Tag Archives: Japan

  • Nikka Whisky From the Barrel: Famous Japanese Whisky Comes to US

    Nikka Whisky From the Barrel: Famous Japanese Whisky Comes to US

    North American whisky enthusiasts, particularly those who know the difference between whisky and whiskey, have long had a certain Japanese whisky on their mental lists of beverages to try. But Nikka Whisky From the Barrel has, until now, never been available in the US. Now, as you have probably guessed, Nikka Whisky From the Barrel […]

  • Coca-Cola Clear Debuts in Japan (Video)

    Coca-Cola Clear Debuts in Japan (Video)

    It’s been a while since the nation of Japan gave us another reason to be envious of their food and beverage innovations. Now, everybody who misses that brief period when Crystal Pepsi was available in grocery stories has just such a reason, with the debut of Coca-Cola Clear.  Coca-Cola Clear was reportedly conceived by Coke’s Japan […]

  • Asahi Clear Caffè Latte Now Available in Japan

    Asahi Clear Caffè Latte Now Available in Japan

    The nation of Japan continues to innovate in the world of mass-produced beverages, this time with a drink that combines to universally beloved concepts: Caffè latte and Crystal Pepsi. It’s Asahi Clear Caffè Latte, and it’s as clear as Tom Cruise, with no caffeine and no fat. The Asahi Clear Caffè Latte is billed as “clear espresso and […]

  • Coca-Cola Frozen Coming to Japan

    Coca-Cola Frozen Coming to Japan

    Japan continues to stay ahead of the western world in the realm of soft drinks. Today the internet is abuzz about just such a drink, called simply (and probably self-explanatorily) Coca-Cola Frozen. North American readers are no-doubt familiar with the concept of a Frozen Coke. But the Japanese Coca-Cola Frozen is a unique variation on […]

  • Pepsi J-Cola: For “Heavy Users” of Soda in Japan

    Pepsi J-Cola: For “Heavy Users” of Soda in Japan

    Pepsi’s great, and with the possible exception of hardcore Coke partisans we all love it. But sometimes you require a deeper, purer cola fix, and in North America and other places that aren’t Japan, you’ve had to resort to bootleg black market colas in order to fill that need. In Japan, however, there’s Pepsi J-Cola.  Pepsi […]

  • ‘Batman Ninja’ English Language Trailer (Video)

    ‘Batman Ninja’ English Language Trailer (Video)

    Late last year, I jumped the gun somewhat and told my presumably mostly English-reading readership about a trailer for an animated film entitled Batman Ninja, with the caveat that an English language version was hopefully on the way. Now, thankfully, we do indeed have an English dubbed trailer, as well as an official plot synopsis from […]

  • LW-Monofu: A 28-Foot-Tall Mecha Available for Parties (Video)

    LW-Monofu: A 28-Foot-Tall Mecha Available for Parties (Video)

    New from the Sakakibara Machinery Works Co., a project that’s been six years in the making. It’s almost 28 feet tall, weighs in at 16,000 pounds, and can be rented for birthday parties and other events. Oh, and the LW-Monofu is a real-life giant robot suit piloted and controlled by a cockpit in the chest, just like Voltron.  Of […]

  • ‘Batman Ninja': Anime Batman Movie Gets Trailer (Video)

    ‘Batman Ninja': Anime Batman Movie Gets Trailer (Video)

    One of the things that has sustained Batman for almost 80 years is his ability to be at home in seemingly any type of story: Shadowy noir, campy comedy, old-school whodunit, etc etc etc. And yet, until this point there has never been an authentic anime variation on the Batman character – until the release […]

  • Sticking-Out Steak Burger: Japanese Fast Food Chain Makes Literal Steakburger

    Sticking-Out Steak Burger: Japanese Fast Food Chain Makes Literal Steakburger

    In North America, we tend to think of the term “Steakburger” as a euphemism, one specifically employed by Steak ‘n Shake to refer to their cheeseburgers, which, while very good, are pretty much just regular cheeseburgers. But in Japan, the fast food burger joint Lotteria has made the word literally, descriptively accurate with what they […]