Ahhhhhh, I want this! I think I will buy thise "Secret Mark Throwing Star Magnets". We say "Shuriken" in Japanese. Of course, since they're deadly weapons, we can't buy or have shuriken in public place. But you can make them easily with origami, this site tells how.
This was an interesting article(web translated). Some Japanese railway companies changed their lights to blue color ones. It's because they got the idea from Glasgow in the UK. Glasgow changed their town lights to blue color for good sight view, but automatically the number of crimes went down too. Komyoji station in Yokohama changed some of their station lights to blue this Feb. In January, they had a few suicides (jumping in front of trains) and usually they had two or three times suicides in a month, however after they changed the lights, they haven't had any yet. Considering that we have had 20% more suicides than last year because of the recession, it's an amazing fact. If you have a short temper, please change your room light to blue. :-)
This site is picked on Japanese blogs a lot today "anna the red's bento factory". She makes chara-ben and writes about how to make them! She is apparently an anime fan, especially a Ghibli fan maybe. This is Nekobus, this is Kaonashi, this is Totoro! very good. But I love this one most "Katamari Damacy". So cute and great and it looks delicious too! This is the best Katamari Damacy bento that I have ever seen on the Internet. Sugoi kawaiina! In Japan, this site would be the most famous charaben site, it's almost art. I miss Katamari Damacy, I hope they will release a new one again soon.
Katamari Damacy post in watashi to tokyo : 1, 2.
Charaben post in watashi to tokyo : 1, 2, 3.