Saturday, September 13, 2008


Pocky is a Japanese snack food and is probably one of the most delicious things I've ever tasted...LIKE EVER!  This delightful treat is basically a biscuit stick coated with different flavorings.  There's chocolate, almond, strawberry and even mint.

First sold in 1966, Pocky is one of the most popular food in Japan and is sometimes even served with glasses of water at bars.

You can find Pocky at any Asian market, but if you live in a more urban area, FYE sells pocky in their stores all around the country!

Thursday, September 11, 2008



Gloomy Bear is one of my all time favorite Japanese characters. Basically, Gloomy was an abandoned little bear who is rescued by a little boy named Pitty.  At first Gloomy is affectionate and cute, but as he grows older his bear-ish traits begin to show.  Gloomy attacks Pitty, even though Pitty is his caretaker, which is why both Pitty and Gloomy are usually seen with blood stains.

As violent as it sounds, it's so hard to deny how cute Gloomy really is...When he's not clawing out eyes anyways.

You can find Gloomy Bear merch online.  I'm quite partial to the stuffed animals, but basically anything you can put Gloomy's face on you can buy.  I've even seen a dining set based around Gloomy!

Cute and Cuddly?  or Deadly and Violent?  You decide.

Harajuku Girl: You Got that Wicked Style

Harajuku (hara*joo*koo) n. 1. A style and attitude of Japanese girls from Harajuku, Tokyo.      2.  Anything goes: outrageous, layered, and eye-catching.

Ever since we went B-A-N-A-N-A-S for Gwen Stefani's solo project we've associated her with four Harajuku girls that seem to stalk poor little Gwen.  Love, Angel, Music and Baby are the four gals that make up Gwen's posse and now they're immortalized in glass...And they smell good!

Inspired by the electric street scene of the Harajuku shopping district in Tokyo, Sephora just released a series of fragrances modeled after the girls.  I've smelled them myself and trust me, the fragrances aren't only unique but they come in super cute doll-decanters.  

If you have "a fatal attraction to cuteness" then you'll definitely love these!

Check out Gwen and the Harajuku girls in the video "Hollaback Girl"