If you like the SoftBank robot Pepper, you will love this: a Pepper cuddly toy. And not just any cuddly toy, this is a super deformed-style Pepper, complete with an oversized head. SoftBank has ...
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You've heard the one about the Tower of Babel. But what the 350-meter wooden tower? The somewhat cryptically named W350 is set to be the tallest wooden structure in the world, standing 350 meters ...
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The best way to sell a foreign brand in Japan is to localize it, and this is both easier and harder when it comes to food. This is a field that offers a wealth of possibilities, but Japanese ...
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The manga and anime franchise Cardcaptor Sakura has spawned a lot of spin-off merchandise over the years, and it now has its own cafe in Tokyo. The shojo manga about elementary school student ...
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The Star Wars villain like you've never seen him before!
The first thing to learn about Valentine's Day in Japan is that it's only for women to give to men. The guys are supposed to reciprocate on White Day, or March 14th. Moreover, it's not just for ...
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The native Japanese religion of Shinto might well be an ancient faith, but it's rarely concerned about violating a "sacred" image. People eat and drink at shrines. And now two miko shrine maidens ...
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The success of the robot-staffed Henn na Hotel in Japan has now led to a "robot cafe" in central Tokyo. From February 1st, a robotic barista is serving customers at the Henn na Cafe in a branch of ...
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They say that there's an app for everything. In Japan, it can sometimes seem like there's a music idol group for everything. Virtual Currency Girls (Kasotsuka Shojo) is a new music idol group ...
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Just what every busy person needs in their wardrobe: a way to neutralize odors from coats, jackets and other items of clothing just by hanging them up
Mori Building will partner with teamLab to open the Mori Building Digital Art Museum: teamLab Borderless this summer at Palette Town in Odaiba, Tokyo Bay. Set to become one of the major ...
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The ongoing evolution of capsule hotels shows no signs of slowing down. The latest iteration of one of the most iconic types of Japanese accommodation is a stylish hotel in central Tokyo specifically ...
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Tokyo had a strange start to the working week yesterday when it was hit by the worst snowfall since 2014. More than 20cm of snow fell on Monday, trapping cars on bridges and in tunnels, and causing ...
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The Japanese know a thing or two about making good stationery and papercrafts. They also know a thing or two about making nice landmarks. The Omoshiroi Block (roughly translating as the ...
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We all know conveyor-belt sushi (kaiten-zushi). But what about conveyor-belt sweets? For a limited time only, that experiment is coming to Tokyo -- and just in time for Valentine's Day, ...
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Toyota has partnered with Amazon, DiDi, Mazda, Pizza Hut and Uber to form the e-Palette Alliance, forming a broad hardware and software ecosystem for utilizing advanced mobility technology to better ...
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First showcased at CEATEC last autumn to much excitement from the world press, the Qoobo Robotic Cat Tail Pillow is now finally available on preorder. The interactive, therapeutic "tailed cushion ...
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