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There’s a little coffee stand in a Japan shipping harbor that serves the best tasting bugs around. Why’s that? Because Akai Tento no Koohii Ten (The Red Tent Coffee Shop) is famous for making bugs that are actually gummy candy.

Gummy on the outside, blueberry jam guts on the inside, these insect larvae come in a variety of species and sizes for ever palate.

Plus, when you squeeze them, goo comes out. Yummy!

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We’ve already seen a burger with black buns, and that was weird enough. But this time Burger King went even further with black cheese.

According to NariNari, the Kuro (Black) burgers will be available in two varieties they’re calling Kuro Pearl and Kuro Diamond. They have buns and cheese made with bamboo charcoal, an onion and garlic sauce made with squid ink and beef patties made with black pepper.

You can get these limited edition burgers beginning later this month. Black cheese though? Yuck.

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McDonald’s Japan locations will start serving up a special and colorful autumn treat on September 10th: purple sweet potato milkshakes. While it doesn’t sound like my cup of tea, it doesn’t seem any more weird to me than Shamrock Shakes. I’d be willing to give it a try!

(Entabe via Kotaku)

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I love fried chicken as much as the next girl, but I’m not so sure I’d be up for the challenge of the fried chicken keyboard. It’s part of a promotion currently being run by KFC in Japan to encourage people to follow the chain on twitter and tweet out their love of all things fried chicken.

There’s also a matching chicken leg mouse and USB stick. None of this is for sale, but they’ll be picking one winner for each of these chicken accessories from among those who follow and tweet with the appropriate hashtags.

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When I think of pudding, I think chocolate creamy goodness neatly packaged in a Jell-O Snack Pack, but in Japan, pudding is a pre-scrambled boiled egg that’s covered in caramel sauce.

So, if you’re looking for a convenient way to make Japanese-style pudding, then you should check out this nifty egg gizmo from Takara Tomy. Basically, you put your egg in this gyroscope-like, slot machine device and you spin it around for two minutes. Then you boil the egg for 30 minutes, and voila! You have a boiled egg that’s been pre-scrambled while it’s still in the shell.

A quick commercial is available after the break that gives you a rundown on how the machine works. Yes, there’s a talking egg that does a dance number and sings a catchy tune… and no, I don’t think he’s been boiled to death at the end of the commercial, but I’m not entirely sure.

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“Wagashi” is a type of traditional Japanese candy that’s usually served with tea. Typically, the candies have some sort of nature or animal theme (you’ll see some flowery examples below). However, Twitter user Otakumi makes wagashi that are influenced by anime and video games. Otakumi makes these candies at Kuramoto Hinode, which is a wagashi shop in Tokushima Prefecture. They’re soft and they’re made from rice-based dough and bean paste. These particular wagashi are called “nerikiri”.

If you’re ever in Japan, make sure to check out Kuramoto Hinode and pick up some of these treats. They sure do look tasty!

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Here’s a handy gadget that turns your toast into an adorable 3D teddy bear. It’s like a toast version of a cookie cutter and it even comes with interchangeable faces so your happy teddy toast can give you one of three different smiles. He’s the work of Japanese company Tokyo Hands and will surely send kids off to school happy.

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Here’s one for all you cat lovers who also love pizza. I’m thinking that’s a Venn diagram with a lot of overlap. There’s a webseries running for Japanese Pizza Huts that shows the day-to-day antics of its cat employees. Yes, cats make the pizza and face all the inherent challenges of the task.

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There are all kinds of burgers and just as many buns to hold them, but this blue burger bun designed to look like Earth has got to be the weirdest of the lot. It’s even got green accents to look like the continents. You can find this very weird chicken burger at Japanese science museum Orbi Yokama. Try it if you dare.

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These adorable socks will turn your feet into your favorite sushi (just like you’ve always wanted). There are several styles to choose from so you can have different sushi feet every day of the week. From the product page:

The sushi detail is knitted into the sock with colored thread instead of being printed. Seven versions are available: Masuzushi (trout sushi), Shrimp, Octopus, Red Caviar, Tuna, Salmon, and Egg. These Sushi Socks made in Toyama, Japan make a great gift for fans of Japanese cuisine!

I wonder if they come with a side of wasabi?

Product Page ($5.39 Crazy Abalone via Boing Boing)