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New Japanese gadget is like a toaster for instant food pouches; gets you fed in a jiffy

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In Japan, a lot of prepackaged foods come in special pouches known in Japanese as “retort pouches.” These packages, which often contain food like curries, sauces, soups, and meats, can generally be made in one of two ways. You can either boil a pot of water and then toss the unopened… Read

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Heat sake like they do at a Japanese izakaya with this special at-home set

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These days, with local governments asking restaurants and izakaya to close early during the recent state of emergencies, more and more people are taking part in Ouchi Izakaya (“At-home Izakaya”). With the weather getting cooler, no at-home izakaya will be complete without some type of sake-warming equipment, and here to fill… Read

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Nissin Cup Noodle Soda gives us the flavor of instant ramen as fizzy drinks

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Nissin’s Cup Noodle is turning 50 this month, and to celebrate, we, the instant-ramen-loving public, are being showered with gifts. Just when we thought the brand couldn’t outdo themselves after giving us a special range of Umaibo snacks and fancy hotel meals, they made a brand new anniversary announcement today, unveiling the release… Read

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New adidas Hachiko sneakers pay homage to Shibuya’s famous loyal dog

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Global sporting brands have been spoiling Japanese customers over the years with exclusive kicks dedicated to Super Mario, Godzilla and even Hello Kitty. Now, sporting giant adidas is paying homage to a real-life Japanese character with its latest sneaker release, and it’s simply called Hachiko. For those who don’t know the story behind the… Read

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Mos Burger serves up Green Teriyaki Burger with convenient drizzling sauce packet

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While popular burger chain Mos Burger made waves earlier this year by trying to raise awareness of the tastiness of Mac 'n' Cheese in Japan with their Mac 'n' Cheese Croquette Burger, this month they're opting for a greener route with their new 100% plant-based Teriyaki Green Burger. The Teriyaki… Read

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Japanese company makes a robot specifically to keep your cat entertained

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Since the dawn of the personal cleaning robot, people have been taping things to the top of them to increase their functionality. There’s the classic DJ Roomba, where you stick a boombox or speaker on top of the little guy so it can warble as it works. Or for the enterprising… Read

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Apple pie ice cream bars arrive in Japan and they’re superb

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Every once in a while a product causes a stir even before its release, and this time the product is the Apple Pie Bar, formally called the Gororon Kaniku Apple Pie Bar (“Chunky Fruit Apple Pie Bar”). One reason for the buzz is that it looks really tasty, but the other reason is… Read

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Steak-and-coffee chips developed by analyzing human taste sensors

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During a visit to our local 7-Eleven the other day, we came across a rather unusual packet of chips with “Oishisa no Kagaku” (“Science of Deliciousness“) written across it. Taking a closer look, we found that the artwork on the pack was designed to look like a blackboard in a classroom, with… Read

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Lemonade by Lemonica tackles food waste with lemon peel jam

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With bright tones of yellow contrasting against a crisp white background, it’s hard to resist the charm of any Lemonade by Lemonica store. Specialising in squeezing the tastiest of lemons into fresh lemonade, Lemonade by Lemonica is a master of the phrase "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." Now the brand… Read

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Muji launches new set of disaster preparedness kits

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Known for its straightforward, simple designs, Muji has transformed beyond a brand of minimalism to a veritable lifestyle. From sustainable snacks to even houses, it seems like the powerhouse of a retailer has goods covering any aspect of life, and so unsurprisingly, Muji has also recently relaunched its own line of disaster preparedness kits. ▼ Called “Itsumo… Read

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