Japan’s new Nurse Maid Dress combines two playfully iconic looks in one charming outfit

Can’t choose between the two popular motifs? Now you don’t have to.

Japanese fashion label Sukiyaki often pays homage to a specific anime franchise. In the past we’ve seen the brand release dresses based on Cardcaptor Sakura and virtual idol Hatsune Miku.

But Sukiyaki doesn’t need a specific anime tie-in to show off its playful creative talents. This time, it’s taken two of Japan’s most popular costume motifs, the maid outfit and the nurse’s uniform, and combined them into the Nurse Maid Dress.

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Making liberal use of frills and crosses, the complete regalia consists of a dress, cap, apron, and ribbon. Mixing and matching the pieces allows you to get quite a bit of variety from the set (which is machine-washable).

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The snap-button design helps keep everything neat and tidy, and also provides a visual slimming effect for the wearer’s silhouette.

▼ Sukiyaki is in no way shy about touting the outfit’s anime-style aesthetics.

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Sukiyaki is billing this as the first entry in its new Fantasy Maid line, although so far the company is mum on what other motifs will be added, or when. For now, though, the Nurse Maid Dress can be ordered priced at 13,824 yen (US$134).

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We will go to the Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo store and get you any of these items!

We paid a visit to the original megastore in Ikebukuro to see what it had to offer. We found an enormous amount of exclusive stationery, candies, keychains, clothes and mountains upon mountains of adorably cute plushies. Join us for a quick tour of the store and gaze in wonder at the great number of things a Pokémon can adorn.

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Don’t be fooled by the space-age starkness of the open-plan store – there are more Pokémon discoveries to be made here than you would imagine!

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First up, there are several large statues around the store, including Pikachu riding on the back of a Mega Charizard Y, which is the exclusive mascot for this store. The pair appear on a variety of merchandise available for sale at the Ikebukuro branch only.

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▼ Located far away from Mega Charizard Y is Mega Charizard X, taking up a corner of the ceiling towards the back of the store.

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▼ As you walk through the area you’ll stumble upon Mega Lucario and Mewtwo too.

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While the statues are glorious, they certainly don’t have the power to distract us from all the merchandise! Let’s take a closer look at what you can find in-store.

1. Sweets and snacks

These will have your inner child squealing with delight. Not only is there a wide variety of products and flavours, there’s also a huge selection of cute package designs to choose from.

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▼ Jelly drinks are priced from 120 yen (US$1.12).

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▼ Sweets start at 100 yen, making them some of the cheapest products in the shop!

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▼ These bags of gummy candies evolve in flavour as you eat them.

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▼ These sweets include built-in plastic 3-D glasses all for 100 yen.

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▼ Hard candies come in adorable cases that can be used again and again.

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If you’re after something more traditional and savoury, these character-shaped cut-out nori seaweed sheets will brighten up any bento lunchbox.

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And furikake flavoured rice toppings come in cute small packages.

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▼ There are oodles of noodles

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▼ And instant curry packs.

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▼ For sweet gift-giving, there are biscuits in some of the cutest tins we’ve ever seen!

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▼ Matcha cookies come in traditional-looking green tea tins.

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▼ These are worth buying for the cute glass jars alone!

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▼ Hmmm. Pikachu reads our minds with “I’m wondering what I should get…”

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2. Cards

While it’s hard to pull ourselves away from the cute sweetness of the snack section, we quickly spy something else that sends our hearts a-flutter: trading cards.

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This area is like a treasure trove, with customers buying boxes at a time. When we visited, a new line of Premium Champion Pack Cards was being heavily promoted in-store.

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3. Keychains

If you’re looking for small charms and keychains, there are plenty to be found, scattered in various sections around the store.

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4. Nanoblocks

You can really get to know your favourite characters by building them up using Nanoblock kits. There’s also a cute replica of Pikachu’s Battle Field to create.

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5. Smartphone covers and accessories

Dress your phone up in a wide variety of Pokémon-related designs.

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▼ If you like the traditional Japanese look, the red flower-filled case on the right includes an image of a Maiko Pikachu, the mascot for the Kyoto store.

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6. Tableware

You won’t ever be far from your favourite characters with these adorable melamine plates, cups and bowls.

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▼ The small ceramic rice bowls are adorable too.

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▼ Adults and kids alike will fall hard for these beautiful bento lunch boxes.

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7. Stationery

Japan knows how to do stationery well, and with a huge variety of reasonably-priced cute Pokémon items, it will be hard to choose what to walk away with when there are pens, pencils, notebooks, stamps or even a roll of brightly coloured adhesive tape.

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8. Pokéballs!

A whole wall is dedicated to the Poké Deru Gacha 2.0 series by Takara Tomy.

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9. Pokémon raffle tickets

If you’re feeling lucky, take a chance at one of the two Pokémon raffles available in-store.

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10. Apparel

Inject a bit of Pokémon fashion into your style, with a variety of different T-shirts, shorts, bags, and socks available.

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▼ They even have adorable Pikachu slippers!

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11. Tissues and wet wipes

You’ll always be keen to wipe your nose if it means you get to take these cute packages out of your pocket!

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12. Pikachu Sponges

That’s right – you can now wash with Pikachu.

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13. Plush Toys

If you’re hunting for plushies, you’ll find them absolutely everywhere, in all sorts of cute shapes and sizes.

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14. Pokemon Red and Blue Sprite Goods

Released this year, the nostalgic series features tiny menu sprites from the original games.

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15. Gacha Machine Pins

Collect tiny Japanese street signs taken over by a cheeky Pikachu!

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16. Seasonal Pokémon

Available for a limited time, the seasonal ranges can be extremely sought after. When we visited, they still had the Easter 2016 range in-store, featuring easter-egg shaped characters on pouches, towels, T-shirts, tableware, micro-bead cushions and more.

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17. The Sepia Graffiti Range

Wonderfully cute in its understated beauty, these sketch-based designs come on stickers, stationery, towels, cushions and bags.

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18. Fashion Accessories

Watches, rings, and card and coin cases feature the bright yellow colour of Pikachu.

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19. Pillows and Pillow Cases

Because naptime is much more exciting with the face of an electric pokémon by your side!

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20. Figurines 

There are racks and racks of figurines on display.

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The only problem is choosing which ones to take home.

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Congratulations! You’ve made it through the Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo unscathed! A little lighter in the wallet, perhaps, but if you do find some coins in your pocket, there are still games to be played outside.

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There are now two pokemon megastores in Tokyo, so the change we’ll find your desired product has just increased by 50%, or is it 200%..I’ve never been a math person…

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The most comfortable pajama…ever!

Those who’ve been following our blog or have been visiting our website know of our love/double love relation with Bibi Lab and its refreshing original and useful products. We actually survived this summer unbitten by those pesky tiger mosquitoes thanks to the  Net man, a full body mosquito net

Earlier this year offbeat clothing and housewares company Bibi Lab released its Damegi roomwear. A one-piece garment for relaxing at home, the Damegi gets its name from dame (“no good”) and gi (“clothing”) because of the implied promise that it’s so comfortable it’ll absolutely kill any sort of productivity while you’re wearing it.

While the previous model was marketed to women, a brand-new version of the Damegi, called the Fuyu no Damegi (“Winter Damegi”), has just gone on sale, sporting a number of improvements over the original design. For starters, instead of the drab gray of the original, you can now chose between five different colors: Pinky Peach, Chocolate Mellow (brown), Green Rush, High Risk Red, and Midnight Navy. The medium size fits wearers up to 165 centimeters (65 inches) in height, while the large is for those up to 180 centimeters.

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Made of extra warm, heat-retentive material, the new Damegi will keep you toasty not just from head to toe, but to your fingertips too, thanks to its four-way convertible mitten-style sleeve cuffs.

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A hood and zip-up mask will also help keep heat from dissipating out of your head.

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Down at the end of the pant legs, you’ll find snap-shut coverings for slipper-like comfort.

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And, as is standard with the Damegi, the hood contains two openings to pass twintails through.

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And, for a last bit of functionality, the Fuyu no Damegi has a zip-out section at the rear, so you can go to the bathroom without having to take the entire thing off.

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Bibi Lab says the Fuyu no Damegi is great for happy families and loving couples alike.

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The company also bills it as the perfect “gaming wear” for cold-weather video game binges.

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▼ Pop in a game with a setting on a tropical beach, and kiss winter good-bye.

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And being the holistic-minded company it is, Bibi Lab also recommends enjoying the Fuyu no Damegi in tandem with some of its other products, such as the Cotton Wife/Husband or Sandwiched Between Twintails Pillow.

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With prices starting as low as 5,709 ten (US$55) there is nothing to hold you back to get as comfy as possible this winter…Don’t blame us, though, if after you put it on you end up spending all winter loafing on the couch.

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Reebok teams up with Chocomoo to create future noise.

The title might have you left scratching your head, but no worries I left the capital letters of Future and Noise out on purpose to get your attention, cheeky eh? Future Noise is the theme of this collaboration and not some preserved noise to be opened in the future (well some folks would say that a wrapped CD would fulfill that description too, but that’s so imaginationless).

Chokomoon Yuka is a gifted Harajuku illustrator who has lend her pop art illustrations to several projects and products like Dr.Martens, the pop group Exile, Newneu skateboard products, Disney etc etc.

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This time she teamed up with sports apparel maker Reebok to create five distinctive pieces.

When you say Reebok, you say Instapump, the super light and oh so comfy kicks. The model used by Chocomoo is the Fury CM.

 

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Simple yet outstanding ¥21,589

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Next up is a jacket in black (hint:All the products are black)

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¥14,029

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For ¥10,789 you can get yourself this backpack in simple black, but with enough small details (mmm is there such a thing as BIG details?) to make it instantly recognizable as something extra ordinary.

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If you try to avoid the “ninja”look you should get the T-shirt in….white, just leave your jacket casually unzipped and folks can catch a glimpse of the awesome printed shirt underneath.

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¥6,469

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Finally to top it off there’s a cap.

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¥5,389

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Chocomoo showing off the the whole set!

To see how the whole set looks like in action, you’ll have to check out this video of Kandytown!

 

If you want to find more Chocomoo products then by all means check out her site COBRAMOON

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