Surugaya Shopping Guide: How to buy from Surugaya

FASHION

Rakuma (Fril) Shopping Guide: How to buy from Rakuma

Rakuma (Fril) Shopping Guide: How to buy from Rakuma

What is Rakuma? Established in 2012, Rakuma (then known as “Fril”, which is still used in the URL) was Japan’s first mobile marketplace app, focusing on fashion and beauty. Mercari may be the biggest name in the Japanese smartphone marketplace world, but Rakuma is vying for that crown. With over […]

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

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 […]

G-Shock Watches for Kids: 10 Timepieces for Little Wrists

G-Shock Watches for Kids: 10 Timepieces for Little Wrists

G-Shock watches are perfect for rough-and-tumble play and activity-filled days. They’re scratch resistant, water resistant, and shock resistant—in other words: childproof. Combine this rugged functionality with a wide range of fun and colorful designs that match your kid’s budding fashion sense and you can see why there’s no better brand […]

TOYS

Happy Halloween 2018! Spooky Goodies Hot from Japan

Happy Halloween 2018! Spooky Goodies Hot from Japan

It’s already the spookiest time of year again! Even though celebrating Halloween has only just gained traction in Japan in recent years, department stores and supermarkets have gone all out with Halloween decorations, decking their shelves with ghoulish goodies. We want to sprinkle some Halloween spirit into your lives too, […]

GAMES

Ditto Transforms! The weirdest and most wonderful Pokemon merchandise series

Ditto Transforms! The weirdest and most wonderful Pokemon merchandise series

The past few years have been somewhat of a Ditto renaissance in the Pokeworld. The Pokemon Center releases more and more Ditto-featured merchandise every season and he is even the missing link to catching the previously undiscovered Meltan and legendary Mew the in recent Pokemon Go events. This little critter […]

JAPANESE-CULTURE

Halloween Costume Roundup from Shibuya, Tokyo 2018

Halloween Costume Roundup from Shibuya, Tokyo 2018

Over the past few years, Shibuya has become the hub of Halloween celebrations in Tokyo. Over one million (yes, one million!) people visit Shibuya over the Halloween weekend parading their costumes well into the night. FROM JAPAN was also part of the crowd in Shibuya this Halloween, where we witnessed […]

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Surugaya Shopping Guide: How to buy from Surugaya

Surugaya Shopping Guide: How to buy from Surugaya

What is Surugaya? Surugaya is a top Japanese retailer offering a wealth of games, books, DVDs, CDs, trading cards, figures, collectibles, and much more. They stock both new and pre-owned products sourced from across Japan, meaning it is one of the best places to shop for both new releases and […]

OTHERS

BT21 – BTS’ Adorable Collaboration with LINE Friends

BT21 – BTS’ Adorable Collaboration with LINE Friends

Have you heard of BTS? That’s a silly question to ask, of course you have. BTS (also known as the Bangtan Boys or Beyond the Scene) is hard to miss no matter where you are in the world. In between giving keynote speeches at the UN and sitting on Ellen […]