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Tokyo Department Stores Have an Opening Ritual (VIDEO)
The managers then bow to each other and line up facing the front doors. They bow to the customers waiting to shop. They then open the doors and greet everyone who enters. It’s a fascinating ritual that I encountered by chance last time I was in Japan, and was happy to experience again.
Japanese senior citizen fashion and cuisine in full effect! Strolling down this 800m-long street, you will find no less than 200 shops that sell pretty much everything that a Japanese senior citizen needs and loves.
Sharp unveiled a new model of their "HEALSIO Ocha Presso" green tea maker. It will be available for sale in North America under the name "Tea-Cere" this summer!
Cookie, Ikura, Wagyu, and Umeboshi bento iPhone 6 cases are out for sale now. All of them are ¥3,980 and look delicious. A bit crazy. Particularly the revenge bento...
TokyoStreetView: Japanese Traditional Dolls (4K VIDEO)
Like an elaborate sculpture, it can take up to a year to make such a doll from start to finish. Due to the delicate nature of the materials involved and the time required for the paint to dry, doll masters pay close attention to humidity when working. They sometimes need up to a month to finish a doll’s head.

TokyoStreetView - March 08, 2015

TokyoStreetView: Happo-En Garden (4K VIDEO)
Happo-en is much more than your average gorgeous hidden Japanese garden in central Tokyo. Actually, the core business of the location is to celebrate weddings and other events with a wide selection of facilities made to please those looking for something more traditional.
What’s probably lost on most viewers around the world is that commercials like these aren’t evidence of a widespread, built-in cultural bizarreness. Nope, they’re much more about advertisers and ad agencies trying to out-weird each other.
Who wants to try a Frog Burger in Japan? If you want, go to MARK IS Minatomirai in Yokohama, Japan after March 21! Oh, and a disclaimer: Japanese people don't eat frogs. (Some people living in the inland area eat bugs though.)
A dentist in Roppongi, Tokyo has started providing a unique service. He impersonates a butler lets you lie on his lap as he brushes your teeth for 10 minutes.

Yoriko Takahashi - March 05, 2015

Nissan's new concept BBQ Car is very intriguing. Open the car trunk, and you will see all the equipment necessary for BBQ ready to be used. It includes an electric grill, refrigerator, kitchen with sink, cookware, plates, spices, coffeemaker, garbage disposal machine.... and more!

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