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In cute-obsessed Japan, capsule toys play big in age of social media

Dec 13, 2017 - 1:43 PM

One store, in Tokyo's famous Akihabara electronics district, is crammed with around 500 capsule toy vending machines stretching out as far as the eye can see

'KAWAII' OR CUTE. This picture taken on November 14, 2017, shows vending machines containing various series of capsule toys at a store in Tokyo's Akihabara district. Capsule toys have been around for more than 40 years but the craze really took off in 2012 when Tokyo-based manufacturer Kitan Club launched its "Koppu no Fuchico" ("Fuchico at the edge of a glass"). Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Filipino fascination with Japan goes beyond 'kawaii'

May 19, 2012 - 12:58 PM

Japanese pop culture has carved its own space in the lives of many Filipinos It goes beyond anime and videogames