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Limited run of commemorative Ed Sheeran sake on sale from 8 April

The perfect collaboration for Ed’s fans and alcoholics, or is it for alcoholic Ed Sheeran fans? Nah Put up a record of him and sip slowly from a tiny cup of this delicious sake…it’s paradise!

Although it’s sure to make one scratch their head at first, it actually makes a lot of sense when you think about it. Sheeran frequently mentions his tendency to tie one on with friends, and the sake industry is constantly trying to reach out to a more diverse crowd, namely younger people and women.

So, as Sheeran’s unique blend of folk-soul-pop returns to Japan on the Divide World Tour 2019, Konshi Brewing in Hyogo Prefecture decided the time was right to release Ed Sheeran Sake.

First, there’s the Ed Sheeran Junmai Ginjo sake which is a finely-produced beverage using only the purest ingredients, resulting in a mellow yet slightly crisp flavor with a tangy aromatic tinge, not unlike the hit “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You.” Speaking of which, the bottle is colored with the same orange as Sheeran’s breakout album +.

▼ Here’s an image of the album, pronounced “plus.”

▼ And here is the color-matching sake.

However, this is a standard sake, and as such has a relatively high alcohol content at around 15 percent. If you’d like something lighter and bubblier along the lines of “Shape of You,” then you may want to try a bottle of Ed Sheeran Sparkling Sake.

With only a 10 percent ABV, this carbonated sake comes in a blue labeled bottle using the same shades as his ÷ album (pronounced “divide”). Both bottles are also decorated with drawings of little cat paws that Konshi says belong to Sheeran’s own pet feline.

Each type is limited to 3,000 bottles and go on sale at AEON shopping centers across Japan from 8 April. They’re slightly on the pricey side at 2,000 yen (US$18) for a 720-milliliter (24-ounce) bottle, but it’s still low enough to take the plunge and pick one up. I mean, how often does a chance to score some Ed Sheeran sake come along?

Our excuses for the few posts recently, but we have been very busy with several ventures, our most recent venture as media fixer for foreign media crews has let us without any time to update our blog. Of course we haven’t left our customers in the wind, all ordered products have been successfully purchased and shipped. Thank you for your loyalty and trust.

JWS

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Standing pen cases….pure genius

Do you ever wonder what kind of pen cases the kids in Japan use…well whether if you do or don’t, I’m going to tell you anyway, because the most popular pen case at the moment is a must have!

Made out silicon rubber, these cute little animal shaped hold your stationary in style. You can lie it horizontally on your desk, or if you have a tiny desk like Japanese school kids, you can have it stand up, by pushing in the bottom of the case….saving you loads of space and clearing your road to Harvard University by removing unnecessary obstacles,

In the “head” there is even space for an eraser, and the case holds 15 pens/pencils/eye pencils or anything else you would like to use it for.

They come in 6 versions, with the panda being the most popular.

 

 

The price is 1400 yen+tax. Order it through us to get the cheapest deal possible..like this

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Sailor moon in your bedroom!

Premium Bandai offers an easy way to lend your bedroom some ’90s shojo sparkle – just display their new mid-transformation figurine of Usagi Tsukino!

We’re big fans of school-uniform clad super soldier Sailor Moon here at SoraNews24. Even 26 years after the anime’s premiere, fans like us still get excited over guides for bento and new  merchandise, like the gorgeous fountain pen that looks just like Usagi’s transformation pen from the show.

The fountain pen has come and gone from shelves already, but Premium Bandai won’t leave us bereft for long. They have a new gorgeous figure on the way, and they’re already taking pre-orders.

Remember Usagi’s transformation scene, where she’s surrounded by a billion glitzy light ribbons? It’s rightfully one of the most iconic scenes of a beloved series. Check out the video below if you need a refresher.

▼ Moon…Crystal…Power…Make Up!

Bandai’s Zero Figuarts Chouette line of figurines is committed to take precious scenes like that one, ones that stand the test of time and still warm the hearts of fans, and turn them into tangible objects. Then you can buy those tangible objects and brighten your living spaces with them.

Bandai has released one of these gorgeous figures each year since the line started in 2016. This year’s edition takes that breathtaking sequence of pink ribbons and captures it in a variety of dreamy-colored polymer plastics.

The hair and ribbons are sculpted and painted to include gradients to full transparency, which makes them look airy and delicate without compromising the structure. The ribbons entwine around her legs and arms, shifting through a pretty gradient of pink and blue.

The figure also comes with pretty, pearly star charms which can be attached to or removed from the figure according to your preference.

The Sailor Moon – Moon Crystal Power, Make Up! figure comes with a wide stand to keep her balanced, and stands about 25 centimeters (9.8 inches) tall with the stand.

She’ll make a perfect centrepiece for any budding Sailor Moon shrines out there.

▼ All suited up and ready to fight evil by moonlight

▼ She might win some love by daylight, too

Be prepared to spend 8,640 yen (USD$79) to keep the magic of the Moon Crystal in your own home. This figure is available for pre-order here on Premium Bandai’s website. Make sure to place your order ahead of time – the figures ship in September!

You)re not able to pre-order from the country of your residence? No worries that’s why we are here!

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Japanese company’s fashion hoods for your cat…

 

Putting a cat hat on a cat.

There’s something about cats that makes feline fans want to own more than one. Maybe it’s because they’re relatively quiet and independent most of the time, or because their capricious personalities mean that a kitty might not be in the mood to play at any single moment, and so it’s nice to have another source of animal companionship.

But just because you want a second cat doesn’t mean you can have one, though. Aside from space and budget constraints, cats, like any pets, need a certain level of care, and so one cat may be all you can handle. You can still double the feline fun, though, with these new cat cosplay items from Japanese manufacturer Necos.

This April Necos’ Colorful Cat Fluffy Cat Ears series will turn your cat into…another cat.

▼ The seemingly redundant naming of Colorful Cat Fluffy Cat Ears makes a certain sort of sense since there are two pairs of cat ears present.

In keeping with the fancy atmosphere, many of the hoods have regal or playful-sounding official color names, such as “lemon yellow,” “scarlet,” and “violet,” though apparently “pink,” “white,” and “black” are good enough for the rest of the set.

But even though half the set gets high-class color names, you won’t be able to select the hue you want, since the Colorful Cat Fluffy Cat Ears are offered on a random basis, and you won’t know which you’ve gotten until after you open the box.

At just 500 yen (US$4.70) each, though, it shouldn’t hurt your wallet too badly to splurge on more than one, and if you are lucky enough to share your home with multiple cats, you’ll want to pick up a couple different hoods anyway.

 

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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.

Village Vanguard


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!

JWS