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Easily distracted? Have no fear, a new gadget to the rescue

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Ever had a really big test to study for or an important assignment due and just found yourself too distracted to even start? Or have you ever spent way too much time on your phone you end up wasting half the night away without doing anything productive? Now there’s a container that helps even… Read

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Häagen-Dazs Japan’s 35th anniversary Green Deep Tea ice cream is no ordinary matcha dessert

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We’re still enjoying the culinary afterglow of our all-matcha multi-course Häagen-Dazs meal in Tokyo’s swanky Roppongi neighborhood, but if we’ve learned one thing in life, it’s that you can’t spend too much time living in the past. And so we now bravely turn our hearts and minds to the future, specifically… Read

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Studio Ghibli anime films get American comic book style update with new glassware collection

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If you’re looking for official Ghibli merchandise in Japan, the Donguri Kyowakoku (“Acorn Republic”) retail chain has you covered. This is where you’ll find items like a remote-controlled catbus, Baby-G watches adorned with Kiki and Jiji from "Kiki’s Delivery Service," and even lucky bags filled with secret Ghibli goods at the beginning of the new year.… Read

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Pokemon hanko seals get a second generation run with 100 new characters

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In Japan, personal seals called hanko or inkan are used instead of signatures on legal documents. It’s a system that’s been around for centuries, and while the fonts and designs of the seals may differ, the hanko imprint typically consists of a round circle with your surname inside the centre. That doesn’t mean your hanko has… Read

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Fukushima sake breweries collaborate with glam rock band for KISS sake

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Various efforts have been made to help revitalise the area surrounding Fukushima, and in a surprising turn it seems their latest special product is targeting classic rock fans. Fukushima is famous for their high quality sake, and at the request of the prefectural governor, local sake breweries Homare and Okunomatsu… Read

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Rilakkuma washing bags may be the cutest laundry invention ever

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Some of our readers may have seen the stop-motion anime "Rilakkuma and Kaoru" that premiered on Netflix on April 19. Setting the question of Rilakkuma’s true identity aside, one of the scenes from the anime that we found particularly memorable was the one in which Rilakkuma’s full-suit costume, or kigurumi in Japanese, is being dried out after… Read

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Carry your change in a rice cooker coin case

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If there’s one thing Japan does well, it’s paying attention to the small things. And for those who love small things, gacha capsule toy manufacturer Kitan Club has been smashing it out of the park in recent years, with an ever-growing range of miniature products that includes palm-sized bidet washlets, hats for cats,… Read

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Japan’s host club king wants to sell you some ¥54,000 hair product in a tiny bottle

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People in Japan tend to take grooming and personal appearance seriously, and that goes double for the men who work at host bars. Sure, hosts have to be charming and attentive, but they’re also supposed to be eye candy for their female clientele. With that context, it’s not that surprising that Roland, Japan’s… Read

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Japan getting Kirby makeup in cutest cosmetics collection ever

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Japan has a whole host of adorable mascots and characters coming from video games, anime and other media. One of the cool things about them is how often this sort of nerdy world collides with the cosmetic world, resulting in some of the cutest and prettiest makeup packaging that can… Read

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Devilman Whiskey Redux: New labels celebrating Go Nagai’s 50 years as a creator

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Both scotch whiskey aficionados and fans of Go Nagai's "Devilman" alike took notice in January 2018 when Shogakukan's Otona no Ippin online shop offered a special Invergordon 1972 whiskey with a Devilman label. There were so many orders from around the world that the bottles sold out the very same day, leaving… Read

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