Brian Ashcraft
Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.
Sep 17

Officially-branded Kirby masks are going on sale in Japan. The washable masks are antibacterial and have a filter as well as an inner gauze layer. Priced at 1,650 yen ($15.75), the set includes a pink and purple Kirby mask. No word about an international release. 

Sep 14

This weekend, official Fist of the North Star single malt Scotch whisky was released in Japan. Bottles of Kenshiro-branded 20-year-old Teaninich-distilled single malt are 20,900 yen ($197), while Raoh-branded Glentauchers-distilled single malt are 24,200 yen ($228). Both are already sold out.