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Junji Ito’s 'Uzumaki' horror series gets its own eye-popping fashion merchandise

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For more than 30 years, horror master Junji Ito has been terrifying people through manga. His distinctive art style and dark imagery have inspired TV and film adaptations, and just last year, he released his first art book, which he talked about--amongst many other topics -- in an interview with grape Japan.… Read

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'Lupin the Third' unisex reversible sukajan souvenir jackets; hoodies and tees

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Fans of "Lupin The Third" and the internationally beloved franchise spanning half a century which carries his name may be interested in a new apparel series on sale from TMS Entertainment. The lineup features stylish unisex reversible sukajan souvenir bomber jackets, hoodies and T-shirts featuring the iconic gentleman thief, femme… Read

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Rice cooker cuts 20% of sugar from servings for healthy meals

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Rice is definitely a staple of the Japanese diet, so it's no surprise that a rice cooker is often thought of as a crucial appliance for many homes. Recently, however, we've seen some clever takes on the standard device, including rice cookers that let you cook up curry and rice at… Read

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'Smart mask' translates speech into 8 languages

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They say necessity is the mother of invention, and what people need these days is face masks. And although Japan has long embraced the practice of putting cloth over their mouths, the current pandemic has really kicked up demand for fashionable and practical alternatives. Now, Tokyo start-up Donut Robotics are set to release what they… Read

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Glowing and flashing gaming masks

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For good reason, masks are in high demand at the moment. Even before the novel coronavirus pandemic, masks have been used in Japan for a variety of reasons such as protection against hay fever, colds, and even for simply a sense of privacy or anonymity. Facing a bigger need for… Read

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The Beatles, 'Jaws' and other classic icons get a Japanese fan re-invention

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Isshindo is a Japanese company that creates products that add a modern twist to traditional Japanese items. One of their products, for example, repurposes the omamori (お守り - an amulet sold in Japan’s shrines and temples for good luck) into a tiny pouch for a lip balm. Another traditional item that gets… Read

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Japanese traditional sweets depict swimming goldfish

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Japanese traditional sweets and desserts are called wagashi. With distinctly Japanese ingredients and flavors such as matcha, adzuki beans and kinako, they are completely different from their counterparts found on other continents. Wagashi are the perfect accompaniment for a cup of green tea if you want a sublime Japanese teatime,… Read

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Mickey Mouse gets kabuki makeover in Japanese character fashion line

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Looks like Mickey got another new makeover. But if you love Mickey Mouse no matter what his face looks like, you’re going to love this. Character fashion line hopely, headquartered in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward, has released a line of T-shirts and bags that were all made in Japan and for which Mickey has been… Read

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Baby Star Ramen instant spicy monjayaki released in Japan

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Japanese snack food aficionados are likely familiar with "Baby Star Ramen", a dried and crunchy mini-ramen noodle snack. What you may not know, however, is the affinity the popular snack has form -- monjayaki -- a Tokyo favorite dish of pan-fried batter grilled with a spatula, and often seen as… Read

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Wireless 'Evangelion' earbuds

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Iconic anime series "Neon Genesis Evangelion" may have had its newest film, "Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time" delayed by a global pandemic, but that hasn't stopped a slew of merchandise releases intended to celebrate the film's release. Just in the past few months there's been "Evangelion"-inspired Fender guitars, Tamagotchi, and even… Read

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