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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

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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Heavy snow turns Kyoto into a dream

According to locals, this much snow only falls once every two years in Kyoto.

With so many unique and historic monuments, Kyoto has one of the world’s largest collections of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, making it one of the most fascinating and beautiful places to visit in all of Japan. While the ancient city has an alluring, atmospheric beauty at any time of the year, there’s one particular time when the temples and shrines here become even more exquisite, and that’s when the area is covered in a white sheet of soft powder snow.

This weekend, Kyoto received its coldest winter days yet, with heavy snowfall hitting the city in what locals say is a rare event that only occurs only once every two years. Despite the intense cold, photographers braved the snow to capture some of the area’s most iconic sites at their most beautiful, creating images that makes us feel like we’ve stepped back in time to the feudal era. Let’s take a look below at some of the gorgeous scenes from the wintry weekend.

The famous Golden Pavilion, Kinkakuji, drew a large number of crowds who came to gaze at the glistening beauty of ice crystals contrasted against a shade of brilliant gold.

▼ Tourists and locals alike clamoured to catch a glimpse of Kinkakuji in the snow.
▼ Another iconic spot to draw crowds on the weekend was Kiyomizu-dera.
The view of the snow-covered pagoda was one of the many sights that could be enjoyed in the well-known Higashiyama district.
Arashiyama, to the west of the city center, and its beautiful bamboo forest also became ethereal sites of beauty on the weekend…
…while this photographer stepped out in a blizzard to capture the beauty of Pontocho, a narrow street lined with secluded restaurants, in the snow.
Kifune Jinja held a special free light-up event until 8:00 p.m. so visitors could enjoy the unique atmosphere on the grounds of their Shinto shrine in the evening.
Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its thousands of vermillion torii gates, was another site that enthralled visitors.
It really doesn’t matter when you visit Kyoto, it is one the most beautiful cities in Japan, but you have to admit that a white layer of snow gives it something extra….
Source: Net Lab
Featured image: Twitter/@gokurakucyo

The most comfortable pajama…ever!

Those who’ve been following our blog or have been visiting our website know of our love/double love relation with Bibi Lab and its refreshing original and useful products. We actually survived this summer unbitten by those pesky tiger mosquitoes thanks to the  Net man, a full body mosquito net

Earlier this year offbeat clothing and housewares company Bibi Lab released its Damegi roomwear. A one-piece garment for relaxing at home, the Damegi gets its name from dame (“no good”) and gi (“clothing”) because of the implied promise that it’s so comfortable it’ll absolutely kill any sort of productivity while you’re wearing it.

While the previous model was marketed to women, a brand-new version of the Damegi, called the Fuyu no Damegi (“Winter Damegi”), has just gone on sale, sporting a number of improvements over the original design. For starters, instead of the drab gray of the original, you can now chose between five different colors: Pinky Peach, Chocolate Mellow (brown), Green Rush, High Risk Red, and Midnight Navy. The medium size fits wearers up to 165 centimeters (65 inches) in height, while the large is for those up to 180 centimeters.

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Made of extra warm, heat-retentive material, the new Damegi will keep you toasty not just from head to toe, but to your fingertips too, thanks to its four-way convertible mitten-style sleeve cuffs.

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A hood and zip-up mask will also help keep heat from dissipating out of your head.

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Down at the end of the pant legs, you’ll find snap-shut coverings for slipper-like comfort.

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And, as is standard with the Damegi, the hood contains two openings to pass twintails through.

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And, for a last bit of functionality, the Fuyu no Damegi has a zip-out section at the rear, so you can go to the bathroom without having to take the entire thing off.

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Bibi Lab says the Fuyu no Damegi is great for happy families and loving couples alike.

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The company also bills it as the perfect “gaming wear” for cold-weather video game binges.

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▼ Pop in a game with a setting on a tropical beach, and kiss winter good-bye.

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And being the holistic-minded company it is, Bibi Lab also recommends enjoying the Fuyu no Damegi in tandem with some of its other products, such as the Cotton Wife/Husband or Sandwiched Between Twintails Pillow.

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With prices starting as low as 5,709 ten (US$55) there is nothing to hold you back to get as comfy as possible this winter…Don’t blame us, though, if after you put it on you end up spending all winter loafing on the couch.

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Cuter than cute, Hatsune Miku underwear!

Japan’s fashion retailer Super Groupies, famous for its anime and manga inspired fashion articles, has found inspiration in virtual  pop vocalist Hatsune Miku.

They will release two pieces; a lingerie set consisting of  a bra and knickers in the trademark  aquamarine (blueish green, or greenish blue…) adorned with a bright pink ribbon.

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The second piece is a camisole, which is something Miku would wear on a lazy day at home while eating a cake….

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The lingerie set retails for 8.800 yen and the camisole goes for 8,500 yen.

Pre-order started yesterday and will continue untill November 6 (October 17, 2016 – November 6, 2016 ) with delivery scheduled for mid March.

You don’t have to love Hatsune Miku to appreciate these sets, they are lovely and reasonably priced….if you’re a Miku fan though, than this a no-brainer!

source:Super Groupies

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How honest are the Japanese people?

How many Japanese passerby return the lost wallet to its owner?

We’ve seen examples time and time again of how honest the people of Japan are. In many countries where leaving your property alone in plain sight for five seconds means it’s basically already gone, it can be a little hard to believe.

So to test out just how honest the Japanese people really are, Japanese YouTuber Zenim at the channel Monkey Python decided to carry out a little social experiment.

He walked around the Harajuku area and intentionally dropped his wallet immediately after passing by some people. He then kept walking and waited to see if anyone returned the wallet, of if they kept the leather treasure for themselves.

How many of the 15 tests ended in honesty? Watch the video below to find out:

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▼ But are they true? YouTuber Zenim and his wallet are about to find out.

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▼ The first drop. Down goes the wallet inconspicuously out the back pocket.

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▼ We’ve got a spotter! Will they return it, or pocket the pocketbook?

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▼ And they return it! Score one for the green, “honest monkeys”.

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▼ The next dropped wallet gets spotted instantly. Is that woman excited to return it, or to get some free easy cash?

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▼ Honesty wins out again. Go, green team!

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▼ And the wallet keeps getting returned again…

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▼ …and again…

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▼ …and again, all the way to the end.
That’s 15 out of 15 returned for a final score of…

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▼ One hundred-percent! If there are any doubters out there, it’s hard to argue with a one hundred-percent return rate.

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Of course, to be fair, the experiment isn’t perfect. Zenim did drop the wallet in a very public place, so chances are there were others besides the person who returned it who saw him drop it. That makes it harder to stuff the wallet in your own pocket knowing that there might be judging eyes out there watching what you do.

It would be interesting to run a similar experiment in a more private setting where there would be no such public consequences and see if the results were the same. Either that, or, we can stop testing the Japanese people’s honesty and just appreciate them for being awesome. That works too!

Shopping on-line always carries its risks, but we hope that by showing this article you understand that shopping from Japan is close to risk free, companies will bend over backwards to keep their good reputation, because business in Japan is kind like daily life; one big mistake will often haunt you for the rest of your career and social life..second changes are harder to get by here…..except of course if you’re  a Japanese politician, than you just sit one year out and return the next…

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Source: YouTube/Monkey Python via grapee

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