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Toru Yamashito, a blacksmith from Japan, created a series of beautiful, high-carbon steel utility knives that just happen to be shaped like whales. As you’ll see after the break, the knives are made to look like five different types of whales (I think the humpback is my favorite!). They’re actually utility knives, which means that they can be used for just about any daily task ranging from opening letters to dicing up some apples.

Kujira Whale Knives are hand forged Multi Purpose Utility knives that have a Virgin High Carbon White Steel #2 inner core with a “Kurouchi” Black Forged finish and handle. Famed for their playful and imaginative whale shaped handles and their durable edge retentive blades these unique knives are sure to be a conversation piece.

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To honor the character known as Kirimi-chan, whose head is a giant piece of salmon, Japanese companies Pucco and Sanrio teamed up to create salted-salmon chewy candy. The limited edition offering features a gray color to mimic salmon skin and the addition of salmon flakes to its center. But rather than acting as a ipecac, the candy has been described as having an orange flavor and only “hints of fish”, while others described it as sweet and mild.

Whatever the case, most purchases will most likely be the result of curiosity rather than any sort of appetizing appeal.

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The Titans might not have wieners, but you can still enjoy an Attack on Titan hot dog in the theater if you don’t think too much about it. The hot dogs will be on sale at Aeon cinemas in Japan ahead of the movie’s debut. Diners can choose from honey mustard which goes on sale this week or relish and ketchup which comes out in September. Both are ¥550 or about $4.48 and come in Attack on Titan boxes.

See Also: New Attack On Titan Trailer Is Loaded With Maneuver Gear Mayhem

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This kit from Japan will let you create the cutest little kitty rice balls for your lunch. It also comes with cutters so you can make whiskers and eyes from sheets of seaweed.

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Well, here’s another reason why you should start planning a trip to Japan. In honor of Mario’s 30th anniversary, Nintendo joined up with Tower Record Cafes to open three Super Mario-themed cafes in Tokyo’s Shibuya, Omotesando and Ebisu districts.

Kyle McLain is a diehard Nintendo fan, and he recently stopped by those three cafes (which are around for a limited time only) and documented his experience on Twitter.

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I want a Sailor Moon birthday cake so bad! Only it’s not my birthday…and I don’t live in Japan. However, if you are a Sailor Moon fan that’s lucky enough to be in Japan, know that these intricately detailed cakes will be available at convenience stores and anime/novelty shops starting September 21st.

They’re only 600 yen (approx. $4.80 USD) and they come with a cake plate and cute little chocolate toppers.

The cakes include:

Sailor Moon Fresh Strawberry Cake, Tuxedo Mask Chocolat Framboise, Sailor Mercury Quivering Jelly Cake, Sailor Mars Red Berry Tart, Sailor Jupiter Matcha Square Cake, Sailor Venus Orange Mousse, Sailor Chibi Moon Luna P Dome Cake (made with blueberry cream), and Sailor Pluto Sachertorte (chocolate cake with apricot jam filling).

You know you want one.

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Burger King in Japan already tried out black burger buns, so red seems like a natural evolution of the trend. We assume it was flame-broiled in the fires of Hell.

It’s called the Aka Burger or “Red Burger” and can be ordered with Samurai Beef or Samurai Chicken starting on July 3rd.

It comes with hot sauce made from miso paste mixed with Chinese chili bean sauce and red peppers. They call the concoction “ANGRY” sauce. It’ll cost you about $4.36 for the chicken or $5.57 for the beef.

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Isao Machii is a master swordsman, and he recently had the opportunity to show off his skills for mobile carrier Softbank. During the ad, Machii takes out a number of different foods (including fried shrimp) traveling towards him at high speed. Needless to say, never get into a food fight with a samurai.

See Also: An Air Cannon Is The Most Badass Way To Fry Shrimp

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These beautiful, realistic candy animals are from Japanese confectioner Shinri Tezuka of Ameshin. The shop, found in the Asakusa district of Tokyo, uses a 1300-year-old art called Amezaiku that involves mixing sugar, water, cornstarch and organic coloring for sculpting candy. According to Tezuka:

(translated) Retention of candy crafted a traditional technology of Japan, and aims to further develop stand-up candy goldsmiths population, it is “candy crafted Ameshin”. And holding a workshop store in Tokyo’s Asakusa, manufacture and sale of candy craft, production demonstration, made-to-order production, we do hold, etc. of experience classroom. In addition, across the country of the event, also business trip production demonstrations and business trip experience classroom such as at a party, etc.

They’re really too pretty to eat!

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“Dam curry”, the new popular and fun food plating technique in Japan, brings playing with your food to a whole new level! Basically, curry rice is used to make a dam on the plate to hold black the delicious forces of curry sauce. Eateries across the country are joining in and creating awesome rice architecture. The plates are imaginative, but totally serves a purpose of keeping the rest of your food save from a soggy fate.

Check out more rice dam fortresses after the break.

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