retro

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.

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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.

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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?

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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…

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Why are disposable film cameras experiencing a revival in Japan? Mr Sato investigates

Our man investigates the artistic effects of using an iPhone vs. a disposable camera—the latest photo trend in Japan—to take pictures.

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Travel back in time with these tourism posters from early 1900s Japan 【Pics】

The 20th century’s version of “Cool Japan” seems a lot cooler than the 21st century’s.

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Step back in time with Japanese-themed rooms at rare vintage love hotel in Osaka【Video】

Live out your fantasies of love-making in Japan’s bygone eras at this unusual love hotel in Osaka.

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New Super NES controller battery pack brings some retro street cred to your mobile charging needs

We’ve all got at least one thing that we carry around with us that could use a quick recharge on the road. For most of us it’s our cell phone, but it’s not inconceivable to carry three, four or even more gadgets that could use a juice boost while away from home.

There are plenty of on-the-go solutions available to you, but soon you can buy one that says as much about you as all the portable gaming systems you carry around.

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Collection of retro travel posters proves Japan has always been a cool place to visit 【Photos】

Last year, over 13 million foreign visitors took a trip to Japan. Many of the country’s best attractions, though, are actually hundreds of years old. That means that while they’ve been drawing more international travelers than ever in the 21st century, they were hardly being ignored in the 20th, as shown by this collection of retro-cool travel posters from the early and mid-1900s.

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Hyperkin’s joke design for a Game Boy emulator for iPhones is now the real deal…maybe

You might imagine that, in 2015, with smartphone, PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS, few gamers would ever want to go back to the simple graphics of the original Nintendo Game Boy. But you’d be very wrong. People go out of their way to make their high-tech gizmos play the old-school games of yore. Call it nostalgia, call it silly, but many call it simply, awesome.

Video game peripheral and accessory manufacturers Hyperkin just announced some new plans for a Game Boy-esque accessory into which you can insert your smartphone and play original Game Boy games. Now this sounds pretty good, but it’s already getting mixed reviews.

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Someone made a fake Street Fighter II for Nintendo’s Virtual Boy, and it’s incredibly detailed

Street Fighter II, the classic fighting game, was released to huge acclaim in 1991 for arcades and was subsequently ported to the SNES and Mega Drive/Genesis systems among other platforms. However, it never appeared on Nintendo’s ill-fated Virtual Boy system – until now, that is!

Reports of a Street Fighter II clone simply titled “Hyper Fighting” have surfaced online, and the game is purported to be a perfect copy of Street Fighter II – albeit with a few added details – but on the Virtual Boy system. Join us after the jump for gameplay footage and some incredibly authentic-looking box art!

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Japanese granny attempts to trash treasure trove of old photographs, is thwarted by grandkids

Some people like to live a minimalist lifestyle – keeping the bare minimum of possessions and even living in tiny houses to help stave off clutter. But the vast majority of people who’ve lived a long, full life tend to have stores of secret treasures stacked up that can still be both fascinating and valuable today. When one Twitter user caught their grandma in the act of throwing away a box of old postcards and photos, they rugby tackled the old dear (erm, figuratively) to prevent her from trashing some priceless artefacts of the past. Join us after the jump for a good gander at granny’s box of memories!

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Super-rare factory-sealed NES game emerges on eBay, bids currently at $99,600

If you grew up playing video games, you’ll understand something that modern day kids with their newfangled graphics and gameplay streaming antics don’t get – the power of nostalgia! Nostalgia is what makes us dig up landfills full of buried cartridges, and waste hours of our lives watching old videos of NES start-up screens. It’s why we still want to play the classics, so we can remember the good times, when being able to navigate an entirely different world through your TV screen still seemed like magic. It’s no wonder that rare old retro games can still sell for a pretty penny, although most often they’re snapped up by collectors who want them for their rarity rather than to add lovingly to their own game collection. Because, while nostalgia can be a powerful emotion, we mere mortals couldn’t even contemplate dropping around $10k on a mere video game. Yet that’s exactly what the owner of a rare, factory sealed copy of NES game Stadium Events can (at the time of this writing) expect to bring in from the eBay auction that’s currently in progress.

So just what is Stadium Events and why is it worth so much darn moolah, anyway?

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