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Japanese jewelry store reveals high-end Pokemon accessories for classy Snorlax fans

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Whatever your chosen Pokemon is, Japanese jewelers U-Treasure have a massive range of fan favorites made into awesome accessories. Their stylish offerings are made with adult fans in mind, so they are subtle rather than garish, and can be worn for a variety of occasions. One Pokemon that has shown… Read

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One-person instant ramen pot may be the one and only cooking gadget we need

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We’re not sure why Japanese gadget company Thanko named itself that. What we do know is that time and again we’ve been filled with thanks for their inventions, most of which we didn’t realize how desperately we needed until after Thanko created them, like their combination rice cooker/bento box and wearable kotatsu. That gratitude is… Read

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Poop-shaped pudding makers on sale now in Japan

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How many times has this happened to you? You’re preparing to enjoy a nice cup of custard pudding by carefully molding it, but just as you’re putting the finishing touches on the pinched-off end your hand slips and squishes the entire sculpture. Then, in your frustration you just toss the… Read

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'Spy x Family' T-shirts from Uniqlo

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Anime/manga "Spy x Family" is a story about hidden motives and secret powers, what with its focus on spy Loid Forger and the false marriage he enters into with Yor Briar (secretly an assassin) and their adopted daughter Anya (who secretly has the power to read people’s minds). While the three of… Read

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Pop the question with delicious-looking rice ball rings and cases

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Japanese capsule toy maker Kitan Club has stumbled upon an odd but proven to be popular combination: onigiri rice balls and jewelry. Kitan Club has taken rice balls, one of Japan's favorite snacks, and turned them into a line up of rings and ring cases. The series takes the most popular rice… Read

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You’re not supposed to drink this special sake

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The Fukumitsuya sake brewery was founded in the town of Kanazawa all the way back in 1625. In the time since, they’ve released a wide range of brews, but we recently came across what’s arguably the most unique variety of sake they’ve created in the nearly four centuries they’ve been in business. It’s called Suppin, and… Read

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Tatami mat platform with built-in vibration speakers promises ultimate sound experience

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Tatami mats are a unique aspect of Japanese culture. Made of woven straw, filled with a soft material (traditionally rice straw, but nowadays foam), and bordered with beautifully-patterned cloth, these mats are what make up the floor of a traditional Japanese-style room, which is called a washitsu in Japanese. Sadly, for one reason… Read

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Plushie versions of ancient Japanese protection charms are our new favorite capsule toys

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It seems there’s just no limit to the weird and wonderful world of capsule toys — anything you can imagine, there’s probably a capsule toy version of it out there somewhere. The latest capsule toy to hit the shelves and capture our hearts are these plush toy versions of haniwa. Haniwa, literally meaning ring of… Read

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Japan’s Barbie, Licca-chan is going camping with a new outdoor set

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In recent years, camping has become such a cultural trend in Japan. So much so that Licca-chan (Japanese equivalent to Mattel's Barbie Doll) now has her own camping gear featured in popular outdoor brand Coleman. In this collaborative project with Coleman, Takara Tomy company has released a set of camping… Read

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McDonald’s Japan’s newest East-meets-West dessert, the Shingen Mochi Pie is here, but is it good?

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Among the offerings at McDonald’s Japan is apple pie, a treat as American as, well, apple pie. But because the chain is always open to finding ways to adapt its menu to local tastes too, right now you can also opt for something very Japanese: the Kikyo Shingen Mochi Pie. Shingen Mochi is the… Read

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