Japanese company’s fashion hoods for your cat…


Putting a cat hat on a cat.

There’s something about cats that makes feline fans want to own more than one. Maybe it’s because they’re relatively quiet and independent most of the time, or because their capricious personalities mean that a kitty might not be in the mood to play at any single moment, and so it’s nice to have another source of animal companionship.

But just because you want a second cat doesn’t mean you can have one, though. Aside from space and budget constraints, cats, like any pets, need a certain level of care, and so one cat may be all you can handle. You can still double the feline fun, though, with these new cat cosplay items from Japanese manufacturer Necos.

This April Necos’ Colorful Cat Fluffy Cat Ears series will turn your cat into…another cat.

▼ The seemingly redundant naming of Colorful Cat Fluffy Cat Ears makes a certain sort of sense since there are two pairs of cat ears present.

In keeping with the fancy atmosphere, many of the hoods have regal or playful-sounding official color names, such as “lemon yellow,” “scarlet,” and “violet,” though apparently “pink,” “white,” and “black” are good enough for the rest of the set.

But even though half the set gets high-class color names, you won’t be able to select the hue you want, since the Colorful Cat Fluffy Cat Ears are offered on a random basis, and you won’t know which you’ve gotten until after you open the box.

At just 500 yen (US$4.70) each, though, it shouldn’t hurt your wallet too badly to splurge on more than one, and if you are lucky enough to share your home with multiple cats, you’ll want to pick up a couple different hoods anyway.


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Japanese boys’ school uniform inspires steamy new swimsuit for women


Move over, sailor suit swimwear.  Now it’s the gakuran’s turn in the spotlight and water.

Schools uniforms are one of Japan’s favorite design motifs, and we’ve seen them serve as the inspiration for swimwear several times. However, it’s usually the female school uniform, the sailor suit, that those swimsuits are based on.

Japanese fashion label School Fiction has decided to go a different route by creating a swimsuit for women that takes its visual cues from the gakuran, the coat traditionally worn by male high school students.

Authentic gakuran are a button-up garment, and School Fiction’s gakuran swimsuit keeps that aesthetic with a row of gold-colored buttons along the front. However, most of those are just for show, as the zipper on the swimsuit’s back is what you need to use to put it on.

The two clasps of the straight collar can be undone, though, to show what an iconoclast rebel you are. The top button is also functional, while the rest are just for show.

▼ The second gakuran button used to be a common token of love that a guy would give his crush upon graduation, so the fact that it’s not really doing anything means you can give it to your sweetheart with no qualms.

▼ The swimsuit is made out of an 80/20 polyester/polyurethane blend material.

Putting new swimwear on the market in mid-September may seem like strange timing, but since School Fiction bills itself as a “nerd and fetish brand,” odds are the gakuran swimsuit is more intended for use at anime conventions, cosplay photo shoots, and in the privacy of consenting adults’ homes more so than in the water. While orders take roughly a month to ship, fan art is instantaneous.

▼ School Fiction itself recommends customers accessorize with a cape and old-school student’s cap.


The gakuran swimsuit can be ordered directly from School Fiction here, or alternatively from Amazon here, and is priced at 14,500 yen (US$130) on both sites.

Source: IT Media
Images: School Fiction

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Japanese T-shirt uses optical illusion to give breasts to even the flat-chested


Japanese fashion company ekoD Works has a unique sensibility. The company touts itself as specializing in “humorous art and design,” and while pursuit of that ideal has sometimes led to tights that look like peaches or the starry expanses of the cosmos, quite often ekoD Work’s philosophy leads it to boob-related apparel.

Breasts show up frequently in the company’s Delusion Mapping T-shirts…or at least they seem to show up. In truth, the Delusion Mapping shirts rely on clever placement of printed graphics that make it look there are boobs, or at least cleavage, peeking out from behind zippers, fabric tears, or sopping wet cloth.

But now ekoD Works is taking things one step farther with its new Illusion Grid T-shirt, which uses implied perspective to make you think you’re looking at a busty chest regardless of whether or not such the wearer’s upper body actually has such curvaceous topography.

As pictured above, when viewed from straight-ahead, the wearer of the T-shirt seems to have a pair of ample bosoms tucked into a snug top. However, a side-view reveals that neither of those impressions is accurate.

The shirt actually isn’t particularly form-fitting, nor does this model have protruding breasts. The trickery is all thanks to the distortion in the pattern and changes in its shading as your eyes make your way from top to bottom.

It’s so effective that even when there’s no one wearing the shirt, it still looks chesty.

This also means that even when lying down, the wearer won’t experience a noticeable loss in perceived cup size, a phenomenon something that some would say goes beyond the bounds of reality.

In contrast to the ingenuine visuals, all-natural cotton is used for the fabric of the T-shirt, which is being offered for 3,888 yen (US$35) online here by novelty retailer Village Vanguard, with shipping scheduled for late June

Three unique Japanese products you just need!

Chinese Dress School Swimming Costumes

Fetish designer and owner of Moira Design combines the traditional Japanese school swimsuit with a traditional Chinese dress.                                                                                 The “China Sukumizu“,  comes in a choice of two colours: red or blue, and both designs feature cut-out sections, a high-neck collar, and a highly decorative button closure. While the red style has slimming strips of black nylon on either side, the blue version adds a little spice with a set of pale blue lace inserts.



pre-order for  14,999 yen (US$133.40), with delivery scheduled for early July.

Village Vanguard

Wooden samurai bokuto sword umbrella

This  umbrella  takes its cues from a bokuto, or wooden sword.                                     There’s some cool kanji character etching on the handle. Well, at least it looks cool. The actual meaning is pretty pedestrian, since the kanji just reads “Toyako,” or “Lake Toya,” a common tourist destination in Hokkaido.


If this is all starting to sound familiar, odds are you’re a fan of anime and manga franchise Gintama, in which leading man/badass swordsman Gintoki wields a bokuto with the same kanji characters carved into it. The similarities are clearly intentional, as Thanko’s official name for the product is Bokuto Umbrella Toyako, and one of its promotional images is a thinly veiled bit of Gintama cosplay.

1,980 yen (US$18).


Censor your underwear with new Mini Petticoat

First there was the black Frilled Mini Petticoat, designed to be worn under short miniskirts, and brought out the same thigh-high A-line silhouette seen on anime heroines while also blending into the dark shadows beneath the garment, making the area underneath the skirt look neat and well-concealed.

Now, cosplayers and short-skirt wearers who prefer a more eye-catching look will be pleased to know that a new colour has been added to the range. The new white Ruffled Mini Petticoat features the same design as its black predecessor, with elasticised trims around the thighs which, according to the makers, makes it impossible for anyone to see your underwear.


The new white Ruffled Mini Petticoat went on sale for 7,020 yen (US$63) at Village Vanguard stores in Japan earlier  this month, but it’s been so popular that it’s already sold out online. They’re currently waiting for more stock to arrive, but given the immense popularity of these unique petticoats, they’re likely to sell fast once they’re on sale again, so if you’re interested be sure to register your email address to receive a notification as soon as they become available.


Japan’s samurai armor bag collection expands with new designs, colors

Japanese fashion label Gyoku caught our eye with its collection of samurai armor-style satchels and pouches. Apparently we weren’t the only ones intrigued by the crossover of bushido and bags, as the line has since been expanded to include new sizes and colors.

Each item is made with flaps of leather with thick cord stitching, mimicking the appearance of lamellar armor worn by Japan’s warrior class.

The large satchel, previously available in red leather, if now offered in black as well, with either crimson or deep blue stitching. The leather is purposely processed to look battle-worn, and inside you’ll find a lining patterned after the decorative and protective edges of traditional Japanese tatami reed flooring mats.

Measuring 27.5 centimeters (10.8 inches) long, with a 20-by-8-centimeter bottom, Gyoku says the large bag can hold three half-liter (16.9-pounce) drink bottles, which should be enough to keep you hydrated when skirmishing with rival samurai clans. In addition to wearing them across your body with the shoulder strap, the 33,264-yen (US$300) large bags can also be worn at the waist with clips.

Similar versatility is on display with the new small satchel, which is also 27.5 centimeters long but has a more compact 5-by-8-centimeter base.

This knocks the carrying capacity down to two half-liter bottles, but you do get the same tatami-border lining. Oddly enough, what you don’t get is much of a price break, since at 32,184 yen the small bag costs nearly as much as its larger sibling, making this an aesthetic-based choice, as opposed to an economic one.

And finally, Gyoku has expanded the color options for its smartphone pouches, which clip at the waist and are large enough to hold an iPhone 6 Plus.

Previously offered either in red with blue stitching or in black with blue stitching, the new design threads red cords through black leather, and is priced at 15,444 yen.

The entire collection can be ordered through the online shop of Japanese novelty retailer Village Vanguard.

Source: Village Vanguard via Japaaan

This Mother’s Day, give Mom some panties

When you were a kid, your mom bought your underwear for you, but are you comfortable returning the favor?

Japan celebrates Mother’s Day on the same day as the U.S. does, which this year will be May 14. With just a few weeks left between now and then, loving children are thinking about what to get mom as a present, and one company has a very…unusual suggestion.

While carnations are associated with Mother’s Day in other countries as well, the connection is iron-clad in Japan. So for those who haven’t gotten a gift for Mom yet, Kyoto-based Wacoal suggests these.

Elegantly and individually wrapped, what mother wouldn’t be deeply touched to receive these from her son or daughter? Actually, that’s not a rhetorical question, and the answer is “Any mom who doesn’t want her kids buying panties for her.”

See, Wacoal isn’t a florist. It’s a lingerie maker (the same one that recently polled women about their “showdown lingerie”). So while those may look like carnations, they’re actually carefully rolled, folded, and packaged panties.

Officially called the “Pants Flower” series, some solace can be taken in that Wacoal chose a decidedly conservative, non-sexy design for the lineup. If you absolutely feel the need to give your mom some intimate apparel as a present, well, this is probably the most appropriate style to go with.

▼ Although things are going to get awkward if she stops to read the packaging, which has “UNDERWEAR is LOVELETTER” written across it.

Aside from folding the panties to resemble carnations, the fabric is actually colored with dye extracted from the traditional Mother’s Day flowers, adding just a tiny bit of logic to this rather unorthodox gift idea.

The Pants Flowers series is priced at 1,296 yen (US$11.70) a pair, meaning that even if you baffle your mom with your present selection, you at least might be able to impress her with your frugality. All three colors can be ordered here directly from Wacoal, in medium or large sizes (apparently the company is confident your mom isn’t svelte enough for a small).

Source: Wacoal press release

copied and pasted (by an unfireable employee) from sora24.


The best looking Skateboard decks….ever

If you’ve been reading our blog, then you know that we posses a great affection for skateboarding, three members of our staff can be regularly found riding their boards when they’re off from work on the streets of Nagoya or on one of the many indoor skate parks.(yes, Nagoya, voted one of the most boring cities in Japan is really kind to its four wheeled residents, including an outdoor park right in the center of the city!).

DogBowl Nagoya

A wave of excitement swept through our office when we received a press release announcing the production of four decks which truly capture the Japanese spirit.

Combining Japanese culture and skateboarding would mostly end up in a deck with the graphics of some famous Japanese manga, anime character, or just a Kanji Character and would  produce nothing more than a bored yawn from our skaters…but this time they truly took notice.

Have a look;



What you’re seeing, are four high quality SilverFox Canadian maple 7-ply decks with a supreme finish of Urushi lacquer!    Not just any lacquer, but Yamanaka lacquer which dates back to the Azuchi Momoyama period, which not only sounds like a very long time ago, it actually is.

They come in four versions:



(apprentice geisha)








I can hear you thinking(I developed that skill after years of diligent zen training at my local temple), “won’t that be too fragile?”. Nope,   the lacquer layer actually increases the durability and resilience of the board.

True though, as any skater knows, your board will get damaged and eventually end up in the dust bin or on your wall, it just takes longer with these boards and until that time you’ll have the sickest board in the park. Priced at $130,- they aren’t that more expensive than any other deck….well maybe double as expensive , but they last twice as long, it’s simple math!

We ordered all four, but I won’t let my skate colleagues have them, they go on the wall until each of them reaches their yearly quote (which is set impossibly high) a better stimulus just doesn’t exist!

If your interested check out their site, and drop us a mail if you’re interested!

Serge Roso JWS

Ps. Our website will be down on Tuesday the 11th of April  for renewal.



We can get you anything from Japan to anywhere..the cheapest way!