summer

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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Deer in Nara Park outnumber visitors, display baffling summer gathering behaviour

Nara deer act mysteriously, even though there are fewer of them around than last year.

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Japanese netizens shook by ancient air conditioner remote 【Photos】

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

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It’s time for a Pokémon ASMR trip to the seaside with Squirtle’s Day at the Beach!【Video】

Water-type starter is joined by two other Pokémon species for some relaxing summer fun.

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Can these Daiso sandals stand up to Teva sandals? Here’s what we thought

Daiso may have a leg up on other other stores, but can it match up to a name brand?

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Ghibli cosplay: Official dresses bring anime heroine vibes to your wardrobe

Studio Ghibli dresses add magic to the real world.

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New Calpis Water bottle design can only be fully seen after you drink the contents

Keep refreshed and get a glimpse of Japanese high school life with these charming bottle designs.

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Celebrate summer in style with a cold drink in these color-changing firework glasses【Video】

You don’t have to be in a crowd to enjoy fireworks this summer!

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McDonald’s Japan releases Spicy Chicken McNuggets so spicy they’ll knock you out? 【Taste Test】

We put this McDonald’s claim to the test using the power of spicy sauces.

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Stay Tentacool in the summer heat with these gorgeous Pokémon polo shirts

Original Stitch is back with custom shirts for the season — and you can get Poké Ball buttons on these ones!

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We try cooling our face masks five different ways, and don’t recommend doing any of them

It’s getting hot, and wearing masks in summer isn’t fun…but maybe find some other way to stay cool. 

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Disney releases new line of summer kimono, complete with stylish Mickey and Frozen motifs

Elegant enough to make anyone look and feel like a Disney Princess!

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Create a Studio Ghibli cafe at home with anime movie glass tableware

Magical characters keep you company while you dine indoors.

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Tokyo Olympics announce brand new heat-prevention measure: 1,300 tons of ice

Other countermeasures include ice cream for volunteers.

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We coordinate a head-to-toe look for just 1,000 yen

What kind of outfit can US$9.32 get you in Japan?

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Tokyo governor promotes silly Olympics umbrella hat, refuses to wear one herself

Tokyo governor sticks to silly hat plan, seemingly refuses to get on board herself.

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Apple coke is here! World-first flavour exclusive to Coca-Cola Japan

Never-before seen flavour coming to stores nationwide this autumn. 

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