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Stuffed bear smartphone accessory

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A new kind of smartphone accessory, PRAYCHARM, has been released by Raccoon Dog Co Ltd.  PRAYCHARM is a bright colored plush bear toy that can be attached to your phone to serve as a phone stand when charging your battery or watching videos. When used as a phone stand, the… Read

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Cat mugs transform into adorable kitties when you fill them with liquid

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Sometimes, genius comes in stages, and it makes sense, really. If you have too many epoch-making ideas all at once, it might be too much for humanity’s collective brains to handle. So we’ve seen incremental innovations from Goodglas Japan. Its glassware designers first got our attention with their Shiba Inu drinking glasses,… Read

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Garigari-kun releases new egg omelette flavored popsicle

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In Japan, the best-selling popsicle in the land is Garigari-kun. Since its appearance on the market back in 1981, the beloved iced confectionery has been keeping customers happy with its low price point and an ever-increasing array of weird and wonderful flavors, ranging from potato stew to Ultraman. Now, Garigari-kun is taking a walk on the… Read

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Zunda mochi ice cream

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Nine times out of ten, when you spot green ice cream in Japan, it’s green tea-flavored ice cream. And when you catch a glimpse of a package with the traditional Japanese aesthetics of Häagen-Dazs’ latest offering, you might feel even more confident in expecting a mouthful of matcha flavor in every… Read

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Pay for your coffee with Starbucks pen

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In a collaboration with stationery manufacturer Zebra, Starbucks has released a new kind of gel pen, not only equipped with ink but also with a built-in electronic payment system for your daily cup of coffee. Called “Starbucks Touch the Pen,” it contains an embedded microchip near the top opposite of… Read

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Baked Happy Turn rice crackers

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The popular sweet rice cracker snack, Happy Turn by Kameda Seika, now comes in three new “baked type” flavors for a limited time only. The baked crackers will be sold in an assortment box with six packages of each flavor: baked chocolate, baked custard pudding, and baked cheese tart. Happy… Read

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Ouija satchel lets you talk to a Shinto spirit while you shop

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Mr Kokkuri, or Kokkuri-san, is a game played in Japan in a similar way to an ouija board; by writing up a board on a piece of paper including the Japanese syllabary, the words ‘yes’ and ‘no’ and a red torii gate, you can converse with the titular Mr Kokkuri. He’s said to… Read

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Giant realistic bear cushions for you to cuddle

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Cat and dog lovers may be satisfied with Japan's service that lets you make a wearable replica of your beloved pet's head, but what if you want to lounge around bears? Well, fortunately, Japanese online retailer Dinos has the answer. Giant bear cushions. As part of the Dinos "Picasso" animal series,… Read

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Cuteness goes beyond death in Japan with super-cute memorial urns

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In recent years, randoseru, the boxy backpacks worn by elementary school students, have gone through something of a renaissance, with fashionable for-grownups versions as well as some unique, extra-premium offerings for kids. So at first glance, I thought these little bags were multi-purpose randoseru-inspired pouches, with cute egg-shaped hard cases inside. But it turns… Read

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Monster Hunter World & Sony collaborate on neck speaker

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Sony’s SRS-WS1 wearable neck speaker joins with the PlayStation 4 game Monster Hunter World: Iceborne. The logo and crest of the series is engraved on the speaker which can be used to recreate a realistic sound experience when playing various scenes in the video game, such as the sounds of… Read

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