Space Cup Noodle

Instant ramen is a well-known ally of students and bachelors, but it’s also pretty popular with travelers in Japan. Since it has a long shelf life and it’s easy to prepare, it’s not uncommon for a dinner away from home to be a cup of instant noodles in a hotel room, especially if you’re staying in a remote location without a lot of local dining options.And since you can’t get much farther away from the restaurant rows of the big city than outer space, Nissin is now producing multiple types of space ramen, so that astronauts can enjoy the familiar and comforting flavor as they orbit Earth.Naturally, the company’s flagship foodstuff, Cup Noodle, is accounted for, in a variant now known as Space Cup Noodle, which features dried shrimp, ground pork, scrambled egg, and green onion, just like the terrestrial Cup Noodle you can get at the grocery store (and also the terrifying Cup Noodle ice cream that we keep trying to scrub from our memory).However, the starches of Space Cup Noodle’s noodles are specially formulated so that they’ll reconstitute with 70-degree Celsius (158-degree Fahrenheit) water, the temperature readily supplied to astronauts on the International Space Station, as opposed to the boiling 100-degree Celsius water that normal Cup Noodle requires. The noodles are also thicker and the broth more viscous, to prevent them from swirling around and causing problems in the ISS’s microgravity environment.

Source: Cup Noodle’s Nissin develops space ramen, space curry rice for astronauts to eat among the stars | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

New Calpis Water bottle design can only be fully seen after you drink the contents | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

Keep refreshed and get a glimpse of Japanese high school life with these charming bottle designs.Yoghurt-based soft drink Calpis is, for many Japanese people, a beloved summer drink. Sure, for some people, a yoghurt-based drink doesn’t sound particularly appealing, especially when paired with a name that sounds like bovine urine.But Calpis remains popular in Japan and has been for over 100 years, with the company constantly coming up with fresh and creative collaborations.This year, Calpis has released limited edition summer Calpis Water bottles, with three unique designs all featuring charming illustrations of high school kids and their after-school life. But there’s also a mysterious instruction: “Once you finish the drink, a new illustration will appear.” What is this, Alice in Wonderland?

The person responsible for the beautiful drawings on the bottles is artist Rei Kato, who posted the full illustrations on their Twitter account.

Source: New Calpis Water bottle design can only be fully seen after you drink the contents | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

Official Studio Ghibli anime skateboards offered at brand-new Ghibli specialty shop in Tokyo

A whole new way to ride the Catbus.There’s a brand-new Studio Ghibli specialty store set to open this month in Tokyo. This isn’t another branch of the Donguri Kyowakoku chain that specializes in various knickknacks inspired by the anime of the Hayao Miyazaki-founded production house, either, but an entirely new venture focused on high-quality fashion items for adults.GBL Miyashita Park is the first brick-and-mortar location for GBL, the Ghibli-inspired clothing line that bills its aesthetic as “American casual.” When it opens in the Shibuya neighborhood’s Rayard Miyashita Park shopping center, the store will have not only GBL’s cool T-shirts, but also a collection of Studio Ghibli skateboards.

Source: Official Studio Ghibli anime skateboards offered at brand-new Ghibli specialty shop in Tokyo【Pics】 | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

A New Line of Hanko Ink Inspired by the Colors of Nature | Spoon & Tamago

Times have been difficult for Japan’s hanko, a personal signature tool that dates back centuries. Technology has been rendering the system obsolete and a work-from-home environment triggered by the global pandemic has only accelerated this phase-out. But it’s a beautiful tradition. And in order to rethink the hanko’s place in modern society, stationery company Shachihata has released a new line of hanko ink, normally just red or black, in beautiful, lush colors inspired by nature.

The new line of hanko ink was actually born from a design contest that the stationery company hosted last year in order to solicit ideas from the public. Designer Satoru Utashiro sent in his idea for a new line of hanko ink called watashi no iro, or “my colors,” which ended up winning first prize. In fact, the company was impressed enough to commercialize the product, which just went on sale July 1.

Watashi no iro comes in 5 different colors, each inspired by a type of nature that is very familiar to Japan: ocean, citrus, nishikigoi (or koi fish), forest and camelia flowers.

Source: A New Line of Hanko Ink Inspired by the Colors of Nature | Spoon & Tamago

BEST HIT CHRONICLE 1/1 カップヌードル

― A new feeling capnu that can’t be created in 3 minutes ― A birth of a drama model!

 

A collaborative project with a company that has created “hit products” that have attracted many people and have given innovation to the world,

“Cup noodles” appear in the “BEST HIT CHRONICLE” series! The tasteful structure and details are faithfully reproduced on a 1/1 scale.

 

 

● Real structure of noodles and ingredients

  During development, 3D scan of real noodles and ingredients of cup noodles was performed.

  Reproduce the detailed surface details of shrimp, eggs and mysterious meat (seasoned pork minced) to the shape of each noodle.

 

● Equipped with “intermediate holding structure” just like cup noodles!

  An intermediate holding structure (state in which noodles float from the bottom of the cup) that prevents damage during transportation is installed just like the real thing even in plastic models.

 

-Reproduce the cup (container) part with carefully designed parts!

 

  Reproduced the “CUP NOODLE” logo on the molded product

  The characteristic logo is not a sticker, but reproduced by overlapping red and white parts.

 

  Reproduce the cup design by dividing the parts!

  Even the golden dotted pattern and the cup design with red lines are reproduced by dividing the parts.

  Furthermore, the hot water pouring line inside the cup is also reproduced

 

  Product information such as nutritional information is reproduced with a high-definition mold!

  The product information on the side of the cup is reproduced with a tightly engraved mold. The text color is reproduced with the attached sticker.

 

 

Product size: Height approx. 108 mm (1/1 scale)

 

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1/1 scale assembly type plastic model 

Target age: 15 years old or older

Product material: PS/ABS

・Do not use adhesive for assembly

* Tools such as nippers (sold separately) are required for assembly.

McDonald’s Ramune Shake

 

The Japanese soda with a glass marble steps out as a McShake for a limited time.

McDonald’s loves to serve up Japan-exclusive treats that appeal to local tastes, and some of their best releases have come about when they’ve tied up with leading confectionery brands like Calpis and Morinaga.

Now, McDonald’s and Morinaga are teaming up for another weird and wonderful offering, with the announcement of the arrival of the Ramune McShake.

If you’ve ever been to Japan, you’ve probably encountered Ramune, one of the country’s most popular carbonated drinks, which comes in a slim Codd bottle with a glass marble under the cap. For the uninitiated, working out what the marble is meant to be used for can be a puzzle, but people in Japan, who’ve been drinking ramune since they were young kids, know exactly what to do.

Simply push the marble through the rubber opening with the flat top provided and you get instant fizz.

This fizzy soda has a lemon-lime taste and is so popular it’s even available in candy form, sold in small plastic tubes that mimic the shape of the glass bottle. It’s this candy flavour that McDonald’s will be using in the new McShake.

The flavour is said to be just like the sweet, only with a rich creaminess and an icy finish that makes it refreshing for summer.

The McShake cups will feature the same distinctive colour as Morinaga’s ramune candy bottle

Source: McDonald’s captures the sweet flavour of Japan with new Ramune milkshake | SoraNews24 -Japan News-