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New potato chips…for women

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Snack food maker Calbee is the king of Japanese potato chips, which is a throne you don’t get to sit on without constantly pushing the envelope of fried spud slice innovation. To that end, Calbee has brought us such delights as matcha green tea chocolate potato chips, KFC potato chips, and the unusual “sushi-flavor-flavor” potato chips. And… Read

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'Star Wars'-themed eyewear lets you see The Force with unparalleled clarity

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"Star Wars" has a knack for pumping out awesome fashion collaborations that stir our hearts, one great example being the sleek Darth Vader UGG boots introduced a few years ago. And now another fantastic partnership has already begun, with the beloved science fiction franchise teaming up with eyewear specialist Zoff to bring us "Star Wars"-themed glasses.… Read

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New samurai jackets, shirts and pants bring traditional Japanese fashion back to the streets

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Samurai-style clothing has made big strides in recent years, with a number of Japanese companies bringing out modern-day streetwear based on traditional garments. Now there’s a new brand called Kuden that’s catching everyone’s attention, and it comes with a heartwarming story of love and sustainability at the centre of its collection. Takahiro Sato, the designer of… Read

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Strawberry shortcake treat from Cold Stone Creamery becomes a convenience store drink

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Those who are fond of sweets (like this writer) may be familiar with the delightful ice cream treats offered by Cold Stone Creamery. The American ice cream parlor chain has made its name known in Japan with the singing dessert-creating gigs performed by the staff, and of course the wide variety of… Read

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New Walkman from Sony

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Sony’s new Walkman NW-A50 series has enhanced high sound quality which applies to all kinds of audio, including mp3, CDs and music downloaded on the smartphone. In addition to the touch screen panel, this walkman has buttons on its side so that users can pause and skip songs from inside… Read

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Kumamon phone charger

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Devicenet, a company that sells unique and nifty digital devices, has a new portable phone charger with a picture of Kumamon, the beloved bear mascot character of Kumamoto Prefecture. The charger is palm-size and easy to carry. Available from online stores: http://www.devicenet.jp/SHOP/DN-MBF-K.html https://item.rakuten.co.jp/devicenetstore/dn-mbf-k/ Price: 3,780 yen. Read

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Maple Mania

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The sweets store, Maple Diner by the Maple Mania has opened on Mylord Mosaic Street in Tokyo's Shinjuku. Maple Diner is a new brand by Maple Mania. Calling all maple lovers, the store specialties will be their maple waffles (¥150) made on the spot and maple shakes (¥500). The store… Read

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'Super Smash Bros Ultimate' Amiibo collection to feature a whopping 63 figurines

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Fighting game "Super Smash Bros Ultimate" arrives in stores on Friday, allowing players to take control of a ton of new video game characters like Isabelle from Animal Crossing to blow the competition out of their Nintendo Switch screens. Aside from enjoying one-on-one duels or massive chaotic brawls, players can also to train and… Read

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Shamisen features original illustration by 'Final Fantasy' designer

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The shamisen is a beautiful Japanese instrument, made up of a rounded body that’s typically bound in some kind of animal leather, a long neck, and three strings that are plucked with a large pick. It produces a unique twang that can be heard in many traditional Japanese performing arts,… Read

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Pistachio Christmas Tree Frappuccino drinks

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The holiday drinks are coming hard and fast at Starbucks in Japan, with Gingerbread and Christmas Cake drinks released on Nov 1 and White Chocolate Snow Frappuccinos available from November 22. Even though these two holiday-themed beverages are still currently on sale, Starbucks knows we can never have too much of the holiday… Read

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