Fancy decorating a train? To celebrating the opening of the direct connection linking the Tokyu railway (which runs from Tokyo to Yokohama) and the Metro Fukutoshin subway line on March 16th 2013, ...
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New Year is fast approaching. Along with mochi cakes, a visit to a shrine at midnight, TV shows that go on for hours, and plenty of booze, Oshogatsu in Japan is defined by the delivery of a wad of ...
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Designer dog houses adapted to match the breed of the pooch? Well, it already no secret that the Japanese do love two things -- pets and good design -- so perhaps this marriage was inevitable. After ...
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Gundam nabe, anyone? In these colder months locals in Japan tend to indulge in some nicely warming nabe hot pots. But perhaps just plain ol' regular ingredients like onions, mushrooms and so on ...
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Dust/pollen allergies and infection protection
Today the FIFA Club World Cup will be kicking off here in Tokyo and Yokohama. One of the sponsors, Sony, has a cool smartphone app that allows fans to show their support for their team in an ...
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Flash mobs have been happening around the world for a few years now and they are finally starting to take off in Japan. The recent Kawasaki Halloween cosplay parade included one, and Japanese ...
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It's that time of year again. What to get the kids that will keep them occupied for at least an hour? And that savvy nephew who seems never to be surprised by anything? Then there's the parent who is ...
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As if it didn't have enough issues with nature to deal with, on top of the earthquakes, tsunami, and volcanoes, every year Japan also has a famous problem with hay fever. After the war, in its ...
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The Star Wars villain like you've never seen him before!
At the risk of adding yet more to the digital mountains of bytes and bloggings about the multifarious cafes and restaurants the curious explorer can find in Tokyo, here's another place to add to the ...
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Forget Hayao Miyazaki, apparently the next force in Japanese anime is a German carmaker. Mercedes-Benz has produced NEXT A-Class, a short anime film celebrating the Japanese launch of the A-Class ...
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What makes a toy a good toy? Room for sensory discovery, imagination and creativity. At least, that's according to designer Makiko Shinoda, whose Playing with Senses Perceptible Chess Game is ...
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Looking for some good Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping ideas this weekend? Forget your local store for a moment and feast your eyes on some of the goodies Tokyo has to offer. Japan Trend ...
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The Neko Cup will totally transform the fun you can have at the beach or in a sandbox.
We've blogged before about how Japanese eyewear brands are pretty interesting in what they do to promote themselves to a circumspect but myopic public. Now eyewear retailer ALOOK has got together ...
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Green tea ice cream. Green tea Kit Kat. Even green tea cafe latte. And now green tea hair dye. Beauty Studio Ryu, a hair salon in Kyoto, is one of dozens of beauty salons in Japan set to offer an ...
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Well, here's a partnership we should have seen coming... In what cynics might decry as mere geek pop culture tailored for the Brutus-reading, CINRA.net-browsing Tokyo hipster, Hiroki Azuma -- the ...
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