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12:00 PM on 05.15.2012

AKB48 promotes taking perfectly good ramen and ruining it

Well, calling Cup Noodle "perfectly good ramen" is maybe stretching it, but let me explain. AKB48 is appearing in ads (because that's what idols do!) for Nissin Cup Noodle, showing the public how you can make the instant ram...

Bob Muir

1:00 PM on 04.23.2012

Candy ad comes under fire for controversial AKB48 kiss

A recent ad for Pucchu candy featuring AKB48 has caught the eye of the Broadcasting Ethics and Program Improvement Organization, a Japanese broadcasting standards group. They claim the ad, which depicts members of AKB48 passi...

Bob Muir

12:00 PM on 04.18.2012

Burger King Japan promotion practically giving away bacon

If I'm timing this right, you should be reading this right around lunchtime, give or take a bit considering how many timezones America has. You're getting hungry for something awesome. And now, you see this picture at the top...

Bob Muir

3:00 PM on 03.28.2012

In-N-Out Burger comes to Japan, but just for one day

Since moving out to Los Angeles last year, I have been exposed to the wonder of In-N-Out Burger, perhaps the second-best fast food burger chain in the country. Five Guys is still at the top of my list (especially now that a r...

Bob Muir

J-List has a funny Valentine's Day sale going on photo
J-List has a funny Valentine's Day sale going on
by Bob Muir

Looking to get your sweetheart some sweets for Valentine's Day? Or are you going to be Forever Alone? Whichever category you fall into, J-List has a humorous sale going on that we just had to mention.

For the month of February, J-List is offering 2x points on all chocolate items. You can use those points as discounts for the next time you shop, so having a sweet tooth now can pay off later.

But what if you have no one to give chocolates to? Customers can also get 2x points on any "stress relief" products, such as Tenga products and various lotions. You know what I'm talking about.

You can check out the sale here, though some of the products are NSFW. Are there any items that catch your eye? I want some of those crazy Kit Kat flavors we can never get here in the States.

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4:00 PM on 06.22.2011

Fullmetal Alchemist food is just too cute to eat

Food is pretty great, right? I don't know about you, but I like eating food. But when the food is presented too nicely, I almost feel like a bad person if I eat it and destroy the chef's little creation. That's the problem I ...

Bob Muir

6:00 PM on 03.05.2011

Italian ramen gains fans from girls watching their weight

Ramen is awesome. Noodles in swirls of fat and salt make for one tasty treat, albeit on that's high in calories and sodium. So for women in Japan, it's easy to see why they might try to avoid it if possible, making ramen more...

Bob Muir

7:00 PM on 02.04.2011

Fast food becomes even more mechanized in Japan

Yes, there is another weird thing that the Japanese have put in a vending machine. What is it this time you ask? Hamburgers. Seems straightforward enough, if slightly more disgusting than fast food is normally. But there's a ...

Bob Muir

7:00 PM on 01.24.2011

MOS Burger takes its chain international

Japan's favorite burger chain is going to be crossing the pond. No, I'm not talking about McDonald's, we've had those for ages. I'm talking about MOS Burger, the fast food franchise with 1,370 locations in Japan, about 200 in...

Bob Muir

8:00 PM on 01.09.2011

Poor food and late deliveries ruin some New Year parties

Japanese New Year celebrations usually incorporate osechi, a tradition dating back to the Heian Period involving symbolic foods packed into special bento boxes called jubako. Eating osechi is kind of a big deal, so you w...

Bob Muir

3:00 PM on 12.07.2010

Eat like Luffy at the One Piece restaurant

Seems like at least half of the title pages in the One Piece manga depict Luffy and his crewmates chowing down and enjoying a hearty meal. It's a very European attitude towards the importance of mixing food and family, when y...

Bob Muir

8:00 AM on 12.01.2010

Start your day with some delicious Giga Pudding

This video is either going to make or break your day. It's actually a year old by now, but has experienced a sudden resurgence due to certain corners of the internet. I certainly never saw it before, and I bet most of you hav...

Bob Muir