If your squee-meter isn’t totally burnt out after Fox Village, it certainly will be, after we check out BUNNY ISLAND! Okunoshima isn’t easy to get to, but that’s why there’s an entire chunk of land off the … Continue Reading Let’s Go To Bunny Island!
On my way to check out the rooster shrine, I chanced upon these sight-challenged Jizos and a celebrity Kannon, chilling in a parking lot. • Read a novel set in Tokyo…
Jaded denizen of the interwebz that I am, there’s not much that makes me leap out of my chair and scream “WANT!” but when I first saw a picture taken at Zao … Continue Reading How To Go To Zao Fox Village: Squeeee Capital Of The World
Last weekend, Tokyo’s Design Festa delivered a level of craziness so far beyond words that once again, I’m just going to have to show you pictures. First, from the double rainbow world of animal goods… … Continue Reading Tokyo Design Festa 2015: Seriously, You Can’t Make This Stuff Up
Yes, I admit it: the reason I have a Suica train pass rather than a PASMO is that that Suica penguin mascot is SO SO SO CUTE. And guess what? I just discovered that we … Continue Reading Suica Penguins For Lunch!
The Grand Imperial Empire Of Lego obviously isn’t only in Japan, but an especially awesome part of it is! Welcome to Tokyo Legoland, where Godzilla is king, and Pokemons rule! If … Continue Reading Godzilla In Legoland
In Japan, the frenzy of weird Santas and blue poinsettias are whisked away the day after Christmas, and replaced with something far better…new year’s decorations! I never saw them before I lived … Continue Reading I Love Japanese New Year’s Decorations!
Sometimes, no matter what time of year it is, I’m just in the mood for a plate of princessy rice! • You’re missing all kinds of quirky new tidbits like this … Continue Reading Princess Rice
Now that I’ve seen socks with collars, all other socks seem so Casual Friday. • Read a novel set in Tokyo
10. SUSHI SOCKS 9. DIY CROSS STITCH PHONE CASE 8. ANIMAL SKELETONS 7. DEVIL WAX 6. EYELID EXERCISER 5. EMOJI EYE MASK 4. DEODORANT CANDY 3. NINJA SNACK PICKS 2. THE STATUE OF TOO MUCH … Continue Reading Ten Best Stocking Stuffers From Japan!
Never thought I’d be using the words “squeee!” and “fishcake” in the same sentence, but…! • Read a novel set in Tokyo
It was a rainy autumn morning in the mountains of Gunma, but I didn’t care because I’d just spent a half hour soaking in punishingly hot mineral water at a Japanese inn … Continue Reading Hot Springs Latte Art
10. What do you give the person who has everything? They’ve already got a one-shot coffee maker. And a one-shot tea machine. But I bet they don’t have a ONE-SHOT … Continue Reading Top Ten Only In Japan Holiday Gifts 2014!
The newest pet craze to hit Tokyo: hedgehogs. For full enjoyment of your new pet, it would be best to adopt a schedule that includes all-night video gaming, as they are primarily nocturnal and … Continue Reading Wonder If They’ll All Be Named ‘Sonic’?
Looking for a dinner companion who will light up when you’re near, even if you’re only eating Cup Noodles by the glow of your computer screen? Look no further, Forever Alones, now … Continue Reading Glow-In-The-Dark Skeleton Vending Machine
“Home Sweet Home” samplers – sooo 17th century. Today’s Crafty Craftpern whips up a smartphone case instead. Today at Shibuya Loft I saw needle & thimble-ready cases in eight different … Continue Reading Cross Stitch Yourself A Phone Case!
Just because weiners aren’t round and cuddly doesn’t mean they can’t have Hello Kitty Faces too. • Read a novel set in Tokyo
I’m sorry, but you’ll have to get in line behind meeeee! • Read a novel set in Tokyo
Which is weirder – that someone designed earplugs that make it look like a little person is making herself at home in your ears (EWWWW!) or that you can buy them from a … Continue Reading Sorry, I Can’t Hear You, There’s A Person In My Ear.
…even the pro wrestler sox seem to be outfitted with a pair of Gravity Is Not Our Friend boobs. Saw these at Don Kihote store in Shibuya. If you’d like to be … Continue Reading I Think They’re Supposed To Be Arms, But…
A lunchbox filled with penguin rice balls would be dangerous enough, but BABY penguin rice balls definitely sends the message NO MERCY in the cafeteria lunchbox fight-to-the-death! Comes with easy … Continue Reading Death By Cuteness: Baby Penguin Rice Balls
Whipped cream and chocolate were never things I looked for in a contact case, but once I saw these little bites of 20-20 goodness, I wondered why I ever settled … Continue Reading Cupcake Contact Case
Okay, bento warriors, here’s your chance to show the lunchroom what you’re really made of! Step by step instructions for making skull-tastic sushi rolls from any old scraps of rice, … Continue Reading Make Your Own Goth Sushi
Craving a cherry crane or a pine penguin? Or maybe you’ve always wanted to fold a walnut helmet! Yep, this origami is actually made from paper-thin slices of wood! You … Continue Reading Wooden Origami
Although digging into this adorable bunny-shaped rice might be a bit like steeling yourself to whack the head off a Bambi piñata, who can resist making boring old curry into … Continue Reading Rice Of Unbearable Cuteness
What better way to carry home a sack of edibles than in this Shibafest of a grocery bag? The National Azabu “foreign” supermarket in Hiroo was renovated to be a … Continue Reading Shibas, Shibas, Everywhere!
You know you want to get your paws on a pair of these! • Read a novel set in Tokyo…
These Rilakkuma bottle sweaters of overwhelming cuteness were given away FREE as a promo for cold green tea! But…how did I manage to get my hot little hands on one? … Continue Reading Water Bottle Mufflers!
Tweezers ready? Today we’ll learn how to craft labor-intensive lunchtime snacks from that most unlikely of gourmet ingredients, little red hot dogs! The secret ingredient to these classic octopus-mimicking treats … Continue Reading Weenie Madness
Bwahahaha, you’d better bite this sushi before it bites you! But if you think that’s the scariest food you might encounter this Halloween season, think again… Photos from http://ameblo.jp/kururinzushi. Jonelle Patrick … Continue Reading Spooky Sushi
You’ve been up since five, crafting the childrens’ Pikachu lunchboxes, but now the little darlings are blessedly off to school and it’s time to start worrying about your Shiba Inu Club … Continue Reading Bento Lunchboxes…For Dogs
Why is it that there’s suddenly a craze in Japan for cats that seem to have been snacking on Carb-O-Load Burgers, the Godzilla of pancakes, and deep-fried bacon on a … Continue Reading Sumo Cats
I didn’t think making a Japanese bento box could get any MORE labor intensive, but bless my tweezers and nail scissors, yesterday I saw The King Tut Bento. Feast your … Continue Reading The King Tut of Lunchboxing
I just discovered a Japanese website featuring a slightly demonic black cat, who demonstrates just how rewarding cat hat tatting can be. This foxy feline has trained his human servant … Continue Reading Wack Hats For Cats
I thought I’d seen it all when I encountered this device for making square eggs. Apparently, all you have to do is squish your perfectly hardboiled egg with the little … Continue Reading Square Eggs
Saw these the last time I was in Asakusa. Had to laugh! If you’d like to visit the Asakusa area the next time you’re in Tokyo, directions & maps are on my website, The … Continue Reading Shocked Socks
I’m always excited to see this Tokyo street artist’s work colonizing a new neighborhood. What is it about this character that really cheers me up? If you’d like to visit … Continue Reading Dance Cat
In the never-ending quest for lunchtime supremacy, now even the humble sandwich can have its day on the podium. If you can just talk your mom into whipping out a … Continue Reading Sandwiches Fight Back!
For the ultimate mottainai (“don’t let anything go to waste”), round up all those floating clouds of cat fur in your apartment and craft some nyan-tastic gift items! Finger puppets! … Continue Reading Crafting With Cat Fur!
He doesn’t leave his socks on the floor, he doesn’t hog the remote, and he doesn’t snore! But when you close your eyes and wrap your arms around your full-body-size … Continue Reading The Boyfriend Of Your Dreams For Only $70!
If you’ve got a need for speed when lunchtime rolls around, what could be faster than a couple of bullet train rice balls? And just so you don’t have to … Continue Reading A Whole New Kind Of Fast Food
I knew Kappabashi was the acme of destinations for obscure kitchenware and plastic food models, but it turns out they’ve got killer nyan-ware too! Next Christmas I bet Santa will … Continue Reading Nyan-tastic Cat Wares!
Ahahaha, I bet you thought tanukis were the stuff of Japanese legends – crafty tricksters with notoriously large cojones who play pranks on gullible humans – but it turns out … Continue Reading Real Live Tanuki Sighting!
Are the kids at school making fun of your progeny because the Pikachu rice ball you tried to make looked more like Godzilla? Did the teacher send home a note … Continue Reading Lunchboxing Power Tools
For all the bathroom warriors and powder room princesses in your household. • Read a novel set in Tokyo…
Which one of these traditional Japanese tenugui hand towels is not like the others? Hint: it’s the one with the poem that reads: “One of these is small, but he … Continue Reading Cherry Blossoms for Geeks
Um, on second thought, maybe we don’t really want to know what his superpower is. • Read a novel set in Tokyo
Put the power of Anpanman and Melonpanna to work for you with this set of Girls’ Day dolls from the animated parallel universe where bread is king! Or emperor and … Continue Reading What Girls’ Day Could Be Complete Without Emperor Anpanman?
Oh, how it feels like you kicked over a snowman when you take that first slurp of happy bunny foam… • Read a novel set in Tokyo…
All kinds of art creates buzz, but not many deliver the added bonus of tasting like a fine arabica roast while they’re doing it. Baristas the world over compete for … Continue Reading Japanese Latte Art: Cuteness By The Cup