Billionaire Boys Club x Takashi Murakami

One of the stars in Japanese contemporary modern art is Takashi Murakami.  Billionaire Boys Club collaborates with Murakami on a limited edition men’s collection of graphic tees and a sweater.  The collection features Murakami’s distinct art style of flowers and skulls, his “Ensō” series.

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Doraemon Sneakers

This bubbly blue robot cat Doraemon is very popular in Asia.  The character created by Fujiko F. Fujio gets a special sneaker treatment from Packer Shoes x atmos x Reebok, the Doraemon Instapump Fury OG Pad.

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Comic Book Preview: Samurai – Brothers In Arms #2.6

samuari020601This is the final issue of the Samuari – Brothers In Arms mini-series.  Master Kaz awaits the final battle.

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Food: Kit Kat Sushi

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With Valentine’s Day coming, Kit Kat in Japan is offering for a limited time Kit Kat Sushi.  You can only get the 3-piece Kit Kat Sushi when you spend more than $27.00USD at the premium KitKat Chocolatory shop, located in Ginza, Tokyo.

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Comic Book Preview: Samurai #2.5

samurai00Teacher Master Kaz mission is to rescue Takeo and his brother Akio.  The brothers find themselves in danger Ogomo.

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Food: The Sushi Burger

sushiburgersFood trends:  The Sushi Burger.  We had the Ramen burgers and Korean burritos, now comes the sushi burger.  The rice is turned into a bread-like bun, substitute meat patty with any Japanese-style fish and top it off with Asian sauces.  Shouldn’t this be called a Sushi Fish Sandwich instead?

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Food: Fried Chicken Pizza

chizzaAre you tired of the endless turkey recipes this time of the year?  Well how about trying this Chizza recipe from the girls of 876TV.  The girls got their idea from KFC Japan.  Chizza is basically fried chicken with pizza toppings.

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Edible Candy Art by Shinri Tezuka

candyanimals00candyanimals01Move over Willy Wonka.  There is a new sweet man, and this Candy Man can.  “Amezaiku” is a form of candy sculpting art form and this 27-year old Japanese artist Shinri Tezuka displays his amazing candy sculpting skills.  Shinri is also owner of his own candy store Ameshin in Japan.

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Food: Halloween French Fries at Mickey D’s Japan

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Why does it seem that all the American fast food chains in Asia get tasty and unique items to munch on?  McDonald’s celebrates 45 years in Japan with a Halloween inspired dish – the Halloween Choco Potato for the month of October.  The french fry item gets a sauce mix with pumpkin and chocolate.

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A Bathing Ape x Capcom Collection

bapecapcomcoverCapcom video games gets a BAPE collection of graphic tees and tote bags for games like Resident Evil, Street Fighter V and Monster Hunter.  The collection drops September 17, 2016 at BAPE.com.

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Medicom Toys Be@rbricks Series 32

bearbricks32The popular toy-art figures Be@rbricks are back with another series.  Medicom Toys releases the Be@rbricks Series 32.  The 3″ bear-like LEGO mini-figs feature 12 base designs and 10 “chase designs.”  This year’s collection features company designs like the Suicide Squad, Terminator, One Punch Man and artists like Shoko Nakazawa and Fujio Akatsuka.

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INEFFABLE Summer 2016

ineffable2016New streetwear brand INEFFABLE drops their Lookbook for Summer 2016!  The New Jersey company founder Zack Fryer gets his streetwear inspiration from Japan.  The look and feel of the collection is Shinjuku all day.  Look fresh and stay cool.

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Osaka Skyline with Twists and Turns

osakaskylineRemember that 1980s cartoons “Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors?”  Watching this video “Spatial Bodies” reminds me of the Monstermind plants swarming over space, planets and skies above.  The madness of architectural shapes and patterns run amok.

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Food: Baking in Japan with Carly Rae Jepsen

exlporebakeriesOne part of Japanese culture that’s always been interesting is the art of edible baked food.  Pop star Carly Rae Jepsen was in Japan promoting her last album EMOTION and while there, she also explored Japan’s bakeries.

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Drink: Sake Vending Machines

sakevendingmachinesThis can only happen in Japan, sake vending machines inside the Ponshukan train station.  No need to hit the pub, when you can do your drinking at a train stop.  The top alcoholic drink in Japan is sake and for 500 yen ($4.70USD est.) you can get 5 shots at this place.  They have over 120 different sakes on tap.

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Fast Food: A Real McDonald’s Golden Nugget

goldennuggetsI have to admit Mickey D’s chicken nuggets are delicious.  McDonald’s Japan will be offering a real 18 karat golden nugget.  The hunt for “Kaito Nuggets” will begin this summer at various McDonald’s restaurants around Japan.

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Interview with Voice Actress Ai Nonaka

jonelleainonakainterviewWith the biggest NorCal anime convention happening this Memorial Day weekend, we had some unreleased FanimeCon 2015 footage that’s out now! From our Retrenders vault, our interview with voice actress/singer Ai Nonaka.  Recored at FainmeCon 2015.

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Takara Tomy Diorama Death Star

starwarsdeathstartomytakaraAre you looking for a cool portable Star Wars playset?  Well, Takara Tomy just released the Star Wars Super Deformation Diorama Death Star.  The playset folds into the Death Star and a base for any 3.75″ action figures and Micro Machines & Hot Wheels type Star Wars vehicles and spacecraft.

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Food: Ramen Hunting in Sapporo

ramenalleysapporoSapporo the capital city of Hakkaido is known for their famous ramen dishes and Only in Japan visits the well-known Ramen Alley aka Ganso Sapporo Ramen Yokocho (元祖さっぽろラーメン横丁).  There’s around 17 ramen shops in this tiny alley located in the Susukino Entertainment District.  Many of these noodle restaurants have been serving ramen since the 1950s.

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Frankie’s Garage: “CAR Factory” at YomiuriLand Japan

gujjobalandIt’s time for fun rides at the YomiuriLand amusement park in Japan.  On March 2016, YomiuriLand opened a new attraction called Gujjoba aka Good Job Attractions, which is aimed at children about Japanese manufacturing pop culture.  It took about 7 years and $90 million USD involved to build the new attractions.  It features 4 factories:  Food Factory by Nissin Food Products, Stationary Factory by Kokuyo, Fashion Factory and for the car geeks – CAR Factory by Nissan.  Nissan Dashboard show takes us on a tour of the CAR Factory.

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Takara Transformers Masterpiece MP-30 Ratchet

transformersmprachetThis is the latest Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece release, the classic G1 Autobot doctor Ratchet.  The action figure robot has the iconic G1-look and comes with a plethora of weapons and accessories.

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Frankie’s Garage: Tomica Premium 4 New Die-cast Rides

tomicapre00tomicapre01I’ve been a fan Tomica’s recent product line: Tomica Premium 1/64 scale die-cast cars.  Aimed at the adult collector, the Tomica Premium series features more paint applications and newly designed rims.  Tomica is adding 4 new vehicles: No. 13 – Nissan IDS Concept, No. 14 – Toyota S-FR, No. 15 – Subaru 22B STI and No. 16 – Toyota 86GRMN.

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Food: Cutie Eatable Food

bentomonsterscoverHow do you make lunch fun for kids of all ages?  Author, mom and founder of Bento Monsters – Li Ming Lee turns food into cute pop culture characters.  Check out her book Yummy Kawaii Bento: Preparing Adorable Meals for Adorable Kids.

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Japan: 2016 Sapporo Snow Festival

onlyinjapansnowfestivalOnly in Japan takes us on neat winter trip in Northern Japan.  Since 1950, the Sapporo Snow Festival takes place every February in Sapporo, Hokkaido.  You will tons of ice sculptures and of course eat wonderful snacks and food.

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Takara Tomy Toy Story Alien Playset

alientoystorypizzacontrolIf you’ve been collecting the Tomy line of Toy Story action figures from Japan, then this will be a cool addition, the Alien Pizza Planet Playset.  The 12″ tall Alien converts into a Pizza Planet playset with various play features and requires 3 AA batteries which are not included.

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