All posts tagged "News"

  • Snoove

    If you haven’t checked out Aprica’s new premium class 3-wheeler SNOOVE stroller yet, you may be in for a surprise. While it is packed with new safety and comfort features to suit a Tokyo lifestyle such as...

    • Posted July 27, 2017
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  • Japan’s Fishermen Sells Wake Up Call Service

    Busy brains keep deep sleepers from waking up. If an alarm clock doesn’t work for you and have trouble jumping out of bed in the morning, fret not, Japan’s fishermen have your back. Yes – fishermen. The...

    • Posted July 9, 2017
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  • Nintendo Super Famicom is back in a smaller version.

    Japan’s video game company Nintendo,  has announced today the return of its classic Super Famicom box in a version smaller than the first video game system played by families in the 90s. Aptly named “Nintendo Classic Mini:...

    • Posted June 27, 2017
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  • Meet the widest gaming monitor

    Kicking back with Samsung’s latest offering and mother-of-all wide monitors offers an immersive gaming experience. We’re talking about CHG90, the very first ultra wide monitor never before seen in the market.   The 49-inch CHG90 with a...

    • Posted June 10, 2017
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  • The new questionnaire US visa applicants all over the world need to know

    Are you traveling to the US this summer and need a US visa? According to Reuters, the Trump administration has approved a new questionnaire for those who need a visa to enter the United States. The new...

    • Posted June 3, 2017
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  • License now required for people renting out properties to people through an online marketplace.

    When you rent out your property or motor vehicle to visitors through an online marketplace, there is a risk owners have to take in case occupants cause some damage to the rented property. Occupants too can be...

    • Posted June 1, 2017
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  • Ice cream that does NATTO melt

    Parents can now say adieu to dripping ice cream cones because scientists at Universities of Edinburgh and Dundee in Scotland have finally cracked the code to creating a firmer, slower-melting ice cream by using a special protein...

    • Posted May 22, 2017
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  • Go-kart companies asked by police to improve riders’ safety

    Out of twelve go-kart accidents reported in the city which Japan’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has been tracking since March, ten of them involved foreign tourists. Zooming away in a go-kart  has become a popular way of...

    • Posted May 22, 2017
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  • Japan’s next generation bicycle tires don’t need air

    When conventional tires’ pressure drop after about a certain distance travelled, it is normal for bikes to become sluggish and less responsive. The good news is with Bridgestone Cycle’s next generation ‘air-free’ nirinsha, (Japanese word for two-wheelers) ...

    • Posted May 16, 2017
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  • Possibly contaminated plastic pieces found on Volvic pet bottles in Japan

    Kirin Beverage announced that it is voluntarily recalling 3.7 million 500 ml- bottles of Volvic mineral water with expiry date on October 2019.  The water in question was distributed across Japan except Okinawa and Kyushu. “The reason...

    • Posted May 2, 2017
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  • New glider bikes for kids 2-5 years old

    Kicker Avance, a new two-wheeled pedal-less bike by Asahi designed for children ages 2-5 years old is what every parent needs to make his child’s transition to a regular kids bike easy. It rides like a regular...

    • Posted April 26, 2017
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  • Best passport in the world 2017: Germany shares top spot with an Asian country. Hint: It’s not Japan.

    Global Financial Advisory firm Arton Capital recently revealed the most powerful passports in the entire world this year. Although Germany remains to be on top of the list, it is joined for the first time this year...

    • Posted April 15, 2017
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  • Tamagotchis are back

    Purveyor of Japanese toys Bandai is back with its six original Tamagotchi creatures, the handheld digital pet in the 90s that got children busy with poos, pees, getting it fed and keeping it alive. The goal of...

    • Posted April 13, 2017
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  • If ‘Mrs.’ stands for Missus, why the heck do we spell Mrs. with an ‘r’?

    In the 18th century, a man was addressed as ‘master’ or Mr. and a woman of the household as ‘mistress’ or Mrs. Cambridge University historian Dr. Amy Erickson suggests that the title “Mrs.” (pronounced ‘mistress’) used for...

    • Posted April 12, 2017
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  • First Japanese Chef awarded the French Cuisine Chef Prize

    Anyone who loves haute cuisine feels happy to live in Japan. With culinary powerhouse Tokyo now having 227 Michelin-starred restaurants (50 are French restaurants),  it is safe to assume that Japanese chefs have come a long way...

    • Posted April 8, 2017
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  • If you drink tap water in Japan, here’s something you need to know.

    According to posters distributed by Japan Water Works Association (Nihon Suidou Kyokai), Japan is one of only 15 (out of 196) countries in the world with potable tap water.    (Source: Global Water Supply and Sanitation Assessment 2000...

    • Posted April 6, 2017
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  • A bilingual toy that helps your child think and learn about colors

    Every time the chameleon’s brush scans a palette of paint around him, the chameleon’s body lights up and changes to the same color. It also says the name of the color in Japanese and English which can...

    • Posted March 29, 2017
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  • Tape wonder for Lego toys

    If your children play with Lego, they will love this new product, Lego blocks compatible tape. Nimuno loops is a Lego adhesive plastic strip with Lego bumps on one side that will turn anything into a Lego-compatible...

    • Posted March 15, 2017
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  • A New Capsule Hotel Opens Next Month at Fuji-Q Highland

    Cabin & Lounge Highland Station Inn, located just a 1-minute walk from Fuji-Q Highlands, a theme park in Yamanashi prefecture, will be open for business from April 27 (Thu), 2017. The capsule-style private room slightly more spacious...

    • Posted March 9, 2017
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  • It’s new

    Japan’s purveyor of dairy products Snow Brand Milk Products Co. Ltd. has a new coffee-flavoured spread that will delight breakfast lovers looking for something different from the classic butter and jam combo. Yuki Coffee Soft is a...

    • Posted February 18, 2017
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  • Competition is a good thing. We saved money on Fiber Optic service by 50%.

    In May 2016, the Japanese government revised the Telecommunications Business Law to protect consumers prompting service providers to: 1. issue an advance notice of renewal to subscribers tied up to a two-year contract; 2. create a breakdown...

    • Posted February 7, 2017
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  • Why is your electric bill high in winter?

    Electric bills rise over winter as households in Japan use more electric appliances. Even with Christmas lights running all night long in December and people using tumble dryer more frequently in winter, a survey conducted by I...

    • Posted December 23, 2016
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  • There’s a strange mini roll in toilets at Narita airport

    There’s a new item you will find added in toilets at Narita Airport apart from hygienic, sophisticated and warm toilet seats.  It’s a small roll of paper  the size of a grocery receipt that sits in a...

    • Posted December 22, 2016
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  • New taxi fares in Tokyo

    Effective Jan 30, 2017, the new starting fare of all taxis in Tokyo will be ¥410 good for the first 1.052 kms. Currently, it’s ¥730 for the 1st 2 kms. For every 237 meters travelled, the new...

    • Posted December 22, 2016
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  • Late night shopping at Platinum Don Quijote

    I must admit running the household and taking care of twins and a toddler can be too challenging at times. Thanks to this place called Platinum Don Quijote right down our alley, we are able to manage...

    • Posted December 19, 2016
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  • Japan’s Best Chef Knives: A Cut Above

    Highly skilled sushi chefs in Japan will tell you that one way to tell a great chef from an amateur is by looking at his knife. Japanese sushi chefs take pride in using professionally crafted extra thin,...

    • Posted December 17, 2016
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  • Chinese garlic is cheap but I won’t be buying it ever again. Here’s why.

    We know that when it comes to food, the safety of our family comes first. What most of us don’t know though is how safe really are the foods we buy here in Japan.  Garlic is a...

    • Posted August 22, 2016
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  • If Japan has Fuji Rock, France has Festival of Twins

    Every year in August, France celebrates its long-standing tradition of honoring twins in the family, highlighted by a full-on merry making. The festival was started in 1981 by Alain Launay, a father of twin daughters, Cecile and...

    • Posted August 13, 2016
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  • How can you lose weight without having to give up rice? Japanese doctor has the answer.

    Summer is when we all resolve to be healthier and shapelier. But let’s face it – giving up rice or pasta can be difficult. Dr. Toshiro Ikeya’s newfound theory shows weight watchers don’t have to give up...

    • Posted August 10, 2016
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  • Japan’s new soap dispenser will put a smile on your face.

    Kanebo comes out with EVITA, a one-of-a-kind soap dispenser that pumps out a perfect rose-shaped facial cleansing foam.  The new product will be available on September 1st, 2016 at all cosmetics shops in the city.  Watch the...

    • Posted July 24, 2016
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  • Pick your green

    If the body requires a daily intake of 350 grams of fruits and vegetables to stay robust but your busy schedule prevents you from doing so, fret not, this newly opened shop has your back. Started by...

    • Posted July 19, 2016
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  • Purseonal

    Louis Vuitton Moet Henessy Group reported lower shares in the first quarter of 2016. Could it be because the much coveted luxury bag brand has lost its appeal in Japan due in part to ubiquitous LV canvas...

    • Posted May 25, 2016
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  • New Lightweight stroller made for Tokyo cruising

    For 8 straight years, the Mechakaru line of Combi lightweight strollers has been selling like hotcakes in Japan. A new addition to the Mechakaru series for release this month is the ‘White Label Mechakaru,’ the first 2016...

    • Posted April 23, 2016
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  • Self tying shoes

    The name Hyper Adapt 1.0 sounds like some software version.  It’s not. It’s Nike’s latest self-lacing sports shoes with a sensor tucked in the heels. As you step in, your heel hits a sensor and the system...

    • Posted April 20, 2016
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  • Create the Super ‘Kawaii’ Peanuts Gang

    You probably don’t realize it but it’s only weeks away to the release  of  Peanuts The Movie in Japan.  The timeless appeal of Charles Schulz’s longest-running U.S. comic strip (50 years) has melted the hearts of many...

    • Posted November 13, 2015
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  • Japan to lift Uber ban?

    Carpooling, a ride-on-demand concept using an app to call a privately-owned car as taxi that’s becoming popular in other countries, is still banned in Japan. The ban on shiro takus (white taxis without permission to engage in...

    • Posted October 23, 2015
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  • Plant-based ice cream: No sugar, no milk, no soy

    Kippy’s Ice Cream from Venice, California launched its first two organic ice cream shops in Tokyo and Kyoto on October 16, 2015. No, Kippy’s does not plan to sugarcoat its ice cream and by that, I mean...

    • Posted October 20, 2015
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  • Barrier Free decor

    Brick and Mortar, an interior decor shop has just opened on the 6th floor of Lumine Department store in Shinjuku. Brick and Mortar brings a collection of interior items with strong themes of culture and environment. BRICK...

    • Posted October 5, 2015
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  • The ‘Fire’ Kids Play With

    With tablets becoming increasingly relevant in early education and home settings, the new Amazon’s Fire HD Kids Edition: HD 8 and HD 10 have just raised the bar. Not only have the features greatly improved since the...

    • Posted September 20, 2015
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  • Yamaha’s 2016 YZ series debuts this month

    Japanese motorcycle maker Yamaha took what’s cool with its previous iconic machine, fused it with the latest cutting edge technology and came up with a powerful racer bike. Yamaha’s 2016 YZ series which is scheduled to be...

    • Posted August 14, 2015
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  • Tips on buying a car in Japan

    Has your family just arrived in Japan? Thinking of buying a used car? Mick Lay, the go-to person for many foreign car buyers in Tokyo, shares his tips on how best to do it: “Timing is everything....

    • Posted August 6, 2015
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  • Line Up

    If you are itching to get back in line since queues for Taco bell and Guzman & Gomez, Blue Bottle cafe et all have all but died down, try the line for croissants in Azabudai’s Maison Landemaine,...

    • Posted June 8, 2015
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  • New French study links genital deformities in newborn baby boys to pollutants

    The results of a new study made by French research professors at the Centre hospitalier régional universitaire (CHRU) de Montpellier in France show that a pregnant woman regularly exposed to pollutants (in detergents, pesticides and hair grooming...

    • Posted June 6, 2015
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  • Are you happy with the way you look?

    A German market research company Gfk asked 270,000 people ages 15 and above in 22 countries to rate their own appearance. Check Japan’s results compared to other countries.

    • Posted June 5, 2015
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  • Skyscape

    If you’re wondering why Miranda Kerr was recently spotted in Tokyo, that’s because the Australian model mom was promoting Reebok’s new sneaker brand, Skyscape. Skyscape is a collection of comfortable, simple and customizable rubber footwear to suit...

    • Posted May 12, 2015
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  • A cut above

    The new value-added hairclipper by Philips not only adjusts the length by digital swipe operation, it also programs the comb to suit the user’s length settings from a range of 1mm – 42 mm in 0.1mm increments....

    • Posted April 9, 2015
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  • Your dining guidebook in Japan

    If all you can handle at Japanese restaurants is omizu kudasai or arigatou gozaimasu and don’t know what to say next at different situations while out and about in Japan, arm yourself with Situational Japanese: Dining in...

    • Posted April 9, 2015
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  • Forty Niner opens in Roppongi

    Forty Niner, Oahu’s oldest diner and famous breakfast stop since 1967, has just opened its first shop in Roppongi . It earned its place in the culinary map for the house’s signature Hawaiian bread cake with coconut...

    • Posted February 21, 2015
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  • Woodblock Printmaking parties in Asakusa

    Dave Bull wants you to have fun when you visit Mokuhankan, his new woodblock print store in Asakusa. While there, he’s happy to sell you one of his beautiful, handmade prints, either made by him or one...

    • Posted January 22, 2015
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  • Toddler’s video clip has gone viral

    The video clip of an adorable toddler boy by the name of Landon went viral with over 13 million hits. Watch it.

    • Posted December 17, 2014
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