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Lifesize Gundam, Hyper Hybrid

Do you remember the huge 1/1 Gundam RX78 that stood in Odaiba, Tokyo in late summer 2009? It was so popular at the time that thousands of visitors flocked to the scene and there was even a gorgeous Gundam wedding held there. I am placing…

Do you have a One Piece Hat?

This is one popular hat in our house! Have you got a one piece hat? You might have known I would find it on Amazon. Good price too. I am providing the wiki link to the One Piece plot explanation as I am sure readers already are…

Top Ten Kimono, Amazon

The recent holiday for Coming of Age Day in Japan revived my love and interest in the kimono. The girls and boys were seen in full kimono attire in shopping centres, restaurants and hotel lobbies all day. It was a lot of fun to compare the…

Pokkuri Platform Shoes, Japan

Have you ever wanted to own your own Pokkuri shoes? The pokkuri shoes are traditional wooden platform shoes. They are the shoes that are often worn by Maiko during their apprentice as Geisha. They are wonderful at keeping the kimono off…

Kimono Bags

Beautiful, beautiful kimono bags .... my love of kimono and various 'kimono inspired bits and pieces' show through on this post! I would love to hear your feedback if you are a lover of kimono too. This particular bag opens up for…

Shiroi Koibito are on Amazon!

These biscuits are my all-time favourites. They are just right - light wafers with white chocolate inside. One is never enough! But I never knew that they were available on Amazon. This could be seriously harmful for my waistline!!…

$1000 Cards

The karuta cards in Japan are typically seen a symbolic part of New Year. There are competitions to select the karuta queen and their male counterparts. Many TV stations like to focus on karuta playing and in many homes throughout Japan it…

Pinocchio Dals

I recently went back to Tokyo Disneyland. I love the atmosphere and it makes for an easy day when you have six kids. We bumped into a team of characters. It was great to see Snow White and the Dwarfs, Cruella de Ville by herself (she ate…

Oni wa Soto

Setsubun is approaching very soon. In Japan, the festival Setsubun is celebrated on February 3. It is thought of as a festival which helps remove evil and usher in luck. Lets hope we have lots of luck in 2010. In preparation, stores sell…

Hula Skirts, Dance

The Hawaiian dancing boom is still going strong in Japan. (The town of Obama, even welcomed the US President on his visit, with Hawaiian dance in November 2009.) Hawaiian dancing is not only a lovely form of dance but also really…

Winter Craft Projects for Kids

Do your kids enjoy craft projects? My kids have always enjoyed these kinds of books that you can purchase from most bookstores in Japan. For those that have not come across these books before, take a look at the activities on the…

Momoko Dolls

Has anyone tried collecting Momoko Dolls? Momoko was created in 2001. It was considered a small side project by a Japanese software company called Petworks. And three years later Petworks decided to pass the doll-making venture over to…

Japanese Food

I found this amazing cake on Amazon! It looks so good to eat ... but it is not for consumption. If you click on the photo you will see that it is a puzzle. I havent purchased one of these but for around $5 dollars it might be worth a…

Charms

The number of charms in Japan is amazing. Some many of the these charms are placed on bags - school bags, handbags, even briefcases. This little charm is a cute beaded one. Do you like charms like this in your country?

JAL Gear

I had to look up JAL toys today with the story hot in the press that JAL is bankrupt. Some of these little trucks used to be given to the kids on board for free a decade ago. Times have changed. But the JAL gear is all there on Amazon.…

Kumon Step 1

The educational company Kumon does a wonderful set of puzzles for kids. It starts with step one puzzles like this. This puzzle is a basic step one puzzle for children around 18 months. But there are more in this series that…

Japan’s Manga Guide

I haven't seen this before. It was published in 2007. It sounds interesting with the main characters, a mouse from the US and cat from Japan en tour! Would anyone with a copy like to give a review? Amazon Japan

Japan for Kids

Excellent guidebook for those with children in Japan. Have you taken a look at this? Lots of great ideas for trips to Japan.

Bean Fun

This is one of my favourite picks on Amazon Japan. Have you tried one of these before? Great stocking filler!! Amazon Japan

Toilet Paper for New Year

Is this amazing at Amazon Japan or what? The kids are laughing at my suggestions here ---- but would you buy this for the season? Why not! I love it! You have got to get into the season with the spirit. I will be getting my festive…