Japanese apparel company Kokichi has just revealed its new chinobakama, menswear that’s half chino pants, half hakama.
Less billowy than the hakama commonly worn in Japan’s past, the chinobakama, which Kokichi is also billing as “ninja pants,” can blend easily with current fashions, while still lending you an air of feudal-erastylishness.
The pants are available in navy, charcoal, or beige. In lieu of a belt, each comes with an identically colored waist cord which you tie around yourself.
Made from a durable, machine-washable 50-50 cotton/polyester blend, the chinobakama’s other modern amenities include pockets on both sides and a front zipper.
All three colors are priced at 7,800 yen (US$65) and can be found here.
They say that they are preparing an English website for foreign customers, but it might still take several weeks till a few months. So if you are in a hurry you can order them through us and since we’re not bound by an external company handling our shipping, you’ll save the 10% commission ($6.50) just on shipping.
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.
With the advent of cellphones, wristwatches have become less and less common, meaning makers have had to get more and more creative capture the attention of customers. One perfect example is this Japanese watch company that has started selling watches that use transforming metal kanji characters to tell the time!
The first question you might have is how on Earth does a watch like this work? Let’s walk through it:
▼ Here’s a watch with the kanji “ai” (“love”).
▼ Every hour (as in, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, etc), the kanji looks like this:
▼ But every minute, the pieces that make up the kanji move more and more out of order, until it’s basically unrecognizable after thirty minutes.
▼ Then it slowly moves back together, until it’s returned to its normal form on the hour.
▼ Here’s another watch, this time with the kanji “ryuu” (“dragon”).
▼ “Oh would you look at the time? It’s half-past dragon.”
So now you may have a very important question after seeing all this: doesn’t it make reading the time more complicated than it should be? Yes. Does that really matter though? Of course not! If you want to read the time accurately, then stick with a cellphone. If you want to be the stylish talk of the town, then get yourself a kanji watch and yes they are automatic.
And everywhere you go, as long as you’re wearing one of these babies, all you’ll hear is, “Excuse me, but can I have your phone number and give you some free money?”
Now if you’ve been wondering this whole time where you can get a kanji watch of your own, we have good news and bad news. First, the good news is that they’re available for sale online right at the maker’s website. There’s a bunch of different kanji, and you can request your own personalized ones as well.
Now, the bad news. Each watch is handcrafted by one man, so they cost anywhere from 100,000 yen (US$816) to 180,000 yen ($1,468). But that’s a small price to pay for the incredible fashion statement that you’ll make everywhere you go.
▼ “Sorry, I can’t hear you over how awesome my watch is.”
Ready to carry around the ultimate conversation piece on your wrist? Then check out Kanji Watch’s website and get one for yourself.
For their 10th anniversary, Wazigen Shizukuya is providing gorgeous modern hakama and yukata styles for all the men.
Hakama, yukata and kimono may be the traditional clothing of Japan, but there’s no reason that you can’t wear and enjoy them every day. Wazigen Shizukuya opened its doors in 2005 with the goal of combining original, innovative styles with traditional Japanese men’s clothing for the modern world. Whether it is a casual weekend outfit, something to wear to work or clothes for a formal occasion, Shizukuya has just the look for you.
Since this year marks their 10th anniversary, they are offering a limited special collection of hakama and yukata arranged in 10 beautiful and striking styles. Even on mannequins, the outfits display a classy, timeless appeal that anyone could envision themselves wearing next Monday morning.
▼Style 1 : Leather Hakama, “Godzilla Leather”. These pants look just like the kaiju’s skin.
▼ Leather Hakama, “Orochi Leather”. An outfit you just can’t look away from, either out of fear or because it’s so gaudy.
▼ Style 2: Feel the Wind, “Tayori”. This sytle is simple, refined and elegant and all wrapped in a garment light enough to feel the wind and the sun.
▼ Feel the Wind, “Kairoh”. The mix of various geometric shapes, colors and paisley designs give the impression of the Silk Road.
▼ Feel the Wind, “Kage E”. The vivid green undershirt paired with the see-thru black shirt evokes memories of kage-e or “shadow pictures”.
▼ Style 3: Yukata, “Nazca”. Decorated with ancient Peru drawings, this yukata is a brilliant mix of ancient times with simplicity and elegance.
▼ Style 4: Openwork Mantle, “Kaiko”. The colors and weave create the impression of a silkworm emerging from its cocoon.
▼ Openwork Mantle, “Kaheroh”. This piece is designed after mayflies and their brief and fleeting lives.
▼ Openwork Mantle, “Hotaru”. This is the manliest of the mantles and would look dashing with Japanese wear or a Western suit.
▼ Style 5: Casino Royale, “Specter”. Perfect for those long fall nights, it has patterns straight out of the beginning of a James Bond movie.
▼ Casino Royale, “Beautiful Targets”. The countless pure white threads and argyle patterned pants accentuate this gorgeous outfit.
▼ Casino Royale, “For Your Eyes Only”. The contrast of bold red and brown leaves a passionate impression.
▼ Casino Royale, “Never Say Never Again”. The showy yet tasteful arrangement of colors creates a look that says “license to kill”.
▼ Style 6: Wazi-Hasode, “Tomorrow Never Die”. An extension to the 5th style of clothing, this look will guarantee you have everyone’s attention no matter where you are. Perhaps it’s not a great spy outfit…
▼ Wazi-Hasode, “Erased License”. Whether paired with hakama or a suit, people won’t be able to keep their eyes off you.
Wazigen Shizukuya promises to reveal four more styles before the end of the year, but judging by what they’ve come up with so far, their new outfits are going to pair sophistication with traditional clothing in a fine, stylish design. For those of you who know nothing about traditional Japanese clothing, why not just let Wazigen Shizukuya choose your next outfit? You’ll quickly be known as the “samurai” of your group of friends when you start dressing in these fantastic options.
If you’ve ever wanted to fill your house with Star Wars furnishings, now you can, thanks to the Star Wars/Premium Home Collection from Japanese furniture manufacturer IDC Otsuka.
The 150-piece plus collection includes cushions, rugs, tableware, ukiyo-e woodblock prints, coat hangers, and even a variety of bobbly-headed Japanese kokeshi dolls.
The items will be available from the IDC Otsuka Furniture Shinjuku showroom from 14 November to mid-January next year. Located in a special ‘pop-up’ area of the showroom, there will be 51 types of fabric items, including curtains, tapestries and rugs, exclusive to the store.
There will also be 20 types of limited-edition cushions on sale for 3,240 yen (US$26.35) each.
One of the most coveted and expensive items available are the ukiyo-e woodblock prints, available in three designs for 54,000 yen ($439.36) each. Featuring Darth Vader, a scene from the Battle of Hoth and Queen Amidala with R2-D2, these Japanese-styled artworks come with individual serial numbers and are limited to only 200 prints each. Officially approved by Lucasfilm, these will be incredibly popular.
And if kooky everyday items are more your thing, there are coat hangers for 3,240 yen each.
▼ Tumblers from 2,376 yen.
▼ Four-piece plate sets for 2,160 yen.
▼ And these gorgeous Japanese kokeshi dolls, in five character designs, for 5,400 yen each.
With more than 150 items available, there’s much more exciting Star Wars-related homeware to discover at their Shinjuku showroom. Be sure to stop by and check them out—you’ll need something to go alongside your life-size, remote control R2-D2 fridge, after all…
Japan’s old capital Kyoto and the kimono create an image of a traditional Japan, a Japan where people respect the old life style as once was before the modernization of our present society. A place where time stands still and all the basics of this island’s customs and traditions live on as they were when the samurai still roamed and ruled this country.
When you visit Kyoto though, you find out how much of the “now” and the “then” have mixed and on the surface it might seem to the casual observer that Kyoto has been swallowed up by modern times and to be spit out in what looks like a huge open air museum. And the way the temples and shrines present themselves as tourist attractions doesn’t help to suppress this feeling of disappointment.
But you don’t have to dig deep to find that old Japan, Kyoto is still the place where the purest forms of Japanese cultural aspects are performed, for example the tea ceremonies, the ikebana flower arrangement, traditional kaiseki food.
Kyoto brands stand for tradition and quality, it’s therefore quiet shocking to see a Kyoto kimono maker take an old concept, and throw it up side down.
Kimono Aya has come up with true extreme kimono designs, which would make the traditional kimono lover freak out, but then traditionalists are easy to freak out anyway….
They combine the techniques of this era with old techniques, they use inkjet (!?) printers as part of the process to create some kimono, they airbrush and even decorate some with Swarovski rhinestones.
Besides these modern made kimono they also enlist some traditional kimono maker to have kimono made according to the old ways. They are a Kyoto company after all and they won’t let an old craft die.
Now let’s check out some of their products;
First up; their Ukiyoe line of “haunted yukata”, a yukata is a casual kimono made of cotton and mostly worn in summer.
Also available as Kimono in Silk,
Now it’s going to get a little weird, have a look at their B.D.U series (battle dress uniform). This is their NWU (navy working uniform ) yukata (cotton)
Next up are their B.D.U. kimono made from the same original cotton as from the clothes they are based on..for example this US Army woodland inspired yukata made from original US military fabric.
This yukata would go great with this tote bag! (or maybe it’s a bit of overkill)
With the B.D.U. series they got the army and navy covered, but what about the airforce? Well for that they went back in time and drew their inspiration from WW2 fighters like; Curtiss P-40 Flying Tiger
Or the P-51 Mustang
Yes they even have a Messerschmitt BF-109!
These are all made of cotton , but for an extra 50.000 yen also available in silk as kimono.
So there you have it, a new twist to an old genre, the cool thing about this is that these yukata or kimono would work well as a robe to walk around at home, since they don’t need a complicated obi (belt). Please don’t mistake, these yukata are high quality and not some cheap knock-off
Interested? Let us know, send us a pm and we’ll help you further with the details!
Imagine that you are looking for those limited edition sneakers, a pair of Kuchinashi jeans, a specific accessory for your camera, original Japanese snacks or Japanese books….
You found what you’ve been looking for online, but now the real problems start, language problems, overpriced international shipping or lack of international shipping, Japanese clothes sizes and credit card issues prevent many from ordering on-line. Or what about the plenty of auction sites in Japan, browsing through them is sheer fun, but ordering from them is like pulling nails.
Wouldn’t you like to know the details, like size and quality, or the sellers reputation before ordering something?
This is where we step in, you tell us what you need and we will find the cheapest option for you and have them delivered to your doorstep. We will bid for you, buy for you or go to the shops for you. We help, advise and guide you.
On your request we will look for reviews and translate them , and if necessary physically check the product .
Just tell us information of the goods that you are looking for and we will handle the rest.
1-we give you the points you earn on most Japanese websites to use with your next purchase, which means that if you earn enough points you sometimes end up paying only the shipping!
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