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Japanese T-shirt uses optical illusion to give breasts to even the flat-chested

 

Japanese fashion company ekoD Works has a unique sensibility. The company touts itself as specializing in “humorous art and design,” and while pursuit of that ideal has sometimes led to tights that look like peaches or the starry expanses of the cosmos, quite often ekoD Work’s philosophy leads it to boob-related apparel.

Breasts show up frequently in the company’s Delusion Mapping T-shirts…or at least they seem to show up. In truth, the Delusion Mapping shirts rely on clever placement of printed graphics that make it look there are boobs, or at least cleavage, peeking out from behind zippers, fabric tears, or sopping wet cloth.

But now ekoD Works is taking things one step farther with its new Illusion Grid T-shirt, which uses implied perspective to make you think you’re looking at a busty chest regardless of whether or not such the wearer’s upper body actually has such curvaceous topography.

As pictured above, when viewed from straight-ahead, the wearer of the T-shirt seems to have a pair of ample bosoms tucked into a snug top. However, a side-view reveals that neither of those impressions is accurate.

The shirt actually isn’t particularly form-fitting, nor does this model have protruding breasts. The trickery is all thanks to the distortion in the pattern and changes in its shading as your eyes make your way from top to bottom.

It’s so effective that even when there’s no one wearing the shirt, it still looks chesty.

This also means that even when lying down, the wearer won’t experience a noticeable loss in perceived cup size, a phenomenon something that some would say goes beyond the bounds of reality.

In contrast to the ingenuine visuals, all-natural cotton is used for the fabric of the T-shirt, which is being offered for 3,888 yen (US$35) online here by novelty retailer Village Vanguard, with shipping scheduled for late June

Three unique Japanese products you just need!

Chinese Dress School Swimming Costumes

Fetish designer and owner of Moira Design combines the traditional Japanese school swimsuit with a traditional Chinese dress.                                                                                 The “China Sukumizu“,  comes in a choice of two colours: red or blue, and both designs feature cut-out sections, a high-neck collar, and a highly decorative button closure. While the red style has slimming strips of black nylon on either side, the blue version adds a little spice with a set of pale blue lace inserts.

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pre-order for  14,999 yen (US$133.40), with delivery scheduled for early July.

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Wooden samurai bokuto sword umbrella

This  umbrella  takes its cues from a bokuto, or wooden sword.                                     There’s some cool kanji character etching on the handle. Well, at least it looks cool. The actual meaning is pretty pedestrian, since the kanji just reads “Toyako,” or “Lake Toya,” a common tourist destination in Hokkaido.

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If this is all starting to sound familiar, odds are you’re a fan of anime and manga franchise Gintama, in which leading man/badass swordsman Gintoki wields a bokuto with the same kanji characters carved into it. The similarities are clearly intentional, as Thanko’s official name for the product is Bokuto Umbrella Toyako, and one of its promotional images is a thinly veiled bit of Gintama cosplay.

1,980 yen (US$18).

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Censor your underwear with new Mini Petticoat

First there was the black Frilled Mini Petticoat, designed to be worn under short miniskirts, and brought out the same thigh-high A-line silhouette seen on anime heroines while also blending into the dark shadows beneath the garment, making the area underneath the skirt look neat and well-concealed.

Now, cosplayers and short-skirt wearers who prefer a more eye-catching look will be pleased to know that a new colour has been added to the range. The new white Ruffled Mini Petticoat features the same design as its black predecessor, with elasticised trims around the thighs which, according to the makers, makes it impossible for anyone to see your underwear.

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The new white Ruffled Mini Petticoat went on sale for 7,020 yen (US$63) at Village Vanguard stores in Japan earlier  this month, but it’s been so popular that it’s already sold out online. They’re currently waiting for more stock to arrive, but given the immense popularity of these unique petticoats, they’re likely to sell fast once they’re on sale again, so if you’re interested be sure to register your email address to receive a notification as soon as they become available.

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A perfect school girl uniform/blanket to keep you warm during the cold winter days.

Regular visitors of this blog and website, know about our love for that little weird Japanese company called Bibi Lab…they create things which not only bring a smile to your face, but also actually enrich our comforts.

▼ Say hello to the “Sera Kore Wearable Blanket Type Sailor Uniform Pyjamas”.

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Now that we’re all used to the idea of a fleecy school uniform, thanks to Bibi Lab’s previous roomwear collections, the company is now giving us a wearable blanket that looks like a sailor uniform. Despite the “pajama” classification, this roomy outfit is designed to keep the wearer warm while lounging around at home.

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The long, flared skirt style makes it easy to walk around the house, and even twirl around in like a schoolgirl if you want to, but the design really comes into its own when worn in a seated position.

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According to the makers, this is when it becomes a “Self Kotatsu”, meaning it traps heat around the legs in the same way as a kotatsu, which is a low, blanketed table equipped with a heater underneath.

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And because the outfit doubles as pyjamas, you won’t have to worry about getting changed and exposing your skin to the cold before bedtime. Although it might feel strange at first to drift off to sleep while wearing a Japanese-style uniform.

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▼ We wonder if Japanese schoolgirls wish they could wear this at school instead of their own uniforms, to help cope with those freezing classrooms.

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The thick fleece material extends to the sailor-style collar, which means people around you can use the outfit to keep their hands warm too!

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The wearable blanket is if you live in Japan, currently available to purchase from online retailers like Village Vanguard, , if not just fill out the form below. It’s sold in one size and has a recommended retail price of 9,720 yen (US$85.66). With so many weird yet wonderful features, we’re sure this is going to be another popular hit for the Bibi Lab team!

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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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The most comfortable pajama…ever!

Those who’ve been following our blog or have been visiting our website know of our love/double love relation with Bibi Lab and its refreshing original and useful products. We actually survived this summer unbitten by those pesky tiger mosquitoes thanks to the  Net man, a full body mosquito net

Earlier this year offbeat clothing and housewares company Bibi Lab released its Damegi roomwear. A one-piece garment for relaxing at home, the Damegi gets its name from dame (“no good”) and gi (“clothing”) because of the implied promise that it’s so comfortable it’ll absolutely kill any sort of productivity while you’re wearing it.

While the previous model was marketed to women, a brand-new version of the Damegi, called the Fuyu no Damegi (“Winter Damegi”), has just gone on sale, sporting a number of improvements over the original design. For starters, instead of the drab gray of the original, you can now chose between five different colors: Pinky Peach, Chocolate Mellow (brown), Green Rush, High Risk Red, and Midnight Navy. The medium size fits wearers up to 165 centimeters (65 inches) in height, while the large is for those up to 180 centimeters.

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Made of extra warm, heat-retentive material, the new Damegi will keep you toasty not just from head to toe, but to your fingertips too, thanks to its four-way convertible mitten-style sleeve cuffs.

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A hood and zip-up mask will also help keep heat from dissipating out of your head.

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Down at the end of the pant legs, you’ll find snap-shut coverings for slipper-like comfort.

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And, as is standard with the Damegi, the hood contains two openings to pass twintails through.

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And, for a last bit of functionality, the Fuyu no Damegi has a zip-out section at the rear, so you can go to the bathroom without having to take the entire thing off.

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Bibi Lab says the Fuyu no Damegi is great for happy families and loving couples alike.

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The company also bills it as the perfect “gaming wear” for cold-weather video game binges.

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▼ Pop in a game with a setting on a tropical beach, and kiss winter good-bye.

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And being the holistic-minded company it is, Bibi Lab also recommends enjoying the Fuyu no Damegi in tandem with some of its other products, such as the Cotton Wife/Husband or Sandwiched Between Twintails Pillow.

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With prices starting as low as 5,709 ten (US$55) there is nothing to hold you back to get as comfy as possible this winter…Don’t blame us, though, if after you put it on you end up spending all winter loafing on the couch.

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Strap a slab of delicious grilled meat on your back with this new backpack from Japan

This is just one of the items in a range of delicious accessories designed for meat lovers.

If you ever wanted to turn heads and make people’s mouths water as you walk by them on the street, there’s no easier way to do it than with a meaty backpack. This new product is the latest to join the weird and whacky rucksack range from quirky Japanese novelty goods store Village Vanguard, who previously thrilled us with their raw meat bag earlier this year.

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Now the backpack has progressed in the cooking process, developing a deliciously seared golden brown colour that makes it look just about ready for eating.

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▼ The thick slab of steak comes with a pair of soft brown straps so you can carry it around in maximum comfort.

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▼ And unlike your ordinary cut of meat, this one opens up to carry everything you need for the day, complete with inner pockets.

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Given its size, the meaty bag is a bargain at 2,160 yen (US$21.52). While it’s designed to be worn in summer, when the butter-topped serving would appear to sizzle in the sun, it’s still a top accessory for any time of the year!

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And for customers who prefer to keep their meat fandom within the confines of the home, the delicious steak is also available as a plump, tender cushion.
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If you’ve always dreamed of laying your head on a juicy piece of meat, this succulent looking cushion will give you enough meat sweats to last a lifetime.

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▼ Also available in a raw meat version, the cushions retail for 2,160 yen each.

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The meaty range is becoming increasingly popular with customers, so if your tastes tend towards the carnivorous variety,check out the  Village Vanguard online store and send us your request before they all sell out!

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Source, Images: Village Vanguard online store (1, 2)

Star Wars circuit board phone and train pass cases light up without batteries

See this, you must!

Daily life for many people in Japan involves taking the train, be it to school, work, or just into town for some shopping. Instead of buying a ticket every time, a lot of train commuters opt for an IC card – an electronic, rechargeable train pass which allows you to simply tap in and out of your departure and destination stations, automatically withdrawing the correct fare. But undoubtedly the coolest thing about having a train pass is getting a pass case for it.

There are pass cases for every taste and style, but we’re pretty sure this is the first time you’ve seen one that lights up when it’s tapped.

Osaka-based company, Denshi Gihan, has released a line of Star Wars themed pass cases, as well as cases for the iPhone 6/6s, featuring a blueprint design of the X-Wing in the style of a computer circuit board. Actually, the cases are real circuit boards, finished with gold plating and a super transparent resin to cover the electronic parts. The red LED light flashes when the case with card is tapped at the ticket gate. So far, it has not been tested for use with passes outside of Japan, except for with FeliCa cards in Hong Kong. The pass cases come in slack white, green, and even black, and come packaged in a gift box with its strap, for 11,000 yen (US$105.95).image05 image06 image07

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The iPhone6/6s cases come with the same unique design, but these use the phone’s electrical signal to convert to electricity, making the LED light up when the signal is strong enough. You can purchase the standard case (size 138 by 68 by 10 millimeters), containing 55 electric components, for 15,000 yen ($143.88)…

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…or the iPhone6/6s Plus (size 158 by 80 by 10.5 millimeters) with 67 electronic components for 16,000 yen ($153.48).

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Not quite with the Force? Not to worry- you can choose the Tokyo train map train map design, which looks just as awesome, for 12,000 yen ($115.10).

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You can purchase these (and many more!) items from the PCB ART moeco site here, but as they appear to only ship within Japan, if you’re living overseas you’ll need to use a reshipping service like JWS , or rely on the help of a kind friend. While it is important to remember that the train pass case hasn’t been tested for overseas compatibility, the iPhone case at least should be universal. And there’s sure to be no one who can match your style!

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Source and images: Denshi Gihan

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