Weekly Shonen Jump 50th Anniversary: 11 Hit Works From the Early Years

What comics shaped your childhood? For generations, the answer in Japan has been “Shonen Jump!” This manga juggernaut first starter publishing their Weekly Shonen Jump manga anthology in 1968, making it the longest-running such magazine. Due to its status and influence, Weekly Shonen Jump is being duly celebrated, including a three-part series of special exhibits featuring titles from the the three main eras of its half-century existence: Weekly Shonen Jump Exhibition Vol. 1 - from the first issue until the end of the 80s (July 18 to October 15, 2017) Weekly Shonen Jump Exhibition Vol. 2 - > Read More


10 Japanese Humidifiers to Give Your Space a Breath of Fresh Air

This winter, give your home or work space a breath of fresh air with these 10 energy-saving and portable Japanese humidifiers that are sure to help you relax, hydrate, and soothe your senses. > Read More


Happy Year of the Dog! Canine Cuties from Japan to start the New Year

Happy New Year! 2018 is the Year of the Dog, to the joy of puppy fans all over the world. In these early January days, dog-themed decorations both traditional and modern cover every storefront in Japan, not to mention countless thoughtful New Year's greeting cards. As we all contemplate the beginning of a new year, we're thinking of how to bring some more doggo delight into your 2018 - starting with these Year of the Dog items, as well as our fave Japanese canine cuties. Enjoy! Year of the Dog Items Osomatsu-san: Year of the Dog WCF The Matsuno brothers are dress-up masters, and the > Read More


Monstrous Godzilla Merchandise That Will Have You Roaring for More

On November 3 1954, Godzilla rose from the sea, leaving a massive radioactive footprint on Japan—and cinematic history. Over the past 63 years, the mythical monster has earned a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, become a cultural ambassador for Tokyo, and captured the hearts of fans around the world with its lumbering gait and sympathetic origin story. To celebrate the anniversary of the franchise’s first theatrical release, we’ve put together a list of monstrous merch that takes Japan’s favorite kaiju calamity to new heights! > Read More


Osomatsu-san Merch Fit for a Family Reunion

Japan’s most famous sextuplets, the Matsuno family, first tumbled onto television screens in 1966. Fifty years later, the brightly-colored brothers brought new fans to their family reunion for the 2015 reboot titled Osomatsu-san, in which the siblings’ silliness matured alongside the title characters. If your latest matsu men marathon has you craving a little more brotherly mischief and mayhem to mix up the mundane, you’re in luck. The NEETs have a world of merchandise to their name, so read on for our list of 11 Osomatsu-san collectibles no fan should forego! Osomatsu-san > Read More


11 Bibi Lab Products for the Self-Proclaimed Couch Potato

Ready to add a touch of otaku comfort to your everyday routine? Looking for a fun gift for your fellow homebody? Then check out our list of 11 Bibi Lab brainchildren that will keep you kicking back and taking life easy. Bibi Lab Body Pillows Twintail Pillows In Japan, hug pillows called “dakimakura” are a popular item for solo sleepers, and Bibi Lab’s line of Twintail Pillows puts a unique twist on the oversized idea by shaping them into a pair of body-length pigtails. The standard Twintail Pillow comes with your choice of a tan or blue cover, while the wavy Royal Twintail Pillow is > Read More


Japanese Art & Craft Supplies for Kids: 11 Picks for Budding Artists

Playtime is serious business—just ask any child waiting in anticipation for the recess bell to ring. While they’re having a blast using scissors and coloring over the lines, children are also developing important skills that they will carry into adulthood—artistic awareness, problem solving, cultural appreciation, and patience. Keep reading to learn more about some of Japan’s many unique art and craft products for kids that can maximize your child’s creativity from the comfort of his or her “happy place!" Japanese Crayons Aozora Crayons Little minds are filled with creativity just > Read More


Back to school – otaku style!

Are you excited to go back to school? There’s nothing like that back-to-school feeling - the thrill of newness, excitement to see old and new friends, the slight tinge of sadness that summer is ending, the anticipation of the cool autumn chill in the air… One of the BEST things is back-to-school shopping, and stationery paradise Japan has some of the most covetable equipment for any school bag. You can show your love for your favorite characters from any genre down to the last pencil shaving. Whether you’re K12 or post-graduate, or even if school is far behind you and you just LOVE stationery > Read More


Meet the Otamatone: A Wonderfully Bizarre Instrument by Maywa Denki

Of the many creations by the Japanese siblings Masamichi and Nobumichi Tosa, better known together as Maywa Denki, there is perhaps no invention that better echoes the heart and soul of their wonderfully bizarre menagerie of art installations, designer goods, toys, and musical instruments than the Otamatone—the tadpole-faced, Theremin-voiced synthesizer that has become a viral YouTube sensation across the globe. Whether you’re looking for a fun gift for your musically inclined friend or family member or want to add a unique sound to your next public performance, the Otamatone is sure to have > Read More


Japanese Beer Glasses & Ultrasonic Beer Foamers for the Home Bartender

While the highball and chuhai have rightfully found their place among Japan’s most popular happy hour drinks, it is the country’s love for ice-cold draft beer that has been truly elevated to an art form. To share this unique culture with you, we’ve put together a list of Japanese beer glasses and foamers that can help bring Japan’s passion for pilsners into your home bar. Japanese Beer Glasses & Tumblers Sugahara Glassworks Mt. Fuji Beer Glass Sugahara Glassworks’ Mt. Fuji Beer Glass is an artistic achievement of understated craftsmanship. Paying homage to Japan’s iconic peak, the > Read More