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Star Wars circuit board phone and train pass cases light up without batteries

See this, you must!

Daily life for many people in Japan involves taking the train, be it to school, work, or just into town for some shopping. Instead of buying a ticket every time, a lot of train commuters opt for an IC card – an electronic, rechargeable train pass which allows you to simply tap in and out of your departure and destination stations, automatically withdrawing the correct fare. But undoubtedly the coolest thing about having a train pass is getting a pass case for it.

There are pass cases for every taste and style, but we’re pretty sure this is the first time you’ve seen one that lights up when it’s tapped.

Osaka-based company, Denshi Gihan, has released a line of Star Wars themed pass cases, as well as cases for the iPhone 6/6s, featuring a blueprint design of the X-Wing in the style of a computer circuit board. Actually, the cases are real circuit boards, finished with gold plating and a super transparent resin to cover the electronic parts. The red LED light flashes when the case with card is tapped at the ticket gate. So far, it has not been tested for use with passes outside of Japan, except for with FeliCa cards in Hong Kong. The pass cases come in slack white, green, and even black, and come packaged in a gift box with its strap, for 11,000 yen (US$105.95).image05 image06 image07

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The iPhone6/6s cases come with the same unique design, but these use the phone’s electrical signal to convert to electricity, making the LED light up when the signal is strong enough. You can purchase the standard case (size 138 by 68 by 10 millimeters), containing 55 electric components, for 15,000 yen ($143.88)…

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…or the iPhone6/6s Plus (size 158 by 80 by 10.5 millimeters) with 67 electronic components for 16,000 yen ($153.48).

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Not quite with the Force? Not to worry- you can choose the Tokyo train map train map design, which looks just as awesome, for 12,000 yen ($115.10).

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You can purchase these (and many more!) items from the PCB ART moeco site here, but as they appear to only ship within Japan, if you’re living overseas you’ll need to use a reshipping service like JWS , or rely on the help of a kind friend. While it is important to remember that the train pass case hasn’t been tested for overseas compatibility, the iPhone case at least should be universal. And there’s sure to be no one who can match your style!

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Source and images: Denshi Gihan

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New line of ball-jointed dolls include conveniently situated USB hub

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.

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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.

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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.

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▼ I guess even in doll form, boobs still get in the way

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Source: Danny Choo/Smart Doll
Feature/insert images: Danny Choo/Smart Doll

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

Summer time…Yukata time!

It’s almost that time of the year again, the cicadas sing their songs, the mosquitoes sharpen their claws and people practice their Bon dance moves. When summer knocks on Japan’s door, the country turns into one happy party of amazing fire works displays, cold beer, and summer festivals. The time has come to dust off the Yukata (casual cotton kimono) or get a whole new outfit all together.

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The great thing about yukata is that they are easy to put on, making them accessible for everyone. The knot in the obi might be the only hard part, but a quick search on google will solve that problem, and if you use your yukata as room gown you don’t even have to worry about that.

Hishiya Calen Blosso Yukata collection 2016.

They teamed up with designer Nishioka Pencil (?) and created this Okinawa’s  traditional Bingata dyeing technique  inspired yukata line. Clear and vivid colors mark this line and the TeleTubbies hairstyle of the model show how thin the line has become between traditional and “mode”.

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Cayhane has come up with a Kimono for novice users and advance users who are willing to try something “new”.

The two part yukata is a true versatile piece of clothing, you can use the bottom as a skirt and the top part as an one piece….combine them together and you have a yukata!

The prices are also more than reasonable, averaging 7,000 yen .

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Tsukikageya releases new line with adorable kitty and bear prints

For those who want to forgo bright colors and instead opt for something calmer but not less interesting, these kitty and bear printed yukata may be the way to go.

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And bears, because nothing says summer like some cute bears..

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These ribbons covered yukata is probably one of the cutest yukata you can find.

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These come at a price though..each yukata costs 55,529 yen (about US$500).

If you like  the more orthodox way, than AEON department has a lovely line-up for you which according to AEON’s policy won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

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Shipping on these yukata won’t be high due to the fact that they are rather light, so mail us for info and let us know how we can help you.

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Chic canvas carriers let you cut a playfully stylish figure.

Japan’s just about to enter its rainy season, and day after day of gray skies can leave some people feeling pretty blue. So if you need a way to keep your spirits up during such devitalizing times, consider reminding yourself of the mental fortitude of Japan’s warrior class with a bit of samurai-style fashion.

With some chance of rain in Japan on just about any given day over the next few weeks, if you’re stepping out you’ll want to take an umbrella with you. But should the weather hold, or before you head indoors at your destination, you can slide your umbrella into one of these cool carrier bags decorated with an illustrated samurai sword.

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The latest product from historical-themed design company Sengoku, the bags are made from canvas produced in Okayama Prefecture’s Kurashiki City, a town famous for its high-quality textiles, preserved buildings and canal district.

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For the maximum effect, you’ll of course want to make sure you use the bag with an umbrella that has a handle shaped like a katana grip.

 

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Sengoku also offers plain umbrella bags, for a look that gives up some of its awesomeness in exchange for extra elegance.

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The umbrella bags, called Touken Kasakaban in Japanese, go on sale June 10, and can be purchased from Kurashiki-based retailer Baistone.

 

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Scary cute deep sea creature goods put a smile on your face.

YOU+MORE! a branch of mail order company Felissimo was created  produce and sell useful products with a humorous touch, hence the name YOU+MORE! (humor..witty uh?).

They derived their inspiration from animals. cute animals, as is common in Japan…however their new line of pouches are hard to be called cute, that is if you’re a common human being and not a sea biologist… Their new line is called YOU+MORE!scary!

Instead of cuddly dogs or heart warming pandas, they chose deep sea creatures as their inspiration. And when I think of deep sea creatures this comes to mind:

Cuddly and heart warming it isn’t…but let’s see what they came up with and we’ll include a picture of the original eh monster.


the frill shark

 

What da ya know…you can clean your smartphone screen with its mouth!

 


The men dako (octopus)

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You can actually fit quite a lot in this octopus due to its flexible body.

 


The yeti crab

 

It will connect to your back pack with its claws.

 


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You can actually operate your smartphone when it’s in the pouch!

 


They sell for 2,156 yen, and they are light, so shipping won’t hurt your wallet either.

If you’re not in the market for a pouch, but dig the deep sea theme, then what do you think of these deep sea cups?

This is how they look….but when you poor a hot beverage in it…..

 

 

 

The cups can be ordered to be delivered monthly and each month you’ll receive a different cup until you’ve collected all six…you can’t however decide in what order they will appear.

Not into deep sea animals, but dogs instead?

 

The mopdog!

Ha ha this is why we love  Japanese consumer products!

 

 

Serge Roso JWS