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Coolest anime inspired socks ever!

Based on the image of the world of witch Ichihara Yuko, the wish-granting shop owner of the famous xxxHolic manga series come these lovely socks.

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These socks are designed to combine, wear them straight under a black miniskirt and they project a bit of a wild side of you, wear them with high heels and you become a vixen.

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Now wear them over some tights and and your whole image changes again…according to the colour of your tights…red tights will make you look prudish with a naughty flame burning deep inside you….

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The embroidery of a smoking pipe and butterflies are the subtle reminders that you’re a xxxHolic reader and love well written and beautifully illustrated manga/art.

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If you want to surprise your boyfriend/husband/girlfriend/wife, why not wear them beneath this camisole dress thingy

Or if you’re in a real witchy mood, why not put them under your spell once and forever with this lovely lingerie set

So this is how witches read..?

The prices are of Super Groupies level, meaning not too high

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6,800 ¥

Ichihara Yuko model camisole dress underwear xxxHOLiC

8,500 ¥

Ichihara Yuko model lingerie set underwear xxxHOLiC

8,800 ¥ 

Let us know how we can help you!

Tomoko Hirano

SuperGroupies

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Sanrio anime bra sets for girls with smaller busts

Beauty is in the tiniest details.

Japanese lingerie brand Feast has been making a name for itself as one of the country’s premier manufacturers catering to ladies with petite “cinderella” busts. Now they’ve teamed up with Sanrio’s popular Little Twin Stars characters for their latest release, which features ribbons, frills, and gorgeous details.

With two colour variations to choose from – purple and mint blue – the fabric is cute and girly, featuring images of stars, moons and clouds, along with the logo of the two twin star characters, Kiki and Lala.

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The comfortable tube-top style bra helps to compliment a small bustline, with its ruched material working to make breasts appear larger.

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Born on a star, Kiki and his older sister Lala are two of Sanrio’s most well-known characters. The celestial siblings can be seen travelling to earth on a star in their logo, which sits daintily in the middle of the bra, while the straps feature frill accents and pretty ribbons.

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The briefs also feature lacy frilled accents and can be worn with the matching bra or with the blue-coloured top as contrasting coordinates.

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Each set retails for 6,800 yen (US$66.33) and will be sold online from 7 July at the Feast website and associated Kera Shop for delivery within Japan.

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We are as always happy to send them to you, wherever you are in this big world.

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Source: ITMedia

10 things one Japanese expat is always sure to stock up on when returning to Japan

Any expat, exchange student, or anybody who has otherwise spent a long period of time abroad will tell you that, while the local food is exciting and fun and delicious for a while, eventually you’ll start to experience intense urges for the comfort foods and products of your native land. For some, these urges may be occasional, mild pangs, but for many, the urges are so strong they can’t resist stocking up on boxes and boxes full of their favorite items from home every time they head back.

Recently, a Japanese female expat who has been living in America for years introduced our sister site to the top 10 items that she likes to stock up on when she visits Japan:


Some of the supermarkets we’ll go to, to get your favorite brand:

Drug stores where we’ll buy your over the counter medicine and other products.


First up, an item so obvious it almost doesn’t even warrant mentioning,

1) Japanese tea

Green tea and other types of Japanese origin teas are, of course, also available in the United States, but our sister site writer says she prefers Japanese leaf tea to the green tea bags typically found in American grocers. The leaves will hold for a while when frozen, so it’s a sensible buy despite green tea being increasingly available stateside.                                        Everything you need to know about green tea

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Find here some great tea

2) Furikake

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We just talked about furikake finding its way into American cupboards, but Japanese supermarkets provide an unbelievable glut of flavors when it comes to this simple condiment meant to be sprinkled on white rice.

different kinds of furikake at Amazon Japan

3) Toothbrushes 

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A frequent complaint of Japanese living in western countries is that toothbrushes tend to be almost frighteningly large. Our Japanese writer notes that the huge brush heads have a tendency to induce a gag reflex when you’re really trying to reach her molars, so she tends to buy a handful of Japanese toothbrushes, which have smaller, narrower heads.

toothbrushes on Amazon Japan

4) Beauty products (especially toner)

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Fasio mascara by Kose

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Shiseido ultimune skin ptotective cream. 14,500円

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DHC big sale until the 8th of December

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Face-up so as to overlap!  Medicinal Q Series 3-piece set
¥ 10,954 (excluding tax) Campaign price ¥ 8,200

Japanese women apparently use toner (“keshosui” in Japanese) with extreme frequency compared to westerners, meaning that, while toner is fairly easy to find in the US, the Japanese product tends to be specifically formulated and bottled for use in large quantities.

5) Stationery and pens

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The Japanese really do love their notebooks and pens, and many Japanese remark upon how the paper in notebooks sold abroad tends to be much lower quality despite costing roughly the same amount as back home. Also, with products like these Star Wars notebooks found on most stationery shop shelves, it’s little wonder our Japanese writer likes to stock up.

6) Feminine napkins

Again, I can’t really speak to this one, but apparently Japanese pads are less bulky and easier to wear than the American ones. Plus, since they’re cheap, light and don’t take up much space in her luggage, our writer says she packs a bunch of these whenever she leaves Japan.

Feminine napkin ranking;

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Laurier super absorbent series
Sweetやさしいローズの香り
Sofi Kiyora fragrance
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Whisper Cosmo

7) Over-the-counter drugs

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According to our writer, American OTC medications can work a little too well on dainty, petite Japanese bodies, making the Japanese who take them feel woozy, so she packs up bunches of medications for her medicine cabinet stateside. On the flipside of this, I’ve heard many western expats complain that Japanese prescription drugs for common colds basically obliterate you, so there’s a strong possibility we’re all just experiencing some placebo side effects when taking spooooooky foreign drugs, even though they’re really all the same thing.

8) Dashi fish stock

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We presume Japan fans already know all about this one. Dashi is the subtly flavored glue that holds many, many staple Japanese dishes (not least miso soup) together. Made from dried and shaved bonito, dashi is responsible for much of the signature umami of the Japanese dishes you love. Like many other East Asian foods once considered exotic in the States, dashi is becoming more common in grocers, but Japan still offers a greater variety at much lower prices.

Hondashi by Ajinomoto, you can find this is any Japanese household

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9) Candy

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Japanese candies certainly have a distinctive flavor, and the fact that they’re usually individually wrapped means they’ll stay fresh for a good long while even after you open the larger package. Additionally, the many wacky Kit Kat flavors available in Japan make great, unique souvenirs for non-Japanese friends.

Click here for snacks, curry and other foods

10) Underwear (?)

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Of course, people in the US come in all different shapes and sizes, just like in Japan, but the average size is certainly a little different, which makes tracking down—according to our writer—things like bras and panties fairly difficult for especially petite Japanese women. Additionally, Japan has a booming non-lingerie undies industry with underwear for all kinds of needs, such as winter-use bras and panties that have extra padding for warmth.

Of course, this is just one person’s list. Your typical Japanese male’s list might include a lot more in the way of boozy beverages and, ahem, “men’s magazines,” for example, and there are almost certainly Japanese expats out there who don’t feel the need to stock up on anything when they’re visiting Japan.

If you need assistance with any of these products please don’t hesitate to mail us and remember we will go to any shop to get your favorite product, the web is not almighty!

Lingerie for girls with smaller breasts: feast’s new collection “Glossy Ribbon Mermaid” is too cute

Celebrating its first anniversary, feast, the lingerie brand designed by Gomi Hayakawa and known for targeting women with smaller chest sizes, has released a new lingerie collection, called “Glossy Ribbon Mermaid”.

Since it can be difficult for girls who have smaller breasts to find cute and pretty lingerie, Gomi Hayakawa’s designs have been warmly welcomed by girls in Japan. The new line has a cute yet luxurious look, featuring ribbons and mermaid inspired designs.

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Both design will be on sale in two colors (Ribbon mermaid set: Pink/Purple, Glossy Mermaid Set: Blue/Yellow). The Glossy Mermaid Set is on sale now, with the Ribbon Mermaid Set available from the middle of October. You can purchase those items on 109 web shop, so why not try check them out!

Celebrating their first anniversary, feast’s official site has also been renewed. Check it out at the link below.

Related links
feast official site : http://feast.tokyo/anniversary/
109 web shop : http://e-shop.shibuya109.jp/ladies/app/catalog/list/

Japanese underwear for ladies.

Well I started this topic in a blog before and seeing our stats going through the roof, my( I suppose,)female readers love to know more about Japanese underwear!

So we combed through the net and shops and found these articles and products.

First I have to explain the Japanese phenomena of the “bonsai” treatment”. Living in a country where space is limited, hobbies are pricey and uh breast are tinnier, the Japanese love to give foreign words describing big or expensive objects to things which often differ a lot in size or price from the real thing.

For example if a Japanese person tells you that he lives in a mansion, you’ll be expecting this:

While in reality he or she meant:

When you’re lucky to be invited to join your Japanese friend on his yacht, this will come to mind;

You’ll be a surprised and maybe a bit disappointed when you lay eyes on his “yacht”.

When a lady says that she has dd sized bust, you imagine this:

But the reality is…

Before you start writing that there’s nothing wrong with a smaller size, please note that I’m opinion-less about it, the problem starts when people start ordering from Japanese sites and end up with the wrong sizes…

Anyways back to my headline here are some unusual undergarments for ladies..

Underwear like you’ve never seen before – these “super cool bras” not only look cool, they keep you feeling cool too!

For those of you who like the bras, we’re sorry to disappoint you, but these bras are not for sale; they’re one-of-a-kind, promotional demonstration models produced by underwear manufacturer Triumph International Japan Ltd. Each year, Triumph International Japan announces fun and creative promotional bras that reflect trends in Japanese society. This year, they came up with the “Super Cool Bra” based on the concept of keeping cool without using electricity. Since the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant following last year’s Great East Japan Earthquake, the Japanese public has been conscious about conserving energy and keeping electricity use down.

The bras, modeled in these pictures by lovely Triumph campaign girls Ms. Ayana Kaneda and Ms. Misaki Tanabe, use a gel material that doesn’t freeze, so that they can be cooled in the freezer and still stay soft; they can then keep you feeling cool, at least for a while, while you’re wearing them. Quite an ingenious idea, wouldn’t you say? And since they’re in the shape of fishbowls, they visually look cool too.

And that’s not all that makes these bras unique. The bras come with a small fan or a small wooden ladle (hishaku) that can be attached to the side of the bra. They’re both traditional Japanese items used to stay cool in the summer, and the hishaku ladle is typically used to splash water on the streets around houses to cool the ground. There’s also an ornament in the shape of a traditional Japanese wind bell (fu-rin) containing mint leaves attached to the center of the bra, so the bra also sounds and smell cool as well.

They’ve even designed special bottoms for these bras. One type uses the same material as sudare, a traditional Japanese bamboo blinds used to create shade during warm weather. The other type uses mosquito net material, also traditionally used during the summer to keep pests away. These bottoms also come with a small pouch on the side which contains mint or salt flavored candy, to help you feel refreshed and also replenish minerals lost through sweat. Oh, and by the way, the bottoms are made so that they can actually be used as miniature bamboo screens or mosquito nets. So, as you can see, the entire ensemble focuses on the concept of staying comfortable in warm weather and involves all the senses.

Upon actually wearing the underwear, Ms. Tanabe commented, “The bra feels cool, offers very good support and is comfortable to wear,” and Ms. Kaneda said “It’s just fun and exciting to see the goldfish on the bra”. They said that they hope many people have the chance to see the bra, as it incorporates many traditional Japanese ideas for keeping cool in the summer.

So, what do you think? Regardless of your tastes, it’s hard to deny that these bras are highly artistic. We look forward to many more beautiful underwear creations from Triumph in the future!

Triumph International Japan Ltd. website

Japanese lingerie company designs special bra for Japan’s marshmallow girls

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Since last year, chubbiness has become more accepted in Japan. Chubby girls (that’s chubby by Japanese standards) are now called ‘marshmallow girls‘ and they’ve become so popular that there’s now an entire idol group dedicated to them, and even a fashion magazine for girls of various sizes. I think we can all agree that Japan definitely still has some body image issues, but nevertheless, the marshmallow fad continues!

The latest addition to this marshmallow boom is a series of bras designed for marshmallow girls. They are called “Pochakawabra”, which is a portmanteau of pocha (chubby), kawaii (cute), and of course the object itself, bra. I’m not sure if I appreciate the name, but the designs sure are cute!

One thing marshmallow girls can usually boast that stick-thin tiny, almost 2-D girls do not have is a large bust. The “Pochakawabra” series cater towards these better-endowed women with bras that go in the cup size range of C~F, and panties sized 85~100cm (33.5~39.4 inches). Despite the larger size, the lingerie pieces retain cute and delicate designs.

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They also come with a stretchy region near the underarms to “tuck in” those extra curves so you can enjoy a slightly slimmer…region under the underarms. It claims to be a cute and highly functional bra. The brassiere sure look adorable although I am not sure if I’d be down for wearing anything called “Chubby Cute Bra” anytime soon.

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Images: PR TIMES

Me-ow! Cat-inspired lingerie for feline lovers

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Starting on October 14, the online shop Felissimo’s Nekobu (cat club) began selling “flufeel” lingerie designed to let the wearer essentially cosplay under their clothes every day, with friends and coworkers none the wiser.

The “luxurious” set has a bra designed to look like a pair of cat ears, and panties which come with… a detachable tail!?

Maybe you love cats so much that you wish you were one? Perhaps you’re looking for a way to feel feline without making it known to the entire world? Or maybe you’re just considering a different kind of Halloween costume this year; one that your boyfriend will appreciate that bit more than usual witch, nurse or fairy.

Regardless of why, with the help of Felissimo’s new underwear set, you can be a true cat-woman for a mere 3,772 yen (US$35)!

Each of the sets comes complete with a tiny fabric tail which can be easily attached to or removed from the waistband of the panties. It’s a cute touch, and the fact that it’s removable is definitely an added bonus since having an object the size and shape of a sausage showing through your little black dress at the office Halloween party might turn a few more heads than you’d like.

But wait, there’s more! You can even choose from three colors breeds.

▼Are you a whimsical black (satin) cat? Ooo sexy!

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▼Perhaps a pampered chiffon-furred Persian is more your taste?

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▼Tomboys don’t fret, you can be a cute yet active American Shorthair in gray

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Sadly, depending on your cat or lingerie preference, Felissimo might keep you waiting as they only offer one of the three sets at a time on a monthly rotating schedule. They do, however, offer much more than bras and panties, with everything from cat-themed socks to band-aids available on their Cat Club website, so even if your choice of color isn’t available yet, there’s bound to be something in there to put a big, Cheshire smile on your face.

Images: Felissimo

Japan’s “true love tester” bra won’t open unless he gets your heartbeat up

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It’s a chastity belt for breasts! The “true love tester” bra is the world’s first scientifically engineered undergarment for women that actually reads your body’s signals. Ravijour, the company behind this peculiar product, touts the garment as “a revolutionary bra that knows how women truly feel.” It seems the bra cannot be unhooked without “true love” and will literally pop off of the wearer upon finding that special someone.

Here’s how the technology works: The bra has built-in sensors that measures the wearer’s heart-rate. The data collected by the sensors is sent to a special app on your phone.

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The app then analyzes the heart-rate of the wearer.

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If the wearer’s heart-rate reaches a predetermined limit, the bra unhooks by itself.

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Want to know more? Here are some sciencey words about the bra:

“When excited the adrenal medulla secretes catecholamine, which affects the autonomic nerve and stimulates the heart-rate. A built-in sensor reads the woman’s heart-rate signal and sends it to a special app via Bluetooth for analysis. The app then calculates the True Love Rate based on changes in the heart-rate over time.”

So calm down everyone, this is science. Science that makes this happen:

Ravijour, a company who’s slogan is “We do anything for women,” advertises their exploding bra as “an instrument to test for true love” and is part of their “Mood Up” campaign to celebrate the company’s 10 year anniversary. We just hope that the science behind this technology works as it’s intended, otherwise women who choose to wear this mechanical bra might unexpectedly feel “unsupported” by their choice in underwear.

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Source: NetLab, Ravijour

Japanese brassiere brand comes out with a new line of vending machine lingerie!

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Many of us have heard legends about Japanese vending machines. It’s said that you can get practically anything, not just pop and candy bars, from some of these mechanical beauties. Sadly, much as I hate to be the bearer of bad news, most vending machines in Japan only serve your typical fare of soda, water bottles, tea, and corn soup. I was personally quite disheartened on my first trip overseas when I was unable to find a single novelty vending machine during my entire visit. However, this upcoming fall season, a popular bra company in Japan is inviting women to buy their brand new bra directly from a vending machine. 

A women’s underwear brand in Japan, une nana cool, is gearing up for this year’s autumn sales with their new “Fun Fun Week” line of undergarments. Subsidiary of parent company Wacoal, une nana cool gained popularity in women’s panty circles for the high-quality fit of their underthings. Since their establishment, the brand has been constantly adding improvements to their wireless bra design to try to accommodate as many female body types as possible. They’ve sold over 35,000 brassieres from their Fun Fun Week series of unmentionables. This year, they’re planning a new wireless design for girls in need of a little support but who don’t have a lot of time to spend looking for it.

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If you happen to be around the Tokyo area from August 9 to 31, take a look in Shibuya’s PARCO department store for these handy bra dispensers! Or, if you can’t make the trip in person, check out their online store for more of their comfortable under-layers. This year their goal is to sell 45,000 bras to the masses.

Sadly, the special underwear vending machines are only available inside une nana cool stores and not out on public streets around Japan. But perhaps this concept will give Japan the boost it needs to live up to its impressive vending machine reputation.

So there you have it, probably the longest blog ever about bras.

I hope you had a good read and remember, we can get you anything from Japan, the cheapest way possible, we compare prices and reviews so you know you’ll get the best deal!