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My Doraemon Robot

Bandai released a "My Doraemon" Robot a while ago. This is the first time I saw it advertised in the shops. It looked quite neat. You can see on the top shelf, the display is showing how you put the robot together yourself. The "My…

Hello Kitty Swarovski MP3

Check out the great Japan products at JapanHabit shop iRiver is selling a limited edition MP3 player in the shape of Hello Kitty, decorated with Swarovski crystals. There are limit of 200 units being sold and the price is YEN 13,800.…

Yuru Kyara Festival

The Kigurimi 2009 Summit for Yurukyara (ゆるキャラ) Festival is on in Hikone, Shiga-ken (滋賀県彦根) from 23rd to 25th October, 2009. Over 100 soft toy characters from all over Japan will be at the Festival. To get to the event you can catch…

Hello Kitty x Dr Romanelli

Dr Romanelli has released some new Hello Kitty designs produced by Medicom Toys. From the Dr Romanelli website this comment Dr Romanelli has gotten together with Sanrio for a special Hello Kitty collaboration produced by…

Shinagawa Ecute Anniversary

The ecute shopping complex inside Shinagawa Station is currently celebrating its 4th Anniversary. The complex has a nice mix of shops for people who are waiting to board Shinkansen trains. There are bentos, cakes and gifts to be bought…

Gundam Job Interview

Can you put together a plastic model Gundam and paint it perfectly within a 3 hour time frame? If you can then you might be ready for a job at the dental implant maker, Bitec Global. From October Bitec Global are asking new recruits…

Rilakkuma at KiddlyLand

Rilakkuma made an appearance at Kiddyland in Harajuku yesterday when I was out watching the Tokyo 2016 Olympic Parade. I was lucky to be able to catch some shots and also have a sneaky peak to see what was inside the tagged suit.…

Hello Kitty Shibuya

Hello Kitty is in Shibuya this week (from 16th to 27th Sep, 2009). The passageway between the Tokyu stores has been taken over by the Hello Kitty Selection, Celebrity Party. What Hello Kitty products have you bought…

Tenso.com

I met up with the guys from Tenso.com at the end of last week to discuss some online shopping / shipping ideas. For those regular readers you will have seen a few Rilakkuma articles, but probably noticed over at Amazon there is not much…

Tokyo Gift Show

I went to the Tokyo Gift Show on Friday and took a look at a few exhibits. It seemed like a lot of companies were licensing characters such as Rilakkuma, Hello Kitty, Doraemon, Pokemon and then producing unique gift products to put in…

H&M v Uniqlo, Shibuya

After a lot of construction to complete the building, H&M are ready to open in Shibuya. The location is near Yamada Denki, LABI and just opposite Tokyu Honten Bunkamura. Up until now, Shibuya hasn't really had a lot of big…

Rilakkuma Live

I met up with Rilakkuma today when visiting the Tokyo Gift Show. I will post more about the Gift Show later, but first here is Rilakkuma. sorry, this is kamonohashikamo not kiiroitori.

Cool Summer Bread

Andersen Bakery is my favorite bakery in Japan. I think they are part of the same group as Little Mermaid which have similar products. The other day I tried this Cool Summer Bread (冷やしパン) from Andersen. I wasn't sure what to expect at…

Rilakkuma Friends

Looks like Rilakkuma has no shortage of friends. Even when you are sleeping on the streets you still need a Rilakkuma to keep you company. Great to see. Here are some shots of some Rilakkuma goods I saw at a store recently. Lots…

Shinkansen iPhone case

Great idea here for a novel product. A Shinkansen Zero case for the iPhone or iTouch. They also had some versions of this for Chuo Line and I think Keihin Tohoku Line. I couldn't see any for the Yamanote Line on display.…

Summer Mist

Clever idea in Yokohama to help lower the outdoor temperature for shoppers. a layer of mist is created when the temperature is above 28 degrees Celsius, the humidity is below 75% and the wind is not too strong. The sign says that…

Tokyo Figure Show

The Tokyo Figure Show was on last week. I went down to Harajuku and take a look at the collection of figures on display by Danny Choo and GoodSmile Company. As you can imagine there were plenty of well crafted figures on display.…

Okaimono Japan

I met with the team from Okaimono Japan the other day at the Advance Partners office (my company in Japan) in Shibuya. Okaimono Japan are part of the netprice organization which is one of the largest e-commerce sites in Japan. The…

Rilakkuma Odaiba

Looks like Gundam is not the only character that is making it big in Odaiba. Here are some great Rilakkuma goods from Aqua City, Odaiba. I have been talking with netprice Japan about finding a way to easily ship products that…

Rilakkuma Clinic

Looks like Rilakkuma has started his own Doctor's clinic ? I spotted this at Shinagawa. I wonder if they got permission to use that or whether they are waiting for someone to tell them they can't?

Pet Toilet Paper

Ever wanted your own custom toilet paper. How about putting pictures of your pet on a roll of your own? In Japan, thanks to azfit, that is exactly what you can do with Charittisue (charity tissue) チャリティッシュ. You can send in your entry…

Cheeba kun, Chiba

I was invited to a party given by a friend who is a Council Member of the Ichikawa City Council in Chiba. Maki Namiki's blog can be found here detailing her activities. She is also planning to start using Twitter soon joining other…

Rilakkuma PC Netbook

Bandai Networks has released a notebook PC for kids based on the popular San-x character, Rilakkuma. More Rilakkuma information here from shibuya246 site. The notebook is powered by an Atom N270 (1.6GHz) CPU, with 1GB of RAM and a…

Rilakkuma Bento

There were a lot of character goods on display in Kyoto and Rilakkuma didn't miss out. From a Rilakkuma bento lunch to eat on the train to the goods in store, he was definitely showing off his popularity. The bento was a nice touch with…

Mameshiba in Kyoto?

Spotted this very green Mameshiba looking character in Kyoto. It's good to see the Mameshiba character getting out to see the sites! or is it Mameshiba? Thanks to apl (see comment below) I took a second look at this picture and have to…

Sushi Train at home

If you have eaten sushi you probably experienced the conveyor belt that carries the sushi plates around the counter at kaiten-sushi (回転寿司) chains. Then there are the stores, particularly some overseas stores, that have a train carrying…