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AKB48 promotes taking perfectly good ramen and ruining it


May 15
// Bob Muir
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...
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Candy ad comes under fire for controversial AKB48 kiss


Apr 23
// Bob Muir
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...
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Burger King Japan promotion practically giving away bacon


Apr 18
// Bob Muir
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...

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


Mar 28
// Bob Muir
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...
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J-List has a funny Valentine's Day sale going on


Feb 06
// 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 Februar...
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Fullmetal Alchemist food is just too cute to eat


Jun 22
// Bob Muir
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 ...
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Italian ramen gains fans from girls watching their weight


Mar 05
// Bob Muir
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...
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Fast food becomes even more mechanized in Japan


Feb 04
// Bob Muir
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 ...
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MOS Burger takes its chain international


Jan 24
// Bob Muir
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...
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Poor food and late deliveries ruin some New Year parties


Jan 09
// Bob Muir
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...
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Eat like Luffy at the One Piece restaurant


Dec 07
// Bob Muir
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...
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Start your day with some delicious Giga Pudding


Dec 01
// Bob Muir
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...
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Third Impact will be delicious with Evangelion angel cake


Oct 01
// Bob Muir
This Christmas, give your loved ones the gift of warmth, good cheer, and the impending apocalypse with this Angel Chocolate Cake based on Neon Genesis Evangelion. As spotted by Alafista, Bandai will be producing the cake, whi...
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Freshen up your ice cream with grasshopper toppings!


Aug 02
// Bob Muir
I try to be open-minded when it comes to food. I was always a picky eater, and I've been gradually trying more and more things in the past several years to the point where it's like I'm a regular person when I go out to eat. ...
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Get some melon-less watermelon soda to cool off


Jul 31
// Bob Muir
As a child, I remember visiting Epcot while on vacation in Disney World. For those in the know, Epcot is clearly the best part of Disney World due to all the cool attractions and weird "Imagineer" technology touches...
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iPhone 4 food cases are good for making you hungry


Jul 31
// Bob Muir
I'm not a big fan of iPhone or iPod cases. Yes, I know you need them if you want to keep your pricey investment looking nice and pretty, but they usually ruin the simplistic aesthetic that helps make the product appealing in ...
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Potato-dono is my hero


Jul 22
// Bob Muir
I wish I could be half the man Potato-dono was. Making curry is not for the weak of heart.
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Spice up your afterlife with Angel Beats!-brand Mapo Tofu


Jul 19
// Josh Tolentino
Did you like Angel Beats!? It certainly surprised me, enough to necessitate our putting it into our Annotated Anime coverage for that season. Part of what made it surprising was its parodying of popular tropes from different ...
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Try ice cream ramen and other bizarre bowls at Kikuya


Jul 18
// Bob Muir
At Kita-Senju Station in Adachi, one of Tokyo's special wards, there's a special ramen shop called Kikuya that has been around for 48 years. As the story goes, an elementary school kid stopped by on his way home about ten yea...
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Move over used panties, bananas are taking your spot


Jul 05
// Bob Muir
I always feel guilty buying food from a vending machine. Oh sure, I love junk food, but I was raised being told how bad it is for me, and I know all the healthy alternatives I could be eating. But when it comes to convenience...
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You can have takoyaki at home for only $32!


Jun 25
// Colette Bennett
Takoyaki is one of my favorite Japanese foods, and I was extremely excited to try the real thing when I visited Tokyo last year. I earned an excited smile from the vendor when I ordered it in my nervous, fumbling Japanese. Of...
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Morbid moe off the mortal coil with Zombie Maid cafe


Jun 17
// Josh Tolentino
Otaku are often criticized for preferring 2D characters that aren't alive to 3D disgusting pig, but this attempt to bring 3D to the appeal of 2D perfection seems to have taken the "lifeless" assertion a little too l...
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Arashi's Ohno eats the hell out of some KFC


Jun 03
// Colette Bennett
I mean, I know Japanese commercials are super intense and all. I get it. That's their thing. I remember there was an Oguri Shun commercial for some Japanese cracker I saw last year and he was drinking beer with such relish th...
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Sink your teeth into this zombie meat snack


May 24
// Josh Tolentino
Ever wonder what a zombie tastes like? Have you ever wanted to take a bite of some festering zombie flesh, just to get a feel for the act of eating those who would eat your brains?If you answered "yes" to either one...
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Starbucks launches Sakura beverages in Japan


Feb 15
// Colette Bennett
I'm not really a coffee person, so I don't feel the same draw most people do to wandering into Starbucks and blowing money on fancy cups of it, but I have to admit if I got one of these for my money I might succumb to the urg...
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Hatsune Miku crackers may be the most moe meal ever


Feb 04
// Colette Bennett
Alafista brought us an update today on what have to be the most incredible crackers of all time. If you feel like forking over your 1,280 yen for a box of these, you are going to get some scrumptious goodies with not only Mik...
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'Big America' comes to McDonald's Japan. Plus bacon


Dec 27
// Josh Tolentino
Ah, McDonald's. It's a quintessentially "American" franchise, but global enough to develop a unique identity for nearly every market it claws its way into.Following up on the Quarter Pounder's Japanese launch, the H...
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FINALLY, someone puts real effort into selling moe food


Dec 14
// Josh Tolentino
Any otaku with a shred of consumer discretion left within his heart knows that moe-marketed food is usually a massive disappointment. Cynical (or desperate) vendors pull some illustrator in off the street (or Aoi Nishimata, h...
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Mos Burger introduces a special Tuna Burger


Dec 10
// Colette Bennett
Mmmm, Mos Burger. When I visited Tokyo a few months ago I was extremely interested in all the various fast food chains and how what they serve varies from what I scarf down here in the US. Japan Probe reports that Mos Burger ...

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