Japanese Kyusu Teapots: Your Guide to Japan’s Iconic Teaware

FASHION

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 […]

10 Limited Edition G-Shocks from Japan

10 Limited Edition G-Shocks from Japan

In only three decades, Casio’s G-Shock watches have become the standard all durable watches are measured against. Considered by many to be the “ultimate tough watch,” G-Shocks are known to be able to handle some of the world’s most extreme conditions. This durability paired with an ever-growing lineup of limited-edition […]

TOYS

9 Japanese Candy Kits & Toys to Keep Your Kid Cookin’ Up a Storm

9 Japanese Candy Kits & Toys to Keep Your Kid Cookin’ Up a Storm

Leave it to the ingenious ideas of Japanese candy and toy companies like Kracie, Meiji, and Bandai to bring countless hours of hands-on fun for kids and parents alike. Known in Japan as “educational confectioneries,” the DIY candy kits below go far beyond colorful wrappers and extreme flavors, giving chefs-in-training […]

GAMES

A Guide to Japanese Anime and Game Character Collectibles: Part 2

A Guide to Japanese Anime and Game Character Collectibles: Part 2

The Japanese collectibles market features a dizzying array of concepts, series and brands. It can be tough to navigate, especially if you don’t speak Japanese! In this series, we’ll introduce some popular collectible concepts, and tell you where they came from and where you can get them! In part one, […]

JAPANESE-CULTURE

Japanese Kyusu Teapots: Your Guide to Japan’s Iconic Teaware

Japanese Kyusu Teapots: Your Guide to Japan’s Iconic Teaware

What’s the secret to a perfect cup of green tea? Perhaps the answer boils down to the teapot itself. Over the centuries, Japanese craftsmen have altered the shapes, materials, sizes, and filters of teapots, refining the tea-drinking experience by creating vessels designed to draw out complex flavors and aromas of […]

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Japanese Condiments: 8 Seasonings Beyond Simple Soy Sauce

Japanese Condiments: 8 Seasonings Beyond Simple Soy Sauce

What’s the secret to Japan’s world-famous cuisine: is it the indescribable umami of dashi, the delicately sticky texture of Japanese rice, or the subtle, clean flavor of fresh ingredients? Each of these culinary characteristics has a unique place in Japanese cuisine, but there is one category of ingredients that can […]

OTHERS

Kitan Club Cat Hats: Cute Costume Headwear for Kitties

Kitan Club Cat Hats: Cute Costume Headwear for Kitties

Japan is full of impeccably well-dressed pets, offering a broad range of pet clothes and costumes for both dogs and cats. Innovative capsule toy maker Kitan Club, the quirky geniuses behind such hits as Cup no Fuchiko and Putitto, have perfected the art of simple kitty transformations with their Neko […]