Anyone with an Instagram or YouTube account can become a celebrity these days. And sometimes you don't even need to be human. In fact, Japan has something of a tradition of turning animals into ...
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It is now exactly one year to go until the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games open in Tokyo. After a rocky start, including the cancellation of the stadium design and change of logo, preparations are ...
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The Neko Cup (literally "cat cup") is a beach and sandbox sleeping cat sand sculpture toy. The hollowed-up cup mold, available in white, black, or beige, lets you make sand sculptures of sleeping ...
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On May 1st, the era name changed in Japan from Heisei to Reiwa when Naruhito ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne as the new emperor. Unlike the previous changeover of emperor, which was marked by a ...
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Back in 2010, the Internet briefly went wild about the Potechi no Te and Popcorn no Te, two grabber toys from Takara Tomy that seemed like the perfect tool for coach potatoes too lazy even to pick up ...
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Did you know that Frieza is a businessman? Yes, the Vicious God from the imagination of Akira Toriyama is taking a change in career from battling Goku et al. He is now joining the team at your office ...
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Last week we reported on the troubles faced by Fukushima sake in overcoming the reputation of the prefecture's nuclear disaster in 2011. Here is one novel way to attract new fans to nihonshu. ...
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It's now only a few weeks left until the Heisei period ends and a new, as-yet-unnamed era begins when Emperor Akihito abdicates and Crown Prince Naruhito takes the throne. As such, we are seeing ...
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Customizable designer e-paper wristwatch
East meets West. Old meets new. These are cliches but it's a fact nonetheless that Japan produces plenty of inventive examples of this intermingling. We recently reported the release of the ...
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Back in 2015, we wrote about the Meisho Movie Realization Teppo Ashigaru Sandtrooper figures that were an awesome combination of Japanese history and Star Wars. Bandai's Tamashii Nations line of ...
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Here's a serious improvement on the "obligation chocolate" that is wrecking Valentine's Day for many in Japan: Nestlé Japan has returned with another brilliant chocolate snack for the local market ...
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Coca-Cola continues its exploration of unique new flavors and tastes with another beverage exclusive to the Japanese market. The Coca-Cola Peach is a fruity version of the coke we have all come to ...
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Retro Japanese schoolgirl clothes perfect for loungewear
Nestlé has honed a brilliant marketing strategy in Japan: produce special versions of Kit Kat snacks with Japanese flavors and ingredients. A few of these are general, such as the wildly successful ...
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Calling all Transformers fans! Forget the Hollywood movies. Takara-Tomy and Casio are here to transport you to a whole other plain of fandom, in celebration of the 35th anniversary of the ...
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While the birth rate is Japan is declining, the nation's obsession with pets shows no signs of abating. This has led to a vast catalog of pet toys and items -- ranging from the outright bizarre to ...
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