• The best of Japan’s Good Design Expo
    September 2nd, 2010By Category: Shopping
    These cool and unusual takes on everyday items come from the Good Design Expo.  The event, which ran over the last weekend of August features products in competition for one of the top prizes in industrial design. A series of waterproof camera housings for taking y ... » Continue Reading
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    Fake Foreign Beer in Japan
    July 7th, 2010By Category: Shopping
    Many in Japan are used to the varieties of colas and beer that spring up, seemingly every year. Now JapanTrends reports on liquor store Yamaya's new entry, one that perhaps trumps all others: the Gugutto. It is in fact an import from a Korean manufacturer but you ... » Continue Reading
  • Mandarake Stores
    July 2nd, 2010By Category: Shopping
    Starting out in 1987 in the otaku paradise that is Nakano Broadway, in West Tokyo, manga and anime merchandisers Mandarake have conquered the rest of Japan and these days have stores across this metropolis – in Shibuya, Akihabara and Ikebukuro – as well as in other es ... » Continue Reading
  • Loft Japan
    February 3rd, 2010By Category: Shopping, Video
    Loft stores target homeowners and hobbyists and are a gift from the gods when it comes to hunting down cool things to decorate your home with. Inside you can find just about everything you will need, everything including kitchenware, furniture, home accessories, office ... » Continue Reading
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    Top 5 Best Selling Japanese Products of December 2009
    December 29th, 2009By Category: Shopping
    FlutterScape is an online marketplace for sharing and discovering unique products from Japan. The site offers buyers the chance to get interesting items of any kind while those already in Japan can make money selling them. Here are their top 5 best selling products ... » Continue Reading
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    Buying a Camera in Japan? Think again.
    December 21st, 2009By Category: Shopping
    One of the most common questions I get about tech from visitors to Japan is "Where do I get a cheap digital camera?"  My answer? "Hong Kong" Once well known as the place to get cheap cameras and new models not available anywhere else, it's been nearly a decade since ... » Continue Reading
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    The Wackiest Japanese Beauty Products Ever
    October 22nd, 2009By Category: Shopping
    Have you ever wandered the aisles of your local Japanese drug store chain wondering what most of the stuff is? Well, me too. And once I found out what some of it actually was, I had to laugh. But who really knows if these products work or not? It’s hard to say who wil ... » Continue Reading
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    Japanese face covers keep clothes makeup free
    September 25th, 2009By Category: Shopping
    Barring confusion with a still from some shopping mall horror flick, this photo from a Japanese dressing room might be rather self-explanatory. Whenever women want to try on clothes in Japan, they will usually find a box of nearly transparent fabric slips in the corne ... » Continue Reading