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Drink like a samurai with Kotobukiya's katana coasters

If there's one thing that's similar about a katana and a drink on a table, it's that they both contain an important piece that serves as a means to protect something. The former's handguard makes sure that the person doesn't get cut by...

 
 
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Two words: Space Whiskey

In one small step to getting closer to anime space travel, Japanese distillery Suntory Holdings has announced they will be sending various whiskeys into space to age aboard the International Space Station.

 
 
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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 brand, this is ...

 
 
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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 total jerk. I gu...

 
 
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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 new Pepsi flavo...

 
 
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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-man to do it f...

 
 
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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 of your favorite...

 
 
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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 items could only ...

 
 
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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 of your favorite...

 
 
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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' style entry f...

 
 
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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, which&nbs...

 
 
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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 drinks and food, a...

 
 
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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 Princess Sapphire...

 
 
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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 monster-sex perve...

 
 
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Manga about wine spurs high demand for the real thing

It's always hard for those outside of Japan to realize its significance, but having a popular manga devoted to a unique subject can cause a giant surge of interest for that subject. It's happened before with series like Hikaru no Go, and no...

 
 
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Former Prime Minister Taro Aso hawks moe sake

Woah, moe sake? Feels a little deja vu in here. But here's a new twist: Taro Aso, former Prime Minister of Japan from 2008 to 2009, is encouraging young Japanese people to drink moe sake.Kotaku heard about a recent event...

 
 
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Japanese fake beer: Is it even worth it?

I know this sounds like such an alcoholic thing to say, but seriously, what's the point in drinking beer if it won't get you drunk? It's not like it's a particularly tasty beverage in my mind (though there are a few exceptions). But in toda...

 
 
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Shimbashi Station arrival tune changed to whiskey jingle

Trains in Japan normally have a little melody to let you know when you've arrived at a station. As of recently, however, Japan Probe reports that the melody at one of the train stops is a little different. Suntory has paid Japan Railways (J...

 
 
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Get some melon-less watermelon soda to cool off

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 that make the ...

 
 
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Forget bars, stay at home with moe sake

It's nice to go out to have a few drinks at a bar, but being social has a cost - as in literally, from your wallet. As a poor, recent college grad, I cringe every time I think of how much I could be saving by buying a few beers from a store...

 
 
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Haruhi Fruit Juice...has Haruhi on it! How unexpected!

This summer heat wave has been brutal for me so far. I know many states probably have it worse than New York, but that doesn't mean we're not suffering here too. We're even seeing massive power outages from people using too much air conditi...

 
 
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Pepsi Strong Shot: name says it all

You know how Japan's always messing with funky flavors and such in food products? Well, this time they didn't change the flavor, but they sure changed the amount of kick in your average Pepsi. Japan's new Pepsi Strong Shot puts everything y...

 
 
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Prepare to get smashed at 30,000 feet over Japan

It always seemed a little unfair to me that airlines don't allow you to bring alcohol on flights. Unless you spring for the seats in business class, the worst part of long distance travel for me is always the plane ride. Being allowed to pu...

 
 
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Let me buy you a draaank

We all know times have been tough economically, especially in the U.S., but what about those establishments in Japan that have also been hit by their own recession? How do you attract new customers in an age of frugality, and furthermore, h...

 
 
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New Sapporo CM demonstrates why it's a 'Legendary Biru'

Well, summertime is nigh upon us and this means that the mass consumption of alcoholic beverages skyrockets. People get a little bit crazier, moods shift at the pace of a doped up greyhound and Japanese restaurants stock the shelves with an...

 
 
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Kami no Shizuku set to come out in the US by end of 2010

Here's a quick bit of news pointed out to us by Deb Aoki: in the course of an interview with CNNGo, the authors of the hit wine manga Kami no Shizuku (Drops of God) mentioned that by the end of 2010 we'll see the English-language adaptation...

 
 
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Kirin ad gives alcohol-free beer to pregnant women

It might just be my strange sensibilities, but I don't really see the point to alcohol-free beer. I'm not one for beer in general, but generally I don't know of anyone drinking it solely because they love the taste -- usually they're lookin...

 
 
 
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All the foreigners want Cola Shock

They also want BURGER! and PIZZA! from Armani model Meisa Kuroki.But, as Japan Probe points out, Kirin has yet to mention if they're actually going to be selling Cola Shock, the spiked cola that intrigued Dale, foreigners. The ones outsid...

 
 
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Kamen Cider is a genius product tie-in

Besides watching Mask Rider Black as a kid, I was never much into Kamen Rider. That's been changing of late now that I've seen the Samurai Sentai Shinkenger/Kamen Rider Decade crossover, so in celebration I decided to post this little bit o...

 
 
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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from everybody here at Japanator! Be careful to prevent your New Year's party from getting out of hand. 

 
 
 
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Kirin's Cola Shock is shocking because it's spiked

Spiked cola. Why didn't I think of that. Oh, I did, and I drink it quite frequently. But in a can, available at your local konbini? Brilliant. This not-so-soft drink comes from the mind of beverage giant Kirin, who thought to add about 5 pe...

 
 
 
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I am finally going to watch Neon Genesis Evangelion

It's one of those shows that I've avoided for a long time. At this point, I'm not even sure of the reason -- perhaps it's to be different. Well, whatever the case may be, I'm finally going to buckle down and watch it, because I'm looking fo...

 
 
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Gross Japanese Pepsi is back with Pepsi Perilla

We've talked about Japanse limited-time soft drink Pepsi Cucumber before. We can try to pretend like it didn't happen, but then Suntory reminds us with another odd flavor for this summer: Shiso-flavored Pepsi.Well, I shouldn't write it off ...

 
 
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Looking for a weekend project? Try making your own plum wine!

It's 5pm on a Friday. Time to be done with work for a few days, kick back, and have some drinks. But why not spice things up? Delicious Coma details just how to make your own bottle of the delicious plum wine. Ok, so the project will take a...

 
 
 
 




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