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Three unique Japanese products you just need!

Chinese Dress School Swimming Costumes

Fetish designer and owner of Moira Design combines the traditional Japanese school swimsuit with a traditional Chinese dress.                                                                                 The “China Sukumizu“,  comes in a choice of two colours: red or blue, and both designs feature cut-out sections, a high-neck collar, and a highly decorative button closure. While the red style has slimming strips of black nylon on either side, the blue version adds a little spice with a set of pale blue lace inserts.

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pre-order for  14,999 yen (US$133.40), with delivery scheduled for early July.

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Wooden samurai bokuto sword umbrella

This  umbrella  takes its cues from a bokuto, or wooden sword.                                     There’s some cool kanji character etching on the handle. Well, at least it looks cool. The actual meaning is pretty pedestrian, since the kanji just reads “Toyako,” or “Lake Toya,” a common tourist destination in Hokkaido.

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If this is all starting to sound familiar, odds are you’re a fan of anime and manga franchise Gintama, in which leading man/badass swordsman Gintoki wields a bokuto with the same kanji characters carved into it. The similarities are clearly intentional, as Thanko’s official name for the product is Bokuto Umbrella Toyako, and one of its promotional images is a thinly veiled bit of Gintama cosplay.

1,980 yen (US$18).

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Censor your underwear with new Mini Petticoat

First there was the black Frilled Mini Petticoat, designed to be worn under short miniskirts, and brought out the same thigh-high A-line silhouette seen on anime heroines while also blending into the dark shadows beneath the garment, making the area underneath the skirt look neat and well-concealed.

Now, cosplayers and short-skirt wearers who prefer a more eye-catching look will be pleased to know that a new colour has been added to the range. The new white Ruffled Mini Petticoat features the same design as its black predecessor, with elasticised trims around the thighs which, according to the makers, makes it impossible for anyone to see your underwear.

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The new white Ruffled Mini Petticoat went on sale for 7,020 yen (US$63) at Village Vanguard stores in Japan earlier  this month, but it’s been so popular that it’s already sold out online. They’re currently waiting for more stock to arrive, but given the immense popularity of these unique petticoats, they’re likely to sell fast once they’re on sale again, so if you’re interested be sure to register your email address to receive a notification as soon as they become available.

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One Piece official lingerie and bikinis

Japanese intimate apparel company that brought us Sailor Moon panties turns its eyes to another icon of the anime world.

Though it’s serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump, a manga anthology aimed primarily at pre-college-age males, pirate saga One Piece has been running for 20 years now, making it old enough to indulge in some sexy side–projects. The anime/manga franchise also has plenty of female fans, which brings us to its latest collaborative venture.

Intimate apparel company Peach John has just announced its first-ever tie up with One Piece, with the first batch of related merchandise set to go on sale later this month. Four of the series most popular female characters will be represented in a collection of bathing suits and lingerie, starting with the Nami swimwear set, which consists of a bikini top, bottom, and pair of shorts for 8,980 yen (US$81).

Slightly pricier is the 9,980-yen Robin swimwear set, which comes with a top that provides a little more coverage than Nami’s, and also replaces the short shorts with a more modest wrap.

For those not planning to spend time poolside or seaside, there’s the 7,980 yen Hancock bra set, in which it’s unclear if the included skirt is meant to be worn with a pair of panties or in lieu of them.

And finally, curvaceous mermaid princess Shirahoshi also has a bra and skirt set, priced at 7,980 yen.

Peach John has even more One Piece merch up its sleeve, with a line of roomwear saluting protagonist Luffy as well as Law, Chopper, bon Clay, Sabo, and Koala. Though the exact items won’t be revealed until April 10, the company has promised there will be items men can enjoy too.

Peach John’s One Piece bras and swimsuits go on sale April 12, and can be purchased through its online shop or its branches in Tokyo’s Shibuya and Ikebukuro, as well as the Peach John location in Osaka’s Namba. Considering how quickly its previously Sailor Moon lingerie lines have sold out, interested shoppers will want to act quickly by sending us a mail so we can get it for you.

 

Written by rocketnews24 and a very lightly edited by a busy/lazy employee who we want to fire, but is married to the boss….

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10th International Manga Award Winners Announced

Contest for foreign artists held annually in Japan.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan announced the winners of its 10th Annual Japan International Manga Awards on Tuesday. The awards recognize foreign manga creators, and anyone outside of Japan can submit their work for consideration. There were a total of 14 winners: one Gold, three Silver, and 10 Bronze.

▼ Joël Parnotte and Xavier Dorison of France won the Gold Award for their work “The Master of Arms”

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The three Silver Award winners are as follows:

▼ Han Zuzheng of China for his work “scavengers”

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▼ Laura Iorio, Roberto Ricci, and Marco Cosimo D’amico of Italy for their work “The Heart of Darkness”

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▼ Can Tieu Hy of Vietnam for her work “Gateway to Underworld”

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The Bronze Award winners are as follows:

  • Mangkorn Soraphon and Wipaporn “Usagi” Rutchote of Thailand with “King of Vampires”
  • Wiroj “Beast” Ruengsiri of Thailand with “Evil Discus”
  • Akiko Shimojima of Japan and Seàn Michael Wilson of the United Kingdom with “Secrets of the Ninja”
  • Zhao Ze and Guo Qiang of China with “TsangyangGyatso”
  • Ann Maulina of Indonesia with “Raruurien”
  • Toledando and Robledo of Spain with “Tebori”
  • Zuo Hsuan of Taiwan with “Summer Temple Festival I”
  • Young-Oh Kim of Korea with “Tussles Against Spectres”
  • Patrycja Kicyla of Poland with “Dream About Japan”
  • Dimaz Sadewa of Indonesia with “Woelan”

The contest received 296 entries from 55 countries. The regions with the most entries were Taiwan with 41, Thailand with 33, and China with 27.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan established the International Manga Awards in May 2007 and it has been held annually since then. The jury included manga artists Machiko SatonakaYoshimi Kurata, and Kimie Shiga and publishers Tsutomu Fujita and Kouichi Yuri.

This year entries were accepted from April 1 through June 30. Gold and Silver Award winners will be invited to attend an awards ceremony in Japan, where they will also be able to meet Japanese manga artists and visit publishing companies. The ceremony will take place on February 6, 2017.

We at JWS congratulate you all!

 

source: anime news network

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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Delve into Japanese lesbian manga with new book “The Introduction to the World of Yuri”

New book introduces 140 titles from the yuri genre that explore the topic of lesbian love.

While a lot has been written about the “Boys’ Love” subgenre of male homosexual romance that’s often depicted in manga and anime, and even explored in a South Park episode, the corresponding subgenre of “Girls’ Love” is often left unexplored by comparison. Known as “Yuri”, which literally translates to “Lily”, this category of manga revolves around romantic and erotic female-female relationships, and is usually written for female readers. It’s unusual name can be traced back to the male chief editor of Barazoku (“The Clan of the Rose”), Japan’s first magazine geared towards gay men, who is believed to have first used the word “Yuri” to describe lesbian love in 1976, saying that if “Bara” or “Rose” was being used to describe his male gay clan of readers, the word “Lily” would be a fitting term for a corresponding female gay clan.

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While the yuri subgenre has a dedicated fanbase both in Japan and abroad, one Japanese publisher aims to demystify the genre for both avid readers and newcomers to the scene with a new book called Yuri no Sekai Nyuumon or The Introduction to the World of Yuri.

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The book introduces more than 140 works that belong to the yuri genre, along with manga recommendations from notable authors, and a feature that reveals the best book covers from yuri manga, as chosen by popular voice actress Izumi Kitta.

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There’s even an “event report” on a recent exhibition dedicated to works related to the topic of Girls’ Love in modern art and photography.

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Whether you’re an avid reader of yuri manga or looking to find out more about the subject, this 128-page book covers all the basics with a large collection of beautiful images.

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Published by Genkosha, The Introduction to the World of Yuri was recently released on 18 October, and retails for 1,500 yen each at bookstores around the country.

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Cuter than cute, Hatsune Miku underwear!

Japan’s fashion retailer Super Groupies, famous for its anime and manga inspired fashion articles, has found inspiration in virtual  pop vocalist Hatsune Miku.

They will release two pieces; a lingerie set consisting of  a bra and knickers in the trademark  aquamarine (blueish green, or greenish blue…) adorned with a bright pink ribbon.

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The second piece is a camisole, which is something Miku would wear on a lazy day at home while eating a cake….

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The lingerie set retails for 8.800 yen and the camisole goes for 8,500 yen.

Pre-order started yesterday and will continue untill November 6 (October 17, 2016 – November 6, 2016 ) with delivery scheduled for mid March.

You don’t have to love Hatsune Miku to appreciate these sets, they are lovely and reasonably priced….if you’re a Miku fan though, than this a no-brainer!

source:Super Groupies

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Evangelion kimono combine modern and traditional Japanese beauty

Survey being held to determine which of six different furisode designs will go into production.

Next month will mark four years since the theatrical release of Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, the third of the four theatrical features that compose the Rebuild of Evangelion, a mysterious remake and/or sequel to the giant robot anime TV series and associated movies from the late 1990s. Creator and director Hideaki Anno recently apologized to fans for the delay in bringing Rebuild’s finale to theaters, but offered no timetable as to when it’ll be finished, and so the waiting continues.

With no new animation being released, Evangelion has taken a break from obfuscating to flex its muscles in its other areas of expertise: marketing and merchandising. During the wait for the fourth Rebuild film, we’ve seen Evangelion cheeseburgers, lingerie, and bullet trains. Seriously, what’s next? Evangelion kimono?

Precisely.

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Tokyo Otaku Mode’s latest fashionable endeavor is the Evangelion Full Graphic Kimono. The striking fabric patterns were prepared by Niigata Prefecture-based digital print company Digina, and features Evangelon’s core cast on technologically inspired fields in the hues of their respective image colors.

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This particular style of kimono, with long-flowing sleeves, is called furisode, and is predominantly worn by young women. In contrast to futuristic Digina, the garments’ sewing will be handled by Assistar, a Hiroshima kimono tailor founded more than 70 years ago.

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Such craftsmanship doesn’t come cheap, and the Evangelion kimono, with a limited run of 100 units, are expected to retail in the neighborhood of 200,000 yen (US$1,940), a similar price point to non-anime-themed high-end kimono.

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Tokyo Otaku Mode has yet to officially decide which designs will go into production, and is taking a survey on its website to help it make the selection. The survey can be found here, so even if you’re not in a position to buy one of these wearable pieces of anime art, you can still help choose which ones come into existence.

Source, images: Tokyo Otaku Mode

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