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Three unique Japanese products you just need!

Chinese Dress School Swimming Costumes

Fetish designer and owner of Moira Design combines the traditional Japanese school swimsuit with a traditional Chinese dress.                                                                                 The “China Sukumizu“,  comes in a choice of two colours: red or blue, and both designs feature cut-out sections, a high-neck collar, and a highly decorative button closure. While the red style has slimming strips of black nylon on either side, the blue version adds a little spice with a set of pale blue lace inserts.

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pre-order for  14,999 yen (US$133.40), with delivery scheduled for early July.

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Wooden samurai bokuto sword umbrella

This  umbrella  takes its cues from a bokuto, or wooden sword.                                     There’s some cool kanji character etching on the handle. Well, at least it looks cool. The actual meaning is pretty pedestrian, since the kanji just reads “Toyako,” or “Lake Toya,” a common tourist destination in Hokkaido.

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If this is all starting to sound familiar, odds are you’re a fan of anime and manga franchise Gintama, in which leading man/badass swordsman Gintoki wields a bokuto with the same kanji characters carved into it. The similarities are clearly intentional, as Thanko’s official name for the product is Bokuto Umbrella Toyako, and one of its promotional images is a thinly veiled bit of Gintama cosplay.

1,980 yen (US$18).

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Censor your underwear with new Mini Petticoat

First there was the black Frilled Mini Petticoat, designed to be worn under short miniskirts, and brought out the same thigh-high A-line silhouette seen on anime heroines while also blending into the dark shadows beneath the garment, making the area underneath the skirt look neat and well-concealed.

Now, cosplayers and short-skirt wearers who prefer a more eye-catching look will be pleased to know that a new colour has been added to the range. The new white Ruffled Mini Petticoat features the same design as its black predecessor, with elasticised trims around the thighs which, according to the makers, makes it impossible for anyone to see your underwear.

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The new white Ruffled Mini Petticoat went on sale for 7,020 yen (US$63) at Village Vanguard stores in Japan earlier  this month, but it’s been so popular that it’s already sold out online. They’re currently waiting for more stock to arrive, but given the immense popularity of these unique petticoats, they’re likely to sell fast once they’re on sale again, so if you’re interested be sure to register your email address to receive a notification as soon as they become available.

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Gintoki tranforms into absolutely adorable Ginko for limited-edition Gintama figure

The anime series Gintama has been having a great season, starting off with a hilarious parody in which main character Gintoki re-enacted shamed Japanese politician Ryutaro Nonomura’s very public bawling session from last year. Then, mid-way through this season, there were a couple of genderbent episodes in which members of the cast were suddenly transformed into the opposite sex, including the cool and masculine Gintoki who became the cute and busty Ginko!

To celebrate the fun of that mini-arc, Premium Bandai is selling 1,000 limited-edition figures of Ginko-chan and we can’t get over how adorable she is!

Though Gintoki was transformed into a girl for only three short episodes, the memories of him as a woman will live in our hearts forever, especially now that there is a figure that immortalizes her.

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As she isn’t wearing her signature half-on, half-off kimono, she’s almost unrecognizable as the protagonist. Good thing this perky and loveable character carries her signature bokuto or bokken that has “Lake Toya” inscribed on it.

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If you purchase one of these figures, you aren’t just getting the lovely Ginko, there is also a mini-sized version of Tenko (or Xko), the female version of Toshiro Hijikata from the Shinsengumi.

▼ Admittedly, not as adorable, but no less special

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This limited-edition set can be pre-ordered from the Premium Bandai site for 13,333 yen (US$110.46)if you live in Japan, if not we can order it for you for 14,000 yen. The presale will run from now until February 1, 2016 and only 1,000 figures are available for purchase, which will be sent out starting at the end of June 2016. This is definitely a must have for any Gintama fan and certainly for anyone who is looking to add a cutie to their figure collection.

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Images: Premium Bandai

Enjoy the summer festivals in a Gintama yukata

Premium Bandai is listing two special yukata for the many discerning Gintama fans. Rather than being outright replicas of Gintoki’s kimono and the Shinsengumi’s uniforms from the series, both yukata take color and print cues for something original.

The Gintoki yukata includes a fan motif featuring the pattern on his own kimono. The rest of the print includes red, black, and blue dots in varying sizes and small diamond shapes. The set includes a black obi.

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The Shinsengumi yukata is black and gold with a yellow rectangle pattern mirroring clasp stitching on the anime characters’ uniforms. The set includes a reversible black-to-grey obi.

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Each yukata set retails for 19,440 yen (US$157) and pre-orders are open for both styles. They are expected to ship in August.