November 01


The Edible Hello Kitty

I’ve seen Hello Kitty’s face on everything from officially licensed Tokyo buses to obviously unlicensed machine guns, but this is the first time I’ve seen Kitty-chan rendered in…rice. This bento box is one of the items available in the Mitsukoshi department store’s current Hello Kitty promotion. Other tempting Hello Kitty promo items include:

Hello Kitty “dessert vinegar”

Kitty-shaped taiyaki filled with red bean paste

Kitty-chan bento box with more Kitty-chans inside

I wonder if kids in Japan bite off the ears first, just like Easter bunny-devouring kids in America do…

Read a novel set in Tokyo

In the wake of a deadly earthquake, fans erupt in a frenzy of mourning when it’s discovered that their favorite pop star is among the dead. But when Detective Kenji Nakamura is sent to investigate a death at a local shrine, he finds evidence that suggests the impossible: How could the head priest have been murdered by…read more