Monthly Archives: October 2010

Introducing Japanese Band Volume 2- AA= aaequal


This is a solo project of Ueda Tsuyoshi who had previously been in the band Mad Capsule Markets.
Mad Capsule Markets ended in 2005 and Ueda Tsuyoshi created AA in Oct. 2008.

He has states his roots are from punk rock & YMO (tech music), he creates music from a mixture of hard core, metal, tech, drum’n’bass, gaba, etc, and are based on punk style.

His sound is taken big by international fans, and Mad Capsule Markets had played in many international music festivals such as Ozz fest. by Ozzy Osbone, Download Fest., etc.

Tsuyoshi UEDA (Born 1968/8/25)

And my best favorite tune by AA= is this! The title is “#2”, that is from 2nd album “GREED”.

Listen to it here! 『GREED』

The Japan Snack Weekly!

Almost everyday, our manager buys some new type of chip or candy at the conbini for the Rinkya staff to try. It was not until recently we decided to write and perhaps even warn you about them with “Japan Snack Weekly”.
It is amazing to see how something new comes out on a weekly basis and even more amazing that many of them leave little to be desired….
While our manager gives this to us on the premise he is being nice, we all know this altruism is a sham.

We do have a lot fun trying the new Snacks and even more fun watching each other’s reactions. It is rare we get a winner and not to be a Debbie Downer (Yum, Little Debbies), but we truly want you to save your money. (and tastebuds). Let us be your Japan Snack guides!

First up today is:
MAYO-BEEF with Garlic Potato chips.  Japan does love its’ Mayo, but it REALLY should have not been added to the chips.  Mayo Beef since 1998. 10 years of this??  Well, I guess Japan does really love its’ mayo!

Next we have:
Yasai Poteko – Butter flavor. A shaka (hang loose) mascot wearing a bonnet hat, lol!  Yasai means vegetable and I can’t find a trace of anything organic in this bag. Tastes like crunchy mac & cheese that’s been sitting out for a week. (Editor’s note: Is it wrong that I think that sounds delicious! mmm mac n cheese…)
Dispelling the myth that anything with butter, tastes good.

Very famous Caramel Corn by Tokato. Looks like mummified caterpillars! Which I might add, possibly could make it taste better. Tastes like you are biting into a big, fluffy diabetic shock- much too sweet for my taste buds!  The one we had was the DEKKAI version, 5 times bigger, 5 times more diabetes!

Cave Original Items From Japan 24 Hour Exclusive Sale! DeathSmiles & more!

24 hour Exclusive!!! Cave original goods will only be sold for 24 hours!!
Includes some of your fav Japanese video games, DeathSmiles, Red Sword, DoDonPachi, Doomsday, Mishiohime and more! 

We are in love with the iphone covers & the adorable Deathsmiles keychains. 
Remember $7 discount per item if you order from the same store!   

Garamon- I am not cute, but I am valuable!

Garamon is the name of the scary character you see in the picture, a 7″ inch Soft Vinyl toy (“Sofubi”, abbreviation in Japanese) produced by maker Marusan, following the release and success in 1966 of the Kaijuu monsters movie “Ultra Q”.

Soft Vinyl toys just started to become popular at this time, (a cheaper option to the more
expensive Tin toys). The first edition of Garamon was 300 pieces (original price 350 Yen), and it sold out very fast.

Later, Garamon popularity soared after being in the first “Ultraman” series- becoming one of the most classic characters of the show.

Meanwhile, more editions and thousands of Garamon vinyl toys were produced over the years, and nowadays some companies release the very same original shaped and sized vinyl toy for collectors and nostalgics, at resonable prices.

But, how much is a Garamon 1st edition valuable?
With only 300 pieces made at the time, the initial problem is even finding one! According to experts, only about 5 pieces are known to be in existence.

As a consequence, the value is approximately 7,000,000 Yen (about $85,000!), which makes it the most expensive japanese Soft Vinyl toy of all time.

As you can see, you do not necessarily have to be good looking,  to be popular…

Playstation Portable Monster Hunter Preorder Available!

Excited about the newest Monster Hunter ??

Disappointed to hear no word on the special bundle release outside Japan?  No worries!

Japan’s special edition releases December 1st, and the preorder is now open on Rinkya Stores!

Playstation Portable Monster Hunter
US $285.82

The Monster Hunter Portable 3rd PSP pack comes with:
Game installed
2200mAh capacity battery
New concave shape joystick
Other changes include cosmetics- speaker holes are shaped like mini paw prints, black & gold lining, guild decals

Solid Gold Chocolate! Most Expensive Chocolate Ever?

DECO Choco makes customized wrappings for little cubes of chocolate. Get your picture, your design, anything you want, on the flavor you choose.

This season’s flavors are cookies and cream, hot cake and milk flavored.

MAC Style opens a new candy & gift store called “Yr. Style” in Ginza, Tokyo, and has made a solid gold DECO choco for the promotion.
The price is 1.5 million yen, which is about $20K.

You can’t eat this piece of chocolate, but you can order your own DECO Chocos at any time by asking us here at Rinkya!

Check out the designs available on their homepage and we can send it you in non summer months!