As we write these words, the abdication rituals are underway in Tokyo at the Imperial Palace as Emperor Akihito prepares to step down from his role. This will end the Heisei era and, from May 1st ...
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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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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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Japanese comedy just got much more robotic. AIchan and GONta is a pair of robots, created to serve as a manzai-style stand-up comedy act. Developed by a special lab at Konan University, the two ...
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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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Customizable designer e-paper wristwatch
The artist junaida has created a dazzling, beguiling children's book that readers of all ages will love. Unfolding across 46 pages and designed by Hal Udell, Michi depicts a series of vibrant, ...
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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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The lingerie brand Triumph International has paid tribute to the soon-to-end Heisei period with a bra, skirt, and boots set. Various elements in the clothing reference social and cultural changes ...
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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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Stress relief inspired by traditional Japanese sports
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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Tourism is booming in Japan right now and looks set to continue that way, at least until the 2020 Olympic Games. One of the prime sightseeing destinations in the capital is, of course, Tokyo ...
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