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Will Hello Kitty as Wonder Woman Help Promote the Superhero Film in Japan?

Sanrio’s (サンリオ) Hello Kitty (ハローキティ) is known for emulating different characters such as the gun-slinging schoolgirl from the 2016 Sailor Suit and Machine Gun (セーラー服と機関銃) movie or as the iconic robot in Mazinger Z (マジンガーZ), a Japanese super robot manga series. However, for the first time in history, Hello Kitty will be partnering with a…

Who Is Your Favorite Japanese Bus Mascot? Vote Now Before the Election Ends!

It’s that time of the year again – the time when people come together to cast a vote on their favorite mascots. This time, the first-ever Bus Character Championship will be held, giving every prefecture’s bus mascot a chance to be voted for by people online. Though most of these mascots are not that popular…

Check Out San-X’s New Character and Its Limited Edition Giant Soft Toy!

If you have been living here in Japan for a number of years, you’re sure to know by now how Japan takes it creativity a step further. But if you’re still new to the country, you’ll gradually come to notice the significant amount of effort most establishments put into promoting their brand. One common form…

Meet the Top 5 Japanese Mascots Who Won the Yuru-Chara Grand Prix 2016!

The Yuru-Chara Grand Prix is annually held in Japan where the public chooses their favorite yuru-chara i.e. costumed mascot characters representing local governments and companies. These characters are seen as a means to create awareness of and promote the local governments and corporations for tourism and business purposes. Online voting usually begins from July and…

All About the Twin Tail Hairstyle and Japan’s Pigtail Hair Idol Group

Japan has a long-time love affair with pigtails. This is better termed as “twin tail (ツインテール)” in the country and is definitely not a new hairdo. However, in the last few years, it has become more popular than ever. You can see many endless characters in video games, manga, and animations sporting this kind of…

Disturbingly Cute? Here Are 3 ‘Kimo-Kawaii’ Japanese Characters!

If you think something is disgusting, frightening, gross, or otherwise disturbing, say a lecherous businessman or Fuji-Q Highland’s haunted house, you can call it “kimoi” or sometimes “kimo.” This comes from the longer phrase “kimochi ga warui” (気持ちが悪い), which means to have a “bad feeling.” If something is cute, you can say “kawaii” (かわいい), which…

Cat Lover? Here Are 4 Neko Atsume Goodies That Are Purr-Fect for You!

Everyone knows the cat-collecting game called Neko Atsume in Japan. It gives the gamer a chance to take care of many cats while taking photos with them or receiving tokens from them. It is quite an addictive game that has even led fans to buying some of the game’s items. Here are 4 of the…

Wear This Pair of Jeans From Japan and Be an Irresistible Cat Magnet!

Cat lovers may revel in the idea of having many cats coming to them and jumping all over them. For this very reason, there are cat jeans that have been designed to attract cats to come and jump all over you. gcl.felissimo.jp/ The one behind the idea of creating these cat jeans is a manga…

Throwing a Party? Make It More Fun With These Japanese Seasonal Themed Party Poppers!

Each and every country in the world have their own way of observing events and celebrations. Whether it’s a profound celebration or a simple birthday gathering, the celebration becomes more fun and lively thanks to the props that we use to shake things up. crafthubs.com/ Party poppers are one of the most well-known and used…
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