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Wearable Beanbag becomes a hot topic in Japan

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Japan is famous for being a land of convenience, so when you want to stay warm and sit down for extended periods of time, who can be bothered to go to the effort of pulling out a chair and wrapping a blanket around yourself? In this day and age, there… Read

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Premium Japanese whisky is now in chocolate form with Suntory Yamazaki and Hibiki nama chocolate

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Ever year at about this time, Japan starts going crazy for chocolate. It started because women in Japan give chocolate to their boyfriends and husbands for Valentine’s Day, and the tradition soon expanded to include chocolate for male coworkers and platonic friends. Then women started buying chocolate for themselves and to… Read

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Freshen your breath with Apple Chamomile Mint toothpaste

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Shirora is a Japanese oral brand that was launched in 2021. As a brand, its focus is to reshape how people feel about brushing their teeth from troublesome to something enjoyable. Using domestic kaolin clay as one of its main ingredients, it’s free of abrasives and gentler on the gums.… Read

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Keep things tidy with Gamer Garage

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While Japanese apartments aren’t known for being the most spacious, there are ways to get around room feeling tight. Some people stack their appliances on top of one another, others use futons instead of actual beds, while others might give up on work desks entirely.  If you feel like your… Read

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New yakiniku hair clips from Japan make meat lovers drool

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When it comes to thinking outside the box in the design world, nobody does things quite like Japan, where you can buy everything from wind and thunder god bras through to Cup Noodle sneakers. Now it’s time for meat lovers to get a look-in, with a new set of hair clips that’ll make your accessories… Read

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'Mobile Suit Gundam' anime robot backpack now real-world backpacks too

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"Mobile Suit Gundam" established the “real robot” anime genre, which made greater attempts to explain how giant robots could exist within an otherwise realistic world, and part of that is a focus on their industrial design. For example, Gundam’s mecha often have a semi-modular design, with the section on their upper back that contains… Read

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Pancake steamed buns coming to Japanese convenience stores, said to pair well with fried chicken

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After stepping inside a Japanese convenience store, what’s the first place you should check out? Some might say the bread aisle, while others are drawn to the sweets section. But during the winter months, you absolutely need to make a point of checking the steamer case, where the piping hot steamed buns are kept. In… Read

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Stay organized with this smartphone friendly label maker

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A place for everything and everything in its place. Keep your space as organized as possible with the King Jim Tepra Lite Label Maker. Palm-sized and battery-operated, you can take this anywhere.  Using the label maker is a pretty straightforward process. All you need to do is download the app… Read

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The Re・De Hairdry is a compact hairstyling staple

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The verdict is still out on the best way to dry wet hair. Some say air drying makes hair more prone to damage while others say that blow drying is better for overall scalp health. Either way, experimentation and a deep understanding of your hair type will ultimately help you… Read

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Starbucks Japan’s new Valentine’s Day Frappuccino is saucy nod to Japanese tradition

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With Christmas and New Year’s now over for another year, the next big holiday on the horizon at Starbucks is Valentine’s Day. In Japan, Valentine’s Day is all about chocolate, with women traditionally gifting pretty much everyone they know with the sweet stuff, so it’s fitting that the first drink Starbucks has… Read

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