Epoch Capsule Collection – capsule toys for every animal lover

Japan is world famous for the staggering range of capsule toys (also called gashapon or gachapon) available almost everywhere you go - from train stations to super markets. To demonstrate the breadth of fun items on offer, we'll introduce you to just the tiniest slice: the animal figurines from Epoch's capsule toy line Capsule Collection. From strange, to adorable, to strangely adorable and adorably strange, these little animals are both uniquely Japanese and universally appealing. Cats The Cat-Block The Cat-Block (じゃま猫) It's a scene every cat owner knows well - you were just ready to > 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


Good Design Award: Best Casio, Seiko, & Citizen Watches 2015–2016

Every year, Japan’s Good Design Award organization releases a list of products across a range of fields that are deemed worthy of the coveted "Good Design Best 100." Culled from thousands of applications submitted by Japanese and international firms, the lists for 2015 and 2016 included 12 award-winning timepieces by watchmakers Casio, Seiko, and Citizen that met one or more of the organization’s selection ideals: integrity, innovation, esthetics, and ethics. Since not all timepieces are created equal, we’ve put together this list of Good Design Award watches to highlight why each one would be > Read More


Cu-Poche – adorable pocket-size action figures

Do you know Cu-Poche? These adorable action figures are pint-size perfection! Standing around 110 mm tall, they offer fourteen points of articulation to give you near-infinite posing options. Cu-Poche, or キューポッシュ in Japanese, are named for their two key qualities - they’re cute and they fit in your pocket, or poche in French. As well as being fully poseable, Cu-Poche parts are also interchangeable, opening up even further possibilities for brand-new remixes and situations. With a wide selection of both Cu-Poche versions of your favorite anime and game characters as well as original designs and > 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


Traditional Japanese Summer Items

Carefully watching and celebrating the passing of the seasons is a key part of Japanese culture, and a tradition that can be seen from the earliest Japanese art up to the present day. With the keen attention paid to the signs of the seasons, some items and patterns indelibly symbolize summer in Japan. You may have noticed these yourself, whether when visiting or just from watching your favorite Japanese shows or films. From traditional ways to beat the heat to seasonal patterns, read on to find out more about summer in Japan, and how to get that quintessentially Japanese summer look at > Read More


9 Japanese Cleaning Products to Make Your Life Easier

No matter the time of year, it’s never too late for a little spring-cleaning! From a country known for its uncluttered apartments, squeaky-clean schools, and litter-free roads, here are nine Japanese cleaning products that will make your life pika pika (sparkling)! > Read More