LAWSON, one of the larger convenience store chains in Japan, recently did a collaboration with Uta no Prince Sama (“Uta Pri” for short), in which whoever buys L-Chiki (Large Fried Chiken) in a certain period can get the chicken in a special Uta Pri paper wrapper. Only 100 wrappers are available per store, so naturally, it turned into an instant fangirl war, and a great number of wrappers suddenly appeared on Yahoo Japan Auction.
Search results of the Uta Puri L-Chiki wrappers on YJ Auction via Rinkya
Not only it has began a bidding battle on Yahoo Japan Auction, it’s causing some weird phenomenons around this item.
It’s a paper wrapper used to wrap a fried chicken, so of course it gets all the grease if you were to buy it normally. A lot of fans just want the wrappers and have asked the store employee to sell the wrappers without chickens in them. Some others brought their own plastic containers to take the chickens with so they can have clean wrappers.
In some cases, store employees are maybe too understanding, as seen in one conversation reported by a Twitter user:
Me: “Can I have a L-Chiki?” LAWSON staff: “Do you want this? (pointing at Uta Puri wrapper)” Me: “Hai!” Staff: “I’ll put the chicken in the normal wrapper, and I’ll hand this one to you clean! “ “Oh, and it would get crumpled from the moisture if I put them in the same plastic bag. I’ll put the clean wrapper in a separate bag!”
Japan is known for polite, dedicated services, but this is a little over the top!
On Twitter, there’s a weird trend going on where people would volunteer to exchange their Uta Pri wrappers for free LAWSON fried chickens. Some say that they’d accept Family Mart chickens or Seven Eleven chickens instead too. At the end, somehow people started exchanging LAWSON fried chickens to Family Mart fried chickens (???). It just gets more random and random as it goes!
Wonder Festival, the largest event for figures and garage kits, for Summer 2013 season took place on July 28th. A lot of limited edition items were sold at the event and are already showing up on Yahoo Japan Auction!
Today let’s take a look at Medicom Toy’s WonFes Summer 2013 Collection, and I’ll give you links to finding those items on Rinkya.
Summer in Japan could get quite hot, with this year records one of the warmest summers in a thousand years. Fortunately, there is no shortage of delicious iced desserts in this country! Here are my list of craziest ice creams to try in Japan.
From Bizen (formerly known as Hinasecho), a small town in Okayama Prefecture, proudly presents soft-served cream with deep fried oysters! The town is best known for kaki, or oyster farming. Deep fried oysters are seasoned with sashimi soy sauce.
Take a bite, and you’ll see a juicy oyster under the breading…
Nanja Town, an indoor amusement park located in the middle of bustling Ikebukuro, offers a large selection of unusual ice cream flavors. This is a Miso Ramen Ice Cream, complete with a naruto maki (fish cake with a pink spiral pattern) and pieces of menma (pickled bamboo shoots). Here is an English review of Miso Ramen Ice Cream, which described it “kinda tastes like some weird peanut butter.”
Sishamo is a saltwater fish widely consumed in Japan as delicacy. This menu boldly incorporated this traditional meal into a sweet soft-served ice cream. The brown flakes on top of the ice cream are shredded sishamo, and you are supposed to use a whole body of sishamo stuck on it to serve as a spoon. The menu is available at a shop nearby Hamaatsuma Station, Hokkaido.
For reference, this is sishamo, generally served grilled.
Fugetsudo in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, is an sweets shop with 120 years of history. At the shop, you can select from more than 100 different flavors of ice cream. Some of them are pretty standard, like vanilla and strawberry, but some of them are just wacky, like this Yakisoba Ice Cream. It contains actual yakisoba sauce, yakisoba noodle, cabbage, and meat in it.
6) Octopus & Soy Sauce Ice Cream
If you are a fan of sushi, you might have tried octopus before, but have you had Octopus Ice Cream? An italian gelato brand Firenze from Amakusachi, Kumamoto Prefecture, created a line of ice cream flavors using the best of locally produced ingredients. This is by far the oddest menu in all of the flavors Firenze offers though!
I know a lot of people from West who just can’t manage to eat shirasu, those little immature fries of fish, typically referring juvenile sardines. Maybe you can overcome it if it’s mixed with sweet ice cream (or maybe it makes it worse…)?
In Kitasenju, Tokyo, there’s a ramen shop called Kikuya. This restaurant serves all kinds of weird ramen, such as coffee ramen, cocoa ramen, soy milk ramen, etc. but the appearance of this Soft Served Ice Cream Ramen is simply shocking! It’s just one of those things that you know it’s not going to be good, but have to try.
Jelly Fish is pretty to look at, but did you know it’s also good in ice cream? Kamo Aquarium in Tsuruoka, Yamagata Prefecture has a restaurant specialized in jelly fish recipes. One of the popular items from their menu is this Jelly Fish Ice Cream. When you eat it, you can taste a sort of grainy, jelly-ish textures. It’s low in fat contents, making it a perfect dessert for calorie-conscious crowd!
2) Mamushi Snake Ice Cream
This is a Mamushi Snake Ice Cream with actual blended Mamushi in it. What is Mamushi? Mamushi is one of the most venomous snakes living in Japan. Approximately 10 people get killed by mamushi bites ever year. However, it is also a popular, traditional ingredient of Chinese medicine, typically used to give stamina and energy. According to an user review, the ice cream smells like an old shoe when you open up the lid, and tastes like rotten garlic and cardboard when you eat it.
1) Bird Flavored Ice Cream
In my opinion, this is by far the wackiest ice cream out there. Bird Flavored Ice Cream is sold from a bird watching coffee shop called Torimi Cafe. The above photo is one of the three bird flavored ice creams offered here: Cockatiel Parrot Flavored Ice Cream. According to many reviewers, it fills your mouth with that particular smell of a cockatiel (if you’ve ever been around one) when you take a bite. It doesn’t actually contain any bird parts (fortunately), but instead it’s made with pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and apple bits.
Here is two other bird flavored ice creams available from the shop.
From left, a cockatiel flavored ice cream, a parakeet flavored ice cream, and a java finch flavored ice cream. I just don’t understand the mindset of someone wanting to imitate a bird flavor with ice cream!
Bird flavored ice cream created the latest buzz on Twitter Japan, and due to popular demands, they will be sold on online shopping sites starting August!
Have you seen weirder ice cream flavors? Share it with us if you have! We would love to have our readers contribute interesting photos and stories on our blog!
Do you want to know the secret in how to make such an intricate pattern?
Keroyon, the bento artist who made this Ayanami bento, invented a kit called “Kyaraben Oblaat” to help you make detailed bento art easily.
Oblaat (オブラート) is a thin layer of edible starch used to wrap candies and medicine in Japan. It usually look like this for medicinal use. You wrap your medicine (in powder form) in a sheet or oblaat, so you don’t have to taste it, but it dissolves in contact with water and high heat.
Keroyon actually repurposed oblaat into making bento art. She uses a large sheet of oblaat, which she calls “Kyaraben Sheet,” and place nori seaweed on top of it.
Due to static electricity caused by oblaat, seaweed is easily fixated on a transparent layer. Then you can actually draw and color directly on it with food coloring and a brush, just like normal paintings! What a brilliant idea. Then, all you have to do is use wet paper towel to pat on the surface, dissolving the transparent oblaat. In the bento here, she transferred the food coloring and fixated nori on a steamed “hanpen” (fish cake).
After the oblaat dissolved, all that’s left is your nori and food coloring.
Keroyon used to sell Kyaraben Sheet in a package like this.
However, it seems to be sold out now.
You can still use regular oblaat to substitute for it though.
Once you paint on a piece of oblaat, you can dry it, keep it flat in a clear folder and store it for up to a month. So you can make a stock of them and use it whenever you want.
This person made a Pretty Cure kyara sheet using a regular oblaat sold in drug stores.
The replica head is about 42cm tall (16.5 inch). The smaller CCP 1/6-scale Tokusatsu Series Gamera HG ver. figure is being displayed next to the 1/1 head in the above picture to compare the size between the two (thus not included in the set). Looks incredible, doesn’t it?
It’s also built in with a fun gimmick. When you push down on Gamera’s tongue, its eyes and mouth starts to flash just like Gamera did in the film, with the lighting effect imitating fiery plasma shots coming out of its throat.
In the upper right photo, you can see the eyes and throat glowing.
Only 500 of them were made as limited edition in 2011, and were sold out immediately. Today we found one listed on Yahoo Japan Auction for 69,800 yen! (Original retail price 49,800 yen)
Want to wait for another chance? Use this preset keyword, save it, and monitor auction listings until you find the one you want!
Bring Doraemon to everywhere this summer!
This Doraemon Portable Drink Cooler/Warmer is perfect for camping, outdoor activities, parties, concerts…No matter where you go, he’ll keep your drink nice and cold for you (or warm for you in winter)!
The item is a special gift given out by Art Moving Center to their customers. Thus, you can’t find it on regular market.
Doraemon Portable Drink Cooler
As you can see, the front cover opens up, and there’s just enough space for four 500ml bottles of beverage inside.
It also has a collapsible handle on the top for easy transportation.
You can plug it into either a regular electric outlet at home, or to a 12V cigarette lighter socket in your car. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about the battery when your are driving with Doraemon. It can cool your drink or keep your drinks warm. Or maybe pack some lunch in it, keep the food warm! The control switches are located at his foot.
Get yourself organized with Sailor Moon!
Stationary company Sun Star is accepting pre-orders for Sailor Moon 2014 Personal Organizers.
They are available in 4 designs. 2 are organized monthly, and the other 2 are weekly.
1) Sailor Moon Weekly Personal Organizer – Glitter
Sailor Moon Weekly Personal Organizer Glitter version features a large print of Sailor Moon illustration on the front cover. It’s made of soft PVC with glitter coating. You’ll see her magical stick when you flip the cover.
Inside scheduler looks like this, and illustrations that change weekly. It will have total of 208 pages.
2) Sailor Moon Weekly Personal Organizer – Embossed
Sailor Moon Weekly Personal Organized Embossed version will have a nice, enamel cover embossed with Sailor Moon’s silhouette. On the other side of the cover, you’ll see an emboss of her transformation brooch. The inside looks similar to the Glitter version, except silhouette illustrations of characters appear on their birth months. It will have total of 208 pages.
3) Sailor Moon Monthly Personal Organizer – All Sailor Senshi
Sailor Moon Monthly Personal Organizer All Senshi version will have a calendar, monthly/all-year scheduler, and train map around Tokyo metro area. (calendar starting September 2013) The monthly organizer contains total of 96 pages.
4) Sailor Moon Monthly Personal Organizer – Usagi version
Sailor Moon Monthly Personal Organizer Usagi version will have a calendar, monthly/all-year scheduler, and train map around Tokyo metro area. (calendar starting September 2013) Total of 96 pages.
All of the above items will be released and start getting shipped on July 23rd. Pre-order now via Rinkya Store!
Buy Sailor Moon Weekly Personal Organizer Glitter ver USD 40.00 (Includes all Rinkya fees/commission before Int’l Shipping)
Buy Sailor Moon Weekly Personal Organizer Emboss ver USD 40.00 (Includes all Rinkya fees/commission before Int’l Shipping)
Buy Sailor Moon Monthly Personal Organizer All Senshi ver USD 33.00 (Includes all Rinkya fees/commission before Int’l Shipping)
Buy Sailor Moon Monthly Personal Organizer Usagi ver USD 33.00 (Includes all Rinkya fees/commission before Int’l Shipping)
She dressed up covered with cicada shells for a summer music festival, “Mezamashi Live” on July 20th. She threw some of the shells during the concert, but the wind was so strong they got blown away in pieces!
5) Dried Stingray Is the Freakiest Dried Food Ever
The school lockers are labeled with “Anno” and “Sadamoto,” the director and the character designer of Neon Genesis Evangelion, respectively. Anno also voiced as a seiyuu in Miyazaki’s latest film “Kazetachinu.”
There are tons of existing Bae Caught Me Slippin parody photos out there in the West, but this one makes me laugh even more because of those K-ON! slippers in the background, and the fact that a pretty girl like her is willing to do a joke like this!
At Shibuya Station, there’s a famous statue made in memory of Hachi, the faithful dog known to wait for his master everyday at this station after the owner had past away. There, sometimes you find a cat sitting in front of the statue. Cats appear in different costumes every time, so I don’t think it’s waiting for the owner, but nevertheless it’s an odd combination of a cat and a dog!
Anomaly is normalcy in Japan! Enjoy and embrace all the weirdness if you ever visit the country ^_^
I was kind of obsessed with them when I was a kid…I’ve even made a paper mask of Neptune and Uranus to wear in Japanese Bon festivals (a little embarrassing part of my childhood) 😀
I totally adore Outer Senshi.
The annual Dollfie Dream exhibition event “Dollfie Dream Fest 2013” took place in Akihabara through July 13th-15th this year. Some of the event’s exclusive items are already showing up on Yahoo Japan Auction!
“10 years earlier, when her father moved the family to Tokyo―that was her first encounter with the district called ‘Akihabara.’ Rare machine parts, anime, manga…In this town, there were so many things I had never seen before. Every day there was something new and exciting. Still not used to my new school, only just working up the courage to talk to my classmates. …Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I’d be a teacher here, 10 years later. Now that you mention it, it was my first friend I made at my new school that brought me to that event… the one that opened my eyes to the world of cosplay.”
Let us welcome Dollfie Dream Fest 2013 Exclusive DDS Mariko.