Category Archives: yahoo japan 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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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.




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.


Kawaii yakata takes cuteness to a new level…

Nobody does cute like the Japanese, it’s like their yin to their yang….Japan kinda invented monsters and other  straight out of nightmares things like “yokai” which are otherworldly or inexplicable beings and the “kaiju” or strange beast. Believe in ghosts (obake) and spirits (Yūrei) is very strong, sure not everybody will openly admit this, but few eyebrows are raised if a person tells that he or she witnessed a ghost.

They even captured a ghost on BBC world service..actually this is a Yamamba, a trend which used to be big in Harajuku….

But for every Oni(devil) there’s a Kitty, for every kappa a  my melody…And we are not only taking about fictional monsters…. for every bully there’s a Doraemon and for every prime minister there’s Mickey Mouse. So a country which creates and houses the world’s most horrible creatures, also creates the biggest amount of cute creatures(dolls and people included)..if that’s not yin and yang then what is?

Japan loves kawaii and kawaii is big business, kawaii girls join kawaii girl’s bands and play in sold out theaters, Disney Land is the most popular place to visit for Japanese, USJ (Universal Studio Japan) would never have survived if they didn’ have  Snoopy, all the characters of Sesame Street and Sanrio’s Kitty. Cities and prefectures spend lots of (tax)money to create a cute mascot for promotion and hopefully increased tourism and trade..with mixed results. Make up companies are doing business selling mascara to make your eyes look bigger, giving you that manga kawaii look. The list goes on and on

HELLO KITTYがチャッキーに!?/ぬいぐるみS/ネイルシール/ピアス(4個)セット
USJ’s Hello Kitty/chucky halloween doll…sold out in minutes.

This month  Yahoo shopping site  Smartphone Toy Store  Hamee opened a new site called the “Kawaii Mansion (link)“, this site has a huge assortment of smartphone related and heaps of other  kawaii goods.

sailor moon crystal glass set 5,000 yen + 50 shopping points
Disney memo can 500yen (1 can)

#3D Pochi Friends Bear 1,380 yen


The really popular kotori (small bird) collection sekisei inko (parakeet) stuffed birds. 2,200円


And if you can’t find here what you’re looking for, may we suggest you check out Sanrio’s website… where you can even find something cool like this teapot.

And don’t forget to purchase these coasters, you don’t want to get stains on your new table now don’t you?