Feast your eyes on these awesomely lifelike, 100% edible chocolate kabuto-mushi beetles and chocolate-dipped fruit larvae. Sold in sets of four featuring a Hercules beetle, a stag beetle, and male and female rhino beetles, the beetles were created as a special Valentine’s Day offering back in 2009 at the Namco Namja Town theme park in Tokyo.

We firmly believe that nothing says “I love you” quite like a handful of chocolate creepy-crawlies.

[via Kotaku]

Japan is relentless in their efforts to incapacitate us with outrageously cute and singularly odd creations. First there were the Banana Bird capsule toys, then came the Bread dogs, and now - while we were already reaching for the smelling salts because of the previous two - they’ve gone and created Gashapon toy versions of the real-life sushi cats (“Neko-Sushi”) that we featured here last year.

Such an awesomely powerful combination of weird and cute may cause a disturbance in the Force. They’re certainly making it difficult for us to think about pretty much anything else. Although we are also suddenly craving sushi for lunch…

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This awesomely freaky Face Bank is one of those things you may want to put away or at least turn to face it away from you at night before you turn out the lights and go to sleep. It’s a battery-powered robotic coin-eating bank whose creepy face eagerly gobbles up your coins, but probably plans to start feasting on your soul as soon as you’ve run out of change.

"It’s hard to resist saving your change with this unique piggy bank. Wave some money in front of his face to hear his stomach grumble. Put a coin in his mouth and he’ll noisily gobble up it up, thanking you with a loud burp."

The nightmarish Face Bank comes in original size, “Big Size”, textured, and Face Bank 2, which features a large nose instead of eyes. No matter which version you own, we’ve got a sneaking suspicion that the bank may try to bite off your fingers the moment you decide to retrieve your saved coins.

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It’s never too early to start planning what to offer your neighborhood trick-or-treaters. These remarkably/horrifyingly lifelike gummy grubs and caterpillars would make awesome Halloween treats. Although they may look like they just wriggled out of your nightmares, they’re actually handmade, fruit-filled sweets. They’re made in Japan at Akai Tento no Koohii Ten (The Red Tent Coffee Shop), a small coffee stand located on the east coast of Aomori Prefecture.

We can’t stop staring at these photos, because we’re convinced one of the grubs is about to twitch. Akai Tento is a small business, but these amazingly unsettling creepy-crawly gummy candies have earned the shop nationwide (and now international) attention.

Each of Akai Tento’s gruesome gummies is available to buy individually or in packs (or perhaps that should be clutches?) via Yahoo! Japan Shopping, and cost between 300 and 350 yen (US$2.80-3.20) each.

Photos via Akai Tento and Yahoo! Shopping

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Check out the awesomely long tails on these roosters! These regal specimens are Onagadori or “Long-tailed” chickens. They’re a breed of chicken from the Kōchi Prefecture of Japan who evolved from common domestic chickens who mated with Green Junglefowl. Also known as the ‘most honorable fowl’ in Japan, they’ve been carefully bred over the centuries to achieve their spectacular tails, which grow to lengths of 12 to 27 feet. It takes these chickens at least three years to molt. Onagadori breeders take tremendous pride in their chickens and provide special hutches with perches well above the ground, which helps keep their tails clean and in good condition.

If Rapunzel had been a chicken, she probably would’ve looked a lot like one of these awesome birds. These extraordinarily fancy fowl have Special Natural Monument status in Japan, which means they’re considered to be living monuments of Japanese culture and, as a protected breed, it’s illegal to take their eggs out of the country.

[via Lost At E Minor and Wikipedia]

Remember those outrageously cute Banana Bird capsule toys we posted about a couple week ago? Meet their kawaii canine counterparts: Bread Dogs. Bandai created this adorable new series of Gashapon toys, which is actually their fifth series of Doggy Bread figures to date. (Click here to view them all)

This new Anicolla series features six different, but equally darling dogs who’ve found themselves wearing six different sorts of bread. There’s the Anpug (a pug inside a sweet bean bun), the Pomcutlet Sandwich (a pomeranian who’s taken the place of a katsu pork cutlet), a toy poodle pancake, corgi hot dog, shih tzu sandwich and, last but not least, the Chihuassant (an amazing Chihuahua-croissant hybrid). Despite being less than two inches long, each figure is impressively detailed and, yes, ridiculously cute.

Don’t worry if you haven’t got any capsule toy machines nearby. Right now you can find these little cuties on Ebay.

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In Japan you can enjoy your favorite anime, cartoon and video game characters as more than simply visual entertainment. They’re also available as sweet treats. These kawaii confections are a form of wagashi (和菓子) called nerikiri (練り切り). Made from white bean paste and rice-based dough, nerikiri are often tinted and molded similar to how marzipan is prepared in Western desserts.

These pop culture-inspired nerikiri were all made by Japanese Twitter user Otakumi at a wagashi shop called Kuramoto Hinode, which is located in the Tokushima Prefecture of Japan’s Shikoku island.

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You can also try your hand at making your very own nerikiri. Click here for the recipe.

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Before today it had never occurred to us that birds and bananas are at all similar. Now that we’ve seen this wonderfully weird and ridiculously cute series of parrot-banana hybrid Epoch Gashapon toys, we’re dying to see how other fruit and fauna pair up.

According to RocketNews24, these banana birdies are selling so well that the manufacturer has plans for a whole series of “parrot-foodstuff mash-ups.” The parrot-mushroom hybrids seen in the bottom image are coming out next.

Photos via @mel__t, Netorabo, @suicarin, @yasuu22, @akky_1981, and @nyairu1.

The parrot-banana series actually includes a number of birds from the parrot family from little cockatoos to the splashy Macau.

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The Department of Magnificent Manicures is hungry at the sight of these delectable sushi nails. They were handmade by Japanese Twitter user Ayamon, who lives in Nagoya, Japan and doesn’t actually think her fancy new nails are very appetizing:

“I made sushi nails, but they’re kinda gross lol!”

We still think they’re mouthwateringly awesome.

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The latest addition to the Archie McPhee Library is a must-have for any Crazy Cat Lady. Entitled Fashion Cats [Buy on Amazon], it was compiled by Japanese photographer Takako Iwasa, “Japan’s #1 Cat Tailor,” who used his own adorable cats, Prin and Koutaro, as kitty supermodels to document fashion trends for fabulous felines.

"Prin and Koutaro are two cats who don’t get out of bed for less than the best catnip and 10,000 American dollars. They aren’t just cute, they are extraordinarily cute and know how to make Haute Cature look as good as it should. Here they don the latest Japanese Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter collections, featuring gorgeous, flowered paw bracelets, lace veils, tuxedo fronts, wool capes with matching caps, and much more.:

It’s 160 pages of nonstop kitty couture that’s guaranteed to brighten the gloomiest day.

[Images via Design Taxi and Design Faves]