Harry Potter

Harry Potter trains and towering Hogwarts Castle appear in Osaka!

Harry Potter trains and towering Hogwarts Castle appear in Osaka!

As the year draws to a close and 2014 pokes its head over the horizon, Harry Potter fans in Japan are finding it harder to contain their excitement over the summer opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, Osaka. Fan photos on Twitter show how the progress is going, with an awesome train service and a near-complete replica of Hogwarts Castle that looks exactly like the one on film.

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All Aboard! Take a Ride on the Japan Rail Harry Potter Train!

All Aboard! Take a Ride on the Japan Rail Harry Potter Train!

A new Harry Potter train was introduced on the JR Sakurajima line providing access to Universal Studios Japan from Nishikujo Station in Osaka.

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Kotobukiya Novelty Chopsticks: Katanas, Tigers and Facehuggers, Oh My!

Kotobukiya Novelty Chopsticks: Katanas, Tigers and Facehuggers, Oh My!

While some claim that the Japanese are paragons of good table manners, Japanese model kit and figurine manufacturer Kotobukiya has practically given us a reason to play with our food with their series of awesome novelty chopsticks.

There are currently 15 different designs, including Star Wars lightsaber chopsticks, Harry Potter wand chopsticks and even far too detailed Alien chopsticks (see below). The latest in the lineup, chopsticks modeled after the blades of four members of the shinsengumi, a famous group of samurai from Japan’s late shogunate period, is set to go on sale In Japan on April 28.

Check below for a closer look at some of the best the series has to offer!

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