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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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Japanwebshopping.com gets a Spring make-over.

It’s May, the flowers bloom, the birds lay eggs, the smell of fresh green grass tickles your prefrontal cortex….memories from  happy times are triggered and a feeling of nostalgia flows through your body. Life is good.  But May isn’t just a month of memories, it’s also a month of renewal, new wallpapers are chosen, Ikea is busier than ever and websites get a sunny make-over. Japanwebshopping has been sporting a very dark look, yeah we are freaks and we’re proud of it! Problem is that it was maybe a bit too otaku and scared away the casual shopper. We went to work and created a lighter and easier accessible site, while still holding on to our beloved black and gray (that we are great Yohji Yamamoto fans is something that goes without saying).

Let us know what you think about it, your opinion greatly matters to us.

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Kendama for beginners and pro’s

If you’ve been waiting, now is the perfect time to take up the traditional children’s game!

As the game grows in popularity overseas, kendama is also getting a bit of extra attention in Japan, it looks like the game might be developing some real mainstream appeal. And with Sanrio now releasing some ultra-cute kendama sets, we’re pretty sure it’s popularity will only grow more!

Check out these vids from the duo Zoomadanke with zoomastyle!

▼ Because who wouldn’t want to play with this in public?

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Kendama has been around for generations, so there’s no questioning its staying power, but we also think it’s fair to say the game isn’t quite as popular as, say, Candy Crush these days. But a Hello Kitty version of kendama seems like the perfect way to get some new people to play the game. And the toys, produced by Sanrio and available on their online store for 2,268 yen (about US$20), even bear the Japan Kendama Association’s specially recommended product mark, so if you’re looking to get started, this is, officially, one of the best you can buy!

There are six to choose from, all featuring some of Sanrio’s most popular characters. Of course, the first, and our favorite, is Hello Kitty!

▼ Though we’d feel kind of bad swinging her around like that…

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There are also two versions of everyone’s favorite lazy egg, Gudetama! First is the normal version, which has the character sitting in half an egg shell, looking as if it just settled into a nice hot bath.

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And then we have a golden version of Gudetama.

▼ Though he looks no less lazy…

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And for a old-school, child-friendly version, we also have one of the cutest frogs in Japan, Kero Kero Keroppi!

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There’s also a Pom Pom Purin kendama toy in case your favorite animal is the adorably illustrated dog.

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And, finally, there’s a My Melody version. Interestingly enough, it’s not listed on Sanrio’s website — but you can find it on Amazon Japan.

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If you want to take a notch higher than it’s a good idea to check out the following kendama tokohoku

This site is set up by Beams and Yahoo Japan Corporation Reconstruction Assistance, primarily for kendama enthusiasts, and for the build up of Tohoku where the awful earthquake and tsunami struck. Part of the sales will be donated to organizations engaged in reconstruction in Tohoku. So you get the best of the best, because each product is created in collaboration with professional kendama players, and you get to do a good deed!

 

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BMX and kendama!

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STREAMER COFFEE

Hiroshi Sawada was the first Asian to winthe Latte Art World Championship in Seattle in 2008. The first Streamer Coffee Company” in Shibuya, Tokyo opened in 2010, and quickly expanded to four more shops. Somebody who had the talent to balance four succesful shops and still making perfect lattes in his mainshop surely has a knack for kendama..and yes he’s a passionate kendama player, even releasing his own kendama line.

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For more information don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Build a house from stationery with awesome new Minecraft erasers from Bandai Japan

Distract yourself from studying with new Minecraft eraser sets featuring blocks and characters from the mega-hit video game.

As one of the world’s most popular video games, Minecraft has built a legion of fans with its open-world format, which gives players the freedom to challenge themselves and express their creativity through the breaking and building of cube-shaped blocks. Whether you want to recreate the city of Kyoto or bring the floating castle from a Studio Ghibli film to life, the cube-based gameplay is able to make all types of building dreams a reality.

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Now, Japanese toy and hobby manufacturer Bandai is bringing the computer generated 3-D building block world to life with a new series of adorable eraser sets. Featuring characters and items from the game, all in their distinctive cube-shaped Minecraft form, these gorgeous pieces will help you design the building of your dreams, while erasing any mistakes you might make in the process.

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Picking up on the pronunciation of the first two letters in the word “Minecraft”, the new stationery items are called “My Keshi”, or “My Eraser”, and come in three main sets with a variety of contents.

First up is the “My Keshi Starter Set” (1,300 yen/US$11.53), which is available in two styles, starring default players Steve and Alex from the video game. The “Iron Steve and survival pack”, contains a bed, a chest, grass, coal and the all-important crafting table, while the “Iron Alex and cave exploration pack”  features diamonds, gold, iron, TNT, and a furnace.

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The “Character Box” shifts the focus to the game characters and their items, with five to choose from, retailing for 500 yen each. There’s Steve with a pickaxe, Alex with a redstone torch, a villager carrying an emerald, a zombie with some rotten flesh and a Creeper with gunpowder.

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▼ The “Block Set” comes in two varieties for 1,600 yen each: wood and glass blocks; and rocks and a door.

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▼ With their miniature size, these erasers fit easily into pencil cases so you can carry them around with you when you go to work or school.

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If you’d like to collect them all, there’s plenty of time to save your yen for a big splurge, as the items in the range go on sale at toy stores around the country from the end of May.

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Almost finished with 2015, time to rest your laurels on these cushions.

Just as we announced the arrival of these Hakuouki Shinkai Kaze no Shou trolleys, Premium Bandai has released these Hakuouki Shinkai Kaze no Shou cushions, but just like the trolleys they’ve been selling like crazy leaving you with just these two:

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These are large cushions with (vertical 55cm × horizontal 55cm × height 38cm ) made out of highly elastic fabric filled with urethane.

They are not cheap at 20,000 yen ($180,-) but they are order made and very limited!

Just to show what you’ve been missing out on..

If you want one then YOU BETTER MOVE YOUR BUTT, cause otherwise the only thing your butt will be resting on is your plain old sofa.

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Travel in style with these 2 way carry cases.

So you’re on your way to the latest cosplay convention, carrying all your stuff in your old suitcase looking like just another tired traveler on their way to yet another boring seminar….but the smile on your face betrays your feeling of coming freedom and pleasure. You’d fool the customs at the airport into thinking that there’s something more sinister behind that smile and you just set yourself up for a thorough check, and when they pull out that fake katana….

No more, now you can travel in style, carrying a small 31L suitcase which you  according to the site can change to reflect your feelings or suit your TPO (time, place, occasion) What they mean is that you buy one suitcase which includes two different sheets from each of the 12 characters of the  Hakuouki Shinkai Kaze no Shou game. One sheet displays a character while the other sheet is little less flamboyant but no less beautiful.

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They cost 32,000 yen(320 points) and are made out of PC and ABS resin. The size is 550 × 360 × 230mm and weighs 3.5 kg. They are now ready for pre-order, but you don’t have to wait too long since they are ready to be delivered late December.

 

 

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On a sour note….most of them are sold out except the following three:

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So you better hurry if you  want one.

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Kojima Productions now hiring…yes you can work with the legend, mister Hideo Kojima.

 

Newly formed Kojima Productions is looking to hire a few good video game developers, plus find customers for its online store.

After months of speculation about what turn Hideo Kojima’s career would take after parting ways with long-time employer Konami, the Metal Gear creator released a video yesterday announcing that he has formed his own game development studio, Kojima Productions. The company’s independent status doesn’t mean that Kojima will be doing all the work by himself, though. Bringing life to the director’s ambitious visions, such as his upcoming PlayStation 4 exclusive, will require a large and talented team, which is why the Kojima Productions website has posted job listings for several positions it’s looking to fill.

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In total, 23 titles are listed on the Careers section of Kojima Productions’ website, for positions as specific as Lighting Artist and as broad as Game Designer. Less technical roles include Music Composer and Concept Artist, with the descriptions for both specifying that the content created is to be used in “high-end games,” which should reassure anyone who’s worried about Kojima succumbing to the siren song of focusing on freemium mobile games.

Given Kojima’s near-universal respect as a creative force in the video game industry, applicants will no doubt face heavy competition for the jobs, with only the best and the brightest joining the ranks of Kojima’s organization.

If, on the other hand, you’d prefer to support the cause in a less nine-to-five manner, you can also purchase official Kojima Productions merchandise from the company’s online store.

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The product list is yet to be formally revealed (that won’t happen until December 21), but promotional images suggest you’ll be able to get T-shirts, tumblers, and stickers emblazoned with the company’s fiercely unique logo of a human skull inside of a high-tech knight’s helmet. There’s even an English page that touts international shipping.

If you think your skills are up to scratch, applications for jobs at Kojima Productions can be made here.

▼ It’s unclear whether the interview process will include CQC, but we recommend brushing up anyway, just in case.

We from JWS wish you all the luck in the world! And we WILL ship to the countries not named in the list

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Related: Kojima Productions official website, online store