Forecasts have “hanami” (cherry blossom) peaking at the southern most parts of Japan this coming weekend and progressing north of over the next month. Unfortunately, sakura viewers looking for a bit of caffeinated warmth will only have until tomorrow to get their hands of Starbucks Japan's limited spring treats. More after the jump.
What do Romance of the Three Kingdoms and gourmet food have in common? Hit the jump to find out.
Remember that Taco Bell Madoka Magica co-promotion hoax? Well, it looks like it might become a reality some day. While Yum! Brands siblings KFC and Pizza Hut are located across the country, you can only get Taco Bell on a military base. A failed 80's trail run in the Nagoya area hasn't dissuade Yum front include the Bell in its international expansion plans. More after the jump.
We've seen Studio Ghibli fans create some mouthwatering dishes before, but this particular viewer's initiative takes the cake. YouTube user Silver and Question decided to cook up the 47 dishes seen throughout the Studio Ghibli catalogue, with delicious results. Hit the jump to see them!
The Pom Pom Purin Cafe in Harajuku has been going strong for a while now, but now that it's winter there are a few new items being added to the menu. They're all just as adorable as you'd expect, too. Hit the jump to see how delicious they look!
There are plenty of adorable character-focused cafés to go to in Japan, but one of the most recognizable faces has her own as well! The Hello Kitty Café at Shibuya PARCO is now open and will remain so until December 25. Check out the treats after the jump!
We’ve all got our favorite flavors of Pocky, but have you ever considered drinking a warm beverage made out of your favorite? What about just plain, regular chocolate? Hit the jump to find out more!
How many times have you seen characters dining on delicious meals in a Studio Ghibli film? A middle school in Mishima, Japan decided to begin serving special school lunches inspired by classic films such as Porco Rosso, My Neighbor Totoro, and more. Hit the jump to make your mouth water!
There's nothing more fun than themed cafe food and the characters that inspire them, and Sanrio's Pom Pom Purin, or "pudding" dog has been given his very own Pom Pom Purin Cafe, located in Harajuku. It's too cute for words! Hit the jump for more!
There’s a tradition in Japan when it comes to New Year’s Eve known as “osechi,” which is comprised of several different types of foods. It’s all in a bid to wish for good luck in the year still to come, while allowing those who want to enjoy seasonal holiday food to have more “gourmet” offerings for osechi around. Hit the jump for more!
If you enjoy curry, why not try this neon blue-tinted Slime Curry? The folks at the Japanese bookstore chain Village Vanguard have begun carrying this product, inspired by the classic Slime enemy from the Dragon Quest series, along with its other lineup of premade curries. Hit the jump for more tasty goodness!
While the animation production team is working busily on the upcoming Fate/stay night at Ufotable, the ufotable cafes around Japan with licensed goods sales have posted their newest item! Following the seasonal theme, a Japanese summer staple in Somen noodles will be sold in a nice Fate/stay night branded box. More after the jump!
The Iwatobi swimming club members from Free! Eternal Summer failed Gou's lunch evaluation miserably, but a bakery in the town of Iwami, the location inspiration for the anime took note of the strange looking bread that Nagisa loves and decided to make it available for sale. See the bread in its real life form after the jump!
After a tough winter, Japan is doing their best to shake the season with a special cherry blossom themed items. In time for March hanami viewing, the country's McDonald's is offering Sakura Teritama - Cherry Blossom Burger. Meanwhile, Häagen-Dazs Japan turns 30 this year, and to celebrate, are offering special sakura and rose flavors. Get a look after the jump.
Do you remember Iwatobi-chan, that memorable mascot from sexy summer swimming anime, Free!? There are different kinds and types of merchandise for the mascot due to the the anime's popularity, and now it's a cream puff! Sound cute? Think again! It perfectly captures the creepy-cuteness of the mascot in a dessert form. Plus, some questionable official character merch also featuring Iwatobi-chan after the jump!