Category Archives: gaming 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.


Hirano JWS



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.


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.


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.


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.


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


▼ 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.


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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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

JWS japanwebshopping website renewal.

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.


For Sega fans only; Sega consoles inspired sneakers!

Nowadays it’s XBOX vs Playstation, a little while ago it was Saturn vs PS1, and while lots of you readers were still wearing diapers , there was the rivalry between the Famicon and the Sega Mega Drive ……let me not get started on the Atari vs Colecovision vs Intellivision debate , because then I start to sound like a digital paleontologist.

Rivalry has always been big in the game console world and it created loyal fans on both sides, but  like with any rivalry there had to be some losers and somehow Sega always ended up on the losing site….it wasn’t for the lack of great games , but more for the fact that Sega hardware never really could translate these games for your TV.

When the Sega Saturn was released, we all dreamed of playing Daytona or Virtua fighter, but the reality hit hard when the final product revealed some really bad graphics.

Yeah from far they look like the arcade figures….but who wants to sit 500 meters from his TV?

When  Sony released an almost perfect version of Tekken and Ridge Racer…the battle was lost already before the fight had even started.

Still as a serious gamer I had both consoles and I still bought the Dreamcast, even though I owned a PS2 and Xbox I really wanted Seaman..maybe the weirdest game ever.

Seaman…weird, weird but oh so amazing

Don’t feel sorry for Sega though, even if they lost the console race, they are doing mighty fine with their software for various consoles and the 3ds, arcade games and other ventures.

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Now Anipane, producer of decorative fabric panels has produced Sega inspired shoes under the ANIPPON brand.

They have three models: The Sega Saturn ANIPPON, the Dreamcast ANIPPON and the Megadrive ANIPPON. Size XS (23 ~ 23.5cm), S (25 ~ 25.5cm), M (27 ~ 27.5),  L (28 ~ 28.5cm), each price is 7,500 yen (excluding tax). The release date is scheduled for November 2015


They even come in their own uniquely designed box!




So what do you think Sega fans, can you wait till November while you get your Dreamcast out of the closet for another round of Grandia 2?

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