This giant mecha was recently erected in Tokyo, Japan as part of a promotion for the new Patlabor movies. The life-sized AV-98 Ingram was first spotted in Yokohama but has now made its way to Tokyo’s Kichijoji. Just imagine seeing that suddenly standing on the corner as you turn onto the road.

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Nintendo, believe it or not, has been around since the 19th century, so it makes sense that the company would be so big on making sure that its employees are keenly aware of its unique history. Case in point: All employees at Nintendo–including folks who make the first few application stages but don’t land a full-time gig–receive a company guide that highlights the entire history of the card and video game manufacturer.

Before Mario, a Nintendo fan blog, posted some pics of this year’s guidebook, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. It’s basically a guideline of all of the products the company has made, and it features a wonderful collection of illustrations that are done in a hand-drawn sort of style, similar to the hanafuda gaming cards that the company fist produced. The products portrayed include original Nintendo toys like the Love Tester and Nintendo Color TV Game 15.

Talk about a colorful way to highlight over 100 years of amazing technological development!

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Japan isn’t messing around when it comes to pillow fighting. They’ve got something called the All Pillow Fighting Association which organizes official fights and they have a special kind of pillow that’s designed to let you really whack someone over the head without inflicting harm. Now, you can buy that pillow thanks to a company called Makura Kabushikigaisha which translates to “Pillow Corporation”.

Not only is it official, with special stuffing, even the color is supposed to make it easier for the intended target to see the pillow before it smacks them squarely in the face.

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Is that a Power Rangers toy in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me? This new toy is the latest based on a train-themed Power Rangers series airing in Japan called Ressha Sentai Tokkyuujaa which translates to “Furious Train Squadron Limited Express Rangers.” The toy has all the heroes joining together to form one giant robot, but if you don’t fold up that red train per the instructions, you get a mega-robot with a mega-boner.

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Leave it to the Japanese to turn very un-cuddly creatures into adorable plush animals.

Giant isopods (daiogusokumushi in Japanese) are passionately loved by some people now in Japan. They found the creatures mysterious and cute. A giant isopod in Toba Aquarium has eaten no food for over 4 years. This giant isopod doll is close to the real ones in shape. The doll has cute round eyes and is very soft and comfortable to the touch.

These isopod plush are available in a range of sizes so you can pick just how much creepy, cuddly isopod is perfect for you.

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This 11″ tall Colossal Titan Bearbrick is 400% larger than standard bearbricks and he’s one scary bear! It’s being made in a very limited edition of just 500 pieces and will cost ¥7,140 or $70. Sadly, he’s only available to Japanese residents, so time to figure out who you know in Japan that’d be willing to do you a favor.

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This artwork by the talented Seiji takes Game of Thrones out of Westeros and sets it down in Feudal Japan. Each image is more beautiful than the last and the Mother of Dragons has never looked more perfect.

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It looks like the inside of some kind of space shuttle, but it’s actually the Star Fighter bus and you’ll only find it in Japan. It’s part of Willer Travel’s fleet of buses that takes people all around the country, but this one goes on a very specific tour. It takes travelers on a trip from Tokyo’s Shinjuku to Tsukuba Space Center which is like their version of NASA. If someone does this in the US, then I’ll be the first one in line to buy a ticket.

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This beautiful artwork by Scott Wade takes Batman and Commissioner Gordon back to Medieval Japan. He’s done an incredible job of turning their usual garb into something more suited to the time, but the best part is the new Bat Signal which has gone from a light in the sky to the steady beat of a drum.

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These stunning Japanese-inspired versions of the Thundercats are the work of artist Phil Postma. They’re some tough looking characters who’d look right at home in an updated version of the show. The contrast between the muted, traditional-style backgrounds and the more vibrant characters is just beautiful.

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