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With the film Shin Godzilla (aka Godzilla Resurgence) premiering in Japan on July 29th, Tokyo’s indoor amusement park Namja Town will be serving up some Kaiju-inspired dishes and desserts.

The designs are pretty clever if I do say so myself. Check them out below. [click to continue…]

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I’ll be honest, when I think about heavy-hitting Nintendo franchises, Kirby is not really the first thing that comes to mind. In fact ask me to list Nintendo’s franchises and we’ll be maybe a dozen deep before it’ll even occur to me that the pink puffball even exists.

However Kirby is perhaps much more popular in his homeland of Japan, where it was recently announced via Twitter that a Kirby themed café will be opening in August. [click to continue…]

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Neon Genesis Evangelion fans with a taste for the finer things in life might enjoy these classy Evangelion-themed tea cup and saucer sets by Noritake.

The company has been manufacturing high-quality ceramic and glass vessels for over 100 years, and these bone china pieces look pretty stellar. They’re based on the color schemes of Unit 01 and Unit 02 and include a pattern of leaves and flowers with gold trim accents. They even subtly placed the NERV logo in the center of the saucer.

Check out more pics below. [click to continue…]

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This Ghostbusters-themed menu from Japanese fast-food chain J.S. Burgers Café might come back to haunt you.

Specifically your butthole.

Their Marshmallow Mad Burger looks interesting as a dessert. I mean, I’m a fan of both Oreos and marshmallows. Who isn’t? Of course, I’d like to know what the bun is made of and what that sauce is, but it looks fairly straightforward.

Where you start to lose me is with the “G.B. Burger” which apparently has black olive and anchovy paste, some white stuff and the ubiquitous black bun.

The “Black Chili Chips” looks like a side of potato chips with some black chili beans more white stuff, some red stuff…I..yeah, no.

Finally, we get a little ectoplasm coloring with some sort of green kiwi smoothie. I think I’ve also identified little candy burgers, green maraschino cherries…and are those green corn chips? Slimer only knows.

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Since isopods are a thing that’s popular in Japan, we now have an isopod tea infuser. It was only a matter of time I suppose.

Unfortunately, you’ll have to travel to the Numazu Deepblue Aquarium in Japan’s Shizuoka Prefecture to get one. One user commented that tea kept gushing out of the crustacean’s bottom holes, making it “grosser than expected”… We imagine that its weird looking smile didn’t help.

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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.

Prepare yourself for sensory overload… [click to continue…]

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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)