Coca-Cola Reveal the Obligatory Cherry Blossom Themed Bottle for Spring 2018

2018-01-16 05:10

It’s the start of a new year, meaning marketing executives in Japan are already looking forward to spring and the limited edition products they can flog. As usual, Coca-Cola will be celebrating cherry blossom viewing season with a specially designed, limited edition bottle with a predictably botanical theme. Last year’s design was a white base with small pink flowers fluttering around the logo. コカ・コーラさん(@cocacola_japan)がシェアした投稿 – 3月 30, 2017 at 9:02午後 PDT This year’s strikes a warmer hue with a pink base and larger blossom motifs. Source: Coca Cola Press Center When designing the bottle, all of Japan’s big spring events and festivals were in mind. Coca-Cola have kindly let us…


This Tokyo Cafe’s “Litter Box Dessert” Is A Work Of Feline Art

2018-01-16 03:25

Cat-related goods and themed-cafes in Japan often take advantage of some creative power when crafting their releases and menus, as can be seen with the kitty fruit tart bed and the colorful Sailor Moon Cafe menu. Recently, a Tokyo cafe by the name of Artspace&Cafe MUSA took things a kitty-paw further with their menu at a cat-themed menu event they held running January 13th-14th. Of course, standard cutesy feline-inspired dishes such as the one below were on display. カレー食べるよ!(*´ω`*) pic.twitter.com/tFxJuAgAhL — 大江戸 (@Oedo_nekosukiy) 2018年1月13日 The fairly standard cat-themed dishes aren’t what have people on Japanese social media talking, however. It’s the oddly realistic and jarring photos of the cafe’s dessert,…


First Takoyaki, Now Sukiyaki: Pringles Chips Feature Unique Japanese Regional Tastes

2018-01-16 01:40

Japan is no stranger to unconventional snack food flavors, and potato chips are no exception. Everything from squid and carrots to milk and toast, and even strawberry shortcake have made their way into potato chip seasonings in Japan. While giving potato chips the sweet treatment is something that Japanese local brands Calbee and Koikeya seem to feel more comfortable with, Pringles has made some bold choices for an international brand, as evident in its latest offering featuring sukiyaki, a meat dish native to the Kanto region which includes Tokyo. The taste of beef and the dipping sauce are blended to deliver the unmistakable taste of sukiyaki with every bite. Source:…


AR Pocky Anime Boyfriends Allow You To Replace Human Affection with Snacks This Valentine’s Day

2018-01-16 12:53

No boyfriend on Valentine’s Day? No problem! The quintessential Japanese chocolate stick snack, Pocky offer you a complementary AR anime boyfriend with every pack bought during this romantic season. ポッキーが擬人化!?「恋人はポッキー」スマホをかざすと恋人が現れる♡https://t.co/LCvFDDqtKl なんと!アニメの聖地、アニメイトさん 20店舗でも発売決定! @animateinfo pic.twitter.com/Hq60gljzhS — Pocky Japan (@PockyJPN) 27 December 2017 The campaign is called ‘koibito wa pocky’; Pocky is your lover. While it’s true that some replace human companionship with snacks, calling them your lover could be going a bit far. The official English slogan seems to be ‘Love with Pocky’ which is definitely a safer tag line. grape Japan Each character is designed to represent five individual Pocky varieties and cover all bases when it comes to ‘types’. The boyfriend…


Sakura Fans Can Celebrate Their Flower Viewing Parties With Cherry Blossom-Labeled Asahi Super Dry

2018-01-16 11:11

Once the winter holidays have passed, Japan spares no time in gearing up for its famous spring season of blooming cherry blossoms (sakura) by releasing a constant stream of sakura-themed goods. In the past, this has resulted in items such as Sakura McFlurries, gorgeous sakura-filled rain drop cakes, and special cherry blossom Coca-Cola labels. Most of these goods are best enjoyed during hanami, or cherry blossom viewing parties which largely consist of picnicking with friends, family, or co-workers in parks where blooming sakura are easily seen. During hanami, alcohol flows very freely, and around this time Asahi Super Dry does so in style with it’s pretty sakura-themed can labels. Source:…


Promotional Video for Final Fantasy VR Roller Coaster Opening This Week

2018-01-15 05:01

Universal Studios Japan, located in Osaka often placates our pop-culture needs, whether it be permanent attractions like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter or temporary ones, such as the Attack on Titan attraction. Last year the theme park announced several new temporary attractions all in the name of ‘Cool Japan’, an initiative to promote Japan’s pop culture overseas. In this vein, the four new themes announced were big names for Japanophiles, including video game series Final Fantasy and classic Magical Girl anime Sailor Moon. Source: PR Times The wait is nearly over for FF fans, the attraction will open this week on 19th January along with the Monster Hunter and…


Viral Tattoo Photo Lead To Arrest Of Yakuza Boss On The Run For 14 Years

2018-01-15 01:40

Tattoos stay with you forever, and apparently so does your criminal past. A Facebook post of an elaborately tattooed man in Thailand went viral, with many admiring the quality of ink covering the elderly man’s back and chest. Thanks to it’s popularity, the photo has led to the arrest of a yakuza boss on the rung for 14 years, the Asahi Shinbun reports. 74-year-old Shigeharu Shirai was wanted for allegedly killing rival gang member Kashihiko Otobe in 2003, and fled to Thailand in 2005 where he has since been on the run from Japanese police. After the photo of his tattoos gained viral attention, they helped Japanese police identify him…


All of Japan’s Traditional Festivals and Regional Delicacies Under One Roof: Furusato Matsuri at Tokyo Dome

2018-01-15 12:53

Not many people have the time or money to travel all around, to sample all the food and see all the festivals Japan has to offer. So what if you could do it all in one day, under one roof? grape Japan The Furusato Matsuri is currently running at Tokyo Dome and this year is its 10th anniversary. The best food, and festival performances from Hokkaido to Okinawa have been selected to attend the event. grape Japan The rows of food stalls allow you to hop from prefecture to prefecture, snapping up the local delicacies that take your fancy. Dishes range from the classic (think Hokkaido crab) to the more…


From Grandpas to Virtual Currency: 5 Weirdly Themed Japanese Idol Groups

2018-01-12 05:20

You may have heard of famous idol groups from Japan such as AKB48 and Morning Musume, but aside from these standard cute J-pop girls, there’s a whole wealth of idol units out there representing all manner of surprising themes… Virtual Currency Girls (Virtual Currency) Are you confused about all this talk of bitcoin and crypto-currencies? Perhaps Virtual Currency Girls can help! (If you can understand Japanese) Source: PR Times Kaso Tsuka Shojo (Virtual Currency Girls) are an 8 member idol group with the aim of educating the public about various virtual currencies. The stage personas are inspired by different currencies, one member is called BCH, standing for Bitcoin Cash and…


10% Pay Cut For Teacher Who Repeatedly Spat On and Slapped Students’ Faces

2018-01-11 09:12

The behavior of Japanese middle and high school teachers has come under fire in recent years, especially in terms of what many see as excessive discipline, inappropriate behavior, and corporal punishment. For example, in an article we published November 1, we covered the story of a high school girl who sued a school in Osaka for forcing her to dye her naturally brown hair, bruising her scalp and causing her emotional damage. School sports clubs, in particular, seem to be disproportionately affected by such problems. For example, in the same article, we also introduced comments from a Twitter user who resented that she was forced to put up with the…


Kyoto Gastropub Kiyamachi Golden Sakaba Celebrates Showa Nostalgia and Festival Fare

2018-01-11 07:58

While Kyoto is known for offering very sophisticated, culturally refined dining experiences of the highest level, with price tags just as high to match them, you don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy tasty food and drinks, even in the entertainment district of Kiyamachi. A favorite among locals and tourists alike, Kiyamachi Golden Sakaba is a must-to destination for the budget-conscious tourist as well as those who enjoy the warm, nostalgic mood of the Showa Era. However, while, Showa themed pubs and bars are becoming quite common in major cities of Japan, Kiyamachi Golden Sakaba distinguishes itself by also incorporating thematic elements and menu items transported from the food,…


Bushy-Browed Boys Perform Quirky Dance In Kagoshima City’s New Promo Video

2018-01-11 04:11

The boys of the Kagoshima Jitsugyo High School Men’s Rhythmic Gymnastics team have already earned a reputation at competitions for typically being the most entertaining and humorous entry, not only for their excellent gymnastic abilities but also for incorporating popular music and pop culture references into their choreography. This time, Kagoshima City decided to put the boys’ entertaining antics to good use in a unique promotional video for a special touristic campaign this year, the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration. For their campaign, Kagoshima has tied up with “Segodon,” NHK’s yearly epic Taiga drama series, which this year relates the life and times of the influential samurai, Meiji era…


A Japanese Chain Is Selling Fried Chicken That Tastes, Smells Like “The Soles of an Idol Girl’s Feet”

2018-01-11 01:52

You might remember when Japanese karaage (Japanese style fried chicken) chain Tenka Torimasu launched a promotional event to attract idol fans by releasing a special karaage intended to replicate the flavor of the sweat of an idol girl. This falls in line with a number of purposefully outrageous gimmicks in the idol world, such as a hug meet and greet where idols wore haz-mat suits to ward off stinky fans. Now the fried chicken chain is appealing to the overlap of a Venn diagram between idol fans and foot fetishists, releasing a karaage that tastes and smells like the sole of a girl’s foot. Source: At Press As was the…


Where to Enjoy Enchanting Wisteria Flower Festivals in Japan This Spring

2018-01-11 01:26

Every spring Japan bursts into floral brilliance, and I’m not just talking about cherry blossoms. Wisteria, called fuji in Japanese, also holds a special place in the country’s culture. On the cusp of spring and summer its blooming is celebrated with flower festivals in various areas of the country. The trees are known for the beautiful lilac petals which hang romantically, forming a screen which makes the perfect Instagram backdrop. Due to this, the flower festivals are a massive draw for photographers looking for otherworldly nature scenes, as we have shown in a previous article. ShokOさん(@shokococo86)がシェアした投稿 – 5月 12, 2017 at 3:36午後 PDT But unlike the famed cherry blossom, you…


Japan Introduces World’s-First Peach Coca-Cola

2018-01-11 11:09

In the past, cola has been a pretty big benefactor of Japan’s love of seasonal and limited edition goods. Standouts like Sakura Pepsi, region-specific Coca-Cola bottles, and Christmas Cake Pepsi are all recent twists on the fizzy drink that tie into Japanese ingredients, areas, and social traditions. Now they can add a “world-first” to their list in the form of a limited edition Peach Coca-Cola. Source: PR Times While it’s not clear if the flavor will expand to overseas markets, a company Press Release makes the many cultural ties Japan has to peaches clear. In Japanese mythology, the fruit has the power to dispel evil, and is closely associated with…


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