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Sanrio 'wagashi' collection brings sweet Hello Kitty chic to convenience stores

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Wagashi means Japanese traditional sweets or desserts. Flavors like matcha, adzuki beans and kinako (roasted soy bean flour) are used, giving them a distinctly Japanese taste, which is not as sweet as desserts commonly found in Europe or America. They are often eaten as an accompaniment to green tea and… Read

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Super Mario wooden block toys for kids

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Ever since the very first Super Mario Bros game was released in 1985, generations of fans throughout the years have grown up playing video games that starred the famous red jumpsuit-wearing plumber. Parents who grew up with these games now have an option to start their kids’ love for Super… Read

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Keep your lipstick and pens in place with these cute hungry animals

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Spend any amount of time shopping in Japan and you’ll discover that the country has a unique talent for coming up with all manner of knick-knacks you didn’t know you needed, and shops like Village Vanguard are perfect for when you want to be surrounded by novelty items galore. Village… Read

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Bongo the robot dog: Like a real dog but quieter, cleaner and cheaper

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Japan is the only country in the world in which pets outnumber children. Kids and pets are closely linked in Japan: as the number of newborns shrinks, the number of cats and dogs is rising. Not that you’d know it walking the streets of Tokyo. Despite the rising number of… Read

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Kabuki-inspired Asics sneakers

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Running is great. It’s cardio without the need for expensive gym equipment. The only problem with running is that bare human feet are tender and squishy, and don’t take kindly to hammering down at full speed on a hard racing track. Hooray for running shoes! These limited-edition running shoes, produced by… Read

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Stylish and affordable Pokemon goods coming to everything store Asoko

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Asoko describes themselves as a brand that encapsulates the concept of "enjoyment in surprises," and the eclectic shop now has a reputation as a bit of an "everything" store. A great place to shop for affordable gifts while in Japan, you can find all manner of miscellaneous goods, with pleasing… Read

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Totoro-designed bags of all kinds

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Studio Ghibli has recently collaborated with hellolulu, a manufacturer of backpacks, shoulder bags, tote bags, and all other kinds of simple yet stylish carrying gear, to create a lineup of bags with "My Neighbor Totoro" designs. The lineup includes shoulder bags of different sizes and a magnet fastener as well… Read

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Cheap and easy-to-use fitness goods from Awesome Store

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Lifestyle shop Awesome Store has released cheap and nifty fitness gear designed for those who wish to burn some calories after eating a little bit too much during the Christmas and New Year holidays.  The new lineup consists of a wide variety of goods such as a yoga roller stick… Read

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Household speaker with motion sensor

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Thanko has recently released a household speaker that is automatically activated when its sensor detects that someone is nearby. A micro SD card is inserted into the speaker so that any music files, educational content, alarm noise, etc. copied from your computer can be played. Because of its motion detector,… Read

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Starbucks’ New Year’s/Chinese zodiac drinkware line full of fun and fortune

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Starbucks, always happy to adapt itself to local tastes and customs, is getting into the Oshogatsu (as Japan call New Year’s) spirit with a new line of drinkware and lifestyle goods bearing classic Japanese symbols of prosperity, but with a healthy dash of playful cuteness. Starting things off, this tumbler-style stainless steel bottle… Read

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