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Japanese T-shirt uses optical illusion to give breasts to even the flat-chested

 

Japanese fashion company ekoD Works has a unique sensibility. The company touts itself as specializing in “humorous art and design,” and while pursuit of that ideal has sometimes led to tights that look like peaches or the starry expanses of the cosmos, quite often ekoD Work’s philosophy leads it to boob-related apparel.

Breasts show up frequently in the company’s Delusion Mapping T-shirts…or at least they seem to show up. In truth, the Delusion Mapping shirts rely on clever placement of printed graphics that make it look there are boobs, or at least cleavage, peeking out from behind zippers, fabric tears, or sopping wet cloth.

But now ekoD Works is taking things one step farther with its new Illusion Grid T-shirt, which uses implied perspective to make you think you’re looking at a busty chest regardless of whether or not such the wearer’s upper body actually has such curvaceous topography.

As pictured above, when viewed from straight-ahead, the wearer of the T-shirt seems to have a pair of ample bosoms tucked into a snug top. However, a side-view reveals that neither of those impressions is accurate.

The shirt actually isn’t particularly form-fitting, nor does this model have protruding breasts. The trickery is all thanks to the distortion in the pattern and changes in its shading as your eyes make your way from top to bottom.

It’s so effective that even when there’s no one wearing the shirt, it still looks chesty.

This also means that even when lying down, the wearer won’t experience a noticeable loss in perceived cup size, a phenomenon something that some would say goes beyond the bounds of reality.

In contrast to the ingenuine visuals, all-natural cotton is used for the fabric of the T-shirt, which is being offered for 3,888 yen (US$35) online here by novelty retailer Village Vanguard, with shipping scheduled for late June

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The best looking Skateboard decks….ever

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!).

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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;

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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:

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(apprentice geisha)

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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.

 

 

Relax to the smell of….. chocolate

Who doesn’t love the scent of chocolate, right? Well you can now indulge in that sweet smell to your heart’s content with this unique product from Japanese incense maker Koukando. The Osaka-based company that has been creating incense-related products for over 130 years will be offering their new “The Memories of Scent: Chocolate (jumble pack)” incense starting February 1, just in time for Valentine’s Day, when everything turns chocolate-themed in Japan.

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This is actually the third in their line of  “Express your thoughts with scents of precious memories” incense products, of which previous items included coffee and mikan (mandarin orange). According to Koukando the concept behind this product series is the sharing of fond everyday memories, as the incense in this line is designed as offerings for ancestors as opposed to personal recreational use. They took in customers’ opinions on over 50 different scents before deciding on chocolate as a smell that people associate with pleasant memories and something that you would give to loved ones. Specifically, the product’s scent is supposed to be that of sweet milk chocolate.

▼ The packaging definitely makes it look like a box of chocolates instead of incense.

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The incense will be available next month at a price of 850 yen (US$7.42) per box at mass retailers, Buddhism and incense-related shops, and online as well. We have to admit, the smell of chocolate does seem to be soothing (or is that just for this writer?) and if you want to immerse yourself in that sweet scent, this incense might be the healthiest way to do so.

My wife will use it for a special “valentine” yoga class…..now all I have to do is find some chocolate inspired yoga music….

Source, images: @Press press release
Reference: Koukando website

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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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Limited haori inspired coats are back!

No I’m not going to insult your intelligence by calling these “samurai coats”, it would only cheapen an otherwise high quality products in my opinion, no these coats are based on the kimono men wear called haori,  haori  are nowadays only worn during festivities like weddings and coming of age day (the day 21 year old youngsters celebrate their entrance into the “adult” world).

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The men’s kimono is one stylish piece of clothing though, worthy to be worn much more often than just once a year or less. Wearing a hoari on an ordinary day would give you a lot of puzzled looks, kind of like wearing a swimsuit during winter.

Fashion brand Trove introduced last year the Haori “wa-robe” with wa (和)meaning  Japanese style, and it proved to be a very successful concept. selling out in a short time.

This year, the lineup has been expanded to four different pieces, with the warmest being the 29,700-yen (US$288) Wool Haori, with a soft-to-the-touch wool/nylon/polyurethane shell and cupra rayon lining.

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While the haori is an old-school garment, the simple, understated design means that they can be paired just as easily with modern fashion as they can traditional Japanese clothing.

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Made of waffle-patterned cotton instead of wool, though with the same lining as the Wool Haori, this ivory-colored coat is also priced at 29,700 yen.

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Trove is now also offering wool hakama, the loose-fitting pants.hc-9

The 24,840-yen Wool Hakama feature the same wool/nylon/polyurethane material and colors as the Wool Haori.

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The entire lineup can be ordered here through Trove’s website, with special instructions for overseas customers found here or use the form below. Shipping is scheduled for early December.

Source: Japaaan

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Not just a hover board, it’s an Ultra Hoverboard!

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.

 

Serge Roso JWS

Links:

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Cogy, the wheelchair for those who can pedal, but not walk.

With a little re-branding and a helping “leg” from technology, this wheelchair is ready for the 21st century.

Profhand, the company behind the wheelchair that encourages people to use their legs, has been around since 2009, but you won’t be able to find much information about them since as of June 21, the company renamed itself. Now called Cogy, pronounced like “corgi” but without the “r”, the company hopes to harness the emerging virtual reality boom and combine the technology with their inspiring wheel chair design.

▼ Their chair in action. It’s quite inspirational.

The chair designed by Tohoku University Professor Emeritus, Yasunobu Handa and his graduate team, is the world’s first wheelchair that “requires” the use of your legs. Rather than depending on signals from your brain to move your legs, which paralysis victims often can’t do, the Cogy promotes a reaction from the spine. It might look like you are pedaling non-stop, but braking only requires a quick squeeze on the brake lever, much like a bicycle.

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▼ This handle can also instantly turn the wheelchair.

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▼ Color options. Excellent!

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The Cogy VR System is another important part of the re-branding and will utilize the latest technology to provide fun and helpful rehabilitation to the users.  By adding a sensor in the pedals that sends data to the app, it can measure foot pressure which will allow a user to get a better sense of balance and achieve a smooth center of gravity.

▼ Just going for a pedal down the street.

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▼ How the app looks

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The psychological effects of losing the mobility of your legs can be absolutely devastating to people with paralysis and many people who suffer from it dream of a day when they can use their legs again. While this isn’t exactly walking, the Cogy wheelchair does provide a way to move your body with the power of your “legs”, and just the idea of doing that can be incredibly uplifting to victims and their friends and family. You only need to see the smiles on people’s faces to know that this new wheelchair is doing exactly what Cogy wants it to do.

M 329,000円 / L 370,000円

Weight 14.8 kg (medium) , 17.3Kg (large)

They also have some extra options to go with it:

 

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アシストハンドル
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COGY Graduate with a stand (M Cytec zu used)
Stand to use indoors, turn your wheels into a home trainer

Source: Cogy via Kai-You

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