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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 ramen into a refre...

 
 
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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 passing a piece of c...

 
 
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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 of the page. L...

 
 
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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 rare West Coast ...

 
 
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J-List has a funny Valentine's Day sale going on

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 of...

 
 
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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 have with this ...

 
 
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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 of a man's mea...

 
 
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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 twist: the &quo...

 
 
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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 China, and mor...

 
 
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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 want to make sur...

 
 
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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 you think about ...

 
 
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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 haven't either.So ...

 
 
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Third Impact will be delicious with Evangelion angel cake

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, which features an ...

 
 
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Freshen up your ice cream with grasshopper toppings!

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. And I understan...

 
 
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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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iPhone 4 food cases are good for making you hungry

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 the first place...

 
 
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Potato-dono is my hero

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

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 anime and manga...

 
 
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Try ice cream ramen and other bizarre bowls at Kikuya

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 years ago on a par...

 
 
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Move over used panties, bananas are taking your spot

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, vending machi...

 
 
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You can have takoyaki at home for only $32!

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 course, since ...

 
 
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Morbid moe off the mortal coil with Zombie Maid cafe

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 literally.The ma...

 
 
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Arashi's Ohno eats the hell out of some KFC

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 that it looked as...

 
 
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Sink your teeth into this zombie meat snack

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 of those quest...

 
 
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Starbucks launches Sakura beverages in Japan

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 urge. Starbucks Co...

 
 
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Hatsune Miku crackers may be the most moe meal ever

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 Miku on them but o...

 
 
 
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'Big America' comes to McDonald's Japan. Plus bacon

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 House of Ronald ...

 
 
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FINALLY, someone puts real effort into selling moe food

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, heh) and have th...

 
 
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Mos Burger introduces a special Tuna Burger

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 is about to deb...

 
 
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Put ya lunch on! Ikusa Bento bring the Warring Meals Era

I don't know exactly why some kind of Sengoku-era craze is sweeping Glorious Nippon, or for that matter if it's particularly new, but I'm more than happy to blame Sengoku Basara for these awesome-looking bento meals.Fully microwaveable, the...

 
 
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UFO Catchers bring delicious cake

UFO catchers sell a lot of things. Plush dolls, capsule toys, candy, cigarettes and even game consoles have all, at one time or another, been sold in crane games. It was only a matter of time until gourmet pastries went under the claw. That...

 
 
 
 
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Japanese like their vegetables shaped all weird-like

Symmetry is overrated. It can get boring when something looks the same from all sides! Asymmetry is where it's at! Wear a glove on just one hand! Plant a ponytail on the side of your head! Get heterochromia! Wear a two-tone battle outfit! A...

 
 
 
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Moe miko sake is starting to get a bit ridiculous

No, really. I'm all for businesses targeting the otaku market, but placing cute shrine-maiden illustrations on your bottles won't make your sake taste any better. I mean, you can't expect to put some random pictures on a product and expect ...

 
 
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I don't think I ever want to become lactose-tolerant again

As time has gone by I've found myself less able to drink more than a glass of milk or two before having my stomach upset. It wasn't always this way, so I'm not sure what went wrong. Then again, between this modified commercial and Queen's...

 
 
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The Mega Tamago by McDonald's Japan cannot possibly end well

When you take a bite into a juicy Big Mac, do you ever feel like something is missing? The meat just isn't big enough, and I have a craving for bacon. But wait, it's only 8:29 in the morning, I can't have a Big Mac in the morning. Well, may...

 
 
 




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