Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Asia's Oldest Robot!

Meet Gakutensoku! He is the oldest example of a robot from Asia.
He was built in 1928 for Emperor Showa, the longest reigning emperor of Japan at a total of 63 years.

Standing ten feet, 6 inches, the robot was twice the height of the emperor.

Spending lots of money ($200,000) Japan has reanimated the 80 year old robot!

Gizmodo has a video here, the slow movements of the robot are very creepy looking!! I could not watch the whole thing, yes I am a wuss!

Search YJ for your own robot!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Funky Stool Designs From Japan Part Two!

Remember the hamburger stools?

More food stool designs from Japan have hit the stores, yummy corn and apples!

Does anyone know what the first picture is? Bread?

These comfy food stools can go along with your Ice Cream Lamp and Bread Chair!

Product Page
Order via Rinkya Stores

Monday, April 28, 2008

Japanese Gadget Revealed

It is a Panda USB from everyone's favorite odd Japan Online store, Solid Alliance!

For more fun items from Solid Alliance, please look here!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Guess the Japanese Gadget!

What does this cute little guy do? I may have to give up on stumping you readers if you keep guessing them right!!

Wants to Guess other Japanese Gadgets?
Guess Here
And Here
And Here!
Click Here to See Gadget Revealed

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Tired of Losing Your Golf Balls?

These golf ball stamps from Japan prevent that problem with the unique signature look of Snoopy and Pink Panther!
Only 1600 yen each!

Product Page Order Via Rinkya Stores

Golf Posts:

Star Wars Golf Items
Butt Keychain Tee Holders
Bikini Clad Golf Tees

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

A Fat Astro Boy?

Is this for real???

Nicknamed "AvoCali Style" Astro Boy (for US California rolls)

Read More at Mainichi and make up your own mind!

More Astro Boy Posts

Monday, April 21, 2008

Japan Gadget Revealed!

Wow many of you got the gadget correct! It is indeed a bamboo whisk, a chasen, for tea cermonies.

Icie's was the most accurate description:

whisk is right, but it's a bamboo whisk used for preparing maccha (thick japanese green tea) during tea ceremonies. green tea powder, hot water, whisk.

Purchase via Rinkya Stores via Product Page for 2500 yen

The Japanese tea ceremony is a formal celebration, with even the hand movements carefully dictated.
Other utensils used during the tea ceremony are the tea bowl and tea scoop.
Deeply rooted in Japan's history and culture, the tea ceremony is an event one should try to partake in while visiting Japan.

Image via

Friday, April 18, 2008

Guess the Japanese Gadget!

If you have been to Japan, you may know what this is used for!

I have only stumped you guys once, so good luck to me!

More Guess the Japanese Gadgets here!
Click here to see gadget revealed

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Meaty Ipod Cover Only In Japan!

They like their beef in Japan! Now they have a cover for your Ipod!
From the makers of the beef business card holder!

Solid Alliance Product Page purchase via Rinkya Stores

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Barcode Art From Japan

Our good friend, Steve Levenstein, has an indepth article on creative bar codes that they use on Japanese products. Check it out here on Inventor Spot!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Japan Gadget Revealed!

I stumped you guys last week!

The Japanese gadget is for tissues!

If you ever lose your tissue box, just use this gadget to have an artful replacement!

Product page purchase via Rinkya Stores for 5250 yen!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Guess the Japanese Gadget!

I think this one is harder than last week's (which everyone guessed)

So what does this gadget do?

All weekend to guess!

Old Guess the Gadgets here and here
Click here to see gadget revealed

Thursday, April 10, 2008

After All This Time, Japan Can Still Shock Me

Cute Jean Mini Skirt?

No, not in Japan...

It is a mousepad!

What in the world will they come up with next?

Purchase via Rinkya Stores, makes a great gag gift for friends!

Product Page Only 952 yen (about $8 USD)

Via JapanNewbie

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Mickey Mouse IRiver Accessories!

The Mplayer from Iriver is already adorable in the variety of colors and designs shaped like everyone's favorite Disney mouse- Mickey.
Mickey's ears are used for volume and selecting songs.

The tiny size makes it easy to carry everywhere- on a keychain, around your neck etc.
And since Japan likes everything kawaii (cute), you can also purchase a hat kit to make the Mp3 player even cuter!

Many varieties available here you can purchase via Rinkya Stores!

More Disney Blog Posts Here!!

Mickey Mouse on YJ
Disney on YJ

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Space Invaders Attack Yahoo Japan!

Check out Yahoo Japan for a space invasion!

Celebrating 30 years of the pioneering video game, first released in Japan in 1978 by Tomohiro Nishikado, the Space Invaders have come to attack Yahoo Japan.

The website looks awesome and is a preview of the upcoming events for the 30 year anniversary of Space Invaders.

For more on the event, take a look at another page here but check out this link FIRST!

Space Invaders On YJ
Atari on YJ

Monday, April 07, 2008

Astro Boy is 5!

According to the famous manga, AstroBoy was born on April 7th 2003.
Google often updates their logos on holidays, etc and Astro Boy's Birthday was given a special logo on Google in Japan.

Happy Birthday AstroBoy!

More Astro Boy Posts!

Items on YJ:
Astro Boy
Princess Knights
Rose of Versailles

ANN via Same Hat! Same Hat!

Friday, April 04, 2008

Japan Gadget Revealed!

I guess this one was too easy, I will have to make the next one harder!

Eyeglass Holders!

You can purchase via Rinkya Stores via product page!

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Guess the Japanese Gadget!

What are these Japanese gadgets used for?

Guess Last Week's Gadget
Last Week's Answer

Click here to see gadget revealed

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

BAPE and DS Lite Links!

We announced it back in February and the special limited editions went on sale yesterday and are popping up all over
Yahoo Japan auctions!

Bid through Rinkya!

Or place an order through Rinkya Stores via the ones on Rakuten!

Act fast to get your hands on these special limited editions!

Star Wars Golf Bags & Tees!

A great way to intimidate your opponent in golf is with the Darth Vader or Storm Trooper golf club bag. These Star Wars collectibles are available in Japan soon for 50000 yen ($500 USD), We will update with store info as soon as we hear!

Blog Posts of Interest:

Bikini Clad Golf Tees
Keychain Butt Golf Tee Holders
R2D2 Soy Sauce Pourer
Darth Vader Samurai Warrior

Star Wars on YJ
Golf on YJ


Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Hello Kitty Wrestling Match!

I have no idea if wrestlers are going to be dressed as these characters or what, but the poster caught my eye and I had to share!

Beloved cat of Japan, Hello Kitty makes her wrestling debut against Kuromi Saturday April 5th in California.

Kuromi is the rival of My Melody from the anime Onegai My Melody.

The KWO (Kitty World Order)is the name of the organization, so maybe we will see more characters fighting!

For more info read here

For all our Hello Kitty Posts read here!

Hello Kitty Items on YJ

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