor P.K. wandered around the goods store, thinking I don’t want to be here!!! on repeat as Daiichiro advised him to pick out the gaudiest item in the store. “That way you’ll cast out all your embarrassment!”

▼ Shortly before the makeover

▼ …

Looking great!

As you can tell from the image, P.K. wasn’t entirely convinced by his new attire, but Daiichiro convinced him the fetching hat and shades really suited him. Then he gave a pep-talk:

“Welcome to the kingdom of dreams and magic! Today, I’ll be your personal Walt Disney, guiding you through the wonders of Tokyo Disney Sea and Disney Land! Can you feel Tinkerbell’s magic pixie dust settling on your shoulders? You can fly! You can fly! You can flyyyyy~♪!”

How was P.K going to survive a whole day with this guy? He most definitely wasn’t going to call anyone “Walt”, least of all Daiichiro. There was a whole eight hours to go until the park closed… P.K. gritted his teeth. You can fly, he repeated to himself. You can fly.

The first port of call was maritime park Tokyo Disney Sea, which P.K. at least appreciated was more targeted towards adults – you can even drink alcohol here.

Still, it was Disney, so they were bound to spring madcap whimsy on him at some point. He girded himself.

P.K.: “So like, where’s all the dreams and magic you promised?”

Daiichiro
: “What? No, it’s Tokyo Disneyland that’s the kingdom of dreams and magic. This is Tokyo Disney Sea. An ocean of adventure and imagination, hidden right in plain sight! Oh, there’s a great example! Look at that statue of Christopher Columbus. Do you know why it’s facing the Italy-themed area, Mediterranean Harbor?”

P.K.: “Uh… Well, Columbus is famous for landing in America, so…”

Daiichiro: “Nicely imagined, sir! Indeed, Columbus arrived in the Americas with the help of Spain, and he even died in Spain. But get this… He was actually Italian!”

P.K.: “So he’s looking out towards his hometown?”

Daiichiro: “Correctamundo! It’s not like he’s just stood there for no reason. They arranged him like that to get your imagination fired up!”

P.K.: “Huh. That’s… kind of nice, I guess.”

The revelations didn’t stop there. P.K.’s critical eye was soon drawn to the mascot of Tokyo Disney Sea, Duffy the Disney Bear. During Daiichiro’s effusive tour spiel about the park, he paused in Cape Cod to mention that it was one of Duffy’s most popular hang-out spots.

P.K: “Duffy, huh. The little bear guy? Why the heck is he so popular, anyway? Mickey and Donald I get, they’re established characters, but you can’t just give a basic teddy bear a name and act like it’s something special.”

Daiichiro: “Wait, excuse me? Sanjun… Did you just say that Duffy is a ‘basic teddy bear?’”

P.K.: “He isn’t?”

Daiichiro: “Duffy is a special teddy bear made by Minnie. She gave it to Mickey so that he wouldn’t be lonely when he traveled out on the sea. Mickey was so delighted with Minnie’s present he hugged Duffy really tight, and do you know what happened then? Mickey’s happiness lit up Duffy’s very face!”

P.K.: “You lost me again.”

Daiichiro: “Take another look at Duffy’s face. Can’t you see Mickey?”

P.K.: “…”

 

P.K.: “I see it! The white spots on his face make a Mickey Mouse shape!”

Daiichiro: “Right, and it’s not just his face! Each of his paws has that same shape. You see, he’s a very special bear, all packed with love and warm feelings. Imagineering at its finest!”

P.K. hated to admit it, but he was thoroughly impressed by all the foresight and planning the Disney team had put into that little bear. Looking at him again, Duffy even seemed… kind of cute…?

The rest of the tour of Disney Sea was accompanied with more cheerful narrative from our Disney devotee Daiichiro, and P.K. actually found that he was enjoying himself. Trivia or not, the scenic views of Tokyo Disney Sea are nothing to sniff at!

With Tokyo Disney Sea tackled, it was time to head to the kingdom of magic and dreams itself: Tokyo Disneyland. The two gentlemen settled down to watch July’s special show, “Hello, New York!”. When the show finished, P.K. couldn’t help but notice that Daiichiro, who had spent the entire day fizzing and bubbling with Disney cheer, was strangely silent.

P.K.: “Wow, that show was great. They really pulled out all the stops! Where are we headed now?”

Daiichiro: “…”

P.K.: “You okay?”

After a lengthy silence, Daiichiro croaked: “I cried twice.”

P.K. was lost for words. “Hello, New York!” was an overwhelmingly happy story about all the Disney characters having a fun day of tourist delights! What parts were there even to cry about? As he tried desperately to think of when he should have been sobbing, Daiichiro explained: “It was so happy. Happier than I could have imagined… I can’t believe there’s a perfect, happy show like this in the world…”

P.K. looked frantically left and right. Not one of the other guests was weeping! This deep emotional chord was reserved only for a pure-hearted Disney maniac like Daiichiro Tashiro. As Daiichiro wiped his eyes, the conversation naturally turned to other theme park performances the two of them had seen.

Daiichiro: “So how did you feel about the Electrical Parade back in the day, Sanjun?”

P.K.: “Well, it had great music, and a lot of characters showed up… I went nuts about it when I was a kid. I’m a bit worried about what you mean when you ask ‘how did you feel’, though. Did I miss some hidden meaning or character or something?”

Daiichiro: “No, what I mean is… What’s your perspective on it?”

P.K.: “Perspective? Like an economic perspective? When I think of it like that, I guess it costs a ton of money just to power all those lights for one performance -”

Daiichiro: “I always watch the parade… while imagining that Walt is watching down on me from above.”

P.K.: “…what?”

▼ “You know, Walt loved the smiles of his guests more than anything else. So rather than thinking about watching the parade, I think about how happy he would be to see all of us watching and enjoying it. It’s probably selfish to think that, I guess, but before I knew it I was crying…

The other shows, both the dance-themed “Let’s Parti Gras!” and the castle light show “Celebrate! Tokyo Disney” passed in a spectacular blur, and soon the eight hours of Disney delights were finished and done with. And as for P.K.? Even though he had started this trip determined to be anywhere else in the world, he had to admit he’d had a really good time. The constant trivia tidbits definitely helped – he didn’t feel like they’d even scratched the surface of all the plans and stories and fun facts the park had to offer.

The more P.K thought on it, the more he felt like he could appreciate the love and care put into building a park where the guest’s experience is paramount. Every little thing had its justification for being there… Everything sparked the imagination.

“You did good, Walt.”

And hey, turns out those trivia tidbits are really fun. P.K.’s favorite was the one about Splash Mountain – you know that flash at the top? That’s a real person taking your photo! Incredible, right?

So what was P.K.’s final verdict? Is he a born again Disney fanatic?

“I still think I would only really want to go to Disney Land again if I can be accompanied by a true fanatic. Tashiro’s burning enthusiasm melted the ice around my heart, even when I was at my most physically exhausted.”

So what are you waiting for? No matter how burnt out on Disney’s dramatics you are, track down a deeply invested ingenue and you too can experience the park like a carefree grade-schooler once again. And what better time than while all three of those special shows are still running?

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We try out “instant rice balls”, prepared with water, to see if they’re actually tasty

These rice balls are meant to be cooked easily and to last for a long time…but do they sacrifice flavor for function?

Rice balls, also known as “onigiri”, come in all shapes, sizes and flavors. Seriously, you can have a one-kilogram (2.2-pound) literal ball of rice stuffed with edamame soybeans, a palm-size disc-shaped rice ball with a dumpling on top, or even what looks like a rice sandwich. If you’ve got rice stuffed with something and molded into some kind of shape, then, well, what you’ve got is a rice ball.

Rice balls make a great snack, but they take a bit of work to make, and they don’t last long once made. But food production company Onisi released a solution to that problem last year: “instant onigiri”! They’re portable rice balls that have a five-year shelf-life (before opening the package), and can be made by just adding water!

Thinking they might be good in a pinch, but wondering if they’re actually tasty, we bought two flavors to try out. We started with the seaweed flavor. The ingredients say that it’s composed of cooked dry rice, which is also known as “quick-cooking” rice. It also contains dry ingredients for flavoring.

The package has a handy zip opening so it can be opened and closed throughout preparation. When we opened it up to look inside…

,,,the rice and seaweed turned out to be dry and crispy! This conclusion was further solidified by the fact that when you close up the bag and shake it, it makes a rattling noise like dry rice.

Now we were curious about how flaky rice pieces could become a rice ball with just water. Without further ado, we took out the freshness package, pulled off the sticker on the front so we could see inside the bag…

…poured water in up to the line….

…sealed it, and shook it up!

After confirming that the water and rice were thoroughly mixed…

…we let it sit. When using room-temperature water, it takes 60 minutes for one of these rice balls to be ready, so we went to watch some dog videos while we waited.

One hour later, filled with the excitement of a new food and hungry for rice balls, we came to check on it. Was it ready?

It was! It had somehow become onigiri-shaped!

Mouths watering, we followed the directions to open the bag and make a nice holder out of the package. Cut off the top first, and then the sides, and…

…voila! A seaweed rice ball!

It looked like an ordinary, fresh rice ball. The rice was soft and fluffy, and the seaweed moist. It looked like we’d bought one from a convenience store!

But how did it taste?

So good! …is not really what we’d say about the flavor of this instant rice ball, but it’s not bad. The rice tastes decent, and the seaweed has a good texture. It’s without a doubt a seaweed rice ball, though its flavor is not on par with a convenience store rice ball.

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what is holding this rice ball back. Maybe it’s because its flavor is a little brothy, or maybe the MSG taste is too strong. Regardless, to be able to make a rice ball with just water is pretty nice.

Next we tried a salmon-flavored one. This time, we tried cooking it with hot water instead of room temperature water, which only takes 15 minutes.

As before, we opened up the top, poured the water in….

Sealed it and shook it, waited 15 minutes…

…and voila! It was done!

It was steaming hot and looked delicious! It might have been our imagination, but it looked a lot fluffier than the seaweed one. We took a bite….

…and the salmon rice ball is a lot tastier than the seaweed one! It’s still got a strong MSG flavor, but it feels like a solid rice ball. At the very least, it’s a lot better than those ice-cold rice balls they give you on international flights.

In any case, the flavors are decent, and being easy to make is a definite plus. They’d be great to take as a mid-adventure snack on a hike or a long trip. Plus, since they are meant to last for up to five years, they’d also be great to put into an emergency preparedness kit. It’s always best to be prepared!

Officially called Nigirazu Onigiri, you can buy these instant rice balls through Onisi’s web shop in packs of 10 or 30. They’re priced at 2,376 yen or 7,128 yen (US$21 or $63) depending on the pack. A trial set of three is also available for 712 yen, if you’re not ready for complete commitment right away.

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Japanese train travel isn’t all packed cars and gropers, old man’s flash-formed relay team proves

When this senior citizen saw someone drop their wallet in a crowded station, he used the power of teamwork to return it.

“Relaxed” is not a word that often gets used when describing trains in Japan. Because the trains are so punctual, some people plan their schedules down to the exact minute, sometimes diving into crowded carriages mere seconds before they pull away from the station, perhaps not even having finished the beer they just purchased.

But even in this rushed atmosphere, some people find, or rather make, the time to show kindness to others, like Japanese Twitter user @poppop31853240.

@poppop31853240 was recently walking through his local train station as another man was rushing to get to his train. In his haste, the man dropped his wallet, but failed to notice and continued hurrying on his way.

Actually, at first @poppop31853240 didn’t notice the dropped wallet either. Instead, it was picked up by an elderly gentleman. However, while the senior’s perceptiveness is as keen as ever, his legs no longer have the strength of a younger man, and though he gave chase, he was unable to catch up to the wallet’s owner.

At that moment, though, the older man and @poppop31853240 locked gazes. As he handed @poppop31853240 the wallet, the older man directed @poppop31853240 with his eyes towards the wallet’s owner, and @poppop31853240 sprinted ahead, as the second member of the impromptu relay team the pair had formed.

“It’s been at least five years since I’ve run that hard,” @poppop31853240 tweeted, “but I fulfilled my duty as the anchor, and passed off the baton,” he jokingly reports, having successfully returned the wallet to its owner.

The story touched the hearts of Twitter users, who praised the good Samaritans’ quick-thinking and teamwork with comments such as:

“Seriously, you and that old man are both so cool.”
“You guys make a great team.”
“When two sportsmen lock eyes, it’s like a sort of telepathy helps them understand one another.”
“Back in his youth, I bet the old man could have caught up to the owner. It’s like a changing of the guard between generations.”
“I want to buy you both a sports drink to say thank you for your hard work.”

Considering how ridiculously hot Japan is right now, a cold drink is definitely in order after the sudden sprint, as is a round of applause for the reminder that as hectic as train travel in Japan can be, having so many people crowded into the rail network means there are probably some genuinely kind people walking right next to you too.

Source: Twitter/@poppop31853240 via Hachima Kiko
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Pikachu Outbreak 2018: World’s first Eevee march to join Pokémon summer celebrations in Japan!

Because the only thing better than seeing 1,500-plus Pikachus is seeing a squad of Eevees at the same time.

Ever since 2014, Japan’s second-largest city of Yokohama has been coming to life every August as hundreds of Pikachus overrun the area in an annual celebration called the Pikachu Outbreak.

▼ Each year’s “Outbreak” runs under a different theme, and this year’s theme is “Science is Amazing“.

One of the highlights of the roughly week-long festivities is the chance to see daily Pikachu parades around the Minato Mirai harbour district, where over 1,500 Pikachu mascots strut through the streets, get wet and wild, and bust out dance moves amongst crowds of adoring fans who come from around the country to catch a glimpse of them.

Now in its fifth year, the organisers have decided to add some extra excitement to the Pokémon festivities by introducing a world-first to this summer’s instalment: an Eevee march!

While the exact number of Eevee mascots in the parade is being kept under wraps for now, the organisers are describing it as “the world’s first big Eevee march“, which means we can expect to see a large group of cute and cuddly brown-furred creatures on display.

Given that Eevee’s been hard at work recently, visiting offices around Japan as part of the Eevee Company Visit project, we’ve got a bit of an idea of what she’ll look like on the day.

While the Pikachu parade route runs from Queen’s Square Yokohama to the Grand Mall park area, those looking to get a wave from Eevee should head to the Shinko Central Plaza in the Red Brick Warehouse district during the festivities.

▼ The Red Brick Warehouse district will also be the site for the Soaking Wet Splash Show, where visitors can cool down with Pikachu.

While the Eevee parade will only be held during the day, for the first time this year, the Pikachu parade will also be held after sundown as well, when a procession of electric Pokémon will appear in flashing-light costumes.


▼ And there’ll also be a Pikachu parade on the sea, with a digital splash show featuring other Pokémon as well!

This year’s Pikachu Outbreak event will run from 10-16 August, so don’t forget to don your Pikachu glasses and pack your Pokémon soda because this event looks set to be their biggest one yet!

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“Hair Extension Bangs” from a 100-yen store: A bargain to beautify the bald and bereft

Our reporter heads to the discount store in hopes of glamming up his forehead, and shares the whole process in glorious GIF form.

Go Hattori is one of the most learned and experienced purveyors of 100-yen (US$0.90) store items in Japan – or at least on SoraNews24’s writing team. His recent success was creating an earthquake survival kit from nothing but 100-yen offerings, but he’s been known to splash out on all manner of cheap luxuries, from a fork designed just for pasta to hair-removal wax strips.

But this time Go wasn’t about removing hair. In fact, he’d been coveting an item to bolster his long, luscious lucks for a long time. When he found this product, “Hair Extension Bangs,” at a nearby independently-run store called Okuyama Shouhin, he nearly jumped for joy. While he’d tried other extensions before, this was the first time he’d seen one specifically targeted at that crucial forehead zone!

▼ Go’s 100-yen spoils: both the hair extension itself, and a pack of hair pins to better secure it

▼ As you can see the back of the hair extension requires hair pins so you can start off with a nice professional center-part, before clipping the extra hair in and arranging it to your taste

At long last, Go could sport the thick and bountiful bangs he’d always dreamed of! He was positively shaking with excitement as he tore the packet open to get at the treasure of tresses inside.

▼ And here’s the underside, with the typical mesh and clip set up so it can cling to what hair you already have.

A seasoned hair extension professional by this point, Go barely needed to glance at the back of the packet. He set to smoothing his hair down into a center part…

…and then slid the hairpins in to keep it in place.

Then all that was left was to jam that bad boy right over his forehead. Time for the mane… er, main event!

▼ Ta-da!

C’est magnifique!

Go was taken aback by how natural it looked! No longer would he fear the inevitable encroachment of male-pattern balding. Nor would he have to completely retreat into the persona of his crossplay alter-ego Ray, who usually wears a cute and stylish wig. With this accessory he could flaunt his own hair with pride!

▼ L-R: Before, “Secret Middle Stage”, “After

▼ You’d never think it was fake, let alone that it cost 108 yen with tax!

But all great things must come to an end. Go combed his new hairdo with his fingers until he’d thoroughly exhausted the novelty, and then it was time to uncouple from it.

Uninstalling…

Unfortunately, the extension did have a hitherto unforeseen side effect. Once Go liberated himself from the mesh and hooks, he recoiled in horror…

Noooo! Now he looked even more bald than ever before! Just one, miserable trailing hair bisecting his forehead! The humanity of it all!

▼ Bonus epilogue image: a defeated samurai

Oh well, that’s the price you pay for a discount hair pin that gives you the illusion of bangs. Still, now Go is ready to hit the mean streets of Tokyo as a host whenever he likes, without the fear of being disparaged for his lack of hair! At least, until a customer tenderly brushes her hand through it… Good thing he bought all those hair pins.

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Japanese child’s sad story of learning that “goodwill” is sometimes just “self-satisfaction”

It’s a hard truth they learned early on in life.

Recently, a Japanese netizen posted a controversial tweet claiming that sending 1,000 origami cranes to disaster areas, in order to “cheer up” the victims, is more a method to gain self-satisfaction and less an act of good will. That seemed to have gotten Twitter thinking…where does “kindness” end and “self-serving ambitions” begin?

It’s the age old debate. If you’re doing something for someone else just to feel good about what you did, is it really a selfless act? What makes someone a selfless person, or a kind person? Not just acts of “goodwill”, as one netizen, @wo__OIL, learned early in life:

“When I was in elementary school, our homeroom teacher was hospitalized and we decided to fold 1,000 paper cranes for them. I, the outcast of the class, was given 50 sheets of black origami paper, and even though I wasn’t very good at it, I worked really hard to fold 50 paper cranes. But after finishing them, I was told, “Black is an unlucky color!” and they were thrown right into the trash. It was then that I understood that ‘Goodwill is just for self-satisfaction’.”

It’s a strangely deep conclusion to make as a child, and a sadly cynical outcome of being bullied, which is a problem for many grade-school students. The netizen rightly believed that, because they rejected his efforts, their classmates weren’t invested in the act of goodwill in itself, but in the image of themselves doing a good thing.

Their selfishness lies in the fact that they weren’t willing to share the experience of doing a nice thing for someone, which is probably why the netizen knew, at a young age, that they were wrong. The post, with its intense realism and hard-hitting theme, quickly spread among Japanese netizens, who sympathized with the netizen’s experience:

“That’s bullying more than anything else. A person who has good intentions can also have evil intentions. ‘Goodwill’ isn’t limited to decent people.”
“This exact same thing happened to me when I was in preschool. I had only black paper and when I made the cranes, they got mad at me and said ‘This is bad luck and it’s dirty!” and threw them away right in front of me…”
“When I was a kid, I was told that God is watching the people who completely reject other people’s hard work, because they’re not decent people.”
“That’s a cruel story. But people who have been hurt can understand the pain of others.”

It’s hard to find people who are truly good; that was a harsh truth that this netizen was forced to learn at an early age. But that’s part of being human; we are all flawed creatures, and though we may do bad things, we do many more good things, too. Countless tales of kindness on Japanese trains have proven that.

Source: Twitter/@wo__OIL via My Game News Flash
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