Kobito Dukan: Catch Your Favorite Forest Dwarves from Japan

Ever stopped to wonder what mysteries could be crawling through the grass beneath your feet? If you have fond childhood memories of hunting in your backyard and neighborhood for fireflies, Never Fairies, or garden gnomes, then you’re going to love the magical world of Kobito Dukan! What Are Kobito Dukan? Who makes the grass rustle when there is no wind? Who folds the edge of your toilet paper into triangles? Many strange phenomena can be explained by the Kobitos' quirks and habits. Even adult collectors cannot resist the charming fantasy, which encourages them to look around carefully in > Read More

Nanoblock: The Master Builder’s Guide to Japan’s Tiny Bricks

Are you a Master Builder? Do you love to create? Is Japanese culture your ultimate passion? Then don’t keep your inner otaku waiting a moment longer! Pick up one of Japan's mini-sized Nanoblock sets and bring your favorite characters and environments to life, one brick at a time! Nanoblock vs. LEGO Not only are Nanoblocks less expensive, more colorful, and more “grown up” than LEGO Bricks, but Nanoblocks also take up much less space when assembled. Because each micro-sized block is about one-third the size of a LEGO brick, you can display three times as many creations on your shelf, at > Read More

Iwako Erasers: The Tastiest, Coolest, Most Kawaii Stationery

You’ve seen them at Cons and Japanese specialty stores; maybe you already own a sizeable collection. But if this is your first time hearing about Iwako erasers, then this little rundown is sure to make you a fast fan. In fact, after learning about these cute cars, critters and more, you’ll definitely want to get some—you just may not want to use them as intended! > Read More

Spirited Away Merchandise for the Avid Ghibli Collector

If you haven’t seen Spirited Away, then you’d better plan a movie night, pronto! The award-winning, critically-acclaimed film by the legendary Studio Ghibli literally broke Japan’s box office record for the highest grossing movie of all time, and is considered the most successful film in Japan’s history. Much like Lewis Carroll’s Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away takes a small girl on a mystical journey of self-discovery and adventure. And now you can capture the magic of this animated classic at home. From finger puppets and puzzles, to cosplay and iPhone > Read More

Anime Figure Collection 2015: Top 10 Cool Winter Releases

Starting to feel that winter chill? Why not ward it off with Japanese anime figures! As the autumn leaves fall away, the otaku of the world are reminded that new anime seasons and manga chapters are just around the corner… so are the holidays! Given all that, it’s definitely time for another awesome anime figure review. > Read More

5 Cute Japanese Robot Toys to Spice Up Your Life

Robots: those mysterious technologies from the future with A.I. for brains. Whether they cause a worldwide cyber-dominion, or become our best friends and trusted allies, we’re all secretly excited about owning a robot of our own. Perhaps the days of Mobile Suit Gundam and Evangelion are still a few decades (or even centuries) away, but Japanese robots are actually head and shoulders above those of most nations. The country has made huge strides in bringing the mechanical beings of the future into the home and workplace of today—as humanoid helpers and even toys! > Read More

7 Timelessly Traditional Japanese Games and Toys

Japan has many traditional children’s games and toys dating back hundreds of years. Many originate from the Edo period, when Japan had relatively little contact with the outside world. The toys’ simplicity and ease of use, and gorgeous designs have made them popular into the present day. Because fun is universal, we’ve picked 7 traditional Japanese games and toys that we think will resonate with almost anybody—check them out and even pick one for yourself!   Kendama (Cup-and-ball Game) Kendama is one of the 20th century’s quintessential traditional Japanese games. Even today, Kendama can > Read More

Gundam Top Coat Guide: Giving your Gunpla a Fantastic Finish

What is top coating? After assembling, painting and detailing your Gunpla model, you can use top coating to help protect it. Top coating is a method wherein you use a clear colored paint to seal in and protect whatever surface you are applying it on, and it is actually used in car manufacturing to help give cars a glossy finish. Therefore, you can imagine that a Gundam top coat is much more than a protective measure; when properly applied to your Gunpla, it also brings an extra aesthetic touch in either gloss, matte or even in-between. > Read More

Poop Toys on Parade: 5 Japanese Poop Products Picked Apart!

When visiting Japan, your friends back home will always want you to bring back a weird gift for them. It’s a natural reasoning, as Japan is truly home to the weird. Whilst gashapon are often a good idea for pure wonkiness, there’s another trend in Japan that might be even weirder. Brace yourself: It’s all to do with poop. > Read More

Tsum Tsum Disney Japan: Plushies and Beyond

Tsum Tsum Disney Japan has taken the country by storm. Originally just a game for the LINE social network where players stack cute versions of Disney characters, the brand soon grew. Disney Store Japan began selling Tsum Tsum plushies and short animations of the characters began airing on Japanese TV. The phone game is also available to play in Japanese game arcades on full size machines! Tsum Tsum has become a sensation in Japan, with Japanese Tsum Tsum merchandise eclipsing the American versions. > Read More