Saturday, December 30, 2006

Year of the Boar

The Japanese post office releases a new stamp every year to celebrate Shougatsu. (New Year)

This year we celebrate the year of the boar.
"Pure of heart, Boar people are generous and kind. Full of inner strength and courage, they can take on any task. A friend who listens, the Boar is sincere and trustworthy. They are driven by their passion for life."

Stamps are great to collect as they are small, inexpensive and eventually increase in value.

Some of my favorite stamps in Japan.
Anime stamps, Disney stamps, Japanese Fairy Tales

Rinkya Auctions, all stamps.

Famous Boars:
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chiang Kai-Shek, Woody Allen, Lucille Ball, Billy Crystal, Steven Spielberg, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Stephen King, Henry Ford, John McEnroe, Tracey Ullman, Phil Donahue, Fred Astaire, Thomas Jefferson, Dudley Moore, Farrah Fawcett, Robert Dole, Jerry Lee Lewis, Humphrey Bogart, Julie Andrews, Richard Dreyfuss, Henry Kissinger, Marie Osmond, Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Dalai Lama.

Boar Info from Family Culture

Yuki Nobuteru's New Doujinshi for Paradise Kiss

Comiket is only the biggest convention in all of Japan. Over 30,000 people get together each year to purchase their favorite artists' new works.

Yuki Nobuteru, famous character designer for Escaflowne, Heat Guy J, Lodoss Wars, & much more, releases a new doujinshi filled w/ a collection of production artwork from the recent series he has worked on.

This year welcomes his biggest book ever, from Paradise Kiss. 516 pages TOTAL, with 28 in full color.

Not available in the US just yet, but always available in Japan through Rinkya.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Japanese Grab Bags!

Now that Christmas has come & gone, the biggest holiday in Japan is New Year

What's even more fun are the fukubukuro!! These are huge grab bags costing 50-75% less than their actual retail value!! Japanese stores try to make room for brand new merchandise by putting together huge bags of fun.

Not only are they a bargain, but also fun to get!!

Shop for Hello Kitty grab bags on BuyRinkya.

Yahoo Japan Auctions for grab bags.

Shopping for fukubukkoro.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Urusai NA!! (Shut up!!)

We think people who use their cell phones in America are rude? Let us introduce you to Damaru! (Be Silent!!!) Keitarou.

This handy little remote helps you be discreet in silencing whoever forgot to put their cell phone on manner mode! (silent mode).

Probably a violation of privacy in other countries or maybe a clue that we should have something like this in our own neck of the woods, we can check out cell phones in Japan and cell phone accesories like straps!

Or for those of you who want to silence Beckham and his Vodafone (works on Vodafone!!), you can order Keitarou through Rinkya Stores.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas!!!!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Nintendo Wii or PS3?

Which do you prefer?
Woot gets in 20 PS3s and sells out immediately, but it's definitely clear which one the Woot staff prefers!

Playstation 3s & Nintendo Wiis might be sold out on gaijin soil, but pick one up today, in Japan, with your after-christmas money.

Image from Woot!

Nintendo Wii
on Auction
PS 3 on Auction

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Only in Japan: A Robot Museum!

If you go to Nagoya, not only can you get Japan's finest chicken wings (tebasaki) , but now you can check out the Robot Museum!

For those of you who can't get to Yama chan's for wings, you can get your robot fix right here!

Robot Museum shop
Robots on Rinkya

Aibo, Gundam, Bullmark
Robot Rinkya Stores

Heather's Christmas wish list item, a therapeutic baby seal robot.

You get to raise this incredibly realistic baby seal and take care of him. Scientifically proven to have the same affect as owning a dog or cat.
(Am I throwing out enough hints, guys??)

Wednesday, December 20, 2006


If you're a yankee, you wear skajyan!!

In Japanese, "yankee" means a rough and tough street kid; a gangster. Yankees have a history of wearing their "skajyan" which are satin, embroidered jackets. Back in the day, they had your gang emblem on them, but for now, we just wear them for fashion!! Our own president has been in Japan for 7 years and she is still looking for the perfect one!!

In the meantime check out our Tedman skajyan, which is reversible, 2 designs on one jacket, not a bad deal!

The skajyan Rinkya President Heather wants for X-mas!!
Rinkya Stores Tedman
Tedman Auctions
Skajyan Auctions Misc., Men's Size M, Women's All Sizes.
Rinkya Stores Skyajyan 1, 2, 3, 4,

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

BAPE X Carhartt Line

Bathing Ape teams up with Carhartt for their 2nd Anniversary in New York. Sold out everywhere, you can still get BAPE from it's hometown in Japan.

Image from A Bathing Ape.

Order BAPE from Rinkya Stores.

Bid on Bape x Carhartt on Yahoo Japan Auctions.
Bid on just Bape!
MyRinkya & BAPE searches.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Blu -Ray Disc Recorder hits Japan!!

You can finally get you Blu-Ray on with the LH-2B1S; the latest Single Layer Blu-Ray burner from LiteOn in SATA version. Record all your favorite Godzilla movies & Final Fantasy video games on Blue Ray. Even Playstation 3 uses Blu-Ray! Don't wait for them to come out in the US, buy them direct from Japan!!

You can order from Rinkya Stores!

Or check out Yahoo Japan Auctions or here to bid on one!

Source Via Akihabara News

Friday, December 15, 2006

The Last Unicorn Special 25th Anniversary DVD!!

The Last Unicorn DVD set will be released February 6th 2007 by LionGates with additional features and new artwork for the cover.

Through a special agreement, author and screenwriter Peter S Beagle will receive at least half the proceeds when DVDs are ordered through his site Conlan Press

Peter S Beagle writer and screenwriter of the famed novel and movie did not receive monies from the movie that made millions!!
Please support him by ordering today: Conlan Press

ONLY DVDs ordered through Mr. Beagle's site will benefit him. All copies purchased from his website will be autographed in three places DVD, DVD Cover, & the DVD slipcase.

The Last Unicorn starred Mia Farrow, Christopher Lee, Alan Arkin, Angela Lansbury, and Jeff Bridges.

The Last Unicorn was animated by Topcraft in Japan, the predecessor to the famed Studio Ghibli (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away)

The Last Unicorn animation cels are rare and revered amongst cel collectors all over the world.

Look For Last Unicorn cels on YJ

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Megatron Transformer Available for Pre-Order on BuyRinkya!

Megatron is available direct from Japan for pre-order at BuyRinkya!
Order today for the rare figure released only in Japan.
Megatron comes with a small gun, energy sabre, energy mace and a small Kremzeek figure.

Michael Bay's Transformers movie hits theaters on July 4th 2007, but a movie trailer will be released next week on December 20th!

Check the movie website for updates: Transformers Movie

Check out available Transformers Items on YJ

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Elmo's Lost in Translation

The Rocking Elmo, as sold in stores in Japan!

Thanks to 3yen news for the tip!

Sesame Street Items on YJ

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Hello Kitty Contest Winner!

The Hello Kitty headlight bulb was the winner of the oddest Hello Kitty Item.

The item is also currently on YJ if anyone is interested in purchasing for your own car!! Headlight Bulb on YJ

Thank you to all who participated and congrats to the winner!
Please look for more blog contests in the future!!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Snoopy Ipod Limited Release!

Another beloved icon in Japan- Charlie Brown's little beagle Snoopy- gets his own silver Ipod.
A limited amount of 1000 will be sold, including multiple accessories.


Sold via Runat
Purchase through Rinkya Stores

Snoopy on YJ! Snoopy Items

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Romeo and Juliet Anime in Production!

A new anime- Romeo & Juliet is in production at GONZO.
The immortal love story of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is expected to be released next year.

Visit their website for exclusive pictures and movies of the current progress and the cast and crew details GONZO

Via AnimeNewsI

Anime on YJ

Friday, December 08, 2006

Hello Kity Contest Deadline Extended!

Since we are still receiving submissions, we will accept them until Sunday Midnight PST.
We will announce winners and honorable mentions next week!

Rinkya will accept up to 3 submissions per user!
$20 commission to the winner!!

Find the oddest Hello Kitty item on YJ and send it in here

Wine Tasting Robot!

We first brought you the remote controlled beer robot here

Not to be outdone, Japan also has produced a wine and hor'devours tasting robot.

The robot sends out an infrared light to test the chemical composition of the wine and then details the name, variety and what foods would go well with it.

The robot is with flaws, as it determined a reporter was prosciuitto.

The makers of the robot hope to have it used at wineries in the future, as the robots can determine the information without opening up a cork or tasting the wine.

Wineries however, may disagree, as a perk of the job is to drink wine all day long to "test" flavors, I know I would be disappointed.

Via Red Orbit

Robots on YJ

Thursday, December 07, 2006

The Wacky, Weird & Fun USB Drives from Japan!

The Missile Launcher- Yes, it does shoot out missles!

Mmmmm... Sushi, nope you cannot eat it!

Taking the term "thumb drive" to the letter.

Audorable little bears!

The perfect stocking stuffer- A Snowman!

Some Sake to go along with your Sushi!

The newest addition, realeased today- A Transformer Lego Type Robot!

All USB Drives are available Here
Order direct from BuyRinkya
or get anyone you want through Rinkya Stores

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Hello Kitty Contest Reminder!!

Reminder for Hello Kitty Contest ***Deadline is December 8th!*** TWO DAYS AWAY!

Rinkya will accept up to 3 submissions per user!!
$20 commission to the winner!!

Find the oddest Hello Kitty item on YJ and send it in here
Subject: Hello Kitty Contest

I did not want another post so soon with another Hello Kitty item, but Japan keeps coming out with more and more.
The most expensive Hello Kitty item out there- made of pure platinum and at a cost of 189000 yen- and we thought the laptop was expensive!!

She comes with 7 different hair bows- each made of different jewels- rubies, sapphires and much more!

Hello Kitty Items

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Space- New Frontier for Japanese Cuisine!

JAXA, Japan's space agency, is developing food for astronauts to munch on.

The menu includes space rice balls, space seaweed soup and space green tea- other menu items are in production.

Don't expect sushi anytime soon- It does not last long enough for space and no one wants to eat bad sushi- let alone in a place with zero gravity.

Image- Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi Source

Story Source-

Star Wars Kubrick Set Limited Sale Period!

Star wars fans and Kubrick fans will love the newest limited set from Japan.
The 5 piece set went on sale on November 24th and will end on December 23rd.
The set includes Luke and Yoda, a Snow Trooper, C-3PO, a B-Wing pilot and 2-1b!
Also includes a lightsaber and other weapons.

As usual, the set can only be sold to Japan residents and ordered Here

Want the set, and do not live in Japan? Order it thru Rinkya Stores

and Look for more Kubricks and Star Wars items on auction: Kubricks Star Wars

Monday, December 04, 2006

Rinkya Friends Links Updated!

We have updated our links to include friend's of Rinkya and pages of interest to our readers!

Do you have a blog you want linked- Let us know!

We ask for a link in return and we will check out your blog/website for content before adding.

Join our community of friends!

Friday, December 01, 2006

Hello Kitty Limited Laptop Run!

A limited set of 100 Hello Kitty laptops and Ipods will be released in Japan only.
Exclusive Hello Kitty screensavers, wallpaper and mouse icons are included.
The laptop comes with the mini pink ipod, with Hello Kitty etched on the back!
The duo is priced at 248000 yen, and with the limited supply, sure to run out fast!

Reminder for Hello Kitty Contest ***Deadline is December 8th!***
Rinkya will accept up to 3 submissions per user!!
$20 commission to the winner!!

Find the oddest Hello Kitty item on YJ and send it in here
Subject: Hello Kitty Contest


Hello Kitty Items

Thursday, November 30, 2006

A Poop Stocking Stuffer From Japan!

Tired of getting the naughty people in your life coal?
How about some Unchi?
Cute Little poops direct from Japan!
Unchi means "poop" in Japanese.
They offer a variety of items, including golden poops called Unko as a cell phone charm.
Unko means "luck" in Japan.

Add some Unko to your life and get some Unchi sent direct to you Here.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

30 year old men- Pocky wants you!

Starting December 11th, Pocky is releasing three varieties of Pocky- each containing a 1/144th Gundam figure.
The Gundam flavors will be- Men's, Extra Fine and Chocolate.
Their target audience is 30 year old males.
Pocky is a popular snack in Japan- a sweet biscuit coated with chcolate and various flavors.
The Gundam release is for a limited time only!

Gundam Wing Items


Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Jack Sparrow Lands in Tokyo

The Pirates of the Caribbean Café has opened in Tokyo for a limited time only to celebrate the Japanese DVD release On Dec 6th.

The café showcases original movie props and for sale are limited edition games and movie memorabilia.

Inside you sit on deck with servers dressed as pirates and sip on Cursed Sangria or a Caribbean Cocktail.

Can’t make it to Tokyo?
Pick up the rare goods and the special Japanese DVD stuffed with extras on YJ
Pirates of the Caribbean Items


Official Pirates Cafe Page

Monday, November 27, 2006

Hello Kitty’s New Profession- Your Receptionist!

People Staff, an employment agency in Japan rents out Hello Kitty Robo as your receptionist.

The robot can sense a visitor’s presence, record images, and hold conversations. Rental costs about $4500 a month.

Hello Kitty has graced guitars, laptops, tissue holders and much more!

Find the oddest Hello Kitty item on YJ and send it in here
Subject: Hello Kitty Contest
Deadline: Dec 8th!
Winner will receive a $20 commission credit on!

Hello Kitty Items

Hello Kitty Rental Site

Friday, November 24, 2006

Gothic Lolita Bible Volume 23 Released Today!

The latest resource for new patterns, fashion and sewing tips for Gothic Lolita fans comes out today!
Volume 23 is the last issue of 2006, but you can subscribe here to get the issue!
We will also take orders for 2007 releases!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Onitsuka Tiger National Choir

Onitsuka Tiger launched an online Karaoke Competition and Football Choir composed with staff members for their training shoe- Injector DX.

Visit their website to see the choir’s hilarious performance as they sing of their love of football and Onitsuka. Then sing YOUR heart out to win special items in the Karaoke competition.

Onitsuka Tiger created the infamous yellow sneakers Uma Thurman sports in the Kill Bill movies and is otherwise known as Asics in the US.

For these items on YJ: Onitsuka Tiger

Sing Your Heart out and experience the love of Karaoke as the Japanese do!

Onitsuka Official Website

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Cool Find on YJ- Beer Robot!

The perfect Christmas gift for robot lovers and beer drinkers!

A remote controlled beer server!

The Super Beer Walker is a remote controlled robot that holds your beer and pours it by the press of a button!

Super Beer Walkers are available here
Japan- Helping Beer Drinkers Take a Break From Heavy Lifting and Pouring!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Welcome to our New Rinkya blog!

We will explore the diverse world of Japan collectibles, culture, fashion and gadgets.

Visit the blog and receive updates on Rinkya, get to know the people behind the scenes and submit your own Japanese news!

Rinkya will be looking for user input- contests, news you wish to submit on your favorite collectible and a collector’s corner.

Comment on our blogs and let us know what you think.

Do you have a blog you want linked? Email us!
News you want to submit? Email us!

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