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Street Fighter II and UBIQ Collab Shoes Put Some Extra Kick in Your Step

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Who needs a plain old Street Fighter II t-shirt when you could have shoes instead?
Street Fighter II has been making a comeback in popularity lately, with companies like Toyota awaking that old gamer’s spirit in potential car buyers and this viral video of an awesome drummer dressed...

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Creative Sole: Japanese Sneaker Culture Explores The Multicultural World of Japan’s Casual Footwear Design

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JAPAN TRENDS
 
The writer Manami Okazaki has carved out a solid name for herself in what are sometimes dismissively called “coffee-table books”, but are at heart lovingly conceived and designed photo books or art catalogues. Previous examples of her books include Kokeshi, from Tohoku with Love, a...

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Ring, Ring, Your Giant Nuclear Monster is Calling

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April Fools Jokes coming out of Japan have a track record of becoming reality.
The largest example in recent years was the combining of Neon Genesis Evangelion and Shin Godzilla after both franchises shared director Hideaki Anno.
 
One illustration led to over a year’s worth of art ...

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Cat Desktop Robotic Vacuum Cleaner is Meme Homage with a Practical Twist

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JAPAN TRENDS
 
Anyone who has ever trawled YouTube will have encountered videos of cats.
And probably anyone who had looked at more than a few would have soon encountered a subgenre of the YouTube cat video: cats sitting on Roomba robotic vacuum cleaners as they move around the kitchen cleaning. ...

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Special Ash Cap Pikachu Added to Pokémon GO for Game’s First-Birthday Celebration

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It’s not like Pikachu really needed to be any cuter, but he’s gotten an adorableness upgrade anyway.
As with most Pokémon, Pikachu is completely naked in the original character design. However, the most famous Pocket Monster species has shown a willingness to dress up when the occas...

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FES Watch U, Sony’s Customizable Designer E-paper Wristwatch Available Now

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JAPAN TRENDS
 
Sony has been developing an innovative new series of products called First Flight, a crowdfunding and retail platform for developing unique projects that you wouldn’t expect from the veteran yet staid electronics maker.
Examples so far include toio, a robotics engineering toy for k...

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Super NES Classic Edition Announced, Brings Back The ‘90s in More Ways Than You Can Imagine

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Nintendo’s new retro system includes a never-before released game, plus some of the odder elements of gaming in the 16-bit era.
While its insistence on doing things its own way can sometimes make Nintendo a stubborn company, recently it’s been giving fans exactly what they want. Wan...

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Namco Creates The Perfect Plushie Bag For Your Little Pal

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Why let your plushies sit inside your room all day? Now you can take them out for a walk.
Namco has struck gold. They’ve created a bag especially for plushies so that you can take them with you wherever you go! The round-shaped bag comes with a strap that you can use by itself or to...

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Printoss Instantly Scans, Prints Smartphone Photos

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JAPAN TRENDS
 
We may be all digital these days but there’s still nothing quite like the joy of holding a precious selfie or romantic snap in your hands.
The need for physical copies of photos is not going to die away, no matter how digital our tools and lifestyles become. Hence the potential mar...

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Japanese Mascot Characters

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Cute and lovable characters of all colors and sizes
Children love them, so do adults. Yuruchara is the short form of yurui character, which is a term for Japanese mascot characters. “Loose” in literal translation, they are generally laid-back, fun, and lovable. The characters are u...

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