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!
Anime would generally suggest that it's hard to find something more associated with American culture than the hamburger. So, it sounds like something of a dare to give hamburger some sort of extra American novelty, but McDonald's Japan is up for just that challenge. This winter, they've been offering special "American Vintage" menus, and the final one is just about to launch. Check it out after the jump.
Have you checked out Hozuki no Reitetsu yet? Have you noticed the strange plant called Kingyosou (Goldfish Flower) that Hozuki grows as his hobby? There are now some new art pieces that are recreating the Kingyosou popping up on Japanese Twitter and one of them even reached Hiroki Yasumoto, the baritone voice of Hozuki himself. See the fishy art after the jump!
If you're a typical businessperson in Japan coming home from a long day of hard work, getting out of the shower and putting on your favorite anime, you may want to get a cold one with fresh, cold tofu on the side. That is a pretty relaxing senario, but what if the tofu itself was cute enough to melt your heart? Introducing Rirakkuma Goyururi Kinu Tofu by Sato No Yuki Tofu Delivery. See the tofu after the jump!
Warning! The siren’s call of Cup Noodle instant ramen has lured an unconvincing killer shark out of the briny depths in a new Japanese TV commercial. Survive - if you can - after the jump!
A lot of female otaku are expected to be in Ikebukuro this weekend in Japan to attend Animate Girls Festival (AGF) 2013, where many companies release AGF exclusive merchandise and Free! is no exception with a new photo set. Take a look after the jump!
Umai-Bo is a Japanese savory snack that's often mentioned in anime and manga such as Gintama and Kuroko's Basketball with tweaked names and anime series such as Macross F and Railgun converted their characters into the snack's goofy artwork. The most recent victim, or willing participant depending on your view is Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Watch the video after the jump!
Ramen burgers have been a sensation in New York and as a treat the city's Japan Society has posted an instructional video with Moto Creative Services guiding you through how to make your own. And, along those lines, they've followed up recipe with one for a rice burger. See how to do it after the jump.
Kracie's latest innovation in junk food is a choco cornet kit. Introduced this fall, the 1,680yen item allows Lucky Star fans and kids with a decent amount of manual dexerity to create the pastry favored by a certain blue-haired otaku. See it in use after the jump.
The Animate Cafe has announced their collaboration event for their Animate Cafe Caravan food truck with hit swimming anime Free! right after the end of TV series. The cafe has finally posted the special menu on their site for the cafe's October 17th opening date. The menu includes a special drink for each of the 5 boys and one special Mackerel Pineapple drink. See the images after the jump!