summer

Japanese firework catapults a teddy bear into the sky

Proof that people in Japan really are spoilt with crazy, unusual goods. 

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Deer in Nara Park mysteriously disappear during this year’s shikadamari season

Free-roaming deer continue to baffle visitors and experts with their unusual behaviour.

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Explore the exquisite beauty of “Pops’ Fart-loon” fireworks

Fireworks and a father’s farts: two quintessential summer experiences.

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Our reporter devises the best way to beat the summer heat: by eating somen in an outdoor shower

Go devises his own, completely unique way to enjoy a classic summer meal, and named it: Jibun wo Nagashi Somen.

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Starbucks introduces reusable Frappuccino cups, plus Go Pineapple and Go Peach Frappuccinos

Enjoy summer with these limited-edition flavors and products!

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Coco’s gets into Japanese summer spirit with amazing kakigori shaved ice desserts!【Taste test】

We try two of the decadent desserts offered at Coco’s Restaurant for the season.

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Blue Bottle Coffee’s limited-time shaved ice dessert is exquisite

Kakigori, Japan’s beloved summertime sweet, gets a Blue Bottle makeover.

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Traditional noodles undergo a cute evolution in Kawaii Company’s new rainbow somen

These five flavors of cute and colorful Miwa somen are just in time to brighten up your summer.

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These new Starbucks Reserve Roastery drinks are so pretty we almost don’t want to drink them

These three beautiful new drinks will keep you cool and your taste buds happy this summer.

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We try Starbucks’ new Strawberry Choux Cream Frappuccino

Sure, we love puff pastry, but what’s it like to drink it?

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Beat the heat with “chilled katsudon,” fried pork cutlet served with rice in ice-cold broth

The great taste of ice and fried pork – together at last!

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Trying out Starbucks Japan’s ultra relaxing 2021 seasonal summer tea drinks【Taste Test】

Because Starbucks Japan knows we could all use a bit of relaxing tea time.

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Have a Super Mario Summer with Nintendo’s newest line of outdoor leisure products

Spruce up your at-home camping with these awesome Mario goods!

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We turn Japanese soymilk into a refreshing summer treat in just two steps【SoraKitchen】

Stock up on these cute, colorful cartons and ensure that you’ll always have a tasty iced snack to hand!

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Japanese company creates ultra-compact foldable electric fan

Clever design frees up more room for your winter storage.

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Japan now has an alcoholic popsicle that’s not banned for children

There’s no law that says kids can’t try this “enchanted” limited-edition Suika Bar.

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Akihabara shrine celebrates anime festival Noryo Matsuri on an Animal Crossing Dream Island

Keep the spirit of summer festivals alive, digitally!

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To prevent heatstroke and COVID-19, Ibaraki vending machines dispense free cold water to students

The vending machines have been set up at 14 different elementary and middle schools in Tsukubamirai city.

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We test out Uniqlo’s “new and improved” Airism mask for form, fashion, and function

Can Uniqlo’s new version of the light-weight summer mask beat its disappointing forebear?

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Menya Musashi’s shaved ice ramen is the perfect dish to beat the Tokyo summer heat【Taste Test】

Because ramen doesn’t always have to be steaming hot.

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