Osaka’s last remaining movie sign painter keeps tradition alive [video]

Movie sign painters are very scarce in Japan. Once a thriving career in the golden age of cinema, only a handful of them are active today, carrying on the analog tradition of painstakingly creating signs with paint and brush, decorating movie theaters with vivid images of both domestic and foreign films. In Osaka, the second-largest …

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The world’s first “make-your-own Kit Kat” service offered at new Kit Kat Chocolatory in Shibuya’s Miyashita Park

Whether it’s for the (then) world debut of ruby chocolate, rare volcanic chocolate, or cacao fruit chocolate, Kit Kat has always offered their most premium products at their Chocolatory stores. The latest Chocolatory location opening in the brand new Miyashita Park commercial complex in Shibuya on August 4th, 2020 takes the notion of “premium” to …

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Japanese fashion brand teams up with Pokemon for adorable pastel galaxy inspired goods

At the moment, Japanese fashion brands seem to be collaborating with Pokemon all over the place, to bring us super cute character-inspired clothing and accessories. For one, streetwear brand Milkfed has a currently ongoing campaign inspired by Galarian Ponyta, whose lilac and aqua hues perfectly complement Japan’s propensity for cute fashion. And if you just …

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Kanto specialty ramen flavour Pringles hitting Japan’s vending machines

Japan is the undisputed home of eccentric snack variations. But sometimes, like in the case of these ramen-flavoured Pringles, the strange snack combinations just make sense. What’s not to love about an alliance between potato chips and Japan’s most iconic noodle dish? It’s a perfect match, so no wonder it’s not the first time ramen …

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Tokyo’s raindrop jelly-like traditional summer mochi has a Japanese citrus surprise

Summer is the perfect time for fruity and refreshing sweets and Japanese traditional sweets, known as Wagashi, are famous for their seasonal specialties. One example is this beautiful warabi mochi made by Tsukiji Chitose, a sweets makers which was founded in the Taisho era, and originally based in Tsukiji. This historical area is known as …

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Rilakkuma will greet your guests and celebrate your big day with character’s first official wedding plan

Since the recent global pandemic put a damper on many a wedding, the number of events taking place has taken a nosedive and put the wedding plan industry in a precarious postion. Escrit, a Japanese company which produces weddings and receptions, are hoping to uplift the industry with a collaboration that will tempt scores of …

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A $600 dining companion: Japanese cafe’s giant ‘anti-lonliness’ Moomin can now be yours forever

Japan’s Moomin Cafe went viral thanks to a thoughtful and unique service that’s offered to lone diners in the character-inspired eatery. Rather than allow their customers to sit in solitude, a giant sitting pose Moomin plushy is brought to the table as a cuddly dining companion. This adorable move was covered widely in overseas media, …

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If you’re looking for a no-hassle escape from the city life, Saitama is the place to run to

While Tokyo’s metropolitan sprawl swallows most of eastern Saitama, the prefecture’s western borders remain safe havens of rural tradition, preserved history, and a rocky mountainous landscape. Mount Fuji is visible across much of Saitama like a watchful guardian of the natural beauty that lies just beyond the grey commuter towns. Since everything in Saitama is …

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82-year old Hiroshima woman fends off bear attack by punching it and knocking it down

Not to be outdone by a 63-year old fisherman who fended off a bear with karate, an 82-year old woman in Hiroshima prefecture recently shooed away an attacking bear by striking it and knocking it back, Yahoo News reports. Rumiko Sasaki had been treating weeds in her backyard along with her husband in the backyard …

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Japan’s Go To Travel campaign to exclude Tokyo as coronavirus cases spike

With coronavirus cases rising in Tokyo and Osaka, the government will exclude travel to and from Tokyo in its Go To Travel campaign slated to kick off next Wednesday, tourism minister Kazuyoshi Akaba said Thursday. Speaking to reporters at the Prime Minister’s Office, Akaba, minister of land, infrastructure, transport and tourism, said the government will …

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‘Eternal Zero’ and ‘Kinky Boots’ star Haruma Miura found dead at home in Tokyo

Popular actor Haruma Miura was found dead at his Tokyo home on Saturday, investigative sources said. According to the sources, the 30-year-old was found unresponsive at his home in Minato Ward on Saturday afternoon. He was rushed to a hospital but later pronounced dead, the sources said. Police believe Miura, who appeared in a number …

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New Japanese camping site gives travelers gorgeous Princess Mononoke village-esque experience

Maybe the only way to actually experience the Emishi Village featured in Studio Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke is to visit the upcoming Studio Ghibli theme park, but new gorgeous camping site in Mie prefecture’s Uga Valley might be emerging as a rival. The aesthetic and surrounding nature of the new campground is absolutely stunning and drawing …

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Ultimate guide to wagashi

Traditional Japanese teatime sweets, known as wagashi, are in a league of their own. While western desserts are often equated with excess and indulgence, the dainty wagashi instead calls for quiet appreciation over a calming tea session. As their colour, shape and flavour vary according to the time of year, these sweets are all about …

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