Japan Releases New Umeshu Kit Kats Using Premium Sake and Plum Wine

2018-04-25 11:15

Japan releases new umeshu (Japanese plum wine) flavored Kit Kats. When not asking you to vote on and create the latest Kit Kat flavor or making the world’s first ruby chocolate bar, Nestle Japan seems to be padding their resume with exclusive regional Japanese flavors such as double rich matcha and premium sake. Now as a follow up to their hit sake Kit Kats, Nestle is releasing chocolate bars inspired by another favorite Japanese liqueur in the form of umeshu Kit Kats! Source: Nestle Japan As with the Premium Masuizumi Japan Sake Kit Kat, Nestle is teaming up with a distinguished umeshu maker in Heiwa Shuzou to capture the deep…

Japanese “Human Pet House” Made For People Who Want To Be Cats

2018-04-24 05:35

Japanese manufacturer and retailer Bibi Lab has never been afraid to appear a bit crazy with their creative releases. When they’re not turning Japanese schoolgirl uniforms into wearable kotatsu and creating one minute-prep yukata pajamas, they like to appeal to human laziness with giant pig-tail beds that swallow you whole and a jumpsuit that turns people into sloths. Now Bibi Lab is tapping into some clearly important research to offer a bedding option that satisfies the “human desire to become a cat” with their Pet House for Humans that lets you lounge around like a lazy feline. Although you may chalk this up to being yet another eccentric novelty item…

Authentic Katana Paper Knives Modeled After Famous Swords of Shinsengumi Warriors

2018-04-23 03:15

Famous Swords Paper Knives: An astoundingly successful crowdfunding project As Japanese history buffs and sword collectors know too well, authentic Japanese swords made by master craftsmen are prohibitively expensive and only available to the very wealthy or to those who are fortunate enough to have inherited them as family heirlooms. The next best thing is owning a replica sword, but these still require enough space to display them. But what if you could own a replica made by master craftsmen of swords owned by famous Japanese warriors but in miniature size, in the form of a paper knife? As we reported last year, this was the idea behind the Famous…

First Ever Frozen Coca-Cola Packs Released in Japan

2018-04-17 10:50

Coca-Cola Japan is releasing frozen Coke slushie packs as a new summer beverage. Coca-Cola Japan has recently been adding to its lineup of beverages with some creative offerings including Coca-Cola Coffee and even an alcoholic variety. With inklings of an upcoming hot and humid summer starting to form, the beverage company has now released “Coca-Cola Frozen Lemon”, a frozen citrus blend of the popular cola sold in a squeezable slushie-style packaging. Coca-Cola Frozen Lemon Source: PR Times The drink is sold in both frozen and non-frozen varities (should you wish to take it home and freeze it to your liking), and comes in a squeezable packaging. Similar drinks are sold…

No-Face, Cat Bus and Ponyo Will Spirit Away Your Charging Cable to the World of Studio Ghibli

2018-04-13 05:55

Charging cables are probably not among your most exciting possessions. In fact, you may go as far as saying they are completely dull. You also probably haven’t given much thought into decorating it either, but Studio Ghibli die-hard fans know that whatever you put a cute Ghibli character on instantly becomes several times more loveable, even the humble smartphone charger. Studio Ghibli Characters to Spirit Away Your Charging Cables These three cute charger covers not only jazz up your cable, but are also practical since they stop the cable from becoming disconnected by accident. Source: PR Times The characters available are the Cat Bus from My Neighbour Totoro, No-Face from…

Cowboy Bebop Themed Cafe is Opening Up in Japan, Complete with Anime Inspired Decor and Menu

2018-04-12 05:13

Cowboy Bebop is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a Cowboy Bebop-themed cafe in Tokyo and Osaka next month! As fans of mega-popular anime series Cowboy Bebop await a U.S. live action television series with cautious optimism, they’ve been able to tide themselves over with a Blade Runner 2049 short helmed by series director Shinichiro Watanabe, and perhaps re-listening to Yoko Kanno’s celebrated soundtrack. As soon as May 15th, however, fans will be able to literally whet their appetite as they can join in on a celebration of Cowboy Bebop’s 20th anniversary with an official Cowboy Bebop Cafe opening in Tokyo and Osaka. Animate Cafe (an anime store cafe with character…

Luxury Teas Inspired by the Worlds of Studio Ghibli Now Available in Japan

2018-04-12 05:14

Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli creates worlds so beautiful that anyone would want a little piece of them in their home. For that reason, any new merchandise inspired by their stories captures the imagination of legions of Ghibli fans. Curling up with a cup of tea and watching a Studio Ghibli movie sounds like a perfect way to spend an evening, so now you can make it even better by drinking tea inspired by the stories themselves. Source: PR Times In a collaboration between Studio Ghibli merchandise purveyors Donguri Republic and luxury tea brand Lupicia, a set of teas in beautifully designed tins will be sold from 13th April 2018….

Sample Sakes And Laser-Etch Your Own Stylized Kanji Monogram On A Crystal Sake Cup

2018-04-11 08:54

Laser-Etch Your Personal Kanji Monogram On A Crystal Sake Cup If you’re in Tokyo between now and the end of April, and if you enjoy sake, there’s a unique opportunity for you to sample excellent Niigata sakes and take home a beautiful crystal sake cup personalized with a very stylized and modern kanji monogram. The event taking place on the Friday evenings of April 13th, 20th, and 27th celebrate the opening of a permanent shop for the Mashikaku project by design studio Ideasketch. Source: © At Press / © Ideasketch, Inc. The cup is a crystal version of the traditional square masu sake cup. Once you have chosen two kanji…

Japanese Apartment Company Offers Silhouette Boyfriend Security System to Protect Women Living Alone

2018-04-10 12:11

Citing rising danger for women living alone in Tokyo, a company in Japan is providing a “shadow boyfriend” service to trick criminals. Leo Palace 21, an apartment management company in Japan, is launching a product called the “Man on the Curtain” security system which projects a loop of an active man’s silhouette onto a curtain to give the illusion that an apartment’s tenant is not actually living alone. The company claims that as the number of women living alone in Tokyo is increasing, so are home invasions and crimes targeting them specifically. A promotional video (you can use their English website for help) explains the concept below. The system uses…

Best-Selling Godzilla Humidifier So Popular It Wins At Japan Character Awards 2018

2018-04-04 03:59

One of Japan’s most popular film properties, Godzilla continues to inspire interesting merchandise such as a Godzilla vs. Neon Genesis Evangelion figure designed by the Metal Gear Solid character artist, and Godzilla beauty masks. One product which has been doing particularly well since last year is an atomic breath-spewing Godzilla Humidifier, manufactured by Shine Co., Ltd. Source: © At Press / © Shine Co., Ltd. / © Toho Co., Ltd. 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 the humidity in your room, the device plays the famous Godzilla theme music from…

We Visited A Sake-Lovers’ Paradise With Wall-To-Wall Sake Dispensers Starting At 100 Yen A Cup

2018-04-03 09:00

If you want the convenience of sake dispensed on demand but also seek to enjoy numerous varieties of sake, there is a paradise waiting for you in Niigata Prefecture, less than 90 minutes away by shinkansen train! Ponshukan is a unique store concept with two locations in Niigata Prefecture, one in Niigata Station and the other in Echigo-Yuzawa Station, where you can experience kikizake, or sake sampling. We had reported on Ponshukan before based mainly on reports we found on Twitter. However, since our grape Japan staff happened to pass through Echigo Yuzawa Station on a personal ski trip last weekend, it was the perfect opportunity to visit in person…

You Can Now Vote For (And Create) A New Japanese Kit Flavor That Will Be Released Internationally

2018-04-03 03:21

By now, chocolate fans around the world know both of delight and frustration of watching Japan add flavor after flavor to its bounty of limited and seasonal edition Kit Kats. In particularly exclusive flavors intended to represent Japan such as premium sake, double-matcha, and even Kit Kat sushi have become well sought-after souvenirs for those visiting the country, while more adventurous flavors such as cough drop, chocolate cake, and the world’s first Ruby Chocolate have added to over 350 flavors Nestle Japan has released since 1973. With this year marking the 45th anniversary of Kit Kats in Japan, however, now people around the world can have a say in a…

Japanese Trend of Smoothing Foil Balls Into Perfect Spheres Is Beautifully Satisfying

2018-04-02 01:33

You could kill a lot of time browsing through cost-effective DIY arts and crafts projects on Japanese social media, with resorts varying between therapeutic and mind-blowing with creations such as functioning steampunk wristwatches and $3 rusty knives turned into high quality Japanese blades. A Tweet by Japanese jewelery and accessory maker @puchuco709, however, has put the spotlight on a recent trend of turning otherwise boring aluminum foil balls into shiny spheres of treasure in a process that just watching is enough to relieve some stress. アルミホイル(16m)を丸めて叩いて、球にしました。 — アトリエpuchuco (@puchuco709) 2018年3月1日 After some curious responses, @puchuco709 explained that they crafted the glossy orb by taking a 16 meter (52 feet)…

Largest in Japan Pokemon Center Tokyo DX Opens for Most Deluxe Pokemon Experience of Your Life

2018-03-30 06:05

The largest Pokemon Center in Japan yet, dubbed Pokemon Center Tokyo DX (the DX stands for deluxe), recently opened in the Takashimaya department store in Nihonbashi. The megastore is adjacent to the permanent Pokemon Cafe, and of course, the store is overflowing with all the poke-merchandise you’ve ever dreamed of and more. If you arrive at the main building of Takashimaya, the first floor has been Pika-fied with some awesome displays, like the slightly surreal pack of Pikachus floating away out of a giant shopping bag for some reason. Source: © Grape Japan After finding your way to the Pokemon Center through the department store labyrinth, be prepared to take…

Pepsi Releases All New Formula “J-Cola” Targeting Japan

2018-03-28 11:56

When traveling abroad, it’s always a good idea to sample as much of what you can’t get back in your home country, particularly when it comes to food and drink. In Japan, that can sometimes mean taking in worldwide brands with a slight twist, such as alcoholic Coca-Cola or the world’s first Ruby chocolate Kit Kat. Pepsi in Japan is no different, having released limited edition flavors such as sakura, Christmas Cake, and event salted watermelon in the past. Now Suntory is releasing a new Pepsi with a remade formula specifically targeting the Japanese market. Source: Suntory Called “Pepsi J-Cola”, the newly released version of Pepsi was put together after…

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