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If you’re settling down and planning to watch a Sailor Moon marathon, then only one snack will do: Sailor Moon tortilla chips. The magical snacks are part of a partnership with Japanese snack food company Koikeya, and the Sailor Moon gang will begin appearing on bags of chips as of November 21. The avocado cream cheese, bagna cauda, and balsamico grilled pork flavored chips will feature Sailors Moon, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, and Venus as well as Tuxedo Mask.

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The Tokyo Station Gundam Cafe is becoming McDaniel Hamburgers Gundam Cafe and it’s Gundam burgers for everyone.

Named after the restaurant in Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, McDaniel will open in Tokyo on November 19.

Currently on the menu: a Sleggar Burger, which is their basic hamburger, Gundam burger with Gouda cheese, a Char Zaku burger with special tomato sauce, olive and capers, or a Zaku II burger with avocado, steak sauce and woven trio of special wasabi soy sauces.

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Brands seem to be all about capitalizing on the holidays these days, and Frito-Lay is on point. Maybe. They’re offering special Christmas tree Doritos in Japan from late November to February. The tortilla chips are dyed green and shaped like trees, which is actually festive. It’s the flavor of the Doritos that’s bizarre. They taste like soup! The Rock ‘n’ White Doritos have a flavor of corn cream stew. Is it weird that I want to try them?

(Brand Eating via Consumerist)

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While this isn’t exactly made by Apple, it is made with apples.

A sweet shop in Japan has a new a dessert that Apple fans (and yes, I do mean that with a capital “A”) should really dig. The shop, which is named Taroan and is located in the Japanese town of Aizubange, recently unveiled a new pie that’s a play on the new iPhone: the iPie 6 Plus. For the shop’s sake, I’m hoping that Apple doesn’t bring down the legal hammer and file and injunction against delicious pie.

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Strawberry flavored milk is one thing, but Japan is now getting strawberry milk flavored Pepsi. It will be called “Pink Cola” and it is, in fact, very pink. This will be a limited edition flavor that will be made available beginning starting on December 9th, but it isn’t the first time it’s made an appearance. Pink Cola first went on sale in Japan back in 2011, so this return visit must mean it was a hit.

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New Year holidays are a big deal in Japan with the whole country closing up shop so everyone can gather with their families. They also eat something called osechi which is stacked in bento-like boxes and eaten over the course of several days so no one has to cook.

The food even has meaning, like shrimp to represent the elderly and beans to represent health or loyalty. It can even be had in a Pokéball-themed container that includes traditional foods along with stuff like hamburgers to make the kids happy. Each one contains a whopping 26 dishes and costs $136.

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Japanese fast food chain Lotteria is known for its monstrous burgers and huge tubs of fries, and now they’ve turned their creations into equally ridiculous 5-patty cheeseburger and shrimp burger USB sticks.  They’re 18.5cm tall and have 4 GB of memory, but you can’t actually buy them. Instead, Lotteria is giving them away to two followers on Twitter in order to commemorate the 7th anniversary of their “zeppin” (superior) line of burgers.

(Weekly ASCII via Kotaku)

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Generally speaking, censorship isn’t a good thing…unless it’s clever and funny. A prime example is a new Attack on Titan exhibition that’s being held at the Ueno Royal Museum in Tokyo in late November.

According to Livedoor News, in order to promote the exhibit, the museum put up posters like the one above at the Roppongi Station in Tokyo. AoT is all about giants eating people (and yeah, it can get bloody). So the museum went with some funny self-censorship by making it appear as if the Titans in the posters are eating fast food items instead of people.

The exhibit starts on November 28 and will run until January 25, and it will feature unique art from Hajime Isayama, the creator of AoT, an Oculus Rift 3D movie, a “realistic” Titan (yikes!) a specialized “sound and light” presentation and much, much more.

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Minoo City in Japan is famous for its Japanese Maple trees called momiji, and each year when the leaves change, they celebrate by creating momiji tempura. These fried leaves are first soaked in salt barrels for more than a year before being dipped in batter and fried up into a snack. This is a very old tradition with some saying it’s been around for 1000 years!

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Can you ever have too much ice cream? Well, a doctor might say yes, but I say, “check out this giant tower of ice cream! Eat it all right now! Ice cream is all you need in life!” Cue maniacal laughter and end scene.

The Daily Chico restaurant in the basement of the Nakano Broadway shopping mall in Tokyo makes this epic ice cream monster, which features eight different soft-serve ice creams on a single extra-large sugar cone. The cost isn’t too bad either: 390 yen ($3.60 US). The flavors are as follows, starting from the tippy top: Tochi Otome strawberry, chocolate, mocha, vanilla, melon, grape, matcha green tea and something called ramune (which is a sort of Japanese cider).

If you stop by the restaurant, mind picking me up one? Maybe you can FedEx it or something?

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