I wish I had one of these- I don’t live in Japan, but here in the States, we are reaching record breaking high temperature just as they are in Japan.
However, Japan is much more gadgety then folks here in the US, so they refuse to stay warm and have innovative ways of staying cool!
First it was the
USB powered necktie that came with a fan. However, that only cooled the neck, so in addition we have these jackets above containing two small fans sewn into the fabric and run on a pocket-sized rechargeable battery. The air circulation evaporates sweat and keeps you cool.
So put on your jacket, cut open your
square watermelon and drink an ice cold Bilk to stay cool during these hot summer months Japan style!
[Japan] [gadgets] [air conditioned jacket]
Only Japan can make going green cute!
Crush your beer cans and more with the frog crusher shown above!
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[Japan] [gadgets] [go green]
Hip Hop artist Kanye West’s newest album was designed by famed Japanese artist Takashi Murakami.
This is not the first collaboration of Kanye West and Japanese art- West’s Stronger video featured anime characters and Japanese designs.
Graduation drops in stores September 11th.
Another Murakami Blog Post!
YJ Links of Interest:
Kanye West Takashi Murakami Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs
[Japan] [Takashi Murakami] [kanye west] [anime]
O Bon is the Buddhist festival that venerates lost relatives and ancestors and takes place this week in Japan.
Spirits of loved ones are invited home to spend time with family- food offerings are made at home and temples.
For many in Japan, O Bon is a valued time to spend with family-many taking a break from work and returning to their hometowns.
Family members visit the graves of their loved ones- washing and cleansing the gravesite.
Glowing lanterns line the homes and streets to guide the ghosts of loved ones home.
The last night of O Bon ends with Toro Nagashi (floating lanterns) and the lanterns are released into a body of water to guide the ghosts back into the spirit world.
Bon Odori (folk) dances are very popular during the festival. Dressed in Yukata, (summer kimonos) people dance to the music of drums and flutes. Fireworks are also very common during these festivals.
If you can take the August humidity, O Bon is one of the most beautiful times to visit Japan and experience the culture, religion and beauty!
Yukata (Summer Kimonos)
More Festival Info from Rinkya:
Cherry Blossoms Tagata Jinja- Harvest Festival Children’s Day White Day Girl’s Day
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[Japan] [o bon festival] [buddhist festivals]
A first for the Extreme Ironing Sports World- Hitoshi Matsuzawa climbed to Mt Fuji and ironed clothes.
Hitoshi Matsuzawa founded Extreme Ironing Japan in 2004.
His ultimate goal is to climb Mt Everest and iron- with no oxygen.
Extreme Ironing is an international sport that involves taking clothes and ironing them on difficult to access locations.
Pictures are taken from the Extreme Ironing Japan website, click
here for more odd ironing locations!
[Japan] [wacky sports] [extreme ironing]
Hot at work?
Throw away those silk designer ties, and get the USB powered tie from Japan with built in cooler fan! As you can see from the man’s expression, it is very soothing.
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Review our other USB Posts filled with more Japanese Wackiness:
Humping Dog USB Gifts for a Techie Wonderful World of Disney USBs The Wacky, Weird & Fun USB Drives from Japan
Product Page via The Raw Feed
[USB Drives] [Japan] [gadgets] [Computer]
The T-Qualizer shirts from Japan actually move up and down with the rhythm of music and sound!
Shirts glow in the dark!
Visit the product page for videos of the shirt jamming during a karaoke session, motorcycle ride and drum beat!
This special edition bundle is a silver PSP (the slim version!) with Final Fantasy logo, Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core game, retractable headset, and wrist strap.
YJ Sellers have already placed the item up for presale, bid on yours
here through Rinkya today!
Item ships Sept 13th!
Other Blog Posts of Interest:
Final Fantasy VII 10th Anniversary Potion Special Edition Sony PSPs from Japan
[Japan] [final fantasy VII] [ japan exclusives] [PSP] [Playstation Portable System] [Video Games]
A BATMAN DVD cartoon is set to be released- done in the style of Japanese Anime.
Six original stories will be written set in the period between the movie Batman Begins and the upcoming blockbuster feature- The Dark Knight.
Prolific comic book writer, Brian Azzarello; David Goyer- screenwriter of Blade and Batman Begins and Josh Olsen, screenwriter of History Of Violence, are three of the famed names contributing.
Batman on YJ
[Japan] [batman] [DC comics] [The dark Knight] [batman begins]