Chibi Tamagotchi Released in Japan for Ultimate 90’s Nostalgia

by Amy on Apr 12 2017 |


The classic Tamagotchi tchotchke has once again hit the Japanese market, in chibi (tiny!) form. Japanese toy company Bandai first released the gadget globally in 1997 (following a positive Japan-only release in 1996), selling over 76 million worldwide at the time. Due to its huge success, several knock-off versions by other companies were distributed across the world, but none are as iconic and endearing as Bandai’s innovative egg-shaped digital companion. Read full story...

From Chara-ben to School Lunch Programs: Eating Right in Japan

by Amy on Apr 05 2017 |


Japan is a model for the world in terms of lunches. In general, the food served to children is healthier and mealtime is observed as an educational, communal experience not as a rushed recreational activity. There are generally three ways food is prepared in Japan, through: 1) kyushoku or a school lunch program 2) in a cafeteria setting or 3) brought from home as bento boxes. Read full story...

No More Reindeer Games: Domino’s Japan Forgoes Pizza Delivery Plan

by Amy on Dec 16 2016 |


In late November, Domino’s Japan announced plans to initiate a caribou-based pizza delivery program just in time for the holiday season to showcase their new GPS phone application designed for customers to monitor delivery times. This proclamation was accompanied by an onslaught of activity on social media, with opponents calling it a form of animal cruelty and supporters quick to show their enthusiasm about the prospect of the lovable creatures bringing piping-hot pizzas to their doorsteps. Read full story...

Kyoto Subway Now Using Male Anime Characters to Boost Youth Ridership

by Amy on Oct 16 2016 |


In an effort to attract young people to ride trains and visit attractions near stations, Kyoto Subway started the “GET ON! Kyoto City Subway” promotion with female characters in 2013. Having cute characters or anime girls endorse a product or service is a classic method employed by many Japanese companies, governments and other organizations. However, with the growth of anime and manga merchandise specifically targeted at women, Kyoto Subway is one agency that made the decision to get on board and create male characters to increase female interest. Read full story...

We're Launching An Online Artist Alley! Artists/Sellers Wanted!

by Dave on Oct 07 2016 |


We've been secretly working on something for over a month now and we're very, very close to launching an online store! This isn't just a bland online store though - we are actively partnering with independent artists that you might have stumbled upon at anime conventions in the "Artist Alley" when shopping for anime swag. Read full story...

Could You Eat These Kawaii Pokémon Rice Balls?

by Sharilyn on Oct 05 2016 |


The Japanese rice ball or onigiri is traditionally round or triangular, but this new take on the food will have you going "AWWW" like a 13 year old girl. (Or maybe that's just me...) Check out the amazing pokémon rice balls below Read full story...

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