Category Archives: Made In Japan

April 21

The Hypnotic Tail-Wagging Cat Clock

Walking down the street in Ome, I discovered something that totally flipped my three-hour trip to see a garden filled with no blooming azaleas into the win column: the tail-wagging cat clock! BEHOLD ITS MESMERIZING POWER: Can’t. Stop. Watching. (Except to scurry around online like a crazed, tail-wagging weasel to figure out who makes these and where to buy […]

April 02

Please Tell Me This Isn’t Really A Thing

GLAMPING. Camping + Glamour = Glamping? No. In fact, all flavors of charcoal-toasted NO. On a stick. Those two words don’t belong together EVER. Except, maybe, in Japan. Where you can purchase rugged tents like these: And toast yourself some classic campfire treats with this: And you can even bring Fifi. Update: OMG, what should I see this morning but an actual news […]

March 28

Shiba Inu Rice Balls

I don’t usually crave a quarter pounder of rice and seaweed in the middle of my day, but if I knew one of these was in my brown bag, I’d be counting the minutes ’til lunch. • Jonelle Patrick writes mysteries set in Tokyo. Nightshade is the first one…

March 21

Tamao Shigemune: Modern Kimono To Die For

So you think you can’t rock a kimono because you’re not Japanese? Think again! Tamao Shigemune designs modern versions of traditional Japanese women’s wear with a distinctly Parisian twist, and guess what? You can see them (and try her new summer collection on!) right now in Tokyo, through Sunday March 26th. Tamao Shigemune will be showing her collection at that […]

February 25

Rose Foam Beauty Whip!

I scoured the drugstores at obscure Tokyo subway stops so you don’t have to. This face wash disappears off the shelves as fast as it’s put out, because who WOULDN’T want to wash their face ten times a day when the foam comes out shaped like a rose? (Hey, I know you made extra-long blue poops with your Play Doh […]

February 19

Inexplicable Toy Trends Of Japan

Strolling through the toy aisles of Yodabashi camera one rainy day (as one does), I was stopped in my tracks by this. Disney goes pocchari! Mocchi-mocchi Pooh! Not to be outdone by chublet Minnie & Mickey. At first I thought this must be some sort of knock-off malfunction, but no. It’s officially licensed merch! But WHY? Lately, an “adorable chubbiness” fad […]

January 26

Dog Socks Of Overwhelming Cuteness

Am I right or am I right? • Jonelle Patrick writes mysteries set in Tokyo. Her fourth book – Painted Doll – is just out in paperback  “A genuinely gripping crime thriller which wrong-foots and perplexes the reader throughout, drawing us in emotionally . . . Highly recommended.” –Raven Crime Reads