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Eyewear inspired by 'SSSS.GRIDMAN’s' Akane Shinjo and Sho Utsumi

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Fortunately for fans of last year's hit series "SSSS.GRIDMAN," goods related to the anime are finally coming out in decent quantities. For example, as we reported in February, the first quality figures (of Rikka Takarada and Akane Shinjo) were announced. Fans of Sho Utsumi and Akane Shinjo will be happy to learn… Read

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Mosquito repellent incense cat and anglerfish stands

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There isn't a cute or quirky item that Japanese "adventurous" bookstore and oddity shop Village Vanguard has said no to selling, but there recent interest in feline-themed releases should be good news for cat lovers. In the past year they've drummed up a lot of interest with their bubbly kitty paw… Read

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Uniqlo’s new line of Nintendo T-shirts features stylish Super Mario, Splatoon designs

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Uniqlo is well-known for being an affordable Japanese fashion brand, and of course no one can beat their Heattech winter clothing. Though some people sneer at it for being “cheap”, this reasonable fashion supplier has a reputation for banging out some really great designs. Their graphic T-shirt brand UT (which stands for,… Read

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'Cardcaptor Sakura' engagement rings

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With the busy lives we all lead nowadays, you may have forgotten that it was Sakura Kinomoto’s birthday earlier this month. Like many anime characters, the star of "Cardcaptor Sakura" has an official in-series date of birth, which is April 1. If you’re a fan, you’re probably feeling sort of guilty that you didn’t get… Read

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'My Neighbour Totoro' bag wrapped like Mei’s corn is perfect Mother’s Day gift for Ghibli fans

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Studio Ghibli movies are loved the world over and have given us many memorable, heart-warming moments. One of these moments is in "My Neighbour Totoro," when Mei sets off with an ear of corn that she picked for her mother who is sick in hospital. Despite getting lost and even… Read

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Gold-dust topped instant noodles on sale in Japan for the end of Heisei Era

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With less than a month left in the current Heisei Period in Japan, a lot of companies are offering special promotions and products to usher in this end of an era. For example, luxury potato chip maker Koikeya released a special box of chips sprinkled with specks of actual gold. It was a… Read

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Seiko celebrates 'Mobile Suit Gundam' 40th anniversary with limited edition watches

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Quality watch manufacturers Seiko are celebrating the 40th anniversary of "Mobile Suit Gundam" with three limited edition Gundam-themed watches from their Prospex LX series. The limited edition series will feature RX-78-2 Gundam, MS-06 Zaku II, and MS-06S Zaku II Char Custom suit inspired watches, with each themed watch being released… Read

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Starbucks Japan’s new strawberry Frappuccinos are so social media-savvy their names are hashtags

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One of the reasons Starbucks has had so much success in Japan is because its dessert beverages look as good as they taste. People in Japan have loved snapping pictures of their food since even before the advent of digital photography, and the country’s passion for visually appealing food has only grown in… Read

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Sakura dessert made from Mount Fuji ice

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Sakura themed items are currently all over the place in Japan. The cherry blossom motif and taste take over every spring, as everyone celebrates Japan’s favourite season. There’s modern takes on it, but perhaps the most well-loved cherry blossom foods are the traditional Japanese sweets and desserts, such as sakura mochi. In… Read

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Gold-leaf seasoned potato chips are edible salute to the new emperor

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Next month, Crown Prince Naruhito will become the emperor of Japan, and the country will enter a new imperial era, to be called Reiwa. With the 30-year Heisei period coming to a close, people across Japan have been looking back nostalgically on the past three decades, but on May 1, it’ll… Read

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