Spring has sprung in Japan, meaning it’s that time of year again - cherry blossom season! Cherry blossoms, known as sakura (桜) in Japanese, bloom throughout Japan between late March and early April. Sakura is much more than just a flower to … [Read more...] about Sakura 2020 – Cherry blossom-themed items that will set your heart aflutter!
It’s the new year which means one thing… fukubukuro! In early January, thousands of shoppers flock to Japan’s shopping districts to score some bargains in “hatsu uri” (初売り), or the first sale of the new year. One of the highlights of the hatsu uri … [Read more...] about Fukubukuro 2020 – Get a second chance on Japan’s Lucky Bags!
The ultimate icon of “kawaii”, Hello Kitty, is turning 45 this year! The first products depicting Kitty White (Hello Kitty’s full name) were released by Sanrio in 1974, and she has been a worldwide cultural phenomenon ever since. Join us in … [Read more...] about Hello Kitty 45th Anniversary – Celebrating 45 years of kawaii
What is gachapon? You probably remember raiding your piggy bank to feed to a capsule toy machine to get a bouncy ball or a jawbreaker as a child, but Japan is something else when it comes to capsule toys! Japanese capsule toys can be anything from … [Read more...] about Japanese Capsule Toys – Gachapon, gashapon, and beyond!