China has something of a reputation for playing fast and loose with international copyright, even though the results sometimes get horribly mangled in translation. Nowhere is this more evident than these Doraemon cakes, which are so poorly designed, they border on depicting a different character entirely.
Krispy Kreme has been in Japan since 2006 and is churning out delicious Japanese versions of the popular American doughnut to this day. Their most recent creation is a doughnut sandwich filled with matcha green tea and azuki bean filling, made even more special because it can only be found in one place in the entire country.
Causal clothing retail giant UNIQLO announced last week it would introduce a line of women’s and kids’ shorts themed on Baskin-Robbins ice-cream flavors from June 24.
The Honda Fit, known as the Honda Jazz in Europe, is a subcompact that has been around since 2001. The second generation of the vehicle debuted in 2007, at, you guessed it, the Tokyo Motor Show. The Jetta by Volkswagen, currently in its sixth generation, has been around a little longer, debuting at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1979. Since the Fit first appeared on the scene back at the beginning of the millennium, the question on the collective mind of auto industry has been, “What would happen if these two met head on? Well, Chinese scientists Sunday drivers have finally provided us with the definitive answer.
Sighted in the upper reaches of Amazon Japan’s offices, these elevator doors–designed to resemble the company’s tear-open delivery boxes–were snapped by a Japanese Twitter user and shared online this past weekend. Suffice it to say, they just made our day.
Who doesn’t love Doraemon, the wonder-robot from the future, and his wonderful machines? With gadgets like a portable door that instantly opens to any place you want to go to or bread that when eaten allows you to memorize anything you’ve written on it, it really is no wonder his comics and anime have been translated and viewed around the world. Fans of the series may be familiar with the fact that Doraemon has a weakness for a particular Japanese snack, the dorayaki, but did you know that the snack that appears in the comic is said to be modeled after actual dorayaki sold at a shop in Tokyo?
It is believed that AKB48’s Tomomi Itano will be leaving the massive pop unit to pursue her solo career sometime around August this year. Itano has also released her fourth single as a solo artist, entitled “1%”, on 12 June.
To help promote the song, the Tomomi Itano 1% Dance Trial 2013 is underway in which anyone can upload a video of themselves dancing to 1% on YouTube for a chance to perform alongside the idol in her next video.
The event has already drawn the likes of professional dancers, internet personalities, and of course Mr. Sato.
Launched just ten days ago at convenience stores nationwide, 330ml PET bottles of Red Bull are being pulled from store shelves. The reason, apparently, is the western style month-day-year sell-by date labeling used on the popular energy drink’s packaging.
Starbucks Refreshers, fruit juice-based beverages lightly caffeinated with green coffee extract, went on sale last year in the United States and have finally made their way over to Japan. Packaged in 200ml cans, the drink will go on sale at Seven Eleven’s nationwide for 191 yen excluding tax (about US$2) from June 25.
There’s a lot of exciting stuff taking place in honor of Sailor Moon’s 20th anniversary. Premium Bandai has decided to celebrate in its own way by showering us with new cosmic merchandise, including magical girl make-up and now a beautiful transformation brooch ring set. It’s the perfect accessory: subtle but always there for you, in case the world needs saving. Read More
Typified by the saccharine songs of AKB48, the Japanese idol world is largely the province of the young. One rarely expects to see a singer over the age of 25 among the mini-skirt-clad ranks of the ultra-kawaii groups.
A group from Osaka—called Obachaaan—are ready to change that up.
For those of you unfamiliar with the series, Baki is a young wrestler who travels and fights around the world, honing his skills in the hopes of following in the footsteps of his father, Yujiro, to become the strongest fighter on the planet. In staying with the theme of strongest, Itagaki decided the Baki-themed chips should be flavored after one of the most powerful creatures to walk the planet, Tyrannosaurus rex. According to Itagaki, the packaging of the chips is also designed to reflect “forcefulness” and “intensity,” traits associated with the popular manga character.
Kyoto may be well-known for its traditional buildings and breathtaking temples, but there’s also a different side to the city; one that’s totally modern and cute! Kyoto Aquarium is giving us a peek into the cute innovations going on in the city with an adorable range of sweet breads, available exclusively from their on-site cafes. This month, they’re paying homage to the frogs of Kyoto and the world with a new exhibit and some very unique additions to the menu.
Ramune was one of the first carbonated beverages in Japan and can still be found today in various supermarkets or at festivals and public baths around the country. Over a century after its first appearance, Japanese customers have tended to go for the big name colas, which has in turn caused Ramune producers, such as Osaka’s Hata, to come up with some novel flavors in an effort to stir up interest.
Most recently, a corn flavored Ramune was developed and has celebrated 100,000 bottles sold since its release in March. In honor of this, I picked up some of Hata’s more unique flavors for a whirlwind review of these often overlooked Japanese sodas.
We used our journalistic cred to gain access to the Tokyo Toy Fair a few days in advance of the public. Don’t hate us–we did it for you!
Check out our gallery below, and please excuse any blurring. We’re perfectly comfortable interacting with Gundam models, but talking to female models gives us the shakes.
After teasing a release of “something” for a month on their website, Bandai unveiled this painstakingly detailed figure of the iconic robot from Hayao Miyazaki’s Castle in the Sky, to the delighted squeals of Ghibli geeks everywhere.
According to Japan’s National Police Agency, the number of shoplifting cases on record has been at a steady high for the past 10 years or so. In 2012 there were a total of 135,000 documented cases nation-wide. Granted, Japan’s crime rate is less than one-fourth that of the United States according to some sources, but it still ranks in as having the sixth highest crime rate in the world. For shoplifting in particular, the problem appears to lie less with the will of the law enforcement and more with the attitudes of society. Many individuals will become angry and defensive on behalf of the thieving criminals, as though having beat the shop’s security system makes it acceptable to have stolen something in the first place! This has caused quite a few problems for security officials.
In 1963, Kazuo Ishikawa was convicted of the murder of a high school girl in Sayama City, Saitama Prefecture. A member of the Buraku, Japan’s historical untouchable caste, Ishikawa grew up poor and uneducated, and the police built the case against him by taking advantage of his naivety, by capitalizing on social prejudices, and by manipulating an already unfair legal system to their advantage. Now 74, he is still fighting to clear his name and to make sure others have access to a fair trial.
Instant ramen gets by far the most attention, but it’s not Japan’s only quick-fix noodle dish. Peyangu-brand instant yakisoba (stir-fried noodles) are available in just about any convenience store, and are an established hit with kids and adults alike.
Similarly, although the country is rightfully known for its scrumptious sashimi, Japanese cuisine also includes several varieties of tasty fish roe, including ikura (salmon roe) as seen at sushi restaurants and popular white rice topping mentaiko (spicy cod roe).
This month Peyangu instant yakisoba with tarako (plain cod roe) went on sale. Unable to pass up this convergence of our gourmet and lazy tendencies, we picked up a couple packs right away.
With the rainy season already here in Japan it’s time to start planning out your summer activities. Anime fans already have July 20 marked on their calendars, being the day when the newest animated film from Studio Ghibli, The Wind Rises, is set to premier. With legendary studio head Hayao Miyazaki back in the director’s chair, expectations are sky high for the tale about Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of the Zero fighter plane used by the Japanese military in World War II.
It’s normal to see trailers for upcoming films when you go to the movies, and some theatres are currently showing an extended four-minute preview for The Wind Rises. What’s unusual is some cinemas’ decision to show the preview directly following the conclusion of the feature film viewers just paid to see.
- Nothing quenches a thirst like delicious, foamy toilet water
- Japanese reporter visits ice cream vending machine… at Walmart!?
- Old becomes new again: The beauty of traditional Japanese homes
- Microsoft does complete U-turn on Xbox One used game restrictions, approach to net access
- Tourists in China pose with dying dolphin, anger netizens
- Sad angel looking for career change sells Kias at motor show
- Mom makes authentic-looking Recon Corps uniform for baby daughter, Colossal Titan mask for herself
- Nothing quenches a thirst like delicious, foamy toilet water1
- Microsoft does complete U-turn on Xbox One used game restrictions, approach to net access2
- Osaka Obachan are here to rock your world, make sure you don’t go hungry3
- Japanese reporter visits ice cream vending machine… at Walmart!?4
- Old becomes new again: The beauty of traditional Japanese homes5
- PlayStation 4 release date revealed?1
- Osaka Obachan are here to rock your world, make sure you don’t go hungry2
- Just Pop It In The Microwave and Charge! But Really, iPhone Owners should Know Better, Shouldn’t They?3
- Some McDonald’s customers in China are getting a little too close for comfort4
- Series of YouTube videos threaten attacks on commuters at Hakata Station on June 145
- The avant-garde art of book stacking in stores of Japan1
- Just Pop It In The Microwave and Charge! But Really, iPhone Owners should Know Better, Shouldn’t They?2
- Chinese Photoshop Trolls Part 3: This Time It’s Personal3
- Chinese Photoshop Trolling Part 2: Now with 20% More Shirtless Men!4
- Ever wondered what Japanese prison food tastes like? Try it firsthand at the “Prison Cafeteria”5
- We Made Coca-Cola Transparent and Colorless. It Tastes Like…1
- The avant-garde art of book stacking in stores of Japan2
- Chinese Woman on Trial for Killing Man by Squeezing His Scrotum3
- Chinese Photoshop Trolls Part 3: This Time It’s Personal4
- Just Pop It In The Microwave and Charge! But Really, iPhone Owners should Know Better, Shouldn’t They?5
- Our Japanese reporter freaks out after trying crappy Domino’s pizza in the US
- Mom makes authentic-looking Recon Corps uniform for baby daughter, Colossal Titan mask for herself
- Correct short-sightedness without surgery: our reporter tries out orthokeratology
- 57 young men and women arrested for mass motorbike riding two years later
- Japan Rail searching for couple to get married on Yamanote Line train
- Just Pop It In The Microwave and Charge! But Really, iPhone Owners should Know Better, Shouldn’t They?
- Supermoon coming on June 23, lovers and lycanthropes alike hoping for clear skies
- Before and After: 31 Startling Images of Plastic Surgery in Korea 【Photo Album】
- The Best of the Best of Manga: Shonen Jump’s 20 Best Sellers of All-Time
- Japan second worst in G8 for employee satisfaction