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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


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).




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).


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

Star Wars jackets are the perfect combination of fashionable and geeky!

“Wear me, you will. Looking good, you will be.”

Fans of Star Wars and traditional Japanese clothing, your day has come! These new hanten, traditional short-sleeve Japanese jackets, perfectly mix old and new without going overboard in any direction. Called “和Robe” (“Wa-Robe” or literally “Japanese-style Robe”), the jackets come in beige, ivory, and black and you’ll have two designs, which feature different images on the inside of the jacket, to choose from. One jacket sports an image of Yoda on a rock looking contemplative and is available in beige only, and the other offers an image of the poster for the original Star Wars film, which you can have in black or ivory.

▼ Calm and serene or…


▼ …vibrant and badass!!


Of course, it might seem odd to put the graphics on the inside of the jackets, but we think it helps maintain a good balance. And each one features “Star Wars” in large, bold letters on the back of the collar, so your love for the franchise is never totally hidden.

▼ Also, you can do this “action star” pose in photographs!


▼ He wouldn’t look out of place on Tatooine, would he?


▼ The three jacket colors and lettering


In addition to the jackets, a juban shirt (basically a Japanese-style undershirt) will also be available with a print that features both the Millennium Falcon and X-wing fighters. You can pair these undershirts with one of the Wa-Robes for a truly Star Wars-themed torso!


▼ The bold lettering probably isn’t necessary here…but who’s complaining?


The Wa-Robes and juban shirt won’t be available until June, but you can pre-order them now on Trove. The jackets are 19,440 yen each (about US$177) and the juban shirt is 11,880 yen (about $110).

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Sources: Trove

Let the force clean your teeth.

In an era  of electric toothbrushes, sensodyne, dental floss and jetwashers to keep our teeth clean, there is still a place for the humble toothpick. Back in good old Mesopotamia and the Roman empire, toothpicks were the main means of dental hygiene, and the fact that they ate little sugar made them sport those fantastic white Hollywood smiles..(this is a historical fact, we at JWS take our facts seriously, using all kinds of trustful sources like Gladiator and Ben Hur.)

Look perfect teeth right?

Nowadays though the toothpick would be fighting  a losing a battle against our high-sugar diet, but thanks to our improved dental cleaning methods, the toothpick can sit down and take it easy and only makes it appearance on the dinner table.

But now you’re sitting opposite of your date eating a delicious dinner and just when you want to smile about something she said, you feel that there’s something stuck in your front teeth…with your tongue you try to pry it loose, but to no avail…you look at your dish trying to figure out what it could be, if it’s white she might not notice, but ah your eye falls on the little black sesame seeds on your dish and you know that you have a problem….

How you wished that you had paid attention to this site..you would have known about the tooth saber from Bandai.

This is maybe the second best thing to a real light saber for getting rid of unwanted food particles in your mouth.

It’s genius really, you have this little Darth Vader figure on your table, looking all mysterious, and when you pull the lever on his back, he’ll hand you a toothpick hidden in his cape.  There are a total of 10 toothpicks hidden in his cape.

It’s genius for other reasons too, you can finally put a Star Wars figure in the living room without anyone making a fuss,and  if you run out of talking material, you can say “let me show you a  trick”, and fill up another 10 minutes with conversation.

Of course toothpicks also make for great finger/fork substitutes.

The Darth Vader ToothSaber is now up for pre-order with estimated release in June, and the price is 2,627 yen.

Get it now or let us get it on Amazon Japan

Hirano Tomoko JWS






JWS japanwebshopping website renewal.

Let me first thank you all dear customers/friends who have been putting your trust in our service, without your help we’d all be working for other companies and we wouldn’t enjoy our jobs/lives as much as we do now.

We’ve been  getting the most surprising and unusual requests and thereby expanding our horizon in what you want and we learn what makes our fellow human being tick. Communicating with folks from all around the world has been a challenging at times (we had to bring in a part-time Spanish speaker/translator  and on a rare occasion a Russian translator), but besides  these rare hiccups, chatting with you through Skype/WordPress/mail and Facebook has been a blast.

We also value your input a lot, and a common complain was that our website loaded like snail…our mistake was that we tried to put as much information and connecting links in it as possible, thereby creating a headache for those without high speed internet access.

So we went a bit simpler this time, and changed the look to a more material/metal look. The pages load a bit faster and it’s definitely easier to the eye. Our love for manga and anime are also more present this time around.




This dark metallic look continues in the separate product pages.


We still haven’t completed the whole site yet though(especially the Japanese section), but we’re working hard to have it finished before Christmas.

Thank you all so much for your patience and in the meantime we will continue to be the best/safest/cheapest (and most personal) personal shopper for you.



Japan does Star Wars in a most awesome way

If you’ve ever wanted to fill your house with Star Wars furnishings, now you can, thanks to the Star Wars/Premium Home Collection from Japanese furniture manufacturer IDC Otsuka.

The 150-piece plus collection includes cushions, rugs, tableware, ukiyo-e woodblock prints, coat hangers, and even a variety of bobbly-headed Japanese kokeshi dolls.

The items will be available from the IDC Otsuka Furniture Shinjuku showroom from 14 November to mid-January next year. Located in a special ‘pop-up’ area of the showroom, there will be 51 types of fabric items, including curtains, tapestries and rugs, exclusive to the store.




There will also be 20 types of limited-edition cushions on sale for 3,240 yen (US$26.35) each.

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One of the most coveted and expensive items available are the ukiyo-e woodblock prints, available in three designs for 54,000 yen ($439.36) each. Featuring Darth Vader, a scene from the Battle of Hoth and Queen Amidala with R2-D2, these Japanese-styled artworks come with individual serial numbers and are limited to only 200 prints each. Officially approved by Lucasfilm, these will be incredibly popular.



And if kooky everyday items are more your thing, there are coat hangers for 3,240 yen each.


▼ Tumblers from 2,376 yen.


▼ Four-piece plate sets for 2,160 yen.


▼ And these gorgeous Japanese kokeshi dolls, in five character designs, for 5,400 yen each.


With more than 150 items available, there’s much more exciting Star Wars-related homeware to discover at their Shinjuku showroom. Be sure to stop by and check them out—you’ll need something to go alongside your life-size, remote control R2-D2 fridge, after all…

Shop Information
IDC Otsuka Furniture Shinjuku Showroom/IDC大塚家具 新宿ショールーム
Address: Tokyo-to, Shinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 3-33-1
Open: 10:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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Really cute is this limited edition Star Wars plushies from Takara Tomy I think.

Japan is really putting on a show for the upcoming release of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie. From cute, bite-sized character sweets to samurai figurines and even a special train, welcome celebrations in the Land of the Rising sun are proving to be the best this side of the galaxy.

Fortunately for us, the special releases just keep on coming. And now, Takara Tomy Arts have joined the party by metamorphosing our favourite characters into adorable plush toys that are small enough to sit in the palm of your hand!

As the newest addition to the Takara Tomy Beans Collection, which specialises in compact-sized plushies, the eight-character range will be sold as a set from 5 November for 19,980 yen (US$165.98). Limited to only 400 sets, the lineup includes adorable Darth Vader, a Stormtrooper, Yoda, Wicket W. Warwick, Chewbacca, R2-D2, C-3PO and Jabba the Hutt.


▼ The collection will be delivered in a specially marked box that includes some awesome art featuring the Death Star and the Millennium Falcon.


▼ The set also comes with a special wall pocket display so you can keep the gang all neat and tidy when they’re not out adventuring!


The plushies feature gorgeous details and different materials authentic to their characters.

▼ Darth Vader has his red lightsaber.


▼ While Chewbacca has an adorable body of fur and bright blue eyes.


The entire collection has been carefully produced so fans of all ages can enjoy spending time with classic characters from the series. We’re glad they come as a set because if they didn’t, we’d never be able to choose just one to take home!

Source: Gadget Tsushin
Top Image: Takara Tomy Arts Online Shop
Insert Images: Takara Tomy Arts Online Shop, Takara Tomy Arts Blog

The ultimate Star Wars PC!

Since Star Wars fans tend to be a pretty die-hard bunch, it’s probably not a wise idea to openly express apathy towards the franchise whilst in the presence of the same. Since you’re reading this, you’re probably a bit of a Star Wars nerd – and that’s totally fine! But it’s also surely okay that, while I think I saw the original trilogy at some point in my childhood, they never really made a lasting impact on me. All I recall are some furry things, Harrison Ford looking suave, and Darth Vader’s creepy death mask.

But if you are one of those til-the-death Star Wars fans (what do they call you, anyway? Star Warians? Where’s your catchy collective noun?), then you’ll surely be drooling over this new fancy-schmancy Star Wars laptop from HP, featuring none other than the big cheese himself.

The new Star Wars Special Edition Notebook PC was announced on October 14 by Hewlett Packard and will go on sale from November at the price of 120,000 yen (US$1,000).


As you can see, the facade is suitably spooky and Dark Side-y, with Vader’s ugly mug appearing as a tasteful and not too overpowering design feature. In fact, probably only a fellow Star Wars fan would even immediately notice the face of Luke Skywalker’s daddy, meaning that purchasing this laptop could be a cool way to make new friends as you tap away self-importantly at Starbucks.

Another feature of the design that I initially failed to notice is the palm rest which features not specks of dust, as I originally thought, but the visage of a couple of white-helmeted Storm Troopers. Can you spot them in the picture below?


The track pad in the centre of the keyboard is also another important feature, in that it is shaped like the X-Wing Fighter’s guide system. I have no idea what any of those words mean, but I’m sure that you do, so not to worry.

Finally, let’s talk specs. The laptop features a 15.6-inch screen with a full HD display, and some other stuff which you don’t care about because you just want it because it’s got Vader on it. And there’s nothing wrong with that. May the Yoda be with you, and all that. Happy laptoping!

Source: NariNari via Hachima Kikou
Images: NariNari