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Yamagata Cast Iron Teapots

Yamagata cast iron boasts a 1,000-year tradition influenced by the Kyoto style.

The Secret to a Hot Bento

Imagine opening the lid of your bento box and getting your chopsticks out to eat what should be steaming hot rice—but it’s cold and somehow tasteless. Want to avoid this disappointment?

Funassyi Screams for the Season

The "Singing Merry Christmas Funassyi" doll seems to scream more than sing, but he'll bring good cheer either way!

TP So Delicious You'll Want to Eat It

Toilet paper that gives fruit roll-ups a whole new meaning.

Odate Bentwood Lunchboxes

Odate bentwood, or magewappa, is characteristic of the Odate region in Akita Prefecture.

7 Cool Traditional Japanese-Style Gifts

Looking for just the right gift during the holiday season? Why not give the gift of something unique you could only get from Japan!

Specialty Chopsticks for Ramen Noodles

These Edokibashi chopsticks are especially created for eating ramen without the noodles slipping down between them. Seriously!

Origami-Style Lamp

Neither scissors nor glue are needed for this DIY project that can brighten up any room.

Life-Size R2-D2 is a Moving Refrigerator!

This plucky droid moves, speaks, projects images and delivers your beer. What more could you ask?

Decorate Your Lair with Sith Lords

Furniture manufacturer IDC Otsuka has unveiled its Star Wars/Premium Home Collection—a set any Jedi Master would love to get their hands on!

Dyson Robo-Vacuum Arrives in Japan

The 360 Eye is the British firm’s first proper venture into autonomous home service robotics.

Color-Changing Ramen Cup Holders

The Cupmen series are adorable little characters that hold the lid of an instant ramen cup while it's cooking.

More Sushi Suitcase Covers!

Well, this could be one way to either get a fair amount of attention from airport security. Or a laugh. Or both.

4 Cool Things Made of Kurikyu Odate Bentwood

Kurikyu Bentwood is known for high-quality bentwood products emblematic of the city of Odate in Akita Prefecture.

Download these Kanji Worksheets Free!

To help everyone looking to start learning Japanese, the Nihon Ichiban team has created a beginners' kanji ebook that you can view and download totally free!

Casting Craftmanship

NOUSAKU Corp. applies traditional Japanese casting techniques to contemporary designs to promote a unique, stylish lifestyle.

5 Key Sushi Accessories

Check out the key bits of kitchenware and what-not that every sushi connoisseur needs to have on hand.

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