Monday, September 29, 2008

Japanese Gadget Revealed!

It is Febreea (oddly familiar to our Febreeze in the US ^_-)
It is an air freshener!

Spray, foam or powder!

Check out their page for videos!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Guess the Japanese Gadget! Contest Submission!

What does this gadget do?

Once again, I have used my awesome Photoshop skills to blur out the name :)

Have a great weekend!!

Click here to see Gadget Revealed

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Frog Humidifier Design From Japan

I think Japan is really into frogs, it seems like many of their gadgets are inspired by the cute green guys, as seen by the Frog Can Crusher

This humidifier goes for 3280 yen, not a bad deal for the cute little fellow!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Lazy Pillow

I know pillows are inherently lazy, you use them to lie down, get comfy etc

But this is a whole other set of lazy. Tired of holding the phone, let's just lie down and use it while making our phone calls. Hey, sometimes your arm hurts from holding it up to your ear?

Basically the pillow has empty cubes, so that your hearing is not blocked while lying on one side. Great for watching TV as well, so the sound can travel to your ear through the empty parts of the cubed pillow.


On sale for only 1000 yen! Purchase via Rinkya Stores! Product Page

Check out the Massage Pillow!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Strawberry Kit Kats Now Available at Rinkya!

What more can I say...
Kit kats- yummy, strawberries- yummy-

Together? I am guessing freaking delicious.

Buy Now and add to your Rinkya shipment before they run out! Only $2 each!

P.S. A shout out to my friends in the ship department at Rinkya, send me some please......

Pic Via Candy Addict

Japanese Gadget Revealed!

It is Chapit!

Some of the things Chapit can do are waking you, answering and redirecting phone calls, control lighting and thermostats, sync with your computer and act as a media server, control home appliances and electronics. You interact with Chapit by speaking to him in a natural tone. He currently only understands about 100 words but he's designed to learn. Raytron believes Chapit is capable of learning 10,000 words given the time.

Look for it sometime in 2008!

Turned in by Blog Reader Izumi for our Guess the Gadget Contest! Congrats Izumi!

Quote via Tranism

Friday, September 19, 2008

Guess the Japanese Gadget! Contest Submissions!

Today is our first contest submission for the Guess the Japanese Gadget- thank you to all who have submitted!

So what does this cute little guy do?

Have a great weekend!

Click here to see Gadget Revealed

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Astro Boy Exclusive G Shock Watch Preorder Available!

This November marks the 80th anniversary of Osamu Tezuka's birth. To commemorate the creator of Astro Boy, Casio G Shock is releasing a limited edition watch with Astro Boy!
Only 1000 will be sold at about $150 USD each within Japan only, but you can order through Rinkya Japan Stores.

The watch releases in November for Tezuka's birthday, but is available for preorder: Astro Boy Product Page, to purchase fill out the form at Rinkya Japan Stores!

Thank you Astro Boy World for the heads up!

Blog Posts of Interest:
Astro Boy Onistuka Tiger Sneakers
Fat Asstro Boy
Astro Boy is 5!
A $10,000 Astro Boy!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Love Dolls- An Obsession

Youtube Video on Love Dolls

Pink Tentacle
wrote about the discovery of an abandoned love doll in Japan. Police were called in when walker bys thought it was a corpse. The man who dumped his love doll (figuratively and literally) turned himself in.

The Youtube video is a special report on the phenomenon of love dolls used as partners, rather than people finding real (as in human) ones. The first guy they talk about has about 100 of them, woah!


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Condom Robot Makes Otaku Fans Happy!

Safety Warrior Condoms, not to be confused with Mobile Suits Gundam, is here to give you an anime version of condoms.
Hmmm, how many condoms can be found on the robot? I count 6?

Comes with 7 condoms

Monday, September 15, 2008

Cherry Blossom Costumes Embrace the Pink!

He loves cherry blossoms so much, he just has to sing about them, while being fully clothed in a costume depicting cherry blossoms...

A little scary...

A little more manly costume- cherry blossom and beer hat!

A cherry blossom wrestler outfit?

I guess they do not have the same idea in Japan, that pink is for girls, blue for boys...

Cherry Blossom Festival
Pink Man Group

Friday, September 12, 2008

Reminder- Enter to Win FREE Gadgets!

The deadline for your Guess the gadget submissions is Monday!

Submit as many as three gadgets to the contest and win your very own Japanese gadget and Rinkya commission!

As readers know, we have a Guess the Japanese Gadget every Friday and leave it open for all you to guess all weekend!

Now it is your turn to stump our readers!

Submit your Guess the Gadgets!!

If you stump our readers, you will win one of the gadgets featured on blog (dependent upon the gadget's availability) and if you are a Rinkya user (or wish to become one)- you win the gadget AND a $20 commission credit on any auction!

What you need to do:
Send your submissions to laurelr AT rinkya DOT com
Only items from Japan stores or Japanese designers can be used
We will choose the best gadgets and feature them on a future Friday Guess the Gadget
Submissions due in THREE DAYS!!

Here are just SOME of the gadgets up for the winners!
Cat Security Sensor
Pig EarPhones From Japan!
The Pen that Turns Into A Fishing Pole
Humping Dog USB

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Pink Man Group?

I am not totally sure as why anyone would want to wear these outfits and maybe something is lost in the translation, but it is a Japanese Halloween costume in order to be invisible.

I don't know, something about a man in a head to toe pink tights, screams VISIBLE to me.
Also, how the heck do you see in these, or breath for that matter?

Many colors available, including camo!

Product Page 4700 yen each, stand out at your Halloween party this year with unique costumes from Japan!

More Wacky Japanese Halloween Posts:
Man Panties
Faucet Panties
A Variety of Costumes
Halloween Bentos From Japan!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Meet Our Italian Blog Writer- Michele!

Rinkya's mirror Italian site also has a blog-
"Ohayou Giappone!" - Il Blog Italiano di Rinkya (Hi Japan! A Rinkya Italian Blog)

I was recently interviewed for the Italian blog and it can be seen here (in Italian!)

I decided to put Michele up to the same task and interview him for all you to meet. Thank you Michele!

We have a lot of Italian readers and users of Rinkya, what do you think makes Japan so appealing to Italians specifically?

I notice how it seems quite natural for Italians and Japanese to like each other cultures. Japanese love the "Italian life style"; luxury fashionable goods, fast cars, and nice food.... Italians are fascinated about Japanese traditions, history and arts, and in more recent years about industrial products as well, like electronics. My generation was strongly influenced by Japanese Animation and Manga.
Japanese wish to live like Italians, and Italians enjoy experimenting new things from Japan and become a bit like Japanese....
But the funny thing is, everybody only wish to experiment the best sides of each other countries, ignoring the negative side completely, which of course exist! ...This makes "the dream" staying alive; Probably I did the same when I decided to come to Japan... ^_^
But I think the theorist crossing between Italy and Japan would result in an interesting country I guess!

What do you like best about Japan?

Difficult question,... I enjoy living in a (quite) secure, organized country, and I like the taste of beauty that Japanese have in general. Japanese are usually quiet and discrete persons, which makes my living with them very smooth. It's another world compared to where I am coming from, but I can find many common points. For me living in Japan is a big exciting challenge.... but at the same time I feel kind of "a compatible person" with the "Japanese world"...

What is your favorite food there?

I love fish in I am in the right place!! Any kind of fish, but shrimps are my favorite.
But I am convinced there so much more to discover about Japanese food, I wish to explore more....after 3 years in Japan I still feel like a beginner!

What is the worst food you have had there? (the pizza hut double roll, hahhha?)

Ohh yeah...the pizza was memorable! ^^
.... well, I still can't get used to the "Umeboshi" the sour Japanese plum. I gave up, actually.^^

What is your favorite A Rinkya Blog post?

Well, no doubt about it! ^_^ ha ha ha!...

What is your favorite blog post on Il Blog Italiano di Rinkya?

Well, the blog is still young and the choice is not large yet...But I was very pleased with the one presenting A Rinkya Blog, and also the one interviewing one of our italian customer, Jurij Ricotti, Grendizer collector and also worldwide appreciated musician and composer. This is the style the Italian Blog is mainly chasing, involving people who are into Japanese goods and talking about their experiences. Much more is coming in the future, so stay tuned...^_-

Thank you Michele! Please check out Michele's blog here for the latest news from Japan and Rinkya curtailed to our Italian users!

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

New Kit Kats For Order On Rinkya!

We have three new Kit Kat flavors from Japan available- Watermelon Minis, Black Sugar Minis and Muscat Green Grape!

Our warehouse in Japan sent me over some Watermelon Kit Kats, and they were VERY good, so I highly recommend them, I would also like to try the others too- (hint, hint!)

We also have Milk & Cookies still available!

Just add to your shipment the flavors you want- $2 each, and the minis are 2 for $2!

Monday, September 08, 2008

Japanese Gadget Revealed

It is a humidifier/aroma pot!

Product Page for more info!

19950 yen (including tax) almost $200 USD

Check out 3 Yen's post on the Gadget!

Win one of our gadgets, Enter our Guess the Gadget contest!!

Contest extended to Sept 15th due to an error!
Read all about it here!

Friday, September 05, 2008

Guess the Japanese Gadget!

This is not a donut!

Win one of our gadgets, Enter our Guess the Gadget contest!!

Contest extended to Sept 15th due to an error!
Read all about it here!

Click here to see Gadget Revealed

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Patlabor Anime Stamps Released At Japan Post Office!

Mobile Police Patlabor is a popular manga, film series, TV series, OVA with many toys and other collectible items merchandised throughout Japan.

The post office has released a special stamp edition commemorating the popular series, only 800 yen for one sheet purchase via the Japan post office by filling out a Rinkya Stores order form!

The Japanese post office has many other original stamps for sale here as well!

Patlabor on YJ
Any Stamp you could possibly want on YJ :)

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Morning Target Practice- Gun O'clock

When this alarm goes off, pick up your gun and shoot the target down to stop the annoying alarm sound.

This would be a great annoying gag gift, the target does not go down or stop the annoying high pitched alarm until the alarm believes you have hit the bullseye enough.

If the gun does not work, I can see alot of cranky sleepers using their fists to quiet it, it would last a day at my house.

Available for Preorder via Product Page. Order via Rinkya Stores!

4095 yen (~$40 USD) (includes tax)

For another fun alarm clock from Japan, check out the Grenade Alarm Clock!

Via Xorsyst

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Japanese Gadget Revealed!

It is a digital photo frame!
3990 yen via Product Page via Rinkya Stores!

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