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Japanese katanas are known for being deadly but beautiful weapons. As an homage to these legendary swords, Kotobukiya released this set of four katana handguard coasters. Each coaster is inspired by a significant figure from Japan’s feudal era.

Check out the entire series below. [click to continue…]

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Krispy Kreme Japan is welcoming summer with two new mouthwatering donut flavors: glazed watermelon and lemon.

The watermelon offering consists of watermelon fruit juice jelly with chocolate chips and a watermelon-flavored chocolate outline, while the lemon donut features a lemon juice glaze and a sliced lemon topping.

The two new flavors will be available until July 19th. Check out additional pics below. [click to continue…]

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Artist and sculptor Shinri Tezuka specializes in a unique medium: he transforms candy into stunning works of art. In the past, we’ve featured his stunning lollipop animals.

As you can see above, his latest creation for the summer season is lollipops that are designed to resemble uchiwa fans. If you’d like to pick up one of these artistic treats, your best bet is to head to Tokyo and visit one of his stores between now and the end of August. [click to continue…]

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If you haven’t seen what it’s like to be a guest at the Robot Restaurant in Tokyo, check out the video from Beat Down Boogie below. Even if you have, it’s worth a watch in glorious 4K.

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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.

Check out more pics and details below.

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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.

Check out more pics below.

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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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