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Solar Bear

Solar Bear has now moved from being just a plastic model warning us about the threat of global warming, to having his own line of global products on the way. I found this ice cooler package 'Solar Bear' at a store today. This is…

Bus Musume

We've had a few posts on trains in Japan recently, and to even things up I was going to highlight some buses. I came across a post by kimonobox showing some cute Japanese buses and thought instead of featuring the outside of the bus,…

Rilakkuma at golf

Just catching up now on the photos from the golfing trip last week with Rilakkuma. The weather was not bad, the score not the greatest, but Rilakkuma came out pretty good in the photos. The course was just across the Aqualine…

Battle Underwear

Following from the success of Capcom's video game 戦国BASARA, Battle Heroes, (selling over 1,400,000 units) a number of goods and services related to Kumamoto castle, (熊本城), Himeji castle (姫路城) and Hamamatsu castle (浜松城) have become…

Rilakkuma at the Zoo

You might know Rilakkuma, but you have probably never seen him playing like this?[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ka4lnk3NBKo&hl=ja&fs=1] The monkey here was born at the zoo. The mother monkey would protect the child from danger,…

Rilakkuma Golf

San-x company have brought out a range of products for the golf. If you are a Rilakkuma fan who plays golf then these goodies will surely be on your shopping list. The San-x Rilakkuma Golf store site has many other items also.…

Twitter, SNS, Blogs

This months issue of 日経TRENDY magazine, June, 2009 (yes, the magazines always seem to come out about 2-3 weeks before the actual month), carries a very interesting article on Twitter, blogging and SNS. It compares the contrasting styles of…

Rilakkuma spotted at station

Saw these 2 guys waiting for the train at Shinkiba station (新木場). One of them had a cute Rilakkuma keychain holder. Can you find it in the photograph? Update: 24 May 2009. Here is a link to Rilakkuma products at J-List

Tokyo Magic Shows

A while ago I visited a number of different magic show "spots" in Tokyo. I recently saw two of the places I visited advertised in this guide book (TOKYO 夜遊び達人), Experts Guide to Tokyo Night Life. This book is for sale for YEN 580…

Mameshiba to debut in English

Mameshiba, a character created by Dentsu, Japan's largest marketing agency, was created in 2008. The range of characters has now grown to over 25 and has guaranteed Dentsu a successful franchise for the brand. After 12 months in the…

Rilakkuma Ice at Lawson

Rilakkuma started its tie-up promotions with Lawson late in 2007 and since then has been increasing its visibility in store. I went to this Lawson convenience store today where they had a whole rack of Rilakkuma goods. One of the…

Visit to Rilakkuma Store

I went to the Rilakkuma store at Tokyo Station a week ago and finally have got around to posting the photos from the visit. I went on a weekend and the store was packed with people, male, female and all age groups. It looks like Rilakkuma…

Rilakkuma’s Breakfast

Having visited the Rilakkuma store at Tokyo Station yesterday, I couldn't resist taking this photo this morning as I enjoyed some toast and honey with the new Rilakkuma collection. I started to put some photos up on flickr from…

adidas promotion

This is not the best photo I have ever taken by a long way, particularly with the glare back from the display window, but I would really like to know what adidas thought they were promoting here? It looks like a cheerleader who took a…

Doraemon Rocket Launch

With the launch of this years Doraemon Movie, McDonalds has tied up with Doraemon to give away some figures with its Happy Meal Set. The figures change during the week. Here is a quick look at the McDonald's Japan homepage with the…

Omron Fitness for Mobiles

Omron have brought out a set of digital scales that not only measure your weight and body fitness but also allow you to capture that data on your mobile phone and chart your data. The product is called BI-LINK for mobiles. It is available…

Meiji Fran in 2 new flavors

Meiji have launched 2 new flavors under their Fran line of chocolate sticks. They are Mix Berry and Apricot. It might not seem like they go too well with chocolate, but I can assure you the taste is good. The basic Fran product is a cocoa…

Rilakkuma Fair at Lawson

Lawson seems to be firmly tied up wtih San-x and the Rilakkuma Bear now. Every time Lawson comes up with a new promotion Rilakkuma looks to be their lead off hitter. The current promotion is a connected to the Lawson Point Card with a…

Rilakkuma FREE bath salts

Lawson has a promotion on at the moment giving away free packets of Rilakkuma bath salts when you buy some candy. Rilakkuma was created by San-x 5 years ago in 2003, and supposedly was created with the idea of getting Japanese office…

Mameshiba character goods

Mameshiba is a mascot character series created by Dentsu which has taken off as a series of hit products. There are 20 characters in total. The above picture is a mobile phone holder Mameshiba. Is it a soy bean? Or is it a dog? It’s…