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Tsutaya Rental

Tsutaya is the largest rental DVD, CD, Game and book store in Japan. With over 1,000 stores and 20 million customers, they have established themselves as leaders in their field. Recently, Tsutaya, Culture Convenience Club (CCC), have…

Kanji Quiz Toilet Paper

Do you have have a passion to learn kanji on the toilet? What a strange question - but this item from Amazon makes me wonder if people do have this interest! The mind boggles!! Perhaps the quiz works and those studying…

Rilakkuma iPhone case

After a trip to the Tokyo Station Rilakkuma Store I now have a hard case cover for my iPhone with style. Would you like a Rilakkuma hard case cover for your iPhone? For those interested, I have listed this for sale at…

Rilakkuma Store Visit

I went to the Rilakkuma Store at Tokyo Station again yesterday. This time I was in search of a case for my iPhone. There was lots of activity in store, with the new "Bonjour Rilakkuma" series on display, chocolate magnets and plenty of…

Japan My Figure Boom

Recently, a number of couples getting married have been ordering original Figures to be made in their likeness to mark their special occasion. Usually they make just the bride and groom, but it is also possible to include other guest…

Rilakkuma Plush – French

I saw on a website recently that a French outfit version of Rilakkuma plush was going to be available. The Tokyo Gift Show is on at the moment at Odaiba, Tokyo. Last year I went to the September Show and Rilakkuma made an appearance. I…

Japan Supermarket Dinner

I am running late for my dinner and just made it to the supermarket before they shut. If you get here at this time there is not much selection, but what is still left on the shelves is being discounted. The discount stickers change as…

JR Convenience Stores

Looks like 7-Eleven have realized that NEWDAYS, the Japan Railway in-station convenience stores that grew out of small kiosk shops, have been gaining ground in the competitive convenience store market. NEWDAYS have been popping up…

Maxell Crystal Earphones

These crystal earphones look like the ideal fashion accessory. If you are still stuck for a valentine present this Feb then I suggest you take a look at these. What is on your wish list for this valentines day present?

Anpanman Museum

Had a great day at the Anpanman Children's Museum with my sisters children. The museum is near Landmark Tower in Minato Mirai, Yokohama. There is lots to do for the kids with a restaurant and shops as well. Probably worth a half day trip if…

Making Japanese Dolls

There was an interesting display at the Yokohama Doll Museum showing how to make Japanese dolls. There is a great deal of skill and patience that goes into making each doll. The video shows a fast version of what is involved. I…

Japan Characters

Went shopping today at Yokohama and only had my iphone with me. Here are a few shots from some shops I couldn't go past without checking the goods. Looks like it is going to be a good year for Rilakkuma, Gachapin, Mameshiba and Ghibli.…

Rilakkuma 2010

Forgot to post this on Monday. When I was at the Rilakkuma store I spotted this New Year decoration featuring the three main characters. Looks like the are ready for the New Year of the Tiger, 2010. The staff at the Rilakkuma…

Shibuya LEVI’S Store

LEVI Jeans has opened a new store in Shibuya on Friday. There were lots of people out taking a look at the store today and following the "promotion blanket models" around Center-gai with their red balloons.…

Japan Key Protectors

I picked up a Rilakkuma key protector for my apartment keys. It came in a round plastic ball which when opened popped out the "HAPPY XMAS" Rilakkuma themed protector. The idea is that it covers the top of the key so that you have a…

Tokyo Outlet Mall

Venus Fort, located at Odaiba, Tokyo, has just opened what is said to be the first outlet mall in Tokyo. A lot of people may know about the outlet malls at Gotenba and other places. I have been to a few, but always wondered why you had…

Akihabara Shopping

I was in Akihabara the other day to pick up a few items and took some quick shots on the street. It was a week day so there was not that many people out. It was mainly interesting to see which stores had changed recently and take a look…

Rilakkuma Year of Tiger, 2010

I forgot to post this a while ago when a friend told me about it. San-x released a special Rilakkuma set for the New Year. They came on sale on November 14, 2009 on the Rilakkuma net shop, but were quickly snapped up and last I heard,…

Family Mart on Twitter

Family Mart announced last night that they are starting a Twitter account to promote their chain of convenience stores. They are the first convenience in Japan to begin using Twitter as a form of communication with their customers.…

Shibuya Center-gai

Center-gai in Shibuya is a popular place for many to walk through, with no cars passing, as they pass through to shop at Tokyu Hands, HMV, Seibu Loft, Parco and the many other stores around. The Center-gai has its own Shoppers…

Japan Phone Chargers

If you want an original phone charger when you come to Japan, these might be for you. A mixture of Hello Kitty, Rilakkuma and then original JR train phone chargers. You can power up your phone with the Yamanote Line! Couldnt hold…

Hachiko for Labor Insurance

Hachiko is working it hard at the moment to support the Labor Insurance month campaign. Go Hachiko! It is strange that nobody has taken off his sash whilst people were not looking. Whilst I was out, I wanted to test a new lens I had…

Rilakkuma Purchases

A few purchases from the Rilakkuma store yesterday. The apron Rilakkuma is about to be sent overseas. Xmas Kiiroitoris going to sit on the desk for a while ^_^. The rest of the small goods are top secret, but are flying out today…

Rilakkuma Store visit

Following the recent giveaway contest I decided the packages I was sending out needed a few extra items added from the Rilakkuma store. sorry, guys it has taken so long. I was planning to go and pick up some extra stuff earlier, but got…

Nano Block

nanoblocks are like lego only smaller. They are made in Japan by Kawada Co. and provide a way to build blocks without taking up too much room. Do you make things out of Lego? Would you think of trying…

Japan Plastic Food

Japan has some of the best plastic food displays I have seen. Have you every stood outside the shop looking at the displays thinking you could eat the display? Most stores buy their plastic foods at specialist makers. Some of the…