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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!).

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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;

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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:

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(apprentice geisha)

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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.

 

 

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Japanese “boyfriend’s dress shirt dresses” are boyish and girlish all at once

Clever alterations make this a better choice than anything hanging in your boyfriend’s closet.

Japanese and Western fashion preferences don’t always perfectly align with one another. However, there is some overlap in tastes, and you’ll find plenty of people in both regions who think there’s a special mix of playfulness and cuteness in a woman slipping on an oversized man’s shirt and wearing it like a dress.

But thanks to Japanese designer Gomi Hayakawa and fashion label Double Chaca, there’s no need to go raiding a guy’s closet to pull off the look. Hayakawa, who’s also contributed designs for small-bust lingerie brand Feast, has recently unveiled her latest creation. Called the “Hubby One-Piece,” the dress keeps several visual cues from a man’s dress shirt, but makes a few key adjustments to make it a viable garment to wear out and about.

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The dress if form-fitting in the torso and down to the small of the back, but loose in the sleeves and near the hemline, providing a slimming and relaxed look. Meanwhile, hidden snaps keep the openings along the front of the dress securely closed, so as not to let the wearer’s skin peek out between the gaps in the buttons.

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The other half of Hayakawa’s spring lineup for Double Chaca is the Little Tail One-Piece. The fishtail design may not be as unique as that of the Hubby One-Piece, but it still makes for a breezy, feminine look that’s versatile enough to be paired with various styles worn underneath the sleeveless dress.

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Both dresses are available in the two colors seen here, with the Hubby One-Piece priced at 23,000 yen (US$204) and the Little Tail at 21,000 yen. Orders can be made online through retailer Lavi Shop beginning on the evening of March 13, and for those who can’t wait that long, both dresses will also be offered for sale at the pop-up Lavi Shop at Tokyo’s Laforet Harajuku between March 7 and 16.

Interested? Drop us a mail and we’ll order one for you.

Related: Lavi Shop pop-up store

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Relax to the smell of….. chocolate

Who doesn’t love the scent of chocolate, right? Well you can now indulge in that sweet smell to your heart’s content with this unique product from Japanese incense maker Koukando. The Osaka-based company that has been creating incense-related products for over 130 years will be offering their new “The Memories of Scent: Chocolate (jumble pack)” incense starting February 1, just in time for Valentine’s Day, when everything turns chocolate-themed in Japan.

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This is actually the third in their line of  “Express your thoughts with scents of precious memories” incense products, of which previous items included coffee and mikan (mandarin orange). According to Koukando the concept behind this product series is the sharing of fond everyday memories, as the incense in this line is designed as offerings for ancestors as opposed to personal recreational use. They took in customers’ opinions on over 50 different scents before deciding on chocolate as a smell that people associate with pleasant memories and something that you would give to loved ones. Specifically, the product’s scent is supposed to be that of sweet milk chocolate.

▼ The packaging definitely makes it look like a box of chocolates instead of incense.

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The incense will be available next month at a price of 850 yen (US$7.42) per box at mass retailers, Buddhism and incense-related shops, and online as well. We have to admit, the smell of chocolate does seem to be soothing (or is that just for this writer?) and if you want to immerse yourself in that sweet scent, this incense might be the healthiest way to do so.

My wife will use it for a special “valentine” yoga class…..now all I have to do is find some chocolate inspired yoga music….

Source, images: @Press press release
Reference: Koukando website

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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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Remember we are the number one proxy shopper in Japan, the reason why we are the best is because we personally guide and advise you from beginning to end, no question is left unanswered and we always go the extra mile for you.

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Serge Roso

Limited haori inspired coats are back!

No I’m not going to insult your intelligence by calling these “samurai coats”, it would only cheapen an otherwise high quality products in my opinion, no these coats are based on the kimono men wear called haori,  haori  are nowadays only worn during festivities like weddings and coming of age day (the day 21 year old youngsters celebrate their entrance into the “adult” world).

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The men’s kimono is one stylish piece of clothing though, worthy to be worn much more often than just once a year or less. Wearing a hoari on an ordinary day would give you a lot of puzzled looks, kind of like wearing a swimsuit during winter.

Fashion brand Trove introduced last year the Haori “wa-robe” with wa (和)meaning  Japanese style, and it proved to be a very successful concept. selling out in a short time.

This year, the lineup has been expanded to four different pieces, with the warmest being the 29,700-yen (US$288) Wool Haori, with a soft-to-the-touch wool/nylon/polyurethane shell and cupra rayon lining.

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While the haori is an old-school garment, the simple, understated design means that they can be paired just as easily with modern fashion as they can traditional Japanese clothing.

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Made of waffle-patterned cotton instead of wool, though with the same lining as the Wool Haori, this ivory-colored coat is also priced at 29,700 yen.

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Trove is now also offering wool hakama, the loose-fitting pants.hc-9

The 24,840-yen Wool Hakama feature the same wool/nylon/polyurethane material and colors as the Wool Haori.

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The entire lineup can be ordered here through Trove’s website, with special instructions for overseas customers found here or use the form below. Shipping is scheduled for early December.

Source: Japaaan

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Not just a hover board, it’s an Ultra Hoverboard!

Nothing has captured our imagination as much as the hover board, used by Marty Mc Fly in Back to the Future, and nobody has ever not accused me of over-exaggerating…wow how did I come up with that last sentence?

Still when we reached the same year as the fictional year in that movie, people started to compare the events and things in the movie to our real lives. A lot of things were spot on, some things were close and with some imagination they could represent those things in this world…we never, however, got close to a real hover board…sure Toyota announced a hover board, but that could only be used in a certain area, and let’s not forget that it was only a prototype, rendering the comparison useless.

We needed a superhero to bring us one, because we mere mortals weren’t up to the task…and who better to ask than our best imaginary friend, the super hero who’s products have steadily supplied jws with a steady income, the man of fashion, the man of ULTRA!

Well it doesn’t really hover like in the movie, but this is as close as it gets…well in this century at least…for those wanting to wait, be my guest, but let me tell you, it’s tough to ride when you’re over 95.

So what is it? Well basically it’s a  mini segway, much like the often exploding two wheel versions, but this one is one wheeled, making it perfect for those who prefer  a lateral movement like a skateboard. Created by Kintone, a Japanese maker of mini segways, this  one won’t explode, but will give you some stares by onlookers….especially at night, because the board is fitted with led’s around the board and beneath the board, making it look like you’re floating. Connect your smartphone through blue tooth to the speakers(!?) the board and play some woooosh sounds and you’ll have them call NASA faster than you can say JON BON JOVI, JON BON JOVI, BON JON BOVI.

This ride’s top speed is 16 km/h and it will climb  13 degrees slopes and the 4400mah lithium battery will last 16 km of riding, but you’re probably already snatched of the street by men in black suits and stuffed in a big black van, by the time you hit this board’s limit.

It’s 84cm in length and 23cm wide, the minimum weight of the rider should be at least 20kg in order for the sensors to work properly, the maximum weight is 100 kg, which leaves Dwayne Johnson, the best paid male actor, crying in his bed wishing he could shed his muscles.

The “hover” board comes in two versions, the ULTRA SEVEN version and the ULTRA MAN version, which don’t differ much besides having a slightly different logo.

The video below makes it all a bit clearer how it all works.

Here are some more pics of this awesome board;

The Ultraman version

The Ultra seven version

A MAN of ULTRA Riding wheel in action.

The price of this beauty is 105.840 yen (1,037 dollars)…but if you’re not into Ultraman, you can get one for half the price! Right, the original Kintone riding wheel on which this board is based retails for only 50.000 yen, with all the same specs as the Ultra board, but it’s smaller with a 58cm length, and you can’t use it as an objet in your Ultra layer.

 

Serge Roso JWS

Links:

Man of Ultra

Kintone

 

 

Strap a slab of delicious grilled meat on your back with this new backpack from Japan

This is just one of the items in a range of delicious accessories designed for meat lovers.

If you ever wanted to turn heads and make people’s mouths water as you walk by them on the street, there’s no easier way to do it than with a meaty backpack. This new product is the latest to join the weird and whacky rucksack range from quirky Japanese novelty goods store Village Vanguard, who previously thrilled us with their raw meat bag earlier this year.

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Now the backpack has progressed in the cooking process, developing a deliciously seared golden brown colour that makes it look just about ready for eating.

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▼ The thick slab of steak comes with a pair of soft brown straps so you can carry it around in maximum comfort.

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▼ And unlike your ordinary cut of meat, this one opens up to carry everything you need for the day, complete with inner pockets.

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Given its size, the meaty bag is a bargain at 2,160 yen (US$21.52). While it’s designed to be worn in summer, when the butter-topped serving would appear to sizzle in the sun, it’s still a top accessory for any time of the year!

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And for customers who prefer to keep their meat fandom within the confines of the home, the delicious steak is also available as a plump, tender cushion.
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If you’ve always dreamed of laying your head on a juicy piece of meat, this succulent looking cushion will give you enough meat sweats to last a lifetime.

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▼ Also available in a raw meat version, the cushions retail for 2,160 yen each.

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The meaty range is becoming increasingly popular with customers, so if your tastes tend towards the carnivorous variety,check out the  Village Vanguard online store and send us your request before they all sell out!

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Source, Images: Village Vanguard online store (1, 2)

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