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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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Hamee (Strap-ya) to release charming catbutt cradles for your phone

Cat lovers won’t want to miss this new feline smartphone ass-essory.

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Artist’s unique artwork imagines Singapore locales as adorable, anthropomorphic characters

If you’re a resident of Singapore, you’ll definitely want to check out what your neighborhood looks like in moe character form!

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Japanese artists illustrate cosplayers—and the results are amazing【Pics】

Cosplaying becomes infinitely more magical when it’s immortalised as anime-style artwork.

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Enjoy the taste of Japanese vocaloid Hatsune Miku with new Angel Pie sweets from Morinaga

These delicious-looking cream-filled sweets take sound bites to a whole new level.

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Cosplay in your underwear with anime-inspired lingerie made to order in Japan

Customised lingerie service offers a range of options which are a perfect match for some of the anime world’s most popular characters.

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Cute PC character cushions from Japan protect your wrists, keep you company at the same time

Who said wrist rests have to be boring?

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LINE sticker creator Kanahei’s cute characters come to life in theme cafe

Have you heard of Japanese illustrator and social media sticker creator Kanahei yet? She’s behind one of the most popular sticker collections on the LINE app, and now her cute critters are set to adorn dishes in their very own theme cafe in Tokyo!

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Sailor Moon fukubukuro includes accessories, stationery and figurines【2016 Lucky Bag Roundup】

Popular anime shop Animega makes up their New Year lucky bag with all our favourite Sailor Moon characters, including Luna the cat.

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Sanrio’s lazy egg character appears on menu items at new Gudetama Cafe in Osaka

Gudetama, the charmingly unmotivated raw egg character from Sanrio, is the star of the menu at his very own cafe in Osaka.

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Popular Japanese rhythm game Pop’n Music’s cat and bunny mascots get a drastic makeover

After 17 years of rigorous popping and music-ing, the franchise needed to make a change to keep from going stale. It’s just not the change that fans expected.

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Barbapapa opens its first cafe in Japan with exclusive menu of cute characters

Joining the amazing anime café openings this month is Café Barbapapa in Saitama Prefecture, with a gorgeous lineup of sweets, sandwiches and drinks all featuring cute character details from the series.

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Play an edible Tsum Tsum mobile game with individually wrapped Pino ice creams!

If you love Japan’s bite-sized Pino ice creams as much as you love Disney’s range of adorable Tsum Tsum characters, then this special collaboration is sure to bring you joy this holiday season.

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Six types of Japanese people you’ll meet while living in Japan — An illustrated guide

A while back, we had some fun talking about five of the more noteworthy types of foreigners you’ll meet in Japan, based upon observations drawn from our time spent working and living here in the Land of the Rising Sun. Whether you’re a Plastic Sensei, Hateimus Japanicus, Secret Ninja, Bubble Dweller or Kid in a Candy Store (or indeed, all of these at different times), we reckon there’s probably quite a lot foreign residents can find to nod their heads at when considering each of those five extreme types.

But what about the flip side of the coin? Spend enough time as a foreigner in a country like Japan—a place that’s 98.5% ethnically Japanese—and you’ll be sure to notice that Japanese people will approach you, the foreigner, in a number of different ways. Today we’d like to share our thoughts on six kinds of Japanese people foreigners might meet during their time in Japan. See how many of them you’ve come across during your time traveling or living in the country!

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