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Muji wet tissue box perfect for storing disposable masks

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The “new normal” brought about by the pandemic has also come with a new demand for things we never needed before. Now that we are all wearing masks, for example, we also need ways to safely store and carry them, and that’s where this “Polypropylene Wet Tissues Case” from minimalist… Read

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Flower-print cups and saucers inspired by Okinawa’s traditional 'Bingata' textile patterns

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Bingata 紅型 is a traditional Okinawan textile dyeing technique that has long attracted people with its bright colors and simple motifs inspired by the flowers, plants, and natural beauty of Okinawa. Now, the unique beauty of Bingata has been made into lovely cups and saucers. Photo: grape Shop Here are… Read

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Starbucks celebrates its 25th anniversary in Japan with a special commemorative drinkware range

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Fifty years ago, Starbucks was born in Seattle, and 25 years later, the coffeehouse chain expanded its operations overseas for the very first time, by opening a store in Ginza, Tokyo, in 1996. As Starbucks’ first overseas market outside of North America, Japan has played an important role in the history of… Read

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Onsen Mask helps you soak in the steam, not the germs

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It comes as no surprise that visitors to onsen (hot springs) and other bathing facilities like public baths, spas, and saunas, have dramatically decreased during the past year of the pandemic. Even as Japan and other countries begin rolling out increased vaccine distribution in the coming months, those folks who feel comfortable enough to begin frequenting… Read

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Paint your dinner table with these colored marbled chopsticks

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While you'll find many expertly crafted chopsticks around Japan can have somewhat of a traditional and perhaps even austere appearance, Japanese maker Chopstick Warehouse Matsukan works closely with their creative artisans to make chopsticks that aim to match different lifestyles and situations. That's on display with their popular FUSION series,… Read

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Kiss Choco Mint: New Japanese drink challenges all our minty preconceptions

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While choc-mint products have been dividing opinion overseas for years, the flavor combination only recently arrived in Japan, and ever since it appeared it’s been skyrocketing in popularity. The choc-mint boom still shows no signs of stopping, and after splashing its minty green hues all over taiyaki cakes, Pocky sticks, and even tapioca… Read

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Don’t get confused, this Ramune drink is actually a Lemon Chu-hi for adults

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If you are a kid at heart (but over the age of 20), this Lemon Chu-hi with a ramune twist is the perfect concoction for you. With an ever increasing demand for fun drinks such as Lemon Chu-hi, breweries like Nakano Sake Brewery from Aichi prefecture have to constantly pump out new… Read

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Cup Noodle Pro is Nissin’s latest way to up its instant ramen game

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As one of the cheapest ways to fill yourself up, instant ramen has long been a great ally to otherwise-would-be-starving students with little to no income. So it might seem a little surprising that Nissin’s newest addition to its popular Cup Noodle Line is called Cup Noodle Pro. However, the “Pro” isn’t short for “professional,”… Read

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Hand-sewn 'My Neighbor Totoro' tote bags make perfect additions to your Ghibli collection

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Studio Ghibli’s 1988 anime feature film "My Neighbor Totoro" will always be a classic for many of us, and for those who are die-hard fans, there are so many goods to collect, it’s hard to keep up! In fact, here are two more brand new items to set your sights on: a pair… Read

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Starbucks Japan celebrates sakura season with a full bloom cherry blossom berry Frappuccino

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Starbucks Japan likes to keep their customers on their toes with a constant stream of seasonally exclusive Frappuccinos, and Japan's celebrated cherry blossom season is perhaps one of the highlights of the year in that regard. After taking a brief break to release their first ever almond milk Frappuccinos, Starbucks Japan… Read

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