Yep that’s now possible with these handmade Guinomi tin cups made by Takaoka casting in collaboration with Kunio Okawara. Guinomi tin cups are a little deeper than the usual sake cups and it is said that tin brings out the full flavor of the rice wine…BUT what Gundam lover is going to fill these little pieces of art with anything but love and care?
These cups come in traditional wooden boxes and cost 8,424 yen and come in Zaku and Gundam, for 16,848 yen you can get both.
They will be up for sale on the 23rd of January with delivery scheduled in March.
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.
For a lot people the three most satisfying things in life start with a “S”, sleeping, sex and shopping, for my wife it’s four since my name is Serge…(get disapproving look from wife and pitiful look from co-workers..). We can’t help you with the sex and sleep part, actually we are probably going to ruin that with the introduction of these awesome shopping sites. We will separate this story into four parts, because there are just too many good sites here in Japan selling just so much amazing stuff…
We are here to help, translate and advise you which we do gladly, nothing is too much work for us and is of course free you can contact us easily with this request form , write it, send it and wait for our answer, there will be no spamming, newsletter or anything,,,just our reply.
Anyways have fun and if you find some websites which could be interesting for other folks, then please let us know and we’ll put it up.
Super Groupies, the site to visit when you’re looking for anime or manga related fashion or collectibles. They give you points which you can use on your next purchase.
Runatown is a great, be it a little cluttered, website selling anime inspired gadgets and collectibles. There is an option to choose English or other languages, but these provide just a slightly amusing google translation.
The place to go if you want to get this limited R2-Q5 virtual keyboard…only a few remaining.
Tamashi Nations or the Bandai Japan Collectors Division Official Site (wait that doesn’t spell Tamashi.!.?). They sell everything made by Premium Bandai, Bandai for grown ups as we like to call it.
Their biggest seller must be the S.H.Figurearts line which mostly consists out of limited figures based on characters of Japanese and foreign anime, kamen rider series and movies…but also pop stars like Michael Jackson
And now up for pre-order is Freddy Mercury from Queen!
Don’t forget the “body kun” series for aspiring animators!
Other shops specialized in Bandai products are:
Hobby Online Shop which is slightly more Gundam orientated but also sells other products but more “toy like” than the offerings on Tamashi.
Megatore has a lot of female figures, slightly so sexy if I may say so. When you click on Space ship Yamato in Hobby online, you’ll get a list of pre-fabricated models like:
But if you click on the link in Megatore, you’ll get something like this:
Finally for all you “kawaii”lovers, there is the Sanrio shop with enough Hello Kitty ,Little twin stars, and my melody to last you for months of clicking and drooling.
And for the first person to react we will give you 500 points present! Yes we can sign up on more of our staff and she will give you her 500 points (of course we had to pressure her..hard)
So there you have it, the first of four, let us know what genre you’re interested in and we’ll find the best site according to your interest.
Kutani porcelain ware, which has its origins in Ishikawa Prefecture in central Japan, is a craft with a history of nearly four centuries. In recent years, we’ve seen makers of the traditional ware produce more modern and pop looking items in efforts to broaden their appeal to the public, with some beautiful results.
Now, we have another example of Kutani ware with a modern twist and it comes from a someway unexpected source — toy maker Bandai. Yes, in a brilliant case of pop culture meeting traditional craft, Bandai will be coming out with a line of Gundam Kutani ware!
The result of a collaboration between the popular anime Mobile Suit Gundam, which first aired 36 years ago, and Kutani porcelain, which was established roughly 360 years ago, the special line of Gundam-themed ware depicts memorable characters and scenes from the anime.
Kutani ware typically involves illustrations painted in a dark paint known as gosu in Japanese, made from a mineral aggregate mainly containing cobalt, which is then colored with thick coats of red, yellow, green, purple, and navy blue paints. Traditionally, natural images such as mountains, flowers, and birds are drawn and decorated with bold colors.
There are four types of products available in the line which are sure to tempt any Gundam fan.
▼ Here are the hashioki, or chopstick rests, in five brilliant designs. Each is done in a different style of Kutani and priced at 3,780 yen (US$31). The colors are eye-poppingly brilliant!
▼ There’s also a set of small-sized plates in the same five designs at 6,480 yen ($54).
▼ Rice bowls are available in two designs, selling at 5,616 yen ($47) for the pair.
▼ And for your tea or coffee, they have these mugs in the same two designs, also priced at 5,616 yen ($47) a pair.
▼ And if you want the entire collection, you can get the complete set with all the items for 21,492 yen ($178)!
The Gundam Kutani ware items are available for pre-order at the Premium Bandai online shop until November 13 and scheduled for shipment in February next year. They unfortunately don’t ship to locations outside of Japan, but we do….very very careful… You’ll also be able to purchase them at Gundam Cafe shops starting November 14 as well.
While perhaps unconventional, these items certainly look like a perfect combination of intricate Kutani craftsmanship and the powerful world of Gundam. We’re sure they’ll appeal to fans of modern art as well as Gundam fans with their successful and beautiful fusion of tradition and modern culture!
If you’re a true anime or manga fan, than you surely know about the often life-like figures created after your favorite character for sale on the net.
Although often fabricated in China, the design and the final check happens in good ol’ anime obsessed Japan. Some are true pieces of art and the prices of these figures can go up into the hundred thousands of yen, but whether you’re in the “big head” variety,
Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works
or the “realistic” kind
The cute sexy fully busted “idol” kind
The highly erotic NSFW kind…
(in case you were wondering, those are ice cream sticks in her hands..)
Maybe you’re into game characters like…
Cartoon figures like..
and big scale 1/3 big figures/dolls,
They are all produced in limited editions and require pre-ordering. Some shops online will order these for you and sell these with a significant price increase or they cut you out of the point system. You might not think much about points until you can buy a figure for free, than you realize what you’ve been missing.
While each member of the core cast of Sailor Moon has her own personality, the one descriptor that works across the board for the Sailor Senshi is “helpful.” Even protagonist Usagi, for all of her lack of willpower regarding the temptations of junk food and video games, is always ready to lend a hand to those in need when the chips are down.
Case in point: Not only will the hit anime’s magical girls protect your town from interdimensional monsters on a weekly basis, they’ll even keep you company during your coffee break, in the form of these cheerful Sailor Moon figures that’ll cling to the edge of your cup as you sip your beverage.
This year’s Summer Wonder Festival just wrapped up last weekend, and among the items exhibited at the model and figure expo were these three Sailor Moon cup companions. While many of the creations shown at Wonder Festival are one-offs or for display purposes only, now you can order these super-deformed Sailor Senshi through Bandai’s Premium Bandai website.
Part of the Ocha Tomo Series, the set features the first three members of the series’ solar system’s worth of heroines, Sailors Moon, Mercury, and Mars.
▼ Sadly, the Sailor Mars figure isn’t capable of actually producing flames to keep your hot beverages warm.
Aside from their endearing winks, the figures’ high-quality pearl paint goes a long way in justifying their more-expensive-than-gachapon price tag. The set of three is listed at 1,620 yen (US$13), and can be ordered here through the Premium Bandai website. The bundle pack will also be offered at toy retailer Kiddy Land’s branches in Tokyo’s Harajuku and Osaka’s Umeda for those who prefer the instant gratification of buying anime merchandise and/or complaining about how the set doesn’t include Sailor Jupiter face-to-face.