Made in Japan

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Welcomes Akira Comparisons With Projection Mapping Event

2017-07-26 03:27

Whatever the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Opening Ceremony turns out to be, it would be hard to imagine the proceedings not highlighting the many aspects of Japan’s rich traditional culture. In preparation for the event, however, it seems that Japan is also embracing the appeal of its modern pop-culture, making popular anime characters official ambassadors for the 2020 Olympics, as well as letting fans design a cutesy mascot to headline the games for a cash prize. The latest promotional tactic to embrace anime as an Olympic attraction come via the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, which capitalized off of comparisons being made to the upcoming games with those held in one of Japan’s…


Japanese UV Ray Face Mask Is A Star Wars Style Declaration Of War On The Sun

2017-07-25 05:24

If you’ve ever been to Japan, you likely didn’t have to walk around too long before encountering someone wearing a sickness mask. These are primarily worn for etiquette during seasons where colds are prevalent, as a means of protecting yourself from circulating sicknesses as well as to prevent others from catching whatever cold you have. In recent years, people have begun to use the masks for a sense of privacy, style, and even beauty styling purposes. Similarly, you’ll see many people just as concerned about UV rays and getting sunburned during the grueling summer season, opting for sun-umbrellas and long-sleeve protectors. Japanese retailer Belle Maison decided to combine the practice…


Japan’s Newest Online Trend Is Sticking Straws Through Cheeseburgers

2017-07-25 01:53

Japanese social media trends can be adorably quirky, but for the most part are often limited to the confines of a special “holiday” and reported on with a hint of exaggeration. This past week, however, one fast-food photography trend, mainly on Instagram, has been picking up considerable steam thanks to its jarring visual. The recent trend consists of buying a drink and burger from McDonald’s, placing the burger on the lid of the drink, and then thrusting your straw through it. Like so: moeさん(@im_mmoe)がシェアした投稿 – 2017 7月 20 1:46午前 PDT 眠すぎてこれ見た時ストローの中でミニハンバーガー出来てるじゃんwwwwwwwって1人で死ぬほど笑ったおやすみ pic.twitter.com/qIFk2uhA9Q — は む (@O_om86) 2017年7月8日 It’s being called “drink x hamburger” (ハンバーガーxドリンク) and is being circulated as a…


Japanese Pro Wrestling World Mourns Explosive Death Of Stuffed Cat Doll

2017-07-24 12:44

If you’re not an avid follower, your introduction to Japanese professional wrestling might consist of some of the comedic stylings of DDT, such as Joey Ryan flipping wrestlers with his Herculean American penis. It’s not all fun and games, however. In fact, there can be some downright somber moments that demand the most genuine of reflections. One such moment occurred this past weekend on the under-card of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s G1 Climax Tournament at Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall. In a match that pit Bullet Club members Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens, and Yujiro Takahashi against Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, BUSHI, and Hiromu Takahashi), we saw one of the…


Tokyo’s “Cosplay Alley” Lets Customers And Staff Cosplay Over Collection Of Japanese Food And Drink

2017-07-21 04:31

Hidden in some of Japan’s more sprawling metropolises are “yokocho”, alleyways that are typically jam-packed with cozy drinking establishments, as well as smokey and adventurous eateries. One of the most famous of these is the nostalgic Shinjuku Omoide Yokocho (Shinjuku “Memory Lane”–although it is sometimes less glamorously called “Piss Alley” or “Drunkard’s Alley”), which offers a friendly collection of tiny bars and restaurants that seat you elbow-to-elbow with other patrons in a neighborhood that to this day carries an atmosphere reflective of post WWII Japan’s izakaya. コスプレ横丁の新しい看板が出来ました!!目印にしてね(*^ω^*) #コスプレ #コスプレ横丁 #鶯谷 #鶯谷コスプレ横丁 pic.twitter.com/9u74QIwlx2 — コスプレ横丁(鶯谷の居酒屋です) (@cosplay_yokocho) 2017年6月28日 A recently opened yokocho in Tokyo is offering the same assortment of drinks and…


Japanese Comedian Shows Inspiring Bravery With Tablecloth Trick On Naked Body, Balancing Hot Tea

2017-07-19 11:02

When it comes to crowd-pleasing magic tricks, the “tablecloth trick”–yanking a tablecloth out from underneath a set table and leaving the plates intact–doesn’t leave a lot of margin for error. So imagine the added pressure of replacing the table with your own naked body, and the plates with cups of piping hot tea. That’s a nightmare Japanese comedian uespiiiiii (ウエスP) must contend with when he performs his “Dangerous Tablecloth Pull” trick, which relies on the not very reliable cooperation of cooling fans and vacuum cleaners to pull a tablecloth supporting cups of hot tea from his body–including his private parts. 掃除機で危険なテーブルクロス引き pic.twitter.com/OlyAQTNw1z — ウエスP (@uespiiiiii) 2017年7月1日 扇風機で危険なテーブルクロス引き pic.twitter.com/42PNfqA6oD — ウエスP…


Japan’s Latest Idol Unit Is A Group Of 60 Miner Mannequins

2017-07-18 04:15

When it comes to regional promotions, Japanese towns in search of escaping the shadow of the bigger cities in the country and showing off their local hidden gems often turn to the attention-grabbing song and dance routine of idol units. In the past we’ve seen areas in Japan promote themselves with idol units made entirely out of credit card company employees, young-at-heart grandpas, and one crazy mascot. Now Hyogo prefecture’s Asago is using the mining history of it’s Ikuno Ginzan to generate interest in the area–with 60 mannequin miners as its “underground idol group”. Once a valuable mining district and source of funds for warlords during Japan’s Sengoku Period, Ikuno…


Foxy Kitsune-Mask Band Rocks Out To Utada Hikaru, Lupin, Arrietty, and More On Traditional Japanese Instruments

2017-07-14 05:16

We’ve seen the wonderful sounds of traditional Japanese instruments fuse old and new in fantastic ways before, with several artists treating us to traditional Japanese instrumental renditions of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal”, “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses, and an awesome medley of nostalgic Nintendo music. As Japanese Instrumental Ensemble band Mahora (真秀) is showing us, however, adding Shinto-style fox spirit masks to the mix makes for a killer aesthetic. Lupin the Third Mahora is a group of five graduates from the Tokyo University of the Arts, and they’ve taken to YouTube to show off the awesome sounds of traditional Japanese instruments such as the koto, shamisen, shakuhachi,…


Cause Noodle Slurping Inception With Cup Noodle Gag Shirts

2017-07-14 01:23

Nissin Cup Noodle is no stranger to creative promotional campaigns. In the past, the college student appetite saving noodle maker has comically over-sized Ultima Weapon forks from Final Fantasy, and even went to the lengths of making a short-anime sequel to Studio Ghibli’s Kiki’s Delivery Service. Now Nissin is releasing a gag T-shirt that makes it appear as if you are constantly eating Cup Noodle brought to life by fan support. The shirt is doubly confusing if you happen to actually be eating. Source: PR Times The shirt, although not previously sold, was originally posted on Nissin Cup Noodle social media accounts last year as part of there “If this…


Live Action Fullmetal Alchemist Trailer, Posters, Reveal Homunculi And More Characters

2017-07-13 10:24

On July 12th in Tokyo, a fan event for popular manga and anime series Fullmetal Alchemist showed off the third and latest teaser trailer for the upcoming live action film adaptation, which has provided us with a better look at the film’s character visuals beyond the two protagonists. Coupled with new character posters, we have a pretty good insight to the aesthetics of the film. While we had already seen Yamada Ryosuke as Edward Elric and the new CGI version of his younger brother Al, the trailer gives us a better look at Tsubasa Honda as Winry Rockbell, Ryuta Sato as Captain Maes Hughes, Dean Fujioka as Roy Mustang, and…


“World’s First” Anime Eyeglasses Shop Opens In Akihabara

2017-07-10 05:42

Akihabara is often lauded as Tokyo’s Mecca of tech and otaku subculture, so the district is not exactly a stranger to innovation. The district boasts “firsts” with an all female staffed sushi restaurant, vocational school for otaku, and even a gym where you are personally trained by maids. And while we can’t quite verify this, we’re going to take the word of a new store that is claiming to be the world’s first anime eyeglasses shop. 昨日に引き続き『エヴァンゲリオン』モデルのフレームです!零号機、初号機、2号機、Mark.06、8号機の全5色です!他にも色々な種類が入荷しておりますので是非見に来て下さい!※クリアー度付きに変更可能 pic.twitter.com/AXbPIAx5jS — アニメガネ (@animegane_akiba) 2017年7月7日 『銀魂』マダオ(長谷川泰三)モデルのサングラス入荷します!度付き対応も可能となっておりますので7/14に公開される映画に合わせていかがでしょうか?※新八モデル(本体)の入荷予定はありません pic.twitter.com/zocKy6eUUH — アニメガネ (@animegane_akiba) 2017年7月11日 Opening on July 15th, “Animegane“–a name that combines “anime” and the Japanese word for “glasses”(megane)–will offer eyeglasses with aesthetics inspired by popular…


McDonald’s Japan Is Releasing A Pokémon McFlurry

2017-07-07 05:49

McDonald’s Japan is no stranger to taking advantage of regional ingredients to spruce up their frozen beverage menu, having released Matcha and even crunchy Sakura McFlurries as Japanese exclusives in the past. This time around, McDonald’s is turning to the mega-popular and colorful world of Pokémon for refreshing flavor inspiration, with the fast food chain set to release a Pokémon McFlurry this summer–the only question is which Pokémon the flavor will be inspired by. Fortunately, it seems you can help out. Once the flavor is decided upon, the Pokémon McFlurry is scheduled to be released on July 14th, one day before the theatrical release of Pokémon the Movie 20: I…


Sushi Cola And Sweet Sake Flavored Cream Puffs And Shaved Ice Make Summer Splash In Japan

2017-07-07 02:12

You may remember that popular conveyor belt sushi chain (kaitenzushi) Kura Sushi took love for sushi a step further by introducing curry bread and cola made from sushi rice a year ago. Now the sushi chain is giving sushi-lovers a summer treat with the taste of sweet sake and sushi rice cola flavored cream puffs and more. Sushi Rice Cola And Sweet Sake Cream Puffs Source: Kyodo News The whipped custard cream inside these cream puffs contains rice vinegar, along with the previously released sushi rice cola, which uses malted rice used in the traditional Japanese drink amazake, which is a sweet type of sake made from fermented rice, and…


Have Breakfast With A Fruity Twist With Bread Loaves That Look Like Watermelons

2017-07-06 09:09

From cat to bunny-shaped toasts, we thought we’d seen it all when it came to unconventional bread loaves. Turns out we were dead wrong, as a summery version of the typical square loaves has recently been created by the Daimaru Matsuzakaya department store in Japan. For 2,592 yen (USD$23), bread-lovers can put their favorite spread over a piece of watermelon bread. Apparently, they’re made to have a subtle watermelon flavor when they’re heated, but some buyers have commented that in contrast to their bright and fruity appearance, they actually just taste like an ordinary loaf of bread. Source: Daimaru Matsuzakaya Source: Daimaru Matsuzakaya Needless to say, the watermelon bread has…


Give Your Music Sessions A Fantasy Feel With Elf Earphones

2017-07-06 12:18

If you’ve been aching to scratch the fairly niche itch of giving yourself an Elven makeover while listening to music at the same time, Japanese Akihabara-based retailer Thanko may be offering your two-birds-with-one-stone chance with these “Elf Earphones”–a set of earphones that let you slip on pointy elf ears. The fantasy-themed earphones have an instant appeal to cosplayers and fans of all things Elven, but can also make for just a quirky aesthetic when listening to your tunes. Source: Thanko Source: Thanko The earphones boast a quick and comfortable (supposedly) elf transformation, and are equipped with a toggle switch and mic. Unfortunately, they only appear to be available in one…


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