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Sep 16 // Kristina Pino

You wish you had these cucumber skills

One of the foods that I never ate before moving to Japan that I now eat daily is cucumber. Japanese cucumbers are delicious, and I especially like working some insta-pickling on 'em and enjoying them on the side with a meal....
Aug 10 // Kristina Pino

Japanator Eats: Mango Ritz Bits Sandwiches

I just had to try these when I saw them at the store. I've never seen (or noticed) there were flavors besides cheese for Ritz Bits Sandwiches, and lately I've had trouble finding mango juice in my area, so I figured maybe a mango-flavored snack would satisfy my craving. As I type this, I've got the bag open next to me and the smell is kind of making me queasy. It's that strong.
Jul 09 // Kristina Pino

These are the Japanese pun stickers you've always wanted

I'm delighted that I can share these delightful stickers with a wider, appreciative audience. MIS0HAPPY has this Store Envy shop loaded with stickers depicting my preferred form of humor: puns. Just look at the pictures becau...
Jul 03 // Kristina Pino

Ken Watanabe is headed to Broadway

Today, in news that has me grinning ear to ear, I found out that Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai, Memoirs of a Geisha, Godzilla [2014]) is going to play the King in a production of Rodgers and Hammerstien's The King and I on ...
Jul 02 // Kristina Pino

Check out a short version of the Cling Cling MV by Perfume

Following up on my previous post about Perfume's new single, here's a look at the "short version" of the Cling Cling music video! As expected, I love what I can hear and see of it in this clip. Those gals are such superstars...
Jul 02 // Kristina Pino

Watch and talk about the new Sailor Moon transformation sequence here

Alright, so if you haven't seen the thing already, check it out right above. The video has a nifty before and after thing going on followed by a side-by-side look at the transformation sequence we had before and the one we'r...
Jun 26 // Kristina Pino

See a real life Hero's Bow in action

The awesome Nika Harper, host of Arcade Arms, recently set her sights on the Hero's Bow from the Legend of Zelda games. Similar to Man at Arms, which is all about making awesome weapons from all manner of popular properties,...
Jun 25 // Kristina Pino

Let's run down Final Fantasy XIV: Defenders of Eorzea!

A long and impressive trailer was just released for the upcoming 2.3 patch for Final Fantasy XIV titled Defenders of Eorzea, which will bring a whole new set of main scenario quests, dungeons, skills, activities, and more to...
Jun 23 // Kristina Pino

Sailor Moon hits IT'S DEMO in July

A recent announcement reveals that fashion and accessory boutique IT'S DEMO is going to be collaborating with Sailor Moon. It all starts in July, when they'll be selling little pouches, tote bags, mirrors, pass cases, and mor...
Jun 23 // Kristina Pino

Check out a teaser for Perfume's upcoming single Cling Cling

We're a little late in catching this, but a couple weeks ago Perfume released a little teaser and some images to go with their upcoming single, Cling Cling. As usual, the girls look absolutely fabulous, and I'm probably going to love this release just like I love pretty much all of their songs. Cling Cling will be released July 16th in two editions.
Jun 19 // Kristina Pino

The World Cup in Japan through snacks

The World Cup fever is in full swing, so I figured it was about time I highlighted some of the stuff Japan has been producing to celebrate. Sure, you can head on to the mall and grab a hat, jersey, or stuffed Pikachu to show...
Jun 18 // Kristina Pino

Colossal Titan now terrorizing various landmarks around Japan

Most tourist attractions and gift shops in Japan aren't complete without a huge selection of various cute phone straps and keychains you can buy as a memento. You can find them with Hello Kitty, Stitch, One Piece characters, ...
Jun 17 // Kristina Pino

Drink a tall glass of your favorite Disney princess

Entabe reports that Bourbon brand drinking water is now going to come in bottles with Disney Princess designs on its labels. The designs themselves are rather pretty: fashion designer-looking artwork with pastel watercolor wa...
Jun 12 // Kristina Pino

Japanator Eats: Mr. Croissant Donut

With my return to Japanator comes the return of videos in which you get to watch me eat stuff from Japan with more regularity. My first entry in this new era of food videos features an inspired dish, the Mr Croissant Donut, ...
Jun 12 // Kristina Pino

Junjou Romantica getting a DVD Litebox re-release

Shungiku Nakamura's Junjou Romantica remains a relevant title for overseas fans these days, it seems, because Nozomi Entertainment announced they'll be re-releasing the entire first season this September in one 3-disc package...
Feb 20 // Kristina Pino

Perfect Square launches limited time digital manga sale

Take advantage of a sale on digital manga being offered by VIZ Media's all-ages imprint Perfect Square, running now until February 28th. Titles such as Hello Kitty: Delicious! (reviewed), Uglydoll: Eat Dat!, and all of their ...
Feb 18 // Kristina Pino

Mcdonald's Japan is getting funky

Continuing the American Vintage campaign, McDonald's Japan have revealed the next wave of sandwiches, which are released this week and represent the era of funk (the '80s). Behold: the American Funky BBQ beef and chicken burg...
Feb 17 // Kristina Pino

An overview of Hinamatsuri and some speed snacking

As Japan gears up for Spring, there are plenty of new snacks to enjoy. But this time, I'm changing things up a little bit. Instead of just taunting you with the awesome treats available to me all the time (including a Misdo ...
Feb 16 // Kristina Pino

Misdo is meeting Spring with strawberries

I'm pretty much over Winter at this point. I mean, I've been over it. But nowadays, with all this stupid snow, I'm feeling the desire to see Springtime more than ever. And in an effort to get people like me even more in the m...
Feb 15 // Kristina Pino

Subtle-yet-spiffy otaku wear: Gundam-themed neckties

Gundam fans who also occasionally (or often) wear neckties, rejoice! There's a new set of awesome accessories for you, and they're available at the Odaiba Gundam store as well as the Neopasa store in a Shin-Toumei highway res...
Feb 15 // Kristina Pino

'Chicken Cordon Blue' at Freshness Burger looks amazing

I can't explain the meaning of changing around two letters of the name of this sandwich, but I will absolutely accept it on the grounds that it looks absolutely delicious. Freshness Burger, one of the various burger chains th...
Feb 14 // Kristina Pino

Subtle nerdy jewelry: Legend of Zelda key necklaces

It isn't uncommon to see folks wearing keys as jewelry, and for those nerds who like their geekdom to show, but subtly, a Small Key (or alternatively, Boss Key), might be just what you need. No heroic quests or magical abilit...
Feb 14 // Kristina Pino

Let Tetsuya Nomura be the judge of your Lightning artwork

Square Enix and DeviantArt have teamed up for a fantastic contest in which artists are invited to create a custom look for Lightning. Anything about her appearance, from her body to accessories you'd want to see on her, are f...
Feb 14 // Kristina Pino

Starbucks Japan is ready for cherry blossom season

Starting tomorrow, February 15, Starbucks will be stocking all kinds of cherry blossom-themed goods in their stores. The attractive themed drinks of this campaign are a sakura (white) chocolate latte and frappuccino, which wi...
Feb 08 // Kristina Pino

The cutest Kendo players should wear Hello Kitty armor

A Twitter pic snapped by Ayatan at a recent Hello Kitty expo caught the cutest kendo bogu I've ever seen. I wonder whether it's fully functional? The most customizing I ever see on these pieces are in the stitching or occasio...
Feb 08 // Kristina Pino

Some upcoming film releases in Japan for 2014

For those of us who enjoy going to the movies now and again and live in Japan, it can be frustrating to have to wait ages for some international films, but not so long for others. Keeping track of their releases can get confu...
Feb 07 // Kristina Pino

Misdo serving up churros after my own heart

So it looks like today, Mister Donut Japan released some heart-shaped churros in their continued Valentine's Day-themed treat-making. There are three different kinds, with chocolate, strawberry, and "white" flavors, and they ...
Feb 03 // Kristina Pino

Japanator Eats: Haagen-Dazs Rose and Sakura flavors

Josh Totman brought you a preview of the two new flavors Haagen-Dazs is rolling out for their 30th anniversary, and I'm here to eat them on camera. Though some stores appeared to be stocking these since yesterday, today (Feb...
Feb 03 // Kristina Pino

Osaka leads the way to free WiFi in Japan

It's been a long, and I mean long, time coming, but one city in lovely Japan has finally, finally gotten with the program and decided to offer free WiFi. And surprisingly (or unsurprisingly, depending on how you look at it), ...
Feb 01 // Kristina Pino

FUNimation posts up their 2014 convention schedule

In case you're making your convention plans for this year already, save some room for FUNimation in your schedules. They're attending a lot of the big ones, of course, like San Diego Comic Con, Otakon in Baltimore, SXSW Gamin...
Feb 01 // Kristina Pino

FFXIII retrospective trailer goes full retro

As the North American and European street dates for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII approach, Square Enix has helpfully released a retrospective trailer that goes through a highlight reel of the events of FFXIII and FF...
Feb 01 // Kristina Pino

Game of Thrones meets feudal Japan

A Japanese Game of Thrones fan called Seiji has created a series of woodblock prints depicting scenes from Westeros as if they occurred in feudal Japan. There are eight images in all, and after making some waves where they we...
Jan 30 // Kristina Pino

Surprise house guests with a Pikachu roll cake

Rosanna Pansino has uploaded an episode to her delightful cooking show Nerdy Nummies with instructions on how to make a roll cake with a Pikachu motif. Technically, you can make it with any other Pokémon if you can ap...
Jan 28 // Kristina Pino

Japanator Eats: McD's Hot & Groovy chicken sandwich

This week saw the release of two new sandwiches at McDonald's Japan in their continuing American Vintage campaign, replacing the diner burgers with Tex-Mex of the '70s. We've got a Hot & Groovy Chicken and Beef, both con...
Jan 24 // Kristina Pino

Taylor Davis rocks Gerudo Valley on the violin

This week, Taylor Davis released a music video for her fabulous cover of Gerudo Valley from Ocarina of Time. This isn't the first time she's gracing the Japanator front page, as I wrote about her recently when she released t...
Jan 23 // Kristina Pino

Japanator Eats: Valentine's Day Misdo treat

In today's installment of "Kristina eats things from Japan on camera from unflattering angles," I present to you one of the treats Mister Donut has rolled out for Valentine's Day. They've got three new items on their menu fo...
Jan 22 // Kristina Pino

Nerds in the kitchen alert: Totoro toaster pastries

Totoro pastries: the Ghibli nerd's way of preparing food that makes everyone happy before they even take a bite. In fact, they might not want to take a bite at all because of how dang cute these things come out. But that'd b...
Jan 22 // Kristina Pino

Vocaloids get some Chemical X, join Powerpuff Girls

Piapro have announced some new goodies for a Powerpuff Girls and Vocaloid collaboration in the form of adorable phone charms. What makes them extra cute is the collab goes both ways: while we're seeing Luka, Miku, and the twi...
Jan 19 // Kristina Pino

Happy birthday, Gaara!

I haven't kept up with the on-goings of Naruto and friends in a while, but one thing that has been consistent is my love for Gaara. Finding great artwork dedicated to today's birthday boy wasn't too hard, though limiting my g...
Jan 18 // Kristina Pino

Chris Hart's first Japanese single to release in February

Chris Hart has become a bit of a sweetheart in Japan. He's been fascinated by the culture and language for some time, and released videos of himself singing on YouTube which were noticed by a talent show specifically for for...






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