by Heather Russell

Japan Word of the Day #134 – Chack

Today’s Word is: Chack (チャック)

In Japan, zippers are called “jippā,” “fasunā,” or “chack.”
Jippā (zipper) and fasunā (fastener) are obviously derived from English, but what’s chack (チャック)?

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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.

Image source: Rakuten

by Heather Russell

1954 Sets Only! Steiff x Godzilla 60th Anniversary Stuffed Animal

Steiff x Godzilla

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.

Steiff Godzilla

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!

Steiff Godzilla

Steiff Godzilla

Steiff Godzilla

Rinkya Price: $587.72 (excluding international shipping)
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Want more? Browse all Godzilla-related items via Rinkya Auction!

by Heather Russell

Japan Word of the Day #133 – Butsudan

Today’s Word is: Butsudan (仏壇)

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.

butsudan shrine

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.

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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.

Image sources: Kirinoya, Kawakitaso

by Heather Russell

Bento Friday: Watermelon Hello Kitty

What do you think of when you visualize summer season in your head?
Beach, coconuts, sunsets, ice cream, or…?
Evidently this bento artist Mihhon thought of watermelon and Hello Kitty!

hello kitty watermelon bento

Hello Kitty in watermelon is so adorable and funny. I assure you kids must love it.
Mihhon says on her blog that this bento was inspired by watermelon-flavored Caramel Corn.

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What does watermelon Caramel Corn taste like? Well, I’ve never tasted it, since it was only sold for limited time in 2009. You can find other Caramel Corn flavors on Yahoo Japan Auction via Rinkya.

Bento Source: Mihhon

by Heather Russell

Japan Word of the Day #132 – Shochū Mimai

Today’s Word is: Shochū Mimai (暑中見舞い)

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.

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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!

Image sources: AllAbout, Yahoo Blog

by Heather Russell

Japan Word of the Day #131 – Aiaigasa

Today’s Word is: Aiaigasa (相合い傘)

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.
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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.
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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!

Image sources: Puri Gazou, QWE

by Heather Russell

Auction Wednesday: Laputa Castle in the Sky Voice-Activated Pendant

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.

Laputa Castle in the Sky Voice Activated Pendant

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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!

Castle in the Sky Voice-Activated Pendant

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Image sources: Yahoo Shopping, Anige,

by Heather Russell

Japan Word of the Day #130 – Obon

Today’s Word is: Obon (お盆)

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.

bon odori

 

Image source: Chitose

by Heather Russell

Eau de Toilette Perfume Inspired by Sailor Moon Crystal

Eau de Toilette Sailor Moon Crystal

 

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.

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