Friday, February 29, 2008

Protect Your Digital Camera!

"Snug-it" is from Japan and is a silicone protector for your digital camera. It looks similar to the ones used for cell phones.

The lens area is petal shaped so that the lens can easily come in and out. The memory card also can easily be taken in and out.
Colors available are black, white and pink.

1780 yen direct from Japan here purchase via Rinkya Stores!


Thursday, February 28, 2008

Lego Blocks USBs!

The newest USB drives from Rakuten are Lego Blocks!

Order via Rinkya Stores today!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Monster Hunter Collectible Drink!

A new Monster Hunter energy drink will be released alongside the Monster Hunter Portable 2nd for PSP on March 27th at 7 Elevens in Japan!
Besides caffeine, the drink also includes vitamins and is said to have a fruity flavor.

The drinks will come with a collectible cap each with a different game icon for a total of Ten to collect!


Monster Hunter Links

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Nintendo DS Lite & Bape

It looks like Bape designer, Nigo has his hands in everything!
The latest design from A Bathing Ape, are two special editions Nintendo DS Lites. Mario and Milo adorn the DS Lite in a Louis Vuitton fashion nod. I think it is pretty cute!
They go on sale in Japan April 1st, we will include the YJ links when they are available!

A Bathing Ape on YJ


Monday, February 25, 2008

Winter Wonder Festival 2008 Items Available!!

**UPDATED with Rakuten Links**

If you could not make it to Tokyo for the Wonder Festival and missed out on the exclusives, have no fear!

Rinkya has updated our search links to include the Wonder Festival exclusives that are now on YJ:

All Wonder Festival Links

Transformers Movie Arcee G1 Color LIMITED Edition

Wonder Festival 2008 Figures

Rakuten Wonder Festival Items

Read about the exclusive Transformers Item here

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Ponyo On A Cliff Image Revealed!

Ponyo on a Cliff (Gake no ue no Ponyo) image album will be released on March 5th. A sneak peak at the cover image of the album was published on the composer Hisaishi Joe's website.

The image is the second to be released of the much anticipated Miyazaki film.

The album is available for preorder via Amazon Japan, order via Rinkya Stores!

Ponyo on A Cliff Website


Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Hello Kitty Surprise!

This is a special edition Hello Kitty, can you find what is different? It took me awhile...

Leave in comments below!

Tokidoki & Hello Kitty
A Special Costume for Your Pet

Hello Kitty Items

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Pooh & Friends Dress Up Your Best Friend!

These adorable pet costumes from Japan are from one of Disney's most beloved series- Winnie the Pooh!

Pooh Bear



In case you wanted to join your little dog, get your own costume! (this woman looks positively THRILLED to be wearing it)

Order via Rinkya Stores!

Funny Cat Costumes
Hello Kitty-fy Your Cat
Funny Dog Toys

Friday, February 15, 2008

The Pillows Come to America!

Popular JPOP band, The Pillows will perform at Anime Boston on March 22nd!

Best known for their music in Gainax's anime oav release, their mascot "Buster-kun" shows up on t-shirts, albums and Kubricks.

The band's newest single cd/dvd "Tokyo Bambi" was released Jan 31st and can be ordered via Amazon here through Rinkya Stores!

YJ Links:
the pillows

More JPOP News:
X Japan Reunion Tour


Anime Boston HomePage

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentine's Day in Japan!

I joined Japundit, an awesome blog on Japan, as a contributer, check out my story here on the Japan Aisaika (”Devoted Husband”) Organization!

Read last year's post for the Japanese traditions on Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

X Japan Adds Another Concert To Reunion Tour!

As reported earlier X Japan's reunion concert dates sold out during the pre sale event.
X Japan has decided to add another date to the reunion concert to appease the many fans. The third concert will be held March 29.

A lottery for International X Japan fans is located here and has a small pool of tickets available for the reunion concert.

Tickets will show up on YJ, so purchase yours through Rinkya, we can ship direct to your Japan hotel/loding!

On February 29th, they will release a DVD Box set- "X JAPAN RETURNS" available for preorder here! Order via Rinkya Stores today to get your hands on the DVD release!

Via X Japan

X Japan on YJ
X Japan Online Stores
X Japan on Rakuten


Tuesday, February 12, 2008

McDonald's New Menu Item Has Heart!

The newest menu item from McDonald's Japan is the EpiPuri. The original version is a Mushroom Cream Shrimp fillet.
The limited version is an Italian Herb version shrimp fillet and has a cute Ebi heart mark on the bun- just in time for Valentine's Day!

For more pics of the Shrimp fillet special click here!

Check out other fast food items from Japan:
The Mega Mac that started it all!
Shrimp Mayo Crab Pizza
Pizza Hut Japan Double Roll Pizza
Super Mega Burgers from Japan

Friday, February 08, 2008

Nintendo DS Lite Rentals Make Rush Hour Fly By

Starting February 14th, train riders on the Shinkansen bullet train between Hiroshima and Tokyo will be offered free Nintendo DS systems and games for rent for a three day period. Only twenty will be available each day.

Video rentals are not popular in Japan and this method hopes to encourage more rentals and more train riders versus other methods of transportation.

Nintendo on YJ

Via dbtechno

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Tokidoki X Hello Kitty

Tokidoki, the popular brand from Italian artist Simone Legno has collaborated with Hello Kitty to bring some awesome new designs to Japan's favorite cat.

Tokidoki means "sometimes" in Japanese, Legno loves Japan and his design is inspired by his love for Japan. So it is no surprise that Legno would take on Hello Kitty!

Keychains, dolls, purses and much more are available through, order through Rinkya Stores!

Product Page

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Mario Kart Wii Japan Rumors!

My personal favorite game ever, is Mario Kart-- and we are now hearing rumors of a Japan release date for the Wii Version!!

If the rumors are true, it will launch April 10th and will be bundled with Wii Wheel!
It will include 32 courses, a remake of classics and some newbies. You can also play as your Mii, if Mario or Luigi is not up your alley.

Previously confirmed, Mario Kart Wii boasts a 12 player online multiplayer so you can compete with players anywhere!

Nintendo had announced a Spring release date for the game, so hopefully no delays will occur.

Bid on Nintendo Products Now:
Nintendo Wii
Mario Kart

Image Via Kotaku
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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Top Ten Charity Auctions on YJ 2007!

Yahoo Japan auctions released the top ten highest winning bids on auction for charity in 2007.

Topping the list was a life sized replica 100 ton hammer designed after City Hunter, The replica weighs 110 pounds and is 5.9 feet long. Tsukasa Hojo, the creator of City Hunter, Angel Heart and Cat's Eye, signed the item, which sold for 1, 832, 000 yen (approximately 18,000 USD) !!

Number two is a guitar provided by Tomoyasu Hotei, who provided music for Kill Bill and Transformers. The guitar sold for 1,524,000 yen.

Two other guitars made the list- Kazuya Yoshii and Kouzi Tamaki, number 4 and 6.

Three signed baseball jerseys- Giants player Hisanori Takahashi (6 tied with Tamaki's guitar), Tomonori Maeda (8)and Yoshihisa Naruse (9)

Yahoo! Japan's charity auctions raised 135,948,760 yen (approximately $1,350,000 USD) in 2007.

Check out the list for the other auctions!

YJ Links OF Interest:
City Hunter
Angel Heart
Cat's Eye
Kill Bill

Translated YJ URL for Top Ten List


Friday, February 01, 2008

An Eco-Friendly "Fireplace"!

I absolutely love this idea, the gadget shown above emits heat and displays a nice romantic fire on the flat panel display.

I love warming up to a fireplace but remodeling my house is too expensive. This seems to offer both heat and the inviting look of a fire, with an added bonus of no cleanup and dirty soot!

Order direct from Japan via Rinkya Stores


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