shopping

Lost something on a Japanese train? Look for it at the railway’s lost-and-found market

Unclaimed items from the lost-and-found are sold to the public at these special markets.

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Can this cushion really protect an egg from being sat on? How about a few punches?

Our writer Tasuku Egawa risks his pants to determine if “as seen on TV” is “as seen in reality.”

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Starbucks Hong Kong adds new bunny mugs and cups to its mid-autumn drinkware range

September is the month to celebrate the rabbit on the moon. 

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Starbucks turns its milk packs into notebooks with popular Japanese stationery brand

Global coffeehouse chain sets out on a sustainable journey in Japan. 

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Let’s try out some paper “underwear for a travel” from the 100-yen store!

Go Hattori tastes the forbidden fruit of Japan’s rock-bottom-priced goods.

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Go Hatori turns his small Japanese apartment into a batting cage for only 500 yen

No foul play with this DIY experiment, just cheap fun.

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Japanese online fashion retailer Zozotown develops foot-scanning tech for perfect-fitting shoes

But can they get it right this time?

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Uniqlo Pokémon T-shirts sell out in Japan, customers swoon over gorgeous designs in real life

Pikachu even made an appearance in-store in Japan for the long-awaited release!

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Ikea makes tiny blue tote bags for storage, but in Japan they’re used for anime figurines

Ikea’s iconic blue bag becomes the hip new accessory for all comic-book character figurines this season.

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Gwyneth Paltrow visits Japan, dines on sushi and soba as Goop beauty brand debuts in Tokyo

New Goop pop-up shop and cafe opens in Tokyo for a limited time.

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Japanese convenience stores want you to be honest and request to pay higher sales tax rate

Soon, some shoppers will be expected to say “Excuse me, but please charge me more.”

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Revolutionary new A.I. self-checkout system in Japan calculates all your items with one glance

Sayonara barcode scans! Now there’s a faster and easier way to shop in Japan.

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Japanese penguin plushie takes you from egg to chick to adult bird in seconds

Now you can have a companion penguin by your side wherever you go!

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Lush Japan-exclusive bath bombs from Harajuku store coming to stores worldwide this spring

Bathe with some famous Japanese icons, including sushi, ninjas, and Godzilla.

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Nintendo announces first-ever dedicated Nintendo shop in Japan, set to open in Tokyo

And, surprise, it’s not coming to video game mecca Akihabara.

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Personalized Pokémon gold necklaces are here to empty out our wallets once again

Treat yourself or a friend to one of these exquisitely crafted necklaces and become Poké-pretty.

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Ikea fukubukuro lucky bag gives us 10,000 yen worth of goods for 3,000 yen

One of the best bargains of the year. 

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Mr. Sato gets his heart broken by a 2019 Akihabara Junk Shop Lucky Bag

My mama always said life is like an Akihabara junk shop fukubukuro. You never know what you’re going to get.

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Japanese fetish designer wins the war against plain style.

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Remind yourself to drink water with this conch seashell PET bottle cover

Stay hydrated with the help of a seashell.

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