Accessories

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

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…

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Impressive Japanese Fake Food Samples Turned Into Headgear And Other Accesories

If you’ve been to Japan, you may have had the pleasure of seeing the Japanese food sample displays outside of major restaurants. Outside of being quite charming and very well made, the displays are super tourist-friendly for those who don’t quite have the language skills to navigate a menu, and can clear up any questions you have about what the food actually looks like. Here’s an example if you’ve never seen one. @SUCAさん(@asue0102)が投稿した写真 – 2015 11月 25 1:28午前 PST Some look so similar to the actual thing that it would easy to accidentally take a bite out of one of them. While that obviously wouldn’t be advisable, if you really…

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Faithful Dog Shiba Inu Series Features Squishy Doge Faces And Shiba Inu Butts To Guard Your Stuff

Quirky Japanese online retailer Felissimo has their flag firmly planted on the mountain of insanely cute kitty and rabbit goods, but every now and then they tackle another lovable animal–this time it’s everyone’s favorite Shiba Inu, with the Faithful Dog Shiba Inu 5 series, which lets you store your goods in five different adorable Shiba Inu holders and goods. Source: PR Times This doge squishy faced Shiba Inu travel pouch is one of highlights, as the faithful dog is defiantly guarding your goods from would-be criminals, and the back doubles as a holder for IC commuter passes, which get an awful lot of use in Japan. Source: PR Times Although…

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Japanese Hooded Cat Pajamas And Blanket Cuddle Buddies To Keep You Purring 24/7

Japanese online retailer Felissimo deals largely in feline-themed merchandise, so much that they’ve actually set up a Cat Club section of their store, including their new international web page for non-Japanese speakers. While they’re latest release was an adorable kitty-shaped marshmallow set with a Japanese traditional sweet twist, now they’re giving cat fans an opportunity to live out the feline experience in their own leisure time, with fluffy cat hoodies and pajamas, as well as kitty blanket cuddle buddies and tote bags. Source: Felissimo Source: Felissimo The first two items belong to the Soft and Fluffy Cat Design Hooded Room Jackets And Pants Collection. The hooded jackets are loose-fitting (sizes…

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Deck Out In Exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! Jewelry For A Uniquely Elegant Look

If you’re a fashion-forward Yu-Gi-Oh! fan, your day is about to get a whole lot better. Available exclusively by SuperGroupies are elegant Yu-Gi-Oh! jewlery, all with which you can subtly but stylishly express your love for the popular manga series. The original Yu-Gi-Oh! jewelry line includes gold plated silver Millennium Puzzle necklaces, rings, and earrings from Duel Monsters, as well as Yuya Sasaki’s pendant from ARC-V, a good luck charm that’s always seen hanging around the neck of the character. Source: SuperGroupies Source: SuperGroupies All accessories are exquisitely detailed and durable, making for a unique addition to any outfit for both guys and girls. They’re small enough to look like…

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Beaches Are About To Get Kawaii With Japan’s “Become A Mermaid” Tours

Japan has a well documented appreciation of all things cute, and companies in Japan are definitely no stranger to the exotic appeal of mermaids as a way of marketing kawaii goods. Now a Japan-based company is taking a play out of tourism in the Philippines by allowing you to dress up as a mermaid and enjoy swimming and photo shoots in travel packages. Source: PR Times You may be familiar with The Philippine Mermaid Swimming School, which started in Boracay as an academy for swimming lessons while wearing gaudy mermaid tails. Perhaps with the allure of such a course, as well as Japan’s eternal love for The Little Mermaid (Ariel…

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Get Cute Summery Pikachu Accessories For Even More Pokémon In Your Life

While much of the world is in the midst of a Pokémon GO frenzy, Japan is still patiently waiting for the day the game will be launched to the country’s eager fans. But as home base for the Pokémon franchise, Japan is fortunately never lacking in anything Pokémon-related. And as for this summer, Pikachu will be joined by some of our other favorite characters to be featured in an original accessory and makeup line by Japanese brand ITS’ DEMO. Source: PR Times The Pokémon Love ITS’ DEMO collaboration paints Pikachu and the gang on vacation at the beach, surfing and hanging out under palm trees. You’ll find Eevee, Umbreon (Blacky…

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These Spellbook Book Bags Will Have You Unleashing Sorcery In Style

Japanese clothing brand Itemya has a habit of releasing cool and geeky fantasy-related goods, as evidence by their stocking of the recent Wizard Parka that transforms you into a stylish JRPG Battle Mage. Now Itemya, whose name is a reference to the generic “item shops” found in fantasy games, has released the perfect accessory to pair with their Wizard Parkas, a book bag modeled after magical spell books. Source: Cospa/Itemya Officially titled the “Book of Magic” Bags, these book bags can carry around your goods while looking like magical tomes, grimoires, books of sorcery, or whatever brand of the dark arts you prefer. Source: Cospa/Itemya The leather straps and and…

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Wear The Weapon Of The Samurai Around Your Neck With Authentic Katana Jewelry

Although katana, the revered Japanese swords of samurai, have come a bit into style lately, and we’ve even seen the weapons of feudal Japan turned into fashion accessories before, we imagine some people would be a little hesitant to wearing a katana around their neck. Now Studio Shikumi Origami is making that a stylish possibility with these necklaces made from that actual blade of katana. Source: Studio Shikumi Origami Of course, these aren’t the first time that katana or even sword motif jewelry has been made. However, what makes these necklaces stand out above others is that they are made of actual parts of a katana’s blade, meaning they are…

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Traditional Japanese Hairpins Modeled After The Weapons Of Feudal Japan

Kanzashi (簪) are ornate hairpins used to add an elegant touch to traditional Japanese hairstyles. While its humble origins as a single rod were thought of as a mean to also ward off evil spirits, kanzashi have become more and more gaudy and and imaginative as hairstyles have progressed. They are commonly seen being used by geisha and brides, but have experienced somewhat of a boom in modern fashion thanks to a variety of new styles. One such style draws on rumors (typically seen in Samurai film lore) that kanzashi were sometimes used to conceal weapons as a means of self-defense, as Japanese online retailer Wargo is introducing hairpins modeled…

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Japanese Goldfish Bag Designer Strikes Back With Adorable Designs Of Hippos, Frogs, And More!

In just thirty minutes, fashion designer Iwakiri Sumiko’s web-store was flooded with more orders than she could handle in a year’s time, making the end of the year the soonest her passionate customers could look forward to a new batch. It’s easy to see why, too, as her goldfish-inspired bags became a viral hit on social media outlets around the world just this year. However, it’s not just goldfish when it comes to this talented designer, as she has also introduced intricately handmade leather handbags and backpacks, modeled after hippos, chameleons, turtles, and frogs. Source: Atelier Iwakiri While it may be a bit frustrating for customers who want to sport…

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Pokemonize Your Smartphone With Pikachu And Eevee Accessories

If you’re a Pokémon fan who’s not afraid to show it, these Pikachu and Eevee smartphone accessories from gourmandise are your dreams come true. Being released in mid-May are adorable Pikachu and Eevee smartphone cases, lightning cables, card cases, smartphone dust plugs, and retractable earbuds. Whether you want to subtly attest your passion for the little monsters or let the whole world know, these new items will add an electrifying touch to your beloved electronics. Smartphone Cases Available for iPhones and other devices. The dangling tails are just too cute! $$ = 3,758 yen (35 USD) for iPhone 6s/6, 3,974 yen (37 USD) for all other devices Source: gourmandise Source:…

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Add Elegant Japanese Script To Your Look With Beautiful Hiragana Accessories

As much as Japan occasionally gets it oh so very wrong with odd Engrish words on t-shirts and store signs, it’s not unusual to see non-Japanese-speaking people with a cool kanji tattoo or clothing, only to discover that the characters mean something quite ridiculous (like feet, or toilet). While we understand that some people, both Japanese and not, value the “look” of the script over the actual meaning, it wouldn’t hurt to get something that’s both gorgeous and sensible in meaning. That might be one reason why Japanese designer and calligrapher Saori Kunihiro’s hiragana-inspired jewelry are so explosively popular. A type of phonetic Japanese script unique to Japan, the soft…

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