Monday, July 30, 2007

Smallest Drum Set in World?

Last week, we brought you finger weights direct from Japan!

We have now found a reason to tone those finger muscles- Finger Drums!

Work out your fingers and play some tunes- Only from Japan!

Product Page

Friday, July 27, 2007

Rinkya Reviews the Double Roll Pizza from Pizza Hut Japan!

The double roll pizza was first discussed in the blog post here

After our shipping staff in Japan saw the pics, they insisted on a taste test (all for the blog, of course...) Five tasters provided the following info and pics!

This is the pizza was it was received by delivery:

Close up of the cheesy rolls:

Close up of "pigs in a blanket" rolls:

The accompanying condiments (honey maple syrup and ketchup )

Ingredients of the ketchup: Tomato, Carrots, Red Bellpeppers, Onions, Apples, Pineapples, and Grapes

Remarks for the condiments:

Maple Syrup
"Disgusting s#!+"
"Maple Syrup is strange (to be adding to pizza)"
"good to have a sweet bite just a change"

"Well, its not like you can't consume it" (A new slogan for Pizza Hut perhaps?)
"Makes your pizza sweet, like the syrup."

The "Gourmet Half"

Ingredients are bell peppers, Ham, Bacon, Onion, Basil, Mushroom, Bacon bits, black pepper, sliced tomatoes, Italian sausages, and garlic chips.

One Reviewer's Remarks:
"Definitely the better of the half. Black pepper and garlic chips added to the spice which made the tangy tomatoes taste pretty good."

The "Hamburg" Half:

Ingredients are Hamburgs (made from pork/beef), Green soybeans, corn, red bell peppers.

The consensus from all our reviewers is the meat was horrible: "Its like they combined things that taste and feel like meat" (but nothing was actual meat).

This side of the pizza was no one's favorite- the corn and cheese taste was overwhelming and the meat was inedible.

The ending comments and overall impression of pizza:
"My stomach is full"
"It was peculiar"

All would get rid of the rolls, they liked the rolls but not on a pizza.
All preferred the "Gourmet" Side over the new "Hamburg" Side. The only new topping that was liked was black pepper. All prefer the traditional pizza toppings.

If you have tried the new Pizza, leave us your comments and reviews below!

Calorie Info from Pizza Hut:
A medium pizza is 1943 calories and a large is 2809 calories.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

New Transformers Be@rbricks!

Megatron and Optimus Prime have altered their robot and vehicles states to include Be@rbricks.

The awesome new Be@rbricks are for sale in Japan only!
Contact Rinkya if you want to get your hands on the unique Be@rbricks!

Visit Be@rbricks for more pics!

Find on YJ:


Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Fruit Crushing Finger Strength With Japan Weights!

I always wanted to crush an apple with my bare hands and Japan, of course, has developed a way to pump those finger muscles.

With these finger weights:

You, too, can crush apples:

Gain your Super Hero finger strength with the weights found here!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

McDonald's Mega Mac is Back!

McDonald's Mega Mac is back! The limited time burger was first available in January and was such a hit it was extended.

Now it is back for another limited run in Japan!
Complete with manga pictures to tell you how to eat it!!

View the McDonald's website for more pics!

Read about another sandwich from Japan- the Mega Teriyaki here!

Casio G-Shock Anniversary Editions!

Casio Japan celebrates their 25th anniversary with the release of G-Shock special edition watches.

The four special watches are white and gold, the LCD is black background and the numbers are shown in gold.

Only available in Japan and packed in exclusive boxes.

G Shocks on BuyRinkya- buy today!

G-shocks are popular sellers on YJ:

G- Shock
G Shock Limited Editions
Baby G Limited Editions

Monday, July 23, 2007

I-Sobot- World's Smallest Humanoid Robot!

For those who may miss Sony's beloved discontinued dog the Aibo, Tomy has created i-Sobot, the world's smallest humanoid robot created by Tomy.
The robot stands only 16.5 centimeters tall.

The i-Sobot will be controlled via remote control and will perfom such activities as
push ups, hula dancing, somersaults, air guitar and more. The i-Sobot can speak and recognize commands.

More Japan Robots:
Japan Creepy Robot
Vinegar Robot
Robot Butler
Beer Pourers
Wine Connoisseurs
Musuem dedicated to Robots!

Search Japanese Robots here and bid today on your favorites:
Beer Robots
Sony Aibos


Friday, July 20, 2007

Sony & Swarovski Make Beautiful Music Together!

Sony's new Walkman Abiste E010 music players are adorned with Swarovski Crystals and a variety of colors to choose from- black, blue, gold, pink and purple.

1GB, 2GB and 4GB are the sizes available and a mini LCD will list what is playing.

They will only be available in Japan and when they hit stores in September, Rinkya will announce on BuyRinkya for sale!

Pick up the newest trendy colors and crystals that look straight out of Hollywood- but ONLY available in Japan.

YJ Links:


Final Fantasy VII 10th Anniversary!

The tenth anniversary of Final Fantasy VII commemoration piece is a limited edition potion.

Only 77,777 potions will be sold, beginning Sept 13th.

Of course, the item is only available in Japan- look for it on YJ soon!

YJ Links:
Final Fantasy


Thursday, July 19, 2007

Murakami & Vuitton Collaborate Again!

The Museum of Contemporary Arts located in Los Angeles is running a Takashi Murakami retrospective beginning October 29th.

Louis Vuitton will release exclusive limited edition merchandise for the event created by Murakami.

Murakami and Louis Vuitton collaborations have proved quite successful in the past- Murakami's colorful spin on the LV icon was a popular bestseller.
His innovative art mixed with Vuitton's classic style created a fashion sensation.

These exclusive items are sure to be flying off shelves. Cannot wait to see the first images!!

Takashi Murakami is a well renowned contemporary Japanese artist but is nationally better known for his work with Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton.

YJ Links of Interest:
Louis Vuitton
Takashi Murakami
Marc Jacobs


Attack of the 59 Foot Gundam!

Move over Godzilla your match may have been met. This 59 foot tall Gundam is a life size version of the popular Japanese Anime Robot.

The pictures were released now since the official website for Gundam Crisis is now open.

The Gundam Crisis attraction will open at Fuji-Q Highland, located at the foot of Mt Fuji.

Visitors to the park will be given mission objectives, only ones who clear the mission can enter Gundam's cockpit.

I see why Japan drafted laws for Robots, this is one scary, cool looking robot!

Get some smaller sized Gundams on YJ:


Wednesday, July 18, 2007

New PSP for Japan- Slimmer and More Colors!

The new PlayStation Portable will hit Japan in September. The newly designed PSP will be slimmer & lighter, have a faster loading time, longer battery life and come in 6 new colors.

Colors available will be: Piano Black, Ice Silver, Ceramic White, Rose Pink, Felicia Blue and Lavender Purple.

The price will be 19800 yen.

Japan also has a GOLD PSP and Nintendo DS lite colors and Pokemon Nintendo DS that we here in the US do not get either!

The colors unique to Japan are popular imports, so try to get yours on YJ:
Playstation Portable
Nintendo DS Lite

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Pizza Hut Japan Creates Mega Pizza- Toppings Galore!

NEW- Check out our Staff REVIEW of the pizza here!

Japan must be annoyed by that pesky little rumor that they are all thin.

Mega Macs, Mega Terayaki's from McDonald's are popular sellers- And now a pizza that probably weighs 30 pounds from Pizza Hut, or maybe that is what you gain from eating it.

Have a hankering for a hamburger? Order the pizza! Hot dogs? Order this pizza!

The crust are what we call pigs in a blanket- hot dogs AND bacon wrapped in the "Double Roll"

The other half is the "Gourmet Half" and has cheese rolls, Italian sausage, ham, bacon, bacon bits, sliced tomato, mushroom, onion, peppers, garlic chips, basil, black pepper and tomato sauce.

Also can be flavored with maple syrup and ketchup- um, yumm.

Pizza can be ordered for $20, $30 USD.

Unlike McDonald's, the calorie information on this sucker was difficult to find, a normal Pizza Gourmet is 1873 calories, so we will see if anything can be found later, then again maybe no one wants to know!

Check out our Blog posts on Mega Teriyaki's

Via Plastic Bamboo

Monday, July 16, 2007

New Kit Kat Flavor Added!

New Kit Kat flavor- Brandy & Orange added to Rinkya!
Order here!

Nestle Kit Kats in Japan come in a variety of flavors and Rinkya will bring them direct to you!
Other flavors available are Melon, Kiwi, Orange, Pineapple, and Green Tea.

Also available on BuyRinkya are Every Burgers!

Friday, July 13, 2007

OLIVIA Pacific Media Expo Auction!

**UPDATE- The auction is delayed and we will update as soon as we get a new date!!**

Win the guitar featured in OLIVIA's "Into the Stars" PV!!

Auction proceeds benefit aspiring Asian and Asian-American artists.

OLIVIA and her band will be making their first US appearance at PMX over Veteran's Day weekend in Los Angeles.

Pacific Media Expo is the premiere convention for Asian anime, cinema, fashion and music.

The auction for the one of the kind item begins July 20th on Yahoo Japan Auctions, you may place bids through Rinkya!

For more information about the guitar and PMX, please visit the webpage here

Bid on OLIVIA items on YJ

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Some R Rated Engrish Found!

We try and keep our posts on A Rinkya Blog pretty much PG 13, so it is with this warning that I present the following Engrish.

Warning- the following language is R Rated.


A staff member found this at a store in Tokyo.
It is a cold and hot water dispenser and comes with a cup holder!

Other Engrish Posts:
Women's Dress
Elmo Goes Evil

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party Website Opens!

Dance Dance Revolution's newest release is for Nintendo Wii and for the first time, players will use both their hands and feet to play.

Using both the Wii controller and Nunchuk accessory as well as a pad for your feet, the dizzying combos will test your skill with the ultimate DDR Hottest Party.

The new website has many blurbs about the game from renowned Konami experts. Some loveable Engrish is included: "This Game Is Killing It"

Get some DDR on YJ:

Nintendo Wii
Dance Dance Revolution
Popn' Music

Via Kotaku

Official Website

Monday, July 09, 2007

Nintendo Wii Accessories Exclusively From Japan!

The Nintendo Wii gun attachment (Gun Hazard):

Can be used with any game, but created with BioHazard in mind (Resident Evil)
Available here

Nintendo Bat Shaped Attachment:

Basically turns controller into almost a standard controller.

Available Here

Fun Decals in Different colors and designs:

Available Here

This train controller is for the Wii epic train simulator game and Denshi GoGo Games, very cool.

Available Here

Purchase any accessory through Rinkya Stores- Your Japan online store resource!

Nintendo Wii on YJ

Friday, July 06, 2007

Want a Kit Kat?

Kit Kats in Japan are very different from the States and come in a variety of flavors. Inspired by the post at Inventor Spot, Rinkya has Kit Kats for sale now!

Rinkya has- Orange, Kiwi, Green Tea, Melon (limited edition) currently available- add them to your Rinkya shipment for $2.00 each.

For more flavors, read Inventor Spot and request your favorite flavors from Rinkya, by emailing us at:

Hello Kitty DogHouse!

In more Hello Kitty strange items, the cat is now featured on a luxury DOG house.
The doghouse runs 3.9 million yen ($30,000 plus USD) and the cushion has Hello Kitty's face on it designed with 7600 crystal beads.

Only one "lucky" dog will have the one of a kind item.

Fancy dog accommodations, clothing and accessories are particularly popular in Japan- with a multitude of luxury items available for pets.

Check out YJ for more:

Large Dogs

Look for More Hello Kitty Items Here:
Hello Kitty On YJ


Wednesday, July 04, 2007

24 Karat Gold Swimwear from Japan!

Ginza Tanaka, collaborator of the pure platinum Gundam seen here, has revealed a 24 carat gold swimsuit and shaw.
The swimsuit weights 500 grams and was carefully created by an old method of threading, dating back 1300 years.

The swimsuit will set you back 10 million yen ($80 thousand plus dollars)

Check out our other Japan Fashion Posts:
Dior's Geishas
Diamond Cell Phone Strap

Search YJ For Popular Fashions:
Gothic Lolita
Christian Dior


Takeru Kobayashi is Defeated in Nathan's Hot Dog Contest!

The new reigning champion is American, Joey Chestnut, who ate 66 hot dogs in 12 minutes
(one every 10.9 seconds) at the famed Nathan's hot dog eating contest in Coney Island.

Kobayashi, the 6 time champion, may have suffered a set back due to a recent wisdom tooth extraction and a sore jaw.

Kobayshi did perform his best ever in the competition- eating 63 hot dogs, no small feat.

This sadly ends Kobayashi's reign as the champion Hot Dog eater.

Good Luck to him next year!


Happy 4th Of July!

Here in the States is our celebration of Independence Day!
For all located in US, have a great day of BBQ, fireworks, hot dogs, hamburgers and fun!

Fun Fact- Today is also the Birthday of Rinkya's President, Heather!!

In Japan news, we await the winner of the annual Hot Dog Eating contest at Nathan's in Coney Island. The reigning winner from Japan (SIX TIME WINNER!) and proud owner of mustard belt, Takeru Kobayashi, has some mouth pain, good luck to him!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

The Brilliant Green Reunite!

Popular JROCK band, The Brilliant Green, will perform together again after a long 5 year break.

The single is titled "Stand By Me" and is to be used as the opening (or ending, depending upon which source you are reading) song for Detective School Q (Tantei Gakuen Q )

"Stand By Me" goes on sale August 22nd and you can pick it up through Rinkya Stores.

Look for Brilliant Green's old hits on YJ:
Brilliant Green on YJ
Tantei Gakuen Q on YJ


Monday, July 02, 2007

Square Watermelon- Only In Japan!

Square watermelons were the invention of a Japanese man to better accommodate the small spaces in Japan and allow the watermelon to fit securely in your refrigerator.

The current going rate of this watermelon is 25,000 yen- over $200 USD!!

The article also notes that these watermelon are NOT sweet and are primarily used for decoration.

$200 bucks for a decoration that rots? I have a bridge for sale if anyone is interested...


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