Kirin cool miniature kitchen commercial

Cool commercial by Japanese beverage company Kirin [Jp] – a stop motion animation featuring a miniature kitchen in a plastic bottle.

The message is that its product (the Salt&Litchi drink) is made with “mother’s knowledge” and “Kirin’s touch”.

Renchon nom nom…

A cute gif of anime character Renge Miyauchi, aka Renchon, chewing on some udon (noodles). She’s a character in Japanese anime series Non Non Biyori, a light hearted comedy about (school) life in the countryside. Image via Misaolikes.

Non Non Biyori Renge Miyauchi

Nogizaka46, Japanese Food, Non-no

Japanese girl group Nogizaka46 members – i.e. Nanase Nishino, Nanami Hashimoto, Sayuri Matsumura, Yumi Wakatsuki, Mai Shiraishi, Mai Fukagawa and Miona Hori – in 2014-no.14 issue of Men’s Non-no Magazine [Jp], sampling various types of summer dishes at 28 famous restaurants in Tokyo.

Nogizaka46 Men Non-no Magazine Japanese food

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Japanese Hello Kitty melon

A melon producer in Furano, Hokkaido, has grown some cute cantaloupes with the image of Japanese’s favourite icon Hello Kitty engraved on the fruit surface.

hello-kitty-melon

The limited item (300 pieces) will be on sale until July 31. I suspect it won’t last until then despite costing 4,980 yen (US$48.53) apiece. Seems steep to most people but high quality melons are priced at this range in Japan, it’s not extraordinary.

Kyoto fire ramen

A mini fire-show at a ramen restaurant [Jp] in Kyoto, Japan. Nothing magical, pour burning oil into water based liquid (vice versa) will do. Don’t try this at home ;)

I bet the gimmick will get them plenty of new customers, but it’s taste that matters most after all (not saying they are bad or anything). Hat tip to Japanprobe.