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As the old saying goes, “send your enemies and envelope full of glitter. Send your loved ones an envelope full of stars.”

On that note, the Japan Trend Shop sells envelopes that, once opened, can be held up to a light source to reveal an “astronomically correct depiction of the night sky”. Oh, and you can probably put a letter in there or something, I don’t know.

Packs of these beautiful envelopes run for $83 a set, not including shipping which, them being in Japan an’ all, is probably not going to be cheap. You could buy them directly from the manufacturer themselves where the price is a slightly more reasonable $10, but then you have to figure out how to get them from Japan to your home in… y’know, whatever country you live in. Importers like White Rabbit Express might be helpful on that front.

(via Gizmodo)

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Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service is getting her own doll thanks to Japanese toy maker Takara Tomy. Dressed in her black dress and adorable red bow, this 8.7-inch Kiki doll also comes with her broom, bag, red radio and, of course, Jiji. Check out more pics after the break…

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Fancy holding your next corporate meeting inside Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? Not gonna happen. But businesses operating in Tokyo have access to the next best thing.

Japanese IT firm Zeeboon have established two “Idea Castles” in Akihabara that can be rented for meetings. One, called the “Royal Palace Magic School”, clearly draws inspiration from Harry Potter, complete with a stone-walled classroom decorated with wall-mounted swords and hanging owl cages. [click to continue…]

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A giant Deadpool statue has debuted in Osaka on a flatbed truck. It was unveiled by former sumo wrestling champ Akebono. Apparently, it will travel on to Nagoya and then Tokyo leading up to the film’s June 1 release in Japan.

It makes perfect sense in a completely nonsensical way.

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There exists, in Japan, a piece of art called Choju Jinbutsu Giga or “Scrolls of Frolicking Animals” that supposedly dates back to the 12th century or so. It’s thought to be the oldest piece of manga in Japan, possibly even the very first example of the artform (though there’s some contention regarding that point).

Enter Studio Ghibli, who have turned this ancient artistic artifact into a typically stunning bit of animation as part of a promotion for energy company Marubeni Shin Denryoku. Clocking in at just over half a minute long, the piece is a faithful rendition of the content of Choju Jinbutsu Giga set to some gentle, pleasant piano music. D’aww.

You can check out the video below.

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Like anime? Looking for somewhere to live in Tokyo? Then look no further than the Ani x Share housing network. Bucking the trend of anime-viewing being a largely solo affair in Japan, the Kisuishou Rokucho and Hermitage Chitose Funabash boarding houses make being an anime fan a requirement for living there.

They also have shared bathrooms, kitchens and living spaces, though they have private bedrooms which, aside from the furniture, are largely undecorated—so you can decorate the place with your Full Metal Alchemist posters and signed Ouran Highschool Host Club memorabilia. The property encourages tenants to cook together and, of course, watch anime together. Apparently there’s quite a large library of anime on-site.

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This anime-style chibi Harry Potter stuff from Japan is so cute you guys.

The first releases will be these 12 plastic files (I’m guessing they’re like laminated cards?) featuring Harry, Ron, Hermione, Snape, and even Hedwig. Later this spring, the line will expand to include other small trinkets like pins and acrylic keychains.

Basically, a lot of cute for not a lot of money. It’s all officially licensed and adorable.

See more below.

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The original 1996 Pokémon card game starter pack is making a comeback for its 20th Anniversary in Japan.

Yay nostalgia! Boo geography.

The starter pack will include a 60 card deck, a coin, and an instruction manual. They’ll also be releasing a play mat for those of you who want to get the full experience.

Both will be released in Japan on February 27, 2016.

Product Page: Pokémon starter pack 1300 yen (approx. $10 USD) Play Mat 5,000 yen (approx. $40)

(via Destructoid)

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If you’re a diehard Gundam fan, then you would probably love to book a few nights at the Tokyo-based Grand Pacific Le Daiba hotel, located in the city’s Odaiba neighborhood. The hotel features a specialized Gundam-themed suite, and as you’ll see in the video tour below, it’s really something else.

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As part of a promotional campaign for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the Japanese Nankai Rapi:t train service hopped aboard the hype train (quite literally).

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The train runs between Namba Station in Osaka City and the Kansai International Airport. As you can see below, every single part of the train, from the exterior to the cabins, boasts an eye-catching Force Awakens-themed makeover.

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