Reno J. Tibke - May 31, 2014

JTFF - Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! -

This week it seems that J-Convenience store giant Lawson has become something of startup funder, and a professor of sports and stuff at Tsukuba University has declared the FIFA 2014 World Cup ball to be “MADE OF NINJA THROWING STARS!!” ...okay, maybe the translation is off a bit on that last part. 

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Rare Rilakkuma is now available for sale at Lawson!

Vegetable Rilakkuma is currently available only at the convenience store, Lawson.

As you can see in the pictures, Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma, and Kiiroitori are dressed up as a carrot, cabbage, tomato, eggplant, onion and green pepper and sitting in a cardboard-like box.

Lawson will stop selling them when their present stock runs out. Each piece is ¥1,450.





When did Japanese people start to like to eat something sweet and salty at the same time?

I believed that a mixed flavor with something sweet and salty was not Japanese people's cup of tea, for example, Hawaiian pizza, fruit in mayonnaise flavored salad, and maple syrup on a sausage. Yet, it seems like the Japanese sense of taste is changing. The sweet-salty-mixed flavor is getting more acceptable.