retro

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).

Read More

What it’s like to get a haircut at Japan’s oldest barber shop

Styling tips from fifth-generation owner of a business that began before samurai were allowed to cut their top-knots.

Read More

Original McDonald’s character Speedee makes a comeback in Japan

Before Ronald McDonald, Speedee was the mascot for the fast food chain, and now he’s back for a limited time. 

Read More

Japanese netizens shook by ancient air conditioner remote 【Photos】

You mean that’s not just a piece of obscure vintage decor?

Read More

Mr. Sato vibe-checks a hidden retro café in the heart of Shibuya’s modern Miyashita Park 【Photos】

Is the appeal in that it’s retro or that it’s just hard to find?

Read More

Japanese train station installs chalkboards for people to write their post-corona hopes and dreams

Old-school design feature promises that happy days will come again and encourages community to share what it’s looking forward to.

Read More

The sad story of the Japanese vending machine set to disappear at the end of the year

A little bit of history gone forever as Kirin puts an end to a beloved mainstay.

Read More

Modern Hollywood movies get a ‘70s/’80s Japan makeover with awesome retro film posters【Pics】

Talented fan takes John Wick, Pikachu, and Marvel heroes back to the golden era of Japanese poster graphic design.

Read More

Press start, receive art: Japanese art gallery showcases bugged Nintendo screen canvases

Beautiful paintings of glitchy NES screens will star in Tokyo art gallery through December.
Read More

We visit new retro Starbucks in Japan for a taste of classic kissaten breakfast menu items

Before Starbucks existed in Japan, there were kissaten coffeehouses. Now there’s the Starbucks kissaten.

Read More

Starbucks Japan goes retro with Purin A la Mode Pudding Frappuccino, kissaten coffeehouse items

New lineup will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time to the heyday of Japanese coffeehouses.

Read More

User’s custom iPhone case imbues it with Fallout-style gritty chic, Japanese industrial aesthetic

When choosing the perfect phone case, why not go for one that’s already survived the wear and tear of the industrial age?

Read More

Pokémon wedding video tells beautiful story of a couple who met while playing Pokémon GO

Couple uses NOSTALGIA ATTACK! And with personalised features and 8-bit graphics, it’s a CRITICAL HIT!!

Read More

One yen camera: we bought an extremely cheap camera off Yahoo! Auctions and tested it out【Pics】

It’s amazing what you can do with a $0.01 film camera.

Read More

Blast from the past: cosplayer’s retro otaku outfit hits nostalgic notes with netizens

Attendees surprised to find a time-traveling otaku from a bygone era.

Read More

Cool History Garage in Toyota’s massive car theme park warps you back to Japan’s 1960s【Video】

Take a peek into Japan’s past and immerse yourself in the golden age of cars.

Read More

Get a taste of Japan’s past NOW, with these retro snacks and sweets at Tokyo department store

Fried bread, fruity ciders, and more tasty treats from across Japan and across generations.

Read More

Doshisha’s retro LCD TV even comes with functioning clicking channel knob just like the old days!

The forgotten tactile pleasure of turning a clicky dial to change the television channel can be had again!

Read More

Japanese company releases sleek, traditional arts & crafts version of Monopoly【Pics】

Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten, knows that despite being in business for 300 years, you haven’t really made it until you own Boardwalk, Mayfair, or in this case Kyoto’s Nishijin Textile Center.

Read More

Candy-scented incense sticks smell sweet, probably taste like burning

Nostalgic Japanese candy meets fragrant incense for a scent-sational retro treat that won’t rot your teeth or split your pants, but might burn a hole in your rug…

Read More

  1. 1
  2. 2