Y’know, sometimes I can’t help but feel like Japan really has a lot of very simple stuff figured out. Stuff like arm-pillows, which are pillows you wear on one arm so you can have a quick nap at your desk, ideally during your lunch break so your boss doesn’t walk past and grumpily wake you up to ask why you haven’t written that post about the LEGO Babylon 5 ship yet. (Erm. – Ed.)
It’s such a brilliant idea, in fact, that Japanese online retailer Premium Bandai has taken it one step further and introduced a range of Hitoyasumi Udemakura Kusshon Shiriizu (or “Napping Arm-pillow Cushion Series”) based on characters from Ultraman, Mobile Suit Gundam, and Kinnikuman.
The pillows can be pre-ordered through September 26th for 4,320 yen (roughly $43 US). Check out more pillows from the series below. [click to continue…]
Sega’s been having a little fun at the expense people who play their crane machines.
If you win a prize in one of the machines, known as “UFO Catchers” in Japan, staff at the Sega arcade in Ikebukuro will hand you a Sega-branded bag to carry it in. The Sega logo on the bag, pictured above, is surrounded by a gentle motif of squares and circles at the top and bottom. No big deal right?
A sharp eye might look at that and think, “Hang on, that looks like Morse Code.” And you’re right – one knowledgeable arcade-goer in Japan took the time to decipher the code, and the resulting message is delightfully tongue-in-cheek. [click to continue…]
Remember when we showed you that amazing Snorlax cushion? The one big enough to sleep on? Well, it seems that “big enough to sleep on” may be a bit too big for some of the Japanese customers who actually purchased one.
See Also: The Official Pokémon Snorlax Bean Bag Chair
New Snorlax owners took to Twitter to shed light on their struggle. One user was even kind enough to tweet most of the journey from door to bed.
At close to five feet tall and over four feet wide, this Snorlax didn’t just become a cute sleeping idea, it became a roommate. Check out some of the amusing pics below. [click to continue…]
If you thought that the original Toy Story Voltron from Tamashii Nations was delightfully insane, well…there’s a lot more crazy where that came from.
When the first version was announced we wondered where Buzz Lightyear was, but we knew it was only a matter of time before he got his own mech. It’s been two months and here we are. The interesting thing, however, is that both the original Toy Story mech and the Buzz Lightyear mech can be combined into one massive, utterly ridiculous robot named “Super Combination Gangreat King”. Experience its full glory below. [click to continue…]
We’ve all heard stories about cats being able to see ghosts. But can they see fictional digitized Pokémon? Some people in Japan seem to think so—and it isn’t just the cats. Apparently dogs and birds have the gift as well.
Then again, the people behind the photos could be just trolling everyone for a good ‘n’ proper laugh. Either way, though, these tweets are great fun to look at. Check out some of them below. [click to continue…]
It’s hard to deny the positivity that Pokémon Go has brought into the world over the last week. It’s brought people together, got them outdoors for a little exercise, and has even been shown to benefit mental health. This story, though, shows that there is occasionally an emotional component as well.
Supposedly, a (Dutch?) gamer recently visited the grave of his younger brother, who had been a huge Pokémon fan—Pikachu in particular. His grave even had a Pikachu-shaped headstone. Guess what was waiting there… [click to continue…]
Evangelion fans who also enjoy weightlifting will be happy to hear that Evangelion dumbbells are now a real thing.
It seems weird until you see this.
Army Dumbbell offers two types of Evangelion weights: one in EVA Unit-01 colors and the other in red EVA Unit-02. Both feature NERV logos on the ends. [click to continue…]
As the old saying goes, “send your enemies and envelope full of glitter. Send your loved ones an envelope full of stars.”
On that note, the Japan Trend Shop sells envelopes that, once opened, can be held up to a light source to reveal an “astronomically correct depiction of the night sky”. Oh, and you can probably put a letter in there or something, I don’t know.
Packs of these beautiful envelopes run for $83 a set, not including shipping which, them being in Japan an’ all, is probably not going to be cheap. You could buy them directly from the manufacturer themselves where the price is a slightly more reasonable $10, but then you have to figure out how to get them from Japan to your home in… y’know, whatever country you live in. Importers like White Rabbit Express might be helpful on that front.
Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service is getting her own doll thanks to Japanese toy maker Takara Tomy. Dressed in her black dress and adorable red bow, this 8.7-inch Kiki doll also comes with her broom, bag, red radio and, of course, Jiji. Check out more pics after the break…
Fancy holding your next corporate meeting inside Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? Not gonna happen. But businesses operating in Tokyo have access to the next best thing.
Japanese IT firm Zeeboon have established two “Idea Castles” in Akihabara that can be rented for meetings. One, called the “Royal Palace Magic School”, clearly draws inspiration from Harry Potter, complete with a stone-walled classroom decorated with wall-mounted swords and hanging owl cages. [click to continue…]