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Illustrator’s Clever Simpsons And Pokemon Crossover Design Goods Are Perfect For Fans Of Both

2018-11-20 05:49

London-based illustrator and graphic designer Thumbs grew up with a passion for skateboarding and the art surrounding it, as well as 90’s cartoons and comic books. That couldn’t be more obvious in his awesome and creative artwork that specializes in crossovers of his favorite cartoons, which have gained a wave of popularity that eventually led to the talented artist producing his own pins, stickers, and shirts for sale. While he has various crossover-themed goods to choose from, his series of designs that combine The Simpsons with classic anime such as Dragon Ball Z and Pokemon appear to be fan favorites, and demonstrate the creativity that goes into making the mashup…


grape Japan and Japan Shopping Now in Content Sharing Partnership

2018-11-14 05:20

Introducing our new content sharing partner: Japan Shopping Now Operated by the Japan Shopping Tourism Organization, Japan Shopping Now is a site offering the best, most relevant information and stories about “Shopping Island, Japan,” from high-quality technology to traditional crafts passed down from ancient times, or regional specialty goods to anime and gaming subcultures with fans around the world. The establishment of our content sharing partnership with Japan Shopping Now comes four months after that of our partnership with the online news platform JAPAN Forward, which began in July of this year. Partnership Starts on November 14, 2018 As of November 14, 2018, our new partner Japan Shopping Now will…


Each Page of Fist of the North Star Chapter One Made Into T-Shirts: 49 To Choose From!

2018-11-13 07:37

Fans of the legendary post-apocalyptic manga and anime Fist of the North Star who happen to be in Japan between now and Monday, November 19th have an opportunity to buy something very special. All 49 pages of Chapter One: “A Cry from the Heart” are being made into individual T-shirts, including the first four color pages. © Buronson, © Tetsuo Hara | © PR Times, Inc. For example, here is the opening page with the line: “In 199X the world was covered with atomic fires.” © Buronson, © Tetsuo Hara | © PR Times, Inc. Or the page where we are first introduced to Kenshiro’s trademark attack, the Hokuto Hyakuretsu…


Catch Cute Pikachu Face Doughnuts at Japan’s Mister Donut

2018-11-09 05:31

At any given time, Japan has a whole host of limited time only collaborations between characters and food outlets to create adorable and in-demand snacks. But every so often, one comes along that is so cute, you wish it would stay around forever. These Pikachu face doughnuts, coming out this week at Mister Donut, are one example of this phenomenon. Timed for the same release date as Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee in Japan, these sweet treats will be available in Mister Donut from 16th November. Two doughnuts are on offer, a Pikachu and a Pokeball. Pikachu’s round yellow face is a soft and airy doughnut covered…


Japan’s Moomin Valley Theme Park Grand Opening Decided for Spring 2019

2018-11-08 05:00

As cute, large eyed creatures, Moomins were always sure to be a hit in Japan. When the TV animation was first shown in the country in 1969, many people wished they could be whisked away to the idyllic, slow-paced Moomin Valley. Now fifty years later, the chance is finally coming for Japanese Moomin fans as the Moomin Valley Theme Park is currently under construction. The complex, modelled on the Moomin Valley park in Finland, is located in Hanno, in Tokyo’s neighbouring prefecture of Saitama. Split into two parts, the Metsa Village will be opening in Novemeber this year. Metsa means forest in Finnish and they hope this free-to-enter area next…


You Can Now Dress Up Japan’s Viral Sexy Daikon Radish As A Giant Veggie Grocer Waifu

2018-11-07 01:50

Japan’s sexy daikon radish meme is now a huggable waifu pillow with green grocer clothing Japanese online retailer Felissimo made internet waves several months ago when they added a very peculiar item to the comedic and eccentric lineup of their YOU+MORE! series (a play on the pronunciation of “humor” in Japanese), a cuddly pillow version of a sexy daikon radish. Before being turned into an oversized cushion, the sexy daikon radish actually got its start as a popular meme on Japanese social media, when users would post pictures of daikon radishes that appear to be suggestively crossing their “legs”. View this post on Instagram Sachikoさん(@staregirl325)がシェアした投稿 – 2018年 1月月23日午前6時20分PST View this…


Give Your Feet Nine Adorable Lives With Cat-Shaped Japanese Geta Sandals

2018-11-06 09:38

Just when we thought we had seen the ultimate in Japanese summer feline fashion with cat-motif yukata, it turns out there is a purrfect pair for it in the form of cat-shaped traditional Japanese sandals, allowing cat-lovers to show off their fondness for kitties in style. Source: PR Times The three-piece series of cute cat sandals come courtesy of Nara-based geta (traditional Japanese elevated sandals) and footwear maker Narageta, and are called the Nyarageta–a pun combining the maker’s name with the Japanese word for “meow” (“Nya”). Narageta produces a variety of geta designs, combining traditional aesthetics and technique with modern technology for foot comfort and mobility. The Nyarageta are said…


Long-Established Kyoto Restaurant Innovates With Matcha Encrusted Roast Beef

2018-11-02 05:18

With its countless temples, traditional neighborhoods, and beautiful integration of nature and architecture, Kyoto is one of the most charming cities of Japan, providing a bounty of experiences for tourists to enjoy. As we have reported before, one of the most charming and memorable neighborhoods to visit in Kyoto is Pontocho. On the main alley of Pontocho, long-established restaurant Fujita specializes in the kaiseki style of traditional Japanese cuisine. However, they are not happy to rest on their laurels. While continuing their traditions, they are also experimenting with innovative menu ideas. This is reflected in their latest offering from their prepared food gift selections which can be purchased in the…


Japanese Kirby Head Bed Lets You Rest While Pretending To Be Inhaled By Kirby

2018-11-02 04:28

Premium Bandai has no qualms about making giant and sometimes unwieldy novelty items, such as the humongous Snorlax pillow that Japanese people had hilarious trouble with fitting into their homes. Fortunately, their latest hit is something for you to fit it–well, your head anyways. They’ve introduced a personal head bed that simulates being sucked up by Nintendo’s Kirby! The product was designed to answer the question “What would it be like to be sucked up by Kirby?” Well, the personal head space doesn’t steal and replicate your abilities, but it comes equipped with a comfy pillow to hopefully take away your waking hours. You simply insert your head into the…


Custard-Filled Lounging Rilakkuma Cakes Are An Adorable and Affordable Snack

2018-11-01 08:28

If he wasn’t sweet enough already, San-X’s ever-popular character, the perennially relaxed and laid-back bear Rilakkuma, is now going to be available as a tasty snack to warm up your visit to Japan this fall / winter season. Introducing the Mochi Mochi Rilakkuma-Yaki © San-X Co., Ltd. / © Socialwire Co., Ltd. Shaped in Rilakkuma’s favorite recumbent pose, this bite-sized snack is filled with a custard pudding cream filling and its pancake shell is soft and chewy (which is what mochi mochi means in Japanese). © San-X Co., Ltd. / © Socialwire Co., Ltd. Available at all Lawson convenience stores from November 6th, 2018 for only 146 JPY each (excluding…


Handy Poke Ball Travel Bag Evolves into Comfy Pokemon Neck Rest and Cushion

2018-10-31 01:48

A real Pokemon master would never be caught unawares without a cushion or neck rest while travelling, and these new travel items from Gowell are perfect for Pokemon trainers on the go. Their smart evolving goods were created to ensure you get some rest when travelling by plane or for long distance train journeys. Just throw (or should I say rearrange the beads inside) the Poke Ball and shout ‘Eevee neck rest, I choose you!’. The Poke Ball will transform, surely surprising all your fellow passengers and allowing you to leisurely enjoy the journey. But it’s not just a comfy, Pokemon-themed headrest, the Poke Ball can also transform into an…


The Hauntingly Beautiful Skulls And Wearable Sculptures Of Shinji Nakaba

2018-10-25 01:44

As seen with the stunning animal skull bonsai series from Tokyo Bonsai Lifestyle, sometimes the most fascinating art finds a way to combine the macabre and the gorgeous into a striking aesthetic. Jewlery designer Shinji Nakaba is an artist definitely accomplishing that. Perhaps best known for his pearl skulls, Nakaba’s creations feature intricate carvings, ranging from pearls to even disregarded items such as pieces of trash. View this post on Instagram Repost from @milla_maroc_01 Shinji Nakaba is a master of carving carefully into miniature objects, creating skulls and other anatomical forms from pearls no larger than the end of a finger tip. Nakaba considers these works “wearable sculptures,” as each pearl…


Usamaru Cafe Adds Adorable Interactive Projection Mapping To Animate Your Meals

2018-10-25 12:39

Usamaru If you’re into cute characters, you may be familiar with Usamaru, a rabbit character designed by sakumaru which first made its appearance as a stamp series on the popular social network LINE. Usamaru, Usako and friends have had their own cafe before, but this winter season between November 2018 and January 2019, they’re opening a cafe with an adorable feature made possible by SONY technology. © sakumaru / © LINE / © PR Times, Inc. Projection Mapping at Usamaru Cafe © sakumaru / © LINE / © PR Times, Inc. If you are able to reserve a spot for the projection mapping table, Usamaru and his friends will interact…


This Instagram Account Of Wool Felt Kitty And Puppy Adventures In Japan Is Just Too Cute

2018-10-24 03:14

Whether it be award-winning felt and wool creations of Shiba Inu and corgis, or these creepy but cute gigantic wearable cat heads, Japan seems to have tapped into wool and needle felt artistry in adorable fashion lately. One artist impressively proving that is Chata528, a wool felt artist whose handmade creations are sure to brighten up your day with their charming adventures. cha-taさん(@chata528)がシェアした投稿 – 2017 7月 23 4:02午後 PDT cha-taさん(@chata528)がシェアした投稿 – 2017 8月 2 5:01午後 PDT Chata528 brings these outstanding furry felt animal creations to life by taking them on their own mini-excursions throughout Japan, dressing them up and using carefully-made props to convince you that they are out touring…


Belly Rub Japanese Scratch And Sniff Stationery That Smells Like Shiba Inu And Cat Tummies

2018-10-24 10:40

Japanese online retailer Felissimo’s YOU+MORE! series (a play on the pronunciation of “humor” in Japanese) has featured some pretty adventurous products in past, including smartphone cases that let you simulate scratching a happy Shiba Inu’s belly, as well as scented lip gloss that replicates kissing a wet cat nose. Now the company combining belly-rubbing and fragrance and upping their creativity with scratch and sniff sheets scented with the fragrance of cat and Shiba Inu bellies! Source: PR Times Source: PR Times The sheets are exactly as described–stationery pads that depict happy-go-lucky Shiba Inu and cats exposing their bellies for stomach rubs. If you scratch or rub your fingers on the…


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