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It appears that some Eastern countries have been enjoying spectacular Super Mario toys in their Happy Meals (again)—and there’s reason to hope that they might come to the U.S. [click to continue…]

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Nestle has installed an intricate Rube Goldberg machine in Japan that will not only brew you a cup of coffee using one of their Bluetooth coffee makers, but will do so while playing Christmas songs. [click to continue…]

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If you view a burger’s bun as a needless, meatless waste of calories, a Tokyo restaurant called Shake Tree has your back with their new “Wild Out” burger.

The offering consists of two patties, cheese, fixings, a slice of tomato… and no bun. Despite this, the establishment does ask that patrons consume it like a normal burger, meaning it’s probably not for those who prefer clean eating.

The burger is currently available for 1,450 yen (US$12.34) and can also be modified with extra meat. Meat on meat on meat. [click to continue…]

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The original water cake is astounding by itself, but Twitter user @mithiruka has elevated water cake art to viral levels that can only be achieved by cats.

Indeed, mithiruka made a cat-shaped water cake using a silicone mold. The result is something that looks more like a glass figurine than an edible piece of art. Check out more pics below. [click to continue…]

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The bizarre viral hit Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen (PPAP) by Pikotaro is the inspiration for a pop-up cafe in Tokyo that will open on November 1st and run through November 20th. It will serve up a variety of items that include, you guessed it, pineapples and apples. The “pens” appear to be made of chocolate—so there was some attempt at restraint here.

Personally, I love this idea. There should be a pop-up restaurant in the states for every viral phenomenon. What would you serve at a Ken Bone-themed restaurant? Discuss.

Check out a picture of the PPAP Cafe’s offerings below. [click to continue…]

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Okay, maybe they’re not working the fryer, but Yokai Watch‘s Jibanyan, Komasan, and Komajiro spent time behind the counter and on the line in a Japanese McDonald’s to promote the upcoming McDonald’s 2017 Yokai Watch Calendar event.

Lucky for everyone, Famitsu was on hand to take pictures.

Komasan and Komajiro look a little sad. Have a Coke and a smile, guys! Check out more pics below. [click to continue…]

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A couple of weeks ago we reported on a Japanese Cafe being opened by Square-Enix. As mentioned, they were also planning to open an eSports establishment in Ikebukuro. As it turns out, the new restaurant is called “Storia”, and the concept centers around diners watching people play video games while they eat.

Screens are set up around the venue showing the game currently in play, with one massive screen on the exterior of the building. The gamers themselves taking pride of place on a center stage. The restaurant already has events scheduled featuring play sessions of Dragon Quest Monsters Super Light, Dissidia, and Street Fighter V, and they even have a raffle allowing diners the chance to enter and play the games themselves.

It’s a nifty concept, especially considering the expanding popularity of stuff like Let’s Play videos and eSports over the last few years. But is it catchy enough to sustain itself? Only time will tell. For now, though, you can check out photos of the venue – as well as some of their menu items below. [click to continue…]

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While there’s no word on whether or not the servers are talking pieces of furniture, The Beauty and the Beast Cafe in Yokohama, Japan features a wonderful decor style that evokes the atmosphere of the popular fairy tale. From the chateau-style theme to the Belle-inspired dishes (like the “Belle Lunch,” pictured below, which features an omelette that looks like Belle in her ball gown), the restaurant seems to capture the Beauty and the Beast vibe nicely. Check out more pics below. [click to continue…]

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This Halloween, Doritos is offering a new garlic pepper-flavored chip that is entirely black.

Unfortunately, it appears that the chips are only available only in Japan, so those of us in the states will have to stick with the tried-and-true method of baking a garlic bread sword on Halloween in order to defend ourselves against vampires. Check out additional pics below. [click to continue…]

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No, an ACTUAL ball pit. Not what you’re thinking. Either way it’s kinda gross—but also fun! I mean, there’s a cruel disparity between childhood and adulthood. As a kid, you can roll around in a ball bit but you can’t drink. As an adult you can get liquored up, but climb into the ball pit and you’re going to get some weird looks.

Fortunately, the “Ball Pool Bar Dive” bar in Osaka, Japan has closed this gap between kidding and adulting. Instead of tables and chairs, they have balls. Balls everywhere. Roughly 20,000 of the things, stuffed into the space. Even better, the venue offers all-you-can-drink rates for anywhere between 60 to 90 minutes. No need to worry about spills, though – drinks are served in containers with lids, so there’s almost no change of a spillage. Vomit on the other hand…

Check out a selection of tweets showing the place off below. [click to continue…]