Moff is based in Tokyo but has its sights firmly on the global market. Its wearable smart toy Moff Band was released internationally after a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2014. Now it has ...
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Everywhere around the globe has been going Star Wars crazy due to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This is especially the case in Japan, though, which saw an array of merchandise and ...
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Japan has always had a big thing for Star Wars, and characters like C-3PO and R2-D2 have been frequent sights on advertising billboards and TV commercials for random products. The franchise is ...
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PythagoraSwitch is an educational NHK TV show about science and engineering. It has inspired a generation of youngsters (and dads) to try building and figuring out how things work. It's unashamedly ...
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Kirin Ichiban's machine puts an ice cap on your beer and helps keep your beverage cooler for longer!
Get your drawing skills ready, kids. Here is the perfect aquarium that doesn't require any maintenance -- only creativity! The Picturerium is a digital fish tank. There are no live fish inside the ...
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Kendama have made a big comeback. The traditional cup-and-ball Japanese toy has been gaining in popularity in foreign countries for a little while now and in Japan too, the Japan Kendama Association ...
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We were already amused and surprised when Bandai celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Tamashii die-cast metal model series Chogokin ("super alloy") last year with some spectacular tie-ups like Taro ...
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Japan has a declining birth rate but the toymakers are still trying hard to find new ways to entertain children in the twenty-first century. Here's a brilliant example from Takara-Tomy. The ...
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Relax in the bath while keeping the water warm and the things you need close at hand!
Our love for all things Maywa Denki is no secret. We recently went wild about Mr Knocky, their unique drum toy, and also think their retro Otona no Kagaku Maywa Denki Automa-te Auto Writer Hand is ...
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JapanTrendShop is having a sale for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, offering 10% off on all items in its online catalog. Just use the code blackfriday2014 or cybermonday2014 to claim a discount on ...
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If you like unusual RC toys and if you like yuru-kyaru (Japanese mascots), then these two things are about to come crashing together in amazing style with this R/C Tractor Kumamon from ...
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Nanoblock, Japan's homegrown answer to Lego, never stops evolving. Just when you thought the micro building blocks had been used to transform every famous monument or building around the world, ...
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The Mewgaroo Hoodie has a special "pouch" for your kitten or cat to snuggle up with you. And even better, the hoodie turns you into a cat too!
Japan's 100 yen shops are treasure troves. Enter these Aladdin's Caves and you can find almost anything you need for your kitchen or home, plus all kinds of surprising items you didn't even know ...
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Winter is coming, as a certain HBO series constantly reminds us. But in Japan as we can stuck into the chill of the winter, there is a bright spark part of the way through -- New Year. Not only does ...
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The Tower of the Sun is one of the great icons of postwar Japan and the Showa era. The huge sculpture is a kind of totem pole that was created by artist Taro Okamoto as one of the signature ...
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