Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Golf Lovers, Another Way to Distract Yourself at Work!

If your office does not have room for a small putting green, get this mouse and mouse pad instead. Comes with a mini club and ball!

2940 yen each and for those late nights, it glows in the dark!

Many more golf items from Japan:
Practice Putt in Bathroom
Snoopy Stamp Your Golf Ball
Star Wars Exclusive Golf Set
Butt Golf Tee Holders
Bikini Golf Tees

Monday, June 29, 2009

Japanese Gadget Revealed!

It's a lamp base!

Product Page

Friday, June 26, 2009

Take Your Dogs to Work Day!

Today is Take Your Dog to Work Day!

Since I mostly work in my home office, except when I visit Japan, my spoiled dogs are always with me, so to celebrate today I will "Take Them To Work" and you can meet them here!

Our beagle is always hard at work near me:

The 70 pound "baby", who often pouts from the lack of attention during the work hours:

Any readers take part in this event?

Guess the Japanese Gadget!

This fist shaped gadget actually does something. What is it?

Have a great weekend!

Click Here to See Gadget Revealed

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Shiso Pepsi Reviews Are In!!

The summer limited edition Pepsi Shiso release came out on June 23rd and the trusty Rinkya staff obliged to a taste test and review!! Shiso is a common herb used in Japan- on salads, sashimi (my personal favorite use!) and even on pizza!

In the beginning, there was some excitement:

Then some perplexity & curiosity as the sense of taste travels to the brain:

And our apologies to Pepsi Japan, but the final analysis led to our staff rebelling:

Comments regarding taste:
"If you are in a desert maybe it would be good and you had nothing to drink"
"Medicine taste, but makes you feel worse"
"Tastes like a leaf, oishikunai (doesn't taste good")

Shiso IS a leaf, so it seems like Pepsi succeeded there!

Other Rinkya Staff Reviews!!
Pepsi Blue Hawaii Review
Pizza Hut Double Roll Pizza

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

World Cup USBs- Remove Heads for Storage!

The soccer players (or football players as they are known outside US) of Italy Portugal, Germany, Netherlands, & Croatia have never looked so good!

Only 2800 yen each!

More USBs from Japan:
Transformers Revenge of the Fallen
Cat Tail
Car USBs
Post It Note USBs
Glowing Squid USB
Lego Brick USB
Humping Dog Jump Drive
Disney Thumb Drives
A Collection of Wacky USB Drives!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Official US Ponyo On A Cliff Trailer!

Check out the trailer on Apple!

Hits theaters August 14th!

Ponyo on YJ!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Japanese Gadget Revealed!

Holds all your vitamin and pills!

Product Page via Rinkya Stores!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Guess the Japanese Gadget!

This is much cuter than the one I use!

What does it do?

Click Here to See Gadget Revealed

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Vending Machine Must Haves in Japan!

Vending machines are hugely popular in Japan and they are not your average vending machines with just sodas and snacks.

Fresh farm eggs, toys, flowers, ramen and much more can be found while traveling throughout Japan.

The image above taken by a Rinkya staff member is an umbrella vending machine. I love these, as I am not used to rain so I am always unprepared.
After many vacations all over- you would think I would be prepared- however, I get stuck paying some ridiculous amount from a street vendor when the rain comes, they figure a dumb tourist has more money on them!

The umbrella vending machines range from 400 -1000 yen, but in a pinch 400 yen is a great deal!

Manga vending machines are all over as well- it is great to pick up a book for a rainy day!

Fake Vending Machine Hides you From Criminals!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Kawaii Bowling!

Make bowling more fun and kawaii with this panda set! So adorable!!

More Kawaii Blog Posts:
Measuring Tape
Chopstick Rests
Kitchen Timers
Panda USB

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A Scrap Booker's Must Have!

I do partake in scrap booking sometimes :) and this is such a cool little gadget from Japan!

You can easily make shapes or trace things with the handy paper cutter. Much easier than scissors!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Japan Likes Their Piggy Banks Fancy!

These piggy banks are dressed in jewelry and heels for a fashionable display!

More Pig Items From Japan
Check out the Piggy & Elephant Humping Banks!
Pig Measuring Tape
Pig Ear Phones!

Friday, June 12, 2009

I Have Found Your New Broom!

It is items like these that make me fully appreciate the functionality of Japan design.

Take a boring, ugly, but necessary function such as a broom and dustpan and
Torel, an awesome Japanese design company, creates a colorful object that hides the mess and can look good in a corner at your house.

Turned at this angle, no one can tell what it is!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Meanest Prank Gadget EVER!

At least for me that is...

A HUGE flying remote controlled cockroach!

Yeah, it is obvious it looks like a big huge plastic thing but if this came at me I would run away screaming!

Product Page via Rinkya Stores

Other Scary Gadgets From Japan:

Gross Roach Keychain
Remote Controlled Rat!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Rinkya Collector's Corner- Murray's MIJ Guitars!!

Thank you Murray for taking the time to share your love for Made in Japan Guitars!!

How and why did you start collecting Made In Japan guitars?

After around ten years away from guitars I had the urge to start playing again. So I bought an acoustic from my local music shop. But I soon felt the need for an Electric. I purchased one from a UK source and then discovered it was Made In Japan.

I scoured the Internet for information on it and found the Fernandes Guitar forum, which was in its last days before closing. Lucky for me there was a link to a new Forum (Japanaxe) that specialized in MIJ Guitars so I joined up. All of a sudden I found a whole new world of guitars that I had no idea existed, within a few weeks my knowledge on MIJ had grown in to an “I want some of this passion”

One of the guys posted a link to a site called Rinkya. So I took a look and saw some great prices and decided to try and win an auction

Before I knew it I had bought 4 or five and the collection had started...

What makes MIJ special?

MIJ guitars are so well made that the copies eclipsed the originals. In the early 80s the big brand names sat up and started to pay attention to these great copies before starting lawsuits against a couple of Japanese companies who quickly made some small changes to fend off the pending lawsuits.

The Big Brand names were still very impressed with the craftsmanship and quickly contracted the Japanese companies to make guitars for them.

On top of the great Craftsmanship, MIJ guitars were a bargain next to what were really inferior models. For now MIJ guitars are tops in both quality and price.

Is there a particular guitar name/brand that you collect?

How I wish there was but I am afraid it is a few brands. I do tend to stick to Burny Greco and Orville although there are a few other brands and a few more that I would love to add to the collection. It is very addictive you know!

How large is your collection?

At the moment it is 30. On occasion I let the odd one or two go to new homes so I can fund more collectible models as they come up for auction

What is your “dream” guitar?

Gosh that’s a hard one, as every time I think I have it the bar moves.
But most of them (my dreams) come from my teenage years.
Before MIJ it was a Gibson Les Paul, which of course is a U.S guitar.
I realized that dream through Rinkya and the dream became an Ibanez Destroyer that soon followed the Gibson. As dreams should never end I still have a big want list!!!

What is your favorite guitar that you found thru Rinkya?

Again a hard one to answer but if I had to choose I think It would have to be the Orville by Gibson LPC57B that has just arrived.

What advice would you give to new collectors?

First of all I would recommend spending a few days just reading the Japanese to English translations as the complexity of the Japanese language can throw up some strange spellings that are easy to work out when you have been around them for a while.

Next research the model you are interested in thru forums like Japanaxe, the Guitar Grounds and the Tokia forum where you can get loads of great Information.

Finally I would recommend you have a price in mind that you want to pay. So, if you don’t win this one you will win one in the end. Don't get impatient. I can go a couple of months chasing a guitar before I get what I want but it is worth the time.

What are the pitfalls of guitar collecting and what should be avoided?

I don’t think I would recommend Pitfalls and avoidances as Guitarists are all different and look for different things in their instrument.

Oh hold on I know a pitfall……. It's extremely addictive!!!!

LOL- Thank you Murray for the awesome interview and a glimpse at the wonderful world of guitar addictions!!

Visit Rinkya for all your Guitar needs and if you visit JapanAxe forums- check out elainerinkya, she can answer all your questions!

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Eye Masks to Scare Your Partner!

Japan makes everything more creative so why not sleep masks??

Wake up beside bright eyed and bushy tailed or a superhero!

Or a diabolical evil thinker? Or perhaps innocent sweetie?

Either way they will keep out the dark and you will sleep comfy- your partner just might not!

Product Page
order via Rinkya Stores

Monday, June 08, 2009

Rinkya on the Japan Podshow!

Check out the amazing interview here - and participate in our blog contest that will be revealed- win Rinkya commission credits!!

Look for more info about our Rinkya president on Podshow as well!

Listen to the Japan Podshow, updated regularly. Japan Podshow is an AWESOME new podcast from Tokyo highlighting the hidden talent of Japan’s foreign community.

Thank you!

Adorable Eiffel Tower Clips!

How CUTE are these??

These clips make great decoration with or without a picture or postcard clipped in them!

Check them out here :(

If you are a Rinkya member- Rinkya will try and find any item you want from Japan! Just Ask!

Friday, June 05, 2009

Everything You Need to Make Taiyaki!

Taiyaki is a fish shaped cake and a very popular tasty treat in Japan.

Although it is fish shaped, it tastes nothing like fish- they can be sweet or savory. Filled with chocolate, custard, red bean paste. Savory can have cheese, sausage and much more!

Pour in the mold (cake/pancake batter), microwave, and VIOLA- a traditional Japanese treat in your own home anywhere in world!

Product Page order via Rinkya Stores

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Green Tea Coca Cola!

News of Shiso Pepsi coming to Japan hit last week and now Coca Cola will release Green Tea flavored Coke- and it has NO calories!!

Releases on Monday- let Rinkya know if you want to try it!

Coca Cola Page via Tokyomango

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Rinkya Friend's Links!

Check out Pirlim Pim Pim for bathing suits, shoes, dresses and fashion!

Ships internationally!

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Listen, Read & Watch At Japan Podshow!!

Check out the awesome site Japan Podshow!

From their site:

Japan Podshow is a brand new podcast bringing you weird and wonderful stories from the land of the rising tide of foreigners. We're looking to expose the real life of foreigners in Japan, showcasing all the success stories, and the not-so-successful-but-amusing stories, in addition to bringing you the latest news from the streets of Tokyo and beyond.

The newest show focuses on exploring cool USB devices from Japan- including a spy like USB that looks like a watch but is a camera!

We all know from reading A Rinkya Blog there are an abundance of weird, awesome, crafty USBs from Japan! So check out the awesome podcast to see these USBs up close!

Look for an exclusive interview with Rinkya President Heather Russell next week!

Check out Jospeh Tame's personal page here as well!

Thank you for the awesome interview Joseph!

Monday, June 01, 2009

Japanese Gadget Revealed!

A LED light up coaster set!

Product Page via Rinkya Stores

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