characters

We try the new Sanrio character McFlurry from McDonald’s Japan

Come with us as we bite into Pompompurin!

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Snuggle up inside a bear this winter with the Korilakkuma wearable blanket from Japan

Whether you’re plodding around the house or hibernating in your room, this versatile robe has you covered in more ways than one!

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Children leave plush toys for a sleepover at the library with adorable results!

From drawing to playing with new friends, organisers release cute photos of the fun activities the toys got up to during their stay.

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Japanese convenience store Christmas cakes are cuter than ever!

This is what Christmas dessert looks like in Japan.

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Turn rough sketches into crisp digital line art with free web service from Waseda University

The automatic service is already popular online, with Japanese artists eager to share their impressive results.

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Capybara characters ride on each other’s heads and walk home through Japanese shopping mall

Just another regular day in Japan.

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Cup Noodle introduces their 45th anniversary character,  Cup Noodle the Great

Because it’s not enough to have reconstituted mystery meat products; you need mysterious mascots as well.

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McDonald’s Japan releases hilarious Funassyi Happy Meal sets for limited time

With three unique box designs and eight toys to collect, this is one of the cutest character collaborations we’ve ever seen!

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Japanese men reveal their least favourite cosplay styles on women

According to this survey, tracksuit gym uniforms aren’t as bad as some more popular cosplay choices.

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Comiket 90: Japanese cosplayers bring the heat to opening day of summer event

Comiket sizzled on opening day with hot beauties from favourites like One PieceLove Live!, and even Pokémon.

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Hang out at home with the giant life-sized Rilakkuma bear!

The 165-centimetre (5.4-foot) tall bear comes with an equally large price tag.

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Let Japan’s beloved anime cat keep an eye on the road for you with the Hello Kitty Drive Recorder

It’s the cutest dashboard camera we’ve ever seen!

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New Yume Twins “Kawaii Monthly Box” from Tokyo ships cute Japanese items worldwide!

Now you can get a monthly supply of cute featuring characters from Sanrio, Neko Atsume, and Sailor Moon, all delivered straight to your door, no matter how far away you live!

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Hello Kitty dances the traditional Bon Odori dance on new Japanese summer kimono

People in Japan are commenting that they’ve never seen Hello Kitty’s limbs move like this before.

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Pokémon digital illustrator gives us a tutorial in the history of anime eyes

The transition from past to present in the world of Japanese animation is certainly an eye-opening experience.

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Japanese lingerie brand brings out line of Sanrio anime bra sets for girls with smaller busts

Beauty is in the tiniest details.

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Bandai opens beauty shop with Japanese anime cosmetics from popular franchises like Sailor Moon

Tokyo finally has an actual store filled with beauty and fashion goods aimed at anime-loving adults!

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These Game of Thrones/Pokémon hybrid designs make us want to catch ’em all!

Everybody loves Game of Thrones and everyone loves Pokémon, so why not combine the two to make awesome Pokémon characters out of the Game of Thrones house sigils?

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Time to vote for your favourite in Japan’s Sanrio Character Curry Election

As you’d see in any election race, there are sweet characters, stern faces and some crazy candidates you’d never think would win…

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Sanrio characters assemble at Tama-Center Station, one of them is too lazy to walk by himself

Which Sanrio character is so unmotivated he has to be pushed on a cart? Hint: You probably know egg-xactly which one we’re talking about!

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