Monthly Archives: September 2008

Cherry Blossom Costumes Embrace the Pink!

He loves cherry blossoms so much, he just has to sing about them, while being fully clothed in a costume depicting cherry blossoms…

A little scary…

A little more manly costume- cherry blossom and beer hat!

A cherry blossom wrestler outfit?

I guess they do not have the same idea in Japan, that pink is for girls, blue for boys…

Cherry Blossom Festival
Pink Man Group




Reminder- Enter to Win FREE Gadgets!

The deadline for your Guess the gadget submissions is Monday!

Submit as many as three gadgets to the contest and win your very own Japanese gadget and Rinkya commission!

As readers know, we have a Guess the Japanese Gadget every Friday and leave it open for all you to guess all weekend!

Now it is your turn to stump our readers!

Submit your Guess the Gadgets!!

If you stump our readers, you will win one of the gadgets featured on blog (dependent upon the gadget’s availability) and if you are a Rinkya user (or wish to become one)- you win the gadget AND a $20 commission credit on any auction!

What you need to do:
Send your submissions to laurelr AT rinkya DOT com
Only items from Japan stores or Japanese designers can be used
We will choose the best gadgets and feature them on a future Friday Guess the Gadget
Submissions due in THREE DAYS!!

Here are just SOME of the gadgets up for the winners!
Cat Security Sensor
Pig EarPhones From Japan!
The Pen that Turns Into A Fishing Pole
Humping Dog USB

The Pink Man Group?

I am not totally sure as why anyone would want to wear these outfits and maybe something is lost in the translation, but it is a Japanese Halloween costume in order to be invisible.

I don’t know, something about a man in a head to toe pink tights, screams VISIBLE to me.
Also, how the heck do you see in these, or breath for that matter?

Many colors available, including camo!

Product Page 4700 yen each, stand out at your Halloween party this year with unique costumes from Japan!

More Wacky Japanese Halloween Posts:
Man Panties
Faucet Panties
A Variety of Costumes
Halloween Bentos From Japan!



Meet Our Italian Blog Writer- Michele!

Rinkya’s mirror Italian site also has a blog-
“Ohayou Giappone!” – Il Blog Italiano di Rinkya (Hi Japan! A Rinkya Italian Blog)

I was recently interviewed for the Italian blog and it can be seen here (in Italian!)

I decided to put Michele up to the same task and interview him for all you to meet. Thank you Michele!

We have a lot of Italian readers and users of Rinkya, what do you think makes Japan so appealing to Italians specifically?

I notice how it seems quite natural for Italians and Japanese to like each other cultures. Japanese love the “Italian life style”; luxury fashionable goods, fast cars, and nice food…. Italians are fascinated about Japanese traditions, history and arts, and in more recent years about industrial products as well, like electronics. My generation was strongly influenced by Japanese Animation and Manga.
Japanese wish to live like Italians, and Italians enjoy experimenting new things from Japan and become a bit like Japanese….
But the funny thing is, everybody only wish to experiment the best sides of each other countries, ignoring the negative side completely, which of course exist! …This makes “the dream” staying alive; Probably I did the same when I decided to come to Japan… ^_^
But I think the theorist crossing between Italy and Japan would result in an interesting country I guess!

What do you like best about Japan?

Difficult question,… I enjoy living in a (quite) secure, organized country, and I like the taste of beauty that Japanese have in general. Japanese are usually quiet and discrete persons, which makes my living with them very smooth. It’s another world compared to where I am coming from, but I can find many common points. For me living in Japan is a big exciting challenge…. but at the same time I feel kind of “a compatible person” with the “Japanese world”…

What is your favorite food there?

I love fish in general…so I am in the right place!! Any kind of fish, but shrimps are my favorite.
But I am convinced there so much more to discover about Japanese food, I wish to explore more….after 3 years in Japan I still feel like a beginner!


What is the worst food you have had there? (the pizza hut double roll, hahhha?)

Ohh yeah…the pizza was memorable! ^^
…. well, I still can’t get used to the “Umeboshi” the sour Japanese plum. I gave up, actually.^^

What is your favorite A Rinkya Blog post?

Well, no doubt about it! ^_^ ha ha ha!…
http://rinkya.blogspot.com/2008/04/after-all-this-time-japan-can-still.html

What is your favorite blog post on Il Blog Italiano di Rinkya?

Well, the blog is still young and the choice is not large yet…But I was very pleased with the one presenting A Rinkya Blog, and also the one interviewing one of our italian customer, Jurij Ricotti, Grendizer collector and also worldwide appreciated musician and composer. This is the style the Italian Blog is mainly chasing, involving people who are into Japanese goods and talking about their experiences. Much more is coming in the future, so stay tuned…^_-

Thank you Michele! Please check out Michele’s blog here for the latest news from Japan and Rinkya curtailed to our Italian users!

New Kit Kats For Order On Rinkya!

We have three new Kit Kat flavors from Japan available- Watermelon Minis, Black Sugar Minis and Muscat Green Grape!

Our warehouse in Japan sent me over some Watermelon Kit Kats, and they were VERY good, so I highly recommend them, I would also like to try the others too- (hint, hint!)

We also have Milk & Cookies still available!

Just add to your shipment the flavors you want- $2 each, and the minis are 2 for $2!



Patlabor Anime Stamps Released At Japan Post Office!

Mobile Police Patlabor is a popular manga, film series, TV series, OVA with many toys and other collectible items merchandised throughout Japan.

The post office has released a special stamp edition commemorating the popular series, only 800 yen for one sheet purchase via the Japan post office by filling out a Rinkya Stores order form!

The Japanese post office has many other original stamps for sale here as well!

Patlabor on YJ
Any Stamp you could possibly want on YJ :)


Morning Target Practice- Gun O’clock

When this alarm goes off, pick up your gun and shoot the target down to stop the annoying alarm sound.

This would be a great annoying gag gift, the target does not go down or stop the annoying high pitched alarm until the alarm believes you have hit the bullseye enough.

If the gun does not work, I can see alot of cranky sleepers using their fists to quiet it, it would last a day at my house.

Available for Preorder via Product Page. Order via Rinkya Stores!

4095 yen (~$40 USD) (includes tax)

For another fun alarm clock from Japan, check out the Grenade Alarm Clock!

Via Xorsyst