“Add a lot of cute decorations to the room we’re staying in!” says the blue goldfish with a matching blue tiara. No this isn’t a joke; uncommonly cute anthropomorphic goldfish are just a part of the marketing campaign for a completely customizable fish tank aimed at young children in Japan. With a fancy backdrop and jewels galore, it’s a far ways away from the plastic aquatic plant or bubbling clam shell in typical aquariums.
Hey, do you like animal butts? What am I saying, of course you do! Unfortunately, animals are wily and occasionally dangerous making it hard to get your hands on their rear ends.
That’s why (we guess) Tenyu has released Oppoppo, a collection of six animal butt simulation devices that are portable and can easily attach to your gym bag, key chain, or belt buckle!
I remember the days of Tamagotchi (and the far less cool NanoPet) and how our teachers always struggled to keep us from feeding or picking up after our little digital creatures during class. The Japanese gadget was a hit with us 90s kids and will forever be one of the coolest toys of our childhood. And now, Bandai is back with a new version of Tamagotchi. But this new installment of the portable digital pet, called Tamagotchi Friends, has a new social media twist.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: McDonald’s Japan has the best Happy Meal toys. In case you haven’t heard, the fast food chain created Mario toys for their “Happy Set” kids meals and they’re awesome. Lucky for those abroad, Japanese fans of the franchise have already uploaded videos of their McDonald’s Happy Meal Marios (say that five times fast). Take a look at just a few!
Kids nowadays have it rough. Sure, they have the Internet, sophisticated video games, and more electronics than fingers, but their McDonald’s Happy Meal toys are awful. I remember the days when you’d get a quality, hard-plastic toy that would withstand anything your imagination could throw at it. Now it’s half-heartedly put together pieces of garbage that are strewn alongside your mini pouch of fries (or apple slices if your mom isn’t cool). But in Japan, everything is different, especially this Christmas. Not only do you get a toy that blows all other modern day Happy Meal toys out of the water, your entire meal comes in a real cardboard golden arches box, just like old times. Read More
- Preston Phro
Nov 11, 2013
If you’re of a certain age, born anywhere between the early 80s and 90s, there’s a range of toys that just explode in your brain with raw nostalgia. We’re sure this is true for every generation, but those late 80s/early 90s toys just have something special about them. Whether is was their awkward use of new technology or absurd coloring schemes, we can’t deny just how cool they seemed when we were little kids!
What we were surprised to see, though, was just how many of those toys and games were also available in Japan! So come with us on a trip down memory lane and find if your favorite childhood distractions made the list, and discover just how many of these things kids in Japan were also completely enamoured with.
- Michelle Lynn Dinh
Aug 17, 2013
From the makers of Goal!Goal!Goal! Bank and a wind-up shrimp toy comes a sea anemone for the home. Ieginchaku, a delightful play on words utilizing ie, the Japanese word for “house” and isoginchaku, the word for “sea anemone,” is a little toy/conversation piece that not only resembles those koosh balls you used to chuck at your sister, it moves on its own and comes with little plastic fish! Need a little more convincing before rushing out to buy this product? Take a look at the promotional video; the Ieginchaku really has to be seen in action to be fully appreciated.
Kids love to draw anything from the pet dog to fantastical purple unicorns. Now, thanks to creative artists from Canada, Hungary, Brazil, Portugal, and other places around the world, those doodles are brought to life and made into unique plush toys. The following photos are currently delighting Japanese netizens; take a look at some of the lovable and at times disturbing toys that are unbelievably similar to the creative drawings that inspired them.
In a joint effort between NHK and the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo, an international team of scientists was assembled in a quest to be the first to photograph the elusive giant squid in its natural habitat. Their search was made into an NHK special documentary titled, “World’s first photographing! Deep sea giant squid” and was broadcasted in Japan this past January. After its airing, giant squids quickly became a popular topic of conversation among viewers.
In celebration of the documentary’s success, NHK has created a line of giant squid goods. From smartphone cases to squid ink cookies to pencil pouches in the shape of giant squid, there are almost too many tentacles for sale.
- Casey Baseel
Apr 28, 2013
The most recent theatrical installment of the long-running anime series Evangelion was released on Blu-ray and DVD on April 24. While it’s official English title is Evangelion: 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo, the film has a completely different Japanese title, Evangelion Theatrical Version: Q. Because if there’s one thing creators Studio Gynax hate, it’s giving a definitive answer on anything related to their mega-hit franchise.
But if there’re two things Gynax hates, the second is passing up a merchandising opportunity for Eva (as the fans call it), which is where the Evangelion Q cheese burger comes in with its nine patties.
Did we mention we bought two? Read More
Japan is to mascots what Broadway is to theatre or what France is to bicycle racing, and in Japan the Phantom of the Opera or [*name removed*] of mascots has got to be Domo-kun (simply “Domo” in other countries).
From his humble beginnings as a mascot for Japan’s national broadcaster he has achieved international notoriety and an ever expanding line of merchandise. Now, iPhone holding Domo fans may rejoice with the upcoming release of the cute and useful “iPhone Supported Smart Stuffed Toy: iDomo-kun.”
- Master Blaster
Dec 15, 2012
Picture the typical family, if you will. One Sunday afternoon, Junior runs into the den and asks Pa to go kite-flying together. “Not today, Junior”, said Pa, “It’s just not windy enough.”
Junior walks back to his room and plays Grand Theft Auto, sullenly killing policemen with a sniper rifle. Even though he got 15 headshots in a row, his heart just wasn’t in it. Once again Mother Nature had ruined his true passion – kites.
This tragic scene plays out in homes across the kite-loving world. So the brain trust at Takara Tomy came up with Homekite, the first (I’m guessing) kite to be used in the home.
Like gyūdon beef bowls? Love Nintendo’s pink vacuum-mouthed mascot Kirby? Then you’d better head down to your nearest Sukiya restaurant quick and pick up one of these adorable little windup walking models!
Giant Robot Battle Fists Now On Sale in Japan! But With Great Robot Fists Comes Great Responsibility
- Master Blaster
Dec 7, 2012
Finally you can put awesome power of giant battle robots in the palm of your hand— or around the palm of your hand—with GIANT ROBOT BATTLE FISTS. Now available in Japan! Sounds like the perfect Christmas gift to me!
Who doesn’t love a robot made up of other robots? To western TV viewers they could be represented by Voltron or Power Rangers depending how old you are, but these are just a drop in the bucket of super robot lore that exists in Japan.
Toy maker Bandai on 22 October announced the release of a new legend in their long line of super robot toys known as “chogokin.” Chogodai King Robo Mickey & Friends is everyone’s favorite Disney characters assembled into a giant robot to fight… god knows what but it’s still pretty cool.
When Science Meets Cute: Robotic Minnie Mouse Helps Humans Drift Off to Sleep, Keeps Her Own Eyes Wide Open to Watch For Aliens
- Philip Kendall
Oct 9, 2012
We’ve all had those nights where we lie in bed for hours but just can’t seem to nod off.
You’ve fallen out with a friend or family member and it’s weighing on your mind; you have a big test coming up that you’re not quite ready for; you’re eight years old and, for some god-unknown reason, your parents let you watch Aliens with them and you’re under the covers, sweating profusely and terrified that an acid-spitting xenomorph is about to eat you (are you reading this, Mum!?)…
What you need, according to Science –yes, with a capital “S”– and Disney, is something to help calm that stressed-out brain of yours. Something to calm you down and soothe you into a restful night’s sleep.
That thing… is a Minnie Mouse doll.
- Master Blaster
Jul 25, 2012
Who doesn’t love a good fireworks display? It’s a great way to relax on a warm summer evening with a BBQ and some beers. However, with a stagnating economy and tightening safety regulations these majestic works of gunpowder art seem to be slowly fading away.
Light-based toymaker Uncle Milton has tapped into this by combining people’s innate love of fireworks and bazookas with Fireworks Lightshow (called Anywhere Fireworks Bazooka in Japan). But can they really pack the beauty of a fireworks show into a plastic gun wieldable by a child? Let’s start by watching the advertisement for it.
- Master Blaster
Jun 26, 2012
Since its release on April 28th people have been flocking to toy stores across Japan to get their hands on toymaker Takara Tomy’s Kuru Kuuuuru Eco-Fan (Round and Rooooouuund Eco-Fan), so much so that their original 60,000 units had to be upped to an additional shipment of 120,000 to meet the demand.
It seems since abandoning much of the nuclear power in Japan, people’s minds are set on alternative means of keeping cool while saving electric costs or during potential black outs. The reason everyone wants this particular toy fan is because of the sheer wind power it has. For every one turn of the hand, the fan blade spins 100 times.
There are a lot of cafés out there and Japan is no exception. An upstart café owner is always faced with the challenge of standing out in a crowd. Having good coffee and ambiance is a plus but with all the customers’ faces buried in their smartphones and laptops they may just as easily go to the place up the street.
Enter Toique (a mouth twisting portmanteau of “toy” and “unique”), a Tokyo based cafes that offers up a plethora of international toys for its drinkers. Toique only has two policies that it enforces, no smoking and no one under 15 allowed.
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- Japanese adult video star’s dramatic plastic surgery sets internet abuzz2
- Justin Bieber’s Yasukuni Shrine visit draws scorn from Asian fans3
- 17 mouthwatering photos from the legendary sushi restaurant where Obama just ate dinner4
- Does Avril Lavigne’s Tokyo music video really have anything to do with Japan?5
- 61 more images of cosmetic surgery from South Korea6
- All-in-one bed is perfect for you, you lazy bum (Also, why don’t you get a job?)7
- Japanese archery: The coolest school club ever?8
- What do Japanese people think of when they hear the word “otaku?”9
- We hope you’re not thirsty — Tokyo shuts down its vending machines for U.S. president’s visit10
- Local thugs forced to fight pro Muay Thai fighters as punishment during Thai New Year festival1
- We hope you’re not thirsty — Tokyo shuts down its vending machines for U.S. president’s visit2
- Photos of women with and without make-up show that reality is what you make it3
- 10 Japanese expressions that sound delightfully strange and funny when translated4
- 17 mouthwatering photos from the legendary sushi restaurant where Obama just ate dinner5
- Cat greets its returning owner with so much warmth we’d swear it was puppy love6
- Japanese people surprised to find that “popular Japanese store” Meiso doesn’t exist in Japan7
- The baffling reason three men spent 30 minutes in an Akihabara restroom together8
- The extreme lengths Samsung must go to make sure your Galaxy phone works perfectly9
- Japanese high school student becomes Twitter sensation showing difference between time with boyfriend and friends10
- Chinese Photoshop Trolls and the Half-Blood Prisoner of the Deathly Phoenix Goblet (Part 6)1
- Local thugs forced to fight pro Muay Thai fighters as punishment during Thai New Year festival2
- Unfortunate Google employee forced to wander alone on eerie abandoned island for Street View photos3
- Daughter of Osamu Tezuka, God of Manga, discovers his stash of hand-drawn sexy mouse artwork4
- 【TBT】China’s Photoshop experts will fix your bad photos, but be careful what you wish for5
- The extreme lengths Samsung must go to make sure your Galaxy phone works perfectly6
- 10 incredible tiny houses in Japan: a photo tour7
- We hope you’re not thirsty — Tokyo shuts down its vending machines for U.S. president’s visit8
- 10 things Japan gets horribly wrong9
- Take your love of touching imitation breasts out on the go with Puni Puni Case For iPhone10
- Korean high schools allow “anything goes” yearbook photos, with hilarious results1
- Taiwan’s Gravity Max – Quite possibly the scariest roller coaster in the world2
- Don’t call them fat, call them Marshmallow Girls!3
- Japanese netizens put reality on hold for a moment, fall in love with new attorney general of Crimea4
- Beautiful gym babe impresses Chinese netizens with her incredible fitness!【Pics & GIFs】5
- Picture perfect siblings of 18 years apart melt the hearts of Chinese netizens【Photos】6
- Attack on Titan’s studio head talks sequels, keys to the hit anime’s success7
- Chinese Photoshop Trolls and the Half-Blood Prisoner of the Deathly Phoenix Goblet (Part 6)8
- Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki says the anime industry’s problem is that it’s full of anime fans9
- “Those are her GRANDCHILDREN?!” Youthful 42-year-old grandmother astounds Chinese netizens10
- 61 more images of cosmetic surgery from South Korea
- All-in-one bed is perfect for you, you lazy bum (Also, why don’t you get a job?)
- Japanese archery: The coolest school club ever?
- What do Japanese people think of when they hear the word “otaku?”
- We hope you’re not thirsty — Tokyo shuts down its vending machines for U.S. president’s visit
- CATable promises to get the cat off your laptop and into the desk
- Japanese people surprised to find that “popular Japanese store” Meiso doesn’t exist in Japan
- Whack-a-Kitty: Now with real kittens【Video】
- Microsoft’s cringeworthy new Surface ad makes Japan squirm in unison
- Six (and a half) essential resources for learning Japanese
- Cat greets its returning owner with so much warmth we’d swear it was puppy love
- Greenpeace tells Obama to make ‘more responsible’ food choices after meal at restaurant that serves endangered sushi
- The top five places to survive a real attack by Titans in Japan
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