Food

Sandwhich Cat Has The Absolute Best Beds

2017-06-28 03:14

Adorable beds and custom futons for cats aren’t anything new, but Japanese Twitter user the mimo’s (@oken_ne) cat. Their cat Hachi seems to be a fan of lounging around, but prefers to do so in a collection of fruit and food-themed beds that make Hachi look like a cat sandwich. Source: @oken_ne Source: @oken_ne Source: @oken_ne Hachi has the good fortune of having a human who has acquired some goods to make her look as cute as possible while she lies around doing nothing, although there are probably some instances where Hachi looks as tasty as she does adorable. Source: @oken_ne Source: @oken_ne 🍞ハチバンザイサンド🍞クッション動かしても安定の爆睡。 pic.twitter.com/VeN4XjqYma — the mimo (@oken_ne) 2017年6月23日…


Have A Slice Of Magic With Tokyo Cafe’s Rainbow, Unicorn, And Cotton Candy Cheesecakes

2017-06-27 01:03

A lot of us know that Japan has some seriously delicious cheesecakes, with even a 3-ingredient recipe for super fluffy cheesecakes for times when we’re craving a quick fix. But as can be expected in Japan, even the most heavenly slice of cake cannot be deemed spectacular if it doesn’t look as beautiful as it is mouthwatering. There’s no need for Tokyo cafe A Works to be worried about the looks of their original cheesecakes, though, because their desserts are known for brightening up the cafe’s display windows with colorful hues of tasty flavors. A post shared by AWORKS CHEESE CAKE CAFE (@gakudai.aworks) on Jun 16, 2017 at 6:56pm PDT…


Rainbow Bentos Turn Ordinary Ingredients Into Radiant Edible Masterpieces

2017-06-26 12:42

As anyone who makes (or has ever attempted to make) home-prepared bentos every day can attest to, getting out of bed to put together a balanced, nutritious, and visually appealing lunch is far from an easy task. Even with the existence of jaw-droppingly gorgeous bento masterpieces to inspire us to release the same amount of mouthwatering creativity into our own bento boxes, the truth of the matter is that most of us would very much rather hit the snooze button a few more times than try and create an edible work of art at six in the morning. Fortunately, one of the newest hashtag trends on Japanese Twitter is sympathetic…


Sip Coffee On Tatami Mats Inside A Century-Old Building At Kyoto’s Traditionally Japanese Starbucks

2017-06-23 11:48

Walk the streets of any country where Starbucks has planted its roots and you’re bound to see the familiar green logo beckoning passersby to have a cup of coffee every which way. While most of these locations look similar inside and out regardless of where they are found, time and time again there are special Starbucks stores built inside buildings of historical and architectural prominence. Starbucks Japan As a country where its many regions are always looking for ways to pay respects to their local cultures and traditions, Japan is certainly no stranger to such uniquely designed Starbucks locations. The newest Starbucks of this kind is set to be in…


Ramen Kabuto: The Japanese Ramen Restaurant With A Samurai Spirit

2017-06-22 06:53

We’ve seen samurai armor slowly become a trend in accessories and handbags, most recently with a company that makes samurai armor for cats and dogs, but what happens when you combine the a fascination with the armor of Japan’s early warriors with the country’s modern love of themed restaurants? We imagine the result is something similar to Ramen Kabuto, where your chef and server delivers your ramen in custom-made samurai armor. Source: At Press Source: At Press If you were unaware of the the shop’s gimmick and stumbled into Ramen Kabuto seeking greasy noodle and broth refuge from the cold of Sapporo, you might be taken aback to see that…


Seller Thinks He’s Ripped Off Japanese YouTuber With $3 Rusty Knife, Definitely Regrets It After This DIY Restoral

2017-06-22 11:46

You may be familiar with Japanese YouTuber JunsKitchen for his helpful and fun videos about cooking delicious Japanese meals, usually accompanied by his feline sous-chef Kohaku. Jun’s knowledge for Japanese cooking doesn’t seem to be just limited to recipes, however, after a chance encounter at a recycling shop, it’s become evident he knows a good blade when he sees one–even when it’s covered in rust! At the recycling shop, Jun found a man trying to sell a traditional Japanese knife, but the store refused to purchase it due to it’s clearly tarnished quality–even for a measly 30 yen (about 30 cents). Jun later approached the man and offered to purchase…


Veggie Donuts for the Health-Conscious: OKdoughnuts

2017-06-21 03:24

Love donuts but hate what it does to your body? Then be sure to stop by at OKdoughnuts next time you’re in Tokyo! Located near Nakameguro station, this innovative donut shop sells high-quality and surprisingly tasty donuts in 5 different flavors: renkon (lotus root), ashitaba, ginger, gobo, and tomato. The donuts are made from Japanese vegetables, whole wheat, trans-fat free organic palm oil, and alum free baking soda. A post shared by レオナ (@reokapi) on Sep 15, 2015 at 9:17am PDT A post shared by Daily Yoga Kitchen (@namikichi48) on May 22, 2016 at 4:56pm PDT A post shared by Emi (@emmi1027) on Jul 29, 2016 at 10:14pm PDT A…


Studio Ghibli’s Kiki Returns As 17-Year-Old Schoolgirl For Cup Noodle Commercial

2017-06-20 04:12

Whether it’s creating a Giant Ultima Weapon Fork from Final Fantasy or having seven armor-clad samurai show off extreme sports skills, Nissin Cup Noodles never shies away from flexing their creative muscle when it comes to creating ad campaigns for their popular Cup Noodles brand. So when it came to making a commercial for their new “Hungry Days” campaign, a promotion centered around the theme of youth, they took everyone’s favorite witch from Studio Ghibli’s Kiki’s Delivery Service and fast forwarded to the golden days of her youth as a 17-year-old in high school in a beautifully animated short. Source: YouTube Studio Ghibli diehards may lament the change in art…


Unicorn Taiyaki Fish Ice Creams Give Japanese Traditional Snack Colorful New Look

2017-06-19 08:39

In the world of Japanese sweets, it’s not uncommon to come across some snacks that appear to be too cute to eat. Taiyaki (literally “baked sea bream”) looks like it may fall into that category, although the growing popularity of the fish-shaped cakes around the world may say otherwise. While traditionally filled with red bean paste, many shops in Japan offer varieties filled with chocolate, custard, and thanks to trends around the globe–ice cream! While not the only shop in the world stuffing taiyaki mouths with sweets, New York City’s Taiyaki NYC has gained a lot of popularity for their variety of ice cream-filled taiyaki, including a recent special of…


Top 30 Travel Destinations In Japan Chosen By International Travelers

2017-06-14 11:56

When traveling in Japan, sometimes the most rewarding experience can come from “getting lost” in the country and finding hidden gems not promoted in guidebooks and top ten lists. For first-timers, however, the plethora of fascinating areas to explore in Japan can be overwhelming, so it’s not a bad idea to consult with the opinions of those who have been there before you. While you may end up in some tourist-heavy spots, you’ll usually find yourself at least getting a good feel for what is considered “must-see” in Japan, as well as some lesser explored areas mixed in. This year Travel website Trip Advisor released their 9th annual list of…


Butterfly Pea-Flavored Jellyfish Tea Bag Will Turn Your Tea Into A Beautiful Blue Ocean

2017-06-13 07:37

For one reason or another, tea bags have become a source of creativity for tea companies looking to bring some more excitement to a delicious cup of their best blends. Tea bags have been released in all different shapes and sizes, although many of them seem to be made to emphasize their uniqueness rather than how tempting they are to drink. Just a few examples would be the giant isopod tea bags, ninja and samurai tea bags, and a “sweaty” tea bag shaped like a big-breasted woman. Newly joining the bunch is the jellyfish tea bag sold by Japanese retailer Village/Vanguard. Not only will this tea bag transform into a…


Kirin Beer Is Giving Away Curry Fountain Fondue Machines

2017-06-12 12:19

If you’ve ever found yourself looking over the plethora of beer cans in the alcohol section of Japanese supermarkets and convenience stores, you may have noticed that several brands have stickers marked with points attached to their products. That’s because many companies run promotional campaigns, based on collecting a certain amount of stickers, that will reward loyal beer-drinkers with a prize–such as a beer server that pours out canned beers as draft. Kirin is now trotting out a campaign of their own, and has decided to promote their Nodogoshi brand as the perfect match for Japanese curry with quite an extravagant reward: a curry fountain that lets you make your…


Japan’s Rare “White Jewel” Strawberries Are Berry Expensive

2017-06-09 04:28

Great Big Story has covered some fascinating topics in Japan, including the country’s first all-female staffed sushi restaurant, the beautiful world of traditional Japanese sweets, and the fluffy history of rabbit island. Now they’ve turned their camera to just as interesting a topic in the world of exorbitantly priced premium fruit in Japan. As primary example, they examine the cultivation of the rare “white jewel” white strawberry, larger and sweeter than normal strawberries, and which sometimes sell at $10 a piece! Source: YouTube Yashuhito Teshima describes how he carefully cultivates the unique and well-sought-after white berries on his farm in Karatsu, Japan. In Japan, there is a certain buzz surrounding…


Waiters With Alzheimer’s Serve Up Meals At Tokyo’s “The Restaurant that Messes up Orders”

2017-06-06 02:11

Tokyo is coming to be known as a hot spot for pop-up shops, but they are usually of the pop-culture themed variety–as seen with recent Power Puff Girls Cold Stone creamery drinks. However, last weekend, a restaurant with a name that would catch anyone’s eye popped up in the Toyosu district of Tokyo called “The Restaurant that Messes up Orders” ((注文をまちがえる料理店)), a name that makes a pun out of Kenji Miyazawa’s famous story, “The Restaurant of Many Orders”. While one might wonder why a restaurant would specialize in incorrect orders, the answer is quite simple. The restaurant employs waiters with dementia and Alzheimer’s, and does so to promote awareness and…


These “Bento-Scented” Sushi Soaps Will Make Your Hands Smell Delicious All Day Long

2017-06-06 06:10

The last thing anyone wants are hands that smell like fish, but luckily that won’t be the result of using the Sushi Soaps offered by Regina of Soapopotamus. Despite their realistic appearance as ikura (salmon roe), ebi (shrimp), and salmon nigiri, this 3-piece sushi soap set instead has the pleasant fragrance of bento. Now, anyone’s who has ever lifted the lid of a bento box midday is bound to know they don’t exactly smell like a 5-star meal — they usually just smell like unheated food. But while a bento-scented soap might sound peculiar at first, Regina reassures customers that her soaps focus on the aromas of common ingredients that…


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