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Disney selling ultra-premium backpacks for Japanese schoolkids exclusively inside its Tokyo parks

A while back, we talked about adult fashionistas, including actress Zooey Deschanel, who’d become smitten with the boxy Japanese backpacks called randoseru. In Japan, though, randoseru are strictly for the prepubescent set, as they’re exclusively used by elementary school students.

That’s not to say that kids don’t appreciate a nice-looking bag, though, which is why Disney is getting in on the randoseru game, with a line of backpacks that can only be purchased inside its Tokyo theme parks, and cost the equivalent of several hundred dollars.

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Pixar alters Inside Out’s visuals for Japanese release, removes broccoli

If you’re an anime purist, you’ve probably watched at least one title with a localization choice that rubbed you the wrong way. Maybe you were irked by Sailor Moon’s Usagi being called “meatball head” on American T.V. instead of “dango/dumpling head.” More recently, you might have wondered why Doraemon’s central family ditched all their chopsticks and now eat their Japanese food with forks in their U.S. appearances.

But localization runs in the other direction, too, and it’s just come to light that Pixar has altered part of the artwork in several scenes of Inside Out solely for the film’s Japanese release.

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Are you satisfied with your sleep? If not, maybe you need an adorable Baymax bed

If you’ve seen Disney’s Big Hero 6, you know that the film’s most memorable character, marshmallowy medical helper/combat robot Baymax, spends about half of his screen time being awesome, and the other being adorable. In one of the best examples of the latter, he becomes a mattress for his exhausted friends, letting them lean into his soft, cushioned body during a brief respite during the bumpy transition to their new lives as superheroes.

If you’re feeling similarly worn out after a hard day, you’ll be happy to know that, just as the trailer for the film promised, Baymax has your back…or your front, or your side, depending on how you sleep, in the form of this amazingly heart-melting semi-posable Baymax bed.

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Need life advice? The Turtle Talk attraction at Tokyo DisneySea may be your best bet

At Tokyo DisneySea, there’s a special theater-style attraction called Turtle Talk where you can ask questions in real time to Crush, everybody’s favorite East Australian Current-surfing sea turtle from Finding Nemo. 

Sounds fun, if not a bit like a generically staged Q&A session, right? However, audience members during a recent talk were in for a bit of a surprise when Crush shared an unexpectedly profound piece of wisdom in response to a young woman’s question.

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Celebrate your love in style with Disney’s “Tangled”-inspired engagement and wedding rings!

Disney’s beautiful animated creation Tangled is a film that is still much-loved by fans, despite almost five years having passed since its release. Well, if you’re one such fan, you’ll be delighted to know that you can express the bond you share with your special loved one with a line of jewelry that’s just as golden and radiant as Rapunzel’s luxuriant hair. Yes, we think you’ll love the gorgeous line of wedding and engagement rings inspired by the film!

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Keep clean with awesome Mickey-shaped soap foam at Tokyo Disney Resort’s new Hand Washing Areas!

It’s a well-established fact that Disney theme parks are places of dream and magic. Well, visitors to Tokyo Disney Resort can now feel the magic even while washing their hands — courtesy of the special “Hand Washing Areas” that officially opened today July 1 at both parks in the Resort.

Yes, guests at Tokyo Disney Resort can now wash their hands with adorable Mickey-shaped soap foam, and parents just may have to deal with their children wanting to wash their hands too many times instead of not enough!

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Disney’s lovable mascot flies high — Duffy takes to the air on JAL Happy Journey Express planes!

Duffy, Disney’s lovable stuffed bear character, has a huge following in Japan. Just step inside Tokyo Disney Resort, and the bear’s popularity is abundantly clear as you see the large number of guests carrying their own Duffy toy in adorable and sometimes exquisitely hand-made costumes.

Well, we’ve already seen the well-loved bear tuned into an amazing furry bus that made a special tour from Tokyo to Shizuoka Prefecture a little over a year ago, and now it seems the mascot will be embarking on a whole new journey — into the big blue sky!   Read More

You’ll flip out over these amazing character art pancakes! 【Videos】

Our mothers may have discouraged it, but playing with your food can be incredibly fun and rewarding. Even if it turns out looking kind of a mess, you still get to eat it – and who doesn’t love eating delicious food? But one thing we just can’t get the hang of is pancake art. Luckily for us, these amazing videos are here to show us how it’s done!

Featuring all of our beloved characters from Pikachu to Olaf to Hello Kitty, these videos have got us drooling and ready to start splashing batter everywhere ourselves!

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Time to say “I doodle!” Wedding guests RSVP with cute sketches and drawings

Everyone loves weddings, don’t they? A Western-style Japanese wedding usually involves a fancy (though usually fake) church, tons of great food, and multiple dress changes for the bride. In short, it’s excellent entertainment! Some potential wedding guests in Japan have been getting so excited at the thought of attending a wedding, they’ve been gleefully doodling all over their RSVPs! Let’s take a look at some of these cute sketches!

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Disney Japan’s Father’s Day shout-out on Twitter didn’t go quite as planned

Walt Disney’s animations have made a huge impact since the beginning, and the Disney mania is still going strong even today. You may be one of those fans who knows nearly every single bit of Disney trivia there is to know, or you may just be one of those who enjoy watching a classic every so often and seeing the new films as they come out, but aren’t exactly the know-it-all. And that’s okay.

While the average fan may not know everything about every Disney movie there is, you would at least expect someone representing the official Disney name to know the basics, which is why the Father’s Day tweet posted by the official Disney Japan Twitter account brought about a bit of confusion and a lot of laughter for their rather obvious blunder!

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Disney meets classic Japan — see your favorite characters reborn as traditional Japanese crafts!

It’s no secret that Disney has been hugely successful in Japan. The Japanese anime industry may have cultivated a unique style over the years that’s quite different from that of the international entertainment giant, but the public here in Japan definitely seems to love all things Disney, from beautiful lingerie to adorable mini-cakes.

So we guess it’s not too surprising that Disney characters have now been recreated using traditional Japanese crafts, which is the concept behind the Disney Japan Classic Series of merchandise. Join us for a look at what delightful forms the familiar Disney characters have taken at the hands of traditional Japanese artisans!  Read More

Tokyo Disneyland guest tweets photo of clasped hands that definitely will be together forever

Tokyo Disneyland has always been an incredibly popular date spot in Japan, particularly among the younger crowd. It’s not hard to see why, since even if you’re not especially into roller coasters or the cast of Disney’s decades’ worth of animation, the park’s beautiful architecture and landscaping makes for a uniquely atmospheric backdrop as you and your sweetheart spend the day together.

But in real life, not every romance has the happy ending of a Disney movie. The sad truth is that while thousands of couples get swept up in the emotion of a visit to the park, clasp hands, and promise they’ll be together forever, in the end, many of those hands’ owners will end up going their separate ways.

This photograph, though, is one of the few where we can confidently say that the relationship really and truly is permanent.

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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu goes to Tokyo DisneySea dressed like a total creeper

Perhaps it’s not to the extent that celebrities have it in the United States, but Japanese celebs – especially pop idols of the female persuasion – are regularly accosted in public if they’re recognized. And while most stereotypically meek Japanese might be content with taking surreptitious photos from afar in the event of an idol sighting, the possibility of running across an unhinged fan or aggressive paparazzi on the streets means most Japanese pop stars will conceal their faces somehow when strolling around in public on their own.

For the typical celeb, this generally means wearing dark shades or even just wearing a fashion they’re not normally seen wearing on TV, while others still will walk around with their faces totally uncovered like the rest of the unwashed masses. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, on the other hand, wasn’t taking chances on a recent trip to Tokyo DisneySea, choosing to conceal her face entirely and looking like a total creeper in doing so.

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Transform into a Disney character with these adorable, photography-boosting smartphone cases

Last week, we looked at some adorable liquid-filled Disney iPhone cases from smartphone accessory manufacturer Hamee that let you play with the cast of Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., and Frozen. If you happen to suffer from acute aquaphobia, or just love Disney so much that you can’t look at the studio’s characters without wishing you yourself were one, though, Hamee has still got you covered, with these clever iPhone cases that will transform you into Mickey or his closest pals every time you hold up your phone to snap a picture.

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Chinese animation “The Autobots” to be released, but don’t worry, it’s not a Transformers rip-off

On 4 July, 2015 a brand new Chinese-produced animated feature film will get a wide release of 5,000 theaters. It’s called Qiche Ren Zongdongyuan which is Anglicized as The Autobots. Now, with a title like that and coming out of China you might assume this to be some kind of rip-off, but after learning a little more we think you’ll agree that this is in no way a blatant rip-off of Transformers. You know, that movie where cars turn into robots…

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American marketing turns anime’s Doraemon into an ACTION! ACTION! ACTION! ACTION! star

Even if a movie or TV series has elements that give it a broad international appeal, different countries might take very different approaches in marketing it. For example, Disney’s Big Hero 6 had a pretty even mix of exciting and heart-warming scenes, but as we looked at before, U.S. ads emphasized the former, while in Japan Disney relied on the latter to fill theater seats.

Now, we’re seeing that phenomenon running in the other direction. Classic anime Doraemon just got picked up for a second season in the U.S., set to start on June 15. But while in Japan the titular blue robot cat is seen by many as a symbol of relaxed family programming, some American commercials are portraying him as an action star.

Oh, sorry, we meant to say they’re portraying him as an ACTION! ACTION! ACTION! ACTION! star.

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Disney unveils line of paired engagement/wedding rings just in time for June brides

Now that we’re done with April showers and May flowers (although Japan’s most famous flowers, the cherry blossoms, actually bloom in April), it’s time for the next monthly theme: June brides. Even though Japan’s weather gets pretty hot and sticky at this time of year, many young couples still like the iconic ring of “June bride,” and what better way to seal their vows than with rings with iconic styling cues from Disney characters?

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Liquid-filled Disney iPhone cases give us another reason to play with our phones

What do you get if you cross Disney, an iPhone, and a snowglobe? These new liquid-filled Disney iPhone cases, of course!

Not only are these things functional (preventing your precious phone from getting scratched) they’re also a source of constant fun as you can flip the phone upside-down and watch all the characters float around on the back.

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Tokyo Disneyland’s Buzz Lightyear has a friend in Woody, and also a friend in his crotch

There are only so many hours in a day, which means all the time you devote to listening to Japanese girls’ rock bands or learning a half-dozen ways to says “breasts” in Japanese means less time for soaking up mainstream American pop culture. As a result, I’ve got some pretty big gaps in my Hollywood movie-watching history, but at least I know their basic plots because they’ve been talked about and referenced elsewhere so much.

For example, I know Titanic is about an elderly woman fondly remembering some dude she hooked up with on a cruise 70 years ago, who was apparently so good in the sack that she has no time on her deathbed to remember her children or the man who fathered them. Forest Gump is about remarkably patient bus travelers who are willing to listen to the life story a complete stranger because of his vague promises of giving them chocolate at some point.

And Toy Story, as I can infer from these Tokyo Disneyland photos, is about how a humble cowboy and abrasive astronaut learn to overcome their differences and become pals when one gives the other a hand job, right?

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What if Cinderella was filmed in China? Chinese Weibo user works his Photoshop magic

Even if you’re familiar with the story of Disney’s Cinderella, you might not know that the name of the heroine is actually Ella, and the name Cinderella was given to her by her obnoxious step-sisters, who poked fun at how Ella was always covered in cinder.

Ironically, when we think of Cinderella, what first comes to mind is usually the image of a beautiful girl in a gorgeous blue dress and glass slippers, not the one of a dirty, dusty peasant girl. If the filmmakers of the live-action movie had filmed on location in some parts of China, perhaps we would have gotten to see a really dusty version of Cinderella, just like what this Weibo user has depicted!

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