And now, due to popular demand, we have the taste test you’ve all been waiting for: the King’s Dog from Burger King. Ever since news of the hot dog offering from the fast food burger chain was released, we’d been anticipating its arrival. Boasting an extra-large sausage 2.5 times the thickness of a regular Burger King hot dog, we bought one of each to really see how the King’s Dog weighs up.
It’s a common sight to see hot dog stands in America. In Singapore, ice cream stands are a lifesaver in the sweltering hot weather. In Japan, however, you’re more likely to find a yaki-imo (roasted sweet potato) stand on the streets, especially during winter. If you’re lucky enough, you might even meet the legendary cat that sells stone roasted sweet potatoes in Kurayoshi City, Tottori Prefecture!
- Casey Baseel
Mar 14, 2014
Among the many Japanese tales of heroes of justice battling giant monsters, Ultraman may just be the most popular. Since its television debut in 1966, hardly a year has gone by without a new Ultraman TV series or motion picture.
The franchise’s longevity means that many long-time fans who started watching when they were young kids are now full-grown adults. On the one hand, growing up means more responsibility, but it also means more freedom, including the freedom to knock back a few cold beers at a new dining and drinking establishment where Ultraman’s monstrous foes take center stage.
While 3D printing techniques have been around for 30 years, it’s only recently that technology has advanced to the point where the process is economically feasible. The ability to quickly and accurately duplicate three dimensional objects is set to revolutionize the engineering and medical fields, leading to easier creation of both prototypes and production versions of precision components and prosthetics.
But in mankind’s heady rush into this exciting new field, many have overlooked a potentially life-altering application of 3D printing: reproducing Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Hot on the heels of McDonald’s Japan’s announcement of its spring-themed Sakura Teriyaki Burger, Burger King Japan has just revealed a new product of its own, and it looks to be quite the mouthful. This, ladies and gentlemen of the cholesterol-loving world, is the King’s Dog (and yes, that’s “dog” without an “n”, boys at the back), which packs in roughly five times the meaty goodness of a regular Burger King hot dog.
Gari-Gari Kun, arguably the best popsicle on the face of the earth, is no stranger to strange. The shaved ice-filled frozen treat from Japan has been served in a variety of weird flavors ranging from potato stew to Ultraman. Of course, Gari-Gari Kun also comes in more conventional flavors like kiwi and cola, but Akagi, makers of this fine dessert, never cease to provide wild new versions for those tired of normal. Just take a look at the company’s latest Gari-Gari Kun, which takes a cue from a savory italian dish: spaghetti napolitana.
- Casey Baseel
Mar 11, 2014
One of the biggest restaurant trends in Japan over the last two decades has been a steady erosion of the image that delicious food equals high prices, and vice-versa. These days, there are some real bargains to be found for those willing to do a little searching, particularly at lunch.
The afternoon dining market has gotten so competitive that often you can get an amazing meal plus change for the 1,000-yen bill you use to pay for it, which is exactly what you get with this gigantic tuna sashimi bowl.
If the answer to that question is yes, then you might want to get down to the Namba area of Osaka where this yaki imo mobile was spotted selling freshly baked sweet potatoes for all to enjoy. As our one-sweater-wearing friend, Sebuyama, showed us the other day, a yaki imo is a great way to stave off the cold of this now-waning winter season. And what better way to enjoy one of these starchy snacks than out of the trunk of this decked-out luxury sedan.
Today, let’s take a moment to ponder a serious question: what’s the best sundae topping? The old stand-by of a dash of sprinkles? A handful of chopped nuts for a little crunch and texture? Or do you find the idea of all that empty-calorie decadence troubling enough that it threatens to ruin the fun, so your vote goes to a few pieces of fruit?
We say the correct answer is none of the above. For our money, the best way to crown your parfait is with a whole ice cream cone. Of course, some of our more sarcastic readers may ask, “Yeah, smart guy? Well then what do you put on top of the ice cream cone?”
Another ice cream cone, obviously. Did you even have to ask?
- Casey Baseel
Mar 10, 2014
Two of the things Japan is best at making are cars and cute characters. Sometimes these two worlds combine with itasha, cars slathered with painfully geeky anime graphics.
But itasha rely largely on decals, making them a literally shallow way of mashing up automotive engineering and cuteness. Isn’t there a more dynamic way to fuse the two?
Why yes, there is.
Some people believe that everything happens for a reason, but there are certainly times when things happen for no reason. When things go wrong, they just do. Sometimes it even happens to non-living things!
Take this Cheeto for example. It’s not a big deal and no one was harmed, but it sure looks wrong! If you don’t get the drift, you might want to take a look at the GIF after the jump!
- Casey Baseel
Mar 9, 2014
The live-action Kiki’s Delivery Service is out now, and whether the movie should be judged on its own terms or if it can only be evaluated in comparison to the 1989 animated version is a matter of individual belief. One thing everyone can agree on, though, is that the new film will give you a craving for baked goods, as several scenes feature the breads and pastries made and sold by the bakery young witch Kiki boards at.
In anticipation of these cinema-induced hankerings, Little Mermaid, one of Japan’s largest and most popular bakery chains, has released an assortment of Kiki’s Delivery Service-themed goodies. As journalists (and hungry people), we were so excited that we decided to sample the whole lot.
- Michelle Lynn Dinh
Mar 9, 2014
Mister Donut is one of the most popular doughnut chains in all of Japan, and their signature pastry, the Pon de Ring, is a delicious chewy concoction that is sought out by peckish snackers across the country. The chain has recently released a new savory version of their classic Pon de Ring, and in doing so, has incited a rivalry between eastern and western Japan. The “Pon de Senbatsu” campaign puts eight new regional flavors, four from both east and west, against each other in a battle for the best doughnut. Since our offices are located on Japan’s east side, we decided to try out our regional sweet potato, miso kiritanpo, seaweed rice cracker, and sweet sesame dumpling doughnuts.
- Casey Baseel
Mar 7, 2014
For me, one of the darkest days of 2013 was when the revolving sushi restaurant near my apartment closed down. Sure, I could always hop on the train and ride to another neighborhood for my fix, but that’s small comfort for those times when I want a selection of delicious raw fish and vinegared rice parading past me right now.
On that day, building a revolving sushi experience of my own replaced “supermodel grotto” and “garage filled with classic Mazda sports cars” as my eccentric millionaire daydream. But it turns out I actually don’t need such a hefty bank balance to fulfill this ambition, thanks to this sweet home-use revolving sushi set.
At serious sushi chains in Japan, you can usually order sushi pieces one by one off of a menu at your seat, or put your fate in the hands of the chef by asking for the omakase course. Sushi purists know that omakase basically translates as “leave it to you” and that’s exactly what you’re doing when you order omakase; you’re giving the chef free license to make whatever creations he’d like.
It appears there’s one sushi shop in Hong Kong, though, where omakase might not be such a good idea: Akimasa Sushi features a variety of sushi options so bizarre, strange and downright disturbing that ordering omakase is like looking into the eyes of the cosmic entity Cthulhu him/her/itself.
One of Japanese confectionary maker Morinaga’s biggest hits is the Hi-Chew line. The soft, chewy candies come in a variety of fruit flavors, such as grape, strawberry, and green apple.
Morinaga also occasionally shakes things up with limited-edition flavors. Recently the special versions have been golden pineapple and pink grapefruit, but this month they’re joined by another unique offering, Super Mario Hi-Chews.
- Casey Baseel
Mar 5, 2014
Although it hasn’t been that long since its first U.S. retail outlet opened, French gourmet food supplier Fauchon has had a presence in Japan since the early 1970s. The company is best known here for its line of high quality teas, but they also offer pastries to well-heeled shoppers with a sweet tooth in the dessert section of a number of upscale department stores.
After so many years of success in Japan, Fauchon has decided to tip its hat to the country by releasing a line of éclairs with decorations and ingredients inspired by Japanese culture.
Leave it to Japan to make a bowl of rice absolutely adorable. The Volkswagen Japan official Facebook page has recently been the topic of conversation on the net thanks to the publication of a bowl of chirashi-zushi, or “scattered sushi”, with the image of a VW Beetle. However, that’s not the only edible auto to show up on the site.
A few weeks ago, Häagen-Dazs began treating Japan to a special edition Rose flavored ice cream. While it was pretty delicious overall, many people felt it tasted too similar to a bathroom air freshener.
This came as a surprise to people from countries more accustomed to rose flavored treats as well as Kracie. This confectionary company had been selling rose flavored candies and rose water mix for years. So, starting 3 March they are releasing their own Fuwarinka Ice which not only tastes like a rose but also empowers your body with its lovely aroma.
- Artist turns innocent Disney princesses into flirty pin-up girls1
- Ten-year-old boy cuts construction worker’s lifeline because noise was interrupting his cartoons2
- Visiting the South Pole and 14 other lesser known crimes in Japan3
- Terrifyingly terrific haunted house’s puzzles are so tough it has a continue system4
- Hello Kitty isn’t a cat!? We called Sanrio to find out!5
- Taiwanese Tsunade cosplayer sparks debate about public decency at events6
- Japan’s secret garbage problem–and what you can do to help7
- Gundam creator isn’t making his new series for you, doesn’t care if you don’t like it8
- More than meets the eye, sushi in disguise! Check out these transforming sushi toys!9
- Toyota’s dance craze contest invites you to Wakudoki your way to Tokyo【Video】10
- Hello Kitty isn’t a cat!? We called Sanrio to find out!1
- Taiwanese Tsunade cosplayer sparks debate about public decency at events2
- Artist turns innocent Disney princesses into flirty pin-up girls3
- “Mom’s 1st Birthday” – Try to get through this video without tearing up【Video】4
- Sanrio says, “Hello Kitty is not a cat.” Whaaa?5
- Visiting the South Pole and 14 other lesser known crimes in Japan6
- Otaku generation gap – Fans in their teens, 20s, and 30s reveal what got them into anime7
- Ramen Shop Serves Mountains of Meat, Gets Customers and Laughs8
- These photos from the ‘richest village in China’ will positively blow you away9
- Philippine netizens do the makeup transformation meme to mixed results10
- “Mom’s 1st Birthday” – Try to get through this video without tearing up【Video】1
- The clever way Japanese drivers thank each other without saying a word【Video】2
- Hello Kitty isn’t a cat!? We called Sanrio to find out!3
- Taiwanese Tsunade cosplayer sparks debate about public decency at events4
- Artist turns innocent Disney princesses into flirty pin-up girls5
- We swear we won’t tell anyone if you buy one of these super lifelike love dolls from Japan6
- Sanrio says, “Hello Kitty is not a cat.” Whaaa?7
- Annual ChinaJoy game expo proves to be Asia’s biggest showcase of busty booth babes!【Photos】8
- Otaku generation gap – Fans in their teens, 20s, and 30s reveal what got them into anime9
- 61 more images of cosmetic surgery from South Korea10
- How to make epic pancakes with your Japanese rice cooker1
- Nailed it! The shape of your nails may reveal the type of person you are!2
- “Mom’s 1st Birthday” – Try to get through this video without tearing up【Video】3
- Samurai in Brazil shows off incredible freestyle football skills ahead of World Cup4
- This amazing water cake just may be the most delicate sweet ever created!5
- The clever way Japanese drivers thank each other without saying a word【Video】6
- Malaysian girl gets 1.6 million views on YouTube for singing about not being Korean【Video】7
- Life’s not perfect? Says who? This woman’s life is too perfect to be true!8
- Brass section rejoice! Your ideal smartphone accessory has arrived9
- Hello Kitty isn’t a cat!? We called Sanrio to find out!10
- Taiwanese Tsunade cosplayer sparks debate about public decency at events
- Japan’s secret garbage problem–and what you can do to help
- Gundam creator isn’t making his new series for you, doesn’t care if you don’t like it
- More than meets the eye, sushi in disguise! Check out these transforming sushi toys!
- Toyota’s dance craze contest invites you to Wakudoki your way to Tokyo【Video】
- These photos from the ‘richest village in China’ will positively blow you away
- Boys love posing book shows you how to draw two guys frolicking by that legendary pool!
- Awesome melon bread with ice cream comes to Shibuya, so we do too!
- Nintendo unveils new 3DS models with more controls, NFC support
- Did Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto just call casual gamers “pathetic”? Well, yes and no
- Policeman throws up after questioning a suspect who hadn’t brushed his teeth in a year
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- Gundam creator expresses disappointment over current state of anime voice acting