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Japanese company’s fashion hoods for your cat…

 

Putting a cat hat on a cat.

There’s something about cats that makes feline fans want to own more than one. Maybe it’s because they’re relatively quiet and independent most of the time, or because their capricious personalities mean that a kitty might not be in the mood to play at any single moment, and so it’s nice to have another source of animal companionship.

But just because you want a second cat doesn’t mean you can have one, though. Aside from space and budget constraints, cats, like any pets, need a certain level of care, and so one cat may be all you can handle. You can still double the feline fun, though, with these new cat cosplay items from Japanese manufacturer Necos.

This April Necos’ Colorful Cat Fluffy Cat Ears series will turn your cat into…another cat.

▼ The seemingly redundant naming of Colorful Cat Fluffy Cat Ears makes a certain sort of sense since there are two pairs of cat ears present.

In keeping with the fancy atmosphere, many of the hoods have regal or playful-sounding official color names, such as “lemon yellow,” “scarlet,” and “violet,” though apparently “pink,” “white,” and “black” are good enough for the rest of the set.

But even though half the set gets high-class color names, you won’t be able to select the hue you want, since the Colorful Cat Fluffy Cat Ears are offered on a random basis, and you won’t know which you’ve gotten until after you open the box.

At just 500 yen (US$4.70) each, though, it shouldn’t hurt your wallet too badly to splurge on more than one, and if you are lucky enough to share your home with multiple cats, you’ll want to pick up a couple different hoods anyway.

 

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Cuter than cute, Hatsune Miku underwear!

Japan’s fashion retailer Super Groupies, famous for its anime and manga inspired fashion articles, has found inspiration in virtual  pop vocalist Hatsune Miku.

They will release two pieces; a lingerie set consisting of  a bra and knickers in the trademark  aquamarine (blueish green, or greenish blue…) adorned with a bright pink ribbon.

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The second piece is a camisole, which is something Miku would wear on a lazy day at home while eating a cake….

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The lingerie set retails for 8.800 yen and the camisole goes for 8,500 yen.

Pre-order started yesterday and will continue untill November 6 (October 17, 2016 – November 6, 2016 ) with delivery scheduled for mid March.

You don’t have to love Hatsune Miku to appreciate these sets, they are lovely and reasonably priced….if you’re a Miku fan though, than this a no-brainer!

source:Super Groupies

Tomoko Hirano JWS

Love Japan’s realistic fake food? Now you can wear it on your head as an accessory!

No one wants to have egg on their face, but if you want in on your head, this Japanese company is happy to oblige.

One of the many great things about eating out in Japan is the fake food samples that are presented outside the restaurant. Sometimes it can be hard to tell what a dish will actually look like from a written menu, so they’re super helpful for helping you decide if a restaurant is right for you before you even go inside.

So… pretty….
Oh right, I was supposed to be picking my dinner!

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Some of the fake food samples are really beautifully made, so much so that you may have thought about stealing them and wearing them on your head… maybe.

But now you don’t have to live a life of plastic-sample-stealing crime to get that food fashion you crave so badly. One of the companies that makes the realistic fake food for restaurants, Fake Food Hatanaka, has now released what it calls the ii-Fake line of accessories that feature their signature plastic dishes.

Here’s a sample of some of their wares:

▼ Nothing quite completes that “I woke up like this” look
like a pile of spaghetti and meat sauce in your hair.

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▼ “Oh this old thing? I just tossed it up there this morning.”

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▼ The egg on that tsukimi soba really brings out the yolks in your eyes.

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▼ When you want to have emo hair but also
want to show your love of bacon and eggs to the world.

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▼ One of my favorites for its subtlety: a bacon bow.

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▼ And for those who want the complete
opposite of subtlety: the full-on Medusa-hair omelet soba!

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If you’re a fan of Japanese food samples and crazy hair accessories, then check out Fake Food Hatanaka’s online accessory shop ii-fake. There’s much more available than what we’ve shown here, though a lot of it has been so popular it’s already sold out.

 

Source: Fake Food Hatanaka

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Coolest anime inspired socks ever!

Based on the image of the world of witch Ichihara Yuko, the wish-granting shop owner of the famous xxxHolic manga series come these lovely socks.

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These socks are designed to combine, wear them straight under a black miniskirt and they project a bit of a wild side of you, wear them with high heels and you become a vixen.

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Now wear them over some tights and and your whole image changes again…according to the colour of your tights…red tights will make you look prudish with a naughty flame burning deep inside you….

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The embroidery of a smoking pipe and butterflies are the subtle reminders that you’re a xxxHolic reader and love well written and beautifully illustrated manga/art.

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If you want to surprise your boyfriend/husband/girlfriend/wife, why not wear them beneath this camisole dress thingy

Or if you’re in a real witchy mood, why not put them under your spell once and forever with this lovely lingerie set

So this is how witches read..?

The prices are of Super Groupies level, meaning not too high

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6,800 ¥

Ichihara Yuko model camisole dress underwear xxxHOLiC

8,500 ¥

Ichihara Yuko model lingerie set underwear xxxHOLiC

8,800 ¥ 

Let us know how we can help you!

Tomoko Hirano

SuperGroupies

Japanwebshopping

 

Beautiful Japanese maid uniform bikini sets are really kawaii!

Now you can go swimming in your maid’s costume this summer.

Japanese online swimwear retailer Pixy Party is making a name for itself with cute and sexy collections designed to make girls look like adorable waterside pixy fairies. This summer, they’re dedicating a whole line of bikinis to a different type of fantasy, with the “I Love Maid Lovely Bikini Set” featuring black-and-white numbers with lace, buttons and bowties in three eye-catching designs.

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▼ The first style features a lacy drawstring top and cute black-and-white briefs that perfectly replicate a maid’s uniform with bowtie details.

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▼ The second design comes with equally pretty details, including a lace neck strap and tiny black buttons.

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▼ The third design adds some maid-style frills to the straps, along with a thin, flowing black ribbon.

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The company mentions that the outfits are designed to be worn in and out of the pool, at events like summer outdoor festivals.

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While the lace details and embellishments are firmly sewn in to withstand use in water, the bikini tops are said to pair well with shorts and skirts when worn at outdoor events.

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Brave maids, of course, are free to wear the bikinis whichever way they like, and can even play mix-and-match with all three sets.

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The bikinis are available in small, medium and large sizes, and are currently available to purchase online for 5,184 yen (US$50.38) each, for delivery within Japan, or outside Japan if you use Japanwebshopping!

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Source, Images: @Press

Cat’s eye contacts are cute AND creepy…

Cosmetics company Eye Style teams with popular Japanese cosplayer Nekomu Otogi to release these cute but disturbing cat’s eye contact lenses.

There’s no question that cats have superior night vision and possibly possess a Terminator-style HUD that allows them to quickly triangulate the trajectory of their natural prey and/or laser pointer dots, allowing them to pounce at lightning speeds and in low light conditions. It’s an amazing super power, but it comes with the trade-off that their pupils wind up being creepy vertical slits that are disconcerting to look at whenever you catch your feline “friend” staring at you from the corner of the room.

Of course, super vision is far out of reach for mankind, but now, thanks to popular cosplayer Nekomu Otogi and cosmetics retailer Eye Style, you can at least borrow the feline’s amazing powers of creeping people out with these cat’s eye color contacts.

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It isn’t that Nekomu Otogi cosplays much as a cat (well, outside of the purposes of promoting these contacts, as you can see below), but according to the product’s official website, Otogi volunteered to produce the contacts because, she claims, she’s always wanted something like them but could never find a suitable substitute on the market.

 

The contacts come in yellow, red, two shades of blue, purple, pink, brown and gray, and may just help you add that special flare to any cosplay, regardless of your costume’s relationship to felines. Or, you could just wear them daily as normal and revel in the spit takes of passersby as you stroll around (most likely) Akihabara.

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The contacts retail for 4,212 yen (US$40) for a pair that Eye Style says will last for around a month of on-and-off wear and you can order from Eye Style’s official website. As with most cool Japanese stuff, shipping is domestic only, but you have JWS  to get the contacts sent to you.

Source and Images: Eye Style

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Neckties for the “otaku” businessman

Being an otaku in the corporate world isn’t always easy, strict fashion guidelines prevent you from expressing the real you. Sure you can wear some  anime printed underwear, but it’s not ..well how to say this….cheeky….it’s a bit cowardice like putting Coke in a Pepsi bottle during a Pepsi fan meeting.

Now though, you can hide in plain sight, looking quite dashing in a conservative way, but still wearing your heart on your sleeve, with these Girls&Panzer neckties.

Worn beneath a suit they look like ordinary striped ties….

When you take off your jacket they still won’t reveal a thing..no worries you still look like a “serious” corporate worker.

 

Then when you turn over your tie a smile spreads over your face…knowing that they can take the otaku out of the otaku world, but you can never take the otaku out of the otaku!

They come in two colors, the one above with Nishisumu Miho in blue and Akiyama Yukasato in green.

 

They are now up for pre-order(delivery in July) and the cheapest option (various sites are selling them) was the one we found here ¥ 4,860 at Gee!Store.

(dimensions width 7cm / stiletto width 4cm / total length 145cm  )

Serge Roso JWS

Morinaga releases Attack on Titan ChocoBalls — packages feature mascot bird Kyurochan in cosplay!

Who doesn’t love light, crunchy chocolate snacks that you can pop easily into your mouth, right? The Chocoball chocolates, from major Japanese snack maker Morinaga, have long been a popular snack in Japan and available in a wide range of flavors over the years. And what do you get when you cross over a well-loved snack like that with one of the biggest manga/anime hits in recent years? You get an awesomely cool snack, like these Attack on Titan ChocoBalls that have just been released this week!

Yes, this chocolate and manga collaboration comes in three exciting flavors for a limited time, and we have to say Kyuro-chan, the mascot bird for the ChocoBall brand, definitely looks dashing and ready to take on some Titans as he appears on the packages cosplaying as the main characters from the manga! So, ready to take a look at the special collaborative ChocoBall products?

The three flavors are each available in five different packages, which when lined up together form a connecting picture.

▼Here are the five packages the peanut flavored Attack on Titan Chocoballs come in, priced at 70 yen (US$0.70) for a 24g (0.85oz) pack. They have a peanut and crisp center covered with chocolate — a classic combination. Four of the package designs feature Kyuro-chan as Eren, the manga’s protagonist, and one as Levi, the powerful warrior.choco 2 peanut packages

▼One of the four Eren designs:choco 3 peanut Elen

▼And this is Kyuro-chan as Levi:choco 4 peanut Levi のコピー

▼These are the five caramel flavored packages, with a sweet caramel center again covered in chocolate, sold at 70 yen for a 27g (0.95 oz) pack. Now, caramel and chocolate –that has to taste good together!choco 5 caramel package

▼Four  of the deigns depict Kuro-chan as Armin, one of which is shown below.choco 7 caramel Almin

▼The other package design shows Kuro-chan as Elwin:
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▼And there’s also the strawberry flavored ChocoBalls, once again priced at 70 yen (US$0.70) for a 24g (0.85 oz) pack. This fruity flavor contains a white chocolate and rice puff center covered with strawberry chocolate. Yum … strawberry and white chocolate, that’s also a proven combination! choco 8 strawberry packages のコピー

▼Here’s one of the four designs for Kyuro-chan as Mikasa:choco 9 strawberry Mikasa

▼And this is Kyuro-chan as Zoë, the fifth design:

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▼Oh, and when you open the small retractable lid  on the packets, you’ll be greeted by the face of the Colossus Titan!choco titan

▼And while the product below isn’t an Attack on Titan contribution, Morinaga announced at the same time that they are also selling this new ChocoBall flavor — the Shiratama Anmitsu (70 yen for a 25g [0.88oz] pack), which is a Japanese dessert made with agar jelly and  served with red bean paste, various fruits and small white mochi (rice cake) balls called shiratama. While certainly not a conventional flavor for a chocolate snack, Shiratama Anmitsu is a long-time favorite dessert with the Japanese and may be worth a try if you’re looking for something a little different.choco 11 shiratama

All of these products will be available  until the end of August, so there’s still a bit of time to buy them if you’re going to be in Japan during that period or you can have us send them, as a matter of fact, we can send you all the food you want from Japan…and as usual, for the lowest prices available.

As for us, you can be sure we’re quite happy to see one of our favorite snacks combined with one of our favorite manga. Go kyuro-chan, and fight the Titans for us, but make sure to leave us with plenty of sweet treats!

Source and photos: Morinaga & Co., Ltd. press release

Cosplay and rejuvenate your skin at the same time with new Sadako vs Kayako face masks

ace off with two of the horror world’s most terrifying characters as they make you look both shocking and beautiful at the very same time.

Despite being two of the most feared women in Japanese cinema history, Sadako, from the Ring movie series, and Kayako, from the Ju-on (The Grudge) franchise, are suddenly popping up everywhere in the lead-up to their crossover film, Sadako vs. Kayako, which is due to be released in Japan on June 18. Kayako and her son have been sharing photos of their day-to-day lives on Instagram and appearing with Sadako as terrifying cup clinger figurines, and both of the terrifying women have shown up to implore viewers to vote for them in humorous election campaigns.They even threw and hit the opening pitch during Swallows vs fighters baseball game…the person who recorded this video lost all his hair one day after the match…leaving him bald as cue ball.

Now the two ladies are ready to take over your face with a new set of moisturising face masks.

▼ Sadako (below, left) can be seen with a swath of long black hair covering her face. Kayako (below, right) comes with a bloody wound in the middle of her forehead.

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Containing hyaluronic acid, collagen, and aloe vera extracts, these masks endeavour to keep you looking young and supple underneath, while making you look ghoulishly terrifying on the outside. Sadako comes with the surprisingly non-terrifying scent of lavender while Kayako smells like roses.

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The “Turn into Sadako vs Kayako Face Pack” retails for 800 yen (US$7.30) and contains one of each character for you to enjoy on your own or share with a friend so you can recreate all the terror from the upcoming movie inside your very own home. The face packs will be released in conjunction with the opening of the movie on June 18 and can be purchased from cinemas, drugstores and Don Quixote shops within Japan.

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Source, Images: Tumblr/SadakovsKayako

Style your hair like an old-school Japanese beauty with the marumage hair kit

Once a hairstyle for married women of samurai families, this kit provides the tools for anyone to tackle this traditional ‘do in minutes!

The marumage—a traditional hairstyle worn by married women in the Edo period from the early 1600s to mid-1800s—fell out of fashion long ago, but can still be seen at formal events like weddings, and Himi City in Toyama Prefecture even has a marumage festival, where a procession of unmarried women in kimono and hair styled in marumage fashion go to a local temple to pray to the goddess of mercy. Hair styling packages are often offered at kimono rental studios in Japan to complement the look, and more likely than not you’ll the marumage as an optional style.

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Now, with a little help from a few essentials in this new Marumage Kit, you can recreate this look whenever you want! The kit isn’t exactly a steal, but will pay for itself if you forgo the hairdresser and do it yourself instead. For 8,800 yen (US$80), the kit includes two side pieces and one piece for the back of the head that gives your hair the perceived volume needed to recreate that well-known look. The material clings to your hair without damaging it, allowing for easy styling.

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Also included is a comb, one large and four small elastic hair bands, and four hair pins. The only thing you need to prepare is your choice of gel or hairspray to hold the hair in place.

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The video below demonstrates the styling process, which the website claims can be done in five to 15 minutes. The lovely model in this video completes it in less than 10.

Due to the popularity of the product, it appears there are currently no more kits in stock, but you can enter your email address in at the website to receive a notification when they are back in (sorry, Japanese only). In the meantime, you can stock up on some of their other hair accessories to add an elegant touch to your marumage!

And no, you don’t have to be Japanese to achieve this look. you would look awesome if you go for the “Oriental” look whether it’s for cosplay or to finish off your Y’s outfit!

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