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10:00 AM on 01.14.2014

Suntory to buy Beam Inc. for $16 billion

Suntory is looking to grow into the world's third largest spirits brand with the planned purchase of Beam Inc., the maker of Jim Beam and Maker's Mark. The purchase is set to cost a whopping $16 billion. But for the Japanese ...

Brad Rice


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2:00 PM on 04.11.2013

Make sure your Japanese beer doesn't forget its top

Call me old fashioned, but I come the school of thought where a carefully poured beer doesn't have much of a head on it. In fact, when you have a huge head on a beer, it can often mean it's low quality, or been poured by a t...

Hiroko Yamamura

4:00 AM on 08.12.2012

Japanator drinks - Pepsi Salty Watermelon

It's summer in Japan. That means it is hot, sticky, sweaty and time for watermelon. And since people go into the ocean, and the ocean has a lot of salt in it, the watermelon could be salty, you know? And there you have it, a ...

Eric Koziol

6:00 PM on 12.13.2011

The appearance of Haruhi Suzumiya... coffee!

Beverage giants Asahi have just announced that as of December 20th, they will start bundling Haruhi figures with special packages of Wonda Morning Shot coffee. You'll have to be quick in picking them up (or arranging a middle...

Chris Walden

3:00 PM on 11.09.2011

Prepare to get jacked up on Evangelion energy drinks

Gundam got to have their own energy drinks. I think it's about time Evangelion was to follow suit. In December you will be able to choose from 12 different Full Throttle drink bottles, each featuring one o...

Hiroko Yamamura

12:00 PM on 09.23.2011

Drink your way to Madoka bliss at Lawson

Kyubey jacket? Yes please. Kyubey alarm clock? I'll take one too. Kyubey slippers? I'll take two pairs! Madoka soft drinks? I'll drink a whole freaking case. I wish you could see the sadness in my eyes when I read the it...

Hiroko Yamamura

2:00 PM on 09.21.2011

Give me Gundam energy drinks

Just so you know, if someone puts Gundam on anything. I will buy it. Shirts, food, poo. I'll probably buy it. The new Gundam Original Label S.CUP energy drink is due out September 26th, and features some o...

Hiroko Yamamura

3:00 PM on 08.28.2011

Calling all from the UK: Go to Kitacon 3.5!

Feel like having a charitable September? Well you're in luck fellow UK dwellers, as Kitacon 3.5 will be held in London on the 23rd for just such a purpose. Money will be raised in several ways, including a 'donate at the door...

Chris Walden

3:00 PM on 05.29.2011

This summer your deserve the perfectly poured beer

Takara Tomy have come up with a fun way to make sure you are getting the most of of your favorite beer this summer. The device named Beer Hour has a small mixer in the top which allows drinkers to control beer agitation,...

Hiroko Yamamura

12:00 PM on 02.15.2011

Fire up the Bro Signal: more Japanese izakaya closing

Japan has long had economic trouble since the bubble burst, but 20 years on, the latest economic downturn sucker-punched Japan once again. Japanese pubs, called "izakaya," are watering holes for salary men, offering cheap dri...

Brad Rice

8:00 AM on 01.28.2011

Vertical licenses Princess Knight, Drops of God, and more

Our favorite boutique manga publishers at Vertical have announced a handful of new titles coming out later this year. First up is Princess Knight, another classic by the "god of manga" Osamu Tezuka. This story of Pr...

Bob Muir





4:00 PM on 12.30.2010

Whatever happened to that 'Tentacle Grape' soda flavor?

Some time ago, there was a bit of a stir caused by a novelty softdrink, Tentacle Grape. It made some otaku laugh, because it's a fun little joke. It offended some otaku, because non-otaku used it to make fun of those crazy mo...

Josh Tolentino