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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.

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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.

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The Japanese Lolita-style has many iterations in fashion, but I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’ve ever seen it cross over into cutlery. Two new “Lolita” blades made-to-order by fourth-generation Japanese blacksmith Shigeki Tanaka are being offered by Takumi Armory and they’re gorgeous.

The black Gothic-style “Juliette” has a butterfly-adorned blade etched with roses while the pink “Lappin” has hearts both etched and molded into the blade.

Given the prices, I’m sure the blades themselves are as sharp as they are pretty, but I’m not sure I’d have the heart to actually use them.

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Question: How do you convince the Japanese to work at McDonald’s? Answer: You hire Studio Colorido to make an anime short about how much fun working there can be.

Alright, yes, McDonald’s employment may not be glamorous, or exciting, and maybe people will yell at you because they didn’t want pickles in their Big Mac (and even though they didn’t tell you you should just know, goddamnit). But hey, maybe this little bit of admittedly gorgeous animation, featuring voice acting from several members of AKB48, will convince young people that a job at McDonald’s is a good place to start.

The short is part of McDonald’s “Mirai no Watashi” (or “The Future Me”) initiative to hire more part-time workers. Not much I can say to make fun of that, so pretend this paragraph ended with a hilarious joke, then laugh at it in the appropriate manner.

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If you’re a fan of Studio Ghibli’s 1989 film Kiki’s Delivery Service, then you’ll be happy to know that there’s a bakery in Japan made just for you.

This fun bakery inspired by the film is pretty darn cute, and it’s jam-packed with tasty pastries. A RocketNews reporter stopped by the bakery (it’s based in Yufuin Floral Village, a shopping complex in the Oita Prefecture of Kyushu) and she snapped some fun pictures of the quaint, European-style bakery and sampled a couple of delicious goodies too.

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