This is very cool. Japanese tattoo like soba allergy patch test. Some people has soba allergy. Soba is healthy food but please do allergy check first.
Limited Monopoly "ZIPUNG" is Japanese Traditional Art Craft Edition MONOPOLY incorporates plenty of artwork and history, capturing the charm of traditional Japanese crafts while keeping the fun of monopoly intact. You need to travel all across Japan and collect same color Japanese crafts, then build workshops or department stores.
By the way, if you want to buy real craft work of Japan in Tokyo, the best and convenient place would be Japanese traditional crafts Aoyama Square. It is only gallery & shop where Officially designated Traditional craft products of various places throughout whole country gather in Japan. The hand crafts are very beautiful but of course very expensive.
Talking about traditional hand crafts toys, Japanese figure maker Kaiyodo makes traditional toy crafts series collaborating with Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten. Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten is the hand crafts maker established in 1716. Even they are such old maker, their products have contemporary high design. Automatically Kaiyodo's toy figures are highly accurate and repetitive manufacturing of traditional toys. You can buy those at Haneda airport, Tokyo Sky tree Town in Tokyo area, Tokyo Mid town or of course Nakagawa Masaichi Shoten head shop.
ガンプラ "Gunpla" is a portmanteau of "Gundam plastic model". It is established as the hobby of assembling and painting them. Since Gundam is so big in this country, well high quality models are on sale at high cost.
By the way, I prefer to this one, "Paint Gundam in nude color". Legs are sexy and Gundam get to be very cute.
S.H.Figure is Japanese toy maker BANDAI's high quality figure series. They use the latest technologies to achieve unprecedented sculpting, posability, and coloring. Last month, they has released Freddie Mercury wearing costume of Live at Wembley '86.
Freddie is very real so that people make him use as TOY. Oh well literally it is Toy, but I feel bad a bid coz I like him very much.
I had recommended often going to Big Daiso(Japan guide) in Machida before. Unfortunately that Daisoo was closed, but 100yen Shop in Japan is getting better and better, actually some shop seems to have speciality.
Daiso is the biggest one, there are 2700 shops in Japan and also 700 shops in abroad. From foods to DIY tools, they cover various type of products, when you visit the big Daiso, it is hard to find something they DON'T have except for expensive jewelly and closethes :-)
No2.is Seria. Their concept is very clear, it's "For Ladies". Basically their products are natural, simple and cute, so we can use thier stuff that as is, but it doesn't look 100yen at all.
Small strage is the strongest pruducts of 100yen shop and Seria's prodcuts are cuter more than other shops, like this wood box, plastic box, iron, box etc at . Wall decor stuff does't looks cheap too, Do you think this Wall Sherf tin plate, iron fuck look 100yen? Bowls, cups, eating utensils are cute too. This is Fire Kingish one, Japanese design or other design one, and these are very simple so even guys love them.
The hottest part of Seria is people enjoy remaking into some original stuff by DIY with their own idea. There are a huge number of pages "remake Seria products" in NAVER. Wood board, Drawer box, wood case, those are most popular DIY item. Since Seria has Stencil sheets, paint, varnish etc,. too, it's very easy to decorarte. And guess what! Those Stencil sheets are Heat-resisting, you can make original mug cup too.
With your creativity, imagination and some small DIY skill, you will be able to make a lot of original good things. People recommend each other the stuff they like and find in Seria. Please check it out and don't miss going there when you come to Japan. Seria is really usuful and nice shop
Uniqlo and Lemaire's Second Collection has started. UNIQLO said this is the last collaboration with Lemaire.
We can buy HERMES designer's work by only 1990yen! I am always impressed to the UNIQLO's corporate efforts. But I wonder what is going on the background. How is environmental pollution, low wages, bad labor environments? 1990yen is cheaper than one night dinning out in Tokyo, can we value it deeply like real HERMES one?
On the other hand, personally I really think real Japanese food's price in the U.S. is too high. The average price of Ootoya NY is over 2000yen or so. In Japan Ootoya is a reasonable "Japanese dinner" serving "Teishoku", I think they don't have any menu costs over 1000yen in Japan. Yayoitei is a similar type of Japanese dinner and they will open the shop in CA this year, their "Pork ginger" is $15.5, but it is 680yen in Japan. Of course the price will depend on each location even in the U.S. Still I am feeling uneasy.
This is my recommendation in Ootoya. Chicken Nanban(fried chicken with boiled egg sauce) 870yen.
Tokyo Ueno Zoo had training for animal escape accident. This year zebra escaped.By the way, they are serious.
Anyway one of the popular souvenir of Ueno Zoo is "Panda Ramen", it is non- fried instant ramen with soy sauce suop which is made by Fujiwara Seimen. Originally Fujiwara Semen made Sapporo Maruyama Zoo's "Polar Bear Ramen (salt soup) " first and it got be very popular and made good sales, so they made each local big Zoo Ramen series now. Besides these, there are Osaka Tennoji zoo Tiger Ramen (Curry soup), Fukuoka Zoo Felis silvestris Ramen (tonkotsu soup), Koyto Zoo Gorilla Ramen (Soy sauce soup) and Chiba Kamobaga sea world Orca Ramen (salt). I have tried Polar bear only but I promise, it is very good.
When you go to the super market, you will find another series of animal ramen. it is Kirin (Giraffe) Ramen made by Ogasawara Sifun. Comparing to Zoo ramen series. Their history is old and they released it in 1960'. Kirin Ramen's taste was different by color. Red is soy sauce, Blue is salt, Brown is miso soup. Penguin one is sea food soup and Capybara one is soy sauce one with yuzu flavor. Why Capybara? I don't know. They made Flounder Ramen before and it has Curry soup. Because Flounder is called KAREI in Japanese and Curry and Karei sounds similar to Japanese. So They don't have deep thoughts to name it. You will see a kind of ZOO in a super market's Ramen shelf. lol.
Ah! You may find this one too "Beware of bears" Ramen. It was made as Hokkaido speical.
I recommend this shop to buy suvenior of Tokyo. "Isshin-do" is the shop selling some Japanese healthy stack and "face pack". I know it sounds strange "face pack"specialty shop. But their face packs are very unique. Here are some thier products. KISS, Attack of Titan, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Animal. They say the best-selling one is unexpectedly Nagasawa-kun and Chibi-maruko chan. At any rate, I love the one of "Fist of the North Star".
I had to laugh a lot, a kind of scary trash can in Japan. What is the meaning of this design?
This is a Hiragana text book for foreigners. Hmm it seems to be harder for me though.