From novelty cat cafés to famous cat islands like Aoshima, Japan definitely has a thing for cuddly kitties. So, it’s no surprise that each year Japan’s capsule toy industry continues to release an ever-growing number of oh-so-cute cat gashapon. While … [Read more...] about 9 of the Most Kawaii Cat Gashapon You’ll Ever Collect
Hello Kitty, My Melody and Twin Stars are beloved by old and young all over the world - but the wonderful universe of Sanrio contains a staggering number of cute and quirky characters of every stripe! We want to do our bit to help these local … [Read more...] about Lesser-known Sanrio Characters
Despite the Empire’s best efforts, a force much greater than the Dark Side is still spreading throughout the galaxy: The joy of being a Star Wars fan! While The Force Awakens propelled our favorite space saga into exciting new directions, it looks … [Read more...] about Japanese Star Wars Merch That Will Throw You into Hyperdrive!
If there’s a company that knows how to capitalize on Japan’s reputation for bewilderingly unusual—but super convenient—gadgets, it’s Thanko. Since 2003, Thanko’s “RARE-MONO” (or “extraordinarily unusual products”) have been the talk of TV, radio, and … [Read more...] about Thanko: 10 Cool Japanese Gadgets That Redefine Your USB
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 … [Read more...] about Kobito Dukan: Catch Your Favorite Forest Dwarves from Japan
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 … [Read more...] about Nanoblock: The Master Builder’s Guide to Japan’s Tiny Bricks