Be a present day samurai with these Armor Hoodies.

What started as a crowd funding project has turned into an overnight success..

Ninjas seem to be all the rage, ninja shoes, ninja trousers and ninja turtles…leaving the original Japanese swordsmen, the samurai,  kind of left behind in their modern day fashion presence. Sure, the complex samurai armor isn’t easy as to integrate in nowadays fashion as the simpler Ninja outfit and a little over the top designing would make you look like an extra in Beat Takeshi movie. Well get your wallets out, because Samurai Armor Hoodies has released these awesome hoodies, turning you into a 2016 samurai without looking tacky. Ninja kneel for your master!

Tokyo Otaku Mode,  is taking pre-orders for Samurai Armor Hoodies right now.

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$350 gets you a hoodie in black, red, or white, plus your choice of tatemono helmet ornament and mask.

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If you can’t bring yourself to pick just one tatemono and mask combination, additional crests can be order for $30, and masks for $20.

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The entire lineup can be ordered here directly from Tokyo Otaku Mode between now and May 20, with shipping scheduled for August.

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Gender-bent Naruto bends over seductively as sexy new anime figure

Believe it or not, that’s the male star of the hit ninja series.

Recently, we took a look at a batch of amazing photos from the upcoming Naruto stage play, which had the ninja of the hit anime and manga looking grittily realistic. Now, it’s time to go in the completely opposite direction, with a scrubbed and shiny figure that’s based on fetishized fantasies which themselves exist within a work of fiction.

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Compared to many of its contemporaries, the Naruto franchise isn’t particularly heavy on sexy fan service, so if you only follow the series casually you might not immediately recognize this devilish temptress. However, rest assured that if you’ve ever watched even a single Naruto episode, you’ve seen this character before, because that’s none other than leading man Naruto Uzumaki.

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Among the many tricks ninja in the Naruto world have up their sleeves is the ability to transform, changing their appearance into that of other people or objects. And since ninja combat is more about outwitting your opponent than beating him straight-up, during the course of his training and adventures Naruto occasionally employs the tactic of changing into a busty, scantily-clad woman, a tactic he calls the Oiroke no Jutsu, or “Sexy Technique.”

▼ The whiskers should be a dead giveaway that this is really Naruto in disguise, but the beauty of the gambit is how few male adversaries will actually bother to look at his face.

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The approximately 22-centimeter (8.7-inch) figure is priced at 12,528 yen (US$117) and is currently available here from online retailer Premium Bandai, with shipping scheduled for late September.

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Also, if you’re hoping to combine the Iroke no Jutsu with the Bunshin no Jutsu/Clone Technique, please be advised that orders are limited to three units per customer.

Source: Premium Bandai

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Ukiyoe releases Iron Maiden woodblock print featuring Eddie as a hellish courtesan

Forget running for the hills, we’re running to buy one of these amazing prints!

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Iron Maiden is, without question, one of the greatest metal bands in history. Their influence is nearly impossible to calculate at this point, but their signature sound has been getting crowds moving for four decades. Aside from their wide-ranging lyrics, galloping riffs, and Bruce Dickinson’s vocals, one of the most memorable aspects of the legendary band is their creepy-yet-delightful mascot Eddie.

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The zombie-like character appears on pretty much every album cover and piece of Iron Maiden merchandise you’ll find. And, you have to admit, he’s a perfect stand in for a six-piece band — he never ages, he’s instantly recognizable, and he never has to worry about make up for photo shoots!

But this has to be the most unique piece of Iron Maiden merchandise we’ve ever seen Eddie appear on: A limited-edition ukiyoe print! The print, pictured below, is titled “Jigoku Tayu Jitsu ha Edei” (which could be translated as “The Hell Courtesan Is Actually Eddie”)

▼ We love Eddie, but a beautiful courtesan he is not…

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Only 300 prints will be produced — each one hand-made by a team of Japanese artisans, including paper by living national treasure Iwano Ichibei, meaning every print will be unique. They’ll also feature one of our favorite details in an ukiyoe print ever, the iron maiden pictured below with the text “穢行銘傳之内”, which can be read “aian meiden no uchi.” The reading itself means “inside the iron maiden,” but if you take the kanji at face value, “aian meiden” means something like “the legend chronicling the impure act.” So, it works on several, gruesome levels!

▼ Who doesn’t love a good play on words, right?

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As with previous prints from the Ukiyoe Project, you won’t be able to purchase one for cheap — the price listed on their webstore is 108,000 yen (about US$966). The production is set to start soon, but finished prints aren’t expected to ship until the beginning of September, meaning these prints will be better as presents for the winter holidays than for Mother’s Day. They don’t have overseas shipping available , but but that’s our job, so leave it to us, we are already quite experienced ordering and shipping several Kiss ukiyoes prints.

It also looks like there’s another Iron Maiden ukiyoe print being developed as well. We don’t have any details yet, but you can believe we’ll share them with you when we do!

Sources: Ukiyoe Project

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Bulgari releases two Japan limited men’s bags.

Based on the iconic Bulgari watch buckle, Bulgari will release two men’s bags this spring. Made out of a combination of rubber calf (calf leather with a rubbery effect..not a calf made out of rubber) and textured calf leather.

The “Bulgari buckle” tote bag calf / Black (W32.5xH36xD12.5cm) will set you back a pleasant 245.000 yen.

The “Bulgari buckle” briefcase calf / Black (W39.5xH28.5xD12cm) will cost 265,000 yen.

Not cheap, but you’ll get a bag made out of the finest leather and handmade by by traditional craftsmen in Italy, who send it to Japan,( and if you’re an Italian who wants to have one, we’ll send it back to you!)

This limited collection will on sale from May. And we will personally go to the Bulgari shop to purchase your article.(I’ll dress up and even take my lovely missus for a fancy dinner afterwards..after breathing all that luxury air, it wouldn’t be right to take her to Denny’s…)

Shipping won’t be that expensive and will we go out of our way to decrease the risk of you getting hit with a humongous VAT as usual, getting it as cheap as possible for you and to you is our motto.

Serge Roso JWS

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You liked those tabi sneakers right…well here’s a bunch more.

Our piece on the tabi sneakers generated an enthusiastic response from all over the world(not kidding, from Russia to Brazil and so on), so we decided to follow up on this article with a new list of these comfy sneakers from several other brands.

KINEYA MUTEKI

Hand sewn  and the use of 100% rubber, creates a feeling that your feet are in direct contact with the ground…like walking bare feet thus creating the Abebe Bikila effect. These shoes are often used by marathon runners in Japan….wow and I thought that thick cushy soles were evolution…go figure.

 

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¥6,480 in white or black

SOU · SOU

SOU・SOU KYOTO

Cute as a button these SOU SOU sneakers, besides coming in various lovely color patterns, these tabi sneakers have another ace up their sleeves…you can roll down and connect the back part of the sneaker, revealing the inside of the sneaker. These sneakers are according to Japanese tradition hand made.

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貼付地下足袋/立秋(りっしゅう)貼付地下足袋/層(そう)貼付地下足袋/きくまる貼付地下足袋/yellow tiger貼付地下足袋/文貼付地下足袋/風雅(ふうが)

Shop TABI-JI original hemp tabi sneakers

Original tabi sneakers Shop TABI-JI created a functional and beautiful shoe equipped with EVA soles.They are light and durable sports shoes type, and firmly absorb  shocks, and thereby reduce the burden on the foot.

9,720 yen

ASSABOOTS BLACK15Ⅵ 

Pretty dressy these ASSABOOTS, they are a little more expensive than the other shoes here, but they look like it too.The lining is Ashirai fabric with a traditional Japanese pattern, The  contrast with the black color of the outer material is beautiful.

¥ 16,200

A bit more colorful are these S-Time15 sneakers.

The little people aren’t forgotten either…

tabi + Relax=tabira

These tabi got their inspiration from espadrilles, making them less of a sneaker but more a comfortable slip-on.

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KAPITAL foil canvas sailor Kohaze tabi sneakers

These sneakers are more of a fashion statement than  “let’s do a triathlon kind of sneaker”, but besides being really outstanding in design(the shoe is made out of three different materials) and detail, they are also extremely sturdy and highly comfortable .

silver ¥20,304
gold ¥20,304
denim ¥18,144
Canvas version ¥17,064

 

Next week is the Nagoya marathon, so I’m going to check out if any runner is wearing tabi sneakers and take some pics…of course in a not obvious way…

Serge Roso JWS

 

The fall collection of Niitu is jaw-dropping amazing.

Changes are big that you’ve never heard of the name Niitu (pronounced Nitsu), well that’s about to change, because this young fashion brand has just released their 2016-2017 Fall/Winter collection and we love it!

Founded in 2012 by two brothers, they started selling their clothes on Flea markets

Laying the groundwork to achieve brand recognition, they started opening temporarily shops in various department stores and designers fairs basically to promote their brand.

Once they opened their Web shop they realized that their hard work had paid off and they could put all their effort in designing and creating clothes.

Niitu shares some style elements with established brands Gouk and Gomme who also get their inspiration from Japanese traditional clothes, but has it own recognizable style and can surely keep their own place in the Japanese fashion world.

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You won’t find these clothes yet on their shop site, but what’s left of the spring/summer collection is also quite amazing…

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Gouk, Gomme and of course Yohji Yamamoto have created this unique Japanese look, lots of black and gray, asymmetry and long tops, Niitu may call itself a proud addition to this group.

Let us know what you think and don’t hesitate to ask whatever you want to know!

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Men’s fashion with a Meiji era twist.

When you say “Meiji”, most folks immediately think of Japan’s number one confectionery maker Meiji from Japan’s best selling Meiji Chocolate.

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When you ask a Japanese person though (well one younger than 20..) they’ll tell you that Meiji is an era in Japanese history which ran from 1868 till  1912, which was the time that emperor Meiji (real name:Mutsuhito), took over from the Shogun(Tokugawa) and announced the beginning of a new era. The name Meiji means “Enlightened Rule”…now that’s a election slogan!

But being much more than just a political slogan,  Meiji  really brought some immediate changes to the Japanese, first of all  the  city of Kyoto lost its title of capital city , which went to Tokyo, hissy fit throwing Geisha were common sight on the Kyoto streets.

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Modernization finally reached Japan when they started to put keen interest into foreign industry, medicine, trade, army, science  and engineering leading to Japan becoming Asia’s first industrialized  country. Cool beans yeah, but what made the common “always thinking about food” Japanese most happy was the arrival of curry introduced by the British (thank god they didn’t introduce Black pudding). The Japanese loved it so much that they named it one of their national dishes… We at JWS love curry, we love it so much that we dedicated a page on our website to it check.

Fashion house IKIJI has used the Meiji era as their inspiration for their Fall line, an interesting concept as the Meiji era is often seen as the time that traditional Japan transitioned  to modern Japan with its western look. This becomes very obvious when you see their line-up and the way they portrait their models. The round glasses and hair do’s are reminiscent to the Meiji era.

 

 

 

We are also very impressed by their summer line-up:

Their quality and eye to detail is astonishing , really don’t take our word for it, check out this T-shirt with a longer front or as they call it an Apron-shirt with a modern written version of the Kanji “Nanten”or Southern Sky.

You can find their clothes here and pictures of their collections here

Fashion is all about combining, IKIJI’s clothes combine with almost everything due to their simplicity and introvert uniqueness…My favorite Autumn look has been decided, I wear the shirt above, with a black jacket, Lee HI-STANDARD SKINNY and my newly recent acquired Rick Owens/ Adidas spring blade high.

40,000 yen at Mercari online shopping

Or when I want to go casual, with these Adidas ignites…you can see a pattern here right….well these Springblades are soooo comfy that’s why.

$85,- on ebay

I love Autumn because you’re not restricted by the weather what you want to wear, let us know about your favorite Autumn outfit!

Serge Roso  jws

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