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Steampunk business card holder

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In Japan, business cards are seen as representations of the individuals whose names they bear, and so keeping yours loose in your pocket, or worse, doing so with someone else’s card, is a major breach of etiquette. Instead, you should have a dedicated business card case, something stylish or elegant…or super,… Read

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Japanese KitKats roll out limited, premium Blindfold Chocolatory line

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Since the clever cats at KitKat melded the words “chocolate” and “laboratory” together to form “Chocolatory”, the name of their upmarket boutiques where the classier cuts of KitKat are curated, they’ve done all kinds of wondrous and whimsical things to the simple chocolate-covered wafer treat we all know and love. Japan is already something of… Read

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Mushroom pillow cover

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You can always count on Japanese retailer Felissimo to let you lay your head to rest with adorable animal pillow covers such as capybara, corgi butts, and even giant Japanese mackerels. However, this time they're going off their animal print beaten path with an equally cute but peculiar choice--poisonous mushroom pillow covers. The… Read

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Samurai Mac burgers arrive at McDonald’s Japan

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McDonald’s Japan has been surprising our taste buds over the years with exclusive, limited-time menu items ranging from Sakura McFizzes through to adult cream pies. Now, the fast food giant has announced they’ll be bringing out two very Japanese-style beef burgers for a very limited period, and these ones encapsulate the flavor and spirit of… Read

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Enjoy the flavor of tasty PABLO cheese tarts … in a drink

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As spring settles over Japan, convenience stores retire their steaming tanks of oden, and vending machine drinks options slowly turn to only cold. It’s a sign that warmer days are on the way, and that means refreshing beverages are a must. Cue, the Pablo Cheese Tart drink (best served chilled)!… Read

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Earn a gold star for style with Levi’s X Super Mario collaboration

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Super Mario is well known for stomping down rows of goombas in his workman’s overalls. Soon he’ll be doing it in Lego form too. However, he’s a less familiar face on the catwalk, or turning heads as he struts through hip neighborhoods in brand habiliments. But trendy street wear company… Read

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National Geographic releases special edition skateboards in Japan

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For over 130 years, National Geographic has been capturing and inspiring people’s minds and curiosity through its groundbreaking storytelling from world-class scientists, adventurers, photographers and filmmakers. Now, National Geographic is attempting to go farther than they ever have before and hope to make a positive influence on the world’s younger generation through… Read

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Nagasaki Minami Yamate releases fresh strawberry pudding

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“It tastes just like a strawberry shortcake!” Last year’s popular “fresh strawberry pudding” is back to grace the menus of Nagasaki Minami Yamate Pudding for spring. Nagasaki Minami Yamate Pudding, a local speciality pudding store from Nagasaki City launched the fresh strawberry pudding during the spring of 2019. The desert… Read

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Plum wine gelato in a squeezable tube from Papico

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If you're interested in an icy dessert on your next trip to your local Japanese convenience store, you can soon look forward to umeshu-flavored gelato. The tubular iced treats offered by Ezaki Glico's Papico brand are normally coveted by the younger set for their fun form factor and kid-friendly flavors,… Read

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Forget about cafes and self-isolate with matcha desserts

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For people with a sweet tooth, one of the best parts about living in Tokyo or another major Japanese city, is the wealth of trendy cafes with delicious and beautifully presented desserts. Case in point, "the 5 most Instagrammable desserts in Harajuku," or for those with hankering for green tea,… Read

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