The original Mobile Suit Gundam TV series is now available in Blu-ray format! Mobile Suit Gundam Blu-ray Memorial Boxwas released this week. It includes fully remastered complete episodes of Mobile Suit Gundam, plus 10 great bonuses for first edition only. Here’s what’s in the set:
1) Scenario Plot of Episode 1 “Gundam Rising (Gundam Daichi ni Tatsu)” 2) Storyboards of Episode 1 (plus the intro animation, ending animation, and 15-seconds ad spot animation) 3) The original script of Episode 1 4) A prototype proposal for “Space Fighter Team Gun Boy” (this is an early version of what later became Gundam) 5) A prototype proposal for “Mobile Steel Man Gunboi” 6) Merchandise Proposal 7) Cassette Cover Art Cards 8) 124-pg of MEMORIAL ALBUM of MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 1979-1980 9) HISTORICAL MAETRIALS OF MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM
10) Special Disc Sleeve
Also, check out these beautiful box covers designed by Toshihiro Kawamoto and Iwao Teraoka. Inner jackets are illustrated by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, the character designer, and Kunio Okawara, the mechanic designer of the original Gundam.
You can order Mobile Suit Gundam Blu-ray Memorial Box through Rinkya Store for $335.00 (with all Rinkya fees before international shipping)!
Wasabichan, Japan’s most beloved kitten on Twitter has passed away on August 27th, 18:30 in Japan time. We’ve been covering Wasabichan’s story since July, when she appeared on internet in her adorable knitted mushroom suit and her tarako suit.
These suits were made to hold her down during the tube feeding, as she was not able to swallow her food due to the severe injuries in her throat and jaws. The suits keep her from struggling, as any movements during the tube feeding could injure her stomach or throats.
@jessiepon rescued Wasabichan on June 2nd, 2013.
I truly admire the owner’s dedication for the past three months. It’s all because of her dedication, Wasabichan was able to live, even though it was only for a short period of time, and know what it’s like to be loved and cared by someone. Wasabichan also had a great companion, the golden retriever Ponchan, who cared for Wasabichan and played with her, which was what every kitten needs.
I’m going to post the last photos of Wasabichan from @jessiepon’s account.
On August 26th, Wasabichan was feeling ill and threw up a few times. She received a shot from the vet to prevent nausea. On the next day, August 27th, her condition fell critical and was immediately hospitalized.
A great find for Popy toys and Voltes V collectors!
Popy Large-scale Otorijima Big Falcon Base for Voltes V
(Voltes V on the left is not included in the set)
This is a SUPER RARE toy released from Popy. You rarely see this on eBay or Yahoo Japan Auction. It is even more difficult to find than Popynica Chogokin Big Falcon Base, which is already a rare item itself.
The five docks installed in this base can store Popy’s Volt Machines (sold separately), which makes it a neat way to display your Voltes V collection.
Since the auction photos don’t really show how it works, I pulled some photos from an external site to show what the inside looks like (please note this is not the same item as the one listed on the auction right now). These are photos taken by a collector from Fun to Toy.
You can see that it’s built almost like a parking lot for machines…
Inside the dock is decorated with cardboard, printed with interior patterns.
There aren’t many gimmicks to the base, but having an option to be able to dock individual Volt Machines in compartments makes it an attractive item to collectors.
Sylvanian Families is a line of animal figures and dollhouses originally sold by Epoch in 1980’s. Later it was distributed and became widely popular worldwide. I’m sure you’ve seen the adorable critters made of flocked plastic living in traditional western-style housings.
By just adding a single piece of garment, Sylvanian Families suddenly turn into exciting (possibly drunken) Japanese matsuri (festival) participants. They give us totally different impressions than when they are in their usual, western-tyle outfits that we are all familiar with.
“Is this where the party’s going on?”
Bunny Cop: “Where is the party!?”
“Everyone here? Let’s wait for the village chief and start the fundoshi festival!”
Beavers: “Can’t hear your voice! Louder!”
“My underwear’s ripped! I have too much energy.”
(And a very drunk mole passed out on the sidewalk…)
“My family only has one grown man who can participate in the matsuri. Good luck Dad!”
Duck Mom: “Wh…who are you? Why are you in my house!?”
Ducklings: “Whoa… you guys are so cool!”
“You two should get ready after the supper too!”
Beaver: “Are you ready for matsuri?”
“Fundoshi matsuri is all over Twitter!”
“Fundoshi is…so romantic.”
“Hahaha, you just found that out?”
“Here comes the mikoshi!”
*Mikoshi is a portable Shinto shrine that four selected men (or women sometimes) carry to parade around the town during a matsuri.
TGIF! It’s Bento Friday!
Today’s bento is Winnie-the-Pooh’s Tigger.
It’s actually not technically a bento because it’s meant to be eaten at home…Why?
Because it looks like this.
It’s an adorable Tigger bento in 3D! You can’t put a lid on this lunch box, so naturally, it’s called “Ouchiben,” meaning hosue (ouchi) bento (ben). The green lettuce around Tigger makes it look like he’s playing in the grass or a forest! It’s so cute and totally made my day.
You can be a Colossal Titan with this Attack on Titan t-shirt from Cospa!
There’s been many Attack on Titan t-shirts, but this one is full of playful ideas that no one’s ever thought of before.
It looks like an ordinary t-shirt, but when you flip it inside out…and put it on your head…
Why would anyone wear a shirt like that? Because it’s fun!
When you look close at the front of the shirt, there’s a tiny silhouette of Jean. A little detail like this makes a fan giggle.
It’s sold out on many online English stores, but we can order them directly from Cospa Japan, on demand! It will be $55.00 including all Rinkya fees, except for international shipping cost. This item is for preorder, so it will be shipped in late September, 2013.
Volkswagen Minibus Toasters have appeared in many English sites and blogs since VW Japan started giving them out as lottery prizes for their showroom visitors. They are so cute, and of course exclusive to Japan.
This toaster is not only designed after VW’s long-loved Minibus, but it also burns VW logo on your toasts when they are done!
They are available in two colors, and only 5,000 of them were made in total.
On ebay, they are generally listed around the price range of $380-$600.
On Yahoo Japan Auction, an used one could sometimes be found under 10,000 yen, if you are lucky, but typically sold around 25,000 yen. Here is a record of won prices on Yahoo Japan Auction from January – February, 2013.
Due to small quantity, you may not always find the listings you like, but keep checking on Volkswagen Minibus Toasters using this link with preset keywords on Rinkya! Save searches so you can view new auction listings at any given time!
Premium Bandai and Creer Beaute’s new products from Sailor Moon cosmetic line!
From September 26th, a set of Sailor Moon-themed eyeliners will be available online and various drug stores in Japan. The new lineup includes two liquid eyeliners, one pencil eyeliner, and two colored liquid lamé liners.
From left, Star Power Prism Liquid Eyeliner Black, Liquid Eyeliner Brown, Pencil Eyeliner White, Colored Liquid Eyeliner Blue, and Colored Liquid Eyeliner Red. Preorders on any of them can be made through your Rinkya Store Order Form! Let’s check them out in details.
Star Power Prism Liquid Eyeliner Black and Brown
The liquid eyeliners come in black and brown. On the body it features silhouette of Luna the cat. It’s waterproof but is also easy to remove when washed with warm water.
Preorder Star Prism Power Liquid Eyeliner Black Preorder Star Prism Power Liquid Eyeliner Brown
These two items are $35.00 each, including all Rinkya fees except the cost of international shipping.
Star Power Prism Cream Pencil Eyeliner White
This item is the only pencil eyeliner being released this time. It gives a nice, pearly white shine like diamonds with an easy-to-control, soft, crayon-like tip. Preorder Star Power Prism Cream Pencil Eyeliner White
This item is $32.00 including all Rinkya fees, except the cost for International Shipping.
Star Power Prism Colored Liquid Lamé Eyeliners Blue and Red
Featuring Sailor Mercury and Mars, these colored liquid eyeliners contain glitters for extra kawaii! Like the black and brown eyeliners, they are easy to wash off with warm water.
Preorder Star Power Prism Liquid Lamé Eyeliner Blue Preorder Star Power PRism Liquid Lamé Eyeliner Red
These two items are $35.00 each, including all Rinkya fees except the cost of international shipping.
You can even combine multiple eyeliners to create truly attractive looks! Here is an example of suggested use. For cool and fresh looks….Combine Black Liquid Eyeliner, Blue Liquid Lamé Eyeliner, and White Pencil Eyeliner.
For warm, elegant looks….Combine Brown Liquid Eyeliner, Red Liquid Lamé Eyeliner, and White Pencil Eyeliner.
How cute! With these makeups, you can transform into a beautiful Sailor Senshi too!
Japan has some of the most amazing, beautiful hot springs in the world. Naturally, Japanese people love taking baths, and so do some animals!
Here is a collection of photos capturing adorable animals soaking in onsen (hot springs).
1) Jigokudani Yaen Park In Nagano Prefecture is known for attracting monkeys that reside in the area. Everyone looks so happy taking soaks!
2) Hakodate Botanical Garden in Hokkaido is home for many Nihonzaru, or Japanese mascaques. Visitors can view these monkeys enjoy hot springs from December to May every year. Some of the monkeys lose hair from taking baths all the time, but it regrows when weather gets warmer.
3) Japan Racing Association (JRA) Hakodate Headquarter in Hokkaido is the only facility ran by JRA offering hot springs for racehorses. Here, horses can relax after a long day of racing, and also it attracts many horses that seek treatment for joint inflammation and injuries. Just like humans!
6) Takaragawa Onsen in Gunma has a long history of sharing hot springs with bears in this area. It used to be a place where visitors get to actually hang out with bears in the hot springs, but since Japan’s animal control regulations were introduced, the facility no longer allows bears to take baths freely near humans. These are some old photos from back in the day when it was okay to do so.
Due to the steam from hot springs, this area stays relatively warm all year long, making it possible to have elephants, flamingos, and other animals that usually live in warmer countries.
8) Nagasaki Bio Park is another spot you can watch Capybaras taking baths in hot springs during winter (December to February). They even have their own showers! Sometimes the staff would throw in some yuzu citrus and pomelo fruits to make it even more relaxing. It’s like capybara spa!
9) Yamazaki Ryokan, Iwama Onsen in Ishikawa Prefecture is sort of a hidden spot. It is a small, classic Japanese inn not too well known for tourists and only opens for summer to autumn. They offer nice reclusive hot springs for human visitors. Also, using the overflown water from the main hot spring, they provide a special hot tub for dogs.
A big old sign states “Onsen Only for Dogs”
This is a dog that regularly shows up in this special dog spa. So cute with the towel on her head!
Just from seeing these photos, now I want to go to Japanese onsen too! Japanese people care a great deal about bath culture. You can see their attention even in regular bath tubs installed in houses (a lot of the times the bath tubs come with automatic devices to reheat/keep temperature of water for hours), and a lot of the time family members share bath water, so when one person is done, the next person can use the same water. You can even get a special pipe that pulls the bath water into washing machines, so you can reuse the water for cleaning clothes. They don’t waste it! As you can see, soaking in hot tubs is a significant part of Japanese life ^_^