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Chinese Dress School Swimsuit Joins Lineup Of Creative Japanese Swimsuits

2017-05-23 12:53

Whether for cosplay, modeling, or the intended use, themed swimsuits have become a bit of a thing in Japan. Over the past year we’ve seen Shrine Maiden Swimsuits, and even Totoro Swimsuits in America. Japanese maker Moira Design seems to specialize in them, however, releasing hybrids such as Japanese Schoolgirl Uniform Swimsuits and Japanese P.E. Uniform Swimsuits. Now the maker is combining Chinese dresses (at least the Japanese image of them) with Japanese school swimsuits to release a Chinese Dress School Swimsuit. Source: PR Times You might find the design of the swimsuit to be something not many people would willingly hit the beach or pool with, but Moira Design…


French Jewelry Brand Creates Japan-Inspired Collection Featuring Retro-Modern Designs

2017-05-22 04:39

During the late-19th century, ukiyo-e, porcelain, fans, and other forms of Japanese fine art became strong sources of inspiration for many Western artists. The European craze for Japanese art became so great that the word “Japonism” was coined in 1872 to describe the phenomenon, and has since been used to explain the influence of Japanese art on Western art culture. Now, two centuries later, the usage of the word “Neo Japonism” has been on the rise. Neo Japonism refers to a revival of Western interest in Japanese art, which has prompted many artists to turn to Japanese art culture for inspiration when producing modern works and designs. Source: PR Times…


Japanese Summer Fashion Is Purring With These Cute Cat Yukata

2017-05-22 12:06

While they don’t get quite as crazy as making gigantic and wearable felt cat heads, Japanese online retailer Felissimo has always been pretty creative in releasing cat-themed fashion items such as socks and glasses that actually mimic the physical traits of felines. Now their Cat Department, specifically dedicated to cat-themed items, is releasing maybe the cutest way to walk around at Japanese summer festivals with this charming cat yukata. Source: PR Times Felissimo’s Cat Department frequently surveys cat owners for what type of goods they would like to see released, and according to their research they found that while cat yukata certainly exist, it is hard to find varieties that…


Rolling Stones Meets Traditional Japanese Art In Limited Edition Ukiyo-e Prints

2017-05-19 01:22

Proved by the truly badass ukiyo-e artworks of legendary rock bands KISS and Iron Maiden, hard rock and traditional Japanese art go hand in hand like rum and coke. Now it’s the turn of Rolling Stones fans to raise their glasses, because the iconic “Tongue and Lips” logo has gotten the ukiyo-e treatment in a series of epic woodblock prints. Ukiyo-e, which translates to “image(s) of the floating world,” is a genre of Japanese art that thrived from the 17th to 19th centuries. Artists produced woodblock prints and paintings of everything from scenes of folk tales to erotica, and though the number of artists specializing in ukiyo-e has diminished since…


Send A Seed Package As A Thank-You Gift Like Totoro, But Wrapped In Cute Totoro Hand Towels

2017-05-11 02:27

Anyone who has watched Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbor Totoro might remember the scene where Totoro gives Satsuki and Mei a small package of nuts and seeds as a thank-you gift, after Satsuki lets him have her extra umbrella. It’s an adorably Totoro way of showing gratitude, and one we can now try and mimic with whomever we want to show our appreciation. But instead of handing them a seed package wrapped in bamboo leaves (because that’ll just creep people out), we can send a hearty present of vegetables chips or mixed nuts wrapped in Totoro-themed mamegui (palm-sized traditional Japanese hand towels). Recipients who aren’t too familiar with the film might…


Chinese Company’s Sailor Moon Smartphone And Selfie Stick Are Must-Haves For Sailor Scouts Everywhere

2017-05-11 11:16

The world may never again be graced with a new episode from the Sailor Moon series, but there’s definitely no shortage of Sailor Moon-themed goods to keep longtime fans submerged in blissful nostalgia of their childhoods. From Transformation Pen lipsticks to wallets made with traditional Japanese textiles, there’s something for every Sailor Scout. Courtesy of Chinese company Meitu, perhaps most widely known for their selfie app, senshi who live and breathe to take selfies are now next in line for the chance to get their hands on their kind of butt-kicking weapon. Source: Meitu Boasting a design that will make anyone want to whip out their phones is the Sailor…


Indulge Your Inner Sailor Scout With These Custom Engraved Sailor Moon Wine Glasses

2017-05-09 11:58

Believe it or not, it’s been 25 years since the Sailor Moon animation was first broadcast in 1992, and young fans whose childhoods were spent imitating the Sailor Scouts’ transformations and waving around Moon Sticks are now all grown up. Long gone are the innocent days when fighting invisible enemies lurking in our livings rooms lifted our spirits — instead for us old and jaded folks, a magical drink in a magical glass just might do the trick. Boozy Sailor Scouts-at-heart can kick back and relax with some delicious wine poured into Sailor Moon wine glasses. Offered by artist Stacy Scollon of Scollon Studio, each glass is made to order…


Adorable Ghibli Coasters Will Make Sure You Never Get Rings On The Table Again

2017-05-08 04:13

If you’re one of those people who can’t stand getting water rings on the table (or if you just want a magical Ghibli touch to your eating/drinking space), nothing will ease your soul as well as these adorable coasters of some of our favorite Studio Ghibli characters. Anyone can color their tables with these hand-stitched wool coasters thanks to Donguri Kyowakoku, the same store that gave us products like Studio Ghibli sensu fans, tea collections, and charming Totoro wind-up toys. Admittedly, they’re almost too cute to use, in which case they’ll shine as equally as purely decorative items for the home. As for the characters that have been turned into…


Turn Your Feet Into Squishy Cat Paws With These Japanese Kitty Socks!

2017-05-08 08:22

Japanese online retailer Felissimo is the country’s go-to when it comes to getting your paws on inventive feline-themed goods. In the past they’ve released cat glasses that feel like a kitty is hugging your nose, cat lip-gloss that simulates kissing a wet cat nose, and of course, cat-themed lingerie. Now Felissimo is releasing these cute cat-paw socks that make it easy to walk on hardwood floors and look adorable at the same time. Source: PR Times The socks are the latest in Felissimo’s Narikiri Nyanko (“Turn yourself into a cat!”) series, and offer realistic squishy rubber cat paw indentures that allow you to more easily walk on hardwood surfaces while…


Sailor Moon Will Keep Your Money Safe In This Gorgeous Wallet Made From Traditional Kyoto Textiles

2017-05-02 06:57

No matter what we’d like to believe, money is a crucial part of life. So why not stash your cash and credit cards in an extra special wallet that oozes good fortune and prosperity? Sailor Moon fanatics can now keep their precious moolah safely inside a beautifully made Sailor Moon long wallet, of which only 2,000 are available for purchase online. Its limited supply isn’t the only thing that makes this wallet different from the rest — it’s also made with nishijin-ori textiles, a traditional type of textile produced in the Nishijin district of Kyoto. Boasting over 1,200 years of history, nishijin-ori is known for its elaborate colors and decorative…


Fill Your Closet With Casual Yukata-Style Robes Designed To Keep You Cool During The Summer

2017-04-28 01:10

With the warmer seasons fast approaching, now is a good time to start replacing the bulky winter clothes dominating our closets with fashion items that will help keep us cool during the spring and summer. If there’s one fashion brand that’s deeply familiar with seasonal clothing, it’s Trove, a Japanese retailer that has given us everything from Star Wars-themed summer wear to casual winter haori. This summer will be no less exciting when it comes to Trove’s Japanese-style Wa-Robe (和ROBE) collection, and the brand has finally released their summer lineup which will be on sale starting June 2017. Source: Trove Source: Trove Source: Trove Source: Trove Centered around yukata-style clothing…


Creepily Realistic Cat Beauty Masks To Restore Your Skin And Terrify The World With

2017-04-27 05:34

While adventurously flavored Kit Kats may reign supreme, Japanese beauty and skin care products are growing as a popular souvenir for foreign visitors to take back home with them. Outside of promising to restore youthful looks by using local ingredients such as sake and tea seed oil, Japanese beauty masks these days now feature the looks of popular characters such as Godzilla and Kayako from Ju-On, so you can show some style while protecting your good looks. The latest character-themed beauty mask from Asunaro-sya’s Gotochi Kitty, however, may be closer to the gigantic creepy felt cat heads we saw earlier in the year, as the new product is designed as…


Adorable Bunny Bags Carry Your Goods And Perk Their Ears When You Pack Them Up

2017-04-27 01:57

As part of their YOU+MORE! series (a play on the pronunciation of “humor” in Japanese), online retailer Felissimo has previously released quite a few adorable bags. Most recently, Shiba Inu bags that perk their ears up when you carry them, but the retailer has slowly been embracing the motif of rabbits as a packaging method with realistic fluffy bunny cases and even bunny water bottle cases. Now Felissimo is offering the “Rabbit bunched bag“, a bunny themed bag with a drawstring right at the bunny’s ears. Because of the drawstring’s location, tugging it will simulate the bunny shaped bag perking its ears up, or drooping them to the side depending…


Munchkin Kitty Falls In Love With Cat-Sized Futon Sleeping Bag

2017-04-25 06:53

A while ago, we introduced the “Oyasumi Nyan“–a play on the Japanese words for “good night” (oyasumi) and “meow” (nyan)–from online retailer Felissimo. It’s a cute futon-sleeping bag hybrid meant for cats (available for order here), but given the independent nature of felines, we’ve had our doubts about a cat actually agreeing to use it. Consider those doubts settled, as Japanese Twitter user @marurii1107 recently purchased it for their adorable munchkin Ranmaru (who notably has long legs for a munchkin), and it seems like the little guy may never leave his new futon! As you can see, Ranmaru needed a new sleeping situation. Source: @marurii1107 So @marurii1107 presented the Kitty…


Fill Your Backyard With Little Handmade Koroks From The Legend Of Zelda

2017-04-23 05:23

All the way from the depths of the Forest Haven, little Koroks from The Legend of Zelda games have been spotted making their way into homes and gardens of lucky gamers everywhere. Standing around 3-inches tall, these hand-carved, hand-painted Forest Spirits are all created by Tyler Zanon, an artist who specializes in making cosplay and replica props. Zanon’s Koroks can be found on his Etsy store Legend of Zanon, with individual Koroks purchasable for around US$50. He even offers complete 10-piece sets for US$450, making it possible for anyone to have all the Koroks in The Wind Waker and Breath of the Wild right in their backyard! Head over to…


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