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.
This dark metallic look continues in the separate product pages.
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.
18 years after it first appeared in comic form, creator Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece is more popular than ever. But while fans might be happy to see the Straw Hat Pirates keep sailing forever, the manga’s current editor says that not only has Oda mapped out how the story will end, but also that he thinks he knows about how many more volumes the manga has to go before its finale.
However all good things must come to an end, but instead of crawling in a corner and bawling your eyes out you can find comfort in knowing that its current editor Taku Sugita has announced that the series is now 70% till completion..which means that there will be another 60 estimated volumes!
You also still have the time to look around for some interesting collectibles, that are worth showing your grandkids….when they sit on your lap while you tell them Luffy’s adventures in front of the (digital) fire place.
Well let us help you…Tokyo based company HKDS has started accepting pre-orders for their latest and last piece out of their 5 (one)piece woodcut art products.
After Sabo, Ace. Luffy and Trafalgar Law, they’ve now released Roronoa Zoro, the fierce swordsman. This absolutely beautiful piece of art depicts Zoro with trademark fearless smile, just before he starts to chop up some enemies.
It is printed on Ishi-shu rice paper, which is handmade and registered as cultural heritage by UNESCO..it even carries a “tradition”stamp as issued by the ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry as a testimony to its traditional craftsmanship. Each print carries its own serial number (each print is limited to 200)
As of now the other 4 wood prints are still available, but upon our request we were told that one (not identified) print has only two copies left and the other ones are bound to sell out soon too, now folks can buy the whole collection in one time.
We guess the one that’s almost sold out is of course Luffy.
But we could be wrong, Ace’s sinister look was the biggest hit under the ladies here at the office…I tried this look (I’m a bit of a cosplayer) but the missus wasn’t impressed, it made me however father of the week with my sons (the father of the year badge is impossible to obtain).
Sabo is one freaky looking dude, but he’s one my favorite characters in this show.
And last Trafalgar Law who surely is going to give your grand kids bad dreams with his finger beckoning to you to have a fight or he’ll haunt the rugrats in their dreams..
Body: about 225 × 295mm
frame: about 348 × 424mm thickness of about 38mm
Well winter is coming and some have you are preparing yourselves to hibernate…well we at JWS are here to let you sleep till spring…in perfect comfort!
The creative team at Bibi Lab have been at it again. The inventive brand dedicated to bringing weird and wonderful items out into the world have delighted us with life-sized human-shaped pillows, mosquito net jumpsuits and even sailor-style schoolgirl uniforms for men.
Now there’s another item we’ll be adding to our growing collection of Bibi Lab products: the giant anime-style pigtails pillow.
Previously, Bibi Lab brought out a giant, brown-coloured pigtail—or twintail as they’re known here—pillow in homage to the hairstyle that’s so popular in Japan. With its straight up-and-down design, though, the hug-pillow looked more like a pair of tanned arms than a mane of dark hair. With that experience behind them, they’ve decided to perfect the pigtail look with a cute, wavy style, complete with face-covering bangs. Anyone who walks in on you now will know you’re dressed up as a style of hair.
The larger-than-life hairstyle is super soft and shiny and once you’re in, you can hug, hold and hide inside your ‘hair’, allowing for a number of cute poses. Bibi Lab outlines ten specific positions to try, in three exceeding levels of difficulty which correspond to how much you’ll be giggling as you do them.
The beginner’s level starts out with the “Three River Side Snuggle“. Lie in the middle, cosy up to one side and you’ve got three ‘rivers’ of warmth.
Fold the two pigtails on top of each other, straddle them and you’ve got the “Three River Vertical Snuggle“.
The term, Nihon Hyakkei refers to the 100 famous views of Japan. This is the “Yumemi Hyakkei“, because the only thing you’ll be seeing in this position is 100 yume, or dreams.
Moving on to the intermediate level, we have the “Wrap-Around Computer Table“, perfect for reading or laptop use.
Criss-cross the pigtails inside each other and you have “The Monolith”, which comes in handy when you want to watch TV.
An additional twist gives you the perfect headrest for a good sob. This one’s appropriately called “Tied Up in Knots Because of Your First Love”.
And for some extra head support, there’s the “Head-Holding Hard Hug“.
And now for advanced use, you can try the “Tsubame Gaeshi“, or “Return of the Swallow“, which is both a sword technique that can slash off the topknot of a samurai warrior and a judo throw that will land you on the floor. Either way, you’ll be covering your face in fear.
And for the lovebirds who want to watch each other’s backs, there’s the “Meeting Heads” position, which is handy for keeping an eye out for enemy approaches in the lounge room.
And when people give you a time-out in the corner for all your crazy antics, you can do it in comfort with ”The Wall Stand“.
Available from online retailer Rakuten Ichiba for 10,800 yen (US$90.34), the pillow itself is 150 centimtres (4.9 feet) long and filled with two different materials; soft cotton for the pigtails and microbeads for the headrest area.
It includes two covers; a blue spandex one for the hot summer months and a black velveteen cover for the colder winter months so you can wear your pigtails any time of the year!
To see just how soft and fluffy the pillow is, take a look at the video below.
And, as with all hair, remember to keep away from open flames!
Bibi Lab, don’t ever stop creating. We can’t wait to see what other wacky items you’ve got lined up for us in the future!
Do normal blankets not keep you warm enough on cold winter nights? How about one with an huggable anime girl stitched into it?
We’ve seen Japanese Twitter user Mika Mikami before with their delightful invention that lets you go on a date and share a drink with the anime girl of your dreams. But now they’ve created something that lets you go one step further. What will you want to do with your date once the drink is finished? Why, go home and snuggle of course!
Here’s the tweet from last month that provided the inspiration:
▼ “I want to make a wearable blanket that lets you hug an imouto.“
As a quick explanatory note for the uninitiated, imouto is the Japanese word for “little sister.” The adorable, doting little sister who loves her older brother more than anyone (and sometimes loves them a little too much…) is a common trope in Japan. Whether imouto should be interpreted to literally mean “little sister,” or just a cute girl in general, we leave that up to you.
Fast forward to today and Mika Mikami made their imouto blanket dream come true. Here are the pictures of the final product they created, complete with an extremely satisfied model to wear it: (Click pictures to enlarge.)
▼ “I did it! I made it!”
If you remember a few years back, the hit gift that everyone had to have around the holiday season was a Snuggie, a blanket with sleeves. That’s pretty much exactly what this is, but with a custom design that, depending on who you are, is either incredibly cute or incredibly creepy. Either way though, you have to admit that the creativity and craftsmanship here is top-notch.
Here’s what Japanese netizens had to say about this imaginative invention:
“I want two. No, wait, three!”
“You’re a genius.”
“Wait, how is this better than a daimakura?(blanket)
“Isn’t this kind of meaningless unless you have a mirror?”
“lol that is disturbing.”
Whether you think the imouto blanket is gross or great, it is at least a hilarious idea.
And if you are at work then don’t scroll down to see the NSFW blanket, love to hate it, hate to love it..but I kinda love it.
I have a tiny, slightly embarrassing confession to make. I positively loathe mechanical pencils. In fact, they scare me a little bit.
No, this isn’t some peculiar of act of Luddism on my part, nor was a member of my family ever murdered by a deranged graphic designer. Rather, it’s because every single time–every single time–I use a mechanical pencil, its lead breaks on me within seconds of being touched to the page. And that, dear reader, always gives me a tiny but not insignificant fright. I have enough terror in my life as it is – I don’t need my writing implements keeping me on edge too.
Thankfully, the Japanese arm of stationery company Zebra knows my pain, and has designed a mechanical pencil whose leads simply cannot be broken, no matter how hard you scribble.
According to the videos released by Zebra, you can press so hard with this range of mechanical pencils, or shaapen as they’re known in Japan, that it’s possible to tear the paper you’re writing on before the lead breaks and startles delicate snowflakes such as myself. True, most pencil leads break because the writer is pressing too hard to begin with, but thanks to special “guard” sections located within these shaapens’ nibs, writers and doodlers alike can be as heavy-handed as they please without fear of the lead suddenly snapping beneath them.
▼ Sciencey diagrams!
Check out the promo video to see for yourselves just how durable these things are:
A second video shows how the lead is partially retracted to prevent breakage:
There are, of course, similarly sturdy mechanical pencils already on the market, but often they retail for a great deal more than your typical high schooler or shaapen-phobic web-based writer would care to pay. Zebra’s mechanical pencils, however, come in six different colours and cost just 450 yen (US$3.80) plus tax – an amount even the most frugal student wouldn’t be adverse to paying.
Thank you, Zebra. No longer shall I be afraid to embrace technology and allow machine and pencil to be as one in my home or corner of the office.
No serious, this “when you see it you want it” kind of thing, but your wallet will be hurting a lot…200,000 yen, that is like $1800, dollars or 1500,- Euro…mmm but just shy of a 1000 pounds, so if you just imagine that you’re paying in Pounds, well then it all becomes a bit less painful.
But what are we talking about, well we are talking about a limited figure(s) based on the lead character in the Drifters manga series, Shimazu Toyohisa.
Made on 1/5 scale the figure has a height of 35 cm, almost similar to a very little person (well very little, tiny actually..) and is made of polystone (Polystone is a manufacturing medium used for cast sculptures, it is hard to find one that delivers a cleaner, more substantial representation of an original sculpture than a product manufactured in Polystone. Polystone has a significant weight, a porcelain like feel to the touch, and an incredible ability to capture the most minute detail, making it unsurpassed in collectible manufacturing materials. E-bay)
There are four versions of this figure up for pre-sale;
A real color version limited edition: Which differs from the ususal colored version by its bloodied sword and use of brighter colors
The usual colored version has, well darker colors, not only the clothes but also the skin color is tad darker….it all depends on what you prefer.
And there are two more versions available of the figures as described above, but with a folding screen, which raises the price with another 10,000 yen.
The pre-sale started on 30th of October and will continue till the 13th of December…mind you that these prices don’t include the 5% tax yet. Delivery will be somewhere in May 2016.
Now let me tell you why should order this from us and not some other company, in April of next year it’s rumored that the consumers tax in Japan will be raised by 5%, making it 10% (sorry we don’t want to insult your intelligence, we just like to be clear) . In the case this may happen we will NOT charge you an extra 5%, we still have to pay the extra 5%, but we don’t want to burden our customers with extra costs and we won’t sneak this 5% into the shipping cost as we will send you a receipt of the total shipping cost for you to verify.
In the case that the manufacturer cancels the product (sometimes though rarely) we will refund you the complete amount minus nothing. In our company we have the golden rule that we don’t touch payments until the product is delivered on your doorstep.
In Asia it’s common to wear masks during winter and spring time, especially in Japan the land where everybody seems to care about their fellow country men/women. There is a truly Japanese word for this called “meiwaku suru” or in plain English; to trouble someone. It is “meiwaku” to give someone your cold and therefore is it in good manner to wear a mask when one has caught this simple yet incurable virus. Another less spoken of reason is that women can forfeit putting on make-up and walk around with a “supin” or make-up less face, thus sparing others some heart stopping moments when they are confronted by a eyebrow-less, thin lipped, narrow eyed and pimply skinned woman person.
Of course not everybody is so shallow and surely some men prefer the natural look to the “I’m pretty and cute ” one……but the Japanese are very vain and care strongly what others think of them. Another reason would be bad breath..I think
There is of course a less selfless reason to wearing masks too, they are said to protect the wearer against virus (yep the plural of virus is virus), hay fever, other people’s bad breath and the feared “yellow sand”, which is fine sand blown over from China creating some health problems.
There are two problems with wearing a mask though, since most of them are white surgical masks and are therefore not so nice to look at. The other reason why yours truly never wears a mask is due the fact that you have to inhale your own breath, and after a night of heavy drinking and some garlic fried rice you can imagine how pleasantly my nose reacts to this…
No longer shall thy suffer from bad fashion or bad breath!
The company “Gonoturn” has what must be the best looking masks available, they create their own original designed masks and collaborate to create animation, manga, fashion brands and even pro wrestling !
I love Evangelion, but this mask doesn’t really do it for me though….
These Doraemon masks however are perfect for a mere 2,160 yen
Or what about this neck warmer/mask?
Kids and gonoturn.
Unari kun （Narita airport mascot) mask
Hello Kitty, my melody and Kerokerokeroppi(!?)
Animal masks because what’s cuter than a human toy poodle?
Downright weird and surely to be mistaken for the bottom of a chicken with legs is this Magical Girl Madoka mask, the “legs” are actually ears of a mystery creature…well if you know your MGM animation than you know what this mask symbolizes…but be prepared to answer a lot of questions from ignorant bystanders.
Gonoturn has besides masks a few other things you need to survive the winter, like these hats/mittens.
A reversed bear hat.
And for the vain, animal hand mirrors.
Gonoturn tells international customers to use Tenso forwarding services, but we have no worries competing with them due to the following reasons:
1-we can match or even go below their shipping prices.
2-we mark our packages as “present” or “used” (which they technically are) to avoid or lower tax.
3-If a shop refunds broken or wrongly described product, we will deal with them, when you use Tenso or another forwarding company you’ll lose all control. If you are not happy, we are not happy and we will file a complaint.
4-No signing up and no newsletter.
5-We answer any questions you have concerning the product.
6-No problems paying, you pay us, no need to fill out anything written in Japanese.
7-We will look for cheaper options for the same product and reviews.
So what are you waiting for, winter is approaching fast, Christmas is approaching fast, your own/girlfriend/friend/sister/brother/boyfriend/wife/husband/mother/father’s birthday is approaching fast, colo(u)r those dark winter days a little brighter with these products and create a smile on people’s faces..you’re be smiling too, but your smile is hidden under a warm mask…