Take Yer Pick- “Zoo,” Or “Aquarium!”

Now, I must admit, the RocketNews24 header (from Andrew Y., manning the Pacific Rim Desk for C.O.) had me confoozed. Admittedly, that’s easy to do. Ask my wife.

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OK, so- as far as the names go. Look closely, and you’ll notice that these Buns are shaped like animal or aquatic creatures. That answers that. But what ARE they?

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Quoting RN, “These lines of confectioneries are sold by Japanese sweets maker Namikoshiken — they’re called the ‘Zoo’ (Dobutsuen) and ‘Aquarium’ (Suizokukan) series of sweet steamed Buns.”

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They go for between $12 and $13, USD.

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But that means nothing, since once again, you can’t get ‘em outside The Big J.

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But if you’re in Japan- you’re in luck. As usual.

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These Buns Can’t Wait For ‘Tocktober

And that’s because they’re a different KIND of Buns. You eat these Doggy Sausage Bread Buns! (Well, you’re ‘sposed to- but they’re so Cute, you might have a problem with that.) Anyway, Ace Cuteporter Andrew Y. sent this our way. You can make these right at home, and here’s the recipe!

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I Don’t Think We Even Need To Mention….

where these are from. Y’all know by now. Check hovers for guesses as to what they are.

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Bored Panda.

Teddy. Bear. TOAST.

This is called “Ernest Bread Pop Up,” and supposedly, you can buy it somewhere on this website- good luck with that.

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From Wendy M. as spotted on Boing Boing, and originally on the now-bookmarked for future perusal TokyoFinds.com. (I read BB all the time- how did I miss this? -B.)

Mister Donut And Miffy! (Honest.)

RocketNews 24 says these are just for kids. Don’t believe that for one minute. There’s a donut chain in The Big J called Mister Donut. (We’ve encountered these guys before.) Kids 12 and under can order what’s called a “Kids Set.” That’s a small drink, two doughnuts (or pie!) and one of these Miffy The Rabbit figures for under $4 dollars US. (There’s another version that comes with soup and one doughnut. AND- they come with wheels so you can zip ‘em on the ground and freak out the cat.)

No youngsters of your own? 問題ありません!(No problem!) Borrow your neighbors and head on over. Oh, and a DETAIL: ya need to be IN Japan, too.

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Cookie Bears. Hugging Nuts.

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Whip up a bunch of dough, shape ‘em into bears, and- the tricky part- get ‘em to HOLD A NUT.

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These were created by a Japanese cook named Maa Tamagosan. Her recipe is here.

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It Looks Grumpy, But How Does It Taste?

Put a little GRUMP into your next party!

FAVE FRAME™!

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Friday Afternoon Redonk

So, it’s Friday afternoon, getting ready to shut ‘er down for the weekend right?

Maybe….do a little cooking this weekend? With your dog?

And this next one is Totally Apropos given the Pikachu Invasion hitting Japan.

First video from The Daily Dotster…second one spotted on VVV.

Not From Japan, But Should Be

This is JUST the sorta thing The Big J does in their collective SLEEP! but no, the source link (below) makes no reference to ‘em. With that said, take a look at this great selection of QTE Food! It’s pretty obvy what each item is, but if you’re stumped, check the hover.

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From Trends-Addict.com.

Friday Haiku: Bat Fox

This is not a bat
Though the ears are similar
It is Jiffy Pop

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From Jessica A.

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