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Scary cute deep sea creature goods put a smile on your face.

YOU+MORE! a branch of mail order company Felissimo was created  produce and sell useful products with a humorous touch, hence the name YOU+MORE! (humor..witty uh?).

They derived their inspiration from animals. cute animals, as is common in Japan…however their new line of pouches are hard to be called cute, that is if you’re a common human being and not a sea biologist… Their new line is called YOU+MORE!scary!

Instead of cuddly dogs or heart warming pandas, they chose deep sea creatures as their inspiration. And when I think of deep sea creatures this comes to mind:

Cuddly and heart warming it isn’t…but let’s see what they came up with and we’ll include a picture of the original eh monster.


the frill shark

 

What da ya know…you can clean your smartphone screen with its mouth!

 


The men dako (octopus)

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You can actually fit quite a lot in this octopus due to its flexible body.

 


The yeti crab

 

It will connect to your back pack with its claws.

 


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You can actually operate your smartphone when it’s in the pouch!

 


They sell for 2,156 yen, and they are light, so shipping won’t hurt your wallet either.

If you’re not in the market for a pouch, but dig the deep sea theme, then what do you think of these deep sea cups?

This is how they look….but when you poor a hot beverage in it…..

 

 

 

The cups can be ordered to be delivered monthly and each month you’ll receive a different cup until you’ve collected all six…you can’t however decide in what order they will appear.

Not into deep sea animals, but dogs instead?

 

The mopdog!

Ha ha this is why we love  Japanese consumer products!

 

 

Serge Roso JWS

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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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Men’s fashion with a Meiji era twist.

When you say “Meiji”, most folks immediately think of Japan’s number one confectionery maker Meiji from Japan’s best selling Meiji Chocolate.

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When you ask a Japanese person though (well one younger than 20..) they’ll tell you that Meiji is an era in Japanese history which ran from 1868 till  1912, which was the time that emperor Meiji (real name:Mutsuhito), took over from the Shogun(Tokugawa) and announced the beginning of a new era. The name Meiji means “Enlightened Rule”…now that’s a election slogan!

But being much more than just a political slogan,  Meiji  really brought some immediate changes to the Japanese, first of all  the  city of Kyoto lost its title of capital city , which went to Tokyo, hissy fit throwing Geisha were common sight on the Kyoto streets.

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Modernization finally reached Japan when they started to put keen interest into foreign industry, medicine, trade, army, science  and engineering leading to Japan becoming Asia’s first industrialized  country. Cool beans yeah, but what made the common “always thinking about food” Japanese most happy was the arrival of curry introduced by the British (thank god they didn’t introduce Black pudding). The Japanese loved it so much that they named it one of their national dishes… We at JWS love curry, we love it so much that we dedicated a page on our website to it check.

Fashion house IKIJI has used the Meiji era as their inspiration for their Fall line, an interesting concept as the Meiji era is often seen as the time that traditional Japan transitioned  to modern Japan with its western look. This becomes very obvious when you see their line-up and the way they portrait their models. The round glasses and hair do’s are reminiscent to the Meiji era.

 

 

 

We are also very impressed by their summer line-up:

Their quality and eye to detail is astonishing , really don’t take our word for it, check out this T-shirt with a longer front or as they call it an Apron-shirt with a modern written version of the Kanji “Nanten”or Southern Sky.

You can find their clothes here and pictures of their collections here

Fashion is all about combining, IKIJI’s clothes combine with almost everything due to their simplicity and introvert uniqueness…My favorite Autumn look has been decided, I wear the shirt above, with a black jacket, Lee HI-STANDARD SKINNY and my newly recent acquired Rick Owens/ Adidas spring blade high.

40,000 yen at Mercari online shopping

Or when I want to go casual, with these Adidas ignites…you can see a pattern here right….well these Springblades are soooo comfy that’s why.

$85,- on ebay

I love Autumn because you’re not restricted by the weather what you want to wear, let us know about your favorite Autumn outfit!

Serge Roso  jws

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How to make green tea even more Japanese.

Well the simple answer to that is the following: You fill a small bag with high quality green tea leaves from Japan’s “tea prefecture” Shizuoka, connect a string to it and instead of the usual squarish label at the end, you connect a paper laser cutout of a traditional Japanese figure.

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Due to some nifty cutting, you’re figure won’t drown in the tea.

There is a description of each figure in Japanese and English on the package.

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The designer of these teabags recommends you to use the cutouts as decoration, for example next to a light switch or behind a lamp shade….like I said, nifty.

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They are unfortunately completely sold out at the moment, but new stock is on its way!

The package contains 6 teabags with high quality green tea and costs  1080 yen.

Yamakotobuki Sugimoto shop actors uniform TEA BAG

Serge Roso

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We will line up for you to get you a limited can of popcorn!

Calling all Chubu region popcorn fan! Garrett’s Popcorn Shops has released a geographically exclusive popcorn tin: Nagoya Gold.

Garrett’s Popcorn Shops, hailing from Chicago, U.S.A., is popular for more than just their salty, cheesy, caramel-y, burst corn kernels; they’re known, especially in Japan, for the purposefully and beautifully designed metal tins that hold said deliciousness.

On March 30, the Garrett’s Popcorn Shops location in the Japanese city of Nagoya turned one year old, so they’ve decided to celebrate with their very own Nagoya-only tin popcorn can.

▼ Meet “Nagoya Gold.”

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Along the top of the goldleaf-colored tin there are subtle decorations representing “Japan’s four seasons.” And along the bottom runs the cityscape of Nagoya.

Could the name have been inspired by the Kin no Tokei (Golden clocks), a landmark and popular meeting spot at the busy Nagoya Station? Maybe. Could it be an homage to the kinshachi (golden tiger-headed carp) that decorate the roof of Nagoya Castle? Perhaps. Could it have gotten its name because Chicago Mix popcorn (cheese and caramel) resembles a pot of gold? Also very plausible. We think the name is derived from the word “nari kin” or nouveau  rich of which there are plenty in Nagoya.

Regardless of the reason, Nagoya Gold is only available at the Nagoya location, so it is sure to become a collector’s item for many a popcorn enthusiast. While we line up for up you,  to get your golden bucket of popcorn, consider what flavors you want to fill it with. The options are: Chicago Mix, Caramel Crisp, Cheese Corn, Mild Salt, Plain, Almond Caramel Mix or the limited time, Japan-only Matcha Caramel Crisp (available until April 15). You can buy a one-quart tin for 1,130 yen (US$10) or a one-gallon tin for 2,800 yen ($25).

We are based in Nagoya, so the only thing you’ll be paying for is the can and the shipping costs to your location..

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Bring spring into your home with pink flower-themed Le Creuset pots and tableware!

Forget seasonal sweets and drinks. In Japan, even pots and tableware get a sakura makeover in the spring, and the results are gorgeous!

Le Creuset Japon, the Japanese branch of the well-known French cookware company, has recently released their spring “Flower Collection” line of cookware and tableware, and the beautiful flower-themed pieces are sure to brighten any kitchen and dining room.

The Flower Collection line includes some of their most popular items with a flower-themed twist in a pop yet elegant style and should be perfect for spring get-togethers and seasonal festivities like Hinamatsuri  (Girls’ Day, traditionally held on March 3). They even have a special commemorative cookware item for Le Creuset Japon’s 25th anniversary! Let’s take a look at some of the pieces in the collection.

 Tea Cup & Fleur Saucer (2,700 yen [US$24.13]):
This dainty tea-cup comes with a flower-shaped saucer and is ideal for serving Japanese-style teas like sakura or plum tea, or even jelly or pudding type desserts.

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Fleur Petal Dish Set (6,480 yen [$57.90]):
These small dishes are made in the shape of sakura flower petals. The inside surface of each dish is colored in a different shade of pink and the pieces can be arranged together to form a large flower shape.

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Stackable Ramekin Fleur Set (8,640 yen [$77.21]):
This two-tiered stackable ramekin stoneware set comes in an adorable flower shape and can be used to showcase your culinary creativity in a party setting or simply as tableware for daily meals.

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Windsor Pot with Flower-shaped Knob (25,920 yen [$231.31]):
This enameled cast iron pot is relatively small and easy to handle, and since it has depth, is ideal for cooking soup or even rice. It comes with two lovely flower-shaped knobs, one in stainless steel, and the other in heat-resistant phenolic material.

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Cocotte Fleur with Flower-shaped Knob (35,640 yen [$317.84]):
This flower-shaped casserole, also made of enameled cast iron, was a huge hit in Japan last year and it too comes with the same two types of flower-shaped knobs as the Windsor Pot above.

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▼ And here’s the big item in the collection, the Le Creuset Japon 25th Anniversary Coccote Ronde Sakura (51,840 yen [$462.10]). To commemorate Le Creuset Japon’s 25 years in Japan, they’ve come up with a special version of their popular 20 centimeter (just under 8 inches) round casserole decorated with beautiful cherry blossom illustrations. This Japan exclusive item will be available in two colors from March 16.

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Don’t all of these items make you want to start cooking or (if like this writer, cooking isn’t exactly your forte) plan a spring party?  The complete Flower Collection can be seen on Le Creuset Japon’s site if you want to check out all of the lovely products in their line-up. Sure, the items don’t come cheap, but just looking at all those pink and flowery images  should put you in a mood to anticipate spring, and of course, lots of drinking during the cherry-blossom viewing season!

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.

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This dark metallic look continues in the separate product pages.

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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.

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JWS