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Wooden Keyboard

Link to Amazon Japan Do you love wood and feel that there is too much plastic in your life? I know that my father-in-law is crazy about wooden objects. He loves the look and feel and smell of wood. So when I showed him this wooden…

USB Heated Gloves

Link to Amazon Japan. Is this product one that we could say "Only in Japan," or have you seen these in your country? They are gloves heated via your USB! I havent bought a pair yet but would love to hear from someone who has.…

Hot Fish Pancakes Please

Link to Amazon Japan. When I was a student at university in the 1980's, one of my favourite foods was 'taiyaki' with red bean anko paste. I would make the long journey from Mita campus all the way home thinking about the taiyaki/hot…

Minnie ATM

Link to Amazon Japan. This is really a Mini or is that Minnie ATM! Excuse the pun!! I was shown this item on Amazon Japan by my teenage daughter. She first of all wants a credit card !! Answer is "not yet buddy"! And…

Kids Projects

Link to Amazon Japan I was really pleased to hear via email from my niece in Australia the other day. She told me that she had won an award for a special project in design technology. My niece has always been very artistic and…

DS Gachapin Protector

Click on Amazon Japan for more here. A new case for the DS or DS Lite is a great idea for the stocking. This year I got one of these for the DS Lite. ( Not for my DS Lite, but for a family member's DS Lite) Gachapin is cute! Hope…

Hot Bear Cuddle

Click on Amazon Japan for more about this bear. Japan loves its teddy bears! This bear is a great one for those who have constant tummy ache issues. He sits on your knee whilst keeping you warm. You can see how useful this would be…

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My Pikachu Car

Click on this link for Amazon Japan. When my boys were growing up, they always liked a full basket of different mini cars to dip into. They were kept amused for hours making pretend highways and using the sofa as a mountain track. In…

Crunky Chocolate Jigsaw

Find out more on Amazon Japan. Do you love Crunky chocolate? When I first came to Japan, I could never work out why they called it Crunky. It seemed a stranged name to give to the chocolate. Was it because it was a bit crunchy?…

Traditional Telephone

Amazon Japan What is this? A blast from the past in telephones? Natsukashii!!! You are looking at Showa Retro here !! Seems like "everything old is new again." This is certainly an interesting item to have in the house and…

Onigiri Trumps

Onigiri Trumps I wrote about onigiri trumps recently on my own site Kimonobox. They were very popular. What a great gift to take back from Japan for the family. Good price, great cultural significance and easy packing. I have…

Green Clock Man

Green Clockman Alarm clocks are not my favourite item in the house. But clockman is different! Clockman does a great job in getting teenage kids moving in the morning and makes us all laugh. He is much better than a bell, shrill or…

Cool Educational

Thomas Tank Katakana Blocks Teaching Japanese to kids can be helped along with these great educational bricks via a stop on Amazon Japan. Thomas Tank Engine and Friends was first created by an Anglican clergyman, Reverend Wilbert…

Knitted Pooch

My knitted pooch on Amazon Japan. Whilst it seems that kids today want the fast games, plastic pieces and newest, cutest brand characters, there still a place for the old-fashioned toys. And these include handcrafted cuddlies. I am…

Ponyo Karuta

Ponyo Karuta Cards on Amazon Japan This year Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea was released by Ghibli Studio. It received a variety of critique but overall fans flocked to view the movie and purchase Ponyo goods. Ponyo was cool. So I was…

Koji Genba (工事現場)

I recently bought a new USB device that basically does nothing. Actually it lights up 3 cones and moves the arm on a stick man for the Koji Genba setup. It is a product from Koyoi Brothers (こよい兄弟) http://www.koyoi.jp. More information…