Lingerie retailer catering to flat-chested girls inundated with orders within hours of opening

“Why should only big-breasted girls get all the fun of lingerie shopping?” is apparently the question that led Japanese fashion school student Gomi Hayakawa to design and sell these stylish lingerie sets, tailor-made for flat chested girls, under the brand name of “Feast.”

Now, I understand that, in English, “flat-chested” has mildly derogatory connotations (imagine how a guy would react if you described him as having “micro junk” or something), but trust me, in this case I’m literally just directly translating. Japanese has so many words for varying sizes, textures and shapes of breasts your head will spin.

When one is able to describe breasts in one word with the same amount of detail a sommelier might describe the varying flavor notes of a particularly complex wine, well then, it’s no wonder Japan has a bit of a breast-loving reputation.

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Anyway, it turns out Hayakawa’s designs are answering a serious market need, as small-chested ladies from Japan over hustled to the home page to place their orders, totally overwhelming Hayakawa and her small staff within hours of the shop going online.

Hayakawa, a mere Freshman at her fashion school, no doubt expected her lingerie sets to hold little more than niche appeal, as she has announced she’ll be running out of supplies after one more round of orders. But, Japan being a capitalist nation, we can imagine she’ll find some way to boost supply if demand keeps rolling in.

It’s nice that, here in boob-obsessed Japan, the (not as plentiful as you think) small-busted ladies now have a tailor-made product to help them feel sexy in their nightwear too. Just remember to be careful about who you wear it around, girls.

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Hayakawa doesn’t  accommodate shipping to foreign countries, but we do, so if you want to get your hands on the whimsically-named “Fairy Feather” or “Angelic Wing” sets, you can check if they’re still available here.

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Anime Bust and Men’s Chest give cosplayers anime-class torsos, nipples and all

Anime Body Parts does have you more or less covered from the waist up. Aside from an assortment of wigs and fake noses (in both tengu raven spirit and pig snout varieties), the retailer has an extensive lineup of both elf and cat ears, with prices hovering around the 3,000-yen (US$25) mark.

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But Anime Body Parts’ name is especially apt, because it literally sells anime bodies, as in torsos. So while this woman’s supple midsection and shapely chest may seem like the result of a combination of diet, exercise, and genetics…

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While you wouldn’t be able to create an entire body out of the shop’s wares, Anime Body Parts does have you more or less covered from the waist up. Aside from an assortment of wigs and fake noses (in both tengu raven spirit and pig snout varieties),

…the real thanks goes to Anime Body Parts’ Anime Bust.

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As you can see, the 16,340-yen Anime Bust works like a fleshy halter top, or an oversized bra.

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For the best fit, you’ll want to trim the excess material around the neck and shoulders, as this disturbing-looking photo illustrates.

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Likewise, the powerful-looking warrior below may have never done a sit-up or crunch in his life, since those washboard abs were granted to him by Anime Body Parts’ Men’s Chest.

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The Men’s Chest comes in two sizes, depending on how beefy you want your build.

▼ “Free” (normal) size on the left, small on the right

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If you want the back straps pre-attached, the regular size sells for 20,466 yen, while the small is 19,740 yen. On the other hand, if you’ve got the skills and penchant to add your own straps, the prices drop to 18,306 and 17,690 yen.

It’s also worth noting that “Men’s Chest” seems to refer strictly to the character being cosplayed as and not the cosplayer’s gender. On Anime Body Parts’ website the male torso is shown on a female dress form, so the company is well-aware that some female fans may want to use its products to dress up as male characters.

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The Anime Bust and Men’s Chest can be ordered from Anime Body Parts here, or alternatively here from cosplay supplier Cospatio, but since both vendors don’t ship abroad, it’s better you leave it up to the pros…yeah that’s us!

Kenji one of our staff members ordered one…the female chest that is, and since he’s not into cosplay we all  grasp for an explanation….

电饭煲(rice cooker)Chinese customers get ripped off by unscrupulous salesmen.

Japanese rice cookers are an amazing invention, pour in the dry rice, pour in water, close the lid, set the timer and voila, you have yourself some delicious  rice within 30 minutes!

They are not only used for cooking white rice, look at these experiments:

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These fully automatic rice cookers are understandably in great demand by Chinese consumers who value their time and quality.

We’ve found many Chinese tourists in Japan who buy rice cookers in order to bring them back to China. It’s too bad then that these folks are lured into shops where they pay the original price (which is always too high) or pay double !

Sure for some money isn’t an issue, but who wants to pay too much?

This Zojijirushi rice steamer is sold for 30.000 yen to unknowing tourists, but with a little bit of knowledge of Japanese, you’d be able to get one for as low as 14.000 yen.

Let us know what you are looking for and we will send you all the information concerning models, options and prices, with no obligation to buy whatsoever.

And if you want the recipes let me know..especially the KFC dinner was a huge hit under the staff!

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Mitsubish IH cooker 49.000 yen

Now 50% or more off at Amazon.com for prime members…let us be your buyer and enjoy huge discounts!

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Super convenient: A bendable power strip.

Power strips are life savers for those with lots of electrical appliances but few power outlets. I have for example a desktop, four hard disks, a printer, a wireless modem, a monitor, and a refrigerator( keep those cold ones close) all connected to one power outlet! Without the help of three power strips I would have never been able to create such a mind blowing electricity bill every month!

The problem though is that quiet a few appliances connect with an adapter which take an awful lot of space on those power strips. I would have only needed one power strip if it weren’t for those obese  space grabbing adapters.

Another problem is that there isn’t any space in my cramped office to hide those power strips from sight, and you have to admit that these electrical necessities don’t improve overall looks.

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Hide it if you can!

Well Sanwa hasn’t come up with a totally new idea, after all the Quirky Pivot Power was there earlier, but as opposed to the quirky, this one is light weight, reliable and contains an USB port.

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The length of the cord is 2 meters and the USB port is a 5V-1A(up to 1500 w), strong enough to charge your phone or mp3 players.

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I think with the right amount of imagination, you can make the shape of a robot with 6 of them together…I don’t know WHY you would that, but it would look awesome against the wall!

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August 31 is Hatsune Miku’s birthday! Let’s celebrate her birthday with a Hatsune Miku official cake!

Not so much for our foreign readers, but if you happen to live in Japan AND you’re a huge fan of Hatsune Miku, then you shouldn’t miss out on this lovely Hatsune  Miku birthday cake. The picture is drawn by popular painter Nardack.  and handmade (well as opposed to being made my robots) by a pastry chef in Hokkaido.

There are two types available; cream and chocolate and serves 5-10 people or two JWS staff members. Or you can  gather all your Hatsune Miku friends and order a double which serves up to 20 people!

They can be ordered now, until the the 29th if you order before 17:30.

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Size: 17 × 17 × 6cm
taste: fresh cream and chocolate
Price: 4000 yen (excluding tax +  postage) <double> Size: 22 × 22 × 6cm taste: fresh cream and chocolate Price: 8000 yen (tax not included +  postage)

They are not cheap, but we ordered the cream (we have to think of our waistline) and we will report about the taste asap!

Happy birthday Miku chan!

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Teen fashion brand Cecil McBee releases range of educational books, makes studying kawaii

In the west, there’s a wide range of stores selling affordable and cute fashion marketed towards teens, such as H&M, TopShop, Zara and Forever 21. But in Japan, one of the most popular places for picking up cute clothes is the interestingly named chain store Cecil McBee. With a name seemingly pilfered for some bizarre reason from Tulsa-born jazz musician Cecil McBee (he even tried to sue, but was unsuccessful), the chain has stores across Japan, with a main store located inside the trendy 109 shopping centre in Shibuya.

Now, however, the chain is branching out from fashion to release a range of educational books aimed at junior high school girls with adorably kawaii covers and illustrations. After all, you still want to look cute while you’re studying, don’t you?

The Cecil McBee Study Collection consists of three books which aim to make studying cuter. They feature reversible jackets, sticker sheets, and sticky notes, and (ostensibly) follow the three years of Japan’s junior high school education syllabus. Tough subjects are made easier to digest with the inclusion of text message conversation screen shots, “girls’ talk”, and accompanying illustrations.

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One of the subjects covered is English, and we’re pleased to say everything looks ship-shape here. Indeed, all the girly basics are covered, including “Let’s go shopping!” “Do you have a smartphone?” and “Please look at me!

▼ Suddenly, snakes.

▼ There’s also social studies, with information on traditional dress around the world…

The books went on sale on August 15 and retail for 1,800 yen (US$15) each. We don’t claim to be experts on the Japanese school system, so we’re not 100% sure whether the books are actually legitimate study aids which Cecil McBee has been tasked with giving a cute makeover to, or simply a fun product designed for Cecil McBee fans who want something cute to carry around in their schoolbag. The series is published, however, by medical journal and educational materials publisher Gakken, so we’re assuming everything is above-board academically speaking. Plus, they really are VERY cute!

Making everyday things adorably adorable is definitely a Japanese art. We’d probably have been more inclined to study way back when if we’d had fun learning materials like these. What do you think of these study guides?

These books are actually not only for Japanese students, but can also be used for students of Japanese, or Japanese teachers abroad looking for new materials.

Source and images: PR Times

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A dragon and a puma create the most amazing offspring!

Puma has just released these awsome “Japan only” soccer goods, soccer spikes, training shoes , a bag and a soccerball.

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The green Japanese  dragon wraps itself around the red puma stripe symbolizing speed, power, wisdom and agility.

While  this last sentence is just marketing mumble jumble, we at JWS are truly in love with these designs. Since none of us actually can kick a ball, we are just going to get the trainers and hope that they emphasize on wisdom.

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This Dragon collection is now on sale exclusively in Japan, so let us know where we can send a pair of these.

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These amazing Furoshiki Shoes from Vibram are designed to literally wrap around your feet!

Before we had bags in Japan, we used furoshiki — elegant cloths that come in various colors and decorative patterns that can be used to wrap and carry various items. While you don’t really see them in daily use now, furoshiki are quite useful in their own way, as they can be folded and tied in different ways and be used to wrap items of varying shapes and sizes, in addition to being eco-friendly.

But it turns out that the traditional cloths have recently served as the inspiration for a completely new and unexpected product — Furoshiki Shoes that wrap around your feet!

Created by Japanese designer Masaya Hashimoto, the Furoshiki Shoes were released earlier this year from Italian footwear company Vibram, known for their FiveFingers line of shoes that have a “barefoot” look and feel. As the name suggests, the Furoshiki Shoes are designed to be wrapped around the feet, much like you would wrap an item with a furoshiki cloth.

This is an example of what a furoshiki looks like:

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▼ The Furoshiki Shoes can be worn in three simple steps, as demonstrated in these pictures:

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As you can see, the Furoshiki Shoes have a highly unique design, with no shoelaces but a velcro patch at the heel to keep your feet snuggly wrapped up, regardless of your foot type and shape. Vibram is calling it the first ever “wrapping sole“.

▼ The shoes come in a variety of colors, making them a fashion statement as well

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▼ And here’s Vibram’s promotional video of the shoes:

The Furoshiki Shoes are available in Japan from Vibram’s Japanese online shopping site for 17,064 yen (US$140).

Vibram will also be setting up a temporary pop-up store from August 26-30 at the Snack Cafe Kaho in Harajuku, if you’re going to be in the Tokyo area, if not don’t fret…we are!

Well, we think the shoes certainly look light, and based on their design, they definitely don’t seem like they’ll pinch either. In this case, it appears modern footwear technology combined extremely well with a bit of Japanese tradition. Plus, the shoes look like a lot of fun, which in our opinion counts for a great deal. Just because you want comfortable shoes, you shouldn’t have to give up adding a bit of color and style to your footwear after all, right?

Source: Furoshiki Shoes website via Japaaan Magazine
Photos: Furoshiki Shoes website

Back to work…..part one

All good things come to an end, and yeah my holiday was such a good one, that I feel like I’ve never left….

Since I was too busy to visit my home country, the Netherlands, I decided to the next best thing: visit Nagasaki. For the folks unknown with history of Nagasaki before 1945; Nagasaki was the only trading spot where foreigners were allowed to deal with the Japanese.  Not on the mainland though, there was a small island set up were the “gaikokujin” could live and set up shop. The Dutch were among the first who had the privilege to live and work there.

Still now the Dutch/ Portuguese and British influences linger in the busy city of Nagasaki. Nowhere in japan can you find as many churches  as here for example

07-IMG_8626To say that Nagasaki is a beautiful city would be a blatant lie, no Nagasaki doesn’t have the serene beauty of Kyoto, and it doesn’t have the neon “in your face” light show of Tokyo, but when you go up the hills surrounding Nagasaki and look down your heart will skip a beat…especially at night…just the city as a whole is just not that attractive.

Which doesn’t mean that Nagasaki should only be observed from far…far from that (you see what I did there..) it has some really nice spots which makes this city worth putting on your list.

02-IMG_8563The food in Nagasaki is absolutely awsome, if you have the chance you should try the kakuninman, a piece of boiled pork inside a steamed bun…..I’m drooling writing this..

or the famous chanpon noodles….

Just this dish makes it worth coming to Nagasaki!

The missus insisted we that we also visit mount Unzen, the volcano responsible for the deadliest outburst in Japan…but what I’ve learned over the years is that her “kudasai” (please) doesn’t really have the same meaning as my kudasai. So up we went.

Once you leave the city behind you’re met by a beautiful view of mountains, sea sides and forests…this is the Japan of the new years’ cards, it’s absolutely beautiful, and don’t worry if you’re scared of driving in a foreign country with signs in Kanji…google navigation gets you everywhere!

The dolphins were waiting for us when we arrived in Unzen, good chaps they were indeed.

11-IMG_8793Truth to be told, we went on a dolphin viewing trip, which was totally worth it, more than 300 dolphins gathered around our boat and I’m sure one winked at me!

Than the rain of the upcoming typhoon started to hose down on us so we moved to our hotel had a delicious meal a great bath (hot spring) .

Next up: Sasebo! (part 2)

JWS is going to Nagasaki!

After months of hard work, serving loads of satisfied customers, we are finally taking a well deserved break.

Most of our staff will spend the holiday at home of visit their “jikka” or hometown to visit and pray at the graves of they ancestors. After all it’s Obon holiday, a time when the spirits return home for a short visit.

I will take my family to Kyushu island (we live on Honshu, the “main” island) and after 24 years of thinking of going, finally visit Nagasaki and observe all its beauty!


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For the second year in a row, the Japanese representative for the Miss Universe competition hails from Nagasaki, with last year’s crown holder being Keiko Tsuji. As cool as that is, the real story of the year is that the 2015 representative, Ariana Miyamoto, is half Japanese.

 


Mmm maybe not the kind of beauty the missus has in mind, I think her preferences are more like this…

I guess I better follow my wife’s lead on this….or should I?

Besides visiting Nagasaki’s downtown we will also drive (rental car) to mount Unzen, a volcano which most recently active from 1990 to 1995  and a large eruption in 1991 generated a pyroclastic flow that killed 43 people, including three volcanologists. In 1792, the collapse of one of its several lava domes triggered a mega tsunami that killed about 15,000 people in Japan’s worst-ever volcanic-related disaster….

That’s my wife’s idea of an active vacation…running for your life while being chased by molten lava and suffocating ash..

I had this in mind..

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I see myself rolling on the beach, drinking a cold beer after cold beer working on my biceps.

Being a Dutchman, of course visiting Nagasaki has some special meaning, the first foreigners who were allowed to trade with the Japanese were the Dutch. They weren’t allowed to set foot on mainland, instead they were placed on a small island called Dejima.

The Dutch not only introduced spices and other products, they also brought the German doctor Siebold who introduced western medicine.

The Dutch influences still linger in Nagasaki, a bridge

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a randosel (ランドセル)derived from the Dutch word ransel. This a bag used by elementary school students.

And.. an attraction park:

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Yes it’s Holland….but then smalller, with fewer cows, no coffee shops and shorter folks. It’s basically how MY perfect Holland would be like…(since I’m kinda short, not a big fan of cows and don’t smoke pot), now if my family and friends would be so kind to move from the lowlands to here, then it would be really perfect!

Our one week holiday doesn’t mean that japanwebshopping is completely closed, all ongoing transactions will be handled by a part time employee who has no family, friends and life, and request will still be accepted. The only part of the business which is down for the week is the “shop on on location” part, (physical shopping that is).

I will update this blog while I’m in Nagasaki during my 2 hour breakfast( I love buffet breakfasts)

We wish you all a happy summer holiday!

Nagasaki chanpon ramen….it’s so good!

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