Tag Archives: Village Vanguard

September 23

Do It Yourself…Acupuncture?

Wow, one can only imagine the mischief some extreme DIYer might get into with this handy plastic head from Village Vanguard. It helpfully details all the points on your head and face where you can poke yourself with sharp needles to cure what ails you. If you see your mom come home with one of […]

September 17

Jimi X Linus?!

What next, Janis X Lucy? Snoopy X Snoop Dogg? Although I have to admit that these Jimi X Linus and Bob X Linus t-shirts made me laugh, they ARE sort of the squid-and-seaweed-pizza of cultural mashups. Saw these at  the Village Vanguard store in Shimo-kitazawa. If you’d like to be amazed by the weird goods there […]

September 12

Our Lady Of Glow In The Dark

I’m still trying to figure out the pop fascination with Catholic symbols here in Japan. Totally divorced from religious tradition (Christianity never got much of a toehold here, thanks to serious banning of outsiders before 1868), for some reason stylish tough guys wear Our Lady Of Rude Kustoms on the back of their motorcycle jackets […]

June 26

Fake IDs for Cats

What’s a cat to do when it’s time to party, but his kitten face gets him carded everywhere he goes? Smart felines get themselves a fake ID! Whether puss’s name is Fuzzball or McLovin, these totally realistic looking Japanese drivers licenses are sure to fool even the most suspicious bouncer. Kampai! Saw these at  the […]

June 19

The Ashlet

With a play on words that’s appreciated by everyone in Japan who has used Toto’s legendary Washlet toilet, behold the Ashlet! While sadly lacking an exhaust fan like the genuine Washlet, it does have a cigarette-extinguishing bidet function, and gives cigarette smokers a handy place to um, park their butts. Saw these at  the Village Vanguard store in […]

June 15

Pickle-flavored Pringles

Japanese consumers eat pickles by the gallon, but not THESE kind of pickles. Rating three splats on the Sour-O-Meter, Screamin’ Dill Pickle Pringles are the most mysterious flavor I’ve seen yet. I mean, last time I checked, sourness wasn’t the most prized attribute of potato chips. I can tell they’re not a locally developed product because the […]