• Hello, fellow lover of all things quirky and Japanese! Would you like a chance to win a copy of a new Japan-centric book every month? That’s one of the … Continue Reading Japanagram Book Review & Giveaway!
Kicking back under clouds of pink blossoms in the warm spring sun, eating a picnic and drinking with friends – it’s something you always dreamed of doing in Japan, isn’t … Continue Reading Hacking Hanami: How To Get Yourself Invited To A Cherry Blossom Party
-1- Make a wish that you could draw as well as the other visitors at the anime & manga shrine Where: Kanda Myoujin Shrine (Kanda) • -2- Get your warts disappeared by the … Continue Reading 25 Obscure & Amazing Things To Do In Tokyo
Okay, as the self-diagnosed Queen of Fail when it comes to Japanese crafts (remember the “rabbit” from the animal lollipops workshop?), I was pretty sure that any fake food I made without the experts … Continue Reading Make Your Own Plastic Food…At Home!
This has to be the most gorgeous walk in Tokyo. If you start at twilight, you can see the entire Tokyo waterfront slowly light up like the best holiday light show ever! Here’s … Continue Reading How To Walk Across The Rainbow Bridge!
In the eternal search for a beauty trend that their mothers dare not copy, young women in Japan are now trying to look…sickly. Yes, it’s gone beyond dyeing their hair gray to using makeup in … Continue Reading Sick Is The New Black
#1 INSIDE JAPAN’S WILDEST HOST CLUBS Turn down the lights, hire a bunch of cute hosts, and keep the drinks coming, and it shouldn’t matter what your club looks like, right? Actually, no. … Continue Reading Top Ten Posts Of 2014
Looks totally real, doesn’t it? In fact, it’s the artistry of one of the students at the Amazing School JUR’s special effects table at Design Festa! I opted for the … Continue Reading How To Make A Wickedly Scary Gash On Your Arm In Seven Easy Steps!
Okay, first of all: Yes, I have, and no, it was awful. (Whale is not a taste I plan to acquire anytime soon – or even in this lifetime – even if tortured with … Continue Reading How To Eat A Whale
Admit it – don’t you want to try it, just once? Well guess what? Now you can get your Lolita on for around a hundred bucks, with professional hair, makeup, and photos! And … Continue Reading How To Be A Lolita For A Day!
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
Yikes, what is that creepy green Play Doh on that model’s face? Apparently, it’s FRUIT. If you’re all out of cobra venom, snail slime, or bee larvae facial treatments, the … Continue Reading Make Your Own Scary Facial Mask!
I’ve always wondered, how do ordinary 100% Japanese women get that round-eyed babydoll look? Fortunately, Ageha magazine hired a pro makeup artist to spill all the secrets! Here’s where she … Continue Reading Doll Eyes
No matter how unlucky you were when they were handing out the bodacious ta-tas, in less than five minutes – without any miracle creams, thighmasters-for-the-boobs, or push-up bras – you … Continue Reading Instaboobs
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 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
From the test kitchens of intrepid single guys come these taste treats, made solely from junk food obtainable at any corner convenience store! Let’s accompany the judges as they determine … Continue Reading Cooking With Junk Food
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!
Of all the WTF Japan products I’ve seen, this has to be the absolutely WTFiest. JIGGLY. WHITE. BUTT. PUDDING. According to the directions on the back, using only this mix, … Continue Reading Make Your Own Adorable Butt Pudding
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
Join veteran host Sakura-san as he teaches his new recruit “Yua-kun” the ropes! First, a run-down of a typical day in Yua’s life: 11:00 a.m.: Wake up* Noon: Go to … Continue Reading A Day In The Life: What’s It Like To Be A Host?
Eyelid glue? Check! Colored circle contacts? Check! Long curled eyelashes? Oh no! Quick, get thee to the eyelash salon! Seems like there’s a shop on every corner promising Japanese women … Continue Reading How To Get Anime Eyes, Part II
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
Rule Number One: Try hard not to think of Seabiscuit. It might look like beef, but it’s not. Rule Number Two: Never ask what it is until after you’ve eaten … Continue Reading How To Survive The Mystery Appetizer Course
While everyone was congratulating themselves on demon possession being at an all time low…damn! The pesky oni sneaked out and rebranded themselves! But that doesn’t mean we have to just … Continue Reading Out, Troll, Out! Setsubun For The Modern Age
Leave it to my favorite Japanese magazine Men’s Knuckle to do a down & dirty product comparison, so guys don’t have to guess wrong when faced with the bewildering number … Continue Reading Eyelid Glue Fight To The Death!
Now that I’m about to reveal to you the secrets of making this twin tiger Japanese bento lunch, there’s no excuse for you not to pull an all-nighter to whip … Continue Reading More Japanese Lunchbox Madness
If you want your kid to be cuteness champion of the cafeteria tomorrow, sharpen up your tweezers and nail scissors and craft one of these babies! From the pages of … Continue Reading Do-It-Yourself Piggy Lunchbox
How hard could it be? Gallop with your co-workers to a nearby watering hole, then eat, drink & be merry until they kick you out. But like the seasonal cherry … Continue Reading How to Survive a Company Drinking Party
Want your kid to blow away the cafeteria crowd when they open up their Pokemon lunchbox tomorrow? Fill it with this outrageous labor of love! Your child might even be … Continue Reading Make Your Own Pikachu Lunchbox!
Aieeee! Is the mom who made this Anpan Man lunch a graduate of the Harvard School Of Lunchmaking? No, but she knows that in the bentō box cuteness wars, you have to … Continue Reading Weapons For The Lunchbox Arms Race
There’s even a makkuro kurosuke seaweed-covered rice ball (staring up with little nori eyes off to the right), from “Totoro!” Ordinary Japanese moms were undoubtedly up before dawn with their nail scissors … Continue Reading Anime Lunchboxing
Sleep ’til noon, start work at 5:00, get paid to look like a visual kei star and drink champagne with an endless parade of women. It’s a tough job, but someone’s … Continue Reading Have You Got What It Takes To Be A Host?
If Japan wanted a sure sweep of every medal in an event, they ought to promote the making of school lunches as an Olympic sport. Not only do Japanese moms slave … Continue Reading Extreme Lunchboxing
It looks easy, right? Meet friends at park, spread out tarp, drink beer, admire cherry blossoms. But o-hanami parties are fraught with hidden dangers. Allow me to save you from … Continue Reading How To Survive A Cherry Blossom Party
If you’re going to be a visual kei star, you’ve got to get The Look. Hair bleached, waxed, teased and sprayed? Check! Matching band promo Hello Kitty X Peace Now t-shirts? … Continue Reading Anime Eyes
Today at FoodEx Japan – the once-a-year trade show where everyone from honey pepper vodka producers to octopus distributors show their latest and greatest – I discovered how they ship … Continue Reading How To Ship A Live Fish
I’ve always wondered how to use eyelid glue. I knew it was a prime tool in the make-up kits of Japanese gyaru seeking that perfect babydoll look, but never understood … Continue Reading How to Glue Your Eyelids
Last week I jumped at the chance to visit a place that makes fake food models for Japanese restaurants and learn the secrets of making tempura and lettuce! Making fake … Continue Reading Make Your Own Plastic Food!
Friday night was my classmate Giulia’s sayonara party and this is the touchscreen at the table of the izakaya where we held the festivities. We ordered all our food and drink from … Continue Reading The Fine Art of the Drinking Party
Got a hankering for a corn dog, but walking further than the microwave seems like just too much trouble? Make your own with this handy “American Dog” kit from, yes, … Continue Reading Microwave American Dog
If you’re anything like me, you weren’t aware of a burning desire on the part of the Japanese populace to buy a device that makes potato chips in a microwave. … Continue Reading Nuke Your Own Potato Chips!
Now any kid can whip up sushi rolls that look like Anpan Man’s face after school. Saw these in the toy section of the Labi electronics megastore in Ikebukuro today. If you’d … Continue Reading Make Your Own Sushi With Faces!