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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!).

DogBowl Nagoya

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:



(apprentice geisha)








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.



We will line up for you to get you a limited can of popcorn!

Calling all Chubu region popcorn fan! Garrett’s Popcorn Shops has released a geographically exclusive popcorn tin: Nagoya Gold.

Garrett’s Popcorn Shops, hailing from Chicago, U.S.A., is popular for more than just their salty, cheesy, caramel-y, burst corn kernels; they’re known, especially in Japan, for the purposefully and beautifully designed metal tins that hold said deliciousness.

On March 30, the Garrett’s Popcorn Shops location in the Japanese city of Nagoya turned one year old, so they’ve decided to celebrate with their very own Nagoya-only tin popcorn can.

▼ Meet “Nagoya Gold.”

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Along the top of the goldleaf-colored tin there are subtle decorations representing “Japan’s four seasons.” And along the bottom runs the cityscape of Nagoya.

Could the name have been inspired by the Kin no Tokei (Golden clocks), a landmark and popular meeting spot at the busy Nagoya Station? Maybe. Could it be an homage to the kinshachi (golden tiger-headed carp) that decorate the roof of Nagoya Castle? Perhaps. Could it have gotten its name because Chicago Mix popcorn (cheese and caramel) resembles a pot of gold? Also very plausible. We think the name is derived from the word “nari kin” or nouveau  rich of which there are plenty in Nagoya.

Regardless of the reason, Nagoya Gold is only available at the Nagoya location, so it is sure to become a collector’s item for many a popcorn enthusiast. While we line up for up you,  to get your golden bucket of popcorn, consider what flavors you want to fill it with. The options are: Chicago Mix, Caramel Crisp, Cheese Corn, Mild Salt, Plain, Almond Caramel Mix or the limited time, Japan-only Matcha Caramel Crisp (available until April 15). You can buy a one-quart tin for 1,130 yen (US$10) or a one-gallon tin for 2,800 yen ($25).

We are based in Nagoya, so the only thing you’ll be paying for is the can and the shipping costs to your location..

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