Monthly Archives: July 2008

Disney Stitch Sick Masks!

If you read the blog enough, I am sure you may have noticed my love of Stitch, from the Disney movie Lilo and Stitch.
Japan also loves the little blue alien and has a variety of items available with Stitch.

I laughed today when I saw these gauze masks for sale with my one of my fav Disney characters.
In Japan, when one is sick or during flu season, it is common to see them with these masks on to prevent illness spreading. (whether it actually works or not is another story…) However, during a crowded train in Tokyo during rush hour, I am sure it helps.

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Disney on Rinkya Stores
Lilo And Stitch on YJ

Blog Posts of Interest:
Disney Ipod Covers
Disney USBS- Stitch on a SurfBoard!
Japan Lilo & Stitch Show
Cutest Stitch Ever!

New Protein Named After Pokemon Character!

I thought Pokemon madness had died down, but apparently not.

Researchers in Osaka Japan have identified a new protein, believed to control the efficiency of our kinetic vision. In layman’s terms, the speed at which visual information is sent to the brain.

Our friend Pikachu from Pokemon, is known for his rapid movements, hence the name of the protein- Pikachurin.

And the best news? Study of this protein, may lead to treatments in retinitis pigmentosa- a genetic eye condition that usually leads to blindness. (Thanks, wikipedia!)

Pokemon on YJ

News Link Via ANN

Cute Plastic Bag Dispenser from Japan!

This colorful, smiley bag dispenser comes in 5 different colors (orange, yellow, beige, red and brown).

The bag is made from recycled plastic bottles and will hold your plastic bags from the supermarket. In Japan, it is much more common to reuse the plastic bags from the stores if you do not have your own bag to bring.
It is also common to make these everyday items kawaii!

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1995 yen each purchase via Rinkya Stores