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Lipton to release Sakura Milk Tea for cherry blossom season

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Starbucks may have taken the lead on getting us all pumped up for early blossoms with their spring 2019 sakura series, but other brands are starting to make announcements for drinks, food, and more that are just as exciting. Joining this year’s sakura goods lineup is Lipton with Sakura Milk Tea. Starting on Feb… Read

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Cherry blossom powder donuts, sakura-topped cakes

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With February half-way over, we’re almost done with winter. Spring is so tantalizingly close that we can taste it. And no, we’re not speaking metaphorically. As of Feb 15, Starbucks has added four new food items to its menu in Japan, and all of them make use of the country’s beautiful symbol of spring: the sakura cherry blossom.… Read

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Johnnie Walker takes a walk through Japan

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Japan is a country that loves whiskey…perhaps even too much. Recently, multiple Japanese brands have announced that they’re suspending sales of some of their products because there simply isn’t enough supply to meet demand. However, Johnnie Walker is experiencing no such shortages, and not only is the Scotch maker happy to keep the glasses of whiskey fans… Read

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Samurai C-3PO is the Japanese warrior droid we’ve all been waiting for

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It’s been a few years since Bandai’s Tamashii Nations first wowed the world with its awesome "Star Wars" samurai figurine series. Created by master modeller Takayuki Takeya, the collection saw iconic characters like Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Stormtroopers, and the Imperial Royal Guard all transformed into legendary Japanese warriors, complete with highly accurate details that made these some of… Read

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Japanese beauty product prints English backwards on package so women can take better selfies

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I get as much of a chuckle as anyone else over spectacular linguistic screw-ups, and one of my favorites is when I come across a product or movie background with Japanese kanji characters that are written backwards. Of course, sometimes Japan’s attempts at using English are pretty far off the mark too, and… Read

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Moisturizing eye mask for sleep and work

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Panasonic is releasing its new EH-SW67 eye mask in late February. The eye mask has a heating function with three options of 42, 40, and 38 degrees. There is also a built-in mini fan that spreads steam and moisturizes the eye area thoroughly. Users can choose from three courses, a… Read

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Pocket pouch bag

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For those who usually carry things in their pants pockets and do not want to carry a big bag, why not try the new Pocket Pouch bag by Thanko? It can be strapped to your waist or belt, and can be tucked inside a coat or sweater. There’s a pocket… Read

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No-touch automatic hand sanitizer dispenser

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King Jim Co is releasing a new alcohol hand sanitizer dispenser on Feb 15. Since it works on batteries, there is no need for a power outlet nearby. The simple and compact design makes it suitable for use in the household as well as public spaces like office, hospitals, and… Read

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Pencil case holder that stands upright

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King Jim Co has created a new vertical pencil case holder that has a built-in suction pad on the bottom that fastens it firmly to the surface of a desk. The cap on the top can also be taken off to store small items like erasers and clips. Vertical pen… Read

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Tokyo accessory maker turns Japan’s prefectures into pieces of art to wear around your neck

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Japan might not look so large on a world map, but at ground level, there’s a huge amount of variety. For some, the country shines brightest in the dazzling lights of Tokyo, while others find their slice of heaven in the quiet traditions of Kyoto, the boisterous comradery of Osaka,… Read

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