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How to make a sinfully decadent Apple Pie Bar pie out of Japanese grocery store stuff【SoraKitchen】

We create an apple pie inception that’s as ill-advised as it is appetizing.


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New Japanese gadget is like a toaster for instant food pouches, gets you fed in a jiffy


Make warming up instant foods even easier than before!

The Retort-Tei is like a toaster for retort pouches. All you have to do is plug it in, slip the pouch into the slot, turn the dial, and let it do its thing.

So if you’re a regular consumer of ready-made food pouches, you’ll want to look out for them at the end of the year! And if you’ve never tried retort food before, here are some really delicious curry options that we highly recommend.

Source, images: Makuake
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Clever Japanese sticker defeats junk mail flyers, lets mail you actually want get through【Photos】

Designers say it’s completely solved their junk mail problems in a delicious way.

Nobody likes getting junk mail, but the question is what makes some mail junk? It’s not simply that you didn’t ask for it. Most of us would be OK, for example, if someone surprised us with a bag of gold coins in our mailbox.

So really, to be junk mail it has to be both something you didn’t ask for and something you don’t want. Going by that definition, the staff at Everyday Sunday (@EVERYDAYSUNDAY_ on Twitter), a home decorations shop in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, came up with an easy way to completely eliminate the junk mail flyers that were jamming up their mailbox, and all they had to do was put one simple sticker on the box.

The sticker reads:

“We refuse all flyers except those from pizza restaurants.
Do not put any other flyers in this mailbox.”

So how has this tactic been working for them? Like a champ, as you can see in this photo of a pizza flyer they got while avoiding any others.

▼ “Does the job. We seriously only get pizza flyers now.”

The tactic is extra feasible in Japan, where a lot of junk mail. Whereas the post office might be legally obligated to deliver paid-for mail to wherever it’s addressed to, in Japan a lot of junk mail is delivered by people hired by local businesses who go around the neighborhood on foot and stuff ads into mailboxes directly, and who could thus be possibly talked out of putting it in your mailbox specifically.

Online commenters have been impressed by the simple but effective tactic, reacting with:

“Pizza flyers are the only ones I’m happy to get.”
“Oh wow, I totally want a sticker like that.”
“It sort of makes your mailbox look like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hideout.”
“I wish I could get some pizza flyers. All the junk mail I get is for real estate agencies or places that want to buy second-hand jewelry.”
“I want a sticker that says ‘Big eater here,’ so that I’ll get all sorts of food delivery flyers. Those really come in handy if you ive by yourself like I do.”

Everyday Sunday itself realizes that some people get cravings for things other than pizza, and also that there are people who have their meal plans sorted out already, and so it’s now got a three-version lineup of anti-junk mail stickers.

▼ Top to bottom: Restaurant/food delivery flyers only, pizza flyers only, and no flyers whatsoever

The stickers can be ordered through Everyday Sunday’s online store here, priced at 600 yen (US$5.45) for the set, a cost you should be able to recover fairly quickly with the coupons on the pizza delivery flyers you allow into your mailbox.

Source: Twitter/@EVERYDAYSUNDAY_ via Hachima Kiko
Images: Twitter/@EVERYDAYSUNDAY_
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Apple pie ice cream bars arrive in Japan and they’re superb【Taste test】

We may have to start saying “as Japanese as apple pie bars” from now on….


Editors note, these really are quite good! ~LikeNagoya


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Japan’s huge army of under-employed ex-housewives

There are plenty of smart, educated women in Japan who could be driving the country out of its current economic slump to a stunning pandemic recovery. (BBC)

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The Bank of Japan is really jazzed up about the new 10,000 yen bill

I guess if they were going to get excited about something, it’d be this.

At a ceremony on 1 September, Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso pushed the button to officially begin printing the country’s newly redesigned 10,000 yen bills. Most noticeable in this new design is that writer Fukuzawa Yukichi has been replaced by economist Shibusawa Eiichi, also known as the “father of Japanese capitalism.”

In addition to the aesthetic changes, several functional adjustments have been added. The bills were given a unique texture to help visually impaired people distinguish them and the numbers are also more prominently printed to help those from outside Japan understand its value at a glance.

Not only that, but the bills carry a “state-of-the-art” hologram that appears to move in 3-D when looked at from different angles. Not sure what makes it so cutting-edge, but if that’s the case then my old Visionaries and Super Naturals figures I had when I was eight were light years ahead of their time.

Either way, revamping physical currency is always a good thing from a security and public service point of view, but perhaps no one was happier about it than The Bank of Japan who announced it in an uncharacteristically chipper tweet:

“Ta-daaaa! The new 10,000 yen bill!”

Sure, it’s far from the zaniest tweet anyone’s posted before, but considering the central bank of Japan’s entire timeline is just a series of links to reports on economic policy and guidelines alone with the title of said report, the sudden appearance of “ta-daaaaa” can be quite jarring.

Most replies to the tweet certainly had a hard time getting over the bank’s unexpected candor.

“‘Ta-daaa’ it ain’t, but okay.”
“The Bank of Japan is getting all giddy.”
“It looks like toy money.”
“Lol, that’s too happy.”
“The font on the ‘10000’ makes it look cheap.”
“Hmm. I’m interested in this design and would like to try it out. Please send me 1,000 of them.”
“Since you have time to Tweet like a teenager, can you get on the whole deflation problem?”
“That font though…”
“How much longer until the Yukichi ones disappear?”

Even the social-media-dwelling otter mascot Chi-tan chimed in to comment on the new look of Japanese currency.

“The new money is cool. I’m looking for the old money now because we have to cherish it.”

Luckily, Chi-tan and everyone else will still have plenty of time to enjoy the current bills. Once the first run of printing is complete, the bills will be used to aid the designers of machines such as ATMS and vending machines so they can properly identify them.

The redesigned 1,000 and 5,000 yen bills will follow a similar roll-out and are scheduled to begin first-printing later this autumn. All banknotes are expected to enter circulation in the first half of 2024, and their magical hologram power will shake the earth!

Source: NHK, My Game News Flash
Top image: Twitter/@Bank_of_Japan_j
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Japanese mayor who bit athlete’s gold medal tests positive for coronavirus

Nagoya politician’s troubles continue.

Sources: FNN Prime Online via Hachima Kiko, Yahoo! Japan News/Tokai TV, NHK News Web
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Suga opts out of LDP leadership race

Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide says he will not run in the upcoming leadership election for the main ruling Liberal Democratic Party. This means he is giving up the premiership, and Japan will soon have a new prime minister. (NHK)

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Survey asks which country’s fashion is the most influential in Japanese street style

You might be able to guess which country came out on top!

In Japan, there are a lot of unique kinds of fashion, but the most popular looks for everyday streetwear are influenced by fashion from all over the world. Rakuten Group sought to find out which country’s fashion is the most influential in Japan and why, so between July 1 and 2 they surveyed 5,124 users of their flea market app Rakuma.

3,896 women and 1,228 men over the age of 10 were asked, “Which country besides Japan do you reference the most in terms of fashion?” Many respondents answered with the U.S., France, Italy, or the U.K., but far and away the most popular answer from Japanese women was Korea.

▼ The countries whose fashion Japanese women most reference, by age group. Key: red for Korea, blue for The U.S., orange for France, green for Italy, yellow for the U.K., purple for Spain, pink for China, and grey for “other”. Starting with women aged 10-20, all the way down to women 60 and up.

In fact, Korea was the top answer for almost every age group. Girls and teens between the ages of 10 and 20, in particular, seemed to overwhelming accept Korea as their foreign flagbearer for fashion, as 77.3 percent of them picked Korea as their top answer. Women in their 20s, 30s, and 40s also seemed to find inspiration in Korean fashion, as Korea was the top answer for each of those age groups (56.7, 36.4, and 24.3 percent respectively).

Older women, on the other hand, seemed to prefer European fashion. “France” was the top answer for women in their 50s, and the second for women in their 60s and older. The oldest age group also seemed to reference Italian fashion, as 17.1 percent of respondents voted for Italy. While U.S. fashion occupied the title as second most popular for younger Japanese women, European styles beat out American clothing for the most and second most popular among many older women.

But while women preferred Korean fashion, men seemed to prefer American fashion over the styles of any other country. More than 40 percent of respondents in every age group voted “The U.S.” as the country they most reference for fashion (besides Japan).

▼ The countries whose fashion Japanese men most reference, by age group (same key as above)

Younger men in their teens and 20s also like Korean fashion, which came second in both age groups with 28.7 and 13.8 percent of the vote respectively, but as men get older, they appear to begin to prefer the dressier fashion popular in Italy. Italian fashion was voted as the second most inspirational by 26 percent of men in their 60s and older.

The men were also given a free space to write which male celebrities they took most inspiration from, and, despite being given the option to write any name, the most popular answer for all age groups was former SMAP member Takuya Kimura, who continues to be one of Japan’s most admired celebrities. International smash hit K-Pop group BTS was the second most popular answer, most selected by teens, and for older gentlemen in their 40s and above, TV personality and comedian George Tokoro, with his penchant for nice T-shirts, was most popular, and third all-around.

Respondents were also asked to vote for reasons why that country’s fashion most appealed to them, with the option to choose multiple reasons. For men and women of all age groups, the top reason why Korean fashion was voted as the most referenced was “Because it’s cheap and easy to find” (64.8 percent). More than a third also said that “Because I like the celebrities and artists of that country”, but it seems like accessibility was key.

Responses for other countries were slightly more evenly divided. For American fashion, the top reason was “Because I can really express myself” (43.2 percent), while the majority of respondents who voted for French and Italian fashion said it was “Because they have brands I can trust” (43.2 percent and 51.4 percent respectively).

Where do they find their international fashion inspirations? Instagram, of course! For those who take fashions cues mostly from Korea and the U.S.–who are primarily younger people–browsing social media is a must. But for the older generation, old-school fashion magazines are what they use to study European fashion.

This all makes us wonder, though; since the top reason many of these fashions were chosen is because they’re cheap and accessible, and since the respondents’ most referenced celebrities are mostly Japanese, would Japan have come out as the top answer if it was an option? With Disney kimono and ukiyo-e sneakers now available, it’s really hard to say it wouldn’t.

Source: PR Times, My Navi News via Otacom
Images: PR Times

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The most expensive pancakes we could find at 7-Eleven Japan are a delicious bargain【Taste test】

Japanese luxury hotel group creates pancakes you can buy at a humble convenience store.

During the Olympics, we all got a reminder of just how awesome 7-Eleven Japan’s rice balls are. There are amazingly delicious things to be found of each and every aisle of a Japanese convenience store, though, and on our ace reporter Mr. Sato’s most recent 7-Eleven shopping trip it was these pancakes that he couldn’t resist.

Specifically, it was these two words that convinced him he had to try them.

The Hotel Okura is one of Japan’s most respected travel accommodation providers, and Japanese luxury hotels are known for having very high standards for their pancakes. These convenience store pancakes were offering him the chance to enjoy that sort of gourmet indulgence in his own home, as they’re produced under supervision from the Hotel Okura group’s head chef.

There was a slight catch, though, in that the four-pancake package, at 484 yen (US$4.49), is pretty pricy by convenience store standards. However, Mr. Sato figured he’d earned the right to splurge a little after working so hard lugging a microwave back to the office from Tokyo’s unmanned electronics shop, so he grabbed a pack to reward himself with.

The pancakes were kept in 7-Eleven’s refrigerated section, so obviously Mr. Sato wanted to heat them up before eating them. Looking at the instructions, he found a stern warning that he should not, by any means, use any sort of automatic timer, and should instead set his microwave to warm the pancakes for 70 seconds at 500 watts, or 50 seconds at 600 watts. The directions also said to refrain from covering the pancakes in plastic wrap.

Mr. Sato followed the directions to a T and was immediately glad he did. As he pulled the plate out of the microwave, a spire of steam floated up from the pancakes, carrying the enticing and comforting aroma of warm Hokkaido flour.

The pancakes come with butter and maple syrup, and adding the former while there were still hot caused the dollop to soften into a melty mass.

Taking a bite, Mr. Sato’s heart likewise melted at the fluffy texture and gentle, comforting sweetness. However, this was only an intermediary stop on his way to pancake paradise.

Pouring on the maple syrup immediately enhanced the pancakes’ appearance and fragrance. After waiting a moment for the syrup to be absorbed into their spongy softness, he took another bite, and an explosion of sweetness occurred on his taste buds.

After just two bites, Mr. Sato had done a complete 180 on his feelings about the pancakes’ price. Yes, 484 is on the high end for convenience store snacks, but judging the pancakes on their flavor, he thinks they’re worth even more than that.

The Hotel Okura pancakes aren’t exclusive to 7-Eleven, and not every branch in the chain carries them either. Still, if you spot them, Mr. Sato recommends picking up a pack without hesitation for a taste of luxury hotel dining, and one that doesn’t require going through a security checkpoint like the last time he ate hotel pancakes in Tokyo.

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