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First fake food hairwear, now footwear!

Passers-by will be salivating over your delicious-looking footwear.

One of the most enticing things about eating out in Japan is the chance to gaze upon stunning food replicas in restaurant display windows, which show exactly what they have on offer, in beautifully recreated plastic form. The food samples are so popular that small versions can be purchased at specialty shops as souvenirs, but for those who want to add some delicacies to their wardrobe, Japanese retailer Fake Food Hatanaka is the place to go.

▼ Fancy a décolletage dripping with delectable citrus? This store has you covered.

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Fake Food Hatanaka first wowed us back in 2013 with their head-turning range of jewellery and headbands, which caused a sensation online again this year with some more snazzy updates. While a browse through their collection turns up some curious products, some of their showstoppers can be found in the company’s footwear department, with two pairs of boots that look so refreshingly delicious we don’t know whether we want to wear them or bite into them!

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The “Orange Cake Short Boots” retail for 10,800 yen (US$104), which is not a bad price, considering that most of the restaurant-style food replicas retail for 10,000 yen each.

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The juicy-looking sliced oranges have been carefully arranged around each boot to enhance the realism and give them an aesthetically pleasing finish.

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▼ The long Orange Cake Boots retail for 28,000 yen.

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This design features an extra serving of delicious orange slices, with the base colour resembling a warm, cooked cake surface.

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▼ It’s the perfect way to brighten up a dreary, rainy day!

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Although with fruit as realistic as this, you might want to keep some oranges nearby to stop yourself from licking your boots!

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If you want to add some zest to your shoe collection, head over to the Fake Food Hatanaka store, where the boots can be ordered online for shipping around the world. While you’re there, you might want to check out all their other amazing products, like drinks, sweets, and sandwiches too!

Source: Fake Food Hatanaka

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The Japanese curry bible.

One of Japans most underrated food must be Japanese curry, everybody knows their sushi. sashimi and eh… cup noodles…but how many folks would associate curry with Japan? However, many who’ve had the fortunate opportunity to travel to this culinary paradise can vouch for the delicious taste of this underdog dish.

British food has always been the laughing stock of the international cuisines, an opinion which I personally don’t share, since I’ve eaten crickets, snake and a snapping turtle, and yes it tastes like it sounds. There is something comforting in a nice warm meat pie served with a “Late Knights Worm Catcher” (it’s a beer not some blue blooded bird). The Brits however never introduced those lovely pies in Japan, no they brought curry instead. The main reason why they brought curry was to prevent  beriberi (it sounds cuter than it is)on the long trips from England , the Japanese navy followed suit soon after.

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Inago or grasshoppers on a stick…nah

Whereas “western” curry consists of curry powder mixed with a stew, Japanese curry is made by frying curry powder, flour, oil and a whole lot of other ingredients (apple!?)to make roux. For those not familiar with the term, it’s a hard inedible piece of concentrated curry…it resembles a big bar of chocolate.

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Curry is any Japanese housewife’s favorite dish, it takes 10 minuted to make, it contains all the food necessities and you can keep it for a week….
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pork. carrots, potatoes, onions. green things…the whole vitamin alphabet on one plate!

Japanese curry comes in many flavors and levels of spiciness, but even though each curry tastes distinctively different than the other  the all around taste experience is the same, meaning that whatever brand you’ll buy, you’ll never end up with a bust.

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Vermont curry a favorite in my house, still don’t get the reference to Vermont though. One pack creates 12 servings.

Ok how to make curry? Well it’s almost as easy as making a sandwich,  you cut your veggies and meat and bake them all in a deep pan, add water and let it boil (for the first time cooks under us, that’s when the water is bubbly hot. )Then you add the roux and boil it some more. Ready!Still don’t get it…ok here’s a video for the cooking challenged.

Curry is tasty during all seasons, and the great thing is that you can make it for small and big groups of people, like a class full of kids on a school trip, at the camping place with your family and your neighbors, the soup kitchen you help out or to show off your cooking skills to your in-laws.. and it’s really low on calories….

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curry and anime go hand in hand

Hey Say JUMP curry commercial for you J-pop lovers!

Curry is basically cheap food, but you can make it as fancy as you want to.

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Curry made with Kobe beef

You know how creative the Japanese can be with food, and curry is no exception here either.

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Mum there’s a polar bear in my curry!
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What kid wouldn’t eat this?
Click for the complete lineup
プレミアムゴールデンカレー中辛
Click for the complete lineup

Glico Premium curry

 

Lee curry 20x spiciness!

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Topvalu Grand curry

ボンカレーネオ オリジナル 甘口

Boncurry

 

Kokumaru curry

ディナーカレー97G甘口

Dinner curry

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Torokeru (melting) curry

Wind and light Amami curry Chukarashi 180g (6 servings)

Kaze to hikari (Wind and light) organic curry

 

 

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Sapporo curry ramen (instant noodles)

Still on the edge? Well in the big cities you can often find some Japanese curries for sale, but if you don’t live near a big city…..? Companies won’t send you just one pack of curry, nope they expect you to buy a whole box..scary.

Well no worries mate, we at JWS can get you any kind of curry against the cheapest prices, we don’t order them online, no we go straight to the supermarket for you…we have a nice team of professional bargain shoppers/ bored housewives, who will find you the curry you want against the best price (and yes we enclose the supermarket receipt).

Japanese food which doesn’t involve raw fish,expensive beef or expects you to make noise when you eat it….try it, trust me you too will be a believer!

Serge Roso JWS

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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Hirano JWS

 

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Japanese product designers give their own unique spin on common products..

Koncent the site which gave us the earplug dachhunds has a huge variety of common products to which young and veteran Japanese product designers have left their own twist. Some products increase in usability while others just got a visual “upgrade”, but in all case sthere’s a clear improvement over the original products, and you know that’s sometimes all we need..evolution over revolution.

Soil brings us the “COASTER Light“, which are, well, coasters.These coasters however are made out of diatomaceous earth, and paper fiber (Diatomaceous earth is a naturally-formed sedimentary mineral rock) and while diatomaceous earth is often associated with health boosting powers such as the mineral Silica'(diatomaceous earth is composed of approximately 85% silica.), a mineral which is required by  tendons, cartilage, blood vessels, and bones. Anyways we don’t recommend you to eat these coasters, they’re far too pretty and pricey for that. What these coasters do, besides looking good, is absorbing liquids on the bottom of your glass and  eventually dry up leaving no mark on the coaster.

circle or square.3,024 yen a piece

 

 

And if you’re a giant, I mean a GIANT then they have bath mats, which normal people use as bathmats, but YOU can use as huge coaster.

Bath mat Large soil diatomaceous earth


 

Ever fancied a dwarf holding your cup? Well your dreams might come true with Kobito(dwarf) cup stands, they can hold your cup in three different positions and well..that’s all, but that doesn’t make them any less desirable.

KOBITO コップ +d アッシュコンセプト
1,620円

KOBITO コップ +d アッシュコンセプト


Now imagine, you had a hard long day, you went from one department store to another, one shop, two shops, three shops, you lost count, you didn’t even have time for a bite, I mean a big sale like this happens only once, maybe twice sometimes three times a year…you HAVE to shop until you drop. You lost your male partner at the second shop and didn’t look back..he’ll be there when you get home…that lovely heavily discounted shirt won’t, if you don’t get it now!

Finally you get home and kick of those fabulous Jimmy Choo boots,  your feet are killing you, Jimmy makes great shoes..for people with perfect feet that is…cat walk models don’t have bunions.. You’re not going to wear those boots for a while, just looking at them make you cringe, but they are pieces of art and therefore they have to be treated like that, so you put these lovely bootkeepers from Sumi Kusa Hana in them. Made out of special non-woven fabrics and filled with particulate charcoal, these bootkeepers will protect your precious boots against humidity and moisture from outside and inside and will keep the leather supple and mold free.They will of course  also eliminate any odor keeping your house smelling sweat free.

 

炭草花 アイオーティーカーボン
1,944 yen
炭草花 アイオーティーカーボン
2,160 yen
炭草花 アイオーティーカーボン
4,104 yen
炭草花 アイオーティーカーボン
1,296 yen

 

charcoal  particulate charcoal is used in the leg part.

 

 

 

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One piece of molded charcoal is used for the foot

 

 


How many times haven’t you wished that you had a magnifying glass handy, maybe to read the fine print on a contract, to remove a tiny splinter from your finger or to go all Sherlock Holmes and investigate a crime. Unfortunately though most magnifying glasses aren’t that portable and the ones that are lack any sense of design…meaning that they’ll end up in the bottom of  your bag, never to be found again.

44 year old designer Takeshiakira Baba came up with the Yuki-megane (snow glasses), for the lens he knocked on Nikon’s door and they came up with a lens so clear that you can see the individual snow crystals when you look at snow through these glasses! You can use these glasses with your mobile phone’s camera and use its 8.3 magnifying power to take some wonderful micro snaps.

Snow glasses plus Dee

Made out of aluminum, this lovely snowman shaped magnifying will look good as a pendant or key holder too.

Price: 2,160 yen

 


 

This nostalgic ringing (kling kling klong klong)will sound every time the door opens. Perfect for a home, office or shop that wants to welcome visitors with a warm, gentle clanging that conjures up images of old village life, the Tama Door Chime also looks pretty neat too.

Here’s a sample of the sound:

Tama Door Chime

Tama chime timbre

It can be attached to a door so it jingles when it moves, which then creates the charming metal ringing sound. Made using maple wood from Hokkaido and aluminum from Toyama, the cute bulb-like shape has both a natural feel and a pop color look to it. Attach it to a metal door using the wall magnet included with the set.

price: 4,644 yen

Finally here is a quick list of some other lovely products:

Birdie Paper knife/letter opener

バーディー ペーパーナイフ +d
540 yen

Cupmen

Cupmen noodles
864 yen

One of my pet peeve is that when I make my cup noodles, I never really don’t know how long I have to wait till they’re ready…well this is no longer a problem after I ordered these Cupmen! 

1-You pour hot water in your noodles.

2-You place a cupmen on the top, closing the lid.

3-When his arms turn white, you’re ready to devour your hot noodles!

A pin which doesn’t leave a mark on your wall after you remove them? Make way for the Ninjapin!

Ninjapin(ニンジャピン)
432 yen

The ITA (which is Japanese for cutting board) cutting board is amazing due to its simplicity yet extra ordinary usefulness .

Cutting board EA To CO Yoshikawa
5,940 yen

It’s a cutting board consisting out of two parts, a black raisin (polyethylene) board which lies within a wooden board. When you cut meat, the meat juices will drip into the wooden part, leaving your kitchen/dining table spotless. You can also separate the two and use them as separate boards.

Cutting board EA To CO Yoshikawa

Check out this site and you’ll find many more evolutionary products like the ones described above..happy shopping!

koncent

Serge Roso JWS

 

 

 



 

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.

Japanwebshopping.com

JWS

New cookbook turns the uni-tasker takoyaki maker into a versatile multi-tasker

We thought takoyaki pans were just for making fried octopus balls. Teach us your ways, recipe book!

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Takoyaki pans come in all forms and shapes, this particular one needs a propane gas tank so you can use it outside too.

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A traditional takoyaki plate to use on your gas stove of portable burner.

an electric takoyaki maker, the most commonly used in Japanese households.

Takoyaki, chunks of octopus covered in batter, are one of the many wonderful treats Japan has to offer. They’re sold in grocery stores and you can always count on stalls serving up fresh ones at Japanese festivals. Besides being filled with octopus, takoyaki are almost always cooked in a special griddle with half-spherical molds that evenly heat the dough. The home versions of these grills seemed to be destined to only make takoyaki, but it turns out the little octopus balls aren’t the only thing that can be cooked in them. There are plenty of other spherical foods that you can create with a takoyaki maker and a brilliant new recipe book is showing us dozens of new ways to utilize the uniquely shaped pan.

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Titled Takoyakiki Waiwai Recipe (“Takoyaki Pan Fun Recipes”), this unique cookbook features over 62 recipes that exclusively use a takoyaki pan. Just looking at the assortment of ideas on the front cover already has convinced us that we need to try all of them!

▼ Spanish-style al ajillo / “in garlic”

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▼ Adorable grilled rice balls

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The extensive cookbook features recipes including comfort food like yaki onigiri (grilled rice balls), okonomiyaki, mochi, and miniature versions of Western food like French toast, corn dogs, and omelets. You’ll find all your usual cravings inside, from salty to sweet to savory and everything in between.

▼ The takoyaki pan is the perfect size for different bento treats!

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The cookbook can be bought at any bookstore in Japan or you can find it online for 680 yen (US $5.50). With recipes like these at your disposal, you could be opening up your own “round-shaped food” restaurant sometime in the near future.

Takoyaki pans are available here

 

Source, images: @Press
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