Japanese department store Isetan brings back its Sailor Moon fashion line, plus a new Diana bag!

If you missed your chance to get your hands on these awesome outfits and accessories last time, it looks like you’re in luck!

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To celebrate Usagi’s upcoming birthday next month on June 30, Isetan department store is re-releasing the insanely popular Sailor Moon-themed fashion items and accessories we previously introduced in March, as well as this new backpack-style Diana-themed purse from June 1.

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If you weren’t fast enough to grab these super-cute items and more from collaborating brands Samantha Vega, Samantha Tiara, Riccimie, and Honey Bunch—like the Luna and Artemis wallet and bags that immediately sold out—we hope you won’t be disappointed this time around!

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▼ Samantha Vega

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▼ Samantha Tiara

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▼ Riccimie

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▼ Honey Bunch Mutual

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Not only that, but customers who purchase any item between June 1 and June 28 will receive a free e-mail code sometime around June 30 to spice up their Twitter account with these free, downloadable icons featuring Usagi styled in all four fashion brands.

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Once you’ve got your new outfit picked out and purchased, don’t forget to pay a visit the Sailor Moon Exhibit and Chibiusa Cafe, which ends in less than a month on June 19.

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Summer time…Yukata time!

It’s almost that time of the year again, the cicadas sing their songs, the mosquitoes sharpen their claws and people practice their Bon dance moves. When summer knocks on Japan’s door, the country turns into one happy party of amazing fire works displays, cold beer, and summer festivals. The time has come to dust off the Yukata (casual cotton kimono) or get a whole new outfit all together.

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The great thing about yukata is that they are easy to put on, making them accessible for everyone. The knot in the obi might be the only hard part, but a quick search on google will solve that problem, and if you use your yukata as room gown you don’t even have to worry about that.

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They teamed up with designer Nishioka Pencil (?) and created this Okinawa’s  traditional Bingata dyeing technique  inspired yukata line. Clear and vivid colors mark this line and the TeleTubbies hairstyle of the model show how thin the line has become between traditional and “mode”.

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Cayhane has come up with a Kimono for novice users and advance users who are willing to try something “new”.

The two part yukata is a true versatile piece of clothing, you can use the bottom as a skirt and the top part as an one piece….combine them together and you have a yukata!

The prices are also more than reasonable, averaging 7,000 yen .

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Tsukikageya releases new line with adorable kitty and bear prints

For those who want to forgo bright colors and instead opt for something calmer but not less interesting, these kitty and bear printed yukata may be the way to go.

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And bears, because nothing says summer like some cute bears..

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These ribbons covered yukata is probably one of the cutest yukata you can find.

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These come at a price though..each yukata costs 55,529 yen (about US$500).

If you like  the more orthodox way, than AEON department has a lovely line-up for you which according to AEON’s policy won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

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Shipping on these yukata won’t be high due to the fact that they are rather light, so mail us for info and let us know how we can help you.

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Chic canvas carriers let you cut a playfully stylish figure.

Japan’s just about to enter its rainy season, and day after day of gray skies can leave some people feeling pretty blue. So if you need a way to keep your spirits up during such devitalizing times, consider reminding yourself of the mental fortitude of Japan’s warrior class with a bit of samurai-style fashion.

With some chance of rain in Japan on just about any given day over the next few weeks, if you’re stepping out you’ll want to take an umbrella with you. But should the weather hold, or before you head indoors at your destination, you can slide your umbrella into one of these cool carrier bags decorated with an illustrated samurai sword.

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The latest product from historical-themed design company Sengoku, the bags are made from canvas produced in Okayama Prefecture’s Kurashiki City, a town famous for its high-quality textiles, preserved buildings and canal district.

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For the maximum effect, you’ll of course want to make sure you use the bag with an umbrella that has a handle shaped like a katana grip.

 

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Sengoku also offers plain umbrella bags, for a look that gives up some of its awesomeness in exchange for extra elegance.

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The umbrella bags, called Touken Kasakaban in Japanese, go on sale June 10, and can be purchased from Kurashiki-based retailer Baistone.

 

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Scary cute deep sea creature goods put a smile on your face.

YOU+MORE! a branch of mail order company Felissimo was created  produce and sell useful products with a humorous touch, hence the name YOU+MORE! (humor..witty uh?).

They derived their inspiration from animals. cute animals, as is common in Japan…however their new line of pouches are hard to be called cute, that is if you’re a common human being and not a sea biologist… Their new line is called YOU+MORE!scary!

Instead of cuddly dogs or heart warming pandas, they chose deep sea creatures as their inspiration. And when I think of deep sea creatures this comes to mind:

Cuddly and heart warming it isn’t…but let’s see what they came up with and we’ll include a picture of the original eh monster.


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What da ya know…you can clean your smartphone screen with its mouth!

 


The men dako (octopus)

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You can actually fit quite a lot in this octopus due to its flexible body.

 


The yeti crab

 

It will connect to your back pack with its claws.

 


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You can actually operate your smartphone when it’s in the pouch!

 


They sell for 2,156 yen, and they are light, so shipping won’t hurt your wallet either.

If you’re not in the market for a pouch, but dig the deep sea theme, then what do you think of these deep sea cups?

This is how they look….but when you poor a hot beverage in it…..

 

 

 

The cups can be ordered to be delivered monthly and each month you’ll receive a different cup until you’ve collected all six…you can’t however decide in what order they will appear.

Not into deep sea animals, but dogs instead?

 

The mopdog!

Ha ha this is why we love  Japanese consumer products!

 

 

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Mobile suit Gundam Thunderbolt complete blu-rayedition now up for pre-order.

Premium Bandai has the complete edition of Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt December sky now up for pre-order with delivery in July.

 

The box with drawings of Hajime Katoki contains;

-a bonus disk “documentary of Thunderbolt”

-episode 1~episode 4

-animation works, booklet and staff interviews

-special booklet

-PV&CM collection

-cast and staff audio commentary

-Yasuo Otagaki drawn sleeve case

The Blu-ray set is in Japanese and English audio and Japanese, English, French, Korean and Chinese subtitles.

Price 10,000 yen

 

 

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Useful art: Porcelain sake glass.

Do you drink your Chateau Margaux from a paper cup, your Duvel beer straight from the bottle?

Click away, now you cultural barbarian, because the “rice wine glass” is for those who enjoy the best things in life to the full. A basic product, no matter how good, is  not at its best without the proper accessories…a lovely cognac is so much better experienced in a tulip or balloon glass than in a small glass with ice. A Canon D1 will take such better pictures when equipped with a proper lens..hey even I became a better version of myself after I met my wife (but this is more due to diligent training).

So why would you spend 18,000 yen on a glass to drink a 5000 yen sake?  Well simply because you can. If you have the means to live a life with few limitations, why would you limit yourself to drinking sake from an inferior glass?

The Rice wine glass’ foot,  stem and  bowl are made out of one piece, a first in the world. The soil used is of the highest quality used for Amakusa pottery from Kumamoto prefecture. Any sake lover worth his salt will tell you that sake is best drunk from a porcelain cup.  The fine craftsmen from  Tashiro Toukiten  shaped the glass to look like a rice kernel and its almost sexy in shape, held against the light you can do nothing but admire the beauty of this glass.

There are no limits to what you can put in this glass of course, even beer would taste better in this glass and yeah you can put your chateaux Margaux in it too…..what are you still doing here, you Neanderthal  !

This would make agreat fatherday’s gift too, and even if your father hasn’t tried the delights of Japanese sake, he’ll sure be willing to give it a try with this glass!

Check out Tashiro Toukiten onlineshop to find more amazing tableware

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Extremely stylish rotating fan will set you back some serious yen.

When it comes to household items that are “beautiful,” there are all sorts of things that might fit the description. For example, glassware, lacquer ware containers, or, if you’re really getting crazy, even toilets could be viewed artistically — but when it comes to electric fans, they’re all pretty much function over form. Sure Dyson has some wicked good looking fans, but changes are big that most of your trendy friends already owe one….besides that, Dyson’s modern designs don’t fit in any room.

Panasonic is about to change all that with a very limited-edition electric fan featuring a laquered case and gold-colored interior.

 

All of this combines to create an electric fan that looks more like a relic from the Heian court than a modern functional device.

▼ We can almost imagine Murasaki Shikibu writing next to it in the summer.

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The glossy exterior is the result of the application of Echizen lacquer, a traditional Fukui Prefecture craft with a history that goes back 1,500 years. Each of the fans, which are part of Panasonic’s “air generator” lineup called simply “Q”, are individually lacquered by crafts workers. As you can imagine, a product like this is a bit of a rarity, and the company plans to release only 100 units.

 

▼ We can’t blame them! Lacquering 100 fans is more than enough work.

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▼ Though they certainly do look amazing!

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And, in case you’ve forgotten, these air generator fans are totally functional — they offer two modes: Air circulation and electric fan mode. The air circulator mode is designed to output a blast of air while the fan mode is designed to create something that feels like a cool, natural breeze.

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If you’d like to see the fan in action, be sure to check out the commercial below! It’s way, way more dramatic than an ad for an electric appliance needs to be.

▼ And yet, it’s also kind of awesome!

If you’re thinking you need one of these limited-edition, super fancy fans for your home, you can buy one now! But be warned, this will probably be the most expensive electric fan you ever see — Panasonic isn’t even offering a recommended retail price! However, they do say that it will likely cost about 100,000 yen or about US$920.

▼ It’s outrageous! But…also super pretty.

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You can purchase one of these special lacquered Q fans on Amazon Japan, though if you live overseas, you’ll need Japanwebshopping. And if you like the design, but don’t want to spend quite so much money, you can also get a regular Q fan for 28,800 yen (about $265).

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Style your hair like an old-school Japanese beauty with the marumage hair kit

Once a hairstyle for married women of samurai families, this kit provides the tools for anyone to tackle this traditional ‘do in minutes!

The marumage—a traditional hairstyle worn by married women in the Edo period from the early 1600s to mid-1800s—fell out of fashion long ago, but can still be seen at formal events like weddings, and Himi City in Toyama Prefecture even has a marumage festival, where a procession of unmarried women in kimono and hair styled in marumage fashion go to a local temple to pray to the goddess of mercy. Hair styling packages are often offered at kimono rental studios in Japan to complement the look, and more likely than not you’ll the marumage as an optional style.

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Now, with a little help from a few essentials in this new Marumage Kit, you can recreate this look whenever you want! The kit isn’t exactly a steal, but will pay for itself if you forgo the hairdresser and do it yourself instead. For 8,800 yen (US$80), the kit includes two side pieces and one piece for the back of the head that gives your hair the perceived volume needed to recreate that well-known look. The material clings to your hair without damaging it, allowing for easy styling.

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Also included is a comb, one large and four small elastic hair bands, and four hair pins. The only thing you need to prepare is your choice of gel or hairspray to hold the hair in place.

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The video below demonstrates the styling process, which the website claims can be done in five to 15 minutes. The lovely model in this video completes it in less than 10.

Due to the popularity of the product, it appears there are currently no more kits in stock, but you can enter your email address in at the website to receive a notification when they are back in (sorry, Japanese only). In the meantime, you can stock up on some of their other hair accessories to add an elegant touch to your marumage!

And no, you don’t have to be Japanese to achieve this look. you would look awesome if you go for the “Oriental” look whether it’s for cosplay or to finish off your Y’s outfit!

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gothic rock, punk fashion brand Drug Honey opens shopping site.

Unisex Goth inspired fashion has been around for some time, but it always has had a certain target group, you are into goth or you aren’t….putting you in clear social box.   What if you are a person who likes certain aspects of goth, but doesn’t want to be mistaken for a goth? What if you feel goth but don’t want to be labelled as such? Who likes labels anyway, the people who label other folks do this with a sense of superiority, making them narrow minded individuals in my opinion.

Drug honey’s designs have a very strong Gothic flavor, but combine them with another style piece of clothing and see them transform into their own unique style! Their designs are truly classy and the fabric and design hides the fact that these clothes carry a relative low price tag. Well enough bla bla bla, let’s have a look.

Lace x striped back spindle Jabot shirt (women) 5,980 yen  including tax


Lace switching vintage satin-style flap skirt (unisex)3,980 yen  including tax


Leather winding wrist Gloves 1,580 yen


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Monkey pants with suspenders (unisex)3,980

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Long side themed Gothic cut dress (unisex) 5,280

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Nobody knows  the concept of uniformity better than the Japanese, but through these new fashion brands, brands which carefully tip toe between several styles they are given the opportunity to rebel against that, and adopt the look they feel best represents them, not how society expects them to represent themselves….

PS the first buyer will receive a 20% discount coupon

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The Spline board,a succesfull crossbred of a skateboard and a J-Board.

What do you get when you cross a J-board with a skateboard…….. A spline board! A spline or better said, a flat spline, is a device to draw curves, it’s modern term is “flexible curve” and from the name you might get an idea of what the spline board excels at….cornering and curving.

The original J-board(caster board) is quite a nifty device, through balancing and moving your lower body you create speed, even up hill.  My sons who are pretty good skateboarders got theirs a few years back and initially they left their skateboards behind , enjoying the relative ease of moving around on a J-board…but that enthusiasm has settled a bit in the last few years and they returned doing ollies and riding the ramps on their  Powell boards. Sure they could do an ollie on their J boards, but it was all less natural, the hard plastic just didn’t flex or flexed too much in the wrong places. Nothing beats a wooden board when riding the ramps and performing tricks. The hard plastic cheap ass  tires didn’t help to improve that experience.

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DUB STACK a Japanese maker of skateboards cross bred one of their skateboards with a J board and unlike cross bred dogs which only get improved looks, but lose their natural born qualities, this baby turned out to be a revelation! A healthy baby was born and listened to the name Spline Skateboard™ DSB-13

They used a serious deck made out of 7ply Canadian Maple, cut it in half and connected those parts with a UHMW (ultra high molecular weight polyethylene) /glass fiber flexible center part.

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Than they used 76mm wheels with a 85A hardness for smooth running in and out- doors.

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For the trucks they used Aluminum A356 with a PU cushion. These wheels have 360 degree rotation, and this in combination with the PU shock absorption makes you able to do tricks not possible on a J or skate board.

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The bearings used are ABEC-7(same like those on the stereo vinyl cruiser), these are smooth and strong and can withstand abuse on the rough city streets or on the ramps.

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Now check out this video to see this board in action.

 

The only downfall I noticed, is that the advised maximum weight of the rider is  65 kg, but I’ve been riding it with my 75 kg(too much ramen) and didn’t experience any problems with shocks or smoothness of the ride…

So my boys are happy campers and they steal the show at the skating ramps…making me a proud dad!

The price is around 11,000 yen which makes it cheaper than a fully loaded skate board and just a tad more expensive than a J board.

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