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Ahhh Yeah! It’s Sriracha Doritos Time In Japan!

2018-02-23 09:15

Much like Kit Kats, Japanese potato chips tend to embrace seasonal and limited-time-only (期間限定) flavors, which often result in adventurous flavors such as Sukiyaki Pringles, milk and toast chips, and the uh….problematic blackface potato chip. Japanese Doritos lead the way in the “weird flavor” chip march, however, having released unusual salami, Caesar Salad, and shrimp mayonnaise flavors–to name a few. Their latest effort taps into what has become one of the world’s most beloved hot sauces, however, as Frito Lay Japan released Sriracha-flavored Doritos this month. Source: (C) Grape Japan名 Japan might not exactly be the country you thought would incorporate the popular spicy rooster sauce into a Doritos release,…


Have A Tea Party With Pikachu And Friends Thanks To Cute Karel Čapek Collaboration Tea

2018-02-22 08:48

As one of the most popular game and anime franchises, Pokémon commands a lot of attention from companies and service providers, resulting in an amazing variety of collaborations. We have seen everything from Pokémon-themed glasses, Pikachu and Eevee smartphone accessories, even Pokémon wedding rings and Pikachu panties. And from February 24th, when you visit Pokémon Centers in Japan, you can also buy Pokémon-themed tea! A collaboration with the Karel Čapek Tea Shop (which shop founder, writer and illustrator Utako Yamada named after reading a children’s tale by the Czech novelist of the same name), these cute tins feature an original illustration by Utako Yamada of Pikachu and friends enjoying a…


Gachapon Heaven at Gachapon Kaikan, the Akihabara Store That is Floor to Ceiling Capsule Toy Machines

2018-02-20 05:09

Akihabara is a paradise for collectors of anime, manga and video game merchandise. Although trawling through second hand shops looking for rare items and deals is one aspect of this, there’s another way to acquire goods that has captured the imagination of Akihabara’s patrons. Source: © grape Japan ‘Gachapon’, or capsule toy machines, may usually be seen as something for children, but in Japan they are a popular with all ages. The main draw lies in the excitement of not knowing what you will get. Rather than the usual simple transaction involved in buying merchandise, the thrill of getting of the one you wanted out of sheer luck (or the…


Japan’s Viral Sexy Daikon Radish Can Now Be Your Giant Veggie Waifu

2018-02-20 01:13

When Japanese online retailer Felissimo isn’t coming out with eccentric animal-themed goods like scratch-n-sniff stickers that smell like cat and Shiba Inu tummies, their YOU+MORE! series (a play on the pronunciation of “humor” in Japanese) tends to focus on the cute and cuddly, as seen with the popular fruit tarts pet bed and this giant French Lop bunny cushion. Never lacking in creativity, now Felissimo is offering a up a large cuddly pillow version of one of Japan’s popular Twitter trends–the sexy daikon radish. If you’re unfamiliar with a sexy daikon radish, it’s a hashtag description used on harvested daikon that appear to be sexily crossing their “legs” or posing…


Wonder Festival 2018 Winter: Garage Kit Highlights

2018-02-19 10:47

Wonder Festival is a semiannual event for mostly amateur figure modelers and sculptors to display and sell their latest “garage kit” creations, held at the Makuhari Messe convention center. Our grape Japan staff covered the Winter session last Sunday and selected a few highlights which we feel showcase some of the incredible variety and creativity of the works on display. Let’s take a look! . . Kirin Neko (Monster Hunter) by Heaven Monkey One of the special cats that can be unlocked by playing the Event Gacha during the Monster Hunter Collaboration Event in Battle Cats (Japan only). Source: (C) Grape Japan . “‘Cry of the Machine: CRAUDONICA’ Quadriped walker…


Speak With An Anime Character’s Voice With The Astonishing Animegaphone!

2018-02-19 03:48

You may have seen toys, gadgets or smartphone apps that digitally alter your voice, changing your gender or age or making you sound like a robot. Essentially, they work by adding filters to your voice. However, yesterday, attendees in the cosplay area at the winter edition of Wonder Festival, a semiannual event showcasing “garage kit” sculptures, were astonished to hear what sounded like the well-known voice actors Hiroaki Hirata (One Piece, Space Brothers, Tiger & Bunny) and Kotori Koiwai (Non-non days, Ai-katsu) calling out. Source: © PR Times / © TBWA Hakuhodo Source: © PR Times / © TBWA Hakuhodo When our grape Japan staff arrived on the scene, a…


Twitter Thread Spells Out Small But Pleasant Surprise Conveniences Taken For Granted In Japan

2018-02-19 12:50

Japan is often lauded for its social custom of omotenashi, or sense of hospitality and concern towards customers. And while far from perfect (look no further than complaints about limitless bureaucracy and sometimes rigid manual-based formality), there’s no doubt that the Japanese service industry is rooted in efforts towards streamlined convenience and a maximum quality experience for customers, even to the point of perhaps occasionally going overboard. But rather than more pronounced differences, it is often the small manifestations of this hospitality that make the biggest impact on visitors from overseas. While many are small enough to go unnoticed, typographer and designer Marcin Wichary’s recent trip to Japan has resulted…


Japanese Plastic Food Displays Look So Delicious

2018-02-15 12:02

If you’ve ever visited Japan without a grasp of the language, you’ve likely had a dining experience or two saved by the incredibly realistic food samples that line the windows of many shops around the country. Behind the convenience of visually aiding a menu, artificial food samples in Japan have somewhat of a cultural significance. Japanese culinary culture has long put a strong preference on harmonizing great taste with beautiful aesthetics, so many seem to believe that the popularity of food samples is tied to a sense of relief and assurance that Japanese people get from first sampling the food with their eyes. In the video below, the Great Big…


This New Giant Kirby Plush Comes With Kirby-Themed Japanese Sweets

2018-02-13 04:18

Premimum Bandai is no stranger to releasing gigantic versions of our favorite video game and anime characters, as seen with the enormous huggable Snorlax pillow that barely fit into people’s homes. This time, they’ve turned their sights to everyone’s favorite pink puff protagonist from Nintendo, Kirby. In the past, Kirby has been sold as adorable meat buns at Japanese convenience stores, and even cutesy lingerie. Now the ability-stealing hero Kirby is available as a giant plush pillow for you to cuddle with, and he’s brought snacks with him. Source: At Press Premium Bandai actually has a story explaining the gigantic Kirby that measures in at 60cm and 5.5kg. Apparently one…


Let This Pawing Cat T-Shirt Handle Handshakes and Playing With Your Cat For You

2018-02-13 11:36

Japanese online retailer Felissimo has a reputation for offering up feline-related goods that cat lovers never knew they needed. Recently, they’ve put out a popular kitty bed that turns your cat into a furry fruit tart, lip gloss that simulates kissing a wet cat nose, and scratch and sniff stickers that smell like cat tummies. Most are part of their YOU+MORE! series (a play on the pronunciation of “humor” in Japanese), which strives to combine eccentric and practical. Their latest release, a T-shirt that has a cat peeking and pawing out of your sweater, falls in line with that for sure–although mostly with the former. Source: PR Times It’s a…


Sayonara Broken iPhone Screens: “Cat Flip” Case Automatically Closes Lid If Dropped

2018-02-08 04:51

Cat Flip: The World’s First iPhone Case That Protects Your Phone When It Drops It’s the same sad scenario everywhere. You get a new iPhone, and just a few days later, for whatever reason, you drop it and now the screen is full of cracks… Buying a case with a protective cover helps but even they aren’t foolproof. Depending on what type it is and how you’re holding it and, there’s still a chance it could fall on its screen when it drops too. If only there was a way to make sure that your phone NEVER hits the floor screen-side down… Well, now there is! Taking a hint from…


Starbucks Sakura Drinks Revealed for Cherry Blossom Season 2018

2018-02-08 02:02

Out of all the cherry blossom themed goods and consumables, possibly the most anticipated each year is the Starbucks offering. Rather than using the same flavours each year or just simply changing the packaging as some companies do, Starbucks tries to be innovative each year bringing us new and interesting flavours to complement the main cherry blossom theme. スターバックス公式さん(@starbucks_j)がシェアした投稿 – 3月 6, 2017 at 9:17午後 PST The range this year includes a first in the history of the Sakura Series which is a tea alongside the Frappuccino and hot beverage options. Of course all three drinks have a sakura base, plus a decidedly spring-like strawberry flavour. After this they start…


Get Your Hands On Cool Kazuo Umezu Goods At Limited Online Shop

2018-02-07 05:55

Acclaimed Japanese manga artist Kazuo Umezu is just as famous for his trademark Wallyesque red-and-white striped fashion as he is for his unique body of horror (Orochi, Butterfly Grave), comedy (Makoto-chan) and science fiction (The Drifting Classroom) manga works. At 81 years of age, the eccentric creator has no intention of slowing down. Not only was he just recognized with the Heritage Award at France’s 45th Angouleme International Comics Festival for Watashi wa Shingo (My Name is Shingo), a special booth selling limited goods based on his works was so popular at the Winter Comiket (Comic Market) 93 last year that his publishers have decided to extend the shop online…


Japan’s Headless Robotic Pet Pillow With A Moving Tail Now On Sale To Relieve Stress And Terrify All

2018-02-07 01:02

You may remember the therapy robot pet Qoobo, which debuted at CEATEC Japan 2017 and garnered international acclaim for its ambitious, but somewhat creepy design. Designed by Yukai Engineering, Qoobo is a “tailed cushion that can heal your heart”, and is marketed as a therapeutic robot pet cushion. While not exclusively intended to be feline, Qoobo (a combination of the French word for “tail” and the word “robot”) has been somewhat jokingly referred to as a “headless cat”. The appeal of Qoobo is in its interactive and “stress-relieving” nature. Gently stroking Qoobo results in it calmly wagging its tail, while harder and more aggressive petting provokes a more excited tail-wagging…


Buy Protein Rich Chocolate From the Macho Man of Your Dreams at Tokyo Valentine’s Event

2018-02-06 02:30

If you think Valentine’s Day could do with some beefing up, luckily Macho 29 are back again this year, providing protein rich chocolate to the masses. 相澤飛鳥@マッチョ29さん(@achaaanbb927)がシェアした投稿 – 12月 4, 2017 at 2:20午前 PST Macho 29 is an ‘entertainment group’ comprised of body builders who want to promote a muscular lifestyle. Like an idol group for fans of rippling biceps. They appear at events, sing, dance, perform skits, cook delicious meat and break items to cure women’s heartbreak. What can’t they do? 植田 知成さん(@chisei_macho29)がシェアした投稿 – 10月 22, 2017 at 2:47午前 PDT They even take on the gluttony of Valentine’s Day by spiking chocolate with protein, so your partner won’t lose out…


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