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Impress your Japanese history professor with this T-shirt

It could even double as a cheat sheet for your next exam!

If you’ve been paying any attention at all in your Japanese history classes, then the names Sekigahara, Tokugawa, and Mitsunari may already be familiar to you. For those of you who can’t resist the call of sleep during hour-long lectures about near-ancient history delivered in a monotone voice, a concise summary:

The Battle of Sekigahara was a decisive battle fought on the 15th day of the 9th month in the 5th year of the Keichō period, which happens to be October 21, 1600. Two armies fought in the battle: the Eastern Army, led by Tokugawa Ieyasu, and the Western Army, led by Ishida Mitsunari. Tokugawa Ieyasu and the Eastern Army won the battle. Thus began the Tokugawa shogunate, the last shogunate in Japan.

Why should you care? Because you’ll need to be able to explain all of this when someone asks you about the cool shirt you’ve got on.

▼ Meet the team from the East: Hosokawa Tadaoki, Ii Naomasa, Fukushima Masanori, Honda Tadakatsu, Tōdō Takatora, Kuroda Nagamasa, Tokugawa Ieyasu, Kobayakawa Hideaki

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Sengoku Corporation recently unveiled this simple, yet stylish t-shirt at a special event in Nagoya and announced that it would be available for sale at an exclusive web shop on September 30th.  The cost of the shirt is for 5000 yen (US $48.69) and it is emblazoned with armored helms unique to the commander whom it represents, along with the names of each commander and the respective army for which they fought the epic Sekigahara battle.

▼Representing the West side: Tachibana Muneshige, Ootani Yoshitsugu, Ishida Mitsunari, Shima Sakon, Shimazu Yoshihiro, Konishi Yukinaga, Ukita Hideie, Ankokuji Ekei

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If history isn’t your thing, Sengoku Corporation also has a pair of tights and a curiously large umbrella bag that will go on sale the same day.

Images: Sengoku Corporation
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Teen fashion brand Cecil McBee releases range of educational books, makes studying kawaii

In the west, there’s a wide range of stores selling affordable and cute fashion marketed towards teens, such as H&M, TopShop, Zara and Forever 21. But in Japan, one of the most popular places for picking up cute clothes is the interestingly named chain store Cecil McBee. With a name seemingly pilfered for some bizarre reason from Tulsa-born jazz musician Cecil McBee (he even tried to sue, but was unsuccessful), the chain has stores across Japan, with a main store located inside the trendy 109 shopping centre in Shibuya.

Now, however, the chain is branching out from fashion to release a range of educational books aimed at junior high school girls with adorably kawaii covers and illustrations. After all, you still want to look cute while you’re studying, don’t you?

The Cecil McBee Study Collection consists of three books which aim to make studying cuter. They feature reversible jackets, sticker sheets, and sticky notes, and (ostensibly) follow the three years of Japan’s junior high school education syllabus. Tough subjects are made easier to digest with the inclusion of text message conversation screen shots, “girls’ talk”, and accompanying illustrations.

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One of the subjects covered is English, and we’re pleased to say everything looks ship-shape here. Indeed, all the girly basics are covered, including “Let’s go shopping!” “Do you have a smartphone?” and “Please look at me!

▼ Suddenly, snakes.

▼ There’s also social studies, with information on traditional dress around the world…

The books went on sale on August 15 and retail for 1,800 yen (US$15) each. We don’t claim to be experts on the Japanese school system, so we’re not 100% sure whether the books are actually legitimate study aids which Cecil McBee has been tasked with giving a cute makeover to, or simply a fun product designed for Cecil McBee fans who want something cute to carry around in their schoolbag. The series is published, however, by medical journal and educational materials publisher Gakken, so we’re assuming everything is above-board academically speaking. Plus, they really are VERY cute!

Making everyday things adorably adorable is definitely a Japanese art. We’d probably have been more inclined to study way back when if we’d had fun learning materials like these. What do you think of these study guides?

These books are actually not only for Japanese students, but can also be used for students of Japanese, or Japanese teachers abroad looking for new materials.

Source and images: PR Times

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