LCD Display that will make you hungry

While the NTT DoCoMo’s smell-o-phone still remains to be seen, NTT’s scent technology has made it into the wild. Recruit Co Ltd has released a unit that emits appetizing scents along with video advertising offerings from cafes and restaraunts in the underground mall of Tokyo Station. This system is the...

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Stuffed plush portables

You can never have too many soft replicas of your favorite electronics as falling asleep with them on the bed may prove painful when you roll over onto the stylus of your Nintendo DS. Designer Kmila Rodz has created awesome felt plush versions of the IPhone, classic Game Boy, and...

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Ikoma City dumps vending machines

Japan is known as the land of the rising sun… and the land of vending machines. There are over 5.4 million vending machines as of Dec 2007 in Japan alone. However, with going green becoming a worldwide trend, how much of a carbon footprint are those vending machines leaving? The...

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AKIBA Today site launches

As an American covering Japan, I depend on blogs and other websites that offer glimpses into daily Japan. I believe many people would be surprised to see how many blogs I have in Google reader in my quest to catch things off the radar that other Japan focused blogs miss....

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5 reasons why Shoko Nakagawa is awesome

5 reasons why Shoko Nakagawa is awesome

If you don’t know who Shoko Nakagawa is, you have missed out on one of the most entertaining, funny, and truly moe idols ever. She is not only a successful gravure idol, but she can also sing, act, and is one of the biggest otaku in the world! Yep, you...

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Nanaca Crash!

Looking for a fun way to waste time that involves a cute anime girl named Nanaca running into Taichi with her bike causing him to go flying in the air all while being rated for distance? Yea, I know you are. So that’s why I choose to share Nanaca Crash!...

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Bandai Namco wants more subtitles

We all know that the overseas anime and gaming markets are growing at a ridiculous pace. Anime companies in Japan, in particular, simply cannot keep up with the demand in non-Japanese speaking regions. Bandai Namco must have realized this, and have taken the first steps to help their overseas distribution....

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Unagi Nobori – Eel energy drink

Unagi Nobori – Eel energy drink

Japan’s hot right now. Summer is in full swing, and that means one thing… It’s eel-eating season! To start the season right, Japan Tabacco INC has released the first mass-produced eel drink in Japan called Unagi Nobori (Surging Eel). Unagi Nobori is being marketed towards manly men who are exhausted...

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Traditional Japanese dog house

Over the last few centuries, pets, and more specifically dogs, have become important members of families here in the states and overseas. Japan is no exception. Pets in Japan even have their own social networks for finding other pets with the same car chasing, furniture scratching habits. Marco Morosini is...

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JPopJapan.com Launches!

If you’re a fan of JPop, you may want to check out ChrisG’s latest creation, JPopJapan.com. While there are only a handful of constantly updated JPop blogs and sites for the English speaking fans, JPopJapan.com hopes to not only become an active place for discussion of new JPop hitting the...

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Akihabara’s vehicle-free street to reopen?

Could Akihabara’s vehicle-free street come back? Akibablog pointed out that earlier signs announcing the close of vehicle-free street are now gone. The vehicle-free street had been closed since June 15th, and had been the first time being closed since it started in 1973. July 27th marks the 49th day since...

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Japan objects to Olympic baseball rules

The new baseball rules for the 2008 Beijing Olympics has team Japan manager Senichi Hoshino very upset. The new rules state that during the 11th inning, each team will begin with a runner on first and second base. This was done to prevent long drawn out games. The Olympic Committee...

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