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Bandai releases a retro item with zodiac signs in gachapon capsule toy form…but what is it?

This little device could almost always be found in cafés in Japan throughout the latter part of the Showa Period (1926-1989).

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Have a Super Mario Summer with Nintendo’s newest line of outdoor leisure products

Spruce up your at-home camping with these awesome Mario goods!

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Hello Kitty x Choju Giga “Frolicking Animals” dishware based on the world’s oldest manga is here

Hello Kitty has fallen down the rabbit hole into a world of whimsical animals in this gorgeous line of ceramics from an established Kyoto shop.

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Can even our brown thumbs keep this “moss bonsai” kit alive?【Photos】

Our last-ditch effort at being a plant parent. 

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Which other J-Pop stars will join former Arashi member Kazunari Ninomiya’s YouTube channel?

One of Japan’s pop princes has started his own channel, but he’s heavily implying that he’ll borrow a little help from some of his famous friends.

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Bunker down for winter with cozy tuna cushions and a five-foot tuna futon cover

Why cuddle with a body pillow when you can snuggle with your favorite tuna fish instead?

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No school trip? No problem! Japanese students to go on a virtual school trip in Minecraft instead

Junior high school students at one school are learning Japanese culture by recreating historical sites in the popular game.

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We became Japanese sweet chefs for a day with Popin Cooking’s DIY wagashi set

We made an entire Japanese sweets spread on our own with just one kit!

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Learn about meat cuts with…chocolate?

Getting kids to slow down and really think about the food they eat. 

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Akihabara shrine celebrates anime festival Noryo Matsuri on an Animal Crossing Dream Island

Keep the spirit of summer festivals alive, digitally!

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We learn how to make tofu with this at-home make-your-own tofu kit【SoraKitchen】

Make tofu that’s even better than what you can buy at the store at home!

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Yokohama unveils plans to build a humongous theme park

The question on everyone’s mind is: what’s the theme, though?

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Okinawa’s new STEM Resort educational play center now open, is a kid’s colorful dreamland

Need a place in Okinawa to bring your kids? This is it!

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Pokémon Cafes in Tokyo and Osaka to have special Pokémon Café Mix-inspired menu

We’ve been waiting for the new cafe-themed Pokémon mobile game to be featured in the real-life Pokémon Cafes!

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Here we go! Start collecting coins, because Lego Mario just announced eight expansion sets

New features, designs, and interactive noises abound — you’d be a real Goomba to miss out!

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We attempt to achieve a Zen mindset by making candy rock gardens

These gardens were popular on social media last year…but do they work?

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A roundup of some of this year’s best “Samurai Sanders”: KFC’s mascot in samurai armor【Photos】

Which is your favorite Children’s Day Shogun Sanders?

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Turn your kitty into a Japanese sweet with Felissimo’s new Anmitsu Nyanko Cushion cat bed

Nothing’s cuter than a snoozing cat on a colorful food-themed bed!

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Manga about yakuza-turned-househusband gets live action commercial and we want more【Video】

Nothing’s cooking but some good ol’ yakuza fun.

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Talented Japanese railway worker gives commuters serendipitous surprise on station piano

This railway worker is pulling more than just heart strings!

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