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We made three kinds of hassle-free dashi soup stock using the handily microwavable Dashi Pot

This simple device could change your Japanese cooking routine forever.

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Pringles x Super Cup Sour Cream and Onion Yakisoba is back on shelves this month

Nothing sparks holiday cheer like a collaboration between a popular chip flavor and stir-fried noodles

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Muji mixes masks with aromatherapy in new line of aroma oil mask stickers

Freshen up your pandemic style with these stickers to be used in tandem with your favorite essential oils.

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Yakiniku sneakers from Japan let you wear your love for meat on your feet

With clever design details and only 50 available, these kicks are a hot commodity.

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Reebok teams up with fashion brand Yoshiokubo for traditional-culture-inspired sneakers

A unique fusion of old-meets-new style with ink smears, bonsai, and family crest designs.

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Schick and Neon Genesis Evangelion team up to offer limited Eva, NERV-themed razor blades

We thought that Shinji was done getting into close shaves but it appears he couldn’t run away this time. 

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Cuttlelola’s electric DotsPen is now available for purchase for artists in Japan

This one-of-a-kind pen is ready to put a new spin on Pointillism art in the 21st century. 

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New Japanese facial cleanser from Kanebo dispenses fragrant foam in the shape of a rose

Here’s another beauty product that appeals to your playful side!

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Proof that booze makes you more beautiful: Suntory releases new beer full of collagen

Japanese women have been nomming on collagen for quite a while now. Collagen is the main structural protein of the various connective tissues of animals, and advocates believe that chowing down on plenty of the stuff leads to beautiful skin. This belief is so pervasive in Japan that store shelves are practically groaning under the weight of products with added collagen.

Dumping spoonfuls of the powdered stuff into our protein shakes and slurping down hotpots with balls of the stuff floating in isn’t enough, though! Now we can get drunk AND beautiful at the same time with this new collagen-infused happoshu beer from Suntory!

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Train-inspired rice cookers for all the railroad lovers out there

Last spring, pictures of a series of Japanese train-themed rice cookers surfaced online. Die-hard train fanatics were quick to rejoice, and eagerly awaited the products’ release date. After all, what better way to show a love of your hobby than in the form of a practical, everyday object that feeds you?

There was just one little problem–these awesome appliances are actually only fan-made inventions.

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Six brand names that have highly unfortunate meanings in other languages

Naming a product is a bit like naming a child: the smart thing to do is to first imagine all the possible ways the name could be mocked and misunderstood, just like they did in The Simpsons:

Marge: ‘What about Bart?’  Homer: ‘Hmm, let’s see. Bart, Cart, Dart, E-art… nope, can’t see any problem with that.’

And if you want to launch your product into the international market – well, you’d be wise to do your research into what that name means in the country you’re trying to sell it in. We bet these companies wish they’d done their homework.

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