summer

Get ready for summer with exclusive merchandise from Starbucks Japan!

New merchandise released this month includes colorful summer-themed tumblers and a stylish cooler bag.

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Japan’s semi-functional air conditioner capsule toys promise to help us cope with the summer heat

Some assembly, possibly imagination, required.

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Modern samurai fashion brand Wazigen Shizukuya’s summer collection makes old-meets-new splash

The latest summer collection of our favorite modern samurai kimono offers a range of functionally fashionable garments.

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Japanese artist and cat make bamboo guitar that serves nagashi somen noodles on hot summer days

Gives new meaning to “noodling around on the guitar.”

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We try the new lemon yoghurt amazake cheese fermentation Frappuccino from Starbucks Japan

Fill your belly with the power of lactobacillus and the health benefits from a traditional Japanese fermented rice drink.

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New Totoro x Natsumikan range from Studio Ghibli covers glass tableware, towels and keychains

Totoro ditches his beloved acorn for a popular Japanese citrus this summer. 

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Fanta Socata!? Now available exclusively from Japanese vending machines

New Japanese Fanta features a unique flavour from abroad.

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Starbucks adds new fermented Frappuccino to their menu in Japan

Starbucks’ first Frappuccino to combine Western and Japanese fermented ingredients.

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Häagen-Dazs Japan brings out Yuzu Blanc Manger ice cream for a limited time this summer

Luxury ice cream combines the beloved Japanese citrus with a classic French dessert.

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Japanese Twitter user gets help from Thomas the Tank Engine for cooling drinks 【Video】

Toys aren’t just for kids – they can also make our lives easier.

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New Choco Mint Pocky comes covered in pastel green mint chocolate

Mint chocolate now looks as cool as it tastes. 

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Coca-Cola Japan brings out clear lime Coke with former gravure idol as their poster girl

Coca-Cola takes the clear drinks trend to a whole new level, and gives us a special Reiwa parody commercial as well. 

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How to stay cool in Japan this summer? With a mist-spraying Fanbrella

Push the parasol into a drink bottle and you’ll enjoy a coastal breeze all day long.

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Tokyo announces new heat prevention measure for 2020 Olympics: umbrella hats!

It’s hard to tell whether making people look like mercenary swordsmen of feudal Japan was intentional or not.

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Starbucks Japan releases new limited-edition cups, tumblers and travel mugs for summer 2019

Another season, another lineup of must-have Japan-exclusive items.

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Japanese tire company’s trendy tire print yukata prints rev back into the limelight

Far from their traditional association with burnt rubber, squealing brakes and gritty endurance, tires lend a spot of delicate geometry to these kimono prints.
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Starbucks Japan releases cat tumblers as part of new drinkware range for summer 2019

Tumblers with cat ears and whipped cream lids are just some of the new designs in this gorgeous limited-edition collection.

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These Pakistani students in Tokyo had never been to the beach, and that’s something we had to fix

We hit the coast with a group of international students for a day of sun, surf…and maybe romance?

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We tested out an anti-UV umbrella to see how much it cools us down in this dreadful summer heat

Is it just a marketing gimmick or a brilliant invention of the century?

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Solar Chef: We tried cooking an egg using the power of the sun and a magnifying glass

Stay with us as our Japanese-language reporter brings the sun into his sunny-side up.

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