Ichiban Kuji – The Win-Win Otaku Lottery

Ichiban Kuji (一番くじ) is a lottery released every month by Bandai Spirits (formerly Banpresto), the company behind many prize figure lines such as Q Posket and EXQ. Each month you can play to win exclusive merchandise that is only available through the Ichiban Kuji lottery. Unlike other lotteries, you will always receive a prize. Ichiban Kuji has run hundreds of lotteries with tons of prizes from beloved franchises such as One Piece, Dragon Ball, Pokemon, Gintama, Nintendo, and many more! While there are similar lotteries across Japan, such as Minna no Kuji (みんなのくじ) by FuRyu and Ani-Kuji > Read More

Nendoroid More – the best accessories to get “more” out of your Nendoroids

The Nendoroid figure series by Good Smile Company is one of the most popular figure lines with otaku due to their irresistible cuteness and potential for customizability. A standard Nendoroid figure is fully articulated and usually comes with several interchangeable faceplates and accessories. Even with all these included parts, do you ever feel like you want to take your Nendoroid collection even further? From making your favorite characters transform into adorable animals to adding to your Nendoroid’s expression collection, Nendoroid More has you covered. Read on to see our top picks of > Read More

Japanese planners and stationery for organizing your life in 2019

January is the time for New Year’s resolutions and bettering yourself and what better place to start than with your journal - where all the organizational magic happens. As Japan is the undisputed king of all things stationery, we suggest that you take some inspiration from the Land of the Rising Sun when it comes to getting a planner. Read on to see Japan’s offerings for planners and other innovative organizational stationery! Hobonichi Techo The Hobonichi Techo is one of the most well-known planners to come from Japan, produced and manufactured by the company Hobo Nikkan Itoi > Read More

Fukubukuro 2019 – Japan’s Lucky Bags

What is fukubukuro? Every year hundreds of brave shoppers flock to Japan’s shopping districts in order to participate in “hatsu uri” (初売り), or the first sales of the new year. You can expect great bargains during this time, but Japan also adds their own twist to new year’s shopping with fukubukuro! Fukubukuro (福袋), or “lucky bags” in English, are Japan’s answer to the humble grab bag. Stores bundle a variety of goodies into sealed bags and sell them at a heavily discounted flat-rate price. Traditionally what is inside the fukubukuro is left a mystery until opening, but recently many stores > Read More

Yahoo! Auctions Shopping Guide: How to buy from Yahoo Auctions Japan

What is Yahoo! Auctions Japan? Yahoo! Auctions (often abbreviated to Yafuoku or Y!A) is Japan’s most popular auction site, with millions of items being bought and sold every day. With both companies and individuals selling their wares, the variety available on Yahoo! Auctions is unbeatable. If you are looking for rare Japanese second-hand items or want a second chance on a release you missed, Yahoo! Auctions is the place for you! From popular streetwear like BAPE and Supreme to otaku goodies, Yahoo! Auctions has tons of great items for great prices. Unfortunately, these auctions are > Read More

Holiday Item Roundup 2018: The must-have Japanese Christmas merch of the festive season!

How are you spending the holidays this year? If it’s anything like us then you’ll have a wishlist full of otaku goodies this year too. If you need some help writing up your Christmas list to send off to the North Pole, we have you covered. Read on to see our “nice list” for this season’s festive releases. Enjoy! Pokemon Christmas Collection 2018 Whether you are looking for the perfect present for a Pokemaniac or want to put a nerdy twist on your holiday celebrations look no further than this year’s Pokemon Christmas collection! Pikachu and Eevee join Mew and the Kanto Starters in > Read More

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 rare items on your otaku wishlist. Navigating and purchasing on Surugaya can be a little difficult if you don’t understand Japanese, so we’ve decided to create this guide for the would-be Surugaya shopper. We will show you how to search for items and even how to order on Surugaya without needing a > Read More

Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee: the cutest duo in Pokemon!

The latest video game installment of the Pokemon franchise is just around the corner with the release of Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu! and Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee! on the Nintendo Switch on November 16. Returning to the Kanto region first seen in Pokemon Red and Blue, the game promises to be a joy for those new to the Pokemon world and hardcore Poke-fans alike. The Pokemon Center has been releasing many product lines featuring Pikachu and Eevee in the run-up to the release, and they don’t disappoint with their cuteness! To celebrate the game’s release, we have collected some of our favorite > Read More

Top 5 Anime Available for Streaming on Netflix

The Netflix catalog is ever expanding and recently the streaming service has also been upping its otaku game by offering a vast range of high-quality anime. From classic series to in-house-produced productions, there is something for the hard-core anime nerd to the newbie just getting into the genre. We know how easy it is to fall victim to endlessly scrolling to find the perfect show but look no further, as we have chosen our top five picks of anime currently available on Netflix. Enjoy! This titles below were available on US Netflix as of late October 2018. Aggretsuko Sanrio’s > Read More

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 has managed to gain celebrity status from his humble beginnings as a gimmick Pokemon from Generation One, but it’s no surprise, as he’s just so gosh-darn adorable! We want to spread some Ditto love at FROM JAPAN, so enjoy our collection of some of the most adorable and charming products > Read More