Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween- Bentos From Japan!

Last year, our Bento special on Halloween was very popular, so I scoured the web to find more!

This little black cat is so cute, you would not mind having it cross your path!

Skull & Bones made from apples- wow!

Source Mushmo wrote every detail for the Bento, read her blog for many different Bento designs!

Dracula makes an appearance!

Ok, not a bento, but so cute!

Have a wonderful and great Halloween!

Bento Supplies!

Search all the listings for Bento on YJ and Bid Through Rinkya!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Add Me On Twitter!

I love Twitter, the mini blogging social network. Add me on Twitter and learn a little more about me!

And if you like reading Blogs about Japan, add the Japan Blogs from Twitter!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Frogs Brighten Up Your Office!

Hehe, I like this little guy! Creative design and use of a frog tongue!

Only 1029 yen via Product Page

Frog Humidifier
Frog Can Crusher

Monday, October 27, 2008

Japanese Gadget Revealed!

It is a "molester protector" (yes, that is what they call it, I do not make these things up)
It sends 150 volts when you press it into someone, Japan makes safety gadgets kawaii!
Only 1580 yen, Product Page via Rinkya Stores!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Guess the Japanese Gadget!

What does this cute little seal keychain do?

Hint: Not so cute, what it does!

Click here to see Gadget Revealed

Yummy New Kit Kats Available!

Blueberry cheesecake and strawberry cheesecake...yummmmm!!

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

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Occupied Japan- The Most Sought Out Collectibles!

An excerpt from Rinkya’s On Top With Occupied Japan Collectibles

Occupied Japan was a short-lived country, it existed in a small window of time between the end of World War II and the implementation of the San Francisco Peace treaty on April 28, 1952 when sovereignty was returned to the Japanese people. In practice it was a military occupation under General Douglas MacArthur from 1945 through 1951, and briefly, in transition, under General Matthew Ridgeway.

Today, over half a century has past, and “occupied Japan” has become the most searched for and desirable mark for collectibles in the world. Both Kovel, the premier American collectible search site, and Rinkya, the leading Japanese buying service, worldwide have found that goods such as pottery, porcelain, toys and even clocks produced in Japan during the occupation are the leading collectible goods category this year.

“The level of craftsmanship in many fields in occupied Japan was fantastic,” says Rinkya CEO Heather Russell. “Artisans who had been soldiers returned to their crafts with a seemingly greater understanding of the world, and created motifs that continue to influence both arts and crafts today. What had been a relatively enclosed society was suddenly open to the rest of the world and the explosion of creativity fostered by that may be one of the most important, though unrecognized, artistic movements of the twentieth century.

“That initial creativity would follow Japan through the rest of the century, taking it from a defeated, occupied country to the world’s second largest national economy. In the fields of art and collectibles, the door that was first opened under the Occupation would have ramifications across all of the arts

“At Rinkya what we have noticed is that goods from the Occupation era, well up into the early sixties show a creativity and energy that has made them highly desirable collectibles on several levels and in several fields.

“The actual marks, “Occupied Japan” and “Made in Occupied Japan” were initiated to help open Japanese goods to the rest of the world . The success of that strategy is evident today in Japan’s position as one of the world’s premier trading powers. However, even goods produced for the Japanese market during the Occupation exhibit the creativity and innovation of that period.

Occupied Japan items pictured are available for auction:
Occupied Japan Auction Man
Occupied Japan Auction Baby
Occupied Japan Auction Duck

Find Occupied Japan Items on YJ

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Angel & Devil EarPhones!!

These cute Angel and Devil earphones from Greenhouse Japan come in five color combination: white color for Angel and red, black, purple, pink and magenta colors for Devil.

They release in November for only 1270 yen, purchase via Rinkya Stores for only $8 service fee!

Other A Rinkya Blog Posts:
I Want Pig EarPhones From Japan
Ipod Angel & Devil Cases

Via UberGizmo

Product Info

Monday, October 20, 2008

Japanese Gadget Revealed!

Wow, our readers are good! This one was guessed within minutes of me posting!
It is a toe separator for painting your nails. It might be for you, if you are a big cat fan!

Only 850 yen! Product Page

Love Cats? Read more of our Blog posts on them!

Cat Toothpick Holder
Cat Earthquake Survival Gear
Cat Costumes- Hey Halloween is Almost Here!
Hello Kitty-fy Your Cat
And Finally, Read about Maneki Neko- Japan's Lucky Cat!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Guess the Japanese Gadget!

Yes, these do have a purpose other than looking cute!

Have a great weekend!

Click Here to see gadget revealed

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Freaky Mouse Pads for Halloween!

Here are some skeleton X ray mousepads from Japan, just in time for Halloween!

Purchase some and creep out your friends!
X Ray Mousepads via Rinkya Stores!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Another Screeching Alarm Clock From Japan!

Remember Gun O Clock?

Well this alarm clock goes flying and screeching until you wake up and stop it!

Perhaps people in Japan have a real hard time getting up in the morning? Check out the Grenade alarm clock! throw it against the wall until it stops going off!

Product Page order via Rinkya Stores

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A Cute Engrish Scale

Product Page Only 1029 yen!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Japanese Gadget Revealed

Well that one was easy for everybody!

It is a Takoyaki (octopus balls) maker!

These fried octopus balls are a tasty treat in Tokyo, you can find them at stores, street vendors, etc.

If you do not live in Japan, but want to try it at home, order here!

Pic Via

Friday, October 10, 2008

Guess the Japanese Gadget!

You may know what this is if you live in Japan, but since all of our Rinkya users do not live there- Guess this Japan Gadget!

Have a wonderful and safe weekend!

Click here to see Gadget Revealed

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Collector's Corner- Charles Solomon!

Meet respected authority, writer and critic of Anime- Charles Solomon.

Thank you Charles, for taking the time to do this interview and congratulations on your new book available at Amazon- Disney Lost and Found: Exploring the Hidden Artwork from Never-Produced Animation
(Our Book Review will be up shortly!)

As one of the top chroniclers of the history of Animation and critic in the field, how did you become interested in Animation and which film was your “first love” ?

Chas: I can't remember when I wasn't interested in animation. Some of my earliest memories are of watching cartoons on TV when I was about 4. I grew up watching old theatrical shorts--Bugs Bunny and all the Warner Bros. cartoons; Betty Boop and the Fleischer films; the great Disney films. The first movie I was ever taken to in a theater was a re-release of Pinocchio. It's hard to pick a favorite, although Sleeping Beauty fascinated me as a child.

In your new book, Disney Lost and Found: Exploring the Hidden Artwork from Never-Produced Animation ,what is the one thing you would have liked to have seen on the screen?

Chas: During the mid to late 1930's Walt Disney and Samuel Goldwyn talked about collaborating on a biography of Hans Christian Andersen. MGM would do the live action of Andersen's life, and Disney the fairy tales in animation. The artwork for it staggeringly beautiful.

What is your favorite Disney Animation, artist, character?

I've watched the films so many times and known so many of the artists, it's impossible to chose.

When did you become fascinated by Japanese Animation?

I started seeing Japanese animation in the early '80s. Over the next several years, as I saw more Japanese films, I became more interested.

Which Japanese Anime is your favorite ? Artist? Character?

Again there are too many. One of the things I find most exciting about Japanese animation is its diversity. In the space of a few years, it can encompass works as diverse as Spirited Away, Millenium Actress, Full Metal Alchemist, Samurai Champloo, Full Metal Panic, Bleach, Mushi-Shi and School Rumble. That to me is the sign of a vital, intriguing art form.

That said, I believe Hayao Miyazaki is the third genius the art of animation has produced--the first two being Winsor McCay and Walt Disney.

What do you collect?

I'm not really a collector per se, but I like to study cels, drawings, etc. from films that interest me. So I occasionally pick things up, usually with an eye toward something that might make a good illustration for an article or a book.

What is your “dream” item?

An original drawing of Miyazaki's.

What is your favorite item that you have found thru Rinkya?

An animation drawing of the title character from Kiki's Delivery Service.

Links on YJ:
Disney on Japan Auction
Miyazaki on Japan Auction
Anime on Japan Auctions

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Go Green- Another Awesome Japan Gadget!

This garbage bin is divided into two sections, one on top of the other, for easy organizing of your recyclable and non-recyclables.

It even has a cute name- the Dust Mug.

But just remember, do not drink from it, lol!!

Other Green Blog Posts!!

Reusable Chopsticks!
Frog Can Crusher
Eco Friendly Bunny Bag

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

DragonBall Live Action Movie Trailer

Watch the DragonBall Live Action Movie Trailer!

What do you think? As bad as most people think it would be or better than you thought?

The movie comes to theaters April 11, 2009!

Enjoy Rinkya's cel sale and reduced commissions on all animation cels and bid on the one seen above today!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Rinkya Links!

We are very busy over here at Rinkya, so here are some fun Japan links for you to look at!!

Play Wii Fit With A Japanese Maid

Worst Japanese Language Mistake

Butt AirBags!

And check out some oldies but goodies from A Rinkya Blog:

Condom Robot

Halloween Man Panties

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