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Toei Kyoto Studio Park: Experience The Thrilling World of Japanese Hollywood (Part 1)

2017-12-13 10:39

The Uzumasa area of Kyoto is often called the Hollywood of Japan. The otherwise unremarkable neighborhood is home to the Toei Studios Kyoto (TSK), famous for jidaigeki films, historical dramas often set during the Sengoku (1467-1603) or Edo (1603-1868) periods, and often featuring samurais engaging in chambara swordfighting action. First built in 1926 by the “king of samurai dramas” Tsumasaburo Bando, TSK is both an active movie studio with multitude of indoor studios and sound stages and a huge, 5.3 hectare open set which, since 1975, became a one-of-a-kind movie-themed amusement park called Toei Kyoto Studio Park. The open set used to film jidaigeki movies and TV shows is divided…


Turn Your Cat Into A Napping Dessert With The Kitty Fruit Tart Bed

2017-12-07 05:09

Japanese online retailer Felissimo’s “Cat Club” (Neko-bu) division specializes in making feline related products, which can range from the strangely practical cat-paw socks that let you walk on hardwood floors a little more gracefully, to the quirky and mysteriously appealing lip gloss that simulates kissing a wet cat nose or scratch-and-sniff stickers that smell like cat tummies. They do, however, put out some items that both us humans and our feline friends can appreciate together–like this deliciously adorable fruit tart pet bed! Source: PR Times Source: PR Times Source: PR Times It’s called the “Nyanko Fruits Tart” (Kitty Fruits Tart), and the concept shouldn’t take too much explaining. It’s a…


Sailor Moon Café 2017 is Back For an Encore in December

2017-12-07 01:44

The Sailor Moon themed cafés that opened in select areas of Japan last September were predictably popular. For those who missed out last time, the pop-up café and merchandise store are back for a limited time only. Source: Fashion Press Although the earlier incarnation was opened in four different locations, this time around only Yurakucho in Tokyo will be making the magical girl transformation, into Sailor Moon Café 2017 Encore. It seems some items on the menu won’t be returning such as the Luna and Artemis Burgers. However, brand new items are making an appearance: Haruka and Michiru’s Forbidden Pancakes Source: Fashion Press Sailor Saturn’s Silence Glaive Soda Source: Fashion…


Shu Uemura Release Super Mario Cosmetics to Power Up Your Make Up

2017-12-06 11:36

In Japan it’s not unusual for high-end make-up brands to collaborate with video games and other pop culture media to create special edition items with super cute packaging. For Shu Uemura’s Holiday Collection they’ve released limited edition Super Mario items. These character design lipstick cases are amazingly cute. For lips, there’s also tinted balms available to combat the dry, cold winter. The lip products come in a range of colours to give you the confidence to walk through that door and say ‘itsa me’. Our #shuxmario holiday collection's #rougeunlimited comes in limited edition packaging too cute not to get your hands on! #shuuemura #シュウウエムラ shu uemuraさん(@shuuemura)がシェアした投稿 – 2017 11月 11…


Late Night Tokyo Food Stand Sells Traditionally Wrapped “Sushi Box” Sublime Kit Kats

2017-12-06 10:00

You may be familiar with the myriad of adventurous and sometimes intimidating Kit Kat flavors of Japan (which can beautifully be re-imagined as anime characters, by the way), but it’s Nestle Japan’s high-end Chocolatory stores where you can find “luxury” flavor options made from premium ingredients. In the past they’ve offered Kit Kat sushi, liquid-nitrogen sprayed Kit Kats, and most recently, a monthly series of Kit Kats that come with a corresponding edible birthstone. Nestle Japan has been known to tap into the country’s deep gift-giving culture, however, even creating a vending machine that lets you personalize Kit Kat souvenirs for friends and family. Their latest effort continues that trend…


Shibuya 109 Collaborate with BTS for Pop-up Store and Christmas Campaign

2017-12-05 05:26

The legendary purveyors of Tokyo trends, Shibuya 109 have made so-hot-right-now South Korean boy band BTS the faces of their Christmas campaign, which is succinctly named ‘BTS 109 Xmas’. The pop-up store is located on the 8th floor of the intimidating tower of fashion and will run until Christmas Day (that’s 25th in Japan). 109’s other branches in Fukuoka, Abeno and Kagoshima will also get a limited run of the pop-up shop. 🔥BTS 109 XMAS情報🔥 みんな知ってた?🙈SHIBUYA109では館内BGMがBTSの曲でジャックされてるんだよ✨更に12月6日発売される「Crystal Snow」のショートバージョンの曲も流れてるとか🙊✨BGMの順番をチェックして、流れてたら聴いてみてね💞 ここから⏬https://t.co/Ki1MuEYgTv#BTS_109 pic.twitter.com/tBoU6rJLcK — SHIBUYA109 (@SHIBUYA109NET) 1 December 2017 Exclusive BTS merchandise can be bought including stickers, magnets, key chains and notebooks. If you’ve ever wanted rest your face on all seven members’ faces…


Fall Asleep on Totoro’s Soft Belly Every Night With This Totoro Bed

2017-12-04 05:16

Fans of Studio Ghibli’s animated movie My Neighbour Totoro will know, nothing looks comfier than Totoro’s big fat, fluffy belly when Mei falls asleep on him. Finally, we too can recreate this scene as Totoro-style beds are for sale on Chinese site Taobao, as well as other online stores such as Amazon. However, this is not official Studio Ghibli merchandise so some sites avoid using the name ‘Totoro’. Japanese news site You Pouch note with some amusement that Taobao have chosen to call this item a ‘Chinchilla Bed’, despite it obviously being inspired by Totoro. That’s one way to avoid a lawsuit. Giant Totoro Bed!!😍 Get one here👉🏻TengokuShop.com . 🐹…


New Pokémon Cafe And Deluxe Pokémon Center Opening Up In Tokyo

2017-12-01 04:44

It’s not uncommon for Japan to celebrate the anniversaries or reward the fandoms of popular anime and manga series with themed cafes and restaurants, as recently seen with a delicious-looking series of Sailor Moon cafes. The Pokémon franchise has enjoyed this honor before, but like most similar promotions, those cafes have been of the pop-up variety and only ran for a short amount of time, making it difficult for those not in Japan to enjoy. Fortunately, that will no longer be a problem, as next year a permanent Pokémon Cafe attached to a brand new Pokémon Center shop is set to open up in Tokyo. Source: PR Times The new…


Hungry Hamster Shirt Turns Your Bust Into Bulging Hamster Cheeks

2017-12-01 01:36

Japanese apparel companies have had some fun exploiting T-shirt designs to give the appearance of a bigger bust as a gimmick, as seen with the “delusion mapping” grid shirt, but creative design brand Mocolle (whose official brand concept is “Wouldn’t it be nice if this existed?”) has a reputation for getting a bit more artistic with their crowdfunding efforts, as they often bring fantasy concepts to life. In the past, they’ve based some of their popular items, such as the Shinto shrine maiden swimsuit off of popular artwork. This time the organization is taking the design of hamster illustrator @saico0 to crowdfund the release of a T-shirt that turns your breasts…


2017 Nanoblock Award Winners Will Amaze You With Their Detailed And Clever Designs

2017-11-30 09:21

Since 2010, fans of Kawada Co. Ltd.’s mini-sized Japanese building block toy nanoblocks have competed for the honor of winning a prize in the Nanoblock Award. For those who are unfamiliar with Nanoblocks, as their name implies, they are tiny, about 1/4 the size of a Lego block. Moreover, whereas Lego blocks are typically sold in cardboard boxes, Nanoblocks, due to their diminutive size, are also sold in plastic bags for simple projects under 200 pieces. Kawada also makes a larger sized building block toy line called Nanoblock+ for younger ages. This year’s award winners have just been announced, and their creations are definitely worth a look: source: (C) Kawada…


$2,600 Premium Wagyu Beef Bento Is Japan’s Most Luxurious Lunch Box

2017-11-30 06:52

Whether you’re traveling around the country from the comfort of the bullet train or simply catching a lunch break, Japanese bento boxes provide some very delicious variety with your meal. Mom-and-pop bento shops offer up home-styled Japanese lunches on the cheap, school-kids can look forward to colorful character bento made by their parents, and those willing to spend a bit more can indulge their inner-foodie with fancier bento that offer premium delicacies from around the country. But even when rubbing elbows with the higher end of bento diners, you’re unlikely to come across someone enjoying as extravagant as this. Filling this wooden cow-silhouette bento box are premium cuts of wagyu…


Needle Felt Neko Atsume Buddies Are The Kitties You Don’t Need To Lure Into Your Backyard

2017-11-30 02:23

Smart Phone app sensation Neko Atsume (or Cat Collector, if you prefer) purred its way into a worldwide hit, resulting in several merchandise lineups of in-game items brought to life, its own official store, and even a movie. Depending on your smart phone game habits, your interest in keeping up with your virtual backyard kitties may have cooled, but the adorable characters of the game have sort of transcended the phone screen and joined the pantheon of cute characters and mascots in Japan, and perhaps these DIY needle felt craft Neko Atsume kitties may be the best way to bring your favorite felines to life. Source: PR Times There’s definitely…


Mike Puts a Taste of Osaka into Popcorn with Takoyaki Flavour

2017-11-30 12:43

Mike Popcorn are teaming up with Takoyaki chain restaurant Gindaco to bring Japan a fun new flavour; takoyaki popcorn incorporating Gindaco’s own sauce. Both companies are having anniversaries this year, which is what prompted this unconventional pairing. Mike haven’t been shy with out of the box flavours which range from the bizarre (caprese) to the strangely specific (sugar butter made with coconut oil). このポップコーンめちゃめちゃ美味しい…定番化してほしい…#マイクポップコーン #オリーブオイル香るカプレーゼ #ポップコーン #うまい #うまいうまい #やめられないとまらない Ikumi Oさん(@okmin07)がシェアした投稿 – 2017 9月 27 6:53午前 PDT #これは美味しい #ココナッツ #マイクポップコーン Kazuo OKさん(@okkazuo)がシェアした投稿 – 2017 9月 23 10:31午後 PDT Takoyaki is a savoury snack food that originated in Osaka, Japan’s second major city. These delicious balls of batter encase a chunk…


Telegram Culture Thriving in Japan: Traditional Craft Gifts Paired With Messages in Telegram Service’s New Lineup

2017-11-28 08:42

Many people outside of Japan are surprised to learn that this country has a thriving telegram culture. You read that correctly. Telegram. If that conjures up images of a gentleman with a curly mustache tapping Morse Code, that’s because the practice of sending and receiving telegrams has gone out of style in most other parts of the world. Yet in Japan, it not only remains, but continues to thrive and evolve. There are several reason for this. First, telegrams are almost always gift gestures, and Japanese people traditionally love to give each other gifts on occasions such as weddings, graduations, birthdays, promotions and retirements but also messages of condolences for…


Pokemon Wedding Rings are the Perfect Way to Say I Choose You!

2017-11-28 03:14

Have you found the Jessie to your James? If so, jewellers U-Treasure are showing off a range of Pokemon wedding rings at their bridal fair this month, for those ready to level up their relationship. Last year they released this adorable design of a female and male Pikachu (not sure how to tell the difference) running up the side towards the diamond. Source: PR Times But they’ve added a new one to the collection and now you can celebrate the eeveelution of your relationship with this adorable Espeon and Umbreon version. Source: PR Times If you’re shy about you and your partner’s mutual Pokemon love, you can buy a simpler…


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