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Blue Lug Owl Backpack

Blue Lug Owl Backpack

Online Japanese shop Blue Lug is offering the simply designed owl backpack. The outer belt is adjustable to offer increased amounts of storage. Made of water resistant nylon; offered in 4 colors.

Y-3 Honja Stud Pack Shoe

Y-3 Honja Stud Pack Shoe

Normally we wouldn’t consider studding up a pair of kicks, but the truly attention-grabbing Honja high and low top Studs Pack from Yohji Yamamoto’s Y-3 are making us rethink that idea. Out later this year.

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Retro Ultra Monster Posters

Retro Ultra Monster Posters

We are enjoying the hyper-saturated colors and dynamic perspectives in these vintage monster movie posters by Japanese artist Takayoshi Mizuki. He created this work between 1965 and 1972.

Nike Music Shoe Video

Nike Music Shoe Video

Weird-wonderful combo: a secret live performance in Tokyo from Japanese breakbeat maestros Hifana. In the video they’re playing music with Nike Free Run+ shoes. Dig those shoebox speakers.

Digital Harinezumi 2+ Camera

Digital Harinezumi 2+ Camera

This pocket-sized camera looks like a roll of old 110 film, but the Harinezumi 2+ is actually a 3MP digital camera. It won’t beat your Nikon – it’s built for shooting stylized stills and short videos.

PS3 Slim Portable

PS3 Slim Portable

When Sony released the PS3 Slim, they definitely cut down on the bulk of the original.The guys at Japan’s Hori have decided to make the console “portable”-(ish) with this 720p PS3 display.

Custom Japanese Scooters

Custom Japanese Scooters

Tiny two-wheelers pimped out to the next level, these scooters break boundaries with bodies and seats as wide as those found in choppers, huge tires, and loud designs and color schemes.

Gundam w/Beam Saber

Gundam w/Beam Saber

The 59-foot Gundam may have been dismantled, but it’ll get a second lease on life (and some Minovsky particles) in July: it’ll be rebuilt outside Shizuoka station with a beam saber.

Sanforized Denim Wallet

Sanforized Denim Wallet

It’s a pity that Porter’s Sanforized Denim Wallets are Japan-only, because we’d love to cop a few to match our dark-wash jeans; each features a white canvas interior and snaps shut.

LEGO Sequencer MR II

LEGO Sequencer MR II

The recording is a bit grating on the ears, but we appreciate that Yoshi Akai literally lets you build music: his 3-channel, 8-step sequencer uses LEGO bricks instead of synthesizer keys.

Characters Trailer: Yakuza 3

Characters Trailer: Yakuza 3

We’ve known from the get-go of Yakuza 3’s emphasis on cinematics and storytelling, but this Characters Trailer gives us the low-down on the game’s good, the bad, and the really bad.

Early Influences: Yakuza 3

Early Influences: Yakuza 3

With Yakuza 3 due out 3/9/10, this Early Influences doc gives us a glimpse into the mind of producer Toshihiro Nagoshi; he discusses facial details, cinematics and Japanese style.

Japanese: Armored Core 5

Japanese: Armored Core 5

Molten metal speaks louder than words in this Japanese Debut Teaser for Armored Core 5; due out late 2010, this iteration will shift the focus from speed to violent mech-on-mech action.

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Stop Motion: Bad Apple

Stop Motion: Bad Apple

Whether or not you believe that this Bad Apple video was made without photo-editing, it’s still a pretty badass stop-motion piece; it was created with 6,566 printouts captured on a webcam.

Blu-ray: Yojimbo & Sanjuro

Blu-ray: Yojimbo & Sanjuro

Get a double-dose of Akira Kurosawa’s legendary samurai-meets-spaghetti western flicks with the Yojimbo & Sanjuro two-pack; it’s an HD 1080p 2.35:1 transfer with Dolby Digital 3.0.

Pokemon as Japanese Art

Pokemon as Japanese Art

Sorry, Ash, you’re not the first to try and catch ’em all, and you won’t be the last: Squirtle and gang go really old school with this collection of Pokemon as traditional Japanese art.

Combat: White Knight

Combat: White Knight

We could do without the over-emphatic narrator, but this Combat System Walkthrough for White Knight Chronicles is actually a decent overview of the game’s UI, mechanics, and gameplay.

Design Hara HTPC

Design Hara HTPC

Earthy both in terms of design and eco-friendliness, Design Hara’s HTPC is a mini-ITX unit with recyclable cypress or rose wood chassis; it also uses 1/3 the energy of desktop computers.

Trailer: Fist of the North Star

Trailer: Fist of the North Star

There’s no gameplay footage in this trailer for Fist of the North Star, but we’re still plenty excited: the Dynasty Warriors-style game is due out next year on PS3 and Xbox 360.

Ultraman: Complete Series

Ultraman: Complete Series

Ultraman: The Complete Series packs all 39 episodes of the legendary 1960s live-action TV show into a budget-priced 4-disc set; it includes both Japanese and English audio and subtitles.

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Crazy Earphones

Crazy Earphones

Literally listen to ear-splitting music with these Japanese-made in-ear Crazy Earphones, which are available in painful (katana, arrows) and quirky (mushrooms, ears) flavors.

Video: Underwater Enterprise

Video: Underwater Enterprise

An Aqua Modeler in Japan puts the ship back in spaceship with this remote-controlled, underwater capable Enterprise; they’ve also converted Battleship Yamato and the USS Voyager.

Airship: Final Fantasy XIII

Airship: Final Fantasy XIII

It may be purely cinematic and completely Japanese, but this Airship video for Final Fantasy XIII is worth a billion words; the first part is mostly dialog, with more action in the second.

Video: The TV Show

Video: The TV Show

Set to music by Manabe Takayuki, Sugimoto Kousuke’s seemingly endless The TV Show will blow your mind; it’s an independent effort by Kousuke, who is a self-taught animator.

Anti System Extreme Clocks

Anti System Extreme Clocks

Anti System’s Extreme Clocks are time trials of a different sort: the clocks come in three completely one-of-a-kind designs that are made from 20″ BMX tires and recycled skateboards.

New Era Danchi Cap

New Era Danchi Cap

APPLEBUM’s Danchi fitted cap pays literal homage to their origins with a stunning all-over printed Tokyo nightscape; it’s a modified New Era 59FIFTY with thermal lining and embroidery.

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