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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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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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Be a present day samurai with these Armor Hoodies.

What started as a crowd funding project has turned into an overnight success..

Ninjas seem to be all the rage, ninja shoes, ninja trousers and ninja turtles…leaving the original Japanese swordsmen, the samurai,  kind of left behind in their modern day fashion presence. Sure, the complex samurai armor isn’t easy as to integrate in nowadays fashion as the simpler Ninja outfit and a little over the top designing would make you look like an extra in Beat Takeshi movie. Well get your wallets out, because Samurai Armor Hoodies has released these awesome hoodies, turning you into a 2016 samurai without looking tacky. Ninja kneel for your master!

Tokyo Otaku Mode,  is taking pre-orders for Samurai Armor Hoodies right now.

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$350 gets you a hoodie in black, red, or white, plus your choice of tatemono helmet ornament and mask.

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If you can’t bring yourself to pick just one tatemono and mask combination, additional crests can be order for $30, and masks for $20.

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The entire lineup can be ordered here directly from Tokyo Otaku Mode between now and May 20, with shipping scheduled for August.

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Artful craftsmen create men’s kimono using unconventional materials, with astounding results.

Kyoto-based fashion label Wazigen Shizukuya is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a new line named opus 9, giving us   some new unorthodox kimono, leaving the traditional silk behind and using paper (!?) instead…..

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Wrong image my friend, although I had the same image when I read the headline of their press release, but upon further reading things became clear..the paper they used is called kamico, which is paper treated with starch and rubbed and wrinkled until it is soft and flexible, this started as early as in the 14th century, which is  a really  long time ago. The first folks who wore clothes made out of this material were Buddhist priests who used it as robes and underwear, than later by the poor(ish) people as clothes and bedding because it was cheap….well due to  inflation and some other things  it has become a rather pricey product in our time and age. Nowadays kamico is still created the same way but the paper is sewn with hemp yarn and cotton yarn for extra strength.

Kamico (calling it paper would be the same as calling carbon fiber, plastic)has the advantages that it insulates and that it’s very light, which translates to highly comfy in modern English, actually a lot of kabuki costumes are made out of this material

A great disadvantage though is that these clothes aren’t washable which would upset your wife or mother, but they can withstand the rain, (not typhoons)  and if due to a case of extreme clumsiness you tear it, you can repair it with kamico!

Okay enough bla bla let’s have a look, first up is the:

 Zin parka Syoen

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Material: Table – Japanese paper 100%, back – hemp 100%
Size: Free Size
Price: 160,000 yen + tax

Next up is the:

UKIYO SHINOGI – Hakama “Koboku”

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Material: 100% paper (100% hemp only string)
Size: M ~ 2L range in tailoring of
Price: 280,000 yen + tax

And number three is:

 Zin Parka “Karazishi”

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Material: Table – 100% silk, back – hood lining and facing part hemp 100%, body back hemp 100%
Size: Free Size
Price: 140,000 yen + tax

Each product is carefully hand- made and the attention to detail is astonishing , they haven’t only focused on the looks but also on the wear-ability. These are custom made for one year only and therefore very exclusive.

I imagine myself wearing this on the red carpet ready to receive my grammy…oh yeah a man’s got to dream…

Let us know what you think!

Serge Roso JWS

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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.

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Accessories inspired by samurai armor blend traditional Yamanashi designs and crafts

Yamanashi Prefecture is perhaps most famous for its beautiful scenery – which of course includes Mt. Fuji – but the prefecture is also home to a number of traditional crafts. One technique in particular, called “koshu-inden,” has been widely praised. Pioneered by a company established in the 16th century, this leather-working art was once used to decorate samurai armor and is considered by some as emblematic of samurai bravery.

Now, you too can wear accessories bearing this symbolic design and crafted by that legendary company thanks to a collaboration that has produced a number of beautiful bracelets. Check out some of the items below.

yoroi1Established in 1582, Inden-ya was the first to develop as secret technique using lacquer with deerskin to create a special leather with a strong luster. Using the nami uroko design, the triangles composed of dots like fish scales above, Inden-ya’s creations were often used to decorate samurai armor during the Warring States Period.

yoroi2Recently, Inden-ya started a collaboration with the Japanese accessory brand Kagayaka to create a line of items using the nami uroko pattern called Yoroi. Of course, “yoroi” is the Japanese word for armor, and this line is meant to evoke the image of samurai bravery. Perhaps the most striking item in the line is the “Wide Plain,” which is made of silver and the inden deerskin leather, both bearing the nami uroko design.

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But beauty comes a price — and one of these bangles will set you back up to 66,960 yen (about US$540).

If you’d like to bolster your bravery for a slightly lower price, the line also includes the Kumihimo charm.

yoroi7With rope made by the Kyoto-based company Showen Kumihimo, the charm features a silver medallion with the nami uroko design on the back. The rope was inspired by odoshige, roped used to tie together pieces of armor by samurai leaders. It was meant to both beautify the armor and magnify the dignity of the wearer.

yoroi6The line also includes another bangle item called Katana, named after the japanese sword, obviously.

yoroi3 yoroi4The nami uroko design is etched into the interior of the band, which is made of silver and clearly resembles the sword that inspired it. Perhaps the least showy piece of the line, the Katana bracelets come in a number of different materials, including silver, premium silver, and ibushi (oxidized silver, shown above).

The Kanata ranges up to 63,720 yen (about $512), depending on the material.

Inden-yan originates from Koshu, an area with a number of long-lived traditions. You can see a few of them in the video below. You can also learn more about the company and their techniques on Cool Japan Press.

To find a list of shops offering these (and other) items, head over to Kagayaka’s website or to purchase online check out Wabist.

source: rocketnews24