This Kamen Rider Kokeshi Doll Collection is Crafted With Traditional Japanese Techniques

06.July.2021 | FASHION

Hikidashi released its third collection of Kamen Rider design kokeshi dolls on Tuesday as part of Usaburo Kokeshi’s character doll line-up.


Kamen Rider Kokeshi: Kamen Rider 2 by Usaburo Kokeshi

Kamen Rider Kokeshi: Shocker by Usaburo Kokeshi

Kamen Rider Kokeshi: Black by Usaburo Kokeshi

Showa Kamen Rider Kokeshi

Usaburo Kokeshi is a kokeshi doll maker that first opened in 1950. Its workshop is based in Shinto, a village in Gunma Prefecture. This third collection in its Kamen Rider Kokeshi series includes wooden palm-sized versions of Kamen Rider 2, Shocker, and Black, all of which are handmade individually with love and care.

 

The dolls feature all the little details of the characters carved naturally from the wood from the masks and belts to each of their outfits. You can feel the attention to detail poured in from the craftsmen imbued into every part of the dolls.

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    08.August.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Naruto anime series, Usaburo Kokeshi has created two traditional dolls modeled after Naruto Uzumaki and Sasuke Uchiha. The original manga series by Masashi Kishimoto has become a global phenomenon, and fans won’t want to miss out on these unique pieces! Preorders are now open.

     

    Usaburo Kokeshi makes each of these pieces by hand, transforming them from children’s playthings into traditional works of art. The wood used to create these pieces is from trees in Gunma Prefecture.

     

     

    Usaburo Kokeshi Doll – Naruto Uzumaki

     

    Usaburo Kokeshi Doll – Sasuke Uchiha


    These adorable dolls completely recreate both character’s outfits and hairstyles, and the designers clearly focused on the small details. Enjoy these palm-sized versions of your favorite Naruto characters!

     

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  • Long-Established Sake Brewery in Yamagata Prefecture Helps Create SAKE COLA

    13.July.2022 | FOOD

    Aiming to create a new kind of drinking culture, Aika in Gunma Prefecture has started preorders for SAKE COLA, a new cola liquor, on the crowdfunding site Makuake. 

     

    People love cola for its strong carbonation, sweetness, and distinctive spicy flavor. SAKE COLA has a complex, multi-layered aroma and refreshing sweetness offering a unique taste that no one has tasted before.

    In creating SAKE COLA, the company attempted to keep the authentic sweetness of sake. To this end, they decided to work with Rokkasen, a long-established sake brewery in Yamagata. 

     

    Rokkasen’s authentic rice-based shochu Goujoppari is brewed in the cold like sake and distilled like a ginjo sake. It has a beautiful citrus aroma and tastes similar in sweetness despite having zero sugar.

     

    Using Goujoppari as a base, malted rice is used to produce a mild, natural sweetness, and the spices added to the drink meld with the citrus scent to create a flavor defying imagination.

    The flavor and aroma of SAKE COLA spread in the mouth, with the spices and herbs lingering on the tongue. The spices were mixed by Hayashi Oki, who studied in Alsace, France before working as a pastry chef at one of Tokyo’s top patisseries. 

     

    Mace, the key spice, is characterized by its sweet and somewhat pungent aroma. It’s used to recreate the caramelized taste that is found in most cola.

     

    Along with that, tonka beans, containing the natural sweeteners Vanillin and Coumarin, were blended into the mix to create a soft, lingering flavor. Customers are sure to enjoy it from the first sip to the last.


    SAKE COLA can be enjoyed at any time. It’s perfect for enjoying as an aperitif, and it can also be enjoyed with a meal, like beer or wine. 

     

    Like whiskey, it can also be enjoyed while relaxing after a meal. At Christmas time, it can be added to warm red wine or served as an affogato with ice cream and a splash of liqueur. How would you like to try this unique creation?

  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Bento Sold as Part of LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project

    02.February.2022 | FOOD / MUSIC

    Celebrating the 10th anniversary of her major-label debut, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is back in the news. The artist will perform at this year’s Coachella, one of the largest music festivals in the United States, and recently released her first full-length album in three years ‘Candy Racer’ in October 2021.  On January 16, Kyary embarked on the largest tour of her career, ‘Kyary Pamyu Pamyu 10th ANNIVERSARY JAPAN TOUR 2022 CANDY WAVE,’ which will see the singer performing 30 shows across Japan. In conjunction with the nationwide tour, the “LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project” was launched to energize Japan through the appeal of regional towns and cities. This exciting project is popping up all across the news! 

     

    Following a T-shirt collaboration with a 156-year-old kamaboko shop in Kanagawa, Kyary has teamed up with Gunma-based ekiben maker Oginoya, known for their famous Toge no Kamamaeshi–a pot of iron-kettle-cooked koshihikari rice soaked in a special sauce, chicken, shiitake, quail eggs, and chestnuts. That’s right–the singer now has her own tasty bento!

     

    The special Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Toge no Kamameshi is packaged in an adorable pink clay pot with a paper cover boasting a new collaborative logo in the style of the singer’s 2011 single Tsukematsukeru. The new bento boasts more of the artist’s favorite foods, including extra chicken, mushrooms, edamame, bamboo sprouts, and pickled ginger. The signature quail eggs were given a cute pink hue by being slightly pickled, and some sour umeboshi were added–one in the bento and one on the side. 

     

    The bento was sold at the Gunma show, and currently, all items sold on the Local Power Project (with the exception of the bento) have completely sold out. Talk about a major success!

     

     

    A new T-shirt collaboration has also been announced, featuring the new pink and purple color scheme and Kyary’s 10th-anniversary logo. 

  • HENSHIN by KAMEN RIDER Sneakers Now Available in Limited Edition of 100 Pairs at atmos

    08.December.2021 | FASHION

    HENSHIN by KAMEN RIDER, a company that develops sneakers featuring Heisei era Kamen Riders, has released its long-awaited new “Kamen Rider Genm Sneaker” and “Wolf Orphnoch Sneaker” on the official website of atmos and HENSHIN by KAMEN RIDER.

     

    Line-up

    atmos × HENSHIN by KAMEN RIDER TYPE EX-AID SNEAKERS T-SHIRT atmos original ve

    atmos × HENSHIN by KAMEN RIDER TYPE RYUKI SNEAKERS T-SHIRT atmos original ver.

    BANDAI HENSHIN by KAMEN RIDER Kamen Rider Genm Sneaker

    BANDAI HENSHIN by KAMEN RIDER Wolf Orphnoch Sneaker

    BANDAI HENSHIN by KAMEN RIDER Kamen Rider Ex-Aid Sneaker

    BANDAI HENSHIN by KAMEN RIDER Kamen Rider Ryuki Sneaker

     

     

    The long-awaited new release of these two pairs are inspired by the characters that play an important role in each story, and not only the backbone of the character, but also the details of the character have been designed with great care. An original T-shirt commemorating the collaboration has also been released.

     

    The sneakers are produced using an original atmos body with a comfortable fit, featuring unreleased illustrations of “Kamen Rider Ryuki” and “Kamen Rider Ex-Aid” on the front. The back of the sneakers features the logos of both atmos and HENSHIN by KAMEN RIDER.

    This time, the looks depicted the scenes in which each character appeared, making it a must-have look for any fanatic.

     

    These sneakers are available until December 19, 2021. The collaboration tee shirt is available only at atmos online. The sneakers are limited to the first 100 pairs of each type, so don’t miss out on these products which are sure to be a hit with Kamen Rider fanatics and sneakerheads alike!

     

  • Blue Bottle Coffee Opens New Cafe Inside SHIROIYA HOTEL in Gunma

    14.September.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    Initially announced in July of this year, Blue Bottle Coffee Japan will open their newest shop on the premises of the SHIROIYA HOTEL in Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture on September 17, 2021. The new shop is part of a recent initiative to revitalize the city, and make Maebashi an inspiring art and culture destination.

     

    Shiroiya Cafe Limited Menu

    Blue Bottle Coffee x Nakamata Fuwafuwa Wanuki Coffee Cream & Anko

     

    Shiroiya Cafe Limited Item

    Blue Bottle Coffee x Nakamata Maebashi City Tote Bag (Limited quantities available)

     

    SHIROIYA the PÂTISSERIE×BLUE BOTTLE COFFEE 

    Grapefruit and Coffee Tart

     

    Maebashi was once a large manufacturer of silk, and was crucial to Japan’s modernization. In 2016, a number of creative minds from both Japan and abroad gathered in the city with the goal of revitalizing the town center. With that in mind, they first renovated the 300-year-old Shiroiya Ryokan, opening the SHIROIYA HOTEL in December 2020. Blue Bottle Coffee was a perfect fit for the project, with a continued goal of fostering community and using their proceeds to help develop towns and cities.

     

    Blue Bottle Coffee Shiroiya Cafe as designed by Keiji Ashizawa Design, also responsible for designing cafes in Minatomirai and Shibuya. Keeping with a comfortable theme, the cafe is designed to let in ample amounts of light. Historic bricks from Maebashi were a key material used in the flooring. Both the SHIROIYA HOTEL and the new Blue Bottle Cafe feature art pieces by Yoshio Shirakawa, an artist from the area.

     

    The Blue Bottle Coffee x Nakamata Fluffy Wanuki Coffee Cream & Anko is only available at the Shiroiya Cafe, and is a collaboration with Wamukashi Nakamata, a confectionary shop in town. A special Maebashi-themed tote bag will also be on sale in limited quantities.

     

    To commemorate the opening of the Shiroiya Cafe, the PÂTISSERIE, located inside the hotel, will serve a limited-time Grapefruit and Coffee Tart.

     

    Would you like to visit Maebashi on your next trip to Japan?

     

  • Results of First Japanese Traditional Culture Grand Prix Announced

    09.September.2021 | FASHION / Uncategorized

    With 130 entries submitted from all parts of Japan, the 8 winners of the first Japanese Traditional Culture Grand Prix have finally been announced. The contest was spearheaded by the Japan Traditional Culture Promotion Project, established in May 2020 as a collaborative effort among companies, associations, and local governments to establish a sustainable framework for the continued development of Japanese traditional culture.

     

    Grand Prix Winner: Nakagawa Woodcrafts Hira Studio “Wave” series (left) “YORISIRO” series (right)

     

    The winner of the top prize was Nakagawa Woodcrafts Hira Studio, in which the craftsmen still use a 700-year-old technique to create their famous wooden buckets. These buckets, once used for storing rice and miso, are still used today for a variety of different purposes, from bathing to cooling champagne! In stepping away from their typical works, the Nakagawa Woodcrafts studio created the more freeform “Wave” series, and the name surely fits–each bucket looks too free to have been manmade. The “YORISIRO” series, rather, keeps the natural curvature of the wood. Both are signature pieces of traditional Japanese artisanal culture.

     

     

    Runner-up: Cubism in Calligraphy “Natural Stance,” Atelier Sisyu, Sisyu

     

     

    Excellent Award: Kyo Braided Cords Sanjiku-Kumiori “Kujaku Kouki,” Saiko Ltd., Koichiro Murokado

     

     

    Excellent Award: Structured System “Kumiko Endurance Wall,” Tosa Kumiko Co., Daisuke Iwamoto

     

    Excellence Award: Porcelain “Yuragi” Hiroshi Taruta

     

    Excellence Award: Lacquer Art “Tataeru” Shinsuke Aoki. 

     

     

    Excellent Student Award: Picture Frame “KOZAI” Ryohei Nomura. 

     

     

    Special Award: Rinku, a group of young female craftswomen from the Toukai region

     

    The Japan Traditional Culture Promotion Project began this contest as a way to honor outstanding works from creators around Japan. The jury consists of 18 people from various fields, including Richard Collasse, the Chairman of Chanel LLC, and popular model Kozue Akimoto. A collection of online presentations and interviews with the winners is planned in future events, and the project aims to help these artists continue to work sustainably. The second round of applications will open in November 2021.

     

  • Fashion Brand Graniph to Release Kamen Rider Clothing Collection

    31.August.2021 | FASHION

    Japanese apparel brand Graniph has announced a new Kamen Rider collection, set to release September 7. These trendy pieces will be available at 124 Graniph stores around Japan, as well as on the Graniph online store.

     

    Product Lineup

    Kamen Rider Gathering 2 T-shirt: ¥2,200 (Tax Included)

    Heisei Kamen Rider Footprints T-shirt: ¥2,200 (Tax Included)

    Kamen Rider Revice T-shirt: ¥2,200 (Tax Included)

    Deneb Imagin T-shirt: ¥2,200 (Tax Included)

    Beautiful Shadow Long-sleeved T-shirt: ¥3,520 (Tax Included)

    Beautiful Shadow Long-sleeved Kids T-shirt: ¥3,300 (Tax Included)

    Ex-Aid and Genm Long-sleeved T-shirt: ¥3,520 (Tax Included)

    Heisei Kamen Rider Footprints Long-sleeved T-shirt: ¥6,600 (Tax Included)

    Worms Short-sleeved Dress: ¥3,300 (Tax Included)

    Special Stickers

     



    Kamen Rider originally premiered in 1971, and has been massively popular ever since. Beginning with the original Kamen Rider series, this collection also includes pieces from Kamen Rider Kabuto, Kamen Rider Den-O, Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, Kamen Rider Build, and the upcoming Kamen Rider Revice, which will commemorate 50 years of the franchise.

     

    Items can be preordered on Graniph’s website until midnight on September 1. Those who purchase Kamen Rider items either in-store or online will receive an original sticker sheet on a first-come, first-served basis. Commentary and background on each piece of the collection from actor Yuichi Nakamura will be available to read on the special collaboration page at Graniph’s website.

     

    Do any of these pieces feature your favorite incarnation of the Kamen Rider franchise?

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  • Kamen Rider Collaborates with Rock Brand glamb For 50th Anniversary

    28.August.2021 | FASHION

    “Grunge for Luxury” is the concept of the elegant rock brand glamb, who have announced a collaboration with Kamen Rider to celebrate the franchises 50th anniversary. There will be 12 collaboration items altogether, including unisex t-shirt’s, hoodies, and sweaters, available in a selection of three to five sizes.

    The items will be available to preorder from August 20 2021 from official glamb Tokyo stores nationwide, the official webstore, and ZOZOTOWN among other stores, due to be released in early November.

     

    Lineup

     

    MASKED RIDER 1 T-shirt (2 Colors): ¥8,690 (Tax Included)

    MASKED RIDER 1 Hoodie (2 Colors): ¥22,000 (Tax Included)

    MASKED RIDER AMAZON T-shirt (2 Colors): ¥8,690 (Tax Included)

    MASKED RIDER AMAZON Sweater (2 Colors): ¥18,700 (Tax Included)

    MASKED RIDER KUUGA T (2 Colors): ¥8,690 (Tax Included)

    MASKED RIDER KUUGA Long Sleeved T-shirt (2 Colors): ¥11,000 (Tax Included)

    SHOCKER COMBATMAN T-shirt (2 Colors): ¥8,690 (Tax Included)

    SHOCKER COMBATMAN Hoodie (2 Colors): ¥22,000 (Tax Included)

    RIDERMAN T-shirt (2 Colors): ¥8,690 (Tax Included)

    RIDERMAN Long Sleeved T-shirt (2 Colors): 11,000 (Tax Included)

    KAMEN RIDER DOUBLE T-shirt (2 Colors): ¥8,690 (Tax Included)

    KAMEN RIDER DOUBLE Sweater (2 Colors): ¥18,700 (Tax Included)

     

     

    With the first episode airing in April 1971, Kamen Rider continued through the Showa, Heisei, and Reiwa eras, with 2021 marking the show’s 50th anniversary. The collaboration items feature motifs from not only the original Kamen Rider but also Kamen Rider Kuuga, the series beloved by millennial fans, and Kamen Rider W, the series enjoyed by Generation Z. The collaboration surpasses generations with it’s character selection, carefully designed to bring back the thrill that Kamen Rider once brought to every child’s heart.

     

    Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Kamen Rider with some rockin’ fashion!

     

     

  • Gas Mask Plant Pots Showcased as Part of TENEO’s Exhibition Tour

    09.July.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

    Japanese men’s brand TENEO and Shibakusa Pottery, which was founded in 1841 in Hida-Takayama, are set to begin their first exhibition tour on July 9 which aims to make traditional Japanese craftsmanship part of our modern lives as contemporary art.

    FULL HAND MADE with HAMAMOTO 

    TENEO is rooted in the concept of combining and evolving the differing cultures and backgrounds of Japan and France. Shibakusa Pottery has been producing pottery in Gifu’s city of Takayama since the Edo Period and operates on the motto of “Handing down tradition is on the decline; tradition is the continuation of innovation.” Both TENO and SHibakusa have come together to launch a project that aims to develop and advance traditional craftsmanship, and so they are opening a series of exhibition pop-up shops beginning at DiEGO Omotesando in Tokyo on July 9 before heading to Discover Japan Lab. in Shibuya PARCO, g GIFT AND LIFESTYLE in Roppoingi Hills, and elsewhere.


    Pre-orders for the products to be showcased at the pop-up shop are now available to pre-order online in Japan at TENEO and will be shipped in October. Exhibits include works by the young bonsai master Yusuke Hamamoto, flower arrangements Ayayoshi Ozono who maintains long-time traditional Japanese styles and techniques, and more.


    The project will  collaborate with the international tattoo artist Hiro in October as well as many other traditional artists and craftsmen from inside and outside Japan. The pop-up shop also sees the release of the ‘GAS MASK POT/VASE.’ The purpose of these works is to show people new forms and ways of expressing tradition.

  • These Bangles Are Made From Edo Kiriko Cut Glass Bottles

    06.July.2021 | FASHION

    GLASS-LAB released their new GLASS-LAB NEW PRODUCT “WA” collection of bangles made from Edo Kiriko cut glass bottles on their official website on July 1.

    GLASS-LAB NEW PRODUCT “WA” Sustainable Clear | ¥18,370 (Tax Included)

    GLASS-LAB NEW PRODUCT “WA” Sustainable Black | ¥18,370 (Tax Included)

    GLASS-LAB NEW PRODUCT “WA” Sustainable White | ¥18,370 (Tax Included)

    GLASS-LAB NEW PRODUCT “WA” Sustainable Green | ¥18,370 (Tax Included)

    GLASS-LAB was opened by the Shiina family in 1950 in Koto, a city known for the production of Edo Kiriko, a traditional type of Japanese glassware. The owner eventually passed the factory onto his sons. It is now run by Takayuki Shiina who is highly skilled at sandblasting, so much so he can cut glass to a fine 0.09mm.

     

    This new collection was made in collaboration with designer Yukio Fujita of ‘design shop YU.’

  • Blue Bottle Coffee to Open New Cafe Inside SHIROIYA HOTEL This September

    04.July.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    Blue Bottle Coffee Japan has announced the opening of its new Blue Bottle Coffee Shiroiya Cafe inside SHIROIYA HOTEL in Maebashi at the end of September.

     

    Maebashi is a former silk manufacturing city and was crucial in helping to contribute to Japan’s modernization. In August 2016, creative minds from Japan and abroad gathered in Maebashi to revitalise the city, which once prospered in the silk manufacturing industry, with a vision called Mebuku, a Japanese verb that means “to bud.” Part of this revitalisation was renovating an old building and turning it into SHIROIYA HOTEL, a project conceived and carried out by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto. SHIROIYA HOTEL describes itself as “The Place of Encounter.” Serving art, food, and history, the hotel is a place for guests to encounter creativity and innovation.

     

    Blue Bottle Coffee has opened many cafes up and down Japan, fostering community around a hot mug and helping to contribute towards the development of towns and cities. That’s where the newSHIROIYA HOTEL cafe comes into play. Blue Bottle Coffee Shiroiya Cafe was built by Keiji Ashizawa Design who also constructed Blue Bottle’s branches in Minato Mirai and Shibuya. Customers can enjoy the cafe’s speciality hand drip coffee alongside an indulging list of espresso drinks.

     

    More details are to be announced this September, the same month the cafe is scheduled to open.

  • Shu Uemura Releases Sustainable ‘Mindfully Crafted in Japan’ Collection

    09.June.2021 | FASHION

    Japanese cosmetic brand Shu Uemura is set to release its new origami-inspired ‘mindfully crafted in japan’ collection on June 18, but presales opened on their online shop last Tuesday. The collection is a display of Japanese tradition and craftsmanship with sustainability at the core of its concept.

     

     

    ultime8 ∞ sublime beauty cleansing oil (Limited Edition Design) | ¥12,650 (Tax Included)

    hard formula hard 9 (seal brown 02) (Limited Edition Design) | ¥2,860 (Tax Included)

    petal 55 foundation brush (Limited Edition Design) | ¥6,600 (Tax Included)

    The collection focuses on three aspects of mindfulness with Japan as its focus: mindful of Japanese nature with locally and sustainably resourced ingredients, mindful of Japanese resources by taking only what is needed, and mindful of Japanese traditional craftsmanship by preserving traditions from the past.


    Shu Uemura’s Cleansing Oil is one of the brand’s most notable sustainable products, preserving everything important about Japanese culture from its history to its natural environment. Using traditional methods passed down the ages, the product is made from plant-derived ingredients sourced sustainably, and the packaging is made from 100% recyclable plastic. The Cleansing Oil bottles were also added to Shu Uemura’s new recycling program which began on May 5 which enables bottles to be reused.

     

    Don’t miss out on this special new collection by Shu Uemura.

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