In Japan, zippers are called “jippā,” “fasunā,” or “chack.” Jippā (zipper) and fasunā (fastener) are obviously derived from English, but what’schack (チャック)?
Chack is actually a made-up word coined by a zipper manufacturing company in Omichi as a trademark. It’s derived from Japanese word kinchaku (巾着), meaning drawstring bag. The trademark was registered in 1927, and zippers sold under the trademark “chack” were received very well by public.
Today, zipper, fastener, and chack are used interchangeably in Japanese.
High-end teddy bear maker Steiff is going to release limited edition stuffed Godzilla this coming November to commemorate the 60th year anniversary of Godzilla. The quantity is limited to 1954 pieces, which is the same number as the year the original Godzilla movie hit theaters.
This Godzilla is all hand-made as all Steiff stuffed animals are, and sold exclusively in Japan. You can pre-order this very special Godzilla through Rinkya Direct now. Remember, quantity is very limited!
Rinkya Price: $587.72 (excluding international shipping)
Butsudan (仏壇) is a small Buddhist shrine found in Japanese houses and temples. Inside, a religious icon (honzon) sits on the top, surrounded by several Buddhist implements such as incenses, lanterns, candlesticks, flower bases, bells, and so on.
A butsudan used in regular houses is sometimes called onaibutsu (御内仏), to differentiate from the ones placed in temples. Families use their butsudan to place “ihai,” spirit tablets of deceased family members. Butsudan can be installed in many ways. You can have it installed in wall, or as a separate unit.
Depending on households, doors of a butsudan could be open or closed. If you do see a butsudan in someone’s house, do show respect, as it is an important part of their religious beliefs.
Shochū Mimai (暑中見舞い) is a greeting card sent to friends and families during summer. As you know, summer season in Japan could be intensely humid and hot. It’s easy for people to get sick and tired. To soothe such discomfort, Japanese people take this opportunity to send a postcard, ask friends how they are doing, and wish for their pleasant summer.
Traditionally, shochū mimai cards are sent between late July and early August. There’s no restrictions on what kind of designs to send, but it typically includes a season’s greeting “Shochū omimai moushiage-masu (暑中お見舞い申し上げます).”
From Rinkya, we wish you a comfortable summer too!
Capsule toy company Kitan Club announced that a figure of Namie Amuro, diva of J-Pop, will be released in collaboration with their Koppu no Fuchiko line. Koppu no Fuchiko is a capsule toy girl named Fuchiko who sits “on the edge of a cup.” Namie Amuro version will be able to sit on the edge in the same style. Continue reading →
Aiaigasa (相合い傘) means a behavior where two people share one umbrella. Although a simple act of sharing an umbrella does not necessarily mean they are in relationship in actuality, as they could be doing it for practical reason, but when you call it aiaigasa, you are definitely implying romantic tension behind it.
People often draw aiaigasa symbol (shown below) with their name underneath it to show they are in love. Sometimes kids do it to poke fun at others who are attracted to each other.
Although it’s no fun when it rains, but take it in positive way. It’s also a great chance to get closer to someone you love!
Have you ever wished you were in Ghibli universe? Well, this Voice-Activated Sheeta’s Pendant will surely make you feel like you are in Laputa: Castle in the Sky! Just say the magical world “Barusu!” and it will illuminate mystic blue glow.
This item has just opened up for pre-order this month at Donguri Kyouwakoku, but it was so popular that all the stock has already been sold out. What a shame!
Don’t be worried. You can still get one by waiting till the second batch arrives (which it will, but the date is unknown), or, by finding it on Yahoo Japan Auction via Rinkya. On Rinkya, there are already a couple of listings from people who made pre-order. Don’t miss this chance to immerse yourself in amazing world of Castle in the Sky!
Obon (お盆) is an annual tradition in Japan during summer to honor spirits of ancestors and deceased. The tradition originates from Buddhist custom commonly known as “ullambana,” which is pronounced in Japanese as “urabon.” The exact date changes depending on the area, but it’s most commonly celebrated on August 15th. Many businesses in Japan take days off around this time (including Rinkya’s shipping department!).
The most fun part of Obon is bon odori (盆踊り) festival. Bon odori is one of the many ways people show respect to the deceased. In this festival, people dance cheerfully to celebrate spirits of the dead that managed to joubutsu, or to go to heaven. Many people dress up in yukata (summer kimono) and enjoy the dance.
While perfume inspired by Sailor Moon “Eau de Toilette Sailor Moon” is in process of getting released this winter, so is the one inspired by Sailor Moon Crystal! Pre-order for “Eau de Toilette Sailor Moon Crystal” is now available at Rinkya Direct.