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: 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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Chocolate Ramen

chocolateramenFor Valentine’s time only, a ramen chain shop in Toyko is serving up a ramen dish with chocolate.  The base of the soup is a lamb broth mixed with slices of pork, onions, pepper and chocolate.

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Frankie’s Garage: STI S207 Limited Edition

subarus207coverSold only in Japan and limited to only 400 units, Subaru’s motorsports division Subaru Tecnica International (STI) announces the S207.  Based on the WRX STI, the S207 will have aero modifications, tuning mods and a distinctive interior.  The new engine will pump out 328 horses.

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Frankie’s Garage: Yamaha Sport Ride Concept

yamahasportridecoverYamaha is more know for it’s motorbikes and pianos, now it’s getting into making automobiles?  Well, this is the Yamaha Sport Ride Concept tw0-door sports car revealed at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.  A light-weight body inspired by F1-racing can the basis for a sports car, a small city commute vehicle or mini-SUV.  Yamaha make the car!

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Frankie’s Garage: The Next Subaru Impreza

subaruimprezacoverSubaru reveals a 5-door hatch-back Impreza concept at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.  No power numbers have been mention yet.  The look is more mature and subtle, unlike the past couple Impreza models.

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Frankie’s Garage: Toyota S-FR Concept

toyotasfrcoverThe Mazda MX-5 competition in the future?  The Toyota S-FR Concept from the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.  This concept is 2+2 mini-coupe entry-level sports car.  But the back seat is more the kids.  It’s front-mounted engine with rear-wheel drive.

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Frankie’s Garage: The Return of Rotary in the RX-VISION

Mazda RX-VISION (Reference Exhibit) (CNW Group/Mazda Canada Inc.)The Mazda RX-8 was thought to be the last rotary engine performance car.  Well, no more! The return of the rotary is here as Mazda made a huge splash at the Tokyo Motor Show, as they turn heads with the stunning RX-VISION concept.

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Japan: The Robot Receptionist

robotreceptionistMeet Aiko Chihira.  She’s robot made by Toshiba and you will find her working at Mitsukoshi Nihombashi department store in Tokyo.  Let’s go shopping!

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In Japan: Sailor Moon Cafe

sailormooncafeIf you’re one of those Sailor Moon obsessed fans, then you may want to make a pilgrimage to this Sailor Moon Crystal themed cafe in Shinjuku, Japan.  Sailor Moon has teamed up with Namco’s Anion Station to create the restaurant for a limited time, well until May 6th, 2015.  The food and drink items are also Sailor Moon universe inspired.

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Viral Video Friday: Montage Clips of Tokyo, Japan

wemissyoutokyoVibrant, electric, alive and normal is the city of Tokyo.  Entitled UGUISU, this is a video montage of everyday life in Tokyo, Japan.

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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 @ KithNYC.com.

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NikeLab x Sacai Collection

nikexsacaicollectionThis Spring 2014, NikeLab teams up with Japanese fashion house Studio Sacai on a sportswear mini-capsule collection for women.  Nike was looking for a sense of femininity and “sports” look for this collection of track suits, pants, skirts, hoodies, sneakers and shirts.  Get a workout while looking good is the goal.

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New Balance C-Series for Walking and Cycling

cm600cIf you live in urban city like San Francisco and find yourself bicycling and walking, then this new line of New Balance sneakers does double-duty.  Created by New Balance’s Tokyo Design Studio, the C-Series will feature the CM600C for North America release, while the CT700C and 996C will be available in Asia and Europe.

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Drink: Craft Beer Culture in Japan

beercultureAnother great Munchies episode about draft beer culture in Japan.  You may have generalize beer in Japan as just Sapparo, Asahi and Kirin, but it’s more than that as host Yuka Uchida explores the neat beer trends in Japan.

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The Tokyo Diorama Set

algernonproduct00If you weren’t satisfied with this year’s lame Bandai America’s Godzilla Destruction City playset, why not try ALGERNON Product Geocraper – Tokyo Scenery Vol. 1 series?  Yupe, this toy line is called GEO-CRAPER, something got lost in translation here, but I digress.  This is a great way to build a mini-toy diorama playset and putting your toy kaijus on display.

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The Love of Sake

sakejumI love watching this Vice off-beat foody channel Munchies!  Host Yuka Uchida takes her friend around Tokyo to explore the Japanese love of sake.  The girls go sake-hopping learning everything and anything about sake.

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Viral Video Friday: Montage of 2 Weeks in Japan

japanMarc Ambuehl spent 2 weeks in Japan and bought along his Canon 5D MKIII and various Canon lenses and captured some vivid everyday scenes.  He traveled to Tokyo, Kyoto, Kobe, Hiroshima and Kinosaki.

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Ultra Eye: A Hipster Guide to Tokyo Parts 1-3

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The last time I was in Japan was like 2009, so maybe it’s time to go back?  I do need to get some new bags and boots.  The Reserve Channel’s Ultra Eye takes a 3-part look at Tokyo.

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Turn My Hat into a Artful Face Mask

nycyankeesmaskLet’s see, take my baseball cap and my old raggy sweatshirt and turn it into a face-mask, so I look like a bank robber.  Not really, this is art and wearable for the icy cold weather.  Artist Shin Murayama latest project is:  Yankees Extreme Cold Weather Face Mask Unissued 2014.

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Only 8 of 8 produced and sold in Japan!

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Japan: Mario Kart in Harajuku

akibakartDo you play Mario Kart?  If so, did you ever wish you can dress up like a character from Mario Kart and drive a real Mario Kart on the streets?  Well, now you can.  First you must have an international drivers license and hop on a plane to Tokyo, Japan.  After that, you can check out Akibakart.  You can rent these Mario Kart-like go-carts and ride along the streets of Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan.

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Jpop Summit Festival 2014 – July 19th-20th SF Japantown

logo 01This coming weekend in San Francisco’s Japantown is the Jpop Summit Festival celebrating all things awesome and fun in Japanese pop music (Jpop).  The Jpop Summit will also feature a mix of films, fashion, art, anime and food festivals all rolled into one taking place in Japantown and Union Square in downtown San Francisco.  The Jpop line-up includeds Tokyo Girls’ Style, Tomomi Itano, May’n, Kylee and many more.

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Japan: The Future of Robotics

androidrobotsRemember watching anime like Bubblegum Crash or Ghost in the Shell about androids and cyborgs?  Is it here already?  Engadget is at the “Android: What is Human?” Exhibition in Toyko, Japan.

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Patlabor attacking the streets of Japan

patlaborstreetsjapanA couple of weeks ago a full-size AV-98 Ingram mecha from the live-action series Patlabor created a buzz in the crowd and caused a ruckus of a traffic jam.

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