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Japonais Double Matcha Condensed Milk and Brown Sugar Syrup ice cream

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Häagen-Dazs has been serving up traditional Japanese flavours as part of their exclusive Japonais range of limited-edition ice creams since 2013, and now for their latest release they’re showcasing one of the country’s most popular ingredients: powdered green tea. Called the Japonais Double Matcha – Condensed Milk Brown Sugar Syrup, this is the eighth Japonais release for… Read

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'Kimono Pajamas' designed to be worn indoors and outdoors

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Bibi Lab, the Japanese company behind the mosquito-net jumpsuit, sailor suit schoolgirl wearable blankets, and the cotton wife, is back again with a new garment this summer, and this time they’re adding an unconventional twist to a more traditional item of clothing. Never one to follow mainstream trends, Bibi Lab is now combining Japanese… Read

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7 Don Quijote home products you never knew you needed

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The ultra popular lifestyle megastore Don Quijote — or Donki — is Japan’s home of everything wonderfully ridiculous and undeniably useful. As well as being the one-stop go for just about everything, one of the greatest pleasures of being a Donki regular is stumbling upon the store’s more obscure and… Read

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Sweat-proof T-shirt perfect for summer

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We have all had days where the heat and humidity of a Japanese summer leave shirts with dreaded sweat stains. Mac-House, a clothing and lifestyle products company in Tokyo, has a new “sweat stain-proof T-shirt” (¥990~¥1,990). The T-shirt is made of double layered thin material; the inner layer absorbs water… Read

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Cute cats come out to play as traditional Japanese geta sandals

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There’s nothing quite like looking at the pleasing shape of a relaxed cat to help lower your blood pressure, calm your nerves and make you feel all sorts of warm, fuzzy feelings. Now you can enjoy the experience everywhere you go, with a new range of cat-shaped sandals to slip onto your feet. Called the… Read

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Chill out this summer with a refreshing iced Cup Noodle

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Japan is quickly entering the summer season, which is also traditionally known as “the suckiest season around.” With its abundance of cockroaches, giant hornets, humidity, sweat, typhoons, and…sweat, there isn’t much to look forward to. At least there wasn’t until Cup Noodle announced a promising reprise from the murky heat with this year’s release of Cup… Read

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New tent targets campers who are more than friends, not yet lovers

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In Japanese, the letter H is used as a shorthand for sex, sexy, or perverted, stemming from it being the first letter of the word hentai (literally “deviant”). So when Japanese camping goods company Doppelganger Outdoor announced that its newest product is called the H Tent, more than a few people in Japan started giggling. But… Read

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Samurai armor for pets

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Based in Fukuoka City, the company Samurai Age produces a variety of fashion items and lifestyle goods that borrow their aesthetic from Japan’s legendary warrior class. Given the recent surge in enthusiasm for both history and cosplay among people in Japan, the company’s designs attract plenty of attention, and some of Samurai… Read

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Coca-Cola releases 5 new limited-edition bottles in Japan

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While Pepsi tantalises our tastebuds with new and exciting limited-edition flavors in Japan, Coca-Cola keeps us on our toes with new and exclusive packaging. Following on from the huge success of Coca-Cola’s beautiful sakura bottle, which was a hit during the hanami cherry blossom viewing season, the company has now announced it will be releasing five new bottles in… Read

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Cuttlelola’s electric DotsPen now available for purchase for artists in Japan

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Many years ago in art class, I remember learning about the famous painting "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" by French artist Georges Seurat. As an exemplar of the Pointillist technique, the piece was certainly fun to look at first up-close, when it was simply a frenzy of colored dots, and… Read

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