Kobeya Kitchen hops into Easter

| Apr 3, 2015

Kobeya Kitchen hops into Easter

The Kobeya Kitchen chain of bakeries found mostly around major train stations is celebrating Easter with a limited-edition treat in the form of a dessert shaped like a rabbit (¥238). It isn’t the most photogenic bunny you’ve ever seen, but as a sweet snack ...

SXSW's Japan Nite celebrates 20 lively years

Mar 24, 2015

SXSW's Japan Nite celebrates 20 lively years

For the past two decades, the Japan Nite showcase has been one of the most celebrated events at the South By Southwest (SXSW) music conference and festival, a gathering where industry types, everyday music fans and performers from all over the world descend on ...

Coca-Cola adds life to latest release

| Mar 24, 2015

Coca-Cola adds life to latest release

Coca-Cola Co’s latest carbonated creation, Coca-Cola Life, launched in Japan earlier this month with the promise of fewer calories and less sugar via the use of stevia leaf extract, a sweetener that’s apparently better for the body. All of this is just slick branding, ...

A healthier approach to doughnuts at Floresta

| Mar 17, 2015

A healthier approach to doughnuts at Floresta

Offering delicious organic desserts across Japan since 2002, including at several Tokyo stores, Floresta is perhaps best known for its “animal doughnuts.” From cats and dogs to chickens, each edible animal comes in different flavors and offered in limited runs, including blueberry-flavored penguin or ...

Yamayoshi beefs up its range of chips

| Mar 10, 2015

Yamayoshi beefs up its range of chips

Potato chips might not ever be able to fully take the place of a night grilling up juicy meat, but the Yamayoshi snack companies’ limited-edition “salty green onion and beef tongue” flavor comes close. Originally released for a short time last year — minus ...

AKB48 'Koko ga Rhodes da, Koko de Tobe!'

| Feb 17, 2015

AKB48 "Koko ga Rhodes da, Koko de Tobe!"

Idol group AKB48 elicits extreme reactions from people. The unit has nurtured a rabid fanbase who are willing to buy multiple copies of a single CD to show their devotion. On the other hand, critics despise the group’s brand of by-the-book pop and the ...