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Morinaga Aloe Yogurt TV commercials

Have you ever tried Aloe Yogurt in Japan?  It’s pretty yummy and healthy too. Morinaga has promoted its healthy Aloe Yogurt  アロエヨーグルト on television commercials over the last few years featuring various Japanese celebrities including singer Meisa Kuroki, actress Chiaki Kuriyama and actor Teppei Koike, models Rena Tanaka, SHIHO and actress Misato Tachibana.  Check out their fun TV commercials below.

Posted on Sunday, December 23rd, 2012
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Wasabi Kit Kit only in Japan

It was just about a matter of time before the folks at Kit Kit Japan would combine the iconic chocolate biscuit bar with Japanese wasabi!! Wasabi Kit Kat lists real wasabi-stem powder 茎わさびパウダー in its ingredients so expect this Kit Kat to pack a distinctive taste.

Looking like a green tea flavored chocolate bar, it is fact white milk chocolate with a strong wasabi flavor.   The milky white chocolate goes surprisingly well with wasabi and the cream between the wafers is also wasabi flavored.

Posted on Monday, September 17th, 2012
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Coharu cute label maker from KingJim

Need really strong labels made from masking tape?  Japan has just the product from you.  The portable Masking tape printer “Coharu” (マスキングテーププリンター「こはる」) is manufactured by King Jim.

Posted on Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
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Niko Dama Japanese toy makes objects come to life

Niko dama (ニコダマ)  made by Cube is a cool and goofy Japanese high tech toy comprising of a pair of two gazing eyeballs that you can put on practically any object or surface.  When both eyes are aligned on a surface, they send each other signals and start blinking simultaneously making that object come to life!

Posted on Wednesday, August 1st, 2012
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Habushu Awamori Okinawa liquor has a pit viper inside

Look closely and what do you see in these jars? Habushu (ハブ酒) is an Awamori (similar to shochu) based liqueur made in Okinawa, Japan. The awamori is first mixed with various herbs and honey giving the clear liquid a yellow hue. A pit viper is then inserted into the liquid and stored until consumed. The viper is believed by some to have medicinal properties!

Posted on Friday, June 1st, 2012
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Floating chair for Japanese elderly

Did you know that  researchers at Japan’s Kobe Gakuin University  developed a prototype for a levitating or floating chair 浮遊移動型車いす for the elderly?   Developed by Tsunesuke Furuta and others at the university’s rehabilitation department, the floating chair hovers on a small cushion of air and was inspired by arcade air hockey which uses an air compressor that shoots jets of air out of many openings beneath a sports-style car seat on a platform.

The seat can be swapped for a zabuton, a typical Japanese style floor cushion. When kneeling on it, users can move around by dragging themselves across the floor with their hands.

Posted on Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
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Cute Choken Bako dog bank for kids

Choken Bako Robotic Dog Bank

Another cute toy bank for the kids.  This one is called the the Choken Bako bank which features the happiest, hungriest dog you’ll ever meet sitting on top of a box.   Like other toy banks, you drop some coins into the dog’s dish and watch him gobble up the coins (which are then stored in the box)

Choken Bako Robotic Dog Bank

Cute Choken Bako dog bank for kids

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Posted on Tuesday, May 1st, 2012
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Japanese astrology and warrior robot condoms from Yamashita Latex

Aquarius Astrology Condom

Looking for something unique to bring back from Japan on your holiday?  How about these “moe” looking Astrology Condoms which are the product of  Japanese company  Yamashita Latex Industrial Ltd. 山下ラテックス,  a small Japanese firm best known for their Perma Skin, Love Collection and Impact brands of condoms.

Pisces Astrology Condom

Posted on Monday, April 23rd, 2012
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Itazura Coin Bank toy for kids

Toy banks are a fun way for kids to learn about money and in particular saving money.  In Japan, the Itazura Bank is a fun example of a coin bank toy. In Japanese ‘itazura’ means to play a trick on someone. The  120 x 115 x 100mm (4.7 x 4.5 x 3.9″) box  looks like an ordinary fruit box but place your yen coins on the appropriately fish-themed button and soon the box will open and a cute cat (or dog)  appears and with it’s paw takes your money!

Posted on Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
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Cool Japanese wine stand from Kijiya

Here is a cool and modern wooden wine stand ワイン立て made in Takayama Japan. This simple yet stylish wine stand (W60×H250) has an elegant curve and a fine wood texture.  Just put the wine bottle neck in the hole and it stands. The stand which makes a great gift comes in 4 kinds of woods – Walnut, Black walnut, cherry, horse chestnut and  oak and costs 3,200-3,700 Yen.

See more great custom made wood products from Kijiya家具工房 雉子舎 here.

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Posted on Sunday, April 15th, 2012
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