Felicity Hughes
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Oct 31, 2011
AKBaby invites fans to breed with their favorite pop idols
Any AKB48 fan's wet dream: the chance to have a baby with their favorite pop idol.
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Oct 28, 2011
Entrepreneurs make Korean ikemen the dish du jour
Cute, young Korean man-flesh is on the menu now, as Tokyo establishments cash in on the continuing hanryu boom.
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Oct 25, 2011
Get your virtual freak on this Halloween
Thanks to augmented reality voodoo, you can skip that messy fake blood and itchy costume.
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JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Oct 21, 2011
Burger franchises take a second go at success
Wendy's returns to Japan with a new approach, while Burger King prepares to take a bigger bite out of the fast-food market.
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Oct 19, 2011
Local hero Ryujin Mabuya to save the day
Ryujin Mabuya speask with such a strong Okinawan accent that he needs subtitles, but this local action hero is going places.
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JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Oct 14, 2011
Say cheers to these limited edition beers
News season, new beers, new marketing campaigns. Always a good reason to say 'Kanpai.'
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LIFE / Food & Drink / Japan Pulse
Oct 7, 2011
Japanified burgers on the tourism menu
Japanese tourism boards put funky burgers on the menu.
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JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Oct 6, 2011
Cola Lemon KitKat? Let's take a vote on that
What? Companies are actually letting consumers choose what they want to be sold? Yes, it's true.
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Oct 5, 2011
Can anything stop the AKB48 mutations?
The many-limbed J-pop monster they call AKB48 is growing in more ways than one.
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BUSINESS / Japan Pulse
Sep 27, 2011
Traditional charcoal keepin' it fresh
A variety of 'new' products draw on the traditional odor-eating properties of bamboo charcoal.
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BUSINESS / Japan Pulse
Sep 7, 2011
This season's fashion hit or flop?
Lab coats as this season's must-have item? Book satchels for adults? Should we believe the hype?
LIFE / Lifestyle / Japan Pulse
Sep 1, 2011
Tough commute? Let these apps ease the pain
No, there's not an app for lessening commuter rush-hour congestion, but there are a few that can make the journey a bit more bearable.
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Aug 30, 2011
Ikumen: raising new father figures in Japan
Maybe papa was rolling stone once upon a time, but these days he's expected to share the burden of raising the kids.
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BUSINESS / Japan Pulse
Aug 26, 2011
How about a hot bath ... in sawdust?
Bathing in sawdust joins a long menu of possible salon treatments available in Japan.
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CULTURE / Art / Japan Pulse
Aug 25, 2011
Pulp it up: new directions for paper design
Designers realize their ideas by applying creativity to paper.
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CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Aug 19, 2011
Hot-looking guys for free
BACS, a new free paper, ostensibly targets preening young men but it also has on a eye on the women who love them.
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JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Aug 18, 2011
Men look to shed a few years off their aging skin
The rough-hewn look might be on its way out as makers of skin-care products aim for the middle-aged male market.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / BY THE GLASS
Aug 12, 2011
Grape adventures in northern climes
If you're thinking of taking a break from the sweltering heat of Japan's southern and central regions, Hokkaido is the perfect destination. As well as its wonderfully fresh local cuisine, stunning natural scenery and balmy climate, the northern island is also home to a burgeoning wine culture that looks...
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Aug 11, 2011
A close shave for Japanese women
There's another way for women to brighter, whiter, softer skin: a close shave with a straight razor ... or so cutting-edge estu00e9e salons say.
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Aug 5, 2011
Upmarket and themed karaoke spaces
Who says singing karaoke room has to be a low-rent affair?


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