Walk like a robot cat from the future with Doraemon Reebok shoes

To the casual observer, Doraemon must appear to be the patron saint of Japan; his image can be found everywhere. Doraemon’s face or colour scheme crops up on goods ranging from McDonald’s toys to PC cushions to face masks.

For those unfamiliar with His Works, Doraemon is a robot cat sent back from the future to help schoolboy Nobita navigate the trials and travails of everyday life by producing a series of amazing devices.

While we may have to wait a little longer for a genuine “anywhere door” or “memory bread,” we can now walk, run, and exercise in style with these new Doraemon Reebok trainers, which certainly catch the eye.

Coinciding with the Japanese release of the latest Doraemon movie, Doraemon’s Great Adventure to the South Pole on the March 4, these funky trainers are a collaboration between Reebok Instapump Fury and design company atmos and also go on sale on the same day.

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But, fashionistas may ask, what could possibly go with garishly light-blue shoes?

The answer may be yet more Doraemon-themed blueness. Perhaps in the form of this Kway jacket. It does however look a little bit thin for Antarctic adventuring, so that’s probably best left to those with amenable robotic felines.

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▼ The shoes proclaim the wearer’s love of Dorayaki, Doraemon’s favourite snack.
Whether this will result in being handed the delicious snacks is unclear.

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▼ The pump resembles Doraemon’s signature bell.

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▼ Even the inner soles feature Doraemon.

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The shoes are available from the Reebok Harajuku store or the atmos website and retail at 21,600 yen (US$190), including tax. While at time of writing the atmos website only had sizes up to 24.5 (US size 6.5) there is the option to request sizes up to 30 centimetres (US size 12).

The Kway jacket is also available from the atmos website for 13,824 yen. Perfect for that well-known Doraemon and Crossfit-fan niche.

Source: Atmos via God Meets Fashion
Images: Atmos (1, 2)

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J-Scent, perfumes that capture the aromas of Japan

Ah, perfume! What a vast array of scents that word includes. From standard florals and musks to more outlandish aromas like tanuki raccoon dog or Attack on Titan characters, there’s a dizzying selection to choose from. Or perhaps it’s just spending too long in the perfume section that’s making you light-headed.

If your lady love is a Japan fan, you can bypass all those testers and head straight for the J-Scent Collection: a series of perfumes that evoke uniquely Japanese aromas. They’ve just released their first three scents, Agarwood, Roasted Green Tea and Wasanbon.

Now, agarwood is a resinous heartwood produced when lign-aloe trees are infected with a particular type of mold. It’s a rare and expensive ingredient that it is commonly used in fine perfumes. It’s also used in traditional Japanese incense, so it’s not surprising to find it in this line.

▼ Agarwood: so you too can smell like moldy wood

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Roasted Green Tea and Wasanbon, on the other hand, are not your typical perfume scents.

Roasted Green Tea, or hojicha, in Japanese, is a very popular beverage and is served both hot and cold. It has a warming, earthy scent, especially as the leaves are being roasted. According to the manufacturer, this perfume recalls that and “the feeling of having a chat with an intimate friend.”

Wasanbon is an expensive fine-grained sugar produced in the south of Japan from sugarcane. It is primarily used in making wagashi, or traditional Japanese sweets. I can’t say that there is any particular smell associated with it, but the product description says it’s “a friendly scent with the image of delicate wagashi.”

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They all sound like nice subtle scents that could make for a thoughtful Valentine’s day gift, though you might want to be careful they get you fired up for the wrong activity.

▼ “Mmm, baby, your perfume makes me want to eat a bunch of sugar and have a cup of tea.”

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Source: At Press

Moon Prism Power Makeup — with actual base and foundation from Shiseido Maquillage!

You’ve seen Sailor Moon transformed by the magic of Moon Prism Power, but now the series has collaborated with Shiseido to create real makeup that girls can actually use!

Fans of the long running series should be delighted to hear that actual Sailor Moon-themed makeup will be released from Shiseido Maquillage this spring. That’s right, our favorite pretty soldier has teamed up with the Maquillage brand from Japanese cosmetics company Shiseido to take on the hugely important task of helping girls achieve perfect-looking skin.

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There will be two items in the Sailor Moon x Maquillage collaboration lineup. First we have a set that includes the Dramatic Powdery UV Foundation and a matching limited edition special design compact case that will be priced at 3,500 yen (US$30.50).

▼ The foundation and sponge fits in the beautiful compact case.

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The second item is a set of the same Dramatic Powdery UV Foundation in a smaller size combined with the Dramatic Skin Sensor Base UV makeup base also in a limited edition bottle, to be available for 2,600 yen.

▼ Makeup base and foundation should be a good start to beautiful looking skin.

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Coming from Shiseido, the makeup items naturally aren’t all just fancy decoration, but genuine beauty products. The makeup base is designed to continue giving your skin a more beautiful finish than immediately after applying makeup for extended periods of time, and the foundation is a mousse-based powder type made to let you achieve the look of naturally beautiful skin, so it sounds like using the base and foundation should work quite a bit of magic! Both sets are available in two shades (ocher 10 and ocher 20), from which you can choose based on your skin tone.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a collaboration without the fancy decorations, so they’ve made sure there’s plenty of that as well.

▼ The compact case for the foundation comes decorated with patterns
of the transformation brooch and the sailor soldiers’ planetary symbols.

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▼ It’s also colored in lovely pink and blue hues that symbolize the bright
prism colors seen during Sailor Moon’s transformation scene.

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▼ The cap of the makeup base is also decorated with the same Sailor Moon patterns for a touch of that magical sparkle.

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They also had a special set containing the makeup base, foundation, and compact case along with a special pouch and sticker available exclusively for pre-order through the Premium Bandai shopping site, but these apparently sold out in about one day and is sadly no longer on sale on the site.

You can, however, still buy the two sets we introduced above when they become available starting April 21 at drug stores and supermarkets across Japan or through Shiseido’s online shop. Here’s to the very real magic of makeup, which we can rely on even without the help of Moon Prism Power… though it can’t hurt if you apply it with a Spiral Heat Moon Rod brush.

Source: Sailor Moon 25th Anniversary Project Official Site
Top Image: Shiseido Sailor Moon x Maquillage special site
Insert Images: Premium Bandai online shop

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Relax to the smell of….. chocolate

Who doesn’t love the scent of chocolate, right? Well you can now indulge in that sweet smell to your heart’s content with this unique product from Japanese incense maker Koukando. The Osaka-based company that has been creating incense-related products for over 130 years will be offering their new “The Memories of Scent: Chocolate (jumble pack)” incense starting February 1, just in time for Valentine’s Day, when everything turns chocolate-themed in Japan.

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This is actually the third in their line of  “Express your thoughts with scents of precious memories” incense products, of which previous items included coffee and mikan (mandarin orange). According to Koukando the concept behind this product series is the sharing of fond everyday memories, as the incense in this line is designed as offerings for ancestors as opposed to personal recreational use. They took in customers’ opinions on over 50 different scents before deciding on chocolate as a smell that people associate with pleasant memories and something that you would give to loved ones. Specifically, the product’s scent is supposed to be that of sweet milk chocolate.

▼ The packaging definitely makes it look like a box of chocolates instead of incense.

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The incense will be available next month at a price of 850 yen (US$7.42) per box at mass retailers, Buddhism and incense-related shops, and online as well. We have to admit, the smell of chocolate does seem to be soothing (or is that just for this writer?) and if you want to immerse yourself in that sweet scent, this incense might be the healthiest way to do so.

My wife will use it for a special “valentine” yoga class…..now all I have to do is find some chocolate inspired yoga music….

Source, images: @Press press release
Reference: Koukando website

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Heavy snow turns Kyoto into a dream

According to locals, this much snow only falls once every two years in Kyoto.

With so many unique and historic monuments, Kyoto has one of the world’s largest collections of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, making it one of the most fascinating and beautiful places to visit in all of Japan. While the ancient city has an alluring, atmospheric beauty at any time of the year, there’s one particular time when the temples and shrines here become even more exquisite, and that’s when the area is covered in a white sheet of soft powder snow.

This weekend, Kyoto received its coldest winter days yet, with heavy snowfall hitting the city in what locals say is a rare event that only occurs only once every two years. Despite the intense cold, photographers braved the snow to capture some of the area’s most iconic sites at their most beautiful, creating images that makes us feel like we’ve stepped back in time to the feudal era. Let’s take a look below at some of the gorgeous scenes from the wintry weekend.

The famous Golden Pavilion, Kinkakuji, drew a large number of crowds who came to gaze at the glistening beauty of ice crystals contrasted against a shade of brilliant gold.

▼ Tourists and locals alike clamoured to catch a glimpse of Kinkakuji in the snow.
▼ Another iconic spot to draw crowds on the weekend was Kiyomizu-dera.
The view of the snow-covered pagoda was one of the many sights that could be enjoyed in the well-known Higashiyama district.
Arashiyama, to the west of the city center, and its beautiful bamboo forest also became ethereal sites of beauty on the weekend…
…while this photographer stepped out in a blizzard to capture the beauty of Pontocho, a narrow street lined with secluded restaurants, in the snow.
Kifune Jinja held a special free light-up event until 8:00 p.m. so visitors could enjoy the unique atmosphere on the grounds of their Shinto shrine in the evening.
Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its thousands of vermillion torii gates, was another site that enthralled visitors.
It really doesn’t matter when you visit Kyoto, it is one the most beautiful cities in Japan, but you have to admit that a white layer of snow gives it something extra….
Source: Net Lab
Featured image: Twitter/@gokurakucyo

10th International Manga Award Winners Announced

Contest for foreign artists held annually in Japan.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan announced the winners of its 10th Annual Japan International Manga Awards on Tuesday. The awards recognize foreign manga creators, and anyone outside of Japan can submit their work for consideration. There were a total of 14 winners: one Gold, three Silver, and 10 Bronze.

▼ Joël Parnotte and Xavier Dorison of France won the Gold Award for their work “The Master of Arms”

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The three Silver Award winners are as follows:

▼ Han Zuzheng of China for his work “scavengers”

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▼ Laura Iorio, Roberto Ricci, and Marco Cosimo D’amico of Italy for their work “The Heart of Darkness”

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▼ Can Tieu Hy of Vietnam for her work “Gateway to Underworld”

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The Bronze Award winners are as follows:

  • Mangkorn Soraphon and Wipaporn “Usagi” Rutchote of Thailand with “King of Vampires”
  • Wiroj “Beast” Ruengsiri of Thailand with “Evil Discus”
  • Akiko Shimojima of Japan and Seàn Michael Wilson of the United Kingdom with “Secrets of the Ninja”
  • Zhao Ze and Guo Qiang of China with “TsangyangGyatso”
  • Ann Maulina of Indonesia with “Raruurien”
  • Toledando and Robledo of Spain with “Tebori”
  • Zuo Hsuan of Taiwan with “Summer Temple Festival I”
  • Young-Oh Kim of Korea with “Tussles Against Spectres”
  • Patrycja Kicyla of Poland with “Dream About Japan”
  • Dimaz Sadewa of Indonesia with “Woelan”

The contest received 296 entries from 55 countries. The regions with the most entries were Taiwan with 41, Thailand with 33, and China with 27.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan established the International Manga Awards in May 2007 and it has been held annually since then. The jury included manga artists Machiko SatonakaYoshimi Kurata, and Kimie Shiga and publishers Tsutomu Fujita and Kouichi Yuri.

This year entries were accepted from April 1 through June 30. Gold and Silver Award winners will be invited to attend an awards ceremony in Japan, where they will also be able to meet Japanese manga artists and visit publishing companies. The ceremony will take place on February 6, 2017.

We at JWS congratulate you all!

 

source: anime news network

Get ultra lazy in this luxurious Zetton chair.

As (pretend)head of a family of five, I often have hard decisions to make when it comes to budgeting. Spend our money on retainers  or get a new BBQ set, buy winter coats for the kids or a Victoria Secret set for the missus….choices, choices, decisions, decisions..being a dad is hard at some times. Once in a blue moon however something pops up and spending my hard earned cash on it seems like a no-brainer and unimportant things like school tuition and life insurance payments fade to the back of my wallet.

When I was a child there was always a “father chair” in the house, a chair you wouldn’t sit down in without asking your old man’s permission. A beautiful leather  throne which you warn your hyper energetic friend about not to sit in when dad was around.

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My father would sit in it smoking his pipe and  we mortals crawled up on the sofa while watching “The six million dollar man”. Well I found my chair and I am going to get it and nobody will be allowed to sit in it without my permission…so it won’t be in the living room because I have lost all authority there, same goes for the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom, but I`ll use it at the office, a place where people still respect my sandwich labeled “boss” in the fridge and use close to polite language when addressing me…

Meet the Zetton Chair!

Made out of fine Italian Leather(Italian cows?) and sewn by skilled craftsmen, this premium chair was made to commemorate the first Ultraman TV broadcast fifty years ago.

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While Zetton isn’t the most handsome lad, somehow the folks of Karimoku Furniture and MAN OF ULTRA have incorporated all characteristics  which make Zetton such a ugly monster into a most beautiful chair. The wrinkled white arms and legs which remind you of an 80 year old love in a swimsuit, the way its black skin covers those milky arms like a loose swimsuit… The back is fitted with deformed shaped studs which were mounted one by one and resemble Zetton rear side perfectly.

Call it furniture, call it art, you don’t have to be an Ultraman lover to appreciate this chair, it’s not only well designed, it’s also extremely well made with the finest materials and it’s comfy…ooooh so comfy with its “3D net” cushion material and soft leather which wrapped around your body make you resemble a tortilla.

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It comes with a ottoman to lay your tired feet on…

The backrest resembles Zetton’s chest pattern

The price for this is 500.000 yen, not cheap, but no good furniture is and this chair will last you a life time. I always say “if you have the dough, let it flow!” and if you don’t then you can always sell a kidney on the black market…trust me this chair is worth it.

Serge Roso JWS

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