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.
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.
▼ The thick slab of steak comes with a pair of soft brown straps so you can carry it around in maximum comfort.
▼ And unlike your ordinary cut of meat, this one opens up to carry everything you need for the day, complete with inner pockets.
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!
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.
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.
▼ Also available in a raw meat version, the cushions retail for 2,160 yen each.
The meaty range is becoming increasingly popular with customers, so if your tastes tend towards the carnivorous variety,check out the Village Vanguard onlinestore and send us your request before they all sell out!
“The true beauty and purpose of this traditional art form is brought back to life, as a new Ukiyo-e piece by skilled craftsmen (Illustrator • Wood Carver • Hand Printer) who have passed down the original techniques to subsequent generations for over 400 years.”
True Japan lovers and art lovers don’t have to be informed in the beauty and skill of Ukiyo-e, the 400 year old Japanese Traditional Woodblock Print art.
This time they partnered up with U.S.-based Epic Rights, the global brand management firm for KISS to create the best looking Ukiyo-e yet…KISS has some kind of Kabuki presence due to their make up and facial expressions (think long tongue), which makes them the perfect models.
They have created 3 unique pieces for the “international” market (which in this case means the USA and Japan) , with two pieces coming in “autographed”(by the band) and not “autographed”.
1-The artwork shows a battle scene of MOMOIRO CLOVER Z (MCZ) in vibrant, bright and colorful armor, versus KISS as the black flame, fireball monster.
2-KISS Kabuki Ukiyo-e. This portrait style is very popular in the Ukiyo-e art. The design of the Kimono comes from Aoko Roshi(47 Ronin), a touch of shine is infused with mica on the Kimono (grey area) in respect to KISS. The color inside Hauberk expresses each member of the band. The lighter color make-up symbolizes Kabuki’s Kumadori make-up.
$1,250.00 or $2,500.00 for the autographed piece
3-KISS Monstrous Ukiyo-e. The members of the band are transformed into monsters and samurai. Gene Simmons is the flying devil with the big head. Eric Singer is the ‘Nekomata (mythical two-tailed monster)’, which stands for cat monster just like his character in the band. Tommy Thayer is the ‘Nuribotoke’ a monster with the Buddha face. Paul Stanley is the warrior who fights these creatures and the front piece of the warrior’s helmet has a star shape from his persona name ‘Star Child’. Pentagram is his signature but hexagram on his armor above his knees are meant to protect from the evil.
$1,250.00 or $2,500.00 for the autographed piece
For the Japanese only(KISS fan club) market they have one more….
4-KISS Ukiyo ERI “Ukiyo Sui
The prices in Japanese yen are 108,000 yen and 237,600, which is 966,- and 2,127 dollars give or take at the present exchange rate, which means that they charge you $250 dollars for packaging, shipping and import duty(which is included in the price). If we order yours we will receive the print in the same packaging but we’ll give you the luxury to choose the courier. Folks from other nationalities have no choice than to use us in obtaining these pieces, but you too have the option to choose from several couriers.
Each print will be limited to 200 pieces!
Estimated delivery: Mid November or Early December of 2015 .
Size: 18.9 x 13.4inches (48 x 34cm)
The Ukiyo-e is Unframed yet, it is presented in a specially designed folio made specifically for the KISS Ukiyo-e series.
Material: Washi, Traditionally hand-made Japanese Paper “Echizen kizuki housho” “Echizen kizuki housho” is made by Shouhachi Yamaguchi in Fukui Prefecture. This Washi making in Fukui has a history of 1500 years. Washi was used for preserving documents in the age of the samurai. Made of all natural fibers from the mulberry tree, which allows the Washi to be very durable. Ukiyo-e would not have its form unless the Artisans had this Washi paper. And there’s only 2 Washi craftsmen left to make this Echizen kizuki housho.
All these prints are up for pre order, BUT, you can cancel your order any time during the pre-order period, Once the items are ready, the buyer will receive a notification email. Once notified, the buyer will have 24 hours to cancel before we process the payment. Once the credit card payment is processed, 5% will be charged for the cancelled order after the 24 hours.
This also counts if you order through us, your payment won’t be touched until you have received your order, this system goes for all our products and we can proudly say that we’ve never let a customer down.
Beautiful kimono and obi sashes are transformed into caps in this impressive new range of Japanese streetwear.
After a year in development, Japanese company W@nder Fabric has released a unique lineup of caps made with traditional fabrics sourced from vintage kimono and obi sashes. From beautifully patterned plain fabrics to more colourful, vibrant designs, there are more than 100 styles to choose from.
▼ Prices range from 8,190 yen (US$72.51) for the “Variation Kimono Cap” design, which features a patterned peak…
▼ to 9,345 yen for the colourful “Kimono Cap” style
▼ And 10,290 yen for shiny, top-of the-range “Kimono Obi Cap” designs.
▼ Even the plain-coloured caps feature gorgeous details which reveal traditional Japanese motifs and patterns.
The company prides itself on bringing new life to traditional vintage fabrics, saving materials from going to waste by re-using them in a way that appeals to the modern market. The caps are made from unique garments, meaning each pattern or design is only available in limited numbers.
To see the caps on the streets of New York in the company’s ad campaign, head over to the W@nder Fabric website and online store.
While they’re currently delivering within Japan only, the newly established company is seeking overseas buyers to distribute the caps internationally, especially for the US market, so it shouldn’t be too long before you can purchase one of these unique caps in your area, but if you can’t wait…drop us a mail.
Tabi socks, the “two toed” socks are designed to be worn with zori or geta or Japanese wooden toe sandals. Of course you can wear these sandals barefoot, but this has proven to be mighty cold in winter and frostbite infected toes just don’t suit the good old kimono.
Besides being designed for the zori and geta, these socks have the advantage of being extremely comfortable and proven to prevent athlete’s foot well at least to the big toe since this one is separated from your other toes. But most of all they are just plain lovely with their Japanese culture inspired designs….and come in all sizes.
Long tabi (23cm-28cm)
Online shop Kaya is the place to visit if you’re in need of some true Japanese fashion accessories, besides their collection of tabi socks, they have everything to enhance your outfit with a touch of the orient.
It’s quiet a long list so sit back and scroll…
Wooden Zori slippers
Maki band or stomach band, worn like in the pic or beneath your clothes..sure to keep your tummy warm in those cold winters!
Tonbou (dragonfly) beads to create your own jewelry.
Traditional toys and crafts
Hats and hoods to keep your head warm…or cool.
Wind chimes and Noren (traditional curtains often used as door in restaurants or as decoration)
You know what, this was just a preview of the things they have..so click here and check out what they have…and then click hereto ask for more detailed information.
Most products are produced in Japan and the prices are very reasonable IMHO..You do not need to go to Japan anymore, Japan just arrived at your doorstep eh virtual doorstep.
I’m going to sit in/on my magnificent massage chair, drink a hot sake(rice wine) and relax. I wish you all a pleasant day!
Let me first thank you all dear customers/friends who have been putting your trust in our service, without your help we’d all be working for other companies and we wouldn’t enjoy our jobs/lives as much as we do now.
We’ve been getting the most surprising and unusual requests and thereby expanding our horizon in what you want and we learn what makes our fellow human being tick. Communicating with folks from all around the world has been a challenging at times (we had to bring in a part-time Spanish speaker/translator and on a rare occasion a Russian translator), but besides these rare hiccups, chatting with you through Skype/WordPress/mail and Facebook has been a blast.
We also value your input a lot, and a common complain was that our website loaded like snail…our mistake was that we tried to put as much information and connecting links in it as possible, thereby creating a headache for those without high speed internet access.
So we went a bit simpler this time, and changed the look to a more material/metal look. The pages load a bit faster and it’s definitely easier to the eye. Our love for manga and anime are also more present this time around.
This dark metallic look continues in the separate product pages.
We still haven’t completed the whole site yet though(especially the Japanese section), but we’re working hard to have it finished before Christmas.
Thank you all so much for your patience and in the meantime we will continue to be the best/safest/cheapest (and most personal) personal shopper for you.
We’ve seen a number of special releases this year in honour of the girls from the popular Sailor Moon anime series. Now it’s time to pay some attention to Luna, one of the star felines from the cast, with this line of adorable cat-eared leather cases.
The four-piece collection is made from Japanese leather which has been embossed with planetary symbols from the Sailor Senshi. Complete with cat ears and featuring gold-coloured metallic parts in the shape of Luna’s crescent moon motif, it appears as if the black cat has shape-shifted into the collection to bring a bit of magic to our everyday!
▼ The Luna Leather Wallet retails for 21,600 yen (US$176), with a zipper coin compartment to protect coins and also space for 12 cards hidden inside the folds.
▼ The flip-style Luna Leather Meishi Case (11,880 yen) features six pockets to tuck away meishi (business cards).
▼ Keep your keys safe in the four-ring Luna Leather Key Case for 8,100 yen.
▼ And you can take the guardian cat on public transport with the Luna Leather Commuter Pass Case for 7,560 yen.
Pre-orders can currently be made on the Premium Bandai website, with deliveries scheduled for January 2016. Now that we’ve seen Luna’s leather goods, we hope there’ll be a lighter-shaded version dedicated to her male friend, Artemis, the white cat, or even a pink series for their little kitten Diana, in the not-too distant future!
Thanko, Japan’s self-proclaimed “rare things shop, has been serving us a steady supply of very useful, a little useful, hardly useful and useless gadgets, and we at JWS have come to love this company for all its quirkiness and originality.
Since most of these products are only available in Japan and therefore a service like JWS is required makes it all the more lovable to us tiny, very tiny bonus receiving worker bees here at JWS.
Well let us show what we’re going on about:
The Upside-down “Desk” To Use While You Snooze
Now all you need is an intravenous drip, catheter and bed pan…
On 7 February, the year was 2013, a new day of sloth dawned with the issue of Thanko’s new upside-down laptop desk, aptly named Aomuke Gorone Desk (“Napping Face Up Desk”) for 7,980 yen (US$86).
Improving on the desktop of previous model Gorone Desk, this one can be used in comfort upside-down, lying on your back.
Inside the desktop are two fans which help to cool down your poor flipped-out laptop, which otherwise would be overheating from the shock.
Don’t worry, your baby is kept cool and held firmly in place with a sturdy band and hooks. You can even fix other things into it that you might want to look at upside down, like magazines or… um, kittens, anyone? And there’s more! It can even be used right-side up.
Electrothermal heated gloves for winter outdoor activities
Electrothermal heated gloves to eliminate the chill of hands during outdoor activities on cold winter days.
They are powered by a 9V battery and get warm quickly in about 30 seconds. There is an On/Off button so that you can turn it off when not needed and save power. Admit it, this is pure genius!
Great for when you want to ride your motorbike in winter or for fishing or climbing the Himalayas but don’t forget to carry some extra batteries!
Price: 3,980 yen
Size: 290x140x40mm / glove
Weight: 80g / glove
Battery life: 1.5 hours
Camera stand with 3 quiet wheels to enable you to take smooth moving images
a camera stand with 3 quiet wheels. It enables you to take smooth moving images like a movie. You can perform several moves like moving straight, curve and rotation, and they can be done at high speed.
It’s compatible with compact cameras, single-lens reflex cameras, and video cameras. The screw hole for attaching a tripod stand is used to mount the stand.
Price: ¥6,980 –
Shoulder bag with pop-up tablet holder
When you are on a busy train or when you are holding an umbrella, this shoulder bag comes into play. It allows hands-free use of your tablet.
Only one drawback about it might be that you get some extra attention from people around you…but this could work to your advantage….normally the girl in wouldn’t even glance at the man in his hideous silver color coat…but watch her expression, next up they’ll be exchanging phone numbers and who knows…..their vows.
Painless comfortable earphones for lying down
When you wear earphones while you lie down and relax, don’t your earphones bother you? They tend to make your ears ache as time passes.
With Thanko‘s new earphones, you won’t feel any pain in your ears for a long time. They’re smaller than regular earphones so that the whole earbud fits perfectly in your ear without any of it sticking out, which is the main reason why we get those pesky earaches.
Thanko – Smartphone Microscope to magnify 100X high-quality images
Your smartphone will turn into a digital microscope with Thanko‘s new Smartphone Microscope.
It is very easy to use. What you have to do is just attach the Smartphone Microscope with the accompanying clip onto any smartphone or iPhone and then you can view a magnified image of an object through the smartphone’s screen. It can zoom from 60X up to 100X.
Price: 2,980 yen
USB-Powered Heated Office Gloves
While they’ll surely find fans anywhere on the planet (beyond certain latitudes and/or elevations, that is), heated office gloves are particularly welcome here in Japan. Even in large corporate buildings, central heating is at best a 50/50 likelihood, and virtually nonexistent in smaller companies. This is also the norm in most homes – it’s just how they roll over here. As such, convenient hand warmers that plug into one’s desk/laptop or a USB battery pack can go a long way toward comfortable winter office work – or wherever you’d want to use them, really.
Extra Desktop Arms to Hold Your Stuff
The clear, clean workspace is a keyboard pounder’s dream – one that usually seems completely hopeless. But if one could get one’s mobile gadgetry off the desktop and open up space for referencing handwritten notes or documents, or fiddling around with cameras and what not, or just making room for one’s sandwich as one works through yet another lunch, etc., etc., one would be pleased.
The utility of this thing is basically limited only to our imagination: quickly referencing calendars or other productivity apps, pulling up a YouTube video, checking Twitter, on and on. For those who’ve managed to dial in the tablet-as-second-monitor setup, this is pretty hard to beat. The arm rack can be mounted on any desk or hard surface (bed frames, kitchen/coffee tables, etc.), and the arms are fully articulable in basically all degrees of freedom.
All but the largest phablets will fit in the smartphone clamp, and the tablet rack can accommodate almost any-size device in landscape orientation. Additionally, and particularly thoughtful, two rigid, L-shaped attachments that more effectively place the device in one’s field of view are included.
While it’s not quite there yet, what would really take these arms into super-useful level would be integrated USB/Lightning/Mini- & Micro-USB cables for charging and syncing and stuff – maybe we’ll see that in version 2!
Wearable or Mountable Action Cam Gimbal
No one who’s spent a few hours on YouTube has been spared the visual seizure salad of super-shaky action cam shots – almost by definition, getting action shots is a shaky-can’t-be-helped scenario. Sure, clever editors can tone down the vibrations and herky-jerkiness in post, but why not cut down on that from the jump? …you know, so to speak (demo video below).
Enter Thanko’s electronically controlled, self-balancing 3-axis gimbal designed specifically for action camming (definitely fits the GoPro/FauxPro boxy form factor best). The device has multiple tripod mount points a number of different configurations, making in wholly compatible with almost any existing action cam accessories – including mono-pods, selfie sticks, etc. It also twists and turns into 4 different stabilization configurations, making it widely flexible in attaching to whatever to shoot whatever.
The gimbal’s built-in battery pack (rechargeable batteries included) provides a good 3-4 hours of stable shooting, but in locked mode it can also serve as a external battery pack for the action cam. A dedicated hard case and range of attachment accessories and cables and such are also included.
Last we list some products without description, because Thanko has so many products, it would take me at least 200 paragraphs and that would cut too much in my time, time I need to play around with some of the products from Thanko we acquired to test their quality. (reviews will follow).
To finish this piece I would like to introduce one more product;
Two Screws + Two Cameras = Two Shots (at the same time!)
We’re in an industry where carrying around multiple cameras or a single camera with unattached accessories or a camera and a smartphone is de rigueur – it must be done. So, we know all too well the endless annoyance of putting down one device and lifting up another – all the while hoping our subject remains compliant and/or stationary. Well, no more!
A Japanese camera gadget maker has an answer for our media-world problems, and it’s fantastically simple: Etsumi’s new accessory bracket attaches to your main camera’s tripod mount, extending to the left and forward, and the other end of the bracket provides either another tripod mount or a hotshoe connector. Boom! Attach whatever you like!
Whether it’s an action cam, a dot sight for shooting rapidly moving subjects, or – and this one really appeals to us – a photo-centric smartphone case with a tripod mount (because more and more we find ourselves longing to simultaneously shoot high-res with a main camera, then lower-res with a smartphone for immediate social media shares).
The brackets are selling for ¥4,600 (~$38) for the dual tripod mount version and ¥5,300 (~$43) for the hotshoe connector version. They weigh about 63g (tripod mount) and 93g (hotshoe mount), respectively, and are both 100 x 90mm square and about 5mm thick.
Pics by Akihabara news and Thanko
Thanko, Japan’s premiere producer of bizarre products, is back with the “Chin Rest Arm.” Be the talk of the office with this must-have, not-at-all-insane accessory!
Do you spend your days at the office looking like this poor sap? If so, you may be missing something in your life. But it’s not hope, dreams, an exciting career, or even a family that loves you! No, what you need is….
…the “Chin Rest Arm!”
That’s right, the Chin Rest Arm. This multipurpose, posable, movable, slightly sexy plastic hand will help keep your head up when times are tough. Literally!
You can also use it in place of a neck pillow when you’re trying to escape the slow march into death by catching a few winks at work.
▼ You too can have this contented, empty smile!
Thanks to its soft, cushioned exterior, the Chin Rest Arm is the perfect, comfy companion—it’s like a body pillow…for your face!
With the clever application of the arm’s grip, you could probably attach it to your belt and have a helping hand wherever you go!
▼ The Chin Rest Arm will never leave your high-fives hanging!
And for a mere 4,980 yen (about US$40), who could say no to this amazing device? We fully expect to fill our office with outstretched Chin Rest Arms just looking to be helpful by the end of December! Who knows what Mr. Sato will use his for…