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Japan is about to increase belching nationwide with the release of super-carbonated Pepsi.

Pepsi Strong 5.0GV offers five times more carbonation than a typical Pepsi, and comes in a much smaller, structurally reinforced bottle. The offering also ups the ante when it comes to caffeine and is available in two varieties, Pepsi Strong 5.0GV, in a 420 and 490 ml bottles, and sugar-free Pepsi Strong 5.0GV Zero, which will be available only in a 490 ml bottle.

The official release is slated for June 21st, although the the company is offering free bottles to 10,000 fans who log on to the Pepsi promotional site via Twitter and 5,000 to those who follow the official Suntory Line Facebook account by 5:00 pm on June 6th. Of course, you’ll have to live in Japan to take advantage.

(Suntory via RN24)

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While writing this, I found myself thinking how bizarre it is that the Powers That Be keep asking me to write about ramen. Then I remembered, I write for a food blog. I’d say chalk it up as a blond moment, but I’m a redhead. Heigh ho.

But anyway.

Head to one of the Ippudo ramen joints in Japan and you can indulge in ramen inspired by Captain America: Civil War. Marvel has teamed up with Ippudo to produce a course meal which includes two ramen servings – one themed around Cap and his allies, the other around Iron Man and his band of, y’know, people who think he’s right. The two ramen dishes are served in unique character-themed bowls, which is a nice touch.

You also get dried seaweed with Marvel designs printed on them, and for dessert: Captain America panna cotta. Oh, and you even get a t-shirt at the end, too.

How much does this dining experience cost? 4,500 yen or about $45. The items can’t be purchased separately, so you’ll want to bring friends. After all, that’s what Civil War is about – getting your friends together, and punching them in the face.

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The latest additions to Bandai’s character-shaped sweet line feature two Doraemon-inspired treats based on Japanese confections commonly eaten during tea ceremonies.

The treats cost about 280 yen (US$2.50) each and can be found at Aeon Super Centers and Max Valu, Daei, and Aeon stores around Japan (excluding Okinawa) starting this week.

Take a closer look below.

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There’s some new Disney deliciousness coming from Ginza Cozy Corner for Children’s Day in Japan and it’s just as delightful as their Disney Princess cakes.

This limited edition box set of nine cakes features some of your favorite Pixar characters. Boo is adorable. I also love Sully. Actually, I love them all and they sound scrumptious.

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From cat cafes to owl cafes, Japan has it all. So it’s not really a surprise that Tokyo’s Roppongi district is home to the world’s first hedgehog cafe.

At the Harry cafe, you can pet and play with hedgehogs for roughly $9 (Or 1,000 yen) an hour. And if you happen to find a pincushion compadre that you can’t part with, you can adopt a hedgehog at the cafe too.

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An ice cream shop in Kanazawa, Japan is presenting ice cream in a whole new way by decking it out with gold foil. Apparently, it’s not some imitation gold, but the real deal. It’s also said to be completely edible, so at some point you’ll be able to follow Will Ferrell in saying “I crapped gold”.

Check out the video below showing how a gold cone is created.

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In between breaks from playing Neko Atsume, cat lovers in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro neighborhoood have created yet another adorable way to celebrate kitties in food form.

Tokyu Hands, a store that sells fashionable home goods, holds an annual event called Neko Roji at its Ikebukuro store where everything is cat-themed — from household appliances to yummy foods.

In collaboration with Patisserie Swallowtail, a local confectionery that’s made headlines in the past thanks to their animal and anime-themed sweets, Tokyu Hands is releasing cakes based on six cats—each with different ingredients.

Check out the cakes in detail below.

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McDonald’s Japan is gearing up to supersize the Big Mac with a new “Giga Big Mac” burger that will be taller and wider than a conventional Big Mac and offer four, rather than two, beef patties for “2.8 times more meat”.

It’s described as being perfect for diners looking for “a satisfied sense of accomplishment”.

Yeah, make sure to take a picture that’s suitable for framing.

The chain is upping the ante further by selling “grand size” add-ons such as 1.7 times more fries and drinks that are twice as large as a conventional offering.

The Giga Big Mac and associated add-ons will debut at select McDonald’s locations in Japan beginning today.

(via RN 24)

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Get ready to please your tastebuds by moonlight! As we get closer to the third season of Sailor Moon Crystal, a pop-up cafe in Tokyo’s Roppongi is introducing a burger that would make Usagi’s mouth water.

With a pink bun and an adorable design, the burger will be just one of the magical (and expensive at 1,600 yen / $14.34) items on the menu at the Chibiusa Cafe during it’s run from April 16th to June 19th. Even though it looks a little weird, it seems fit for a magical girl who needs to fuel up before kicking some butt.

(via Kotaku)

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Leave it to Japan to reimagine the Starbucks mermaid as a mech. She’s also wearing a tie for some reason. Like a Starbucks version of Newton Geiszler in Frappuccino Rim.

The shirt is available in two sizes from Rakuten (medium and large) for ¥1600/$14.20, and it comes in six different colors: sky blue, red, green, brown, navy and black.

Take a closer look below.

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