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Cosplay Yokocho: Tokyo alley where customers eat and drink in cosplay costumes

With photo booths, cosplaying staff, and costume rental for diners, this is one of the most unusual food courts you’ll find in Japan.

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Wonder Woman x Hello Kitty collaboration is coming to Japan

This is the first time ever for Sanrio’s cute cat to team up with a western-made film.

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Beautiful Korean cosplayer enthrals the Internet with gender-bending photo collection 【Photos】

This cosplayer makes female characters look stunning, and she also nails the pretty boy look too.

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Japanese AI app features robot that can communicate like a “real girlfriend”

The Japanese smartphone application and artificial intelligence engine SELF, which features a highly-detailed female robot named Ai Furuse, has just added upgraded conversation functionality, promising, “communication close to that of a real girlfriend or partner.”

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Epic food fail sees adorable Rilakkuma character bread turn into a terrifying monstrosity

Recipes don’t always turn out how you expect them to.

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Rilakkuma appears in Japan as a 24-karat solid gold charm with a diamond belly button

This relaxed bear comes with a very expensive price tag.

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Sanrio releases new character: Aggretsuko, the white-collar red panda with anger issues

For some people, living an idyllic life of apples and cake is hard to relate to. For those people the makers of Hello Kitty bring you Aggretsuko.

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Hello Kitty Cafe coming to Osaka for a limited time!

Dear Daniel joins Hello Kitty to bring cuteness and love to a collection of themed meals and drinks.

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【Lucky Bag Roundup 2017】Lotteria adds cute Japanese character goods to New Year’s fukubukuro

The popular fast food chain brightens up 2017 with an adorable collection of Sumikkogurashi character merchandise.

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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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