Christmas Anime Figures 2017: Give the Gift of Anime!

Winter is here, presents are near, and Japan has a sleigh full of anime figures to bring home for the holidays! It’s time to get in the Christmas spirit with our wish list of 2017’s most festive releases. Good Smile Company – Nendoroid & Figma Multi-Use Muffler (January 2017) If your favorite anime character doesn’t have a holiday figure variant, there’s no reason to have a blue Christmas! Good Smile Company’s limited-edition Multi-Use Muffler can instantly warm up almost any Nendoroid or Figma figure throughout the winter months. Simply place the knotted scarf between the figure’s > 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! Bandai Godzilla Figures Bandai – S.H.MonsterArts: Godzilla > Read More


Best Japanese Justice League Figures: Kotobukiya, S.H. Figuarts & More

Celebrating a nearly 60-year run of genre-defining comics, cartoons, and cinema, the Justice League continues its unwavering duty of uniting DC Comics’ legendary lineup of idolized icons against formidable foes no hero could save the world from alone. In anticipation of the team’s first big-screen blockbuster Justice League smashing into theaters this year, we’ve put together a list of must-have Japanese figures that any collector would be proud to assemble in their display case! Justice League Figure Series Kotobukiya – ARTFX+: Justice League Movie Figure Series (December 2017–January > Read More


Japanese Wooden Toys to Help Your Child’s Imagination Take Root

From spinning tops to building blocks, wooden toys are nostalgic timestamps for parents with fond memories of playtimes past. Recognizing the eco-friendly, soothing properties of wood, many Japanese toy manufacturers are aiming to get contemporary children back in touch with nature through finely crafted toys that are fun to play with. Keep reading to learn more about some of Japan’s many unique wooden toys for kids that can help your child’s imagination and motor skills take root, branch out, and blossom! > Read More


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


9 High-Quality Anime Figure Releases to Own in Fall 2017

Whip out your wish lists, because fall 2017 is an absolute exhibition of anime and JRPG figures, especially for static collectible enthusiasts! Featuring best-selling series like Sword Art Online, Yuri!! on Ice, and Free!, this season’s list highlights nine of the most anticipated high-quality anime figures coming out of Japan, including new releases, re-releases, and exclusives sets. Alter – Love Live! School Idol Festival: Eli Ayase 1/7-Scale Figure (September 2017) Based on her post-Idolized Maid Café card in the Love Live! School Idol Festival game app, Eli’s apparel is a mesmerizing > 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