It generated enough headlines when it opened and now it will surely get some more. The Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku Kabukicho launched in late 2012 on a wave of publicity, not least for its ...
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Funassyi just can't be stopped. The pear (nashi) character that famously started off as an unofficial yuru-kyara mascot for Funabashi in Chiba Prefecture has become so popular that he now has his own ...
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Tears. Tantrums. And a yuru-kyara mascot character. The Public Affairs Section/Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo has produced a very original video promoting studying abroad in ...
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Japan is a country that seems to inspire more than its far share of stereotypes and myths. The overseas media is also complicit in perpetuating many of the images of Japan that make it seem weird, ...
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Carry your umbrella around in a truly Japanese style!
Another year, another packed calendar of trends. What were some of the main ones that caught our eye throughout the past twelve months? Olympics Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Olympic Games ...
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A little while ago we introduced a plucky newbie yuru-kyara mascot, Funassyi. As a native of Funabashi in Chiba Prefecture, he has been striving to revitalize the local culture and economy of the ...
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You might have thought that communism was safe from mascots but then you'd be wrong. As shared by Matt Alt, the Japanese Communist Part has its own kawaii characters now, the so-called ...
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As Japan’s population continues to decline, we see more and more non-human characters pop out and come to life on a daily basis. The yuru-kyara boom which started less than a decade ago is now ...
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Pringles-flavored instant ramen noodles, or ramen-flavored Pringles? Yes, only in Japan!