Monday, June 30, 2008

Japanese Gadget Revealed

These flowers put out FIRES!
With a special chemical they will put out fires just like a fire extinguisher, except they look alot prettier doing it.

Purchase your own flower fire fighter (say that 3 times fast) via Rinkya Stores for 2,286 yen.

Product Page

Friday, June 27, 2008

Guess the Japanese Gadget!

What do these flowers do?

Have a great weekend!! Click here to see Gadget Revealed

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Rinkya's Favorite Links of the Day!

Strolling the web, I always find great links to check out:

Crazy Nail Designs From Japan
- Cartoons, animals, flags, kimonos- all on your fingernails! Beware, could lose an hour of your life in here!

Gadgets controlled with a blink of an eye!

School on Lockdown After Ninja Sighting!!

Summer Gadgets from Japan

Hope you enjoy them too!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

I Want Pig Ear Phones From Japan

I am in love with these. Do I need them? Of course not, but I think they are so cute!
I would go for the pink pig ear buds myself, but they also come in black and white as seen above. The body of the pig is a soft silicone for your comfort

Via Gadget Network Via Pocket Link

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Expensive Gold Hello Kitty Phone Strap

This 18 carat gold Hello Kitty phone strap is now available in Japan for 50,000 yen (almost $500 USD).

Sapporo's Gold & Jewelry Tamaya uses a lavender colored bow rather than Hello Kitty's trademark red.


Tokidoki & Hello Kitty
A Special Costume for Your Pet
Hello Kitty Banana Sack

Hello Kitty Items

Monday, June 23, 2008

Japanese Gadget Revealed

Everyone seemed to guess this one- it is a tissue box cover. The tissues come out the ramen noodle bowl. Maybe I will stump you next week!

1575 yen each Product Page, purchase via Rinkya Stores

Friday, June 20, 2008

Guess the Japanese Gadget!

Happy Friday everybody!!

I stumped you last week, let's see if you can guess what this item is!! Click here to see gadget revealed

Thursday, June 19, 2008

3D TV- Only in Japan!

Hyundai has released a television that allows you to watch 3-D programs.
Japan only has a few 3D programs available on cable, but is hoping the trend will catch on.

The LCD TV is 46 inches & costs much more than the regular LCDs, coming in just under $4000. It comes with two pairs of 3D glasses.

While programming is currently very limited, regular TV programming is given an illusion of depth when you watch on the screen with your glasses.

Hyundai does not have plans to release the TV anywhere but Japan, but maybe if it is a successful run, we will see the demand elsewhere!


Image via

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Ponyo On A Cliff Free Gift With Tickets!

Lawson stores began a promotion for Hayao Miyazaki's newest film, Ponyo on A Cliff by the Sea (Gake no ue no Ponyo)

Buy Advance tickets on their website and recieve a free gift! A water gun shaped like Ponyo, the main character or two towels with Ponyo patterns.

Check out the latest Studio Ghibli movie and get your free gift through Rinkya Stores!

Lawson Promo Page

Via Anime News Network

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Sexy Japanese Advertising!

I am sure this item is available in the US and elsewhere, but do they advertise it as the Japanese do?

I do not think so!

Slightly NSFW!

First the actual product for sale:

Meet Angela in the Plaza Spy Costume, showing how the fake key holders are a great deterrent for thieves. The key will not work!

A closeup of the um, fake locks..

Another use, perhaps? They do stick anywhere

For the product page and more of Angela "selling" the product click here

Monday, June 16, 2008

Japanese Gadget Revealed

This pen turns into a fishing pole!! Would make a great belated Father's Day Gift!

Only 2800 yen, purchase via Rinkya Stores!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Guess the Japanese Gadget!

What other use does this "pen" have?

Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for reading (and guessing!) Click here to see gadget revealed

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Astro Boy Onitsuka Tiger Sneakers

This blog post was specifically created for our friends coming from the Google search engine. These Astro Boy Onitsuka (otherwise known as Asics in US) bring alot of you here!

We keep getting so many hits for these sneakers, so I have now included the links to where you can get them online using Rinkya!

Via Yahoo Japan Auctions
Via Japan Shopping Websites

Fat Astro Boy
A 10G Astro Boy

New Ponyo On A Cliff By The Sea Images!

7andY updated their blog with numerous illustrations from Gake no ue no Ponyo (Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea).

You can view the characters and other images!

We are so excited for Miyazaki Hayao’s latest movie to come out!

I wish they would hurry already!

Blog Posts of Interest:
Totoro Cream Puffs
Ponyo on A Cliff Image
Ponyo On A Cliff Official Website Opens
Ponyo On A Cliff Theme Song Open

Studio Ghibli Yahoo Japan Auctions!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Pepsi Blue Hawaii New Summer Japan Soda

I often wish I could be in Japan and lately my visits are getting further and further apart due to work and personal life.

But on these days, I am thankful I do not live in Japan and can make Rinkya staff members test items out for me instead. ^_-

In the case of the Mega Pizza from Pizza Hut and now Pepsi Blue Hawaii I am relieved I cannot be there to try it!

Pepsi Blue Hawaii is the newest summer offering from Pepsi Japan.
Last year's Pepsi Ice Cucumber, received fairly good reviews overall.
Blue Hawaii is a taste mixture of Pineapple and Lemon,
below are the comments from a couple members of the Rinkya staff.

Taster one:
The taste of the pineapple was weak, it tastes like blue Gatorade with tonic water. I recommend regular Pepsi instead. If I had to choose between this and Cucumber Ice, I choose Blue Hawaii. To be honest I think they both taste like %^&%.

Taster Two: A hint of lemon and pineapple, basically a really sweet Pepsi.

Taster Three:
Very refreshing the first taste, supported also by the color which gives a sense of freshness, not too sweet, and not too much gas inside.
But personally, I can't imagine drinking an entire bottle though....sorry! ^^

Want to try one? Add it to your next shipment here! Only $2 each!
Each bottle is 600grams added to your shipment (full bottles of soda are heavy!)

Thank you to our wonderful staff members for the review!!

Totoro Cream Puffs!

Check out my story on Japundit about the new Studio Ghibli endorsed Totoro cream puff bakery!

If you are in Tokyo drop in and get a tasty treat and let us know how it tastes!

More Miyazaki Blog Posts Here

Please visit YJ for your Favorite Studio Ghibli Items:

Studio Ghibli


Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Japan Dog/Cat EarthQuake Survival Gear

This earthquake survival gear looks like a space suit for your pet!

Comes with many items, some include:
Water, biscuits, aromatherapy oils (to calm you as you flee from an earthquake), four rubber shoes for their feet (awww!), sealed bags (they suggest that you place your hankie in and the smell of you will calm your animal), and the flame retardant carrying case which has many storage pockets.

This cat looks like he is preparing for rocket lift off:

This dog kinda looks too heavy to be carried around the neck:

38,000 yen (approximately $375) purchase via Rinkya Stores especially if you live in California!

Monday, June 09, 2008

A Rinkya Blog New Layout!

Hope you enjoy our new design to A Rinkya Blog!

Thank you for your continued readership, we look forward to bringing you more Japan news, events and collectibles!

Friday, June 06, 2008

Indiana Jones Japan One Cent Figures SO CUTE!!

I know that Indiana Jones is the epitome of the adventurous manly man and every little boy wants to be him...
so maybe Cute is a tad bit offensive to the male ego, but these figures are adorable!

They release in late June, but can be pre-ordered via Rinkya Stores.

Order Via
Through Rinkya Stores!

4235 yen each (approximately $42 USD) 6 figures and TWO secret figures!

As usual, we will keep you updated on the blog with all summer blockbuster releases collectibles from Japan!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Gundam Sells For 600K At Christie's

A Gundam painting by Japanese artist Tenmyouya Hisashi was auctioned at Hong Kong Christie's for HK$4.8 million (approx. US$600,000)

The artist set Gundam against the gold leaf background to symbolize the samurai origins of Gundam.

The painting is beautiful, but 600K, wow!!

This is not the first time Gundam's likeness has garnered a ton of money!

Gundam T shirt for 200000 Yen ($1980 USD)
Platinum Gundam for 30 Million Yen ($250,000 USD)
Wooden Gundam 50400 yen ($475 USD)

To pick up your very own Gundam collectibles:
Gundam on YJ

Luxury Launches
Via Kotaku

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Rinkya Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of Grendizer

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of one of the most recognizable manga/anime creations in Europe, Goldorak –Goldrake, Grandizer, Grendizer, created by mangaka Go Nagai.

UFO Robo Grandizer debuted as a manga for Kodansha & an anime for Fuji television in October of 1975. The manga continued until May, 1976 and the anime series ran for 74 episodes ending in February of 1977.

Original manga under the Grendizer name, and manga featuring the character as a part of the Manzinger series are highly sought after. The anime series is one of the most popular worldwide on tape and disk.

Toys have been produced in Japan by Popy and worldwide by Mattel as part of the Shogun Warriors line.
Bandai produced vinyl toys as late as the late 1990s, an early 1980s version with a shooting fist, similar to Bandai’s Godzilla is highly sought after.
Mattel produced a Goldrake Shogun Warrior in the European market that was never distributed in America.
The Goldrake name was also used for a Grendizer line made by the Italian toy company Atlantic, Fabianaplastica, and Italian toymaker New Toys made a Goldrake series in their popular “Fly by Wire” design.

While almost an unknown in the United States, Grendizer collectibles are among the most popular and recognizable worldwide.
We have seen that, in the European and especially the Italian marketplace, Grendizer/Grandizer, and his European pseudonyms Goldrake and Goldorak are among the most sought after toys.”

Find these items on Rinkya!

Item Pictured Up for Auction Here!

Monday, June 02, 2008

Richard Cheese on Tour!

Your regularly scheduled Japan blog post is suspended to bring you an announcement of a great band on tour: Richard Cheese!

Richard Cheese & Lounge Against the Machine play Phoenix Arizona at Celebrity Theater on June 7th, order tickets here!

And for fans in New York, Washington, Chicago and San Diego, check out the tour dates here!

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