Author Archives: Maisy

Tradition Meets Disney: 7-Eleven Convenience Stores Selling Wagashi

Wagashi Geek Impulse

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Japanese sweets brand Tabemasu (a cute mix of taberareru and mascot) is teaming up with Bandai Candy to create adorable Toy Story Alien traditional Japanese sweets ( Wagashi )! Wagashi are absolutely delicious. This traditional sweet is made with white bean paste and mochi. It has a doughy yet powdery texture and is perfect with green tea. The mouldable,

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Maiko Throws First Pitch at Koshien Baseball Stadium

Reading Time: 2 minutes Japan’s take on baseball is a little different since the adoption of the American sport. The ceremonial first pitch added an element of Japanese uniqueness in 1908 when the first professional team from the United States came to tour Japan, and former Prime Minister and founder of Waseda University,  Okuma Shigenobu, was to throw the first pitch. Apparently, the throw

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Tsunami Warnings Lifted After M6.7 Earthquake Off Coast of Niigata

Tsunami Warning Japan Geek Impulse

Reading Time: 2 minutes At 10.22 pm on Tuesday (JST) an earthquake shook west Japan in the Niigata and Yamagata areas, resulting in 1–meter tsunami warnings. The quake could reportedly be felt in Tokyo, over 300 kilometers away. Thankfully there were very few injured, as the quake hit mostly sparsely populated areas, and the tsunami warning has been lifted. There was a 10 cm

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Nintendo Direct E3 2019 Highlights

Nintendo Direct E3 Geek Impulse

Reading Time: 3 minutes We sat down to watch E3 from Tokyo at 1 am Wednesday morning to give you Nintendo Direct E3 Highlights, and after the first Dragon Quest news sections, the Smash Bros. announcement, the Bowser jokes, and even latest The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening trailer, we were wondering what ending could be more hype. We weren’t disappointed. Warning, spoilers if

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New Yokai Museum Opens in Hiroshima

Yokai Museum Geek Impulse

Reading Time: 2 minutes A new museum, with an appropriately silly Japanese advertising campaign (see the video below!), has opened up in Hiroshima. As of April 26th, 2019, Japan’s first Yokai museum has opened its doors to the public, using the 5000 or so items donated by Koichi Yumoto, a Yokai art researcher and collector. Miyoshi Mononoke Museum will be a small but rich asset to the prefecture.

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Kirby Makeup Raffle Coming to Lawson Convenience Stores In May

Kirby Makeup Raffle Geek Impulse

Reading Time: 2 minutes We have written about raffles at convenience stores before, like the 7-Eleven Kingdom Hearts 3 Raffle last December. This time though it’s about the Kirby Makeup Raffle and it isn’t the usual figures, cups, towels, and plushies. It’s actual makeup and cosmetics with Kirby patterns and color palettes, available from May 25th. The cosmetics brand Coffret is collaborating with Nintendo

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