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You can own 'Spirited Away’s' cursed witch’s contract seal in real life

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As an archetypal Studio Ghibli anime heroine, the strength of "Spirited Away’s" Chihiro comes not only from her courage and determination, but her kindness too. Holding on to her sense of compassion, even in the harsh work environment of the magical bathhouse she’s forced to work in, becomes a critical hinge for the story… Read

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A craft beer born from Tokyo’s center of subculture, Shimokitazawa

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Summer 2021 is already turning out to be a scorcher here in Japan. Of the few things that can offer respite from the turgid heat, none is more satisfying than an ice-cold beer. And of all the ice-cold beers on offer in Japan, there’s a new collaboration IPA that might just… Read

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The hidden ability of rice: Global Product Planning’s rice products maintain beautiful skin

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It's common knowledge that rice is the staple food of Japan and much of the Asian world. Not only do most residents eat the grain every single day, they are known to stylize their rice dishes into cute designs. Japanese restaurants use rice buns to sandwich hamburger patties, and Domino's in the… Read

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Solve Pokemon Rubik’s cube by matching 52 Pokemon based on their types

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Pokemon fans who also happen to be puzzle lovers are getting the best of both worlds with the release of a new Pokemon Rubik’s cube. It features a total of 52 Pokemon, including all-time favorites like Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Eevee and Jigglypuff. This version of the Rubik’s cube has each of… Read

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New summer ice cream-flavored mini KitKats come with a serving of summer homework topics

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As July temperatures soar and the cicadas reach deafening levels in Japan, school is just about out for the summer. While schoolchildren can now look forward to just over a month of not being in class, they still can’t escape that ever-present summer homework looming over them. Thankfully, this year they can… Read

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Become a noodle expert with Takara Tomy’s new Soba-Making Master and free online cooking lesson

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We’re no strangers to the magnificence of a good bowl of soba. While we’ve always been content to let the noodle masters feed us up until now, a new product almost on the market may finally give us the chance to become soba masters ourselves. Japanese toy and entertainment company Takara Tomy will… Read

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Chin Rest Mochi Smartphone Arm Cushion for seasoned couch potatoes

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Based in the Akihabara district of Tokyo, it's no surprise that Japanese maker Thanko has quite the resume of creative tech and gadgets under their belt. In particular, they seem to be on a hot streak of releasing goods that cater to self-sufficiency, solitude, and sometimes even the charm of… Read

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Lawson Japan serves up carbs on carbs with their new French Fry Bread

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Coming from the UK, I find it interesting how many strange things my birth country has in common with Japan. We both drive on the left, for one thing. We both drink a lot of tea. We have prime ministers. But one of the little things that caught my eye… Read

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Pre-bottled matcha latte drink

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Let’s be honest–everyone is a sucker for beautiful packaging, and Japan is definitely good at it. That’s why this pre-bottled matcha latte drink by Kyoto Uji Matcha seller Matcha Republic has been trending on social media. With a bottle that looks like an ink bottle, this beautiful design is supremely Instagrammable. It’s so… Read

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Naomi Osaka’s dream of having her own Barbie doll comes true

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The past few months haven’t exactly been easy for Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka, but here’s one piece of positive news coming right in time for the Tokyo Olympics. On July 12, Mattel added a specially designed Naomi Osaka doll to their collection. The Grand Slam champion replica was designed by Carlyle… Read

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