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Pac-man takes time off eating ghosts and makes himself useful.

Pac-man that eighties game icon has always been busy eating ghosts and more recently Adam Sandler, but turning 36 this year he has had a change of heart and decided to give back to human kind… Instead of pouring our hard earned coins into a pac-man arcade, pac-man and his creator Namco have teamed up with traditional leather craft company Inden-ya and US bag maker Outdoor to create some interesting products you can spend your money on instead.

Most reader know Outdoor, the producer of bags and other rugged travel gear and they have collaborated with Namco/Bandai or other anime/manga companies before like these JoJo’s bizarre adventure backpacks.

Or these Tiger&Bunny bags.

This time Outdoor and Namco created these lovely bags:

Day Packs  9,800 yen

Day Bag

Day Bag

Sling Bags 6,800 yen

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Mini Boston bag 6,800 yen

Mini Boston Bag

Mini Boston Bag

Smartphone pouch 2,800 yen

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A little more upscale are the the wallets and pouches created by Inden-ya a company with a 434-year(!?) history in making fine craft arts. Made out of deerskin leather to which decorative lacquer is added these wallets are made to last and impress!

long wallet, priced at 21,500 yen

PW 1

folding wallet  at 16,500 yen.

PW 3

business card holder 6,500 yen

PW 5

For the true Pac-Man fans the real “must have” of this birthday celebration of our yellow hero was this  limited gold plate.  This commemorative plate was
an official collaboration with Japanese jeweler GINZA TANAKA and is one of a kind creation. Unfortunately this was released last year to celebrate his 35th birthday and is no longer available…but we can dream can we?

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Accessories inspired by samurai armor blend traditional Yamanashi designs and crafts

Yamanashi Prefecture is perhaps most famous for its beautiful scenery – which of course includes Mt. Fuji – but the prefecture is also home to a number of traditional crafts. One technique in particular, called “koshu-inden,” has been widely praised. Pioneered by a company established in the 16th century, this leather-working art was once used to decorate samurai armor and is considered by some as emblematic of samurai bravery.

Now, you too can wear accessories bearing this symbolic design and crafted by that legendary company thanks to a collaboration that has produced a number of beautiful bracelets. Check out some of the items below.

yoroi1Established in 1582, Inden-ya was the first to develop as secret technique using lacquer with deerskin to create a special leather with a strong luster. Using the nami uroko design, the triangles composed of dots like fish scales above, Inden-ya’s creations were often used to decorate samurai armor during the Warring States Period.

yoroi2Recently, Inden-ya started a collaboration with the Japanese accessory brand Kagayaka to create a line of items using the nami uroko pattern called Yoroi. Of course, “yoroi” is the Japanese word for armor, and this line is meant to evoke the image of samurai bravery. Perhaps the most striking item in the line is the “Wide Plain,” which is made of silver and the inden deerskin leather, both bearing the nami uroko design.

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But beauty comes a price — and one of these bangles will set you back up to 66,960 yen (about US$540).

If you’d like to bolster your bravery for a slightly lower price, the line also includes the Kumihimo charm.

yoroi7With rope made by the Kyoto-based company Showen Kumihimo, the charm features a silver medallion with the nami uroko design on the back. The rope was inspired by odoshige, roped used to tie together pieces of armor by samurai leaders. It was meant to both beautify the armor and magnify the dignity of the wearer.

yoroi6The line also includes another bangle item called Katana, named after the japanese sword, obviously.

yoroi3 yoroi4The nami uroko design is etched into the interior of the band, which is made of silver and clearly resembles the sword that inspired it. Perhaps the least showy piece of the line, the Katana bracelets come in a number of different materials, including silver, premium silver, and ibushi (oxidized silver, shown above).

The Kanata ranges up to 63,720 yen (about $512), depending on the material.

Inden-yan originates from Koshu, an area with a number of long-lived traditions. You can see a few of them in the video below. You can also learn more about the company and their techniques on Cool Japan Press.

To find a list of shops offering these (and other) items, head over to Kagayaka’s website or to purchase online check out Wabist.

source: rocketnews24