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Japan’s Plastic Food is Famous. Now You Can Make Your Own.

Tourists to Japan are often fascinated by its elaborate displays of plastic food, which populate the windows of restaurants, cafes, crepe shops and more. The curious shopper can buy their own inedible food samples in Tokyo’s “kitchen town” of Kappabashi, but those who really want to know more about this strange Japanese quirk can now try their hand at making their own, right in their own home. Capitalizing on the popularity of and fascination with its products, one plastic food maker has begun selling kits that include everything customers need to try making their own weird and wonderful fake...

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Toy Story Toys by Tomica

Japanese toy company Takara Tomy is known for producing engaging, affordable toys representing a variety of characters. It’s Tomica brand of toy cars has released a series of items that any Toy Story fab will want to collect. There are cars and figures representing all the major characters in the series, including Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, the aliens, the green army men, and more. They’re great to play with on their own, but add in one of the bigger pieces in the series for hours of fun. Tomica’s exandable version of Andy’s bedroom encourages creativity with its multiple features....

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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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