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Month: May 2018

Medicom Toy Releases its Latest Version of the Maneki Neko

In Japan, a maneki neko, or “beckoning cat,” is a common sight in shops, restaurants and other businesses as a kind of lucky charm. Medicom Toy has reinvented this classic figurine in the style of its popular Bearbrick toys, only this one is called a Ny@brick, a play on words incorporating the sound that cats make in Japanese. Medicom previously released a silver and red Ny@brick, but the latest version of its “Money Cat” is a striking gold with a face reminiscent of traditional maneki neko and a tail printed on the back. The figures are available in both...

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Learn Your Cuts of Fish with a Tuna Anatomy Puzzle

If you’ve ever eaten at an authentic Japanese sushi restaurant, you know that ordering is not as easy as simply asking for tuna. It’s the cut of the tuna that makes all the difference, with different parts of the same fish having completely different flavors (and prices). With this clever 3D puzzle, you’ll be able to impress your sushi chef with your knowledge of sushi anatomy during your next visit. The 33 pieces fit together perfectly into the tuna-shaped body for a game that is fun, challenging and educational all at the same time. Not a fan of fish?...

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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s New Digital Single and International Tour

Anyone with an interest in Harajuku culture, Japanese pop music, or Tokyo’s kawaii fashion tribes will no doubt be familiar with Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. The fashion blogger turned model and recording artist has represented the weird and wonderful world of Harajuku on the global stage for several years now. And while recently her look has matured somewhat, the singer is now back with a new single and an international tour. Last month Kyary released a new digital single called “Kimi no Mikata.” In the video, her costume and makeup are decidedly toned down from previous appearances, but the production...

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