Lesser-known Sanrio Characters

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 favorites build a global reputation! Read on for our pick of Sanrio stars whose time has come - as well as some seriously obscure hidden gems. Tuxedosam Tuxedosam (タキシードサム) Debut: 1979 The consummate dandy, Tuxedosam has an impressive bow tie collection - he can sport a different one all 365 days of the year. Perhaps not the sharpest tool in the > Read More


11 Innovative & Fun Japanese Pet Store Products for Your Cat

From bedding and hoodies to grooming tools and kitty tech, here are 11 Japanese cat products to help your feline get the most out of its nine lives. > Read More


10 Sophisticated Japanese Chocolates Worthy of Your Valentine

In Japan, Valentine’s Day is a time for women to step up and express their love with gifts of chocolate, and there may be no better gift than Japanese chocolate. Whether celebrating Valentine’s Day with friends or family, or romancing that special someone, these 10 sophisticated Japanese chocolates are sure to leave your Valentine craving more! > Read More


11 Japanese Winter Clothes, Kitchenware, & Heaters to Keep You Warm

Unlike some Western cultures that use central heat to keep the home comfortable during winter months, many parts of Japan rely on alternative methods for staying warm. From traditional Japanese winter clothes to space-age blankets, here are 10 must-own products that will keep you warm on the coldest night, plus one that will make you very, very “cool.” > Read More


9 Innovative Panasonic Beauty Products from Japan

Women in Japan take beauty and skin care very seriously, carefully attending to their bodies by using quality products along with a thorough skin care regimen; and Panasonic—Japan’s leader in innovative beauty technology—understands this desire for radiantly healthy skin, teeth, and hair, creating state-of-the-art gadgets from electronic toothbrushes and body shavers to luxury items like facial steamers and massagers. While many of Panasonic’s products are available worldwide, some are designed for and exclusively marketed to Japanese consumers. Below are nine hard-to-find Japanese Panasonic > Read More


Japanese Star Wars Merch That Will Throw You into Hyperdrive!

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 like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is seeking to become a darker form of OT nostalgia, taking us back to the Rebellion’s ragtag beginnings. And in anticipation of the theatrical release of Rogue One, FROM JAPAN has put together a list of amazing Japanese Star Wars merchandise that is guaranteed to throw you into hyperdrive! > Read More


Start the New Year Right with Schedule Books and Planners from Japan

Even in our increasingly digital age, many Japanese people prefer to do their planning and scheduling on paper. Maybe it's because studies show writing things down by hand means you'll remember them better - or maybe it's just because it's hard to resist the astounding range of planners and stationery on offer, from purely practical to bursting with fun. Browse our pick of 2017 diaries and planners below - and read on for handy tools to keep you organized in style. A must-see for stationery lovers! Anime Characters Start your year with bold otaku flair - get a planner inspired by your > Read More


Japanese Pet Shop Products: 9 Gadgets, Fashions, Treats & Tech for Your Dog

Japan takes its pet products as seriously as you take your dog. From innovative gadgets to fashion, treats and tech, here are nine awesome Japanese dog products to help your pooch stand out from the pack. > Read More


Weird Japanese Beauty Products: 7 Gadgets to Keep Your Face Looking Young

These weirdly wonderful Japanese beauty gadgets just might be the magic formula for your nightly beauty routine. Whether you’re looking for a safer alternative to surgery or willing to try a treatment unlike any you’ve experienced before, the 7 Japanese beauty products below are innovative oddities you’ll absolutely want to try for yourself. > 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