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A US-based audio company, SMS Audio, made 4 models of Star Wars character design headphones (STREET by 50 series). In early July, they will be available in Japan for about 21,000 yen by Modernity Co., Ltd., the Japanese audio products distributer.

Models:
- Rebel Alliance (Luke Skywalker)
- Storm Trooper
- Galactic Empire (Darth Vader)
- Boba Fett

The Japanese major online store Rakuten and the American company Livescribe yesterday agreed to sell a smartpen called Livescribe 3 on Rakuten Books.

As soon as you write on the accompanying paper notebook with the Livescribe 3 smartpen, the lines, letters or graphics you write get instantly displayed on a smartphone or tablet that has the Livescribe+ application installed. The notes are editable and searchable. Also, the hand-written letters can be converted into digital text.

2 new drinks, each using a whole banana will be available at Starbucks Japan for a limited time only, from April 16 until May 11.

They are Fresh Banana & Chocolate Cream Frappuccino and Fresh Banana & Caramel Cream Frappuccino. This is the first time for Starbucks Japan to use a whole fruit in a single drink.

Fresh Banana & Chocolate Cream Frappuccino is a chocolate flavored banana frappuccino with chocolate brown, whipped cream and chocolate sauce on top.

More spring seasonal drinks will be sold from March 19 to April 15.

The hot drink "Creamy Vanilla Latte with Lemony Swirl" and the cold drink "Creamy Vanilla Frappuccino with Lemony Swirl" will be available ONLY in Japan.

Starbucks Japan - 2014 "SAKURA" latte and frappuccino

Nakabayashi, Japanese corporation offering stationery-related products, announced that they obtained exclusive distribution rights in Japan to sell the 3D printing pen 3Doodler that the American company Wobbles Works has developed.

REVIEW: Mobile Clean & Go - AkihabaraNews.com

Cleans our Many Screens
There are some in this world who don’t mind the build-up of funk and finger grease and potato chip crumbs on their smartphone or tablet screen, and then there are the sane people who like to keep things tidy and usable. This is for the latter.

As part of its 2014 "SAKURA" series, Starbucks Japan is going to release a seasonal cherry blossom-themed latte and frappuccino on February 15.

They are called "Sakura Chocolate Latte with Strawberry Flavor Topping" and "Sakura Chocolate Frappuccino with Strawberry Flavor Topping".

This year is the 30th anniversary of the release in Japan of internationally loved ice cream brand, Häagen-Dazs.

To celebrate it, today they released 2 new seasonal flavors - 30th Anniversary Sakura (Sakura means cherry blossom in Japanese) and 30th Anniversary Rose. These 2 flavors are Häagen-Dazs's first flower-flavored ice creams.

Powdered cherry blossom petals, cherry sauce and salt are mixed in the softly-pink-colored Sakura flavored ice cream. It also has Sakura flavored sauce topping.

Links International, Japanese computer peripherals distributer, will release a gaming keyboard CORSAIR Gaming Keyboards Vengeance K65 Compact JP produced by the American computer peripherals production company, Corsair. It will be available for about ¥12,000 on February 8.

It features Cherry MX Red switches built-in, has a full-sized keyboard layout, with big keys, but it is shorter and more compact by not having a ten-key number input.

Akihabaranews.com - Japanese Directors - Academy Award

The nominees for the 86th annual Academy Awards were announced yesterday (US time), and we were happy to hear that 2 Japanese animation movies were nominated!

First, of course, from Studio Ghibli…

- The Wind Rises by Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki, Studio Ghibli for Animated Feature Film

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