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'Furisode' kimono sweaters combine traditional fashion with modern streetwear

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Hot on the heels of their super stylish Hanten Kimono Coat Parka, Japanese company Mocolle is back with a brand new take on traditional fashion, and this time their design cues come from the furisode kimono. Furisode are Japanese kimonos traditionally worn by unmarried women, with long sleeves that range in length from mid-thigh to… Read

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Burger King celebrates 'Good Meat Day'

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To celebrate “Good Meat Day” in Japan on Thursday, originating from the pun on numbers 1129, which can be read as iiniku, Burger King has added to its menu a special Whopper cheeseburger with not one but five beef patties inside. The burgers are being sold until Sunday from 2… Read

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Hands-free umbrella looks like a giant condom for your head

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Japan has an extremely convenient and efficient rail network, but in practice going out for the day involves not just riding, but plenty of walking. A 10-minute walk from your home to the nearest station is considered average, and after you get off the train, you’ve still got to hoof… Read

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Pikachu can now be part of your legal signature in Japan with Pokemon personal seals

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In Japan, instead of writing your signature on legal documents, adults are expected to use a personal seal, called either a hanko or inkan. Usually stamped with red ink, the seal leaves a round circle with your last name written in its center, showing your acceptance and confirmation of the document or transaction. But… Read

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New Japanese bath salts smell like outer space if outer space was juicy, fruity and sweet

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It’s hard to think of anything more relaxing better than a nice long soak at the end of the day. However, some folks see a bath as a discretionary luxury and are cutting down on soaking time, opting to just take a shower some days instead. Maybe those people can be… Read

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Hardcore hip shoulder bags

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Hardcore Chocolate, a clothing store in Nakano, Tokyo, has partnered with MU magazine to make a hip shoulder bag. MU magazine has been published since 1979, covering information on supernatural phenomena, spiritualism, and ancient civilizations. Patches showing images of the eye of providence and Easter Island’s moai are attached to… Read

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Udon noodle-flavor tortilla chips

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s a golden age for potato chips in Japan right now, with new, mouthwatering flavors of deep-fried spud slivers lining the shelves of any given store. Many of these come courtesy of the Japanese arm of Pringles, but other companies have also been pushing the potato envelope, like Calbee with their sushi-flavored and green… Read

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Ultra HD blu-ray player

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Panasonic has a new DP-UB9000 (Japan Limited) blu-ray player model, which will go on sale Dec 7. The blu-ray player uses newly developed technology to further enhance high quality display and high definition audio. The HDR (High dynamic range) imaging is also applied to internet videos and Netflix. Price: 224,600… Read

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Electric toothbrush suppresses bacteria that causes plaque and gum disease

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Sanyei Corp's ION-Sei toothbrush is aimed at fashionable, trendsetter people, and the families who demand more holistic and cutting-edge health. It offers a different way of cleaning to most of the electric brushes on the market, and comes in a handy ergonomic and lightweight product design that’s perfect for travelling… Read

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Casio G-SHOCK partners with 'Transformers' for special model

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Uniting two global brands from Japan, Casio has announced the DW-6900TF-SET, a set of a G-SHOCK watch and a "Transformer" figure that transforms from a robot to a pedestal for the watch, and back again.  The "Transformers" franchise originated out of a toy line created in Japan by Takara Tomy… Read

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