Monthly Archives: July 2013

Craze Over Uta No Prince Sama x LAWSON Fried Chicken Wrappers Cause Strange Phenomenons on Internet


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!

If you are one of those fans seeking Uta Puri L-Chiki wrappers, dive into Rinkya and browse all listings of LAWSON Uta no Prince Sama Collaboration L-Chiki Wrappers!


*Some of them come with special promo flyers and a clear folder that came with the chickens.

Or, maybe just look up all listings of Uta No Prince Sama items on Yahoo Japan Auction.





via Netolabo

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer Figure Collection by Medicom Toy

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.

1) Medicom Toy Evangelion Unit 00 RAH NEO Wonder Festival 2013 Summer Limited Edition


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Limited stock of 600 pcs. (At the event 100 pcs/Via online order 500pcs)
Height: 390mm
Find all listings of Medicom Toy Evangelion Unit 00 RAH NEO WonFest Summer 2013 Edition.

2) Medicom Toy RAH Shikinami Asuka Langley (Jersey Version)

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I love the realistic jersey texture (and of course she’s so cute with that cap)!
Limited stock of 400 pcs. (100pcs at the event/300pcs via online order)
Height: 300mm
Find all listings of RAH Shikinami Asuka Langley Jersey Version on Yahoo Japan Auction.

3) Shikinami Asuka Langley Jersey Version BE@RBRICK 



Limited stock of 1,000 pcs (300 pcs at the event/700 pcs via online order)
Height: 70mm
Find all listings of Shikinami Asuka Langley Jersey Version BE@RBRICK on Yahoo Japan Auction.


4) Evangelion Unit-08β BE@RBRICK 400%

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Limited stock of 500 pcs (200 pcs at the event/300 pcs via online order)
Height: 280mm
Find all listings of Evangelion Unit-08β BE@RBRICK 400% on Yahoo Japan Auction.

There are a lot more to cover for Wonder Festival! I’ll continue with WonFes limited collections from other brands later, but you can go ahead and browse all Wonder Festival Summer 2013 items, including both professional and amateur pieces, on Yahoo Japan Auction via Rinkya.


(Photos provided by: みんなのエヴァファン)

10 Craziest Japanese Ice Cream! From Oysters to Snake Flavors, Most Unexpected Ingredients Get Served as Desserts

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.

10) Deep Fried Oyster Ice Cream

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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…


Anybody wants to try?

9) Miso Ramen Ice Cream

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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.”

8) Sishamo (Willow Leaf Fish) Ice Cream

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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.

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7) Yakisoba Ice Cream

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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!

5) Sirasu (White Bait) Ice Cream

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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…)?


4) Soft Served Ice Cream Ramen

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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.

3) Jelly Fish Ice Cream

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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! :)


Happy Bento Friday: Evangelion Ayanami Rei

Happy Friday!

Today’s bento is Rei Ayanami from Evangelion!

Bento Source: Keroyon

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.  oblaat-rinkya-japan


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.



Get some oblaat on YJ Auction or any Japanese drug stores online (Amazon Japan, etc) and make an order through Rinkya Store!

Gamera comes to life! CCP 1/1-scale Gamera 3 Head Replica Looks Amazing, Limited Stock of 500


CCP, a high-end PVC figure company in Japan, started a line of models called 1/1-scale Replica Series in 2011. This is the first product to be released from the line: CCP 1/1 Gamera 3 Head Replica.

CCP 1/1 Gamera 3 Head Replica features the gigantic head of Gamera that appears in Gamera 3.


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!


Doraemon and Dorami-chan Portable Drink Coolers/Warmer – Use them outdoor or on a car!

Photo source: YJ Auction Item number m110929448

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.



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Photo source: Jomonart

How cute!
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.

Phoso source: Jomonart

Want to own one of Doraemon Portable Drink Cooler?
Yahoo Japan Auction is the place to find it!


Also, there are Doraemon Portable Drink Cooler Christmas Edition and Dorami Version too.

Dorami-chan Portable Drink Cooler

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Photo source: YJ Auction item number u49369612

Doarmi-chan version is slightly smaller than Doraemon. It’s big enough to hold two cans of beer.


Doraemon Portable Drink Cooler White X’mas Edition

The X’mas version is white Doraemon, and it sings a X’mas song for you by turning on a switch on his Santa hat!



I want to collect all three of them! I’m sure kids would love it too :)

New Sailor Moon Personal Organizers Pre-Order!



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

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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!

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USD 40.00 (Includes all Rinkya fees/commission before Int’l Shipping)buynow
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Want more Sailor Moon? Browse all Sailor Moon items on Yahoo Japan Auction!

Some of Japan’s WTF/Shocking Moments Captured on Twitter

Twitter is a melting pot of chaos and wonders in Japanese communities too.
I’ve collected some of Japan’s freaky/shocking/WTF moments captured and found on Twitter to share with you!

1) Used Color Contact Lens Should not Be Left There

Source: @potyomukin33

This is a nightmare.

2) Super Scary Apartment Spotted in Kyobashi, Osaka

Source: @zatsuhana

3) A Woman Got Her Leg Caught Between A Train and A Platform, People Gather to Help Tilt the Train to Rescue

Source: @kishaburaku


(This just happened yesterday at JR Minami Urawa Station, Saitama.)

4) J-POP Idol Shoko Nakagawa’s New Hair-Do: Cicada Cast-off Shells

Source: @shoko55mmts

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

Source: @sakamobi

Supposedly dried stingrays taste really good…but I can’t get over the looks!

6) Using a Mac in Starbucks

Source: @piano1431

And the person in the back is also using a Mac!

7) Rilakkuma Punished to Set an Example for What Would Happen to Shoplifters

Source: @dover_s2

8) Taking a Pet for a Walk

Source: @deeppoid


I have a theory that most WTF moments in Japan happen in train stations.

9) Giant Tomato Takes a Train

Source: @ryukawa0517

I told ya!
The tomato man was also spotted hanging out with a bun and a piece of lettuce.

Source: @komauamok

10) A Perfectly Comfortable Spot for an Onigiri (Rice Ball)

Source: @1_kazu28

11) A Roomba Lost in Kanda Street


It reminds me of Pixar’s film WALL-E. Looks so lonely! I hope the owner finds the poor lost Roomba.

12) “Due to a System Error, ‘Hot Dog Combo’ is Currently Being Printed as ‘Crawfish’ on Receipts. We Sincerely Apologize.”

Source: @hozondojo

Why does it even happen!?

13) Cat Mesmerized by Ghibli’s “The Cat Returns”

Source: @twuku_

Soooo cute! By the way, here’s a trivia for “The Cat Returns.”
Look at this scene.

Source: @isotu_akua


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.”

14) ‘Babe Caught Me Sleepin’ Meme in Japan

Source: @25nozomi25

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!

15) A Hachi Cat at Shibuya Hachi Statue

Source: @popona


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 ^_^

Bento Friday: Romantic Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask + Outer Senshi

Happy Friday! It’s time for weekly character bento.

This week’s choice almost made my heart explode: Tuxedo Mask and Sailor Moon romantic love bento!

Bento Source: Natsukashi Anime wo Kyara Ben de

Awwww how sweet.
Such a lovely couple! <3

Since I shared the most popular couple from the show, I also want to post this bento featuring my favorite couple from the series. ^_^
Sailor Uranus and Neptune!

Bento Source: Natsukashi Anime wo Kyara Ben de

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.

Source: Natsukashi Anime wo Kyara Ben de


What is your favorite Sailor Senshi?
Send me a comment and I’ll feature bentos of your favorite character! I love to hear what you like to see on our blog :)

Search all Sailor Moon items on Yahoo Japan Auction.
Don’t forget to check out new Sailor Moon silver brooch pendants and T-shirts too!

Have a happy weekend!


Dollfie Dream Fest 2013 Exclusive Doll: Afterschool Akihabara Girls DDS Mariko Available on Yahoo Japan Auction!



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!

1) Dollfie Dream Fest 2013 Exclusive: Afterschool Akihabara Girls DDS Mariko


Mariko Sensei is the number one Dollfie Dream model selected from Afterschool Akihabara Girls series in Volks DD Official Fanbook Cover Election Vol.3. The above model is DD Fest 2013 limited edition DDS Mariko, which is the younger version of Mariko Sensei previously released in 2011.

This is a quote from Volks’ official website.

“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.


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Want to own one?
Bid on DD Fest 2013 Exclusive Dollfie Dream Siter Mariko on Yahoo Japan Auction!

For your reference, below is Mariko in 10 years after, the original DDS Mariko Sensei model (released in Dolls Party 26, 2011).



Check out Dolls Party 26 Exclusive: DDS Mariko Sensei on YJ Auction too!

In addition, 3 exclusive Dollfie Dream outfit sets were sold at DD Fest 2013!

2) DDS Moe’s Summer Pajama Set



3) DDS Natuski’s Summer Pajama Set





4) Dollfie Dream 2013 Exclusive: Aruna’s Baby Doll Set






Search for all available listings of items related to Dollfie Dream Fest 2013 !