If you’ve been reading our blog, then you know that we posses a great affection for skateboarding, three members of our staff can be regularly found riding their boards when they’re off from work on the streets of Nagoya or on one of the many indoor skate parks.(yes, Nagoya, voted one of the most boring cities in Japan is really kind to its four wheeled residents, including an outdoor park right in the center of the city!).
A wave of excitement swept through our office when we received a press release announcing the production of four decks which truly capture the Japanese spirit.
Combining Japanese culture and skateboarding would mostly end up in a deck with the graphics of some famous Japanese manga, anime character, or just a Kanji Character and would produce nothing more than a bored yawn from our skaters…but this time they truly took notice.
Have a look;
What you’re seeing, are four high quality SilverFox Canadian maple 7-ply decks with a supreme finish of Urushi lacquer! Not just any lacquer, but Yamanaka lacquer which dates back to the Azuchi Momoyama period, which not only sounds like a very long time ago, it actually is.
They come in four versions:
I can hear you thinking(I developed that skill after years of diligent zen training at my local temple), “won’t that be too fragile?”. Nope, the lacquer layer actually increases the durability and resilience of the board.
True though, as any skater knows, your board will get damaged and eventually end up in the dust bin or on your wall, it just takes longer with these boards and until that time you’ll have the sickest board in the park. Priced at $130,- they aren’t that more expensive than any other deck….well maybe double as expensive , but they last twice as long, it’s simple math!
We ordered all four, but I won’t let my skate colleagues have them, they go on the wall until each of them reaches their yearly quote (which is set impossibly high) a better stimulus just doesn’t exist!
If your interested check out their site, and drop us a mail if you’re interested!
Serge Roso JWS
Ps. Our website will be down on Tuesday the 11th of April for renewal.
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
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.”
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.”
Rocketnews 24, slightly edited by the lazy folks of JWS
Can’t choose between the two popular motifs? Now you don’t have to.
Japanese fashion label Sukiyaki often pays homage to a specific anime franchise. In the past we’ve seen the brand release dresses based on Cardcaptor Sakura and virtual idol Hatsune Miku.
But Sukiyaki doesn’t need a specific anime tie-in to show off its playful creative talents. This time, it’s taken two of Japan’s most popular costume motifs, the maid outfit and the nurse’s uniform, and combined them into the Nurse Maid Dress.
Making liberal use of frills and crosses, the complete regalia consists of a dress, cap, apron, and ribbon. Mixing and matching the pieces allows you to get quite a bit of variety from the set (which is machine-washable).
The snap-button design helps keep everything neat and tidy, and also provides a visual slimming effect for the wearer’s silhouette.
▼ Sukiyaki is in no way shy about touting the outfit’s anime-style aesthetics.
Sukiyaki is billing this as the first entry in its new Fantasy Maid line, although so far the company is mum on what other motifs will be added, or when. For now, though, the Nurse Maid Dress can be ordered priced at 13,824 yen (US$134).
One of Japans most underrated food must be Japanese curry, everybody knows their sushi. sashimi and eh… cup noodles…but how many folks would associate curry with Japan? However, many who’ve had the fortunate opportunity to travel to this culinary paradise can vouch for the delicious taste of this underdog dish.
British food has always been the laughing stock of the international cuisines, an opinion which I personally don’t share, since I’ve eaten crickets, snake and a snapping turtle, and yes it tastes like it sounds. There is something comforting in a nice warm meat pie served with a “Late Knights Worm Catcher” (it’s a beer not some blue blooded bird). The Brits however never introduced those lovely pies in Japan, no they brought curry instead. The main reason why they brought curry was to prevent beriberi (it sounds cuter than it is)on the long trips from England , the Japanese navy followed suit soon after.
Whereas “western” curry consists of curry powder mixed with a stew, Japanese curry is made by frying curry powder, flour, oil and a whole lot of other ingredients (apple!?)to make roux. For those not familiar with the term, it’s a hard inedible piece of concentrated curry…it resembles a big bar of chocolate.
Japanese curry is healthy and unlike other Asian curries, it is not so strong as for those with sensitive stomachs. I love Indian curry, but it makes me run to the toilet like 5 minutes after finishing a plate, yeah my stomach is that delicate.
J.curry however doesn’t contain strong spices which makes it the Californian roll under the curries, it’s easy to eat and approachable to anyone.
The great thing about Japanese curry is that you can cook it anyway you want; lots of vegetables, pork, chicken, beef, sea food, plain, with cheese etc etc, the curry serves as the base and the rest is up to you!
You can eat it with rice, nan, pasta, noodles, potatoes or drink it as a soup.
Curry is any Japanese housewife’s favorite dish, it takes 10 minuted to make, it contains all the food necessities and you can keep it for a week….
Japanese curry comes in many flavors and levels of spiciness, but even though each curry tastes distinctively different than the other the all around taste experience is the same, meaning that whatever brand you’ll buy, you’ll never end up with a bust.
Ok how to make curry? Well it’s almost as easy as making a sandwich, you cut your veggies and meat and bake them all in a deep pan, add water and let it boil (for the first time cooks under us, that’s when the water is bubbly hot. )Then you add the roux and boil it some more. Ready！Still don’t get it…ok here’s a video for the cooking challenged.
Curry is tasty during all seasons, and the great thing is that you can make it for small and big groups of people, like a class full of kids on a school trip, at the camping place with your family and your neighbors, the soup kitchen you help out or to show off your cooking skills to your in-laws.. and it’s really low on calories….
Hey Say JUMP curry commercial for you J-pop lovers!
Curry is basically cheap food, but you can make it as fancy as you want to.
You know how creative the Japanese can be with food, and curry is no exception here either.
Curry often comes in three strenghts:
甘口＝”amaguchi” or sweet….kids often eat this
中辛＝”chukara” or average spicy
辛口＝”karakuchi” or spicey
These are the nutrition facts of an average plate of curry without vegetables etc:
Still on the edge? Well in the big cities you can often find some Japanese curries for sale, but if you don’t live near a big city…..? Companies won’t send you just one pack of curry, nope they expect you to buy a whole box..scary.
Well no worries mate, we at JWS can get you any kind of curry against the cheapest prices, we don’t order them online, no we go straight to the supermarket for you…we have a nice team of professional bargain shoppers/ bored housewives, who will find you the curry you want against the best price (and yes we enclose the supermarket receipt).
Japanese food which doesn’t involve raw fish,expensive beef or expects you to make noise when you eat it….try it, trust me you too will be a believer!
We got a lot of mail from folks telling me that they like this blog more for its info on manga and anime than topics like underwear and Ultraman…. If we weren’t a small business than all I’d like to do is writing about manga and anime…however..time and a noisy boss often forces me to choose the commercial road. But..I’m hearing you, my fellow otakus. Unfortunately with little time on my hands I have to resort to the web and less on my own investigative skills…but if if I find a nice story deeming worth your interest than I’ll swallow my pride and share that piece of information….
They might be bad guys, but they’re not baaad guys.
Rivals: you love to hate them and hate to love them. The relationship between two opposing characters can really raise the emotion and heart in stories. You feel not only for the protagonist, but also for the antagonist because they’re both just trying to accomplish their own goals, albeit in a different fashion. Sometimes your rival is a complete jerk, but that’s because they’re hiding all their pain. Other times your rival helps you because you push each other to be the best that you can be. Here are the Top 10 rivalries as chosen by Japanese pollsters. (Beware! Slight spoilers ahead!)
10. Jimmy Kudo vs. Harley Hartwell (Case Closed)
The first pair on the list are dueling detectives that rely on each other to push their analytical skills to the extreme. Two of the four great young detectives, Jimmy and Harley often find themselves investigating gruesome mysteries with unbelievable outcomes.
9. Kenshin Himura vs. Hajime Saito (Rurouni Kenshin)
While Kenshin was haunted by his past, Hajime reveled in it. Their rivalry began before the series officially started when Kenshin was the “manslayer” and Hajime was a member of the Shinsengumi. During the series, their epic battles almost forces Kenshin to become a killer again, but he never crosses that line.
8. Kenshiro vs. Raoh (Fist of the North Star)
This mighty rivalry began when Kenshiro was chosen as the successor to the Hokuto Shinken and Raoh broke 1,800 years of tradition and refused to give up his power. Killing their master, Ryuken, made sure that Kenshiro would fight with a vengeance when the truth was eventually revealed.
7. Naruto Uzumaki vs. Sasuke Uchiha (Naruto)
Naruto and Sasuke each had what the other unknowingly wanted resulting in an intense rivalry that drove most of the story. Their battles also led to an extremely powerful friendship.
6. Light Yagami vs. L (Death Note)
Light and L played so many mind games that it was hard to figure out who to cheer for, but their match of wits will forever be remembered by Death Note fans.
5. Jimmy Kudo vs. Phantom Thief Kid (Case Closed)
One’s a thief, and the other is a detective, so naturally they are at odds. However, no matter how much the Phantom Thief steals, you can’t help cheer for him as he constantly outwits the police, but rarely Kudo.
4. Amuro Ray vs. Char Aznable (Mobile Suit Gundam)
What begins simply as warrior pride turns into a back and forth that tries to answer the question of the meaning of war and violence. These two mech pilots do their best to give their answer on the battlefield.
3. Hanamichi Sakuragi vs. Kaede Rukawa (Slam Dunk)
Even though these two play for the same team, their rivalry is at the forefront of Slam Dunk. One is motivated to be better than the other, and one barely gives him the time of day. But without their passionate rivalry, their basketball, and the series, wouldn’t grow.
2. Goku vs. Vegeta (Dragon Ball Z)
The Prince of All Saiyans may have once tried to kill Goku and his friends, but since that time, they’ve had a spectacular rivalry that has kept Earth safe and ensured that the two of them were the strongest beings in the universe.
1.Lupin the Third vs. Koichi Zenigata (Lupin the Third)
The infamous thief needs a detective to chase after him. Much like Kudo and the Phantom Thief, Detective Zenigata spends most of his time trying to catch Lupin the Third. But as slippery as Lupin is, we highly doubt Zenigata will ever really be able to establish himself as Lupin’s equal.
Is your number one rivalry on the list? The original Japanese poll counted submissions in order to create a list of the Top 50 best rivalries. So if your favorite isn’t here, chances are it probably appears somewhere lower down. If you are interested, definitely check out the full list to see where your raging rivalry ranks.
It’s been a long time coming, we have the Miss universe, Miss world, Miss bla bla elections, but what we (collectors, game, anime/manga lovers, otaku’s) have been missing is the Miss figure election. Of course the human Misses are beautiful in their own eh human way, but they wouldn’t stand a chance against the beauty and amazing body proportions of their plastic counterparts in a stand off. I don’t want to sound sexist, so let me assure you that for me, figures are by no means a substitute for real life women..come on they are so tiny, they wouldn’t be able to fetch me my beer from the fridge!
Whack! (that was the sound of my life partner smacking me on the back of my bald head)
Figures come in all sizes and shapes, and the price is often decided on the quality, details and popularity of the figure…but I’m going to forgo these points and judge them purely on their looks and uh character.
Without further ado, let me present you the 10 candidates:
1-Fighter Sasara from the psp game “ToHeart2 Dungeon Travelers”
Sasara is a feisty blond, who loves nothing more than to take long walks on sandy beaches, drink Cola Bacardi’s and slice off some heads with her huge ax. she’s 25 centimeters tall and her favorite pet is a snapping turtle.
2-Iris Dina Bernhardt from Muv Luv alternative.
Lovely Iris is originally an East German army captain, with a weak spot for bunnies and panzerfaust hand grenades. She’s a true amazon at a length of 36 cm.
3-Saito Miohi from Love Torre
Blessed with a dynamite figure and strong love for anything bubbly, this Champagne sipping, bubble bath taking love is really into good causes, it doesn’t say what causes on her resume, but who gives a hoot, for all we care is that her presence in this world is cause for living.
4-Sakurai Aoi from RAIL WARS
Aoi chan (chan is a term of endearment, often used for younger women and girls) is not your typical miss contestant, being a bit of a tomboy, she doesn’t really like to flaunt her feminine side. More “human like” proportioned she’s likely to get a lot of votes from the ladies.
A voluptuous body and the skills to kick some serious butt, makes this brunette a very strong contender for the crown of “Miss figure” . It is said that she’s an amazing twerker and that she taught pro-twerker Jessica Vanessa all the moves.
6-Anzu Futaba from Idolmaster, Cinderella girls.
With her puppy eyes and young looks, Anzu is certain to attract the votes of “rorikon” lovers, “rorikon” stands for “Lolita complex” and is the preference some men have for under aged looking girls (please don’t call this sick, as we’re talking figures here..in real life however…)
7-Purayama of World Conquest Zvezda plot
Feisty Purayama loves to use the trick of attraction through concealing , she might be the complete opposite of Miley Cyrus! Purayama lost the use of her right eye at young age, but this has never stopped her in fulfilling her dreams and goals..instead she uses it to look more mysterious by wearing a slightly disturbing eye patch AND a mask!
8-Queen Sukasaha (Fate Grand Order)
This blue blooded royalty is all about style and class, giving “human” royalty a run for its money. If this was the queen of some country, I’d be emigrating there in jiffy.No flower printed Laura Ashley dresses for Sukasaha..the last person who suggested this, ended up on the sharp end of her spear!
9-Super Sonico (Beach Queens)
What would a Miss figure election be without presence of one of the Beach Queens? This year’s representative is Super Sonico, a cute fun loving girl who likes to sunbath on the sandy beaches of Cancun while listening to the latest vocaloid tracks. If she wins, she wants to use the money to go to Nice in France, and get rid of those tan lines.
10-Marie Rose (Dead or Alive)
If there had been earlier Miss Figure elections, than the ladies of action game Dead or Alive, would have been regular participants, with their beauty, skills and other bouncy attributes. It comes as a big surprise than that their entree lacks the two points which made this franchise so famous.
No bikini clad lady, Marie Rose like to wear Goth styled Lolita maid clothes and is therefore no participant in the famous Dead or Alive volleyball games. This stunning blonde brings character and style to this Miss election.
Choosing between these ladies might be hardest thing ever, therefore we let you decide who will be our Miss Figure 2016. One person will receive the winning figure on courtesy of JWS.
Some “contestants” are only up for pre-order, in which case we will order and once it’s “ready”, ship it to you.
Voting will end on the first of October and the results will be announced on the fifth of October.
Nothing has captured our imagination as much as the hover board, used by Marty Mc Fly in Back to the Future, and nobody has ever not accused me of over-exaggerating…wow how did I come up with that last sentence?
Still when we reached the same year as the fictional year in that movie, people started to compare the events and things in the movie to our real lives. A lot of things were spot on, some things were close and with some imagination they could represent those things in this world…we never, however, got close to a real hover board…sure Toyota announced a hover board, but that could only be used in a certain area, and let’s not forget that it was only a prototype, rendering the comparison useless.
We needed a superhero to bring us one, because we mere mortals weren’t up to the task…and who better to ask than our best imaginary friend, the super hero who’s products have steadily supplied jws with a steady income, the man of fashion, the man of ULTRA!
Well it doesn’t really hover like in the movie, but this is as close as it gets…well in this century at least…for those wanting to wait, be my guest, but let me tell you, it’s tough to ride when you’re over 95.
So what is it? Well basically it’s a mini segway, much like the often exploding two wheel versions, but this one is one wheeled, making it perfect for those who prefer a lateral movement like a skateboard. Created by Kintone, a Japanese maker of mini segways, this one won’t explode, but will give you some stares by onlookers….especially at night, because the board is fitted with led’s around the board and beneath the board, making it look like you’re floating. Connect your smartphone through blue tooth to the speakers(!?) the board and play some woooosh sounds and you’ll have them call NASA faster than you can say JON BON JOVI, JON BON JOVI, BON JON BOVI.
This ride’s top speed is 16 km/h and it will climb 13 degrees slopes and the 4400mah lithium battery will last 16 km of riding, but you’re probably already snatched of the street by men in black suits and stuffed in a big black van, by the time you hit this board’s limit.
It’s 84cm in length and 23cm wide, the minimum weight of the rider should be at least 20kg in order for the sensors to work properly, the maximum weight is 100 kg, which leaves Dwayne Johnson, the best paid male actor, crying in his bed wishing he could shed his muscles.
The “hover” board comes in two versions, the ULTRA SEVEN version and the ULTRA MAN version, which don’t differ much besides having a slightly different logo.
The video below makes it all a bit clearer how it all works.
Here are some more pics of this awesome board;
The Ultraman version
The Ultra seven version
A MAN of ULTRA Riding wheel in action.
The price of this beauty is 105.840 yen (1,037 dollars)…but if you’re not into Ultraman, you can get one for half the price! Right, the original Kintone riding wheel on which this board is based retails for only 50.000 yen, with all the same specs as the Ultra board, but it’s smaller with a 58cm length, and you can’t use it as an objet in your Ultra layer.
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.
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.
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.
This doll is hiding more than just boobies under her shirt.
Danny Choo turned heads last year when he introduced his line of Smart Dolls, first modeled off the mascot of Culture Japan, Mirai Suenaga.
These dolls fuse Japanese ball-jointed craftsmanship with useful functions like the ability to hold game controllers and other objects up to 700 grams (about 1.5 pounds), to tell time, and, with his latest addition to the series, to even charge your mobile accessories with a built-in USB hub.
The female doll line-up comes with a well-crafted body and two conveniently located USB slots for all your gadgets.
But for those of you concerned that Choo has literally objectified the female physique, don’t worry- there’s also a male version that comes with a nice six-pack and an extra slot.
▼ I guess even in doll form, boobs still get in the way
The USB is situated inside the doll with a soft foam protection, but it can be easily removed or replaced with other things. Just take her top off (again, literally) and pop it back on.
At a 14,000 yen (US$130) for a torso piece (other body parts sold separately), it might be a little difficult to collect them all, but just imagine the hours of fun you could have if you did!
Of course, a few people, and maybe some of our readers, may be disappointed that Choo missed the opportunity to model the new line off of the anime Hand Maid May by putting the USB hub at the back. But now he has an idea for the next line!