Happy Year of the Dog! Canine Cuties from Japan to start the New Year

Happy New Year! 2018 is the Year of the Dog, to the joy of puppy fans all over the world. In these early January days, dog-themed decorations both traditional and modern cover every storefront in Japan, not to mention countless thoughtful New Year's greeting cards. As we all contemplate the beginning of a new year, we're thinking of how to bring some more doggo delight into your 2018 - starting with these Year of the Dog items, as well as our fave Japanese canine cuties. Enjoy! Year of the Dog Items Osomatsu-san: Year of the Dog WCF The Matsuno brothers are dress-up masters, and the > Read More

Japanese Beer Glasses & Ultrasonic Beer Foamers for the Home Bartender

While the highball and chuhai have rightfully found their place among Japan’s most popular happy hour drinks, it is the country’s love for ice-cold draft beer that has been truly elevated to an art form. To share this unique culture with you, we’ve put together a list of Japanese beer glasses and foamers that can help bring Japan’s passion for pilsners into your home bar. Japanese Beer Glasses & Tumblers Sugahara Glassworks Mt. Fuji Beer Glass Sugahara Glassworks’ Mt. Fuji Beer Glass is an artistic achievement of understated craftsmanship. Paying homage to Japan’s iconic peak, the > Read More

Traditional Japanese Summer Items

Carefully watching and celebrating the passing of the seasons is a key part of Japanese culture, and a tradition that can be seen from the earliest Japanese art up to the present day. With the keen attention paid to the signs of the seasons, some items and patterns indelibly symbolize summer in Japan. You may have noticed these yourself, whether when visiting or just from watching your favorite Japanese shows or films. From traditional ways to beat the heat to seasonal patterns, read on to find out more about summer in Japan, and how to get that quintessentially Japanese summer look at > Read More

8 High-Quality Japanese Ingredients for Your Washoku Pantry

Japanese cuisine is deeply intertwined with a cultural tradition based on the beauty of the meal’s presentation, the skills of the chef, and the quality of the ingredients. While it can take years to master the first two, today it is possible to source high-quality Japanese ingredients direct from Japan. Keep reading to find out about 8 select washoku ingredients and what to look for when stocking your pantry. > Read More

How to Make an Origami Cube in 18 Easy Steps

What better way to show off your amazing collection of origami paper than by folding an origami model that takes 6 pieces to make. With these modular origami cube instructions, learn how to easily fold a sturdy box that can be used to store gifts, hide secrets, or even play a game of dice! > Read More

How to Make an Origami Fox in 8 Easy Steps

Are you as sly as a fox? Find out how clever you really are by trying your hands at folding an easy origami fox in just 8 steps. Watch out though, Japanese folklore often depict kitsune ("foxes" in Japanese) as being tricksters with a penchant for magic! > Read More

Japanese Fans: Everything You Need to Know When Buying a Hand Fan

Summer in Japan—cotton kimonos, shaved ice, festivals, fireworks, and fans! The iconic imagery of Japan’s hottest season is all about enjoying summer’s outdoor traditions while beating the heat in style. Keep reading to find out more about Japan’s love of fans and some tips on what to consider when choosing the perfect fan for you! > Read More

9 Japanese Fish Snacks for the Ultimate Seafood Lover

If you love the flavors of fish and seafood, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading to find out what your missing out on and how you can get your hands on some delicious Japanese fish snacks! > Read More

Travel Back in Time with These 10 Classic Japanese Dagashi

From the amazing to the often crazy, Japan in known for creating the unimaginable when it comes to new flavors for sodas, snacks and candy. But while many of these trending treats leave the store shelves before you can blink an eye, others have become a sentimental part of Japan’s pop culture past that still lives on today in the popular treats known as “dagashi.” > Read More

Japanese Face Pack: Pamper Your Face with Amazing Designs

If you’re an otaku, you know how to appreciate beauty—from artistic anime OPs, to the gorgeous faces of your favorite bishonen and bishoujo. It only makes sense that your makeovers should also have a touch of Japanese and anime flair. Thanks to these unique Japanese face pack designs, your beauty routine doesn’t need to be boring! Cleanse, heal, and brighten your face… while wearing the faces of your favorite characters and mythical monsters. Anime Face Packs Anime is full of the beautiful and the bizarre. With these face packs, you can bring cosplay into your daily cosmetic ritual without > Read More