Most people from outside of Asia don’t think of green tea as a flavor they want in a snack. But those of you who have basked in the delight of creamy, sweet, slightly bitter green tea desserts have probably already been converted to the green side of the snack universe. There are many kinds of green tea snacks: from chocolate to cookies to ice cream and traditional Japanese wagashi sweets.
With the month of April coming to a close, we say “Sayonara” to the end of spring—a season celebrating the birth of new things. For us Otaku, these new things include all new anime series, monthly chapters of our favorite manga, and highly-anticipated figurine releases.
Worried you may have missed the best of the best? Looking to grab a momentous figurine to signify your undying love for your favorite series? Then check our top ten picks for “must-have” spring 2015 figurines from Japan!
Pre-orders for new Sailor Moon iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus cases have started!
They are designed like playing card (4 designs available) and the pastel colors are so cute.
These items are limited so don't miss these out and check now !
■iPhone6 model Pre-order page （delivery estimated in May）
■iPhone6 Plus model Pre-order page （delivery estimated in May）
Sailor Moon bags!
Village Vanguard will sell two limited and cute Sailor Moon cotton tote bags starting late April !
Two designs are available, one with Sailor Moon and one with wands and compacts.
These bags are 38x38cm and will cost only 600 yen each !
They will be sold at the 28 shops and also on their online store very soon!
Perhaps you’ve heard of the infamous “Pokémon Shock”—when Pikachu used an electric shock attack on a missile in episode 38 of the anime… and simultaneously gave 685 children epileptic seizures.
From banned episodes (James’ infamous bikini contest), to religious accusations of Satanism (the “Pokémon Rap” backwards), Pokémon is no stranger to controversy.
Among die-hard collectors, however, no aspect of Pokémon lore has been censored so much as its trading cards. Prepare your Counter Shield before reading any further, because what you find below may be as shocking as Pikachu’s trademark Thunderbolts! Here are the top eight banned Pokémon cards:
The release of the next Pullip collaboration series has finally been decided :
Sailor Chibi Moon x DAL !
Dal is the little sister of Taeyang, the boyfriend of the fashion doll Pullip.
Dal Sailor Chibi Moon doll includes the following features :
- Her eyes can move side to side
- Her body is highly articulated as such very posable.
The release is scheduled in late May 2015.
Retail price : 17,000 yen.
Cynthia has been made into a "Nendoroid", and will be for sale as Pokemon Center official goods!
Introducing Cynthia, the first female champion in the Pokemon series, who has been made into the incredibly popular deformed figure series, "Nendoroid"!
She will be sold as Pokemon Center official goods!
Right now they are in production! From Saturday, March 7th, pre-orders began!
So, what is a "Nendoroid"?
It's a deformed figure series where anime and game characters, or possibly even living people, are made into figures that are about 10cm tall with a head that is approximately 2.5 times the size of the body.
The arms and legs are poseable, it comes with interchangeable face parts with different expressions, as well as props that the figure can hold. It isn't a figure that you simply look at; it's a type of figure that can be held and played with.
Including shipping and commission, the cost to purchase this item is...
8353 yen / 68.80 USD!
(In the case of shipping to the USA with insurance via EMS)
*Note: the cost may be different depending on where you live, what shipping method you choose, etc.
We expect this item to sell out very quickly.
Don't miss out on this chance to buy this popular item!
11 Reasons Why Japanese Toilets Are Terribly Awesome
Perhaps you’ve heard of them–these majestic plastic thrones with the latest in rear-end pampering technology. To the Western eye they are a fabled bathroom wonder only available to Hollywood’s super rich, but in Japan these “washlet” toilets are accessible to all, from train stations to shopping malls to private commodes, with 72% of Japanese households now performing their daily duty atop these electronic bidet toilets.
Konami Kojima’s latest production, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, brings an avalanche of preorders!
Director Kojima's masterpiece, "Metal Gear Solid"is a game that instantly sucks you in with its overwhelmingly cinematic production the first time you play it.
With this game system having been created full of many famous scenes and dialogues, it isn't surprising that there are tons of players so engrossed in it that they lose track of night and day.
At long last, the release date of the latest work in the MGS series, "Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain", will be on September 2nd.
Konami Style's advance pre-order, which began a few days ago, had a tremendous flood of pre-orders for the "Premium Package", which includes a realistically sized bionic arm model, field map, art book, and other exclusive items.
The "bionic arm" is a realistic reproduction of Snake's red artificial left arm.
The arm's ABS resin, metal parts, die cast, and hex screws make it look like it's real, and with each and every flaw being replicated thoroughly as the finishing touch, even people who aren't fans of the MGS series will want to pick up and hold this magnificent creation.
The "Special Edition", which includes an art book, field map, and deluxe case, as well as "Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Original Design PlayStation4", among other items, are also available for pre-order through Konami Style.
Alongside the game's quality, the greatness of Kojima Production's MSG5 is shown even in their limited edition items.
If you're a MGS fan you will want to take advantage of this opportunity and definitely pre-order!
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
By Konami Digital Entertainment, on sale Wednesday, September 16th 2015
From the Pokemon Center (March 14, 2015)
Tokyo Station Pokemon Store limited item! Introducing the new Pikachu plush toy and the Pikachu mascot keychain, wearing a Tokyo Station train staff uniform!
On Saturday, March 21, a plush toy and a mascot keychain of Pikachu wearing a Tokyo Station train staff uniform will make its debut at the Tokyo Station Pokemon Store! The Tokyo Station Pokemon Store is the only store where you can obtain this limited item, so don't miss out! Don't you just want to catch both the plush toy and the mascot keychain?
Saturday, March 21
*Plush toy Station Master Pikachu (Tokyo Station Pokemon Store, Tokyo uniform version) 1600 yen
*Mascot keychain Station Master Pikachu (Tokyo Station Pokemon Store, Tokyo uniform version) 900 yen
Tokyo Station Pokemon Store