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Warm Your Heart With These Nostalgic Kotatsu Cord-Inspired Smartphone Cables

2017-10-17 02:24

There are so many ways of accessorizing your smartphone these days, and Japan has seen its share of cute and creative options. For example, there have been charger plugs in the shape of Pikachu’s butt, kitties that cling to your earphone cables, smartphone pouches that make you feel like you’re rubbing a shiba dog’s tummy and smartphone cases that make it look like you buried your phone in a dish of Japanese food. Now, there’s a new smartphone accessory that appeals to the sensitivities of those who enjoy Japanese domestic culture, fans of Showa Era lifestyles, and perhaps even foreigners who may feel nostalgic for their homestay experiences living with…


These Stretchable Mini-Shiba Inu Faces Are The Best Stress Reliever Ever

2017-10-16 01:49

The adorable nature of Shiba Inu translate to just about anything, whether it be scratch and sniff Shiba Inu tummies or traditional Japanese sweets shaped like Shiba Inu faces and butts. Perhaps an-up-until now untapped source of cuteness lies in the stretchy and “mochi-like” cheeks of Japan’s favorite dog. If you’re not familiar, here’s a great example. Japanese Twitter user and crafts designer @trikotri222, however, seems to have realized that you don’t actually have to have your own Shiba Inu to experience that stretchy combination of joy and stress relief. Applying some creative elbow grease, @trikotri222 used their artistic skills with wool felt to craft this awesome stretchable Shiba Inu…


Japanese Masturbatory Goods Maker TENGA Is Opening Up Their Own Curry Stand

2017-10-14 12:59

TENGA, Japan’s most recognizable masturbatory aid (it’s basically a Fleshlight), comes in a variety of forms. Outside of the traditional series, which has a lineup offering models such as Deep Throat, Rolling Head, Premium Vacuum, and even an “American Size”. TENGA also offers stretchable eggs, menthol goods, and aerostimulation-based models, and just recently released their own sexual energy drink to “prepare you for a big night”. Now TENGA is doing something you might not expect, and might actually fear, of an adult goods maker. They’re getting into the culinary business with their very own adult toy TENGA Curry Stand! Source: Value Press Well, it’s just for one day as a…


Traditional Japanese Confectionery Offers Cute-and-Gross Sweets For Halloween

2017-10-12 07:13

This time of year, Japanese food retailers and shops have a ghoulishly good excuse to concoct their most colorful and tasty creations in the spirit of Halloween. For example, we’ve seen Krispy Kreme Japan come out with a collection of sweet and spooky donuts, Baskin Robbins Japan made a glow-in-the-dark Halloween ice cream and McDonald’s Japan sent shivers down our spine with their pumpkin and chocolate sauce-drizzled fries. As these examples indicate, Halloween is very attractive to foreign brands operating in Japan. However, Japanese brands have also begun to embrace the holiday and this even includes a few traditional Japanese confectioneries. Suehiroan, a wagashi manufacturer based in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture,…


This Japanese Wearable Blanket Turns You Into A Cow-Abducting UFO

2017-10-12 04:41

Japanese retailer Felissimo tends to focus on animal themed goods and novelty items, but their YOU+MORE! series (a play on the pronunciation of “humor” in Japanese) gravitates toward the more absurd, such as scratch and sniff snickers that smell like cat and Shiba Inu bellies, or gigantic fried shrimp pajamas. Not betraying that pattern, their latest offering is a wearable blanket that turns you into a UFO abducting an innocent cow! Source: PR Times It’s a simple “wearable blanket” and UFO hood two-piece set, but one pull of a string lets you shift between hovering alien spaceship and cow-abducting UFO. Shut the blanket like so for a UFO traveling through…


Japanese Feline-Themed Goods Retailer Releases Kitty Milk Scented Bath Powder

2017-10-12 02:49

Japanese retailer Felissimo has a subdivision of goods called Nekobu, or Cat Club, which features a variety of feline-themed items for cat lovers. However, they aren’t always satisfied to just give their products a kitty-aesthetic. In the past they’ve released lip gloss that simulates kissing a wet cat nose, cat-paw socks that let you walk on hardwood floors with feline grace, and scratch and sniff stickers that smell like cat tummies. You might think it would be hard up the creative ante there, but they might have just done that with their new bath powder that smells like milk for kittens. Source: PR Times Titled “Feel Like a Cat Crazy…


Morinaga x “Rose of Versailles” Collaboration Offers Emancipation From Constipation With A Three-Day Yogurt Revolution

2017-10-11 12:29

Japan has had its share of unique and surprising collaborations between food manufacturers and manga, anime, characters, or films. We’ve seen examples such as Cup Noodles teaming up with Final Fantasy XV for a unique promotion, Ghibli Studios and tea retailer Lupicia getting together to offer tea in decorated tins, and Morinaga collaborating with Rilakkuma for a Valentine’s Day chocolate cake. However, sometimes these collaborations can get a bit far-fetched. Nicolas Cage recently being featured on an Umaibo snack comes to mind. Well, Morinaga Milk’s latest collaboration with shojo manga masterpiece The Rose of Versailles is about as far-fetched as they get. To promote a three-day challenge campaign for Mainichi…


Pocky Continues Its Adult Flavor Series With Classy Wine-Pairing Flavor

2017-10-11 11:16

The original classic Pocky may have just been a simple chocolate pretzel stick, but the worldwide love the flagship Japanese snack enjoys has seen Pocky expand to a lineup of countless delicious (and often adventurous) flavors. Perhaps inspired by a trend of bars and restaurants serving Pocky in dark beers and alongside cocktails, however, recently Glico has released Champagne-flavored Pocky, and most notably, an “Adult Pocky” made to be paired with whisky. Now Glico is adding a special new vino-inspired Pocky to their adult flavored lineup with Goddess’s Ruby Pocky, designed to be paired with red wine. Source: Glico Truth be told, you could probably enjoy a glass (or bottle)…


Make Your Sandwiches Shine With This Starry Sandwich Grill

2017-10-06 06:39

Grilled sandwiches have been enjoyed around the world for nearly a century. For example, in the US, Thomas Edison invented a line of sandwich grills in the 1920s, and Americans have been enjoying grilled cheese, grilled ham and cheese and tuna melts ever since. From the 1970s, panini grills became popular and grilled panini sandwiches with their characteristic grill lines entered into fashion. There’s hardly a country in the world where you can’t enjoy a grilled sandwich. In Japan, the most standard form of sandwich is made with slices of Japanese square white bread, known as shokupan, often with the edges cut off. This is the type commonly found in…


Cut Through The Competition With a Business Card Forged From “Samurai Sword” Steel

2017-10-04 06:36

The ancient art of Japanese swordsmithing is famous for its sophistication, its labor-intensiveness, and the unparalleled strength and durability of the swords painstakingly made in a process combining steels of different grades and folding them over and over. It was considered a sacred art with numerous Shinto rituals involved in the production. Crucial to the manufacture of Japanese blades, especially the katana favored by samurai warriors, is the special steel, called tamahagane (literally “jewel steel”), produced from iron sand, and the smelting process using a clay vessel called a tatara. Years of training and experience are required to master the various techniques involved. Short of doing an apprenticeship with a…


Miniature Sushi Art Looks Good Enough To Eat

2017-10-04 01:14

Japan made a name for itself internationally with its feats of miniaturization. The thinnest portable audio players, the smallest full-featured still and video cameras, the list goes on and on. Food is no exception. Although sometimes, the portions in Japanese restaurants may be small compared to average portions in other countries, there are actually enthusiasts who create miniature edible works of art and those who cook miniature food, a favorite being sushi. It’s astonishing to see a tray of sushi recreated in all its details and with authentic ingredients yet so tiny it could fit on a table in a doll house living room. The only disadvantage with real food,…


Nicolas Cage Is Now A Popular Japanese Snack In The Form Of The Nicolastick

2017-10-03 05:21

One of the charming and funnier points of Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation is how it used an actor of Bill Murray’s caliber to spoof the more hamfisted and sometimes absurd ways big time Hollywood actors would lend their talents to commercials in Japan to sling a variety of products in hilarious ways. The golden trio, judging from general consensus, would be Arnold Schwarzenegger turning into a gibberish-spouting mad man over an energy drink, Hulk Hogan teaching you the days of the week in order to get you to buy an air conditioner, and Nicolas Cage singing the most dramatic song about pachinko you will ever hear. Now Nicolas Cage…


Japanese Bread And Egg Pajamas Will Give You Breakfast In Bed All The Time

2017-10-02 01:18

Japanese eccentric book and oddity shop Village Vanguard has a firm grip on the interesting pajama and room-wear corner of the market, most recently offering this cutesy bunny suit as well as a surprisingly authentic one step pair of yukata pajamas. Now they’ve taken their love of comfortable and themed fashion and combined it with the aesthetic of one of their most popular items–cushy bread beds and sofas–for a toast and egg breakfast room-wear combo that’ll turn you into one big ball of comfy deliciousness. Source: PR Times Source: PR Times It’s called the “Turn into plain bread room-wear”, but the draping pajamas feature both a bread and egg motif,…


Japanese Convenience Stores To Carry First-Ever Canned Hot Sake

2017-09-27 10:26

Whether it’s from dangerously convenient self-serve vending machines, sweet and savory cream puffs, or even Kit Kats, there are a plethora of ways to enjoy sake in Japan. Convenience stores and station kiosks even sell “cup sake”, or sake packaged in glass jars (and even juice cartons with straws) for people who want to enjoy their sake on the go. Unfortunately, this hasn’t been the case for hot sake–until now! Source: Nihon Sakari Starting October 2nd, Japanese sake brewer Nihon Sakari will be introducing Japan’s first ever canned hot sake, just in time to brave the approaching colder weather. Hot sake, or atsukan(燗酒), has not been available readily in canned…


Godzilla Humidifier Lights Up Room With Signature Atomic Breath

2017-09-26 09:32

Godzilla: Resurgence (Shin-Gojira) ended up being a pretty appropriate title for the latest theatrical romp for the King of Monsters. Ever since the movie was announced, a load of interesting Godzilla merchandise has been teased–including a Godzilla vs. Neon Genesis Evangelion figure designed by the Metal Gear Solid character artist, Godzilla beauty masks, as well as a Godzilla anime. Now in a similar quirky but practical style as the No-Face burping piggy bank, and atomic breath-spewing Godzilla Humidifier is being released. Source: At Press The humidifier uses LED lighting to give the beam emitting from Godzilla’s mouth the signature blue atomic breath aesthetic, and while it’s busy as work increasing…


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