DF-Wave News Splash #41 – Lunar New Year, Wearable Tomatoes, 2NE1’s CL Success, K-Action, and Cat Equality?

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At the start of every week, we take a look back over the past 7 Days to bring a quick snip of some of the Top Stories and JaK Wave Faves from our good friends at DramaFever. And that’s not all! Each News Splash includes JaK’s Top Pick – a featured clip, episode, or trailer that we at JaK Wave want to share with you all!

So, let’s have a look at what’s been igniting the ‘Fever this week!

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11 Dos and Don’ts to celebrating the Lunar New Year

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Happy Lunar New Year! In Asia, and specifically China, this holiday is steeped with superstitious tradition. Here are some of the big rules to follow prior to and on the big day, which lands on Thursday, February 19 this year!

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8 Beautifully Packaged Products to Celebrate the Lunar New Year

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This week welcomed the Year of the Sheep (or Goat or Ram). Regardless, it was the start a new Lunar Year and your newsfeed and TV commercials were probably flooded with “Gong Xi Fa Cai!” or “Gung Hai Fat Choi” and wishes for a Happy Lunar New Year. Major brands were ready to step on the bandwagon of this special holiday to release products to celebrate the new year. Check them out and see if your favourite brand made the list!

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13 Dazzling photos of Lunar New Year celebrations from around the world

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The Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations are in full effect, and the celebrations so far have been nothing short of spectacular. As you can see from the photos, citizens of Macau, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Hong Kong, and many more are ringing in the Lunar New Year in style.

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Where will Kim Soo Hyun, Lee Min Ho, and Park Shin Hye be during Korean Lunar New Year?

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Seollal, the Korean Lunar New Year holiday, has arrived on February 19. Most Korean people will take time off from work to be with their families. What will Kim Soo Hyun, Lee Min Ho, and Park Shin Hye be doing during this year’s Seollal?

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Lunar New Year Greetings that you may not have seen from Prince William, Mark Zuckerberg, and Kim Soo Hyun

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The stars have converged on a truly auspicious day as we have Lunar New Year greetings from 3 impressive princes. These princes are His Royal Highness Prince William, Billionaire prince of Facebook Mark Zukerberg, and our own K-drama prince Kim Soo Hyun. Enjoy the videos as we also wish you the best of luck and success in the new year.

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Researchers find that learning a second language is healthy for your brain

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One of the side effects of our love for Asian dramas is a desire to learn the languages. Subtitles are great, but any good K-drama addict will soon want to learn Korean so that we can watch our favourite actors, actresses, and Idols in interviews, commercials, and music videos without needing a subtitle. There is a whole world waiting for us if we could just learn the language.

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Japanese man arrested for stealing Valentine’s Day chocolates for himself

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I have never been one to condone a crime, but this might be one that we can overlook. A 67-year-old man in Itami, Japan was arrested for stealing Valentine’s Day chocolates for himself.

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The mystery of the recently developed wearable tomato

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As we see more and more wearable devices get introduced by technology companies, we get reminded of how technology is making its way to everyday life in all aspects, all the way from watches, clothing, jewellery, and now even tomatoes. But what exactly is a wearable tomato anyway?

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15 Stunningly Beautiful Wedding Dresses from K-dramas

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We’ve all heard the phrase imitation is the highest form of flattery. No wonder why we are all drawn to celebrities and idols when searching for inspiration from anything from hair to makeup and clothes. When it comes to wedding dress shopping, looking towards the following K-drama actresses will give you tons of ideas to help you find the perfect look.

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3 Epic Moments from Running Man Episode 234

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Dying to know what happened in the latest episode of Running Man but don’t have time to watch the entire episode? Don’t worry! From this week onwards, Running Man superfan Luc will be recapping the most epic moments from the latest Running Man episode! Catch him every Friday!

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What happens when Americans try to pronounce K-pop names

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One of the hardest parts about joining the K-pop and K-drama fandoms is figuring out how to actually pronounce our new bias’ name correctly. If you’re one of those who have been at it for a while and takes pleasure in watching new people struggle, then this amusing video of Americans trying to pronounce K-pop celebrity names is just for you!

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Meet the man fighting for cat equality

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Calling Masahiko Suga a cat lover is just about the biggest understatement possible. The 53-year-old Japanese man is the ultimate cat proponent. He believes in his cuddly felines so much that he wants to make sure they’re equal to dogs.

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Will 2NE1’s CL take over the US in 2015?

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Complex magazine is convinced CL will rule America’s music scene when she debuts this spring. The pop culture publication recently expressed their interest in her unique talent aside from that fact that she is Psy’s labelmate.

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Does ramen make men go bald?

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A new article that has been circulating all over the Internet is making a pretty serious claim: eating ramen will make your boyfriend go bald. Ramen is listed among four other things that bald men like to consume, with the others being diet products, snack foods, all-you-can-eat buffets, and alcohol.

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Why you should say goodbye to K-dramas and hello to K-action

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Most K-drama fans first fall in love with dramas in the romantic comedy or melodrama sub genres, such as Boys Over Flowers or My Love From Another Star, but what about K-action? Recently, a journalist at The Verge decided to explore some of the top action Korean dramas, and this is what she discovered.

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Japanese school to give out degrees for aspiring professional gamers

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“What do you want to be when you grow up?” is a question asked every single day by millions of parents around the world. Up until now, a parent could only shake his or her head when the answer was, “I want to become a professional gamer!” Luckily for many kids and parents like this, the renowned Tokyo School Of Anime has just announced the establishment of a new curriculum for aspiring professional gamers to accomplish their dreams.

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5 Surprising South Korean celebrity vacation destinations

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South Korean celebrities choose to vacation right in our own backyards. Their down time can be spent relaxing, studying, or doing more work. There are a number of things our favourite stars do on vacation, but it’s the location that really matters.

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Janie’s Tips & Tricks: How to get smiling eyes a.k.a “aegyo sahl”

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Have you noticed how actresses like Han Ye Seul from Birth of a Beauty always seem to be smiling? The trick to that is all under the eyes — aegyo sahl, or “cute eyebags,” make a person look like they’re smiling with their eyes and can make you look younger and friendlier!

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Make your own Boys Over Flowers F4 Papercrafts

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If you love Minecraft and you love the K-drama Boys Over Flowers, then these new F4 papercrafts are just the thing for you!

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The Double Chen Report: Japanese toilets and a tearjerking story about a lost puppy

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What are the Chinese flocking to Japan to buy? Will a mother dog ever find her lost puppy? And finally: My Love From Another Star — what’s that show about? Find out the answers to these questions and more in the first episode of The Double Chen Report!

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Sadly, there will be no
JaK’s Top Pick
This week!

There is no Top Pick for this week, but be sure to come back next Monday for our next team recommendation for all you Drama-loving Wave Riders out there!

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That concludes this week’s DF Wave News Splash! 

Come back next Monday, when we will be once again sharing the best DF stories from the last 7 days!

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All article images and clips in this post, aside from JaK Wave Logos, are courtesy of DramaFever.com. All rights reserved.

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Published by SurfinHaruru

SurfinHaruru is Sub-Editor, Head Graphic Designer/Coordinator, and Resident Photographer at JaK Wave, and manages the Korean Language section of the site. He loves Asian culture - living with Chinese culture day-to-day, and studying Korean in his spare time. He has a passion for Asian cookery, dramas, and music, and enjoys attending Traditional and Modern cultural events frequently.

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