Monthly Archives: December 2006

Year of the Boar

The Japanese post office releases a new stamp every year to celebrate Shougatsu. (New Year)

This year we celebrate the year of the boar.
Pure of heart, Boar people are generous and kind. Full of inner strength and courage, they can take on any task. A friend who listens, the Boar is sincere and trustworthy. They are driven by their passion for life.”

Stamps are great to collect as they are small, inexpensive and eventually increase in value.

Some of my favorite stamps in Japan.
Anime stamps, Disney stamps, Japanese Fairy Tales

Rinkya Auctions, all stamps.

Famous Boars:
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chiang Kai-Shek, Woody Allen, Lucille Ball, Billy Crystal, Steven Spielberg, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Stephen King, Henry Ford, John McEnroe, Tracey Ullman, Phil Donahue, Fred Astaire, Thomas Jefferson, Dudley Moore, Farrah Fawcett, Robert Dole, Jerry Lee Lewis, Humphrey Bogart, Julie Andrews, Richard Dreyfuss, Henry Kissinger, Marie Osmond, Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Dalai Lama.

Boar Info from Family Culture

Yuki Nobuteru’s New Doujinshi for Paradise Kiss

Comiket is only the biggest convention in all of Japan. Over 30,000 people get together each year to purchase their favorite artists’ new works.

Yuki Nobuteru, famous character designer for Escaflowne, Heat Guy J, Lodoss Wars, & much more, releases a new doujinshi filled w/ a collection of production artwork from the recent series he has worked on.

This year welcomes his biggest book ever, from Paradise Kiss. 516 pages TOTAL, with 28 in full color.

Not available in the US just yet, but always available in Japan through Rinkya.

Japanese Grab Bags!

Now that Christmas has come & gone, the biggest holiday in Japan is New Year

What’s even more fun are the fukubukuro!! These are huge grab bags costing 50-75% less than their actual retail value!! Japanese stores try to make room for brand new merchandise by putting together huge bags of fun.

Not only are they a bargain, but also fun to get!!

Shop for Hello Kitty grab bags on BuyRinkya.

Yahoo Japan Auctions for grab bags.

Shopping for fukubukkoro.

Urusai NA!! (Shut up!!)

We think people who use their cell phones in America are rude? Let us introduce you to Damaru! (Be Silent!!!) Keitarou.

This handy little remote helps you be discreet in silencing whoever forgot to put their cell phone on manner mode! (silent mode).

Probably a violation of privacy in other countries or maybe a clue that we should have something like this in our own neck of the woods, we can check out cell phones in Japan and cell phone accesories like straps!

Or for those of you who want to silence Beckham and his Vodafone (works on Vodafone!!), you can order Keitarou through Rinkya Stores.

Only in Japan: A Robot Museum!

If you go to Nagoya, not only can you get Japan’s finest chicken wings (tebasaki) , but now you can check out the Robot Museum!

For those of you who can’t get to Yama chan’s for wings, you can get your robot fix right here!

Robot Museum shop
Robots on Rinkya

Aibo, Gundam, Bullmark
Robot Rinkya Stores

Heather’s Christmas wish list item, a therapeutic baby seal robot.

You get to raise this incredibly realistic baby seal and take care of him. Scientifically proven to have the same affect as owning a dog or cat.
(Am I throwing out enough hints, guys??)


If you’re a yankee, you wear skajyan!!

In Japanese, “yankee” means a rough and tough street kid; a gangster. Yankees have a history of wearing their “skajyan” which are satin, embroidered jackets. Back in the day, they had your gang emblem on them, but for now, we just wear them for fashion!! Our own president has been in Japan for 7 years and she is still looking for the perfect one!!

In the meantime check out our Tedman skajyan, which is reversible, 2 designs on one jacket, not a bad deal!

The skajyan Rinkya President Heather wants for X-mas!!
Rinkya Stores Tedman
Tedman Auctions
Skajyan Auctions Misc., Men’s Size M, Women’s All Sizes.
Rinkya Stores Skyajyan 1, 2, 3, 4,

Blu -Ray Disc Recorder hits Japan!!

You can finally get you Blu-Ray on with the LH-2B1S; the latest Single Layer Blu-Ray burner from LiteOn in SATA version. Record all your favorite Godzilla movies & Final Fantasy video games on Blue Ray. Even Playstation 3 uses Blu-Ray! Don’t wait for them to come out in the US, buy them direct from Japan!!

You can order from Rinkya Stores!

Or check out Yahoo Japan Auctions or here to bid on one!

Source Via Akihabara News