All posts tagged "News"

  • 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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  • 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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  • Could this Danish dating site be a cure to Japan’s low fertility rate?

    apan’s current fertility rate of 1.43 % is slowly but steadily rising from 1.26% where it was in 2005. Compared to the last three years, the number of mothers in their 30s giving birth to 2nd and...

    • Posted December 15, 2014
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  • Buying gifts? Think Flying Tiger.

    The fun Swedish discount store Flying Tiger goes to the top of the list this year for the best place to buy a wonderful selection of quirky goods. The Omotesando store still requires a wait if you...

    • Posted December 15, 2014
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  • The Little Pie Factory opens in Hiroo

    As you walk through the street going to the Arisugawa park or National Azabu supermarket in Hiroo, you will come across an enticing aroma of freshly baked goodies wafting through the area. It’s The Little Pie Factory...

    • Posted November 15, 2014
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  • They’re back…

    It’s going to be a riot. After 12 years, the whole Portakolas family is set to return for a sequel to the 2002 blockbuster comedy film My Big Fat Greek Wedding according to US magazine, Entertainment weekly....

    • Posted November 10, 2014
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  • House Renovation company launches an eyebrow-raising apartment style

    A “Kon katsu” apartment (translates to an apartment style built to make a woman desirable for marriage) was recently launched by Homes, a Japanese renovation company, having what is viewed by a male blogger as ‘kowai‘ (scary) ...

    • Posted November 1, 2014
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  • Things are looking good for moms who want to work

    According to Kyodo news’ October 31 report, Japan has finalized a bill to accept foreign nannies and/or domestic helpers in ‘special zones’ along with other deregulatory measures. This means mommies will not have to trade career ambition...

    • Posted October 31, 2014
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  • Minato city prepares families for major earthquakes

    In 2012, Scientists in Japan had predicted that Tokyo will experience another shake in the 7 magnitude range  by or around 2016 which could put 8.9 million people’s safety under threat. When the March 11, 2011 earthquake...

    • Posted October 3, 2014
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  • Apple unveils its new Apple Watch

    It’s official. Apple Watch, the first wearable smart device for men and women was revealed today at a product launch in California. It will be available from US$349.00 in the U.S. which means Japan’s price may slightly...

    • Posted September 10, 2014
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  • Signed, sealed, delivered

    Japan, a country with nearly 20,000 interracial marriages a year that end in divorce has finally joined the Hague Convention after constant pressure by the United States and member countries from Europe. This means that Japan will...

    • Posted March 12, 2014
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  • Japanese preschooler donates his piggy bank savings to typhoon victims

    According to the United Nations, typhoon-ravaged Tacloban city, Leyte,  Philippines has recorded a death toll of 4,460 with the number still expected to rise as local and international disaster relief operations continue the search.  Some bodies are...

    • Posted December 17, 2013
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  • Max Brenner opens in Tokyo

    CHOCOCULT Fans of chocolate don’t have to wait for the end of the year to indulge as Max Brenner’s first chocolate emporium opens at the beginning of December. Max Brenner, for those not in the loop, is the...

    • Posted December 15, 2013
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  • Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ banking rules change

    If, at the end of the year, you find yourself complaining that you don’t have enough money as projected at the start of the year, you might want to review the bank charges taken out of your...

    • Posted October 11, 2013
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