VANS x Murakami Collection

vansmarukamicollectionThe surfer/skateboard imagery collides with rainbow colors and cuteness in the artistic mind of Takashi Murakami.  Japanese modern pop artist Takashi Murakami collabs with VANS premium label “Vault by VANS” for this capsule collection featuring not just kicks, but also apparel and skate decks.

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KITH Tokyo Sakura Project Lookbook

kithcover2015A blending of tradition Japanese fashion styles and modern elements makes this an highly anticipated Spring 2015 Lookbook for KITH.  The capsule collection entitled the “Tokyo Sakura Project”  drops this weekend, Saturday 11am, March 28th 2015 and online @

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Food: A Food History Lesson of Japanese/Peruvian Cuisine


Munchies latest episode heads to Peru seeking to learn Nikkei cuisne in Peru.  Japan and Peru – these two countries may seem far apart, but because of Japanese immigration since 1899, Peru has a unique mix of Peruvian/Japanese cuisine.

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How Ramen Noodles Are Made :)

ramenfestivalGreat timing, our Ramen crew today will be at the Jpop Summit Festival here in San Francisco’s Japantown and will also be at the Ramen Street Festival for some yummy ramen eating fun.  Here’s a look at how ramen noodles are made.


ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D from FanimeCon

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“The Eddie” from Ramen and a Half interviews Rookies is Punk’d at Fanimecon. ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D is a Japanese punk rock band from Shibuya, Japan, that was formed in 2005.
They’re very well known in their home country and have spread a niche of fans in cities of Asia countries and in the US. They’re hoping to go places and share what they have to offer to the music world.

This was an interview done last year. We apologize for the rough interview package because we had audio issues, but we decided to pull it out of the vault and put it together as best we can for the fans.

The majority of their Official Website ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D is in Japanese, but you can google them and find plenty of information.

They will also be at AnimeNEXT in June 6-8th, 2014. You can still Pre-Register.

Foodie Reading: Oishinbo


I’m not a huge manga reader, I grew up with comic books and graphic novels, but a friend of mine told me to check out this cool manga about Japanese food since I was a such a foodie monster.  I first read Oishinbo – Ramen and Gyoza volume and was totally hook by not just the art but the reading and explanation of certain Japanese dishes.  Each little episode takes a specific dish and through the characters explains the history of dish, ingredients, how it’s prepared and so on.  It’s like watching the Food Channel.  I really enjoyed all 7 volumes of this collection.  A bit of warning – you will be hungry and crave Japanese food after each little episode.

MSRP:  $12.99USD for print edition, $4.99USD for digital edition.

For more info, head to: Viz Media – Oishinbo.

Sengoku Avengers

Alex Mitchell did his homework when he created these drawings of Avengers as Japanese warriors and gods. It would be great to see Alex taking these “Japanese Avengers” and make it into some kind of full-length anime film. How about a Seven Samurai-like adventure? Now that would be epic.

Check out more of Alex’s artwork @ DeviantArt – Genesischant.

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