Tag Archives: Japan

Rise of the roboristas

Rise of the roboristas

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The robots are coming! They’re taking over our cities! Our primitive weapons are useless against their superior technology! Oh, hang on, it’s OK… they just want to show us some cool coffee machines.

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King of darkness

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At the risk of reinforcing a stereotype, Goths aren’t renown for their positive outlook on life. Doom, gloom, pain, and angst are words you’re more likely to associate with the culture, but Goths in Japan may finally have something to smile about thanks to Burger King.

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The anti-social network

Earlier this year (April to be precise) a story hit the UK’s headlines of a 4-year-old girl who was ‘addicted’ to her iPad. Whilst many of us may have scoffed and thought ‘I’d never let that happen to my child’, it turns out that in Japan they’re taking the problem incredibly seriously.
 

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The anti-social network

Earlier this year (April to be precise) a story hit the UK’s headlines of a 4-year-old girl who was ‘addicted’ to her iPad. Whilst many of us may have scoffed and thought ‘I’d never let that happen to my child’, it turns out that in Japan they’re taking the problem incredibly seriously.
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Mandustrial skincare

Is your grooming regime missing some grrrr? Cosmetics brand NuBo has packaged its new male skincare range in steel bottles reminiscent of factory pistons.

‘I know it sounds weird for cosmetics, but the inspiration came from early motor cars and bikes,’ says founder and CEO Marina Shcherbinina. Squeezy tubes, tubs and bottles just aren’t manly enough, it seems.

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Unexpected item in the baggage area

There goes that suitcase with the ribbons tied round the handle. Again. And again. And again.

Waiting for your luggage at the airport is rarely fun – especially if it’s 5am and you’ve just queued for two hours at passport control. But in an effort to perk up impatient people, airports in Japan have introduced all sorts of weird and wonderful things to their carousels. (Thanks, Magic Mich.)

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McMinimal

Greasy brown paper bags. Plastic trays with flimsy paper liners. Cardboard cups with striped straws. McDonald’s has never had the most glamorous packaging – until now.

In Japan, the fast-food chain has just introduced Quarter Pounder Jewelry Burgers, featuring unexpectedly posh additions like truffle sauce, chorizo and pineapple. And to match the luxury inside, they’ve given the packaging a classy, minimal look.

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Muji Miles

It might not make for such an interesting conversation with your hairdresser, but you can now clock up ‘Muji Miles’ with your very own Muji passport. (Cheers Tim.)

The new digital passport app ‘checks you in’ when you arrive in the store, then gives you digital coupons and adds loyalty points as you shop. It also lets you check stock availability in nearby shops so you can track down that elusive duvet cover.

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Women only sleeping café

We’ve all heard of cafes where you can eat, cafes where you can drink, and even cafes where you can stroke cats. But what about cafes where you can sleep? Qusca, a Japanese cafe chain, has it covered.

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Have you beer and eat it

Sankt Gallen, a brewery located in the Kanagawa region of Japan, has unveiled a unique way to enjoy their famous malt beverage: with an edible glass. The brewery has recently gained notoriety for their chocolate beers, notably their imperial Chocolate Stout: an ultra-dark beer that lists “chocolate malt’ amongst its ingredients. Indulgent, yes, but definitely delicious!

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