Keep your rice balls safe with Arataya's onigiri holder

While this handy dandy onigiri holder costs ¥4,200 (around U.S. $37.31), the item's buckles are made in a way where it'll cover your rice ball from all angles-- aside from it being made of leather....

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 year, 3 months ago | 3 comments

Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Medals to be made from mobile phones

Olympic and Paralympic medals for the Tokyo 2020 Games will be made from recycled mobile phones.

The Japanese public will be asked to donate old phones and small appliances to gather two tonnes of ...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 year, 3 months ago | 0 comments

You need to win the lottery to get PlayStation VR in Japan

Each customer waiting outside of the stores were given a numbered ticket, and those lucky few who had their number selected were eligible to buy the headset.

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 year, 3 months ago | 3 comments

Tokyo startup Vaqso wants to add smells to VR games

okyo-based startup Vaqso unveiled their device Vaqso VR, which adds a sense of smell to VR games, etc., when attached to a head-mounted display (HMD) at their press conference held in Tokyo on Tues...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 year, 3 months ago | 1 comment

Google Translate now provides live translation of Japanese text

Google Translate could already translate Japanese text into English from a captured photo, but now the app skips a step, letting you point your camera at signs, menus and other things that might co...

posted by  Sergey | 1 year, 3 months ago | 2 comments

Japan Display battles Samsung's OLED with curved LCD screens

One of Apple's main screen suppliers, Japan Display Inc. (JDI), has revealed a 5.5-inch LCD smartphone screen that can be bent like OLED displays from Samsung and LG. While not quite as flexible an...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 year, 3 months ago | 1 comment

Japanese gaming chair is blowing up on online retail sites and Twitter

If it looks like a chair and acts like a chair, but has over two million on back order, is it really just any ol’ chair?

Introducing Buddy -the game chair-! This floor chair is expertly designed t...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 year, 3 months ago | 1 comment

How to preorder Nintendo Switch in Japan?

Nintendo Switch looks interesting and I am tempted to buy this console. So My question is when will it be possible to preorder Switch, for how much and when it will start shipping?
And of course ho...

posted by  Sergey | 1 year, 4 months ago | 3 comments

Musical Instruments Shopping in Tokyo

For those of you who want to find a place to shop for musical instruments, Ochanomizu is the place to go. Prices are much better than in those shops in department stores, and the selection is yuuug...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 year, 4 months ago | 0 comments

Japanese high-tech toilets standardise icons to help confused tourists

It's long been a conundrum for visitors to Japan: how do you actually use the toilet? For more than 35 years, the "washlet"—also known in some parts as the "super toilet"—has baffled the unwary tra...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 year, 4 months ago | 1 comment


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