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.
Fans of Star Wars and traditional Japanese clothing, your day has come! These new hanten, traditional short-sleeve Japanese jackets, perfectly mix old and new without going overboard in any direction. Called “和Robe” (“Wa-Robe” or literally “Japanese-style Robe”), the jackets come in beige, ivory, and black and you’ll have two designs, which feature different images on the inside of the jacket, to choose from. One jacket sports an image of Yoda on a rock looking contemplative and is available in beige only, and the other offers an image of the poster for the original Star Wars film, which you can have in black or ivory.
▼ Calm and serene or…
▼ …vibrant and badass!!
Of course, it might seem odd to put the graphics on the inside of the jackets, but we think it helps maintain a good balance. And each one features “Star Wars” in large, bold letters on the back of the collar, so your love for the franchise is never totally hidden.
▼ Also, you can do this “action star” pose in photographs!
▼ He wouldn’t look out of place on Tatooine, would he?
▼ The three jacket colors and lettering
In addition to the jackets, a juban shirt (basically a Japanese-style undershirt) will also be available with a print that features both the Millennium Falcon and X-wing fighters. You can pair these undershirts with one of the Wa-Robes for a truly Star Wars-themed torso!
▼ The bold lettering probably isn’t necessary here…but who’s complaining?
The Wa-Robes and juban shirt won’t be available until June, but you can pre-order them now on Trove. The jackets are 19,440 yen each (about US$177) and the juban shirt is 11,880 yen (about $110).
Forget running for the hills, we’re running to buy one of these amazing prints!
Iron Maiden is, without question, one of the greatest metal bands in history. Their influence is nearly impossible to calculate at this point, but their signature sound has been getting crowds moving for four decades. Aside from their wide-ranging lyrics, galloping riffs, and Bruce Dickinson’s vocals, one of the most memorable aspects of the legendary band is their creepy-yet-delightful mascot Eddie.
The zombie-like character appears on pretty much every album cover and piece of Iron Maiden merchandise you’ll find. And, you have to admit, he’s a perfect stand in for a six-piece band — he never ages, he’s instantly recognizable, and he never has to worry about make up for photo shoots!
But this has to be the most unique piece of Iron Maiden merchandise we’ve ever seen Eddie appear on: A limited-edition ukiyoe print! The print, pictured below, is titled “Jigoku Tayu Jitsu ha Edei” (which could be translated as “The Hell Courtesan Is Actually Eddie”)
▼ We love Eddie, but a beautiful courtesan he is not…
Only 300 prints will be produced — each one hand-made by a team of Japanese artisans, including paper by living national treasure Iwano Ichibei, meaning every print will be unique. They’ll also feature one of our favorite details in an ukiyoe print ever, the iron maiden pictured below with the text “穢行銘傳之内”, which can be read “aian meiden no uchi.” The reading itself means “inside the iron maiden,” but if you take the kanji at face value, “aian meiden” means something like “the legend chronicling the impure act.” So, it works on several, gruesome levels!
▼ Who doesn’t love a good play on words, right?
As with previous prints from the Ukiyoe Project, you won’t be able to purchase one for cheap — the price listed on their webstore is 108,000 yen (about US$966). The production is set to start soon, but finished prints aren’t expected to ship until the beginning of September, meaning these prints will be better as presents for the winter holidays than for Mother’s Day. They don’t have overseas shipping available , but but that’s our job, so leave it to us, we are already quite experienced ordering and shipping several Kiss ukiyoes prints.
It also looks like there’s another Iron Maiden ukiyoe print being developed as well. We don’t have any details yet, but you can believe we’ll share them with you when we do!
When you say “Meiji”, most folks immediately think of Japan’s number one confectionery maker Meiji from Japan’s best selling Meiji Chocolate.
When you ask a Japanese person though (well one younger than 20..) they’ll tell you that Meiji is an era in Japanese history which ran from 1868 till 1912, which was the time that emperor Meiji (real name:Mutsuhito), took over from the Shogun(Tokugawa) and announced the beginning of a new era. The name Meiji means “Enlightened Rule”…now that’s a election slogan!
But being much more than just a political slogan, Meiji really brought some immediate changes to the Japanese, first of all the city of Kyoto lost its title of capital city , which went to Tokyo, hissy fit throwing Geisha were common sight on the Kyoto streets.
Modernization finally reached Japan when they started to put keen interest into foreign industry, medicine, trade, army, science and engineering leading to Japan becoming Asia’s first industrialized country. Cool beans yeah, but what made the common “always thinking about food” Japanese most happy was the arrival of curry introduced by the British (thank god they didn’t introduce Black pudding). The Japanese loved it so much that they named it one of their national dishes… We at JWS love curry, we love it so much that we dedicated a page on our website to it check.
Fashion house IKIJI has used the Meiji era as their inspiration for their Fall line, an interesting concept as the Meiji era is often seen as the time that traditional Japan transitioned to modern Japan with its western look. This becomes very obvious when you see their line-up and the way they portrait their models. The round glasses and hair do’s are reminiscent to the Meiji era.
We are also very impressed by their summer line-up:
Their quality and eye to detail is astonishing , really don’t take our word for it, check out this T-shirt with a longer front or as they call it an Apron-shirt with a modern written version of the Kanji “Nanten”or Southern Sky.
You can find their clothes here and pictures of their collections here
Fashion is all about combining, IKIJI’s clothes combine with almost everything due to their simplicity and introvert uniqueness…My favorite Autumn look has been decided, I wear the shirt above, with a black jacket, Lee HI-STANDARD SKINNY and my newly recent acquired Rick Owens/ Adidas spring blade high.
Or when I want to go casual, with these Adidas ignites…you can see a pattern here right….well these Springblades are soooo comfy that’s why.
I love Autumn because you’re not restricted by the weather what you want to wear, let us know about your favorite Autumn outfit!
Well the simple answer to that is the following: You fill a small bag with high quality green tea leaves from Japan’s “tea prefecture” Shizuoka, connect a string to it and instead of the usual squarish label at the end, you connect a paper laser cutout of a traditional Japanese figure.
Due to some nifty cutting, you’re figure won’t drown in the tea.
There is a description of each figure in Japanese and English on the package.
The designer of these teabags recommends you to use the cutouts as decoration, for example next to a light switch or behind a lamp shade….like I said, nifty.
They are unfortunately completely sold out at the moment, but new stock is on its way!
The package contains 6 teabags with high quality green tea and costs 1080 yen.
“The true beauty and purpose of this traditional art form is brought back to life, as a new Ukiyo-e piece by skilled craftsmen (Illustrator • Wood Carver • Hand Printer) who have passed down the original techniques to subsequent generations for over 400 years.”
True Japan lovers and art lovers don’t have to be informed in the beauty and skill of Ukiyo-e, the 400 year old Japanese Traditional Woodblock Print art.
This time they partnered up with U.S.-based Epic Rights, the global brand management firm for KISS to create the best looking Ukiyo-e yet…KISS has some kind of Kabuki presence due to their make up and facial expressions (think long tongue), which makes them the perfect models.
They have created 3 unique pieces for the “international” market (which in this case means the USA and Japan) , with two pieces coming in “autographed”(by the band) and not “autographed”.
1-The artwork shows a battle scene of MOMOIRO CLOVER Z (MCZ) in vibrant, bright and colorful armor, versus KISS as the black flame, fireball monster.
2-KISS Kabuki Ukiyo-e. This portrait style is very popular in the Ukiyo-e art. The design of the Kimono comes from Aoko Roshi(47 Ronin), a touch of shine is infused with mica on the Kimono (grey area) in respect to KISS. The color inside Hauberk expresses each member of the band. The lighter color make-up symbolizes Kabuki’s Kumadori make-up.
$1,250.00 or $2,500.00 for the autographed piece
3-KISS Monstrous Ukiyo-e. The members of the band are transformed into monsters and samurai. Gene Simmons is the flying devil with the big head. Eric Singer is the ‘Nekomata (mythical two-tailed monster)’, which stands for cat monster just like his character in the band. Tommy Thayer is the ‘Nuribotoke’ a monster with the Buddha face. Paul Stanley is the warrior who fights these creatures and the front piece of the warrior’s helmet has a star shape from his persona name ‘Star Child’. Pentagram is his signature but hexagram on his armor above his knees are meant to protect from the evil.
$1,250.00 or $2,500.00 for the autographed piece
For the Japanese only(KISS fan club) market they have one more….
4-KISS Ukiyo ERI “Ukiyo Sui
The prices in Japanese yen are 108,000 yen and 237,600, which is 966,- and 2,127 dollars give or take at the present exchange rate, which means that they charge you $250 dollars for packaging, shipping and import duty(which is included in the price). If we order yours we will receive the print in the same packaging but we’ll give you the luxury to choose the courier. Folks from other nationalities have no choice than to use us in obtaining these pieces, but you too have the option to choose from several couriers.
Each print will be limited to 200 pieces!
Estimated delivery: Mid November or Early December of 2015 .
Size: 18.9 x 13.4inches (48 x 34cm)
The Ukiyo-e is Unframed yet, it is presented in a specially designed folio made specifically for the KISS Ukiyo-e series.
Material: Washi, Traditionally hand-made Japanese Paper “Echizen kizuki housho” “Echizen kizuki housho” is made by Shouhachi Yamaguchi in Fukui Prefecture. This Washi making in Fukui has a history of 1500 years. Washi was used for preserving documents in the age of the samurai. Made of all natural fibers from the mulberry tree, which allows the Washi to be very durable. Ukiyo-e would not have its form unless the Artisans had this Washi paper. And there’s only 2 Washi craftsmen left to make this Echizen kizuki housho.
All these prints are up for pre order, BUT, you can cancel your order any time during the pre-order period, Once the items are ready, the buyer will receive a notification email. Once notified, the buyer will have 24 hours to cancel before we process the payment. Once the credit card payment is processed, 5% will be charged for the cancelled order after the 24 hours.
This also counts if you order through us, your payment won’t be touched until you have received your order, this system goes for all our products and we can proudly say that we’ve never let a customer down.
Beautiful kimono and obi sashes are transformed into caps in this impressive new range of Japanese streetwear.
After a year in development, Japanese company W@nder Fabric has released a unique lineup of caps made with traditional fabrics sourced from vintage kimono and obi sashes. From beautifully patterned plain fabrics to more colourful, vibrant designs, there are more than 100 styles to choose from.
▼ Prices range from 8,190 yen (US$72.51) for the “Variation Kimono Cap” design, which features a patterned peak…
▼ to 9,345 yen for the colourful “Kimono Cap” style
▼ And 10,290 yen for shiny, top-of the-range “Kimono Obi Cap” designs.
▼ Even the plain-coloured caps feature gorgeous details which reveal traditional Japanese motifs and patterns.
The company prides itself on bringing new life to traditional vintage fabrics, saving materials from going to waste by re-using them in a way that appeals to the modern market. The caps are made from unique garments, meaning each pattern or design is only available in limited numbers.
To see the caps on the streets of New York in the company’s ad campaign, head over to the W@nder Fabric website and online store.
While they’re currently delivering within Japan only, the newly established company is seeking overseas buyers to distribute the caps internationally, especially for the US market, so it shouldn’t be too long before you can purchase one of these unique caps in your area, but if you can’t wait…drop us a mail.
Koncent the site which gave us the earplug dachhunds has a huge variety of common products to which young and veteran Japanese product designers have left their own twist. Some products increase in usability while others just got a visual “upgrade”, but in all case sthere’s a clear improvement over the original products, and you know that’s sometimes all we need..evolution over revolution.
Soil brings us the “COASTER Light“, which are, well, coasters.These coasters however are made out of diatomaceous earth, and paper fiber (Diatomaceous earth is a naturally-formed sedimentary mineral rock) and while diatomaceous earth is often associated with health boosting powers such as the mineral Silica'(diatomaceous earth is composed of approximately 85% silica.), a mineral which is required by tendons, cartilage, blood vessels, and bones. Anyways we don’t recommend you to eat these coasters, they’re far too pretty and pricey for that. What these coasters do, besides looking good, is absorbing liquids on the bottom of your glass and eventually dry up leaving no mark on the coaster.
And if you’re a giant, I mean a GIANT then they have bath mats, which normal people use as bathmats, but YOU can use as huge coaster.
Ever fancied a dwarf holding your cup? Well your dreams might come true with Kobito(dwarf) cup stands, they can hold your cup in three different positions and well..that’s all, but that doesn’t make them any less desirable.
Now imagine, you had a hard long day, you went from one department store to another, one shop, two shops, three shops, you lost count, you didn’t even have time for a bite, I mean a big sale like this happens only once, maybe twice sometimes three times a year…you HAVE to shop until you drop. You lost your male partner at the second shop and didn’t look back..he’ll be there when you get home…that lovely heavily discounted shirt won’t, if you don’t get it now!
Finally you get home and kick of those fabulous Jimmy Choo boots, your feet are killing you, Jimmy makes great shoes..for people with perfect feet that is…cat walk models don’t have bunions.. You’re not going to wear those boots for a while, just looking at them make you cringe, but they are pieces of art and therefore they have to be treated like that, so you put these lovely bootkeepers from Sumi Kusa Hana in them. Made out of special non-woven fabrics and filled with particulate charcoal, these bootkeepers will protect your precious boots against humidity and moisture from outside and inside and will keep the leather supple and mold free.They will of course also eliminate any odor keeping your house smelling sweat free.
particulate charcoal is used in the leg part.
One piece of molded charcoal is used for the foot
How many times haven’t you wished that you had a magnifying glass handy, maybe to read the fine print on a contract, to remove a tiny splinter from your finger or to go all Sherlock Holmes and investigate a crime. Unfortunately though most magnifying glasses aren’t that portable and the ones that are lack any sense of design…meaning that they’ll end up in the bottom of your bag, never to be found again.
44 year old designer Takeshiakira Baba came up with the Yuki-megane (snow glasses), for the lens he knocked on Nikon’s door and they came up with a lens so clear that you can see the individual snow crystals when you look at snow through these glasses! You can use these glasses with your mobile phone’s camera and use its 8.3 magnifying power to take some wonderful micro snaps.
Made out of aluminum, this lovely snowman shaped magnifying will look good as a pendant or key holder too.
Price: 2,160 yen
This nostalgic ringing (kling kling klong klong)will sound every time the door opens. Perfect for a home, office or shop that wants to welcome visitors with a warm, gentle clanging that conjures up images of old village life, the Tama Door Chime also looks pretty neat too.
Here’s a sample of the sound:
It can be attached to a door so it jingles when it moves, which then creates the charming metal ringing sound. Made using maple wood from Hokkaido and aluminum from Toyama, the cute bulb-like shape has both a natural feel and a pop color look to it. Attach it to a metal door using the wall magnet included with the set.
price: 4,644 yen
Finally here is a quick list of some other lovely products:
Birdie Paper knife/letter opener
One of my pet peeve is that when I make my cup noodles, I never really don’t know how long I have to wait till they’re ready…well this is no longer a problem after I ordered these Cupmen!
1-You pour hot water in your noodles.
2-You place a cupmen on the top, closing the lid.
3-When his arms turn white, you’re ready to devour your hot noodles!
A pin which doesn’t leave a mark on your wall after you remove them? Make way for the Ninjapin!
The ITA (which is Japanese for cutting board) cutting board is amazing due to its simplicity yet extra ordinary usefulness .
It’s a cutting board consisting out of two parts, a black raisin (polyethylene) board which lies within a wooden board. When you cut meat, the meat juices will drip into the wooden part, leaving your kitchen/dining table spotless. You can also separate the two and use them as separate boards.
Check out this site and you’ll find many more evolutionary products like the ones described above..happy shopping!
Kyoto-based fashion label Wazigen Shizukuyais 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…..
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
Material: Table – Japanese paper 100%, back – hemp 100%
Size: Free Size
Price: 160,000 yen + tax
Next up is the:
UKIYO SHINOGI – Hakama “Koboku”
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”
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…
In February the living space of Japanese houses get a lot tighter, because that’s the time the parents of girls display the Hina dolls for the upcoming Hina festival or girls’day. Hina festival is celebrated on the 3rd of March parents set up a display of ornamental dolls representing the Emperor, empress and their underlings.
The custom of displaying dolls began during the Heian period or in other words a loooong time ago. Formerly, people believed the dolls possessed the power to contain bad spirits but since traditionally, grandparents of a newborn girl used to buy a set hina dolls, they are nowadays taken out of the closet just to display and to have a reason to celebrate something, because we all love a party don’t we?
Traditions continue, but values change even so in Japan…nobody wants to abolish such cultural customs, but times are changing and more and more folks value practicality over tradition. So (almost)gone are the elaborate displays of these beautiful dolls, only to be replaced by smaller(cheaper) compact versions.
The display of the hina dolls is mostly done to make your little girl happy, and what better way to keep up her good spirits is by giving her some dolls in the shape of her favorite cartoon character?
In Disney crazy Japan this Mickey and Minnie premium hina doll set is surely to be a big hit
Size: frontage 38X depth 29X height 27cm Price: 75,598 yen (tax included) link
Or with 15 characters (original number of dolls) but smaller.
You don’t have to be Japanese to appreciate this lovely tradition, giving your new born daughter/grand daughter/friend’s daughter one of these sets will surely separate it from the other customary presents as distinguished and stylish.
Just don’t forget to put it back in the closet before march 4, failing to this will result in late marriage for the daughter.
We can get you anything from Japan to anywhere..the cheapest way!