Rirakkuma Bear and Friends Emergency Kits - March 11th marks the second anniversary of the enormously devastating 2011 Tohoku Earthquake that hit Japan. Since, Japan, as well as many others countries, have been very proactive in preparing for future natural disaster of these kinds. However, preparing children for occurrences of this magnitude is not obvious and can easily incite fear in the lil guys.
To help promote awareness about natural disasters in a less frightening way, the nice people at San-X have released a collection of very cute Emergency Backpacks filled with vitally important supplies. Hello Kitty, Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma, Tarepanda and Tsugino Kerori carry with them a couple of bottles of water, a bit of food, a blanket and a few extra things to get your kid through a couple of hard days with a cuddly friend.
Prepare your kids with the Plush Emergency Kit available via this link.
master-piece “Little Sk8ers” Finger Skateboards - Japanese luggage label, master-piece, has added a collection of novelty finger boards to their extensive range of backpacks, duffels, totes, and leather goods. In keeping with their ethos of blending style, functionality and craftsmanship in a lifestyle setting, the brand has added a lil extra fun to their brand with this array of scaled down toy skateboards.
If you purchase a copy of master-piece’s 2012-2013 fall/winter range catalog called “EXTRA ISSUE Vol. 1”, you’ll receive a complimentary “Little SK8ers” Novelty Finger Skateboard. However, if you just want the lil boards, stop by one of master-piece’s many retail shops throughout Asia.
Paper Karakuri Models by Keisuke Saka - Keisuke Saka is one of Japan’s most honored paper engineers. His mindful, yet slightly sarcastic designs combine the magic of physics and the beauty of art in a lovely moving sculpture. His karakuri, which are mechanized puppets originating from the 18th and 19th centuries in Japan, are not necessarily easy to assemble but they make for a perfect afternoon project for you and your kids. These specific models are available via aplusrstore.com. For more check zuko.to
Charizard Nintendo 3DS XL - Back in August, Nintendo launched the handheld 3DS XL gaming system. For most, the console was, and still is, available in bright blue or red, but a few lucky kids were able to cop the limited edition Pikachu design from Pokemon Center retail locations in Japan.
Nintendo is now releasing a Japan-only, black, fire-breathing Charizard design for the 3DS XL. And we all know how epically superior Charizard is to Pikachu in a Pokemon fan’s eyes.
To buy this limited edition Charizard design, prospective Japanese buyers must send in a form between October 26th and November 3rd to a Japanese Pokemon Center retail location and hope to “win” the chance to buy it. Good luck guys! You’re going to need it!
The Buchi Toy Car by Fumie Shibata - Shibabta, the designer behind Fe Furniture and the 9 Hours Capsule Hotel has created Buchi, a high quality wooden children’s toy and furniture company.
The stand out piece from the Buchi collection is by far the new toy Car. The Car is made of soft and fine textured maple. Its hollow, oval shape allows kids to easily grasp the toy but also allows your kids to place a doll or other toys inside the vehicle. The best part about the Car is it’s ability to connect to another and become a train. 2-in-1!
Pick up a Buchi Car as a one-vehicle or a three-vehicle set. Available now via buchi.co.jp
Pikachu Yellow Nintendo 3DS XL - On Sunday, August 19th, Nintendo launched the 3DS XL hand held gaming system. For most gamers, the console is available in a bright blue or red option but, the lucky Japanese kids will be able to get the new system in a cool Pikachu Yellow design.
Exclusively sold at Pokemon Center retail locations in Japan, the Pikachu Yellow system will be available for pre-order between August 25th and September 14th. The system will be pick up only, so unless you live in Japan, or visited in September, you might want to keep your eyes open on eBay.
Converse All Star “Rainbow” RZ HI - Rainbows are a natural phenomenon noted for their heart-lightening beauty, awesomeness and their power to stop people in their footsteps. Funny enough, these are almost all the same characteristics that describe kids wearing the classic Converse All Stars. Combined you get the Japanese Converse All Star “Rainbow” RZ HI for kids.
The classic shoe features many bright rainbows, talking bubbles that say “What your name” (lolz), the signature patch and a cool customizable name tag on the back. Available in blue and pink.
Stop, stare and reflect. Best kids shoes.
New York Yankees “Brooklyn” 59Fifty’s For Kids - New Era Japan has made a collection of New York Yankees fitted hats for kids. Each hat features a Yankees logo on the front and “Brooklyn” embroidered on the underbrim. Choose from fourteen different colour combinations which include pink, blue, green, black, red, camo and a red, blue and white coloured hat. Now available in sizes 6 3/8” to 6 3/4” at neweracap.jp