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October 13, 2012, 09:25:31 AM
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Have you been dreaming about getting your very own Hattori Hanzō sword from Japan?

Well, sorry. Despite being real, Hattori Hanzō never made any swords.

BUT

If you ARE interested in getting something from Japan from, say - Yahoo Auctions, amazon.co.jp, kakaku.com, or any other Japanese retail site you happen to know - we may have something to talk about.

I'm considering starting a brokerage service between Japan and the rest of the world (you), using bitcoins as the currency of choice but, before getting too carried away - I would like to gauge interest in the general idea.

What do you think?

Would you be interested in something like this?
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October 13, 2012, 07:35:32 PM
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What is the most "Japanese" thing you can offer?

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October 13, 2012, 07:45:26 PM
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What is the most "Japanese" thing you can offer?
A proper bow.  Tongue

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October 14, 2012, 01:29:55 AM
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The real " Iron chefs " DVD for all seasons! love that show.
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October 14, 2012, 08:11:41 PM
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Can you get Dangan Ronpa Plush Monokumas?
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October 15, 2012, 07:56:25 AM
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What is the most "Japanese" thing you can offer?


Well, there's a number of Japanese things... I'll post a few here just to get an idea.


Chopsticks (of course!):


Carved from bamboo, case included

More modern styling, titanium plated

Unique(!), owl design



Furoshiki - Furoshiki are a kind of all-purpose cloth, typically used to secure Jubako boxes (see below), but also look great on a wall or table!


Wine Flower on manuscript white

..encasing a box

Chrysanthemum design



Geta - The Japanese clog! Great if you want to annoy your neighbours downstairs


Standard rectangular design

slightly different design

braided strap



Hanko - Japanese stamps. In Japan, signatures don't count for much - but your personal seal (inkan/hanko) does!


Can organise to get a personalised seal for you

Just for fun

millions of designs



Jubako - The ORIGINAL bento box - these boxes are typically made using a hard black lacquer finish, but not always.


Golden petal / vine design

...in its 3 stages

Spring season wooden jubako

Rarer, porcelain version



Satsuma Kiriko glass - Glass cut using techniques originally learned by the Satsuma clan. (I can also source original Edo period kiriko glass but it might get expensive!)


The pervasive petal/vine theme

The 'blue' associated with Kiriko

something more recent



Zouri - The casual cousin of the Japanese clog! They work really well as house slippers - or just after a shower, the texture feels great!


Woven grass

Tight-weave, almost textile

great for lazing around in



Figurines - There are people who like figurines, and then there are Japanese people. Lots of special editions get released here - plenty of obscure anime characters too!


From the familiar...

...to the bizarre...

...to the err...

...well, you get the idea



Osake - There's plenty of good sake out there, but we can specialize! (please note customs usually have special rates for alcohol - typically by the volume)

Sorry folks - combination of having to use courier for alcohol shipments combined with the liquid weight - just isn't viable!



Sensu - I'm sure you have all seen these before - synonymous with Japanese culture, the folding fan


Solitude of a mountain lake

minimalistic calligraphy-style artwork

a chicken.




OK so obviously there are a lot more traditional Japanese products out here than this, (not least of which kimonos, swords/weapons and the like) but I've chosen these kinds of products for now as things that could fit in to current lifestyle as an ornamental piece or talking piece (or aren't going to require special permits to ship). They are all at the very least Japan-centric and might help get an idea of what is actually out there.

There are of course Japanese versions of all things modern too; toys, bizarre things, gadgety things, etc which I haven't covered in this post.

Hope this helps a bit!
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October 15, 2012, 08:21:42 AM
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Can you get Dangan Ronpa Plush Monokumas?

Could you give me any further information on the bears you are looking for?

I have managed to locate a number of people selling plush bears (monokumas) that were included with the dangan ronpa game (or something along those lines).

There is also a soft vinyl version of monokuma available.
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October 15, 2012, 08:25:04 AM
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I have managed to locate a number of people selling plush bears (monokumas) that were included with the dangan ronpa game (or something along those lines).

That's exactly what I'm looking for.
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October 15, 2012, 08:30:47 AM
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The real " Iron chefs " DVD for all seasons! love that show.

So sorry! I love this show too but I can only find the Japanese version on VHS(!) out here.

I think you will be better off searching for this in amazon.com. (plus they will have English dubbing!)
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October 15, 2012, 10:19:34 AM
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I'm very interested in some the chopsticks carved from bamboo and a Hanko.

What about those fancy beds you use on the floor? What's the name?

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October 16, 2012, 01:25:36 AM
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I'm very interested in some the chopsticks carved from bamboo and a Hanko.

What about those fancy beds you use on the floor? What's the name?

Hi Nicolai.

I will PM you with a selection of chopsticks to choose from, and some details about the hanko.

The beds on the floor are called Futon. I would recommend against shipping from Japan, as the postage cost will be prohibitively expensive.
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October 16, 2012, 01:26:46 AM
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October 16, 2012, 01:35:32 AM
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If you ARE interested in getting something from Japan

Small-scale alive Godzillas?  Tongue

Sure. They are sold in packets here:



But please remember - you will need to put them in water, and you may need a magnifying glass to see them.
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October 16, 2012, 01:41:31 AM
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greentea kitkats

Great choice!

It's this you are talking about right?:

   

Please PM your budget so I know how many to source.
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October 16, 2012, 06:14:09 AM
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There are so many unique products available in Japan, I fully support this idea.
Japanese candy is awesome!! What about neruneruneru, or happy kitchen hamburger?? morinaga hi-chew fanta?
I think there would be an excellent market for food products you can only get in Japan, especially Candy and Drinks.
Plus they are consumable items, so your customers will keep ordering more!
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October 16, 2012, 09:01:18 AM
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Please PM me.

I'd LOVE to get some sake

Also, do you know of any japanese guarana soda drinks?

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October 16, 2012, 09:35:49 AM
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Yamazaki 25 Years Old (actually maybe not.. what its $1000 usd?? xD)

Though some Japanese Whiskey would be nice if the price is reasonable.
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October 16, 2012, 07:32:26 PM
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greentea kitkats

Great choice!

It's this you are talking about right?:

   

Please PM your budget so I know how many to source.
I tried those when I was in Kyoto just for the novelty, but they are actually good!

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October 17, 2012, 02:02:16 AM
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Real Japanese ninja warrior anything. Takeda, nagano

Anything, huge fan of the real show from Japan. Not the junk here

I don't know how popular it is there though?

Let me know i would be interested

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October 17, 2012, 02:24:27 AM
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Absolutely a demand for this. Are you a native speaker? Would you mind telling us a little more about yourself?

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