Only 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…


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…


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…


McDonald’s Japan Chooses Pikachu Chocolate Banana For Pokémon McFlurry

2017-07-12 11:11

Last week McDonald’s Japan asked customers to guess which Pokémon their new Pokémon McFlurry would be inspired by. Adventurous flavors and Pokémon combinations included Charmander Habanerno, Bulbasaur Broccoli, Gengar Purple Sweet Potato, Jigglypuff White Peach, and Squirtle Ramune as possible options. The leading “vote” getter and actual result shouldn’t come as a shock (well, maybe a little) to Pokémon fans, however. It seems plans all along were to model the Pokémon McFlurry after the popular franchise’s flagship Pokémon with a Pikachu Chocolate Banana Pokémon McFlurry. Source: McDonald’s Japan Source: McDonald’s Japan Pikachu was a likely winner from the start, being easily the most popular and marketable Pokémon in the series,…


“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…


Themed Cafe Turns Iconic Sailor Moon Items Into Deliciously Delectable Desserts

2017-07-04 09:57

Sailor Moon, who fans know will never turn down a bite of something delicious, will no doubt approve of the kawaii cafe themed after her and the iconic series. Located in Tokyo’s Q-Pot Cafe in Kita-Aoyama, the Sailor Moon Cafe is delivering a limited time mouthwatering (and not to mention Instagram-worthy) experience to Sailor Scouts in the city. To make things more exciting, there are two rounds of featured desserts available during the first and second half of the cafe’s opening months. The first coveted dessert plate available until July 25th is the Sweet Crisis Moon Cake, a sweet and tart strawberry shortcake shaped like Sailor Moon’s Crisis Moon Compact….


Marrying VR Anime Characters In Japan Makes For A Pretty Empty Wedding Ceremony

2017-07-04 05:37

No bride? No problem. With the help of a headset, a marshmallow, and a video game, a man in Tokyo was able to have a VR wedding ceremony with an anime character this past week (June 30th). Romance and adult game developer Hibiki Works sparked interest their erotic game Niitzuma: Lovely X Cation (New Wife: Lovely X Cation), in which players court one of three female partners, become physically involved, and eventually even get married. While that typically wouldn’t be a departure from most Japanese adult games, Niitzuma: Lovely X Cation ran a campaign offering a special twist–a virtual reality marriage ceremony where players would slip on a VR headset,…


Incredibly Lifelike Robot Fish Swim At Japan’s Robot-Staffed Hotel

2017-07-03 12:20

Japan’s Henn na Hotel, or “The Strange Hotel”, recently celebrated the opening of a second branch nearby the Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture. The name of the hotel is a wordplay in Japanese for both “strange” and “evolving”, with both concepts being echoed by the fact that the hotel is staffed by robots and robot dinosaurs. Travel agency H.I.S. Co. has a vision for the hotel that offers both the excitement of Japan’s lauded robotics technology and what hopes to be the most efficient hotel experience in the world. The keyless hotel, which features 140 robots that do everything from carrying your luggage to cleaning your room, also…


Fresh Watermelon Filled With Soft Serve Ice Cream Is Tokyo’s Newest Summer Treat

2017-06-30 03:32

By now it comes as no surprise when Japanese cafes come out with a summer treat that’s slightly out of the ordinary, especially when it involves a refreshing serving of ice cream. In fact, it is these unusual desserts that are often the most alluring, such as the sakura-flavored croissant ice cream cones and the unicorn taiyaki ice cream offered in New York. There was even that one time when Dominique Ansel Bakery Japan decided to serve their ice cream on an ear of corn: A post shared by Dominique Ansel Bakery Japan (@dabjapan) on Jun 24, 2017 at 9:03pm PDT Though the “Creme de la Corn” ice cream is…


Unleash The Green! Famous Kyoto Green Tea Shop Releases Matcha Curry

2017-06-29 05:44

If you’re a fan of green tea, you don’t really need to travel anywhere specific in Japan to get your fix. All over the country, you’ll be able to not just sip tea, but find authentic flavoring in a range of goods such as Kit Kats with double the matcha, fluffy matcha pancakes, and what claims to be the world’s most intense green tea ice cream right in Tokyo. It’s in one of Japan’s tea meccas that you’ll find the revival a mysterious but popular matcha-themed dish, however, as a long-standing Kyoto tea house is bringing back its matcha green tea curry. That’s a lot of matcha! Source: At Press…


Japan’s First Female Sento Artist Hopes To Revitalize Public Baths With Soothing Murals

2017-06-26 05:24

Bathing in Japan can be a cleansing experience on many levels, but much of the attention in this regard, rather understandably, goes to the luscious scenery and tranquility provided by the onsen baths in ryokan (traditional Japanese inns), or the beautiful hot spring towns that bring the world of Spirited Away to life. Less explored are these onsen’s more casual counterpart, sento, public bathhouses with just as rich and storied a history. Open to the public and often located in big cities, sento typically feature murals of soothing countryside landscapes, running streams, and Mt. Fuji to help instill tranquility in patrons as they bathe and forget their big city woes….


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…


More Stories