Category Archives: Japanese Stuff

原田ちあき (Harada Chiaki): In-Store Event

Artist Chiaki Harada (原田ちあき), made a special in-store appearance at Fickle Wish in Little Tokyo Los Angeles.

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Chiaki Harada’s first Los Angeles appearance at Fickle Wish

Chiaki is a well known Japanese artist based off Osaka, Japan. She specializes in “Bad Mouth” art style and usually draws girls crying while saying terrible or depressing phrases such as:

 

These were the many items people were able to purchase at the event, alongside the first ever English translated Harada Chiaki artbook:

 

Chiaki has done numerous artworks and collaborations, with the last one being in Osaka, japan, when she collaborated with Cosplay cafe, メルカフェ X Hadara Chiaki. She created this artwork for the collaboration:

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Chiaki Also has her own manga out titled, “Chiaki Harada’s Suspicious Diary” which is available for purchase on her site or on Amazon.

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Chiaki Harada’s Suspicious Diary (Cover)

The following are photos from the event:

 

Did you miss out this event? Want Chiaki Hadara Merch? Visit Fickle Wish at, Ficklewish.com! Find out about more Fickle Wish events by Liking their facebook page.

Follow Chiaki’s artwork via Twitter, instagram and website!

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The PompompurinXChococat Menu

Check out  PLANCHECK’S newest collaboration with SANRIO!

(Unfortunately, this promotional menu was only available from June 10th – July 10th and is no longer being served.)

This wasn’t the first collaborate between the two parties, last year, PlanCheck collaborated with SANRIO collaboration make the GUDETAMA Menu. We covered that here!

According to SANRIO’s official website, their first collaboration happened in 2014. it was part of Hello Kitty’s Hungry Hunt – a promotion in celebration of the pop icon’s 40th Anniversary.

check out our  PompompurinXChococat Menu Photoset:

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Its safe to say, there’ll be another collaboration soon, When that happens we are prepared to cover it yet again!

I was personally inspired by this awesome, Kawaii menu that I made a small photo shoot in its honour (Click an image to enlarge).


NOTICE:

We suffered a massive data loss recently and had to delay content for while. We are currently back on track. We do apologize for the delay of this post.

Gatebox your new Waifu!

No she’s not a new Vocaloid or a new popular anime character, she’s your newest house assistant. Or at least, planning to be. Technology company, Vinclu, is planning to release the world first Holographic Communication Robot, Gatebox!

Gatebox, according to the official website, will allow you to live with your favorite anime model, putting ‘Living with waifu’ to a new level!

So How would Gatebox work?

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The Gatebox’s concept model uses holographic projection technique (much like Hatsune Miku), sensors that allow the Gatebox character to understand your movements and actions. Gatebox also connects to the internet allowing her to tell you the weather and other web related info. She can also connect to electronic devices for your convince.
She is there to help you through out your day.

 

 

The first model is, Azuma Hikari! We can only assume, there’ll be more models in the future

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Azuma Hikari Direction/Character Design: Taro Minoboshi

Check out the concept video here:


Head on over to the official Gatebox site and subscribe to the latest information on Gatebox

SNOWMIKU 2016 x LOVE LIVE!

Its OFFICIAL, Love Live and Miku fan can rejoice in happiness as they are to collaborate together on tour during the 67th Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan!

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A snow sculpture of  μ’s will be displayed at the Sapporo Snow Festival, in honor, μ’s is joining Miku.  There are no further details on the collaboration itself, but as time goes on, we will keep you updated.

In honor of SNOWMIKU 2016, different Miku themed food items will are available to purchase, such as:

Japanese cafe, MIRAI.ST cafe is also collaborating with Miku to make the official Snow Miku Menu, along side another karaoke joint,  Which will serve the following:

There’s also an Android / iOS-friendly game app called, “Butsukaran’na SNOW MIKU 2016 Edition” which will be released on, January 20th 2016. According to the site’s description of the game “[Miku will] run through a variety of courses [while] snow Miku is riding on snowboard.” You can check out the game here

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Other Snow Miku 2016 items can be found here

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The NEW Yu-Gi-Oh! Movie is here…well Almost

Are ready to w-w-w-watch the NEW Yu-Gi-Oh! movie?

Its been 17 year since the release of the FIRST Yu-GI-OH! movie!

Like Pokemon and Digimon, Yu-Gi-Oh! has been a huge part of most of our childhoods. From the 4Kids dubbed Anime series to the famous Trading Card Game. This is one those anime franchises with quite a history…

…and our Movie timeline begins:

 

  • 30 minute Yu-Gi-Oh! movie (1999)

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Not many people know about the 30 minute movie that revolves around a certain boy named, Shōgo Aoyama, who is targeted by Seto Kaiba after obtaining a powerful rare card; the legendary Red-Eyes Black Dragon. Not much can be said on this movie. The movie was released by Toei Company in theaters on March 6, 1999 and on video cassette on November 21, 1999.

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light (2004)

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Though met with an overwhelmingly negative response from critics and possibly the least successful movie in the series, Pyramid of Light  was probably still part of most Yu-Gi-Oh! fan’s childhood. This was the first and last movie to have been made in America AND Japan.

  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time (2010)

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The first movie to be set in 3D . The movie release to celebrate the series 10th Anniversary. The movie was also met with negative response stating that movie was to created to increase the sale of cards. Though UK Anime Network praised the film “for keeping its focus and plot progression impeccable tight”, which made it “an intense, non-stop experience”. This movie is also the first to feature the main characters from three of the franchise’s anime series (YuseiYugi & Jaden) and links to the story of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s.

Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions (2016)

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Going back to franchise’s original plot, according to  Yu-Gi-Oh! panel at Comic Con 2015, The film’s story is set after the events of the original manga.  According to The Mainichi Shimbun newspaper’s MAiDiGiTV YouTube Channel, The film is an original story and will feature Yugi Muto and Seto Kaiba as its main characters. The film is slated for release in Japan on April 23, 2016. No word, YET, on out japan release dates! We will keep you Updated!

 

Check out the Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions promo video:

Hello Kitty Cafe is coming to SoCal!

CALLING all SoCal Hello Kitty fans!

Hello Kitty cafes have been a huge hit in Asia, with a few popping up in Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong and of course, Japan.

SoCal Hello Kitty fans are finally, going to enjoy official Hello Kitty sweets and treats!

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Various  types of the treats served on the Hello Kitty Food Truck

Opening up some time next year, Sanrio Co. has decided to open up the first U.S.Hello Kitty cafe in Irvine, California! The cafe will serve Hello Kitty Tea, Sodas, coffee, Hello Kitty cookies & mini-cakes. Other Hello Kitty characters are said to make an appearance on the pastries such as, My keroppi, Little Twin Stars, & Chococat.

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The Irvine Spectrum Center

Unfortunately for fans, there is no exact date when the cafe will actually open, HOWEVER, we can still join the Hello Kitty Experience by visiting the Hello Kitty temporary cafe Pop up at Irvine Spectrum Center.

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The actual design of the Cafe that will soon open its doors

The Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up is a cafe designed within a metal shipping container and, according to Irvine Spectrum Center, is set to open in about 2 weeks  and is expected to be open for at least 7 months. This pop up cafe is serve everything the actual cafe serves and will be located at at the Giant Wheel Court.

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People lined to get their Hello kitty sweets

Last week, fans were also able to enjoy the Hello Kitty experience at Glendale Galleria, where the Hello Kitty Food Truck made a special appearance. Take a look some of the photos from the event here!

Watch the event here:


Like Hello Kitty? Check out Sanrio’s newest Character, GUDETAMA Here!

 

ORDER: Axent Wear Cat Headphones

Created by Wenqing Yan aka ‘Yuumei’ and entrepreneur Victoria Hu, the AxentWear cat earphones gain popularity when they first seen on Indiegogo.

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Funded on November 22, 2015 with a total of $3,429,046 raised to back up the project.

On November 13th 2015, the public were able to buy the headphone on Brookstone.com, where its now being sold for $149.99 $129.99 (+Shipping and Handling) with 4 colours to choose from, PURPLE, BLUE, RED and GREEN

Buy the Axent Wear Cat Headphones on BrookStone! Make sure to read the REVIEWS on the product page before buying!

The GUDETAMA Food Menu Overview

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Gudetama is a Sanrio character introduced in 2013 based on an egg lacking in “spunk”. His name is a play on “gude gude”; used to describe someone with no energy or strength and possibly tama from tamago (egg). He is sometimes seen with a man in an orange/yellow costume that fully covers the body. Apart from being a popular character, Gudetama also has a short anime series on YouTube.

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I found the character very adorable though I never paid much attention to the actual character, at least not until now. During Stan Lee’s Comikaze 2015, I encountered Gudetama again & it was at the booth that I found out about the delicious Gudetama-inspired Menu at Plan Check Kitchen + Bar.

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The GUDETAMA Menu – Meal Set

The Gudetama Menu was created by Chef Ernestor Urchimura, Founding Chef and Partner of Plan Check.

I decided to go and check out this menu for myself, and with the help of my assistant, I set out to find this
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Watch my journey along with the Gudetama Menu overview here:


The Gudetama Menu is only served at Plan Check. There are 3 different Plan Check locations In Los Angeles:

-1800 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

-351 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

-1111 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017

This menu will only be available from Oct 30 ~ Nov 29, Check it out while you still can!


GIVEAWAY!

In honor of Gudetama & the Gudetama menu, we’ll be giving out 10 small Gudetama buttons!

Check out the video for instructions on how to get one