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McDonald’s releases tonkatsu burger

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McDonald's Japan has been on quite the roll lately, dishing out Adult Cream Pies and their first ever rice burgers. but their latest release might be their most ingenious yet -- tonkatsu burgers. Every spring, McDonald's Japan releases the teritama (a compound of teriyaki and tamago -- Japanese for egg), and this year, along… Read

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The Homestar Classic Satellite Moon: your own private planetarium

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Since the launch of its Homestar Original in 2006, Sega Toys has established itself as the leading manufacturer of home planetariums. Now Sega has released a limited edition of its best-selling home planetarium, the Homestar Classic Satellite Moon. The Homestar Classic Satellite Moon is capable of displaying over 60,000 stars… Read

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Sakura mochi ice cream

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Mochi ice cream has become a favorite among frozen treat-loving Japanophiles everywhere, but the combination of the traditional Japanese sweet mochi and ice cream is actually an American invention. Rather than the flavors usually associated with mochi in Japan such as green tea and red bean paste, the ones found… Read

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Starbucks Japan reveals 2nd sakura Frappuccino for cherry blossom season

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It’s still technically winter here in Japan, but at Starbucks the cherry blossoms are already in full bloom following the release of the chain’s first Sakura Frappuccino for 2020 earlier this month. Now it’s time to welcome a new sakura-flavored beverage to the hanami party, with the arrival of Starbucks’ second limited-edition… Read

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Swati hand care cream uses ‘five star’ traditional Japanese ingredients

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At this time of year, hands, fingers, and nails are prone to becoming parched and distressed, especially in Japan, where the air is particularly dry. Days of unbroken sunshine are one of the delights of winter in Japan, but those UV rays are not good for your skin. Fortunately, the… Read

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Baskin Robbins Girls’ Day ice cream inspired by Disney and 'Hina-matsuri' dolls

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Baskin Robbins Japan are always quick to celebrate an occasion with a new ice cream flavor, or special ice cream set. They released a whole ice cream cake for the release of the latest "Star Wars" movie, and they’re also on the ball when it comes to holidays such as Halloween… Read

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Sweet dessert mochi cheese slices

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Sweetened cheese slices or cubes, with flavors such as berry and chocolate are a fairly popular dessert option or snack to pair with alcohol in Japan. Now Kraft and Japanese sweets and dairy maker Morinaga Milk Industry are releasing a new "Japanese flavor" of "Mochi Mochi" cheese that uses black… Read

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KitKat launching cherry blossom mochi, sakura sake and other spring flavors

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Perhaps worldwide, the humble KitKat isn’t a chocolate bar known for boundary pushing flavors and innovative thinking. But Japanese KitKats are like a whole other breed of snack, ever-evolving into wackier flavors, more creative ideas and even attempting to tackle issues such as climate change. In September 2019, they started an overhaul of… Read

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Premium ballpoint and fountain pens inspired by Japanese folklore and fairy tales

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Whether it be for their sturdiness, smooth and clean writing, or sleek looks, fountain pens are becoming a well sought after souvenir for travelers in Japan who look to do some writing. Thanks to the newest addition Japanese stationery Sailor's "Shikiori" series, you can now pen your own fairy tales… Read

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Pollen-blocking coat now available in Japan can help you fight hay fever

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While the unseasonably warm winter season in Japan this year is ideal for those who can't stand the cold, there's a downside to that temporary comfort. Those mild temperatures are going to give plants and flowers an early wakeup call, and that's bad news for those who suffer from hay… Read

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