Monthly Archives: May 2014

Special Edition Sailor Moon Pullip with Stuffed Luna Available for Pre-order!

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Great news to both Sailor Moon fans and doll fans!
Sailor Moon and Pullip will collaborate to produce a Sailor Moon doll this July.
Like other Pullip dolls, this Sailor Moon will come in 1/6 scale, which is great since so many of doll furnitures and props are already made and available in this size.
Check out details below and place pre-order through Rinkya today!

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Pre-order Avilable for Sailor Venus and Jupiter Eyeliners!

Premium Bandai in collaboration of CreerBeaute has released a series of eyeliners featuring Sailor Moon, Mercury, and Mars in the past. After 8 months later, finally Sailor Jupiter and Venus get their own eyeliners!

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Sailor Jupiter’s eyeliner is green, and it automatically comes with a black eyeliner.
Sailor Venus’s eyeliner is orange gold, ant it automatically comes with a brown eyeliner.
What a great deal!

Pre-order is now available through Rinkya Store service (you must be logged into your Rinkya account first to access this page). Please note that all Pre-Orders must be paid immediately.
Available quantities are limited. Any order not paid within 24 hours will be cancelled.

Pre-order Star Prism Lamé Eyeliner (Green/Gold) Now.
Rinkya Price: $42.00 (including all Rinkya fees before international shipping)*

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*This price can be cheaper! Want to know the trick? When buying more than one item from the same store (Premium Bandai in this case), you only have to pay handling fee once. Thus, you’ll save a lot of money by combining multiple items in one order! Read fee description on Store Order form.

Official Site product detail: http://p-bandai.jp/item/item-1000088553/

Japan Word of the Day #89 – Oshibori

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Today’s word is: Oshibori (おしぼり)

Oshibori is a wet towel offered to customers at places such as restaurants, bars, airplanes in Japan. It is used for cleaning hands before starting a meal. It can be served cold or warm, depending on the season and places.

Some people use oshibori to clean their face and neck too, but this is often considered as a typical ojisan (old man) behavior, and may result in giving bad impression to others. After you use the oshibori, fold it nicely and leave it on the table.

Used oshibori in restaurants and bars is usually collected by companies that wash it, and delivered back to these services so you can reuse it. If oshibori gets too dirty, it gets thrown away, so unless it’s emergency, customers should be polite and not wipe off things that cannot be washed such as blood, soil, lipsticks, etc.

Image source: Sekai no Blog

Japan Word of the Day #88 – Itadakimasu and Gochisousama

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Today’s Word is: Itadakimasu (いただきます) and Gochisousama (ごちそうさま)

Itadakimasu and gochisousama are two important phrases you should know when you are in Japan. When people start eating meal, they say “itadakimasu.” When finished, they say “gochisousama.”

What do these phrases mean? Literal translation of itadakimasu is “I humbly receive.” It shows your solemn respect and gratitude for people who were involved in making the meal, and also for taking lives of animals and plants you consume. Gochisousama means a great meal, followed by an honorific suffix “-sama.”

These phrases are basic etiquette of Japanese, so make sure to memorize them and be polite when food is served!

Image source: Hakuishi 

Macross Frontier Sheryl Nome Accessories

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In 2011 and 2013, Premium Bandai released a series of Macross Frontier accessories to celebrate the movie release and also Sheryl Nome’s birthday. Sheryl Nome Collection featured made-to-order accessories inspired by one of the divas of the show Sheryl Nome. These items are no longer available for order, so the only place you’ll find them today would be used market and Yahoo Japan Auction through Rinkya!

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Japan Word of the Day #87 – Randoseru (school backpack)

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Today’s Word is: Randoseru (ランドセル)

Have you ever seen those firm-sided, leather-made (or faux leather), red and black backpacks carried by Japanese elementary school kids? They are called randoseru, designed specifically for kids in 1-6th grades to carry their study materials between home and school.

The history of randoseru goes all the way back to late Edo period (around 1853-1869). Western-style backpack made of leather was first introduced by Dutch to Japanese military. In Dutch, backpack was called “ransel,” and as a result of mispronunciation, Japanese people at the time named it randoseru. It wasn’t until 1885 that randoseru was used for children’s school backpacks.

Traditionally, girls carried red randoseru, and boys carried black randoseru. This tradition is no longer the case these days. Today, randoseru comes in a variety of colors and designs. Randoseru companies compete by offering options of cheaper material (artificial leather) or high-end material (real leather), using cartoon characters in their designs, and offering practical, ergonomic designs for children.

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Image source: Randoseru ranking, Only Being

No more looking for Wi-Fi in Tokyo! “Coin Space” in Shibuya Offers an Ideal Co-Working Space for 1500 Yen a Day

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When you are traveling in Japan, have you encountered a situation where you need to get on computers immediately, but unable to find places that offer Wi-Fi and electric outlets? You no longer have to deal with such problem by going to a new co-working space “Coin Space” that opened in Shibuya.

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Tokyo is a technologically advanced city, but for some reason it’s difficult to find coffee shops with free open Wi-Fi like other big cities. “Coin Space” is conveniently located across from Shibuya Station West Exit, open from 9AM to 10PM everyday, and you can stay as long as you want for only 1500 yen. (Hourly rate is 100 yen per 12 min, with maximum 1500 yen).

The space consists of two floors, both fully equipped with free Wi-Fi and electric outlets. First floor has 200 seats in relaxed, cafe style with high ceiling and ambient music.

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Second floor has cubicle style desks, an enclosed smoking section, which make this floor popular for Japanese businessmen. There are 104 seats on the second floor.

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Customers of Coin Space can access its all-you-can-drink vending machines all day for FREE!

Second floor has an enclosed smoking section, which makes it popular for Japanese businessmen8 Second floor has an enclosed smoking section, which makes it popular for Japanese businessmen9

So many options to choose from! Coffee, tea, corn soup, soda, sports drink…

What’s even cooler? It’s kids friendly. Coin Space is very aware of working mothers with children. The place has playgrounds, nursing rooms, and diaper changing stations.

Second floor has an enclosed smoking section, which makes it popular for Japanese businessmen10 Second floor has an enclosed smoking section, which makes it popular for Japanese businessmen11

Microwaves are available for customers too. So you can bring in your own food from outside and heat it up as needed!

Second floor has an enclosed smoking section, which makes it popular for Japanese businessmen12

Basic office needs such as printers, scanners, iPads, smartphone chargers, are also available upon request. There are three private meeting rooms you can share with up to 10 people.

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It is soooo convenient that I want to live here now.
Since it’s such an ideal space, wouldn’t it be crowded, do you ask? According to the owner, the most crowded time of the week is Saturday noon. However, it’s never been completely full so far, and there are always seats available for customers.

Unfortunately, Coin Space is scheduled to run only for a year. It’s going to close in May, 2015. However, they are going to open new Coin Space stores in different parts of Tokyo in future. So watch out for updates. I’m looking forward to see them in every part of the city!

Source: Netlab

Japan Word of the Day #86 – Kappa

Today’s Word is: Kappa (カッパ)

Kappa in Japanese could mean two different things: a supernatural creature that appears in Japanese folktales, or a raincoat.

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Kappa, as a supernatural creature, lives in water, usually ponds or marsh, and is believed to make people drawn and to steal “shirikodama (a mythical organ that comes out of human gut).” It tends to be depicted in a child form and with a plate on top of its head.
Kappa maki (cucumber rolls) in sushi menu is named after this monster, because kappa is believed to like cucumbers.

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Kappa, in alternate meaning, refers to raincoats. In 16th century, Portuguese introduced capa, a western-style woolen cape to Japan. Japanese people took the name directly from Portuguese and called this kind of cape kappa. It was a heavy, warm cape, so people used it especially in rain and bad weather. In 19th century, a regular cape was called manto (from the word mantle) instead, and it was differentiated from kappa, now used only to mean raincoats.

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Unprecedented Combos? Banana Parrots and Mushroom Parrots Capsule Toys

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Parrots are popular pets in Japan. To satisfy the love for parrots and Japanese people’s affection to weird things, toy company Epoch has released a series of capsule toys called Banana to Inko. (Inko means parrots in Japanese.) They are banana parrots.

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Banana parrots come in six types: 1) normal banana parrot, 2) chocolate banana parrot, 3) banana cockatiel yellow, 4) banana cockatiel gray, 5) banana cockatoo, 6) banana chick.
As you can see, not all of them are actually parrots, and I have no idea why they are in banana peels, but as long as they are cute, it doesn’t matter!

There are also another weird variety called Kinoko to Inko. This one is a combination of parrots and mushrooms. Again, no idea why this is happening to these innocent creatures.

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Mushroom parrots come in eight types: 1) Mushroom Parakeet, 2) Mushroom Parakeet Blue, 3) Mushroom Cockatiel Yellow, 4) Mushroom Cockatiel Gray, 5) Shiitake Mushroom Parrot, 6) Fly Agaric Parrot, 7) Shimeji Mushroom Parrots, and 8) Secret.

You can order banana parrots and mushroom parrots toys through Store Order features in your Rinkya account. Please note that toys come loose and without the capsules.

Rinkya price for a Complete Set of Banana Parrots: $32.00 (including all Rinkya fees except international shipping)
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Rinkya price for a Complete Set of Mushroom Parrots: $90.00 (including all Rinkya fees exept international shipping) *Preorder for September release.
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