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pikachu sleeping bag plush

Check out these super adorable Pikachu sleeping bag plushies! It’s a Pikachu plush in it’s very own Charizard, Eevee, or Ekans sleeping bag –– basically, it’s cuteness wrapped in cuteness.

The new plushies are part of a contest starting September 19 in Japan where shoppers can buy a lottery ticket for 620 yen ($5.17 USD) at participating stores for a chance to win Pokémon prizes.

The prizes include the adorable Pikachu with Sleeping Bag Plushie, bath towels, socks, palm-sized plush sets, hand towels and more. Of course, you need to be in Japan to buy the tickets to enter, so most of us will just have to look at the cute, be happy and hope that these become available to purchase one day.

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Inspired by the mechas from Neon Genesis Evangelion, Japanese train operator JR West is giving one of their super-fast bullet trains a mecha makeover. The design for his 500 Type EVA train will match the mecha Evangelion Unit-01 both inside and out.

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Neon Genesis Evangelion, the blazing purple and green makeover is scheduled to start in autumn 2015 with completion in March 2017. This date also marks the 40th anniversary of the Sanyo Shinkansen line which connects Osaka and Fukuoka. Aside from the wild “party” decorations for these two momentous occasions, JR West also plans to sell commemorative memorabilia, with Evangelion animator Hideaki Anno supervising the project.

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godzilla citizen

Godzilla, at the ripe old age of 61, has been officially recognized as a citizen of Japan. He was awarded honorary citizenship by Toykyo’s Skinjuku ward earlier this year and it was finalized last week. Not only is he now an official citizen, he will be acting as Shinjuku’s tourism ambassador. According to his citizenship papers:

Reason for special residency: Promoting the entertainment of and watching over the Kabuki-cho neighborhood and drawing visitors from around the globe in the form of the Godzilla head built atop the Shinjuku TOHO Building.

I’m not sure the presence of Godzilla and the assorted monsters that follow in his wake would make me want to pay a visit.

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Those looking for a place to stay in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district can now stay at this fantastic Godzilla hotel. Yup, a hotel themed to Godzilla actually exists. We featured some renderings earlier this year, but now you can see what it’s really like to stay there thanks to the video after the break…

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attack on titan footage

We’ve already seen pictures of the cast in costume, but the first footage from the live-action adaptation of Attack on Titan is available in the video after the break. Man…it looks good.

Titan footage starts at the 0:58 mark.

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If you’re a Dragon Ball Z fan, you’ve probably wondered what Goku’s kamehameha powers would look like in real life. That’s where Brazilian technology and software firm ZW Design comes in.

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By placing a Goku action figure in the center of a holographic projection chamber, ZW Design was able to create the illusion of Goku powering up a ball of energy. It’s pretty cool stuff, and you can watch all of the holographic action in the video after the break…

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Even if she has no idea what Studio Ghibli is, she can’t deny that these mini flower pots are super cute.

Two designs are available—one based off Totoro and another based on Jiji the cat from Kiki’s Delivery Service. If you (and your mum) live in Japan, you can have the planter and a special flower arrangement delivered for a cool 5,780 yen (or $48.00).

The planters will be available to order from Donguri Kyouwakoku starting on March 13. Also, as a quick side note, the planters stand at roughly four inches tall, so once your mom’s done with her flowers, she can use the planters as a home for all the Soot Sprits that live with her. What? You mean you don’t have Soot Sprites in your house? Weird.

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Forget potato salad Kickstarters, Japan knows how to do crowd funding with style. There’s currently an effort to raise money on the Japanese crowdfunding site Readyfor to “Pierce the Moon With the Spear of Longinus”.

The project was first announced earlier this year, but according to RocketNews, it has become the fastest growing Japanese crowdfunding project ever with over 38 million yen ($313,000) raised so far.

The objective of the project is twofold: to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime and win the Google Lunar X PRIZE. Team Hakuto wants to send an unmanned lunar lander to the moon and attach a miniature replica of the spear in such a way that the spear will actually poke the moon upon landing.

I’m guessing Evangelion fans will get a kick out of this. However, the project still has a long way to go to raise the 100 million yen needed, and the deadline is April 5th.

Watch the inspirational clip in question from Neon Genesis Evangelion after the break…

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godzilla-themed-hotel

Imagine waking up to the most famous monster of all time, staring you down through your hotel window. Yup, I want to go to there.

In April, the Hotel Gracery in Shinjuku, Japan will open the doors to its 30-story building complete with Godzilla-themed rooms. And since location is everything, the hotel actually sits atop Toho Cinema (Toho, of course, made Godzilla famous).

Some of the rooms are planned to have tons of Godzilla memorabilia and even giant statues of the kaiju to keep you company.

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Ninja

It seems like every day on the calendar is an unofficial holiday for bacon or gaming or lip balm or whatever. But Japan has a holiday that genuinely makes us jealous. February 22nd is National Ninja Day, which is the perfect day if you happen to speak Japanese. They picked 2/22 because 2 is “ni” in Japanese which plays off the word “ninja”.

The holiday is still relatively obscure with Iga and Koka being the two main cities that have truly embraced the idea. This has a lot to do with the fact that both are in areas that were historically ninja strongholds. The celebration includes banners, origami throwing stars and even dressing up like a ninja at work.

So jealous.

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