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The Japanese curry bible.

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.

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Inago or grasshoppers on a stick…nah

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.

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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….
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pork. carrots, potatoes, onions. green things…the whole vitamin alphabet on one plate!

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.

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Vermont curry a favorite in my house, still don’t get the reference to Vermont though. One pack creates 12 servings.

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….

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curry and anime go hand in hand

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.

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Curry made with Kobe beef

You know how creative the Japanese can be with food, and curry is no exception here either.

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Mum there’s a polar bear in my curry!
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What kid wouldn’t eat this?
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Glico Premium curry

 

Lee curry 20x spiciness!

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Topvalu Grand curry

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Boncurry

 

Kokumaru curry

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Dinner curry

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Torokeru (melting) curry

Wind and light Amami curry Chukarashi 180g (6 servings)

Kaze to hikari (Wind and light) organic curry

 

 

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Sapporo curry ramen (instant noodles)

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!

Serge Roso JWS

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The best rivalries in manga as chosen by Japanese voters – Top 10 list

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.

Source: Goo Ranking

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We proudly present you the Miss figure election 2016, vote and you have to change to win the number one pick!

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!

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Now way she’d be able to open 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.

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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.

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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.     LOVEトレ ~エッチな恋愛トレーニング~ 斉藤澪火 アフターバブルパーティ (フィギュア) 商品画像8

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.

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5-Lunchi DRAGONBALLGALS

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…)

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

Just fill out the form below and send us your vote, only the winner will be contacted and other votes will be erased as part of our strict privacy policy. So we guarantee you that you won’t receive any spam or other mail.

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.

Happy voting!

images from Hobby search

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ULTRAMAN suitcases combine style and substance.

BIBILAB, the company which has brought us a lot of unique products like the nomad suitcase, a suitcase which turns into a desk or the Damekun, the most comfy pajamas ever.

 

This time around they collaborated with our favorite super hero and created what we would call the most awesome suitcase ever!

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The “A MAN OF ULTRA” suitcase is not just very pretty to look at, it’s also very unique in its features. Instead of creating normal sized suitcase, they made it slim and tall,  so without  sacrificing any volume(58L),they created a far more useful form.

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Its sleek design makes it easier to carry around than an “ordinary” suitcase and takes less floor space. If you’re the kind of person who get brought to the Airport by limousine than you’ve never experienced or will experience (that is until the next Lehman shock..)the hardship we mere mortals suffer just to get to the airport. Bumping into people’s knees in full trains, going through the ticket gates in a most awkward style …..

"The smart even in a narrow space, such as escalators and trains in.

The width of this suitcase is equal to an A4 size paper and the height is 80 centimeters which would it make similar to traveling with a 5 year old child, just without the constant nagging for snacks and toilet breaks.

The “slim and tall” design makes it also possible to carry things, you normally wouldn’t be able to fir in your suitcase, like a skateboard/ Hoverboard, a tennis racket or diving equipment….

The suitcase is made of ABS and polycarbonate, materials which besides sounding very fancy have the characteristics of being light (4.3kg) and strong.

It has 4 quiet caster wheels of which two can be easily locked, they are pretty nice designed wheels too, giving you a little bling.

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Have you ever wondered how the customs inspects your luggage, even when you tightly locked yours? Well I haven’t, I’ve always been too busy looking for free WIFI, but not to get off topic here, this suitcase has a TSA lock (transportation security administration) which can only be openend by yourself and by TSA officials with a special master key, so in case they suspect something, they just open it and close it without breaking anything.

The ULTRAMAN suitcase comes in two varieties; the silver colored one is created by A MAN OF ULTRA and they also have a black version  with a silver accent stripe with ULTRAMAN’s pic.

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It even has a nifty space to keep your tripod!

Storage capacity 58 liters

Your 1/3 scale doll(!?) fits easily, because who would leave home without it?

These suitcases are limited and need preordering, with the silver version almost sold out and the black very close to being almost sold out. They are selling the suitcases through four selling points, with Amazon Japan being the only one which has still the silver one. So you have to act fast. Delivery will be on October 21.

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Not convinced yet? Have a look at this promo video.

Price:

Silver:35,000 yen (A man of ultra needs their cut I reckon)

Black:25,000 yen

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Serge Roso JWS

 

 

 

Top 20 most popular castles in Japan revealed for 2016

How many of the top 20 most popular Japanese castles (according to TripAdvisor) have you been to?

TripAdvisor has revealed its top 20 best Japanese castles for 2016 based on commentary from domestic travellers – can you guess which castle is number one?

▼ Do you know what castle this is?

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The answer is…Himeji Castle, meaning last year’s number three spot has taken the gold medal this year. Situated in Hyogo Prefecture, Himeji Castle comprises of 83 buildings and is also known as the “White Heron Castle” as its bright white exterior is said to resemble a heron taking flight. Himeji Castle was one of Japan’s first UNESCO world heritage sites in 1993. Restoration work was recently carried out on the castle and it was reopened on March 27, 2015.

Here are some comments from those who visited Himeji Castle:

“No matter how many times I visit, it takes my breath away, it’s a beautiful, gorgeous castle.”
“Naturally this is a national treasure, the expansiveness of white is overwhelming.”

▼ Castle number 2: Matsumoto Castle

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Maintaining second place for the second year running is Matsumoto Castle in Nagano Prefecture, which is surrounded by a large moat and stunning mountain ranges. In contrast to Himeji Castle, which is built on a hill, Matsumoto Castle was built on flat land in the late sixteenth century. Matsumoto Castle is also known as the “Crow Castle” thanks to its black color. The castle’s keep still has its original wooden interiors and outside stonework.

Here are some comments from those who visited Matsumoto Castle:

“Out of the 100 famous Japanese castles, I’ve seen about 80; this castle looks just like a postcard with its mountainous backdrop.”
“You can see the castle’s reflection in the moat water, giving you a different perspective other than looking just at the castle.”

▼ Castle number 3: Kumamoto Castle

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Last year’s number one has come in at number three this year: Kumamoto Castle in Kumamoto Prefecture, Kyushu. Kumamoto Castle is another hilltop castle, originally built in 1467 and reconstructed in 1960. This castle unfortunately suffered moderate damage from the large Kumamoto earthquake earlier this year.

Here is what one person said about their visit to Kumamoto Castle:

“I’ve been to many castles, but there are very few that are better than this.”

▼ Castle number 4: Inuyama Castle (behind the castle’s mascot Wanmaru-kun)

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Rising two spots from last year into number four is Inuyama Castle in Aichi Prefecture. Inuyama Castle is also perched on top of a hill and overlooks Kiso River, which serves as the border between Aichi and Gifu prefectures. Inuyama Castle is one of only 12 surviving castles that were built before the Edo period. Inuyama literally means “dog mountain”, which made the castle’s choice of mascot that little bit easier.

Here are some comments from those who visited Inuyama Castle:

“Compared to other castles, this hasn’t been modernized; it’s a small but nice castle.”
“I think beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it is also different for different countries, but this is a beautiful castle that gives the feeling of simplicity and security.”

▼ Castle number 5: Nijo Castle

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Rounding off the top 5 is Nijo Castle in Kyoto. Nijo Castle is on a huge block of flat land spanning 275,000 square meters. This castle is one of the seventeen “historic monuments of ancient Kyoto” chosen by UNESCO as a heritage site. Nijo Castle was constructed upon the orders of shogunate Tokugawa Ieyasu and completed in 1626.

Here are some comments from those who visited Nijo Castle:

“This castle influenced history.”
“The interior is amazing, I could feel that this castle had a different purpose to all of the other castles I’ve seen.”

The top 20 list of the best castles in Japan according to TripAdvisor is presented below:

1. Himeji Castle (Hyogo)
2. Matsumoto Castle (Nagano)
3. Kumamoto Castle (Kumamoto)
4. Inuyama Castle (Aichi)
5. Nijo Castle (Kyoto)
6. Matsuyama Castle (Ehime)
7. Bitchu Matsuyama Castle (Okayama)
8. Matsue Castle (Shimane)
9. Hikone Castle (Shiga)
10. Nakagusuku Castle Ruins (Okinawa)
11. Katsuren Castle Ruins (Okinawa)
12. Takeda Castle Ruins (Hyogo)
13. Nakijin Castle Remains (Okinawa)
14. Shuri Castle (Okinawa)
15. Kochi Castle (Kochi)
16. Azuchi Castle Ruins (Shiga)
17. Osaka Castle (Osaka)
18. Zakimi Castle Ruins (Okinawa)
19. Maruoka Castle (Fukui)
20. Tsuruga Castle (Fukushima)

▼ Number 14: Shuri Castle (Okinawa)

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I was surprised that five out of the top twenty are located in Okinawa, which makes it a bit more enticing as a next holiday destination.

So now you know what places to visit on your next trip to Japan, which castles have you been to?

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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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A rabbit and a monkey collaborate to create some awesome playful wear.

(former) Japaense fashion maker A Bathing Ape’s lovely mascot Baby Milo has found a new friend in Sanrio’s famous “My Melody” rabbit (or is it a rabbit, after Sanrio told us that Kitty wasn’t a kitty, I’ve lost some confidence).

For those who’ve been living under a stone for the last 25 years, let me give you some Bape facts;

-Bape was founded in 1992 in Tokyo by designer Nigo.

-Nigo got his inspiration from the 1968 film, the Planet of the Apes.

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-He gained fame after he asked Japanese artist Cornelius to wear his shirts on stage, Cornelius whose real name is Oyamada, got his stage name from the ape( never call him a monkey!) in…yeah,  planet of the apes.

The monkey and the rabbit will feature in a collection with a wide range of items for lads, ladies and kids, ranging from hoodies, t-shirts, sweaters, towels, cups and ear rings.

 

Sale will start August the 27th, no word yet if they will sell these products outside Japan, so just to be sure head over here and then fill out our request form and we will get it for you.

Personally I won’t see myself wearing one these hoodies, but one of these shirts would look great on jeans under a black jacket, playful yet stylish.

Serge Roso JWS