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Where Can You Make Original Design Print Kimono?

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Where Can You Make Original Design Print Kimono?

Best way to find a good Kimono seller in Japan
Best way to find a good Kimono seller in Japan

How are you doing? After the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, more and more people stay at home (in many countries, must stay or be fined). 

So...many people are trying hard to find fun at home. Some (a lot!) of them play online games with friends or so.

 

Some go into crafting something at home. 

 

In general people get bored easily. The fun should not only be too easy to try but also have deep levels if for enthusiasts.

 

In this sense, one small but hot trend is that some people try to wear kimono. It is a traditional Japanese clothes consisting of many parts. It involves quite good amount of techniques. It is a new concept for many outside of Japan.

It is not super easy to try but you can learn well from some youtube video.

Or, you can simply wear haori jacket on your western clothes. 

 

It has quite deep levels to study and enjoy. There are many types of kimono and items attached to them. Each has usually meanings from a Japanese tradition.

 

You can buy kimono from the online shops all around the world. There are so many kinds! We put a tip how to find good kimono online below this article.

 

If you love to draw and love arts/fashion, you may want to create your own design on kimono or haori jacket.

 

If you ask a traditional kimono dealer to make your own design kimono, the cost shall be more than 2000-10,000USD or even more. Of course, it involves many craft people and takes quite a bit of time which makes the price reasonable but to the common people like us, simply not affordable!

 

Some people buy vintage or second hand kimono but do not find it so clean. Second hand kimono can be very affordable but sometimes with a lot of spots or mysterious dirt. Many may not care but some also care a lot esp. when it comes to Juban Kimono underwear. Traditional ones are made of silk and you can not even wash..

 

There is the solution!!

 

Under this circumstance, this shop SALZ TOKYO creates your original design kimono and haori etc. at an affordable price - 700-1500USD depending on project. 

 

The owner is a kimono expert based in Japan who has been featured on Japanese media from time to time as the revolutionary kimono artist. 

 

Her shop can make a custom size new polyester normal- extra large size Juban underwear so you can wear the new one and even can wash it with a laundry machine.

 

You can follow these steps to create your own kimono with this shop.

 

1. you contact this shop detailing your body size, if you have illustrator data, or some drawing (on paper to be scanned), what type of kimono you want (kimono dress furisode, haori jacket etc?).

 

2. the shop can suggest the size of kimono / haori and quotation of the item, possible delivery time.

 

3. production starts after the payment

 

One amazing thing with this shop is they can custom make extra large kimono, juban underwear, haori jacket, hakama, zori sandal etc. Such as XXXL, XXXXL or bigger (there are limitations of course, so please contact the shop asap!). For these sizes of kimono, probably no shop in Japan or all over the world can deal with.

 

The other amazing thing with this shop is that you can simply give the drawing on paper or so, then, the shop can make the digital illustration (if you only wants the data, it also possible for 600-800USD) which you can simply use to make your own item like T shirts or bag or anything by yourself. This is quite useful that you only want a digital data and you want to print all in your country to make anything you want!

Water melon Yukata! you find a very new and unique Kimono  Source: Salz kimono
Water melon Yukata! you find a very new and unique Kimono Source: Salz Tokyo
Vintage Kimono. Not easy to get the great quality one Source: Salz Kimono
Vintage Kimono. Not easy to get the great quality one Source: Salz Kimono
Holographic obi belt - a Kimono revolution Source: salz kimono
Holographic obi belt - a Kimono revolution Source: salz kimono

Want to start simply buying kimono?

 

Here is also a tip how to buy kimono online. 

 

People frequently ask us what the best way to buy Kimono online from Japan. Any scam cases? Here is our recommendation.

 

We receive many inquiries about our Japan travel information. At the same time many also asked us where they can get Kimono from Japan. Like any online shop in this world, there seem several scam cases where no product arrived and the customer got a very different item from what they ordered. 

 

In Japan there is a saying " the cheap person loses more ": meaning that if one trying to get really cheap item, the person even loses more to get a item with no value or even with more trouble attached.

 

The best and safest way to source your Kimono and Yukata from Japan is...be in Japan visiting all the Kimono shops around the country like in Kyoto, Nara, Tokyo. You need to feel the products and see the details. Today we do not often see people in Kimono but in the old time everybody wore Kimono in Japan, which means Japan is the big Kimono source of the world. If you look into the closet of many Japanese family, there are two or three set of Kimono( Furisode, Uchikake, Houmongi, Tomesode, Hakama, Yukata etc.) sleeping.

 

If you buy the second hand Kimono, it is almost always that Kimono are not washed even at once. Kimono is made of fragile textile like silk and needs to be kept in a special care so that the vintage value does not go away. Many vintage Kimono have survived over 10-50 years carrying the stories of each owner. The "story" means sometimes just some spots! The most the former owner loves the item, the more probably the Kimono went through a lot before reaching your hand.

Wow, such a nice kimono from Japan Source: salz kimono
Wow, such a nice kimono from Japan Source: salz kimono
Maiko practice for the dance event in Kyoto Source: Takuya Yoshino
Maiko practice for the dance event in Kyoto Source: Takuya Yoshino

What to look when buying Kimono online?

Old Miyako Odori brochure  Source: Miyako Odori official website
Old Miyako Odori brochure Source: Miyako Odori official website

Haori jacket. It sometimes has a great artwork "inside". Not to show is also one sense of beauty/fashion in Kimono  Source: salz kimono 

Japanese Haori Jacket for men Source: salz kimono
Japanese Haori Jacket for men Source: salz kimono

There are always good side and bad side for things, right? Travelling to Japan is not cheap. And, many shop staff do not speak English to explain what the items are. Also, some shop staff are very good at talk and some experienced buying what they did not need really... 

 

In this sense, online shop is where you can take your time and decide with your free will.

 

There are several online Kimono shops with credit. If you follow some basic rules, you can find great Kimono online from Japan.

 

Stick to the basic of shopping:

 

1. Always read the description

 

As we mentioned above, there are almost always "stories" on each Kimono. If you buy online, when you get the item in your hand, you always have the risk of finding something you did not find when ordering on PC/smartphone screen. Some shops deliberately not disclose it even. 

Trust worthy online Kimono shops have the detailed descriptions about the item as to if any spot, dirt, damage, sunburn, hole. Gorgeous Kimono or rare design Kimono sell very fast thus it is sometimes a matter of time if you can get it and you want to decide quick and pay quick. Some online shoppers buy without reading the description. In other words, if you find no description, just do not buy it.

 

2. Always read reviews (on common shopping platforms!)

 

As the shop does not exist in your area, you can not go around and hear what their customers say about the shop. (sometimes the shop does not even exist!) Word of mouth is so important. If shop review available, always read the reviews first. Usually even when the official shop website has no review, if you go to a common shopping platform such as Amazon, eBay or Etsy, there are always reviews to check. How great and authentic the shop may look to you and if no review, just do not buy it.

Careful when the reviews are in the official websites. Within the official website, it is totally up to the shop owner which reviews to show and hide, or even put the positive review as the owner themselves write (!). We really do not trust the reviews in the official websites.

This way, (we are sure that you may also all agree that) the reviews on the common shopping platforms (e.g. Amazon, eBay, Etsy) are relatively trust-worthy.

 

3. If not sure, always ask

 

If you have anything uncertain, do not forget to ask the seller. With this, you learn what type of person the seller is, how quick and well organized the response is, how well the seller is familiar with Kimono. If there is no response, it is a sign the shop is not well maintained or non-exist. Even though you could buy an item from such a shop, you may have possible problems later.

 

In the end, most vintage Kimono is a "used" Kimono. If you are sensitive with any kind of stain or so, we recommend you to buy a new one.

 

In next section, we share with you several most common issues you may come across when buying from Japanese Kimono online shops. And in the last section, we introduce where best and safest to buy Kimono online from Japan.

Furisode Source: Wikipedia
Furisode Source: Wikipedia
Looking for Hakama? Not so easy to find a trust worthy Kimono shop
Looking for Hakama? Not so easy to find a trust worthy Kimono shop

Common issues for online Kimono shop

We view that many of Kimono shops in Japan are honestly trying hard to give you the best value for the best of Kimono culture, and that mistakes can happen when dealing with heavy load. But, as the best partner of our reader, there are issues we need to inform you when buying from an online Kimono shop from Japan. Therefore, you have minimum risk (hopefully!).

 

Here are the common issues when you buy from online shops in Japan.

 

1. Insufficient information/dishonesty  

Some massive vintage online Kimono shops deal with so many items. Thus the description tends to be insufficient.

And unfortunately we have experienced sometimes dishonesty with some online Kimono shops. It is not always but it does happen (happened to us) that the shops only put photos of the nice parts of Kimono and hide the part full of spots or dirt. When we received the items, we were so disappointed to find out the Kimono was full of spots and just un-wearable.  There is little point arguing about this for a long time with the shop when it is so far away and not ready to communicate in English.

 

Sad to say but dishonesty is not strange for business in Japan. You go to supermarket or restaurant etc. in Japan and see the price tag or price on the menu. You are most likely to see the price with big fonts which is only without the 8% tax. The price incl. the 8 % is usually written so small so that you do not notice it. At the cashier, you pay the price with 8%, you would feel strange that the price got more expensive than you thought. Almost all does that because "others do and not illegal". Common experience for foreigners in Japan.  

  

2. Custom

You ordered and paid, your item does not come to your hand. It is another common issue. When an online Kimono shop not familiar with overseas shipment, Kimono is more likely to be stopped at the custom. In such case, you often need to travel to the custom office (which is usually located at an inconvenient address deliberately) and fill in the form, explain and pay the additional import tax.

 

Because it is up to the whim of officer at custom office, this issue could happen to overseas-business-experienced shop too but the probability is simply too high for inexperienced shop. This is why some shops in Japan do not ship to overseas.

 

You make sure the shop is experienced with the overseas shipping. You can tell this from the reviews (of the common shopping platforms like Amazon, eBay, Etsy, not the official shop's own (read the above section)!)

 

3. Non delivery 

There are shops which do not ship simply (but take money from you!). It is just a scam. Yes, Japan is a trademark for credibility. Yet, you can not always expect that you have no problem because you buy from online shops in Japan. There are many kind of people in Japan (there are many shops these days selling Kimono it is not because they are passionate about Kimono but just want to make money. Nothing wrong with that as long as treating customer with care and honesty but there are also people who abuse this chance to steal money from you) today and because of the power of online, you can not see in person the face of the shop owner.

 

Signs of fraud shop:

1. first and for all, when the review says so(!) Note: the "review" here means not the review inside of official shop which is easily editable by the shop( webshop owner) but go for the reviews on the common shopping platforms (Amazon, eBay, Etsy...).

2. when the price is too cheap or too expensive

 

Well, for instance, you found two suspicious online shops, one is selling really cheap and the other selling super expensive? Our recommendation is just to skip them. But if you insist, of course, go for the cheap one. Even if in both case you lose money, you lose not as much as the other option. 

 

4. Lack of communication

It is common that Japanese online shop do not communicate in English. Even if it does, English level sometimes is not high enough to explain in details or clearly. 

 

Now worried too much? Well, do not worry. We will introduce some great online Kimono shop with minimum concern of these issues in the below section.

Best online Kimono shop from Japan

Miyako odori  Source: Wikipedia
Miyako odori Source: Wikipedia

The Best and safest shop to buy Kimono is Salz Tokyo. Their shop sells vintage and original Kimono online. 

 

This shop seems to offer the INTERNATIONAL FREE SHIPPING. And right now they offer 20% OFF sales (for the celebration of Reiwa era in Japan)! You better be hurry to order as much as you can! 

 

It is simple that we work with the people who run the shop. 

 

Among numerous shopping service/forwarding service vendors, Kaeru Parcels has achieved one of the highest credibility. Countless customers have thanked us for the speed and care for details (we, the Kaeru team, even must thank the warehouse managers and customer service staff in the Kaeru office for this!).

 

We work closely with the team of Salz Tokyo fashion brand and we know that they work hard searching for the high quality Kimono around Japan and checking their items with the highest care and being honest with the quality of items to their customers. Salz Tokyo puts all information about spot, colour, damage etc. So that you know what you get. The shop is very experienced with overseas shipping. In addition to our word, you can see their trust level from the reviews of their Etsy shop (one of the biggest common shopping platforms). 

  

Salz Tokyo is a small business trying hard everyday to spread Kimono culture to the world. Kaeru team supports these type of small businesses internationally.

Who would have thought Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird" kimono possible!?
Who would have thought Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird" kimono possible!? Source: salz kimono
Pigeon kimono!! you find a very new and unique Kimono  Source: Salz Tokyo
Pigeon kimono!! you find a very new and unique Kimono Source: Salz Tokyo
Cute ducks, all hand painted!! Source: salz kimono
Cute ducks, all hand painted!! Source: salz kimono

More articles for you to enjoy:  

Have you heard of "Shark islands" and want to know how to get there, please click here!

 

Onegai Kaeru wants you to enjoy Japan trip.

 

If you are looking for more traveler"s info and can not find one, please let us know. We will try to help you with Japan Traveler Help Service (we work on hourly charge to arrange, book, find info you need). Feel free to contact us!

 

 

Onegai Kaeru, a group of passionate travelers, bring happiness to the world with its shopping support service and original super cute items!

 

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Where Can You make Extra Large Size Original Kimono?

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Where Can You make Extra Large Size Original Kimono?

Best way to find a good Kimono seller in Japan
Best way to find a good Kimono seller in Japan

People frequently ask us "Where Can You make Extra Large Size Original Kimono?".

 

If you search online, you may find L size kimono but when it comes to even just XL size kimono, you start having trouble.

 

Every day people asking us where I can get a extra large size kimono such as XXL, XXXL.

 

In this universe, anything is possible so we do not say it is impossible to find XXXL real kimono online. But there is a way.

 

You can create your own kimono of any size from this shop. English customer service available.

 

You can share your original design in ai file or even just a sketch and your design will be printed on the kimono. 

 

The cost of custom made Kimono depends on the difficulty of design size but usually starting from 1500USD per piece. It is definitely worth it.

Vintage Kimono. Not easy to get the great quality one Source: Salz Kimono
Vintage Kimono. Not easy to get the great quality one Source: Salz Kimono

Here is also a tip how to buy kimono online. 

 

People frequently ask us what the best way to buy Kimono online from Japan. Any scam cases? Here is our recommendation.

 

We receive many inquiries about our Japan travel information. At the same time many also asked us where they can get Kimono from Japan. Like any online shop in this world, there seem several scam cases where no product arrived and the customer got a very different item from what they ordered. 

 

In Japan there is a saying " the cheap person loses more ": meaning that if one trying to get really cheap item, the person even loses more to get a item with no value or even with more trouble attached.

 

The best and safest way to source your Kimono and Yukata from Japan is...be in Japan visiting all the Kimono shops around the country like in Kyoto, Nara, Tokyo. You need to feel the products and see the details. Today we do not often see people in Kimono but in the old time everybody wore Kimono in Japan, which means Japan is the big Kimono source of the world. If you look into the closet of many Japanese family, there are two or three set of Kimono( Furisode, Uchikake, Houmongi, Tomesode, Hakama, Yukata etc.) sleeping.

 

If you buy the second hand Kimono, it is almost always that Kimono are not washed even at once. Kimono is made of fragile textile like silk and needs to be kept in a special care so that the vintage value does not go away. Many vintage Kimono have survived over 10-50 years carrying the stories of each owner. The "story" means sometimes just some spots! The most the former owner loves the item, the more probably the Kimono went through a lot before reaching your hand.

Wow, such a nice kimono from Japan Source: salz kimono
Wow, such a nice kimono from Japan Source: salz kimono
Maiko practice for the dance event in Kyoto Source: Takuya Yoshino
Maiko practice for the dance event in Kyoto Source: Takuya Yoshino

What to look when buying Kimono online?

Old Miyako Odori brochure  Source: Miyako Odori official website
Old Miyako Odori brochure Source: Miyako Odori official website

Haori jacket. It sometimes has a great artwork "inside". Not to show is also one sense of beauty/fashion in Kimono  Source: salz kimono 

Japanese Haori Jacket for men Source: salz kimono
Japanese Haori Jacket for men Source: salz kimono

There are always good side and bad side for things, right? Travelling to Japan is not cheap. And, many shop staff do not speak English to explain what the items are. Also, some shop staff are very good at talk and some experienced buying what they did not need really... 

 

In this sense, online shop is where you can take your time and decide with your free will.

 

There are several online Kimono shops with credit. If you follow some basic rules, you can find great Kimono online from Japan.

 

Stick to the basic of shopping:

 

1. Always read the description

 

As we mentioned above, there are almost always "stories" on each Kimono. If you buy online, when you get the item in your hand, you always have the risk of finding something you did not find when ordering on PC/smartphone screen. Some shops deliberately not disclose it even. 

Trust worthy online Kimono shops have the detailed descriptions about the item as to if any spot, dirt, damage, sunburn, hole. Gorgeous Kimono or rare design Kimono sell very fast thus it is sometimes a matter of time if you can get it and you want to decide quick and pay quick. Some online shoppers buy without reading the description. In other words, if you find no description, just do not buy it.

 

2. Always read reviews (on common shopping platforms!)

 

As the shop does not exist in your area, you can not go around and hear what their customers say about the shop. (sometimes the shop does not even exist!) Word of mouth is so important. If shop review available, always read the reviews first. Usually even when the official shop website has no review, if you go to a common shopping platform such as Amazon, eBay or Etsy, there are always reviews to check. How great and authentic the shop may look to you and if no review, just do not buy it.

Careful when the reviews are in the official websites. Within the official website, it is totally up to the shop owner which reviews to show and hide, or even put the positive review as the owner themselves write (!). We really do not trust the reviews in the official websites.

This way, (we are sure that you may also all agree that) the reviews on the common shopping platforms (e.g. Amazon, eBay, Etsy) are relatively trust-worthy.

 

3. If not sure, always ask

 

If you have anything uncertain, do not forget to ask the seller. With this, you learn what type of person the seller is, how quick and well organized the response is, how well the seller is familiar with Kimono. If there is no response, it is a sign the shop is not well maintained or non-exist. Even though you could buy an item from such a shop, you may have possible problems later.

 

In the end, most vintage Kimono is a "used" Kimono. If you are sensitive with any kind of stain or so, we recommend you to buy a new one.

 

In next section, we share with you several most common issues you may come across when buying from Japanese Kimono online shops. And in the last section, we introduce where best and safest to buy Kimono online from Japan.

Furisode Source: Wikipedia
Furisode Source: Wikipedia
Looking for Hakama? Not so easy to find a trust worthy Kimono shop
Looking for Hakama? Not so easy to find a trust worthy Kimono shop
Holographic obi belt - a Kimono revolution Source: salz kimono
Holographic obi belt - a Kimono revolution Source: salz kimono

Common issues for online Kimono shop

We view that many of Kimono shops in Japan are honestly trying hard to give you the best value for the best of Kimono culture, and that mistakes can happen when dealing with heavy load. But, as the best partner of our reader, there are issues we need to inform you when buying from an online Kimono shop from Japan. Therefore, you have minimum risk (hopefully!).

 

Here are the common issues when you buy from online shops in Japan.

 

1. Insufficient information/dishonesty  

Some massive vintage online Kimono shops deal with so many items. Thus the description tends to be insufficient.

And unfortunately we have experienced sometimes dishonesty with some online Kimono shops. It is not always but it does happen (happened to us) that the shops only put photos of the nice parts of Kimono and hide the part full of spots or dirt. When we received the items, we were so disappointed to find out the Kimono was full of spots and just un-wearable.  There is little point arguing about this for a long time with the shop when it is so far away and not ready to communicate in English.

 

Sad to say but dishonesty is not strange for business in Japan. You go to supermarket or restaurant etc. in Japan and see the price tag or price on the menu. You are most likely to see the price with big fonts which is only without the 8% tax. The price incl. the 8 % is usually written so small so that you do not notice it. At the cashier, you pay the price with 8%, you would feel strange that the price got more expensive than you thought. Almost all does that because "others do and not illegal". Common experience for foreigners in Japan.  

  

2. Custom

You ordered and paid, your item does not come to your hand. It is another common issue. When an online Kimono shop not familiar with overseas shipment, Kimono is more likely to be stopped at the custom. In such case, you often need to travel to the custom office (which is usually located at an inconvenient address deliberately) and fill in the form, explain and pay the additional import tax.

 

Because it is up to the whim of officer at custom office, this issue could happen to overseas-business-experienced shop too but the probability is simply too high for inexperienced shop. This is why some shops in Japan do not ship to overseas.

 

You make sure the shop is experienced with the overseas shipping. You can tell this from the reviews (of the common shopping platforms like Amazon, eBay, Etsy, not the official shop's own (read the above section)!)

 

3. Non delivery 

There are shops which do not ship simply (but take money from you!). It is just a scam. Yes, Japan is a trademark for credibility. Yet, you can not always expect that you have no problem because you buy from online shops in Japan. There are many kind of people in Japan (there are many shops these days selling Kimono it is not because they are passionate about Kimono but just want to make money. Nothing wrong with that as long as treating customer with care and honesty but there are also people who abuse this chance to steal money from you) today and because of the power of online, you can not see in person the face of the shop owner.

 

Signs of fraud shop:

1. first and for all, when the review says so(!) Note: the "review" here means not the review inside of official shop which is easily editable by the shop( webshop owner) but go for the reviews on the common shopping platforms (Amazon, eBay, Etsy...).

2. when the price is too cheap or too expensive

 

Well, for instance, you found two suspicious online shops, one is selling really cheap and the other selling super expensive? Our recommendation is just to skip them. But if you insist, of course, go for the cheap one. Even if in both case you lose money, you lose not as much as the other option. 

 

4. Lack of communication

It is common that Japanese online shop do not communicate in English. Even if it does, English level sometimes is not high enough to explain in details or clearly. 

 

Now worried too much? Well, do not worry. We will introduce some great online Kimono shop with minimum concern of these issues in the below section.

Best online Kimono shop from Japan

Miyako odori  Source: Wikipedia
Miyako odori Source: Wikipedia

The Best and safest shop to buy Kimono is Salz Tokyo. Their shop sells vintage and original Kimono online. 

 

This shop seems to offer the INTERNATIONAL FREE SHIPPING. And right now they offer 20% OFF sales (for the celebration of Reiwa era in Japan)! You better be hurry to order as much as you can! 

 

It is simple that we work with the people who run the shop. 

 

Among numerous shopping service/forwarding service vendors, Kaeru Parcels has achieved one of the highest credibility. Countless customers have thanked us for the speed and care for details (we, the Kaeru team, even must thank the warehouse managers and customer service staff in the Kaeru office for this!).

 

We work closely with the team of Salz Tokyo fashion brand and we know that they work hard searching for the high quality Kimono around Japan and checking their items with the highest care and being honest with the quality of items to their customers. Salz Tokyo puts all information about spot, colour, damage etc. So that you know what you get. The shop is very experienced with overseas shipping. In addition to our word, you can see their trust level from the reviews of their Etsy shop (one of the biggest common shopping platforms). 

  

Salz Tokyo is a small business trying hard everyday to spread Kimono culture to the world. Kaeru team supports these type of small businesses internationally.

Who would have thought Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird" kimono possible!?
Who would have thought Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird" kimono possible!? Source: salz kimono
Pigeon kimono!! you find a very new and unique Kimono  Source: Salz Tokyo
Pigeon kimono!! you find a very new and unique Kimono Source: Salz Tokyo
Water melon Yukata! you find a very new and unique Kimono  Source: Salz kimono
Water melon Yukata! you find a very new and unique Kimono Source: Salz Tokyo
Cute ducks, all hand painted!! Source: salz kimono
Cute ducks, all hand painted!! Source: salz kimono

More articles for you to enjoy:  

Have you heard of "Shark islands" and want to know how to get there, please click here!

 

Onegai Kaeru wants you to enjoy Japan trip.

 

If you are looking for more traveler"s info and can not find one, please let us know. We will try to help you with Japan Traveler Help Service (we work on hourly charge to arrange, book, find info you need). Feel free to contact us!

 

 

Onegai Kaeru, a group of passionate travelers, bring happiness to the world with its shopping support service and original super cute items!

 

Source: Wikipedia

 

Disclaimer: Even though we try to make the info as updated and accurate but the accuracy of the information herein is not guaranteed by us. If you have any uncertainty, please contact the information source.

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Buy Japanese Company - Hotel in Japan - M&A Target Info from Japan

Buy Japanese Company - Hotel in Japan - M&A Target Info from Japan

Many companies on sale right now in Japan

We support M&A in many countries. 

On request, we find the target company to buy or sell.  

 

Do you want to enter Japan market? One of the easiest ways is to buy a company in Japan. 

 

In the corona pandemic, three are many businesses going bankrupt or civil rehabilitation proceedings in Japan.

 

One of the biggest fashion companies called RENOWN (already owned by a Chinese company) filed for bankruptcy, White Bear - a major travel agency and also Air Asia LCC was out of business in 2020.

 

It is usually our recommendation that you buy a company from bankruptcy or equivalent.  Why? It is because you can acquire a company at a very good price and the debt is normally reduced by 90%.

 

We have had some cases where the owners want to sell their company at 1JPY (less than 10 cent).

 

Of course, this is not for somebody who do not understand the business. There are reasons why these companies were not doing well and the owner needed to give up. 

 

How we help? If you want to buy, we find target companies to buy. If you want to sell, we find a company which may be interested in investing in your company. We work with our accountant and legal firms which can carry out due diligence.

 

We share some examples of the companies you can or could buy. In this section, we focus on hotels and ryokans (inn), hostels often with hot springs.

 

If you are interested, you can contact us any time.

 

Please note that all of these hotels are not necessarily for sales. Some hotels found already new owners.

Here are the list of hotel/Japanese inn companies which went out of business in 2020 in Japan:

 

  • KOSCOINN in Aichi, owned 17 hotels in Ibaragi, Kagoshima etc.
  • Hokkai Kanko in Mie operating Hotel Hokkai
  • Aomori Kokusai hotel in Aomori, 67 room hotel in Aomori. 1.6bil JPY debt.
  • Mizuho hotel & resorts management in Tokyo.
  • River Side Hotel Sansui in Oita
  • Chikujokan in Fukuoka. Started as Japanese inn in 1909. 280mil JPY debt.
  • Saku Ichimanri Onsen Hotel Golden Century est. in 1967. 2nd biggest hotel in Saku city, Nagano.
  • Kazuno Park Hotel in Kazuno city, Akita. Azuno Planning announced to buy the hotel. 500mil JPY debt.
  • Kyoto Central Inn, 138 room hotel in the centre of Kyoto city. 300 mil JPY sales in 2017. 180mil JPY debt.
  • Inter City hotel Hakusan in Hakusan city, Ishikawa. BBH hotel group bought it and renamed it to Hotel Hakusan Hills.
  • Ryokan Ryoshi no Sato, 9 room Japanese inn in Kumamoto.
  • Royal Oak Resort hotel in Shiga 3.1bil JPY sales in 2014. No sponser.
  • Takada Castle Hotel, 23 rooms, Joetsu city, Niigata.
  • Kunugi Daira hotel in Nihonmatsu city, Fukushima, 70 room hotel.
  • Angelique Heian in Kumamoto.
  • WBF hotels & resorts in Osaka 4.7bil JPY sales in 2019. Hoshino resorts announced to own this company.
  • Fast Cabin and its subsidiaries in hostel style inns in major cities in Japan
  • Inariyama Onsen Hotel Kyosenkaku in Nagano.
  • Hagi Ground Hotel Tenku, Hagi city, Yamaguchi. The biggest hotel in Hagi city.
  • Travel Sirius in Okayama.
  • Kimuraya, old Japanese inn est. 1688.
  • Hoshitaru Kanko, in Mie.
  • Tomiya ryokan, Hyogo pref. 38 rooms.
  • Hotel Kitafukuro, Hokkaido. 91 rooms. est. 1985.
  • Fujiya hotel, Ibaragi, est. 1962.

 

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JAPAN STARTS FREE PCR TEST FROM MARCH, 2021. WHERE CAN YOU TAKE IT?

Japan starts Free PCR test from March, 2021. Where can you take it?

Many still miss the pre-corona time  Source: onegai kaeru
Many still miss the pre-corona time Source: onegai kaeru

To help curve the corona virus pandemic, we made a list of venue where you can get cheap PCR tests in Japan (which you still find it in the later part of this article!). 

 

Now and finally Japanese government announced that they would carry out PCR tests for FREE. Yes, it will be free because the government wants to check how Covid spread in the country in general.

 

From when? It will start in March. It is possible that the companies which started cheap PCR test as in the below list would complain to the government.

where can you take it?

Where can you take the free PCR test?

 

The government says the venues shall be in several busy areas of the cities around Japan as well as airports. So Narita and Haneda airports shall be most likely in the Free PCR test venue list.

 

The way to take the free PCR test could be possibly two ways mainly. 

1) there will be pop up test venues here and there, you just book online using some kind of app and take it

2) in some public venues, you may be required to take the test on the spot

 

The test only lasts as a matter of 5 mins (the news say 3 minutes but you should have some buffer.). 

 

There are the reception and the testing counter. You go in and get the PCR test tool from the reception. You bring that tool to the testing counter where your saliva will be taken as the test sample.

 

Usually you get the result next day. or on the same day with special price 

 

Saliva method is far better than the "nose" method. With the nose method, the test staff will put the long pole in both of your nose holes! Painful.

Why Now at last? Maybe Olympic?

Empty city in the corona time  Source: onegai kaeru
Empty city in the corona time Source: onegai kaeru

Why finally now that the government decided to carry out the free PCR test?

 

We see several possible reasons.

 

One reason may be because of these cheap private PCR test companies. It is not that these company tests could be not accurate but the test takers would not report to the authority even if the result was a positive. The government was worried that the people who take the private PCR tests would hide their results. This results in the situation that the government had no accurate no. of infection in Japan.

Also the fact that these private venues turned out to be super popular. This shows a very high public interest in taking the test. We feel sorry for these companies which may be somewhat "used" as a marketing test to see if these venues can be used.

 

The biggest reason should be the Tokyo Olympic.

 

Japan has been under a constant complaint that it has not done enough test to show the actual infection case from the very beginning of this pandemic. The infection case in Japan is very very low comparing to the one in Europe or the US.

Critics say the Japanese government had not done many test so that it makes it look like there is not big pandemic.

Now IOC is not 100% sure about the Tokyo 2021. Only the JOC kept saying the Olympic will take place.  Japan needs to prove it has really not big pandemic.

End of private cheap PCR tests?

Does this mean the end of these cheap private PCR test companies?

Our guess is not exactly. Of course, many of them shall be closed or reduced the size of the business once the government starts the free PCR test in March here and there in Japan. We guess that there will be huge backlog to the government test. So there will be so many people who can not take the free ones on time. They will take the private ones. Also those who wants to take the test in secret from the government eye will still take this.

 

Once you take the government test, you will be under the control of the government. ( This is good! But some may find it concerning. )

PRC test for corona virus

Covid-19 keeps spreading around the world.

 

The governments launching lockdowns and light lock-downs (like in Germany) but the wave of Covid-19 seems unstoppable. Even Germany which had been less affected by Covid now goes into the hard lockdown over Dec and possibly Jan.

 

In this pandemic, you may hear PCR test a lot. PCR means " Polymerase chain reaction".  You must have heard PCR test a lot. Do you know how much to do it in Japan normally?

 

There are two ways.

A. One way is to visit a clinic. Many clinics do it in Japan.

B. Our observation shows the fee at clinics, PCR test cost 25000JPY and expensive one cost 40000JPY (esp. the one some government asks to use for entry process) .

 

The other way is to get the test kit at home, send your sample and get the result at home. This costs often around 7000JPY.

 

Today one newly opened clinic in Shinbashi announced they would do it for less 30USD (2500JPY excl. tax).

 

So now that you know there will be free PCR tests from the Japanese government, you may not think about getting the cheap (still cost) one. But we put as below the venue list where you can get cheap PCR test in Japan.  This is still useful before the free one starts and under several circumstances mentioned above. 

 

Corona Free Certificate for Japan and the world?

 

We envisage a concept of the "Corona Free Certificate" which will be reality soon or later. No word from the Japanese government though, we think there will be a Corona Free Certificate in some form which you must get into public venues such as bullet train, domestic flight, concert, events etc. Many governments already have employed this type of certificates for international flights. We think these free PCR test plan be part of these certificate concepts to be used in Japan.

 

Still useful ! Cheap corona test companies

Cheap PCR test clinic opened by Kinoshita group Source: official website
This is Cheap PCR test clinic opened by Kinoshita group. Not free venue by the government! Source: official website

1. Shingata Corona PCR kensa center

 

The name is "Shingata Corona PCR kensa center" run by Kinoshita group. The company also plans to open a new clinic in Kabukicho, Shinjuku.

 

 

The official website

So where is it exactly? And how to reserve it?

 

The address : (On west side) 1st floor of New Shinbashi building, 2-chōme-16-1 ShinbashiMinato City, Tokyo 105-0004

2. SmarTAmp Station“駅前検査”

SmarTAmp Station“駅前検査” is in front of Tokyo station (10 min walk). 

 

The cost start from 1980JPY (less than 20USD!)

 

So far the cheapest.

 

When you pay extra fee (9900JPY in total), you get the result on the same day. For this deal, you must be at the shop before 15:00. 

 

Please note that you must reserve online before you visit the shop. You can not directly go there with no appointment or call them to make appointment. You must book online.

 

It is in the Takeda Edobashi building, 3-chōme-14-3 NihonbashiChuo City, Tokyo 103-0027.

 

0900 AM- 1800

 

 

The official website

3. Shingata Corona Kensa Center (Softbank)

 

There is no physical shop. You do the PCR test by mail order.

 

The website says 2000JPY but this does NOT include all tools and shipping cost.  This one is cheaper than many clinics but for this cheap PCR test list, not cheap one.

 

The total cost depends where you live in Japan but you can expect around 6000-10000JPY

 

For example, if you are in Tokyo area, 5,786JPY and if you in Okinawa, the cost 10,802 JPY.

 

The website is not so easy. You may even pay more for this test.

 

Official website

How it works? online reservation site

How these reasonably priced PCR test venues work?

 

For example, the one in Shinagawa and near Tokyo, you need to book in advance online. 

 

And as of 8th Dec, 2020, the site is quite busy.  They are full basically in 2020 already.

Cheap PCR test booking site Source: official website
Cheap PCR test booking site Source: official website

Pros and cons

Obviously the pro is that being quite cheap.

 

But the biggest con is that if you want to use the result for the official reason such as the entry permit of some country, many countries would not accept this result. Instead, you must go to a designated test organization. Even though the company says it provides the doctor diagnose for 6000JPY, many governments would not accept it.

 

So if you want to use it for an official purpose, you must consult the authority if it is possible to use this cheap PCR test. 

 

The Japanese government concern about the private PCR test...

 

The government in Japan also is worried that the statistic of infected cases may be impacted by these private test services as they lose track of the infected cases if the test taker does not report to the authority. This is one of the biggest reasons that the government came up with this free PCR test plan.

 

There will be more cheap PCR test venues in Japan

 

As you see, all these cheap PCR test companies get so many bookings and they can not meet the demand. The cost shall be even cheaper. So far, 20USD is the cheapest. We expect many companies already got some inventory to clear up so they need to remain open for now. But it shall be cheaper in some months esp. when the government starts its free PCR.

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Even 10USD for PCR test? List of Cheap PCR Corona Test Locations in Japan. (A Way to Get it FREE too!)

Even 10USD for PCR test? List of Cheap PCR Corona Test Locations in Japan. (A Way to Get it FREE too!)

Cheap PCR test clinic opened by Kinoshita group Source: official website
Cheap PCR test clinic opened by Kinoshita group Source: official website

PRC test for corona virus

Covid-19 keeps spreading around the world.

 

The governments launching lockdowns and light lock-downs (like in Germany) but the wave of Covid-19 seems unstoppable. Even Germany which had been less affected by Covid now goes into the hard lockdown over Dec and possibly Jan.

 

In this pandemic, you may hear PCR test a lot. PCR means " Polymerase chain reaction".  You must have heard PCR test a lot. Do you know how much to do it in Japan normally?

 

There are two ways.

A. One way is to visit a clinic. Many clinics do it in Japan.

B. Our observation shows the fee at clinics, PCR test cost 25000JPY and expensive one cost 40000JPY (esp. the one some government asks to use for entry process) .

 

The other way is to get the test kit at home, send your sample and get the result at home. This costs often around 7000JPY.

 

Today one newly opened clinic in Shinbashi announced they would do it for less 30USD (2500JPY excl. tax).

 

We keep you updated about the venues where you can get cheap PCR test in Japan. 

 

 

Cheap corona test companies

1. Shingata Corona PCR kensa center

 

The name is "Shingata Corona PCR kensa center" run by Kinoshita group. The company also plans to open a new clinic in Kabukicho, Shinjuku.

 

 

The official website

So where is it exactly? And how to reserve it?

 

The address : (On west side) 1st floor of New Shinbashi building, 2-chōme-16-1 ShinbashiMinato City, Tokyo 105-0004

2. SmarTAmp Station“駅前検査”

SmarTAmp Station“駅前検査” is in front of Tokyo station (10 min walk). 

 

The cost start from 1980JPY (less than 20USD!)

 

So far the cheapest.

 

When you pay extra fee (9900JPY in total), you get the result on the same day. For this deal, you must be at the shop before 15:00. 

 

Please note that you must reserve online before you visit the shop. You can not directly go there with no appointment or call them to make appointment. You must book online.

 

It is in the Takeda Edobashi building, 3-chōme-14-3 NihonbashiChuo City, Tokyo 103-0027.

 

0900 AM- 1800

 

 

The official website

3. Shingata Corona Kensa Center (Softbank)

 

There is no physical shop. You do the PCR test by mail order.

 

The website says 2000JPY but this does NOT include all tools and shipping cost.  This one is cheaper than many clinics but for this cheap PCR test list, not cheap one.

 

The total cost depends where you live in Japan but you can expect around 6000-10000JPY

 

For example, if you are in Tokyo area, 5,786JPY and if you in Okinawa, the cost 10,802 JPY.

 

The website is not so easy. You may even pay more for this test.

 

Official website

How it works? online reservation site

How these reasonably priced PCR test venues work?

 

For example, the one in Shinagawa and near Tokyo, you need to book in advance online. 

 

And as of 8th Dec, 2020, the site is quite busy.  They are full basically in 2020 already.

Cheap PCR test booking site Source: official website
Cheap PCR test booking site Source: official website

How you Do The Corona test?

Once you booked this cheap PCR test online, you go there. 

 

The test only lasts as a matter of 5 mins (the news say 3 minutes but you should have some buffer.). 

 

There are the reception and the testing counter. You go in and get the PCR test tool from the reception. You bring that tool to the testing counter where your saliva will be taken as the test sample.

 

Usually you get the result next day. or on the same day with special price 

 

Saliva method is far better than the "nose" method. With the nose method, the test staff will put the long pole in both of your nose holes! Painful.

Several ways to get a PCR test free

And there are some ways you can get PRC test for free in Japan. You must meet conditions though. Not for everyone.

 

One way is that you get a permission to get hospitalized for some disease. Before the hospitalization you get a free PCR test. It is totally funded by the Japanese government. Be aware that you need to have the reason and you can only do this ONE TIME. You sign an agreement beforehand.

Pros and cons

Obviously the pro is that being quite cheap.

 

But the biggest con is that if you want to use the result for the official reason such as the entry permit of some country, many countries would not accept this result. Instead, you must go to a designated test organization. Even though the company says it provides the doctor diagnose for 6000JPY, many governments would not accept it.

 

So if you want to use it for an official purpose, you must consult the authority if it is possible to use this cheap PCR test. 

 

The Japanese government concern

 

The government in Japan also is worried that the statistic of infected cases may be impacted by these private test services as they lose track of the infected cases if the test taker does not report to the authority.

 

There will be more cheap PCR test venues in Japan

 

As you see, all these cheap PCR test companies get so many bookings and they can not meet the demand. The cost shall be even cheaper. So far, 20USD is the cheapest. But it shall be cheaper in some months.

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He was in contact with corona person

You see every day that some famous people contracting corona virus.

 

This is the latest.

 

DIR EN GREY's one of the two guitarists "Die" Got Corona. "Die" is his name. 

 

He got tested PCR positive. This was why he did not join The World You Live In-additional- on 31 Dec, 2020.

 

Die is from Mie pref. After he attended a technical college in Osaka and dropped out, he formed with other members Dir En Grey in 1997.

 

DIE's current condition

 

So how is he after he got Covid-19? We have been all worried.

 

As long as the latest report says, his condition is not bad. Asymptomatic. No coughing, no fever.

 

Let us wish he recovers asap!

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Less than 30USD PCR in Japan? Where Can You Get Cheap PCR Test for Covid-19 in Japan? Whats pro and con?

Less than 30USD PCR in Japan? Where Can You Get Cheap PCR Test for Covid-19 in Japan? Whats pro and con?

Cheap PCR test clinic opened by Kinoshita group Source: official website
Cheap PCR test clinic opened by Kinoshita group Source: official website

PRC test for corona virus

Covid-19 keeps spreading around the world.

 

The governments launching lockdowns and light lock-downs (like in Germany) but the wave of Covid-19 seems unstoppable. Even Germany which had been less affected by Covid now goes into the hard lockdown over Dec and possibly Jan.

 

In this pandemic, you must have heard PCR test a lot. Do you know how much to do it in Japan normally?

 

It is average 20000JPY (around 200USD) . Unless you have a ground to take the test, the insurance does not cover it.

 

Today one newly opened clinic in Shinbashi announced they would do it for less 30USD (2500JPY excl. tax).

 

We keep you updated about the venues where you can get cheap PCR test in Japan. 

 

Shingata Corona PCR kensa center

The name is "Shingata Corona PCR kensa center" run by Kinoshita group. The company also plans to open a new clinic in Kabukicho, Shinjuku.

 

We saw many people waiting in line in front of this shop. The company says it can process 780 people in one day. We wonder if this is the case...

 

The official website

 

Now we expect to see more and more similar places popping up in Japan.

 

You can see the full list of cheap PCR test locations in Japan from here.

Where is it?

address and online reservation site

So where is it exactly? And how to reserve it?

 

The address : (On west side) 1st floor of New Shinbashi building, 2-chōme-16-1 ShinbashiMinato City, Tokyo 105-0004

You need to book in advance from this link. As of 8th Dec, 2020, the site is quite busy. 

Cheap PCR test booking site Source: official website
Cheap PCR test booking site Source: official website

How you Do The Corona test?

Once you booked this cheap PCR test online, you go there. 

 

The test only lasts as a matter of 5 mins (the news say 3 minutes but you should have some buffer.). 

 

There are the reception and the testing counter. You go in and get the PCR test tool from the reception. You bring that tool to the testing counter where your saliva will be taken as the test sample.

 

Usually you get the result next day. 

 

Saliva method is far better than the "nose" method. With the nose method, the test staff will put the long pole in both of your nose holes! Painful.

Pros and cons

Obviously the pro is that being quite cheap.

 

But the biggest con is that if you want to use the result for the official reason such as the entry permit of some country, many countries would not accept this result. Instead, you must go to a designated test organization. Even though the company says it provides the doctor diagnose for 6000JPY, many governments would not accept it.

 

So if you want to use it for an official purpose, you must consult the authority if it is possible to use this cheap PCR test. 

 

The Japanese government concern

 

The government in Japan also is worried that the statistic of infected cases may be impacted by these private test services as they lose track of the infected cases if the test taker does not report to the authority.

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No Rabbit on Rabbit Island - Okunoshima? Where did They All go?

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No Rabbit on Rabbit Island - Okunoshima? Where did They All go?

The type of rabbit on the island is mainly the very fluffy European rabbit (Ana-usagi in Japanese). Source: wikipedia
The type of rabbit on the island is mainly the very fluffy European rabbit (Ana-usagi in Japanese). Source: wikipedia

Recently visited Okunoshima island? You saw no Rabbit? Where did you think they all went?

 

 

No Rabbit on the Okunoshima island?

 

How are you in the corona pandemic?

 

Many of us have prob travelling this year of 2020. Have you traveled to Okuno Island - commonly known as the "Rabbit island"?

 

If you were on the island, you would have noticed that many rabbits "disappeared".

 

Corona Damage on the Rabbit Island

 

 

The rabbits life largely has depended on the tourists till now. The ministry in charge of the island has recommended no feeding to the rabbit but since 1970 when a first rabbit group taken to the island, the rabbit population exploded thanks to the constant supply of food the travelers gave.

 

In 2019 April, it is said that around 20,000 visited the island. 

 

What about the April, 2020?

 

It is only around 2,000 travelers. More than 80% dropped.

 

There were new cruise ships run by Bunker Supply since Oct, 2019 to meet the bigger demand.

 

200JPY rabbit food is now free of charge. You can get it at the port of departure i.e. Tadanoumi port, Hiroshima.

 

Where did the rabbit go?

 

Most likely in the forests. There is no information that these rabbits died out. 

Because the travelers disappeared, the rabbits moved to the deeper part of the island to find food.

For the maintenance of the rabbit spices on the island, this could be a good direction. Certainly not good for the tourism industry of the area which hugely depends on the rabbit.

 

Corona stress? Some abuse case on Rabbit too

 

Very sad but the corona stress may have impacted some people behavior. In January, 2020, there were the cases where some of the rabbits were found to be sprayed with mayonnaise type of sauce. Probably, some people made a joke. But we need to pay more careful attention to this small case which can escalate into serious crime. 

How to get Rabbit island in Japan and Where to Stay

Now curious about the rabbit island? Many friends of ours visited and loved it.

 

If you want to find out more about the histroy, how to get there, where to stay, you can check out the below sections.

 

Do you like cute animals? Looking for some unknown island full of cute animals in Japan?

if you already knew the cat islands( how to get cat islands and where to stay) and the shark island ( how to get shark island and where to stay), how about rabbit? 

 

In this article, we introduce you the island full of rabbit, how to get the island and where to stay. We updated on June, 2017 with all the useful information for you to travel to the rabbit island. New time tables and new ship line info from Mihara port.

 

<< If you are interested in learning about more interesting islands in Japan, you can check our comprehensive Japanese island list here. >>

The Rabbit Island

 The island is called Okunoshima island ( "大久野島" in Japanese). Okunoshima, 4km diameter, is located in Seto inland sea, 3km away from Takehara city, Hiroshima.

 

In 1971 a primary school outside of the island released 8 rabbits onto the island. The first 8 rabbits grew in the number over the years. Around 300 in 2007, and then 700 rabbits were recorded in the study in 2013. 

 

The type of rabbit on the island is mainly very fluffy one called European rabbit (Ana-usagi in Japanese).

 

More than 200,000 rabbit lovers visit the island every year. The statistics shows 136,000 visitors in 2005 and 254,000 visitors (in which 17,000 are from outside of Japan) in 2015.

 

To protect the rabbit, you are not allowed to bring any dog to the island except guiding dogs for the blind people.

 

Poison Gas Museum

Unlike other animal islands which are normal fishermen' villages, Okunoshima has an interesting history. 

 

In 1920s then-Japanese army established the chemical weapon(poison gas) factory on the island. Because it manufactured the chemical weapon which was prohibited under the international treaty, the existence of the island was deleted from the official map. You can visit the Poison Gas museum to learn more about it.

 

Details of The museum(price and opening hour)

Website

Opening hour: 09:00AM-16:30 (Closed on year end and beginning)

Entrance fee:

100JPY for adult 19 year old or older (80JPY if you are of group of 20 people or more)

50JPY for kid 18 year old or younger (40JPY if you are of group of 20 people or more)

Tel: +81 846 26 3036

How to get the island

The ship to take you to the rabbit island  Source: Omishima Ferry line
The ship to take you to the rabbit island Source: Omishima Ferry line

You can get the island by ship only

By ship

New ship line from April, 2017

From April, 2017 there is a new ship line from Mihara to Okuno island ON WEEKENDS AND NATIONAL HOLIDAYS. It is a 30 min trip. 13 mins from Mihara port to Sunami port, 17 mins from Sunami port to Okunoshima island.

To Okuno island Ship No.  To Mihara
Mihara Sunami Okuno island   Okuno island Sunami Mihara
09:30 09:43 10:00 1 10:05 10:21 10:35
11:00 11:13 11:30 2 11:35 11:51 12:05
13:00 13:13 13:30 3 13:50 14:06 14:20
14:40 14:53 15:10 4 15:20 15:36 15:50
16:00 16:13 16:30 5 16:50 17:06 17:20

Price

From - To One way Round trip
Mihara~Okuno isl Adult 1,500 2,400
Child 750 1,200
Sunami~Okuno isl Adult 1,000 1,600
Child 500 800

※All shown in JPY   Child means a primary school kid or younger

How to book the ship?

For the new line, you can book in a 1 month in advance. You can not book it on the day. You can get a ticket at the port of departure though, the person with the reservation have a priority to be on board.

1. you call  + 81 848 38 9030 ( 08:30AM - 17:00 )

 

2. you tell i. the date of departure, ii. which Ship. no, iii. which port to depart, iv. name of the passenger, v. number of the passenger, vi. your telephone number.

 

3. you get a reservation number. 

 

For details, you can check this website. (all in Japanese)

 

We can help you book the seats if you give us the following information (our service fee starts from 100EUR per hour ).

Ordinary way

Get Omishima Ferry from Tadanoumi port("忠海港" in Japanese) to get off at Okuno port ("大久野港" in Japanese) ( the ship further goes to Sakari port, Ehime ("盛港" in Japanese) .

Price

 

  One way(JPY) Round trip(JPY)
Sakari~Tadanoumi Adult 360 720
Child 180 360
Sakari~Okuno
Tadanoumi~Okuno
Adult 310 620
Child 160 320

Time table

 

  fr. Sakari fr. Okuno arr. Tadanoumi   fr. Tadanoumi fr. Okuno arr.Sakari
1 07:00 07:25 1 07:30 07:55
2 08:00 08:20 2 08:30 08:45 09:00
3 09:05 09:20 09:35 3 09:40 09:55 10:10
4 10:15 10:30 10:45 4 10:50 11:05 11:20
5 11:25 11:40 11:55 5 12:00 12:15 12:30
6 13:35 13:48 14:00 6 14:05 14:19 14:35
7 14:40 14:56 15:10 7 15:15 15:29 15:45
8 15:50 16:06 16:20 8 16:25 16:39 16:55
9 17:00 ※17:16 17:30 9 17:35 18:00
10 18:40 19:05 10 19:10 19:30

(※17:00 ship from Sakari stops at Okuno island ONLY during Feb-Oct.)

 Modified as of 29 April, 2016 subject to changes

Contact of ferry company:

Omishima Ferry

 

Tel: +81 0846-22-6199

Rough time frame to travel to rabbit island

To get the Tadanoumi port("忠海港" in Japanese)

5 min walk from JR Tadanoumi station

To get the Tadaonumi station("忠海駅" in Japanese)

 

From Tokyo

Shinkansen line toward Hiroshima( "bullet train") from Tokyo station or Shinagawa station to get Fukuyama station ("福山駅" in Japanese) 

Change at Fukuyama station to JR Sanyo hon-sen toward Mihara, to get Mihara station ("三原駅" in Japanese)

Change at Mihara ("三原駅" in Japanese) to  JR Kure-sen to get Tadanoumi station

 

From Osaka, Kyoto, Okayama

 

All on its way from Tokyo by bullet train toward Hiroshima.

Do you like rabbit? Source: Hiroshima prefecture
Do you like rabbit? Source: Hiroshima prefecture

Where to stay

Holiday Village Ohkunoshima

If you want to stay on the rabbit island, there is only one place. It is Holiday Village Ohkunoshima( "休暇村 大久野島/Kyukamura Ohkunoshima " ) which has a hotel and camping site. 

 

Hotel type accommodation

62 Japanese type rooms and 2 western type rooms

Starting from 9060JPY with two meals depending on plan and season

 

 

After you click the below picture, you jump to the Japanese website but you can book from the box at the bottom left corner.

Camping site

Camping site on Okunoshima island Source: Hiroshima prefecture
Camping site on Okunoshima island Source: Hiroshima prefecture

Starting from 1030JPY base price plus 410JPY per person

There are several plans such as one where you do not need to bring any camping equipment.

 

Website

Contact: +81 846-26-0321

Contact form( please choose Ohkunoshima where it says "at Kyukamura"  when contacting)

 

If you know more accommodations you recommend for the trip, please let us know! 

  

<<If you are interested in learning about more interesting islands in Japan, you can check our comprehensive Japanese island list here. >>

Other options to stay? At Mihara port

If not on the island, you can consider staying around the stations with a good access to  Mihara port. As we explained, the new ship line to Okunoshima from Mihara port starts in April, 2017. This way, staying at somewhere close to Mihara port is not bad idea. We show you some examples below.

Hotel Yassa

In front of Mihara station. You can rent a bike too.

 

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Center Hotel Mihara

In front of Mihara station. The hotel has normal type rooms and also capsule type rooms. In addition, it has many manga for you to read during your stay.

 

Book this place now!

Practical tips

We have some practical tips for visiting the rabbit islands.

 

1. Bring or buy some toilet paper in case you want to use the toilet at the Tadanoumi train station. No toilet paper.  Please make sure the paper dissolve in the water. Normal tissue paper does not dissolve so do not use (as of 2018).

 

2. Since the recent popularity, there are many visitors to this island.  Be prepared to be in the line to BUY the ferry ticket if on weekends or holiday seasons. Be ready to stand for 30-40 mins before you can buy the ferry ticket and some rabbit food. Then, you will be in another line to GET ON the ferry. Avoid the holiday seasons and go there EARLY.

 

3. Do not give too much food for rabbits. You may see some leftover lying on the ground where rabbits are too full. Due to the increase in visitor, the rabbits tend to get too full. The island office puts the sign at some locations saying "do not feed here". Please follow these instructions.

HAve a nice trip!

We hope that you have all information you need to know about the Okunoshima island. If you want us to feature other place in our section, feel free to talk to us!

 

Have a nice and safe trip!

 

Source: Chugoku news, Wikipedia

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Arashi Fanclub Continues Even after End 2020! Secrets You Never Knew about Arashi!

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Arashi Fanclub Continues Even after End 2020! Secrets You Never Knew about Arashi!

Who is Arashi? How they started?

We are featuring many famous girls bands in Japan like Band Maid , Baby Metal and Masked Girls. How about male bands? There are many cool male bands from Japan too.

 

Do you know Arahi? A famous and cool music boy group from Japan. Who are they? Why they are breaking up?

 

Where is their fan club? How to join?

 

Did you know that Arashi fanclub continues even after their breakup in 2020?

 

And their secret stories you are most likely not to know before.

 

You find all here.

 

Arashi, probably most famous boy bands from Johnny &Associates, was formed in November, 1999.

It consists of 5 members:

 

Masaki Aiba from Chiba born on 24 Dec, 1982

Jun Matsumto from Tokyo born on 30 Aug, 1983

Kazunari Nihomiya from Tokyo born on 17 June, 1983

Satoshi Ohno from Tokyo born on 26 Nov, 1980

Sho Sakurai from Tokyo born on 25 Jan, 1982

 

In 2017 Ohno told other members he wanted to split from Arashi. The group decided to "pause" its activity on 31 Dec, 2020. Sakurai mentioned its possibility of reunion. 

arashi's Sceret you never knew probably!

Now you know who Arashi is.

You may have known all these if you are an Arashi fan. 

 

But what about these? We would like to share some info even a fanatic Arashi fan may not know ;)

 

1. Ohno was tricked into join Arashi.

Prior to the debut, Ohno already decided to leave the Johnny&Associates. Mr. Kitagawa invited him to help one group for recording. The group was Arashi!

 

2. Aiba was not Arashi member originally.

The members were without Aiba originally. Mr. Kitagawa saw these four people practicing dancing and told "why is Aiba not with you guys even he is close to Ninomiya and Matsumoto?". The debut event was in Hawaii and it was just 3 days before the event. If Aiba had no passport, it was possible that he was not member of Arashi.

 

3. Sakurai's sister works in Nihon TV as a anchor women.

Mai Sakurai, Sakurai sister, works in Nihon TV broadcaster.

 

4. Members did stone paper scissors to decide who would become the leader.

Ohno is the leader. And how Arashi decided who became the leader? It was simple a stone paper scissors.

 

5. Ohno tried to quit Arashi twice.

In 1998 Ohno tried to leave the Johnnys because he wanted to get a job in an illustration related company.

 

6. Matsumoto joined Arashi without the audition process.

Matsumoto sent the application with his sister. Mr. Kitagawa saw the application and called him up directly. This way, Matsumoto joined the Johnny&associates.

 

7. Sakurai thought Arashi was a temporary group just for a valley ball competition.

Sakurai planned to study abroad.

Where the name comes from?

 So, where the name Arashi came from?

It means "Storm" in Japanese.

 

The name was decided because it would make a big storm in the world. A as Japanese hiragana/katakana and A as alphabet are the first letters. This 

 

Who named it? Most likely Mr. Johnny Kitagawa - the founder of the Johnny&Associates. It was rumored that another Johnny's famous man Mr. Takuya Kimura made that name but he denied it on a radio program.

 

No wonder their record label is called J-Strom.

 

Where is Arashi fanclub?

How to join Arashi Fanclub from overseas?

Arashi has the fanclub as below:

 

The official website is here.  This is one of the biggest fanclubs in Japan. When the group announced about its breakup, the fanclub was also going to end. But now we know that the fanclub continues!

 

You can NOT join the Arashi Fanclub from overseas but if you have a friend in Japan you can. If you have no good friend you can trust then, you can using our proxy service.

 

Interested in their fanclub? Check this fanclub proxy service!

World Tour, Original item shop?...

2021 Arashi New Year Card from Japan Post

Arashi Post Card 2021
Arashi Post Card 2021

Japan post publishes Arashi New Year greeting cards. Most likely 2021 shall be the last one. If you want to buy, please let us know.  

The deadline is 18 Dec, 2020. 

 

 Who is your favorite band from Japan? Tell us and share with us!!

 

Interested in their fanclub? Check this fanclub proxy service!

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Comike99 Take Place May 2021 in Corona Pandemic (Planned)

Comike99 Take Place May 2021 in Corona Pandemic (Planned)

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Comike99 May 2021 in Corona Pandemic

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The biggest manga market in the world Comike cancelled May 2020 event. Many Comike fans have been worried about the future of Comiket.

 

On 17th of Nov, 2020, the organizer of Comiket - Comic Market Preparation organization announced that Comiket99 will go on on 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th of May, 2021.

 

Due to the Corona pandemic, the event will have restiriction on how many people can visit and also the area usage in Tokyo Big Site exhibition hall. This time, it will only use West and East halls, will not use Aomi Hall.

 

The organizer told that the daily visitor number shall be around X0,000. This is a quite small number if you know the Comiket in the previous years hit average 0.2mil visitor per day.

 

For now, this is what we have. This is not final decision from the organizer. When the corona situation gets worse from now in Japan, it is likely that the event will be cancelled again. 

 

We will try to keep you updated!!

 

So if you are interested to learn what have been going on with Comiket in the corona time so far, you can read the below.

 

If the event can take place in 2021 (and we really hope so), there would be many Damon Slayer cosplays!

Comiket in WINTER 2020 canceled

Source: Comiket98 official website
Even the event was cancelled. You can buy the catalog. Source: Comiket98 official website

Comiket in 2020 was going to take place on 2-5 May. But it was cancelled. So many Comiket fans were disappointed but many understood most likely.

 

This was the first time since 1975 that the event was cancelled. The reason is of course the current corona pandemic.

Now we learnt that the next 2020 Comiket is also cancelled!

 

When will be the next Comiket? It plans to be in the Golden Week in 2021.

 

Now the Comike organizer trying to promote more "Air Comike". What is it? We explain in the next section below. 

 

Is it still possible to operate the Comiket without any revenue?

 

The organizer told us that they will not go bust "yet" but they may ask for donation if they see their wallet tight in the future.

 

Normally the catalog should have been available to buy from the following links:

 

Toranoana shop

 

Melon books shop

Air ComikeT

"Air Comike" movement started when Comiket 98 was cancelled. In one word, it is the online version of Comiket. It is a simple link of the comic/dojinshi creators/vendors which could have been on the Comiket in real.

 

With this you can support them by purchasing the goods from them online.

 

Here is the link of the creators on Air Comike. You can check from this official link

what happenED to Comiket99 winter, 2020?

The Comiket organizer announced that the winter Comiket in 2020 being cancelled. Of course it is because of the corona.

 

 

Previously it was that in the winter Comiket the East exhibition hall and the new South exhibition hall be available to use. This means Comiket99 can technically speaking use all 16 exhibition halls max. The organiser says it is not yet decided if using all but most likely the duration shall be "3 days", not 4 days. Because the Tokyo Olympic is postponed to 2021. This shall impact Comiket in 2021 too. We will keep you informed. 

 

The organiser also says Comiket96-Comiket98 experienced huge transitions for Comiket history and says "there may be more changes they need the Comiket fans to accept from now on".

 

Comiket in 2021 will be its 100th time.

Entry fee for all visitors

From our observation, the 2021 Golden Week and from now Comike is likely to charge entry fee. For the previous Comiket, the organizer said that the expense of managing the sites went up because of the 4 day event and smaller event space which resulted in the less income from advertisement. 

 

The venue cost and labor cost keep rising in Japan. Right now we also witness a dramatic decline in the economy because of the corona pandemic. Thus Comiket organiser may have no option but to charge for the entry (we hope not but...).

 

For the future Comiket, you pay the fee or buy the entry. We also guess the wrist band which has been used as a entry ticket in 2020 may change to a smartphone based ticket.

 

[it is our guess, not official information from the Comiket organiser!]

How much Entry fee?

For 2020 Comiket, for 4 day ticket, it was 2500 JPY for advance ticket and 2000JPY to buy on the day. One day ticket was 500JPY. Comiket99 may have a similar price range.

Where to buy ticket?

Now we know Comiket are not taking place but let us suppose there is an event...

 

Where can you buy the entry ticket?

 

You can buy the advance ticket at Tonaranoana shop, Animate shop, Melon Books.

 

If you want, you can line-up and buy at the venue but it will be loooong process.

What is Comike? Big dojinshi fair in the world

Comiket is the biggest Dojinshi ("同人誌" / self-published works by animator/comic artist) convention in the world since 1975 (21 Dec). 

 

We call it "Komike" in Japan. 

This is one good channel to promote yourself as a Manga-ka or Cartoonist in Japan.

 

When to take place and for how many days?

 

2019 seems a special event with 4 days.

 

Usually it takes place at Tokyo Big Sight two times a year ("Summer Comiket" in mid August of every year e.g. 10-12AUG and "Winter Comiket" around the end of every year e.g. 29DEC- 1JAN).

 

Besides this, there is Comiket Special which takes place every 5 year.

 

<<How to get a job as Manga-ka or catoonist in Japan?>>

How much to enter Comiket in Tokyo?

As of 2018 it was free to enter the Comike. But there was a fee system in 2019 and 2020.

What you need to be careful

Heat

For Summer Comike, you take care of yourself for the heat. IT was reported every day there were more than 100 people taken to the care center with possible heat stroke. Bring some cap, enough drink.

We heard of some complaints from the people lining up in the morning outside of the venue that there were no drink vendors who could go around so that you could buy drink from where you lined up. There are many vending machines but not practical when you need to line up with several thousands of people.

 

 

Theft ( including Pickpocket) 

There was a report of arrest for pickpocket. If you attended the Comike once, you know the situation is like 8AM in Yamanote line on weekday. So many people. You keep your belongings where nobody can reach easily. 

 

The photos of the cosplayers are here!

What time should you go the venue? Opening hour

The Comket opens from 10:00AM till 17:00 for the 1st and 2nd day and 10:00AM-16:00 for the 3rd day. For 2019, there will be the 4th day. The opening hour should be more or less the same.

(Subject to a possible change in the future. Check the official website )

 

still Morning dash?

Although not allowed, it is sort of tradition that the visitors rush out of the station gate from the first train which reaches at Rinkai line Kokusai Tenjijo station ( りんかい線国際展示場駅 ).

 

 

It is called " Shihatsu Dash / 始発ダッシュ or the first train dash ".

 

Well, we can only say do you run or you fall! Stay safe ;) 

 

The below youtube video is Comiket Winter 2019.

 

You can see why the organizer needed to cancel their events. So many visitors. There is a high risk of Covid 19 explosion. Very tough time for this type of event.

Location and How to get there?

The location is at Tokyo Big Sight, a convention hall in Tokyo. In 2019, the venue is a bit smaller than normal.

 

There shall be 3 venues:

West Exhibition Hall

South Exhibition Hall

Aomi Exhibition Hall which is 1.5km away from the other halls.

 

You need to take JR Shinjuku Rinkai line or Yurikamome line from JR Shinbashi station. 

 

You get off at Kokusai Tenjijo station ( りんかい線国際展示場駅 ) of Rinkai line or Kokusai Tenjijo Seimon station (国際展示場正門駅) of Yurikamome line.

Comiket policy

The policy of Comiket is that all participants are equal.

Seller - circle

You need to be selected to be the seller. If selected to be a seller, you need to pay. The normal seller space is a half of a table and two chairs. The seller at the Comiket is called "circle". 

 

The application starts for the next convention around the time of Comiket. That means if you want to be a seller at the next convention, you need to apply around 6 months in advance.

 

If you wish to be a seller, you need to apply by post or email. Many applications fail because of just not enough or wrong information in the application format. You make sure you fill in correctly!

 

More than 36000 circles attend usually

 

Seller can enter at 07:00AM

This is how it is like in Comiket source: wikipedia
This is how it is like in Comiket source: wikipedia

Visitor

Is it free to visit the market?

"Yes!"

Unlike many Dojinshi convention, you do not need to buy the catalog (as an entry ticket) to visit the market.

 

More than 500000 visitors usually. In 2018 summer there were more than 53000 visitors.

 

Visitor can line up from 04:30AM and enter at 10:00AM (in fact you are NOT allowed to line up before 04:30AM but many lineup from the day before)

Cosplayer

If you want to do a cosplay at the Comiket, you need to apply in advance.

 

Now the not excessive exposure rules are in use. You should not show too much skin!

careful about several rules at Comiket!!

You must be careful about several rules in Comiket. The similar rules apply also to many Dojinshi Conventions in Japan.

 

If you want to take a photo/video of someone in the Comiket, unless you blur the person's face, you are not allowed to publish it on your SNS or any sort. If you want to publish, you need to identify yourself with your name and your contact information, the purpose/media details. The organiser is strict with the rules. The penalty could be the eviction from the Comiket.

Share your experience

Have you ever been at any Dojinshi convention? Which one? How was your experience?

 

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Source: wikipedia, Comiket official website

 

 

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世界一画期的なマスクが誕生?飛躍的におしゃれで便利 -コロナ禍あるある

世界一画期的なマスクが誕生?飛躍的におしゃれで便利 -コロナ禍あるある

全世界を悩ます「マスク問題」

SALZ mask & Belt  innovation from Europe and Japan  Source: official website
SALZ mask & Belt innovation from Europe and Japan Source: official website

コロナ禍の中、特に欧米では反対の声はありつつも、マスクをすることは自分を守るにも、他人を守るためにも大事なことであるとという認識が常識になってきたように思えます。

 

人類の歴史をみてみると、疫病は何度も起きており、欧州のペストをはじめ、日本の歴史でも、なんども飢餓と並んではやり病が出ています。コロナという状況も、2011年3月まで「大地震が起こりえない世界」が一変したように、人類の歴史から見れば極めて普通の状態なのだと思われます。

 

ペスト、スペイン風邪の様子をみても、マスクは普通にしていたようですし、日本の明治、大正の文書にもマスクの重要性を書いたものは沢山見受けられます。先人の知恵から学ぶという意味で、マスクはほぼ間違いのない疫病時代の中の自己防衛手段といえるのではないでしょうか?

 

日本は花粉症やインフルの季節でマスクをするのは普通ではありましたが、マスクをしない派も少なからずおりました。ただ、このコロナ時代では、人口のほとんどがマスクをしているように感じます。

 

コロナは生活習慣を大きく変え、それに、私たちは順応する必要があります。

 

いくらマスクをし慣れている、見慣れている日本人であっても、難しいのは:

 

1)マスクを常に持ち歩く習慣は日本人でもないこと。

 

2)マスクをしなければ入れない公的施設はこれまでほとんどなかったのです。

 

コロナ禍マスクあるある

 

コロナ禍で、マスクに関するこれまでになかった日常での風景が増えました。いくつかあるコロナ禍あるあると紹介します。皆さんからのご意見もお聞かせください。

 

1)道端にぺたっと落ちたマスク

今、道を歩くとほぼ必ず、誰かが落としたか捨てたマスクが道端に落ちています。新型コロナの流行前には見なかった光景です。

 

2)マスクど忘れ

お店の前まで来てマスクを持ってきていないことに気づく(忘れたことは分かっていつつも、取りあえず、ポケットやバッグの中を探ってみる)

 

3)マスク探し

マスクをバッグにいれて持ってきたのは確かだが、バッグをいくら探しても見つからない。バッグの内ポケの奥にホコリの付いたグシャッとなったマスクを発見。

 

4)病院ドラマの風景

青や白の単調なマスクで誰が誰だか分からない。

 

5)マスク干し

使い捨てマスクを半年洗って使っている。

 

これらをスマートに解決するマスクが登場しました。

 

 

画期的なマスクが登場

誰も思いつかなかった画期的なマスクが登場しました。

 

マスクがお洒落なだけではありません。このアイテムはマスクとベルトのセットです。このコンビネーションが、このアイテムをお洒落且つ画期的にします。

 

腕、手首、バッグ、リュックなど、どこにでも巻きつけられるベルトにはマジックテープがついています。これに、付属のマスクであればマジックテープをつかって簡単に付け外しが可能です。

付属のマスクでなくても、お持ちのマスクをこのベルトにつけることも可能です。

 

伸縮性のあるベルトですから、マスクをつけて置いておいたものをお出かけ前にさっと腕に通して持っていくことができます。また、金属で補強された穴がベルトには付いており、キーホルダーのようなものを更につけることもできます。

 

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こだわりのアイテムはヨーロッパにて一つ一つ丁寧に手作りしております。注文から2週間ほどで完成します。

 

ヨーロッパで意匠権獲得

 

この革新的なデザインはヨーロッパ(EU)の意匠権を獲得しています。

 

ヨーロッパと日本の融合したデザインマスク

 

マスクのデザインは西洋と和のテイストを用いたものをご用意しています。全部で約20種類。さらにデザインは増えていきます。

Isnt it brilliant?  Source: official website
Isnt it brilliant? Source: official website

危機の中で革新的なアイデアは生まれます。このマスクはそんなアイデアのひとつです。ぜひ、お試しください。

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Is this the Most Innovative Face Mask?

Is this the Most Innovative Face Mask?

the mask problems

Despite some oppositions, it has become a common sense to have to wear masks in the Covid 19 era to not only protect yourself but also others.

 

Even though this pandemic is a new concept for most part of our generation but in the human history there have been many pandemics and plagues which cost unbelievable number of lives. You still see some photos and pictures of the people back then wearing masks. We must learn from the previous generation what most likely worked.

 

When we go out, we usually wear mask when people are around. We do not wear when people are not around even in the city. If you are sitting in a restaurant, you want to wear it but if you are hiking in mountains, it is a ridiculous idea to wear it.

 

Not too much to say that putting on and taking off mask has become our part of life.

 

Then we started seeing "mask problems"....

 

Ever have had these experiences?

Realized that you forgot to bring a mask in front of a restaurant, supermarket etc.

 

Today most of the public venues ask you to wear masks e.g. shops, restaurant, cafe, cinema. It is not strange these venues reject you if you do not wear it. It is because we have been so used to living WITHOUT MASK, we arrive at the venue and realize that you did not bring your mask! You try to find one in your pocket or bag even though you already know that you do not have it. Or you would ask your friend if she/he has any extra mask. You will run to a nearby shop trying to find mask.


Could not find your mask in your bag

 

So you carry your mask in your bag. Before you enter a venue, you start searching for your mask. You put your hand for 5 mins, you do not find it. You know in the Covid 19 time, you do not want to touch many things with your bare hand. After a while you finally find one squashed in the corner of the bag with some dust. 


You put your mask in your pocket and took some walk, then you realized the mask was gone!

 

You take a walk with your mask in your pocket. So now you arrive at your destination. You need to wear mask. You reach to your pocket and do not find it! You already realized that you lost it on your way but you do not want to believe it. Just in case...you are in panic searching every pocket and every corner of the pockets. After 5 mins, you admit that you lost it.

 

Most common scene everyone on this plant see in this period of the time are the masks on the streets. 

 

ONE SIMPLE SOLUTION

Here is one simple solution for all of these.

 

It is this hand made SALZ mask and belt set.

 

Basically you carry your mask which is attachable to this special belt. You can put the belt to your arm, wrist, rucksack, handbag, ankle or anything.

 

The velcro type material enables you to put on and off the mask so easily. Amazing part is that you can also use your existing mask to put to the belt (just a bit more difficulty than the official mask). 

 

You can order this from this official website. 

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Innovation happens in the hard time. Innovation saves people since the beginning of our history. Here is one great innovation happening.

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Fake Dir En Grey Singer Stole More than 50Mil JPY. How this jobless man did it? Why Many Posers for Visual Kei?

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Fake Dir En Grey Singer Stole More than 50Mil JPY. How this jobless man did it? Why Many Posers for Visual Kei?

even own mother believed

Can you tell how he would look in real?
"real" Kyo from Dir En Grey Can you tell how he would look in real? Source: DIR EN GREY, FIREWALL DIV., Free-Will, sun-krad Co. and Sony Music Entertainment.

Happened in Nara

Fake Dir En Grey Singer Stole More than 50Mil JPY. How this jobless man did it? Why Many Posers for Visual Kei?

 

You may be proud if your kid going out with a very famous band lead singer. If the singer is in trouble, you may even want to lend him some money too.

 

On 24 Oct, 2020, in Nara, Japan one 39 year old guy was arrested for having posed as Kyo, the lead singer of a very famous and successful band Dir En Grey, for theft of more than 50 million JPY from his girl friend parents.

 

This jobless man, Kasahara, in Nara told the father of his girl friend that his agency owner took his bank note away and he needed some cash. He "borrowed" 53,975,000JPY in total 142 times from the dad. believe and give him quite sum of money.

 

What more crazy about this case is that he pretended to be Kyo more for than 10 years.

 

One question. What about his girl friend?? Did she also trust him.. or?

 

How did he do it?

 

How he did it? First of all, he has been the big fan of the band so he knew a lot about the band. Then he put some similar tattoos on his body to the lead singer.

 

Kasahara showed his tattoos to his girl friend and her father to make them believe in his fantasy.

 

The news reports "there have been some occasions when the father saw the band singer on stage on TV with this conman staying at their house. Then, he told the girl friend and father that he hired 'a poser' to be on stage for him because he is sick".

 

He also hit the father blaming that the girl friend cannot do chore well. Basically he controlled these victims mentally and physically.

 

The girl friend father made the money from his save up, dissolving life insurance, borrowing money. Kasahara, pretending to be Kyo, borrowed money from other people too.

 

The conman Kasahara actually let, and provided financial support, his ex-girl friend live right next to his girl friend room in the same apartment.

 

Lied Even to His Own Mother

 

After graduating from a technical college, the suspect could not find any stable job. He felt so ashamed that he told his mother that he became the lead singer of the band. He lied to his own mother and even sent her a live ticket of Dir En Grey. His mother also believed that the singer was him and so proud.

 

He told the police that he is NOT Kyo, he has no money to pay back and he himself was surprised by the amount of money he stole

 

He has No resemblance to Kyo, by the way.

 

We are sure that he once dreamed of becoming like Kyo and could not make it.

 

It is a sad story...

 

We hope this guy tries to recover all of the damage he caused and trust he lost once he is out and lead a happy honest life...

 

this case happened in a small town, nara

Watch out for visual kei con man

many similar cases in Japan

 

With a visual kei scheme, we noticed that there have been similar cases in Japan for a long time where one (almost all time a guy) pretends to be someone from a visual kei band.

 

Why So Many Visual Kei Posers?

 

Why is it so common?

It is because visual kei type bands use quite a lot of make up and photoshop etc. so not too many people know their actual faces.

And also these bands try to keep their private lives so secret. You would not know even their birthplaces. You find it easier to make up your own stories about their lives.

 

It is also fact that many unpopular band members tend to depend on their fans for life support.

 

Some says one female fan gives average 3-500,000JPY to support their favorite member.

 

In the past there was another conman who pretended to be a member of band in X Japan's Yoshiki organization who stole money from a woman to " fix his broken tooth".

 

If KISS did not reveal how they look without makeup, you would not have guessed their actual faces, right?

 

 

Do you know anyone from a famous visual kei band? Do you REALLY know this person??

 

You may need to fact/background check if the person started asking you for some money. In many cases, these con people really believe they were those famous people (sort of brainwashing themselves). It will not be easy once you feel attracted to the person.

 

One advise: first, do not decide by yourself. You consult others for some suggestion. And do not be afraid to ask the police for help.

 

Your boy friend could be fake

 

"Romance scheme" is very common anywhere in the world. You may find your boy friend online. He may say he is a lead vocalist of some famous band. You need to alert yourself.

Japan can be quite pretentious

so many LAIRS in Japan

Some people outside Japan think Japanese people are honest. As a Japanese, it is far from true. We see many lairs in schools and thereafter. One reason for this is the social pressure and "face" issue is so big and people want to pretend to be someone who they are really not.

 

 

If you live here, you will notice so many fast money make scams (pyramid scheme). You go to some family restaurant and often see some young person trying to convince other young person into such a scheme like cult group recruiting.

 

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COVID-19 may survive for 28 days in lab, may be transmitted via fart and public toilet. Take shower when back home!

COVID-19 may survive for 28 days in lab, may be transmitted via fart and public toilet. Take shower when back home!

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Covid-19 may survive for 28 days in lab, may be transmitted via fart and public toilet. Take shower when back home!

 

Today one Australian research shows the corona virus survives for 28 days (!) in the lab environment (no UV). This means that bank notes, credit card, smartphone and everything we touch may the virus thriving for longer than we previously thought (i.e. one or two days).

 

Even though some scientists argue that the mucus is the key transmitter and the Australia finding may cause unnecessary anxiety, yet, wearing mask, washing hands, sanitizing the things you have such as smartphone are still the important measures to fight the corona virus.

 

Yet, we see two big topics but not well discussed.

 

One is fart and the other is the public toilet.

 

Fart may carry Covid-19

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Fart may carry Covid-19

We have read two separate articles on Covid-19.

One says the virus travels on micro-size particles. The other says that people get the virus from excreta (poo).

 

Not many try to touch the poo. But we are exposed to so much farts everyday. When the farts are made of micro particles of poo flying and staying on/in the restaurant sofa, airplane/train/bus seats., we think the risk is not small.  We do not need a ass mask to prevent the particle with the virus riding on it. But we need to be aware of the risk of the public seats.

 

Change your clothes when you get home

So be aware of zillions of virus your clothes may have absorbed when you are out. We recommend you to change your clothes when you get home. 

Public Toilet Seat may carry Covid-19

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Public Toilet Seat may carry Covid-19

 

We are pretty much aware of the risk of not washing hands when you come home as we know/see/feel that we touch things with hands. But are you not aware of your lower body also touching a lot when you use a toilet seat? 

You wash hands when you use toilet but from our view, you actually need to wash your lower body.

 

If you think of it, it is not so hard to imagine that you sit on a public toilet seat and go home and sit on the toilet seat of your own home. You may also often touch the toilet seat when you are a man. You wash your hand but not your ass normally when you get home. If summer when you are lightly clothed, the risk could be big as you may sit around in your home, e.g. the chair, the sofa etc.

 

 

We know it sounds silly but have WHO already looked into that seriously?

Wash your lower body when you back home esp. when you use a public toilet

 It may sound too much. But we recommend you to take a shower to wash your lower body when you are back home esp. when you used a public toilet. 

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新型コロナ肺炎ウィルス28日生き延びる?意外な落とし穴は、おなら、公共トイレでは?

新型コロナ肺炎ウィルス28日生き延びる?意外な落とし穴は、おなら、公共トイレでは?

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「研究所の安定した暗闇の環境では、新型コロナ肺炎ウィルス28日生き延びる」との発表がオーストラリアの研究機関からでた。

 

感染の経路として有力なのは、人間からの飛まつであるし、UV光で減少するといわれてるので、議論の余地もまだまだあるのではあるが、この結果を考えれば、ものについたウィルスも感染経路として真剣に考えなければならないと思う。

 

例えば、紙幣、クレカ、スマホなどである。

 

これだけの強力な感染力をもつコロナウィルス、いまさら驚きもない。特にツルツルした表面では、生き残りやすい。

 

手洗い、うがい、スマホなどの消毒は既に常識であるが、意外な落とし穴は、おなら、公共トイレでは?と考える。

 

 

そんなアホなと思われるかもしれないが、あえて警鐘をならしたい。

 

オナラでコロナはうつるのでは?

新型コロナ肺炎( COVID-19 )は、おならで媒介するのでは? 語られていない理論だが、冗談ではない。

 

すでに、COVID-19は、ほんの微粒子で感染する、また別の記事では、排泄物を介して感染する といった記事が出ている。

 

おならは、排泄物の微粒子であり、皆、おならはしている。公共交通機関でも、ベンチでも、レストランでもところ構わずおならをしている(おならは健康のため絶対必要であるので、すべきである)。

 

オナラの微粒子が、あちらこちらに散らばっていると考えたほうがいい。

 

今座っている喫茶店のソファ、大丈夫だろうか?今座っている飛行機、バス、電車の座席、大丈夫だろうか? 

公共のトイレの危険

そして、レストラン、病院、役所などなどの共同のトイレ(特に座るタイプの便座)はリスクが高いのではないか? 用を足すときは、パンツをはいたままという人はいない。生身の素肌で座ることになる。便座が抗菌ビニールで包まれていて、自動に入れ替わるというタイプを見たことがあったが、そのような飛び道具がついているトイレは少ない。公共トイレの自動乾燥機が飛まつを飛ばすという注意喚起はあったが、便座の問題はもっと大きいのではないか?

 

家に帰ってきて、手洗い、うがいは常識だが、お尻洗いは聞かない。

 

実は、帰宅したらできれば、シャワーを浴びるのがいいと思っている。時間がなくても、公共のトイレを使った場合は、下半身だけでも洗う必要がある。

 

そのまま、自宅の便座に座れば、ウィルスは自宅へ容易に侵入する。便座を手で上げ下げする人は多いので、手にもつく。トイレのドアノブはどうだろうか?

自宅のトイレでも、手は必ず洗わなければならない。

帰宅後はシャワーが必要では?

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 例えば、カフェでトイレ=>帰宅後、座った自宅のトイレ便座、夏場なら軽装なので、リビングのソファなどもありうる。

 

 

マスクは、感染してない人が感染しないようにするというより、感染した人が、くしゃみ等の飛沫を周りに飛ぶのを防ぐために効果的なんだという。おならを防ぐおしりのマスクが実は必要なのかもしれないが、それは実用的ではない。

 

結局のところ、帰宅したら、シャワーを浴びなければ、予防策としては不十分であると思うのである。

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JAL ブランド・企業イメージの特殊化の失敗

JAL ブランド・企業イメージの特殊化の失敗

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<<2009年9月の弊社提供記事から>>

 

2日前JALで日本に帰ってきた。

 

実は、国際線では初めてJALにのった。

 

経営が危ないJALであり、乗る前にチェックした搭乗者の感想ではあまりよいものがなかった(例、機体が古い、席が狭い、機内食がまずい)が、実際の感想は「普通」である。

 

機体は古いが、それは多くの航空会社にあることで、席の狭さは、私の足が短いこともあってか気にならなかった。機内食は美味しかった。

 

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「普通」だった

この「普通」という感想はJALにとってはまずいものである。JALはブランド・企業イメージの特殊化が出来てない。JALの経営問題は複雑なのであり単純化できないのだろうが、これが今のJALの失敗を導いた一因であると考える。

 

例えば、航空会社の雄であるシンガポール航空やバージン(豪州などで展開する格安路線を除く)は、値段は高いがそのサービスを求めて乗る人は多いのではないか。これらはブランド・企業イメージの特殊化に成功している。

 

JALに今回初めて乗ったのは値段が一番安かったから。これまではJALは高くて乗れなかった。今回私が体験したこの「普通」のJALが昔から続いているのであれば、それに高いお金を払って乗った人間は不満であろう(ネガティブな感想も書きたくなるだろう)。

 

JALの進むべき道は?

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私の考える、これからのJALの生き残り策は:

 

1)シンガポール航空やバージンに負けないサービスプラスJALらしさ(一流ホテルとのコラボでサービス向上を図る、そして、JALは日本の会社であるので日本らしさをつかったインテリアなども面白いと思う)を組み合わせたサービスで、「普通」で高い航空会社から離脱。

 

2)「普通」の航空会社なりの値段設定で、他の「普通」航空会社よりも安い値段で、格安航空として利益の出る体質にする。

 

 

私としては1)のほうが日本を代表する航空会社としてあるべき姿であると思う。

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コロナ問題考察:JR、ANA、JALなど公共交通機関を救うのは「年間乗り放題チケット」の発行

コロナ問題考察:JR、ANA、JALなど公共交通機関を救うのは「年間乗り放題チケット」の発行、個室導入

飛行機も乗り放題

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コロナで公共交通機関の収益は壊滅

公共交通機関の将来像

事業コンサルによるコロナ禍で会社はこう変わる

 

<<アップデート:この記事を公表してから二か月後の12月23日、ピーチエアが定額乗り放題の計画を発表した。>>

 

先ずは、2020年10月10日の記事からの抜粋である。

「全日本空輸(ANA)が社員の副業範囲を大幅に広げる方針を固めたことが9日わかった。従業員が勤務以外の時間を活用して、ほかの会社とも雇用契約を結べるようにする。新型コロナウイルスの影響で航空需要が落ち込む中、収入の増加やスキルアップにつなげる狙いで、実現すれば大手航空会社では初となる。」

 

ANAが、本社及びグループ会社社員は、本格的にパートやバイトを許可するとした。これで、日中は社員として働き、帰宅後はウーバーイーツの配達や、スーパーのレジ打ちなど、柔軟な働き方をしてほしいという会社のメッセージである。当然、会社の給料、福利厚生は急激に減っていくし、働き方が多様化して、社員として生活が向上するという意味では全くないようだ。

 

ANAに限らず、コロナで公共交通機関は、立ち直れないほどのダメージを受けている。

 

人が動かない=コロナの抑制の構図は明らかである。人が動かなければ、公共交通機関の収益基盤は壊滅する。

 

これから5-10年はその調子でないかと考えている。その10年後には産業の面子も今と同じと思うなかれ。航空会社も今より、ずいぶん少なくなっているだろうし、JRや私鉄各社にしても、会社の統合、買収で、今よりも会社の数も減っていると思われる。

 

本業では食べていけないから、副業を許すという会社はここ10数年前から出始めていた。コロナによって、本格化するのであろう。

 

ANAは国際線の利用が8割ほど減っており、回復のめどはない。だからといって、本業をあきらめるような方向ではなく、可能性のある方向に全エネルギーを傾ける、つまり、国内需要を最大限にするための策が必要である。

 

乗り放題チケット

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弊社の考えるのは「年間乗り放題チケット」の発行をすることである。

 

このチケットで、一年間、国内線エコノミーはすべて乗り放題にするチケットを販売する。

 

価格も、10万円以下に抑える。

これを基本料金として、毎回1000円とってもいい。飛行機をフルに飛ばして人件費、ガソリン代などがカバーできればよいのだ。

 

国内線が今まで以上に活気付くのではないか?飛行機が飛べば、関連する業種も活気付く。出張も増えるし、旅行も増える。飛行機で行くほどの距離なので、宿泊業界も活気付く。

 

これは、鉄道各社にもいえる。同様に新幹線など乗り放題にしてしまったらいいのだ。これにより交通機関は、サイズ間のあるキャッシュをまず手に入れることができる。そして、運営費用も稼ぐことができるのである。

個室導入

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エミレーツなど中東系の航空会社で個室は既に存在した。VIPのための席であるが、本当のVIPはプライベートジェットを所有・リースしているので、あまり存在感はなかったように思える。この個室というコンセプトが、コロナ時代は非常に重要になる

 

コロナを生き残る策として、飛行機の個室導入が加速すると思われる。値段は相当なものになるが、エミレーツのVIPルームほどではなく、これまでビジネスクラス程度の価格帯(但し、一部屋換算なので、1人でも4人分払う)となるのではないか?

 

同じことは、鉄道各社にもいえることである。新幹線の、グリーン車やグランクラスでも、コロナは心配だ。同じ空間に人が居ることが心配であるから、いくら値段が高かろうが、席がフカフカだろうが、関係はないのである。部屋としてしっかり仕切られてることが「価値」となる。個室には専用のトイレもついてもおかしくはない。

 

中途半端な、ビニールの間仕切りのようなアイデアを出してくる会社もあるだろうが、飛行機や電車という密閉された空間に他人と一緒に乗ることのリスクは、それでは解消されない。

 

搭乗も、他人とのコンタクトが最小限にされた方法がとられなければ、意味はない。空港の特別室から、車で飛行機まで行くという方法もあるのではないか(この方法はルフトハンザのあるメンバーには既に取り入れられている)?

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EU一般データ保護規則 (GDPR)の2020年の執行状況-コロナの影響とは?既に1億1400万ユーロ以上の課徴金支払い命令

EU一般データ保護規則 (GDPR)の2020年の執行状況-コロナの影響とは?既に1億1400万ユーロ以上の課徴金支払い命令

コロナ禍においてもGDPRは有効

EUの個人情報などの保護を目したGDPRが発効してほぼ2年が経とうとしています。

 

海外のサイトを閲覧する際、クッキーの扱いなど承認を求められるポップアップが増えたのではないでしょうか?これはGDPRの影響です。

 

GDPRが世に出てから、ブラジルのLFPDやカルフォルニア州のCCPAなどデータ保護の為の組織が立ち上がりました。GDPRは、EU関連の事項だけでなく、世界の各国で同様の法制度が確立されていくことが予想されます。

 

EUにて、今日までどのような動きがあったかといいますと、2020年初めにイギリスがEUを離脱しましたが、現状、GDPRを批准しており、これまで同様GDPRがイギリスでも執行されます。また、当局はBritish Airways、マリオットホテルグループ、Facebook、Whatsapp、グーグルを含む企業に対し、1億1400万ユーロ以上の課徴金を下しています(詳細は後述します)。

 

現状として、ギリシャ、ポルトガル、スロベニアはまだGDPRを基本とする国内法を制定していない状況です。つまり、これらの国ではGDPRは執行が難しいことを意味します。

 

コロナ禍において、多くの企業が業績不振に陥っている状態ですが、GDPRは有効に発効しています。例外なく適用されるという状況は変わっていません。

 

15年以上、ヨーロッパ進出支援をしています。最近では、欧州での不動産購入や企業買収の問い合わせが増えています。

 

 

今回は、質問を受けているコロナ禍がGDPRに与える影響と具体的施策について説明します。

コロナ禍=リモート増加

コロナ禍で、GDPRが重要になる項目は、リモートワークの増加でしょう。これまでの事務所を縮小又は閉鎖し、リモートワークへ移行する企業が急増しています。これまで事務所で一元管理していたデータのセキュリティ体制を見直す必要があります。

コロナ禍のGDPR具体的対策

具体的なステップは以下の四項目です。

 

  1. 在宅勤務を視野い入れた情報保護の指針を見直す
  2. 従業員に、それら情報保護の指針のトレーニング(オンラインセミナー)を徹底する
  3. データの送信・保存の段階で、暗号化をおこなう
  4. 重要データへのアクセスを最小限にし、会社のVPNを利用する

 

これはEU当局からの指針に基づきます。

EU一般データ保護規則 (General Data Protection Regulation)とは?

そもそも、GDPRとは何かについては以下を参照にして下さい。

 

2018年5月25日EU一般データ保護規則 (General Data Protection Regulation、通称GDPR)が発効しました。

 

この規則は、データ保護をEU全体で統一化し、個人情報・プライバシーの権利を強化し、不正利用に対し、強力な執行力と罰則を与えるために作られました。

 

個人情報をいかに広範囲に収集し、それをお金儲けにつなげるかがキーになってきた感があります。Facebookをはじめ世界を席巻するGAFAは、これらに長けているところが勝因といえるでしょう。個人情報意識の特に高い欧州では、どのように個人情報を守れるかの議論が長年行われていたのです。この議論が具現化したものがGDPRと言えるでしょう。

GDPRは誰に適用される?日本の企業にも適用される?

GDPRの適用範囲は極めて広範です。

 

日本にしか拠点がないから大丈夫?日本でしか商売してないから大丈夫と思われた方、実は御社も対象になっているかもしれません。

 

というのは、提供する製品やサービスがEU市場に向けられている、及び/又はEUに住んでいる個人情報を収集する場合、GDPRは、EU圏内にある企業だけでなく、日本にある企業にも適用されます。

 

例えば、御社が、欧州に拠点を持たずとも、ドイツなどEU諸国へ製品を供給していれば適用されます。

 

また、海外からの訪問が多いサイトを運営している場合(特に、予約時に個人情報を収集する日本の旅行サイト、宿泊施設など)など、欧州で事業はなくても欧州に住む人間の情報を集めた場合は、適用されるのです。

最近の課徴金の例

Facebookのケース

Facebookは何故莫大な課徴金をかされたのでしょうか?

 

理由は、ユーザのパスワードを暗号化せずに保管していたことです。そして、同社の2万人の従業員が簡単にそのパスワードにアクセスできていたことです。そして、もう一つは関連会社であるWhatsappとFacebookの間での情報交換についての不透明性です。

 

欧州で間違いなく最大のSNSはFacebookです。これだけの影響力を持つ企業が、個人情報をずさんに扱っていたことが問題でした。

 

課徴金として、2000万ユーロか売り上げの4%ですから、22億USドルに上る可能性があります。

British Airwaysのケース

英国航空が、2018年6月から9月の間で50万人の消費者の情報を流出させていたことから、2億3千USドルの課徴金を下されました。

マリオットホテルグループのケース

マリオットホテルグループは、2018年11月に報告された3億3千9百万件分の宿泊情報を紛失したことで、1億2千300万USドルの課徴金を下されました。

Eni Gas e Luceのケース

ここ最近では、イタリアの例でイタリア当局(ISA)は、電気・ガスの供給業者Eni Gas e Luce(EGL)に850万ユーロ及び300万ユーロの課徴金を課しています。

 

この案件はどのようなケースだったのでしょうか?

 

同社が違反とみなされたのは、2点ありました。

1)個人情報入力時に、消費者が「不要」とした営業電話をかけていたこと=>850万ユーロの課徴金

2)EGLが、消費者の知らないうちに、第三者から契約を獲得したこと(契約者(消費者)は契約相手の電力供給会社がEGLと知らされずに契約をさせられていました)=>300万ユーロの課徴金

 

GDPRでは、消費者の「確認をとり」、それに従って「実行する」ことが重要です。

GDPRを遵守するには以下の具体的アクションが必要です。

  • 御社の個人情報指針を見直し、GDPRに沿ったものへ修正
  • 御社の同意指針を見直し、GDPRに沿ったものへ修正し、そして、これまで収集した個人情報について、再度、同意を求める
  • 社内で、データ保護について責任者又はデータ保護担当者(DPO, Data Protection Officer)を任命する
  • 収集した個人情報について、アクセスし、修正し、削除できるようにする
  • 個人情報について、偶発的、違法、権限のない削除、紛失、変更、開示がないようセキュリティレベルを構築
  • データが流出した場合、担当の当局に、遅滞なく通知(可能であれば、当該流出について分かった72時間以内)

これらは、ほんの一例です。すべての会社に同じように適用されるわけではありません。

 

GDPR当局から、同規則への準拠の度合いを測るチェックリストが公表されています。

英語ですが、こちらからどうぞ。 

また、EU圏外にある企業に対してもチェックリストがあります。US企業向けではありますが、こちらからどうぞ。

罰則は?2000万ユーロ?

GDPRを遵守に違反した場合の罰則はなんでしょうか?初めての違反や意図せず違反してしまった場合は、GDPRは、それほど厳しく処罰はしません。警告書やデータ保護の状態チェックの査察が入る程度です。

 

但し、何度も違反した場合や世界的企業の場合の罰則は深刻です。最悪の場合、違反した場合、2000万ユーロ以下又は全世界の4%のどちらか大きい方の課徴金となります。

 

すでに多くの企業に課徴金が課せられています。当局としては、課徴金の額が少ないのではないかという意見が強いようですので、これから、増額されることが予想されています。

 

2000万ユーロは25億円(2018年現在)ほどですので、ちょっとした会社が簡単に吹き飛ぶ金額です。

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JAPANESE ONLINE AUCTION SITES - How to Use?

Japanese Online Auction sites and how to use them?

Here is the list of online auction sites in Japan.

 

Looking for something great as eBay or Craigslist?

eBay is non-existent but Craigslist is quite big with foreign people in Japan. You are expected to use some Japanese if you want to use Japanese auction sites. So...if you look for something, first try Craigslist for Japan. We also have the list of Japanese shopping sites.

 

We show you the major auction websites in Japan and how to use them and what you need to be careful with.

mercari

mercari site
mercari official website

Website

 

Free to use the service.

 

How to use:

Here to register

 

If you want to buy

Make your account

You search what you want

Check the conditions of terms from the seller (seller tends to have their own rules e.g. a buyer needs to contact the seller first, not clicking "buy now" bottom.)

When the seller allows on her/his terms, you can usually negotiate the price on the comment area

During the communication, the seller keeps the product for you by changing the product photo to [ XYZ 様専用/only for Ms.Mr XYZ ]

Check the review of the seller, check the product if it is really what you want

You press [購入する/Buy now] and to buy

 

As written above, if you see  [ XYZ 様専用/only for Ms.Mr XYZ ], you should not buy it.

Otamart

You find many anime related items on this website
Otamart You find many anime related items on this website

Website

Are you into anime stuff?

We have this website to find so many anime/manga related items in Japan, having not only manga anime but also game, Dojinshi, cosplay items.

It is a major flea market platform. The platform is very similar to Mercari.

 

Here to register 

 

If you want to buy. The tips are very similar to Mercari.

Make your account

You search what you want

Check the conditions of terms from the seller (seller tends to have their own rules e.g. a buyer needs to contact the seller first, not clicking "buy now" bottom.)

When the seller allows on her/his terms, you can usually negotiate the price on the comment area

During the communication, the seller keeps the product for you by changing the product photo to [ XYZ 様専用/only for Ms.Mr XYZ ]

Check the review of the seller, check the product if it is really what you want

You press [購入する/Buy now] and to buy

 

As written above, if you see  [ XYZ 様専用/only for Ms.Mr XYZ ], you should not buy it.

mobaok

Mobaoku
Mobaoku

Website

This is the second biggest auction site after Yahoo Auction. It is owned by a major internet service company, DeNA.

 

It is 330JPY per month (incl. tax) to use (if you use iTunes or google play payment, 360JPY per month (incl. tax)).

You can use credit card, several Japanese mobile phone payment such as Au pay, bank transfer.

No charge except for the monthly fee.

 

How to use:

Here to register

 

If you want to buy

Make your account

You search what you want

Check the conditions of terms from the seller

Check the review of the seller, check the product if it is really what you want

You press [入札する/Bid] and put the price you want to pay and press [入札する/Bid]

Once you press  [入札する/Bid], you can not cancel your bid

JiMoTY

official site jimoty
Source: Jimoty
You see many free stuff on Jimoty!
You see many free stuff on Jimoty!

Website

It is free to use.

This is a classified ad site. You must register to buy or sell incl. contacting each other. It is a Craigslist in Japan. There are event info, job, lesson on the platform. Like Cragslist, you find many free stuff.

 

If you look for some special items such as rare anime figure or so, you may want to check other sites. 

 

Register from here

 

How to use:

You can log in using your facebook, docomo mobile phone account, or register with your email.

 

If you want to buy

Make your account

You search what you want

Check the conditions of terms from the seller incl. where the seller is located

Check the review of the seller/if the ID of the seller verified (some just verified by SMS, some verified with a appropriate licence etc. The more, the safer (feel!))

You contact the seller from the form

You can chat with the seller on the platform e.g. how to pay/how to get it delivered/shipment method/hand carry etc.

 

Yahoo auction

This is the biggest auction site in Japan. It is owned by Softbank group.

You can find almost everything including car and house!

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How to Learn at Animation school in Japan? Which is Cheapest one?

How to Learn at Animation school in Japan? Which is Cheapest one?

How are you doing in the Covid-19 era?

 

Almost all industry is affected, mostly negatively. Today (as of 6th of August, 2020) the anime item manufacturer Aquamarin went bankrupt.  It is not an easy market to survive.

 

Many people coming up to us and ask how to get a job in animation industry in Japan. 

 

We would love to provide as much info as possible for those who love animation/manga and want to work in the industry.

 

This time, we feature the animation schools in Japan. Whether you want to be an animator, script writer, CG artist, voice actor, it is not strange that many famous people started with a special school for animation.

 

There are many animation schools and we would like to introduce several of them. We also hope to provide a very rough idea of which one cost how much to enroll.

 

You see many "Senmongakko" below, this means "technical college" in Japanese.

 

 

The information is as of 6th of August, 2020. We can not guarantee the accuracy. If you are serious, please contact each school for more concrete details.

 

How to learn/enroll?

How to learn in an animation school in Japan rather easy:

 

1. You apply to get the introduction paper from the school online and the application paper

2. You fill in the application, send it with other necessary documents such as your graduate certificate and wait for the confirmation. There is usually no entrance exam.

 

3. You pay the tuition fee and there you go!

Not cheap...

Here you find some tuition fee of the schools in Japan.

 

Yet, the cost to learn in Japan is not only the tuition fee.

 

 

The accommodation, travel, food, clothes, utility fee, Japanese language school cost, visa support cost etc. You need to include these into the calculation at least.

 

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Tokyo Animator Gakuin Senmongakko

Japanese name: 東京アニメーター学院専門学校

 

There is no entrance exam.

 

Voice actor training Course ( 声優タレント学科 ) 

2 years 1,900,000 JPY = (1st year 1000,000JPY and 2nd year 900,000JPY )

 

Mangaka Course ( 漫画家プロ養成学科 )

2 years 1,840,000 JPY = (1st year 970,000JPY and 2nd year 870,000JPY )

 

Animation Course ( アニメーション学科 ) 2 years 1,840,000 JPY = (1st year 970,000JPY and 2nd year 870,000JPY )

 

Illustration Course ( イラストレーション学科 ) 1 year 970,000JPY (the duration is one year)

Osaka Information and Computer Science College

Source : oic official
Source: official site

Japanese name: 大阪情報コンピュータ専門学校/Osaka Information and Computer Science College ("OIC" we love the sound ;) )

 

Website: https://www.oic.ac.jp/english/index.html

 

The application fee: 20,000JPY

One year tuition cost: 700,000JPY-930,000JPY

Text book etc. can cost 70,000JPY or so.

There is a scholarship system available.

 

It offers:

CG graphic course 2 year

CG animation course 2 year

CG creator course 3 year

CG graphic creator course 4 year

 

You can check the work of the students of this school here.

 

The school has many other courses such as programming.

Tokyo Communication Art Senmongakko (TCA)

Japanese name: 東京コミュニケーションアート専門学校/Tokyo Communication Art Senmongakko ("TCA" )

 

Website: https://www.jikei.asia/com/en/

 

The school has many other courses such as dolphin trainer, programming.

Amusement Media Sogo gakuin(AMG)

Japanese name: アミューズメントメディア総合学院/Amusement Media Sogo Gakuin (AMG)

 

Website: https://www.amgakuin.co.jp/

 

Animation course

2 years 2460,000JPY = 1,280,000JPY + 1,180,000JPY

 

Character design course

2 years 2660,000JPY = 1,380,000JPY + 1,280,000JPY

 

Manga illustration course

2 years 2460,000JPY = 1,280,000JPY + 1,180,000JPY

 

Game animation 3DCG course

2 years 2660,000JPY = 1,380,000JPY + 1,280,000JPY

 

Game programmer course

2 years 2660,000JPY = 1,380,000JPY + 1,280,000JPY

 

On the top of the above, there will be text book etc. cost.

amps

source: official website amps
Source: Official website

Website: https://amps-web.biz/amps_en.html

 

This school coins itself as the cheapest animation school. The school also offers a mail based lesson. Technically, if you use our forwarding service, you can get the lesson overseas.

 

2 years 1,364,000JPY = 748,000JPY + 616,000JPY

 

The tools etc. will cost 20,000JPY for animation course and 15,000JPY for manga and illustration courses per year.

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Which Swimming Pool Open in Corona time in Japan?

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Which Swimming Pool Open in Corona time in Japan?

The hot summer has come to Japan. It feels like a holiday season but it is the era of Covid 19. So many public venues are closed.

 

If you live in Japan or you are visiting Japan in the summer(July-Sept), you know the heat season here is not bearable with this high humidity. One option is to stay still in the room with strong AC. But this may not be so exciting and fun.

 

How about swimming in the cold water under the strong sun? You will surely enjoy the dip in the water. 

 

In this version of the article, we try to put the focus on the great swimming pools in Tokyo area and somewhere near Tokyo, Japan which are open in the corona time.

 

Many private run swimming pools seem open in 2020. Almost 100% you need to book your space online to enter. 

 

We can not guarantee the accuracy of the information because these venues open and close spontaneously based on the Covid-19 case going up and down. If you decided to go, please check the official website of the venue to make sure it is open. 

Swimming pool in Covid-19 in Japan

Even though the swimming pool open, we can not enjoy as freely as we could before the corona time.

 

From our experience so far, several swimming pools are open but with special rules due to the corona. We can not say for all venue but very typical rules are:

 

0. For the theme park like swimming pools (not swimming pool of your gym), you need to reserve your space online. This is critical. We show you where to book also in each section of this article.

 

1. You MUST show up wearing a mask (this is also critical!). Then you need to get through a body temperature check before you enter the venue (there is someone with a temperature check tool at the entrance or a machine to check it)

 

2. You need to leave your personal information such as your name, address and all ( so they can track you if any infection case occurs )

 

3. You are supposed to wear swim suits before you leave your home (so you do not stay in a changing room for a long) 

 

4. You can not use the shampoo etc. at the shower room so you do not stay there for a long

 

5. You can only stay e.g. 45 mins or so in the swim pool (you will be asked to go away)

 

6. Opening hour is shorter

 

7. Sauna is closed (many sports gyms are like this now. We love sauna and this is not a great news.)

 

The rules depend on the venue but basically you can not stay for a long time there.

What is the cost range for swimming in Japan

We have not seen the entrance cost changes in the Covid-19 era.

 

For the private venue, please be aware that you expect to pay more than 3000JPY (30USD) per person and also the swimming pool may be full of people. Do not dare to get there on weekends. Try at least weekday if you can.

 

For theme park swimming pools operated by private sectors, we went to many of them in Japan and understand the cost consists of :

1) Entrance ticket to the theme park

2) Entrance ticket to the swimming pool

3) Extra ticket to use some special ride

4 ) Locker fee (up to 500 JPY or so. Annoying hidden cost. This is not refundable usually (e.g. you put 600 JPY and only 100 JPY refundable) !!) 

5) VIP area ( some swimming pools offer you an area with a parasol, a table and set of chairs dedicated for you, usually 1000-2000 JPY per day )

6 ) Inflated price for less-than-average quality foods/drinks

How to reduce the cost for swimming in Japan?

Onegai Kaeru team's advice to lower the cost are :

For 1)-3) above, try to get the ticket in advance for the bargain price ( you can buy it online or from convenience stores )

For 4) above, bring your own bag. There are thieves so better bring your cash/valuable in a water proof bag you can always carry in the water.

For 5) above, you do not really need it unless you are with your grand parents or small kids and the place is super crowded with super hot day.

For 6) above, just bring your own foods/drinks. Bring your cooler box with a lot of ice to keep things nice and cool.

 

The cost is usually much cheaper for the public swimming pool but rather boring and even more crowded. 

 

Most of the swimming pools open at 09:00AM or 10:00AM depending on day. Some swimming pools open till late night as 22:00 serving alcohol. 

And...Never forget this in Japan summer

Do not forget to bring the skin protection and enough drink. The sun in summer is very strong and you may get heat stroke. For kids, do not forget something (student card or so) to show the age.

 

Tattoo are still prohibited in many venues. No relaxation in the corona time!

And...DO NOT FORGET ABOUT TATTOO RULE IN JAPAN (some swimming pools do not even allow Tattoo concealer)!

Big Swimming Pools In Tokyo

These are in Tokyo but not all are that center. 

Tokyo Summer Land, Adventure lagoon

Source: official website All about
The big toilet " DEKASLA " Source: official website All about
Source: official website All about
Source: official website All about
Source: official website All about
Source: official website All about

Click here to find out more corona related special info from the official website

 

Akiruno city, Tokyo

Open: 13th of July - 30th of Sept? (2020)

 

The toilet looking slider called " DEKASLA " is fun. But we waited for one hour to get the ride. It is not in the city center. You go into the mountain area of Tokyo. It has also an indoor area thus even if rains you can swim.

 

It is open in the corona time.

Covid-19 special rules include: 

You must get a ticket beforehand to book your space. You can book at many convenience stores.

Some are of the swimming pool such as Jacuzzi is closed. 

For DEKASLA, you must wear a face/mouth shield.

 

1800 JPY for 61 years old or older

3500 JPY for adult ( Jr high school students or older)

2500 JPY for primary school student 

1800 JPY for 2 years old or younger

Ticket include the park entrance and swimming pool entrance

If you also want to ride attractions, 4500 JPY inclusive ticket available.

(old info may not be correct as of 2016)

Toshimaen

Toshimaen, one of the major theme parks in Tokyo will be closed in 2020 and will be a Harry Potter land in the future.

Source: official website All about
Source: official website All about

Click here to find out more from the official website

 

Nerima, Tokyo

Open: 13th July, and 16th of July - 31st of Aug (2020)

 

Just 30 mins from Ikebukuro area. Of course, always many people.

 

It is open in the corona time.

Covid-19 special rules include: 

You must get a ticket beforehand to book your space. You can book from this Toshimaen official website.

 

 

4100 JPY for adult ( Jr high school students or older)

3000 JPY for kid of 110 cm height or taller (before Jr high)

2000 JPY for kid shorter than 110 cm (before Jr high) 

0 JPY for 2 years old or younger

Ticket include the park entrance and swimming pool entrance

Locker costs up to 500 JPY!

(as of 2016)

Yomiuri Land, Pool WAI

Kids can not enjoy Ampanman pool Source: official website and All about
Kids can not enjoy Ampanman pool in 2020 Source: official website and All about

Click here to find out more from the official website

 

Inagi city, Tokyo

Open: 1st of July-11th of Sept (2016)

 

30 mins from Shinjuku by Keio Line or Odakyu Line.

 

It is open in the corona time.

Covid-19 special rules include: 

You must get a ticket beforehand to book your space. You can book only at the Yomiuri land official site.

Some are of the swimming pool such as Anpanman pool is closed. 

 

2000 JPY for 65 years old or older

3300 JPY for adult between 18 years old and 64 years old

2500 JPY for Jr. high and high school student

2100 JPY for 3 years old and primary school student 

 

Ticket include the park entrance and swimming pool entrance

With ticket to ride attractions incl., it is up to 6000 JPY.

(as of 2016)

Showa Kinen Koen, Rainbow Pool: Closed in 2020

Source: official website and All about
Source: official website and All about

Click here to find out more from the official website

 

It is located in Tachikawa city and Akisihma city, Tokyo. Because it is sort of operated by the government, the fee level is not high. But, in 2020, the swimming pool is not open. Let us hope it will open in 2021 and after!!

 

In case you read this article in 2021, we talk about this nice swimming pool a bit.  Inside the big park, there are 9 types of swimming pools. It has a BBQ area so you can enjoy BBQ and swimming!

 

1 hour from Tokyo by Chuo Line.

Nishi-Tachikawa station is the closest (2 min walk). Operated by a public sector, the price is fair.

 

500 JPY for 65 years old or older

2300 JPY for 15 years old or older

1200 JPY for primary school and Jr. high student

300 JPY for 4 years old ( before primary school student )

 

Ticket include the park entrance and swimming pool entrance

If pregnant, 500 JPY ( need to show your mother's note "Boshi Techo/母子手帳 ").

(as of 2016, maybe wrong)

BIG SWIMMING POOLS Near Tokyo

Some are cheaper than the ones in Tokyo. For example, Saitama Suijo Park is not as expensive. But the same rules apply. Try not get there on weekends at least. Inexpensive means much more people than expensive places.

Saitamasuijo Park closed in 2020

Source: official website and All About
Source: official website and All About

Click here to find out more from the official website

 

Ageo city, Saitama

It is closed for 2020 because of the corona.

 

Take bus from Ageo station East Exit and get off at "Sports Sogo Centre (スポーツ総合センター)" ( or 30 mins walk from Ageo station) (Takasaki Line). One of the most reasonably priced swimming pools in Tokyo area for this size.

 

510 JPY for adult

210 JPY for kid (primary school or Jr. high student (Jr. high student needs to present their student card or so to show the age))

Special deal for a family (2 adults and 2 kids) is  1230 JPY

(as of 2016)

 

Similar swimming pools are in Kawagoe city , Kazo city and Koshigaya city. Quite cheap but you will be almost 100% sardined!

Tobu Dobutsu Koen, Tobu Super Pool

Source: official website and All About
Source: official website and All About
Source: official website and All About
Source: official website and All About

Click here to find out more from the official website

 

Miyashiro, Saitama

Open: 1st - 31st of August (2020)

 

It is open in the corona time.

Covid-19 special rules include: 

You must get a ticket beforehand to book your space. You can book only at the Tobu official site.

 

It has a Zoo and theme park. If you love animals, you can see some and dive into the swimming pool!

 

1900 JPY for 60 years old or older

2600 JPY for adult 18 years old or older

2000 JPY 12-17 years old

1300 JPY for 3 years old and primary school student 

 

Ticket include the park entrance and swimming pool entrance

With ticket to ride attractions incl. , it is up to 4800 JPY.

(as of 2020)

Hasunuma Kaihin Koen, Hasunuma Water Garden

Source: official website and All About
Source: official website and All About
official website hasunuma
Source: official website

Click here to find out more from the official website

 

Sanmu city, Chiba

Open: 18th of July  - 22th of  of Sept (2020)

 

The biggest in Chiba.

It is open in the corona time.

Covid-19 special rules include: 

You must get a ticket beforehand to book your space. You can book only at the official site.

 

 

1730 JPY for adult

1010 JPY for high school student

400 JPY for primary and Jr. high student 

200 JPY for 4 years old or older

Ticket include the park entrance and swimming pool entrance

Water slide etc. cost extra e.g. 200 - 400 JPY one time 

(as of 2016)

 

NOTE: It is right next to the ocean. There is a swimming area with the beach!

Seibu Yuenchi Pool

Source: official website and All About
Source: official website and All About

Click here to find out more from the official website

 

Tokorozawa city, Saitama

Open: 18of July - 30th Aug (2020)

 

1.5 hour from Ikebukuro by Seibu Line.

This year it is open till 21:00.

 

It is open in the corona time.

Covid-19 special rules include: 

You must get a ticket beforehand to book your space. You can book only at the official site.

 

1500 JPY for 60 years old or older

2500 JPY for adult ( Jr high school students or older)

1500 JPY for 3 years old or primary school student 

0 JPY for 2 years old or younger

Ticket include the park entrance and swimming pool entrance

If you also want to ride attractions, 3000 JPY inclusive ticket available.

(as of 2016)

Kodomo no Kuni Closed in 2020

Source : official website and All About
Source : official website and All About

Click here to find out more from the official website

 

Yokohama city, Kanagawa

 

It is closed in 2020. We hope it will open in 2021 and after.

 

Around 1 hour from Shibuya/Yokohama, get off at Kodomonokuni station (こどもの国駅)

1100 JPY for adult ( high school students or older)

450 JPY for primary and Jr. high students

350 JPY for 3 years old or older 

0 JPY for 2 years old or younger

Ticket include the park entrance and swimming pool entrance

(as of 2016)

Ending Note-looking for cheaper deals?

Did you find a good place? Do you have any favorite?

 

If you know your neighbor swimming pool is open, please share it in the comment section or with us. 

 

Except for some government run theme park, here we introduced the theme park style swimming pools (big slides, artificial waves etc.), almost all of which cost some fortune.

List of public Swimming pools in Japan for cheaper deal

If you are on budget, there are many small size public swimming pools in Tokyo area which is cheaper than all of these places in this article.

 

These swimming pools are like gym pools but great enough to have good dips in this hot summer. Better avoid the summer holiday season, you may be suffocated with so many kids. Try on weekdays, early morning.

 

The entry price shall be as good as 200JPY (1.5 USD) or so depending on the pool, if you are the local resident, your age. 

 

But in 2020 many of the public swimming pools are closed due to the corona. It is quite pity.

 

Here is the list of public swimming pools in Japan. Try this list (all in Japanese and some are only for the residents of the area. Call the place up beforehand to make sure you can get in!).

 

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Source: Wikipedia, All About, official website of each theme park

 

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COMIKET99 IN TOKYO, JAPAN IN 2020 CANCELED. But Now AIR COMIKET Starts!

COMIKET99 IN Winter, TOKYO, JAPAN IN 2020 CANCELED. But Now "AIR COMIKET" Starts!

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Comiket in WINTER 2020 canceled

Source: Comiket98 official website
Even the event was cancelled. You can buy the catalog. Source: Comiket98 official website

Comiket in 2020 was going to take place on 2-5 May. This was the first time since 1975 that the event was cancelled. The reason is of course the current corona pandemic.

Now we learnt that the next 2020 Comiket is also cancelled!

 

When will be the next Comiket? It plans to be in the Golden Week in 2021.

 

Now the Comike organizer trying to promote more "Air Comike". What is it? We explain in the next section below. 

 

Is it still possible to operate the Comiket without any revenue?

 

The organizer told us that they will not go bust "yet" but they may ask for donation if they see their wallet tight in the future.

 

Normally the catalog should have been available to buy from the following links:

 

Toranoana shop

 

Melon books shop

Air ComikeT

"Air Comike" movement started when Comiket 98 was cancelled. In one word, it is the online version of Comiket. It is a simple link of the comic/dojinshi creators/vendors which could have been on the Comiket in real.

 

With this you can support them by purchasing the goods from them online.

 

Here is the link of the creators on Air Comike. You can check from this official link

what happenED to Comiket99 winter, 2020?

The Comiket organizer announced that the winter Comiket in 2020 being cancelled. Of course it is because of the corona.

 

 

Previously it was that in the winter Comiket the East exhibition hall and the new South exhibition hall be available to use. This means Comiket99 can technically speaking use all 16 exhibition halls max. The organiser says it is not yet decided if using all but most likely the duration shall be "3 days", not 4 days. Because the Tokyo Olympic is postponed to 2021. This shall impact Comiket in 2021 too. We will keep you informed. 

 

The organiser also says Comiket96-Comiket98 experienced huge transitions for Comiket history and says "there may be more changes they need the Comiket fans to accept from now on".

 

Comiket in 2021 will be its 100th time.

Entry fee for all visitors

From our observation, the 2021 Golden Week and from now Comike is likely to charge entry fee. For the previous Comiket, the organizer said that the expense of managing the sites went up because of the 4 day event and smaller event space which resulted in the less income from advertisement. 

 

The venue cost and labor cost keep rising in Japan. Right now we also witness a dramatic decline in the economy because of the corona pandemic. Thus Comiket organiser may have no option but to charge for the entry (we hope not but...).

 

For the future Comiket, you pay the fee or buy the entry. We also guess the wrist band which has been used as a entry ticket in 2020 may change to a smartphone based ticket.

 

[it is our guess, not official information from the Comiket organiser!]

How much Entry fee?

For 2020 Comiket, for 4 day ticket, it was 2500 JPY for advance ticket and 2000JPY to buy on the day. One day ticket was 500JPY. Comiket99 may have a similar price range.

Where to buy ticket?

Now we know Comiket are not taking place but let us suppose there is an event...

 

Where can you buy the entry ticket?

 

You can buy the advance ticket at Tonaranoana shop, Animate shop, Melon Books.

 

If you want, you can line-up and buy at the venue but it will be loooong process.

What is Comike? Big dojinshi fair in the world

Comiket is the biggest Dojinshi ("同人誌" / self-published works by animator/comic artist) convention in the world since 1975 (21 Dec). 

 

We call it "Komike" in Japan. 

This is one good channel to promote yourself as a Manga-ka or Cartoonist in Japan.

 

When to take place and for how many days?

 

2019 seems a special event with 4 days.

 

Usually it takes place at Tokyo Big Sight two times a year ("Summer Comiket" in mid August of every year e.g. 10-12AUG and "Winter Comiket" around the end of every year e.g. 29DEC- 1JAN).

 

Besides this, there is Comiket Special which takes place every 5 year.

 

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How much to enter Comiket in Tokyo?

As of 2018 it was free to enter the Comike. But there was a fee system in 2019 and 2020.

What you need to be careful

Heat

For Summer Comike, you take care of yourself for the heat. IT was reported every day there were more than 100 people taken to the care center with possible heat stroke. Bring some cap, enough drink.

We heard of some complaints from the people lining up in the morning outside of the venue that there were no drink vendors who could go around so that you could buy drink from where you lined up. There are many vending machines but not practical when you need to line up with several thousands of people.

 

 

Theft ( including Pickpocket) 

There was a report of arrest for pickpocket. If you attended the Comike once, you know the situation is like 8AM in Yamanote line on weekday. So many people. You keep your belongings where nobody can reach easily. 

 

The photos of the cosplayers are here!

What time should you go the venue? Opening hour

The Comket opens from 10:00AM till 17:00 for the 1st and 2nd day and 10:00AM-16:00 for the 3rd day. For 2019, there will be the 4th day. The opening hour should be more or less the same.

(Subject to a possible change in the future. Check the official website )

 

still Morning dash?

Although not allowed, it is sort of tradition that the visitors rush out of the station gate from the first train which reaches at Rinkai line Kokusai Tenjijo station ( りんかい線国際展示場駅 ).

 

 

It is called " Shihatsu Dash / 始発ダッシュ or the first train dash ".

 

Well, we can only say do you run or you fall! Stay safe ;) 

 

The below youtube video is Comiket Winter 2019.

 

You can see why the organizer needed to cancel their events. So many visitors. There is a high risk of Covid 19 explosion. Very tough time for this type of event.

Location and How to get there?

The location is at Tokyo Big Sight, a convention hall in Tokyo. In 2019, the venue is a bit smaller than normal.

 

There shall be 3 venues:

West Exhibition Hall

South Exhibition Hall

Aomi Exhibition Hall which is 1.5km away from the other halls.

 

You need to take JR Shinjuku Rinkai line or Yurikamome line from JR Shinbashi station. 

 

You get off at Kokusai Tenjijo station ( りんかい線国際展示場駅 ) of Rinkai line or Kokusai Tenjijo Seimon station (国際展示場正門駅) of Yurikamome line.

Comiket policy

The policy of Comiket is that all participants are equal.

Seller - circle

You need to be selected to be the seller. If selected to be a seller, you need to pay. The normal seller space is a half of a table and two chairs. The seller at the Comiket is called "circle". 

 

The application starts for the next convention around the time of Comiket. That means if you want to be a seller at the next convention, you need to apply around 6 months in advance.

 

If you wish to be a seller, you need to apply by post or email. Many applications fail because of just not enough or wrong information in the application format. You make sure you fill in correctly!

 

More than 36000 circles attend usually

 

Seller can enter at 07:00AM

This is how it is like in Comiket source: wikipedia
This is how it is like in Comiket source: wikipedia

Visitor

Is it free to visit the market?

"Yes!"

Unlike many Dojinshi convention, you do not need to buy the catalog (as an entry ticket) to visit the market.

 

More than 500000 visitors usually. In 2018 summer there were more than 53000 visitors.

 

Visitor can line up from 04:30AM and enter at 10:00AM (in fact you are NOT allowed to line up before 04:30AM but many lineup from the day before)

Cosplayer

If you want to do a cosplay at the Comiket, you need to apply in advance.

 

Now the not excessive exposure rules are in use. You should not show too much skin!

careful about several rules at Comiket!!

You must be careful about several rules in Comiket. The similar rules apply also to many Dojinshi Conventions in Japan.

 

If you want to take a photo/video of someone in the Comiket, unless you blur the person's face, you are not allowed to publish it on your SNS or any sort. If you want to publish, you need to identify yourself with your name and your contact information, the purpose/media details. The organiser is strict with the rules. The penalty could be the eviction from the Comiket.

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Kyoto Animation Start Recruiting 2020!

Kyoto Animation Start Recruiting 2020!

Kyoto Animation announced that the company is accepting applications.

The company suspended the recruiting because of the corona situation.

 

The studio accept applications for several interesting positions within the company.

 

The positions are e.g.

animators,

writers,

3DCG (modeling, rigging, effect, animation)

managers,

sales,

web production,

admin

and

systems engineers,

 

for both fixed-term such as one year and year-round periods, along with many others. Some positions are for Tokyo office.

 

Some positions are only for the 25 year old or younger people.

 

The payment is around 1000JPY per hour, 210,000JPY per month depending on the position.

 

The application window opens from 3rd of October, 2020, to 25th of September, 2021. While applications were accepted, recruitment has been postponed due to the corona pandemic.

 

For more details, please check their official sites

http://www.kyotoanimation.co.jp/recruit/

http://www.kyotoanimation.co.jp/school/entrance/202002/ 

 

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Poisoned Food Killed Cats on Cat Island in Japan

Poisoned Food Killed Cats on Cat Island in Japan

Poisoned food killed many cats sadly Source: FBS Fukuoka broadcast
Poisoned food killed many cats sadly Source: FBS Fukuoka broadcast

Poisoned Food Killed Cats on Cat Island in Japan

 

There are many cat islands in Japan which we featured in our web news. 

 

One of them is called Umashima island of Kitakyushu city, Fukuoka

The island lies 10 km from Kokura port. 5.4 km size island with 30 people in 14 families.

 

Since 2014, there were around 90-100 cats on the island. 

 

It was found that 40 cats were found dead from a mysterious cause between Sept, 2017 and May, 2019. Many cats died with bubble from their mouths.

 

One NPO of Fukuoka city came to investigate the situation and found there were cuts of fishes with "strange blue-ish chemical powders" stuck thereto. After the study, this blue chemical is the one usually found in pesticide.

 

Who killed the cats?

After the search, one local 80 year old man was arrested for the suspicion of feeding the animals with poisoned foods. The person was quoted saying "I wanted to scare the craws and not sure if the cats came to eat (poisoned food)" in August, 2019.

 

Now the island has just 30 cats.

 

We have no information who this 80 year old guy was, his profession. We assume he is in agriculture or aquaculture field.

 

We know it is hard for farmers and fishers to protect their harvests from many animals trying to feed on.

And their lives depend on the harvest. From the old time, no strange to try to kill the pests like mice with poisons. We would like to believe there was no ill intention from this suspect.

But we hope there should be a less harmful way to keep the animals away from the harvest.

 

Source: FBS TV, Sankei news, Kyodo news, Mainichi news

Where is Umashima island?

how to get there?

So where is this cat island in Japan and how to get there?

 

Island profile:

Name: Umashima 馬島 (meaning "horse island")

Access: by boat. Take a boat from Kokura port (小倉渡場) to the island (22 mins) 560JPY round trip (280JPY on way).

Address: Umashima, Kokurakita Ward, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka

 

The island is called Horse island in Japanese because of several legends e.g. the island shape looks like a horse, or there were horse farms on the island in the past or some ship with horse sank there.

 

Most of the residents work in agriculture and fisheries.

 

There are also Umashima islands in Yamaguchi and Ehime. Do not get confused.

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GHIBLI NEW MOVIE "HOW DO YOU LIVE" READY IN 2023 PROBABLY

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Ghibli new movie "How do you live" ready in 2023 Probably

Ghibli Studio Mr. Suzuki Source: Twitter
Ghibli Studio Mr. Suzuki Source: Twitter

Entertainment Weekly interview

Did you know Mr. Hayao Miyazaki (79 year old) working on his new long title?

 

He was on a NHK TV documentary in Feb, 2017 and said he would be working on a next new movie to be ready in 2019.

 

The title was "Kimi Ha Dou Ikiru ka / How do you live?". 

 

Now it is 2020. We had not heard of any news.

 

We only heard studio Ghibli movies on Netflex and HBO Max (27 May, 2020). But if you are in Japan, you can not watch even if you have these.

 

The Entertainment Weekly interviewed Studio GHIBLI CEO Mr. Suzuki. He says that Hayao Miyazaki NEW MOVIE "HOW DO YOU LIVE" be ready in 2023 probably.

What kind of story?

The movie is roughly based on the "How Do You Live?: 君たちはどう生きるか, Kimi-tachi wa Dō Ikiru ka, a novel by Yoshino Genzaburo in 1973.

 

The basic story is that it follows a 15 year old boy named Junichi Honda, nicknamed Koperu, and his uncle as the youth deals with spiritual growth, poverty, and the overall experience as human beings. You can get it as a novel or also manga.

 

Many of Hayao movies are based on some old stories yet based very loosely so that you do not get a good grip of the movie story even if you read the books.

Any progress?

Studio Ghibli still draw the anime pictures by hands. It is a long lasting process.

 

As of 2020 May, the 36 minutes of the movie completed.

 

60 animators working and making 1 min per month. 12 mins per one year.

 

Did you know how many animators having worked on My Neighbor Totoro? 

The answer is 8 people. It took 8 month to complete.

While waiting you can check many ghibli movies you have not watched

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1. Kaze Tachinu (" Wind starts ") by Hayao Miyazaki

The story is about the Jiro Horikoshi who created the Zero-sen, aka Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter in WWII.

 

If you want to know the story, you can get the old track of Monthly Model Graphix Magazines where Hayao Miyazaki made the manga.

 

Because it is about the WWII era, the tone of the movie is "dark".

 

The movie was out in 2013 and was supposed to be the last movie from Mr. Miyazaki but the decision was changed.

2. Kaguyahime Monogatari ("the tale of the Princess Kaguya") by Isao Takahata

The story is based on the very old Japanese folklore called Taketori Monogatari ( the tale of the bamboo cutter). 

The drawing style is similar to My Neighbors the Yamadas from 1999 unlike other Ghibli animations.

 

The other day we were in Mitaka Ghibli museum and met Isao Takahata. He gave us his autograph! Very nice.

 

This was the last movie from Isao Takahata.

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Where Can You Buy and Sell Deadstock in Corona Pandemic?

Where Can You Buy and Sell Piling up Deadstock in Corona Pandemic?

The coronavirus pandemic affecting so many business around the globe.

 

For example, a meat supplier told us that the event they usually supply has been cancelled because of the corona and they are full of deadstock. If they can not sell, they have to get rid of their meats.

 

The key word is "do not let corona kill your biz".

 

Some companies are asking if there is any place they can sell to the potential buyers.

 

There is the market for those business who are affected by the coronavirus to sell their deadstock at a lower than market price and for those who want to buy to help. This platform connects the potential seller and buyer anywhere in the world.

 

It is on the facebook, the name is Coronavirus Deadstock Market(CDM). Please share and spread this initiative to the world.

How CDM this work?

If you have product to sell

If you are seller, please describe your situation in this corona pandemic, exact address, contact information, product photos, your own photo and delivery term.

 

Please post all necessary information in the group. You must make sure your price is far lower than normal price to clear up your inventory.

 

Better to deal with a buyer only in your country or area. 

If you want to buy

If you are buyer, please use the comment of the facebook to the relevant post to request to buy.

 

Better to deal with a seller only in your country or area.

Where can you sell your deadstock in this corona pandemic?
Where can you sell your deadstock in this corona pandemic?

What you need to be careful with

The platform takes no commission.

 

The group is purely to help those affected by the corona virus.

 

Therefore, they do NOT take any responsibility for the items and any issue which may occur. No product liability.

 

If you want to sell or buy, better only deal with those who are in your country or area. International shipping is not easy and also you should not put any more pressure on the international logistics. And moreover, it will be so hard for you to solve any problem if occurs!

 

This idea is great to help business around the world in this terrible time. The concept is great.

 

Please share this.

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COMIKET98 IN TOKYO, JAPAN IN 2020 CANCELED, HOW IS COMIKET99 IN WINTER, 2020?

Comiket98 in Tokyo, Japan in 2020 Canceled, How is Comiket99 in Winter, 2020?

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Comiket in Summer 2020 canceled

Source: Comiket98 official website
Even the event was cancelled. You can buy the catalog. Source: Comiket98 official website

Comiket in 2020 was going to take place on 2-5 May. This is the first time since 1975 that the event was cancelled. The reason is of course the current corona pandemic.

 

Fee you paid shall be returned around 15th of April, 2020.

 

We will update you about a next 2020 Comiket too once the information available!

 

Even though the event being cancelled, the organiser still hopes for the support by purchasing the catalogs.

 

The catalog is available to buy from the following links:

 

Toranoana shop

 

Melon books shop

what will happen to Comiket99 winter, 2020?

The big question is what will happen to the winter Comiket in 2020?

 

Simple answer is "not sure yet".

 

What we learnt from the organiser is that the East exhibition hall and the new South exhibition hall be available to use. This means Comiket99 can technically speaking use all 16 exhibition halls max. The organiser says it is not yet decided if using all but most likely the duration shall be "3 days", not 4 days. Because the Tokyo Olympic is postponed to 2021. This shall impact Comiket in 2021 too. We will keep you informed. 

 

The organiser also says Comiket96-Comiket98 experienced huge transitions for Comiket history and says "there may be more changes they need the Comiket fans to accept from now on".

 

Comiket in 2021 will be its 100th time.

Entry fee for all visitors

From our observation, the 2020 and from now Comike is likely to charge entry fee. For the previous Comiket, the organizer said that the expense of managing the sites went up because of the 4 day event and smaller event space which resulted in the less income from advertisement. 

 

The venue cost and labor cost keep rising in Japan. Right now we also witness a dramatic decline in the economy because of the corona pandemic. Thus Comiket organiser may have no option but to charge for the entry (we hope not but...).

 

For the future Comiket, you pay the fee or buy the entry. We also guess the wrist band which has been used as a entry ticket in 2020 may change to a smartphone based ticket.

 

[it is our guess, not official information from the Comiket organiser!]

How much Entry fee?

For 2020 Comiket, for 4 day ticket, it was 2500 JPY for advance ticket and 2000JPY to buy on the day. One day ticket was 500JPY. Comiket99 may have a similar price range.

Where to buy ticket?

Where can you buy the entry ticket?

 

You can buy the advance ticket at Tonaranoana shop, Animate shop, Melon Books.

 

If you want, you can line-up and buy at the venue but it will be loooong process.

What is Comike? Big dojinshi fair in the world

Comiket is the biggest Dojinshi ("同人誌" / self-published works by animator/comic artist) convention in the world since 1975 (21 Dec). 

 

We call it "Komike" in Japan. 

This is one good channel to promote yourself as a Manga-ka or Cartoonist in Japan.

 

When to take place and for how many days?

 

2019 seems a special event with 4 days.

 

Usually it takes place at Tokyo Big Sight two times a year ("Summer Comiket" in mid August of every year e.g. 10-12AUG and "Winter Comiket" around the end of every year e.g. 29DEC- 1JAN).

 

Besides this, there is Comiket Special which takes place every 5 year.

 

<<How to get a job as Manga-ka or catoonist in Japan?>>

How much to enter Comiket in Tokyo?

As of 2018 it was free to enter the Comike. But there was a fee system in 2019 and 2020.

What you need to be careful

Heat

For Summer Comike, you take care of yourself for the heat. IT was reported every day there were more than 100 people taken to the care center with possible heat stroke. Bring some cap, enough drink.

We heard of some complaints from the people lining up in the morning outside of the venue that there were no drink vendors who could go around so that you could buy drink from where you lined up. There are many vending machines but not practical when you need to line up with several thousands of people.

 

 

Theft ( including Pickpocket) 

There was a report of arrest for pickpocket. If you attended the Comike once, you know the situation is like 8AM in Yamanote line on weekday. So many people. You keep your belongings where nobody can reach easily. 

 

The photos of the cosplayers are here!

What time should you go the venue? Opening hour

The Comket opens from 10:00AM till 17:00 for the 1st and 2nd day and 10:00AM-16:00 for the 3rd day. For 2019, there will be the 4th day. The opening hour should be more or less the same.

(Subject to a possible change in the future. Check the official website )

 

still Morning dash?

Although not allowed, it is sort of tradition that the visitors rush out of the station gate from the first train which reaches at Rinkai line Kokusai Tenjijo station ( りんかい線国際展示場駅 ).

 

 

It is called " Shihatsu Dash / 始発ダッシュ or the first train dash ".

 

Well, we can only say do you run or you fall! Stay safe ;) 

 

The below is Comiket Winter 2019.

Location and How to get there?

The location is at Tokyo Big Sight, a convention hall in Tokyo. In 2019, the venue is a bit smaller than normal.

 

There shall be 3 venues:

West Exhibition Hall

South Exhibition Hall

Aomi Exhibition Hall which is 1.5km away from the other halls.

 

You need to take JR Shinjuku Rinkai line or Yurikamome line from JR Shinbashi station. 

 

You get off at Kokusai Tenjijo station ( りんかい線国際展示場駅 ) of Rinkai line or Kokusai Tenjijo Seimon station (国際展示場正門駅) of Yurikamome line.

Comiket policy

The policy of Comiket is that all participants are equal.

Seller - circle

You need to be selected to be the seller. If selected to be a seller, you need to pay. The normal seller space is a half of a table and two chairs. The seller at the Comiket is called "circle". 

 

The application starts for the next convention around the time of Comiket. That means if you want to be a seller at the next convention, you need to apply around 6 months in advance.

 

If you wish to be a seller, you need to apply by post or email. Many applications fail because of just not enough or wrong information in the application format. You make sure you fill in correctly!

 

More than 36000 circles attend usually

 

Seller can enter at 07:00AM

This is how it is like in Comiket source: wikipedia
This is how it is like in Comiket source: wikipedia

Visitor

Is it free to visit the market?

"Yes!"

Unlike many Dojinshi convention, you do not need to buy the catalog (as an entry ticket) to visit the market.

 

More than 500000 visitors usually. In 2018 summer there were more than 53000 visitors.

 

Visitor can line up from 04:30AM and enter at 10:00AM (in fact you are NOT allowed to line up before 04:30AM but many lineup from the day before)

Cosplayer

If you want to do a cosplay at the Comiket, you need to apply in advance.

 

Now the not excessive exposure rules are in use. You should not show too much skin!

careful about several rules at Comiket!!

You must be careful about several rules in Comiket. The similar rules apply also to many Dojinshi Conventions in Japan.

 

If you want to take a photo/video of someone in the Comiket, unless you blur the person's face, you are not allowed to publish it on your SNS or any sort. If you want to publish, you need to identify yourself with your name and your contact information, the purpose/media details. The organiser is strict with the rules. The penalty could be the eviction from the Comiket.

Share your experience

Have you ever been at any Dojinshi convention? Which one? How was your experience?

 

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Do you want to interview at comiket?

Local crew can help you!

Do you want to TV shooting, music video, photo shooting for fashion in Japan?

 

We have worked with major TV broadcasters around the world and online media to carry out their tasks in Japan. We make planning, arrangement with the venues, also hire local professional crew (videographer, photographer, editor, makeup artist, stylist, model, interpreter, translator etc. ) for the project. We are the one news providers for Japanese and international news papers.

 

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Source: wikipedia, Comiket official website

 

 

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Animal Crossing from Nintendo Switch version Lottery in Japan

Animal Crossing from Nintendo Switch version Lottery in Japan

Source: Nintendo
Source: Nintendo

So many people asking us to talk about Animal Crossing from Nintendo. This is obviously so popular with people in this corona era where people need to stay at home as much as possible. We We also play it and find quite fun!

 

Now Nintendo Japan plans to release Animal Crossing from Nintendo Switch version. It is only available for Japan market. If you live in Japan, you can apply for free. If you live outside Japan, you can apply through our service.

 

The Nintendo Japan site has a lottery set up.

 

The price is 39,556JPY

 

You can apply from 18-25 (18:00 JST) May, 2020. You need a Japan address. [If you are reading this after 25th of May, 2020, it is too late, sorry!!]

 

The result comes out 1-2 June, 2020 (JST).

 

If won, you can pay 1-8 June, 2020 (JST).

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Corona Alert: What State of Emergency Declaration Change Your life in Japan?

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Let us overcome this pandemic!! all rights reserved by onegai kaeru

Corona Alert: What State of Emergency Declaration Change Your life in Japan?

 

We share the tips how to survive in the corona pandemic in Japan and also updates the list of events/venue cancelled/closed.

 

We even supply masks (normal mask to surgical types) from China.

 

Japan prime minister, Mr. Abe, announced the state of emergency declaration today 7th April, 2020. This declaration is effective till 6th of May, 2020.

 

The aim is to reduce the human contacts by 70-80% in two weeks from now.

 

This declaration has no penalty so some people say no concrete impact.

 

We think many businesses would follow the requests. The biggest impact on those who are not contracted by coronavirus.

 

What are the possible impacts on your life in Japan?

 

This measure applies for several major cities i.e. Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, Osaka, Hyogo (such as Kobe), Fukuoka.

 

The mayors in many cities are already asking people to stay at home.

 

Here is the list the government asks to open and close. If you need to go to or run as your business one of these venues, you need to pay good attention and ask the venue if anything unclear.

Venue/business asked to close

University/college

School

Driving school

Prep school

Gym stadium

Swimming pool

Bowling

Golf

Batting centre

Sports club

Theater

Live house

Meeting space

Museum

Exhibition

Department store

Shopping mall

Hair dresser

Cinema 

Pawn shop

Karaoke

Bar/pub

Karaoke

Game center

Clothes rental

Night club

Ma jong shop

Pachinko

Internet cafe

etc.

The exceptions are very small type of educational institution and shop which may be asked to open after the strong measures against the corona in place.

VENUE/BUSINESS ASKED TO open

Hospital

Bank

Wholesale market

Super market

Grocery shop

Convenience store

Restaurant (only allowed for limited hour, no izakaya allowed)

Hotel/inn

Factory

Delivery

Public transport

Public bath

Lockdown ?

Some of our readers asking us if this is a "lockdown"? The answer is "no".

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Where Can you Buy Masks in this Coronavirus pandemic?

Where Can you Buy Masks in this Coronavirus pandemic?

onegai kaeru supplies masks incl. surgical, KN95 and N95  the picture is just an image all rights reserved by onegai kaeru
onegai kaeru supplies masks incl. surgical, KN95 and N95 the picture is just an image all rights reserved by onegai kaeru

Onegai kaeru bring you mask!

 

To combat coronavirus, Onegai Kaeru producing EU/FDA certified masks (incl. surgical, N95) with the partner in China. We ship with CIF and All prepaid from 5000 pieces (as minimum order, certain types incl. surgical, N95 has smaller lot starting from 100pc).

 

Custom and all cost after the arrival to your port shall be payable by the customer. If you need, please contact us with your details (full name, address, contact information), how many pieces, where to ship.

 

Our mask factory in China shared the information that now the melt blown material (the key material for the mask) price is 20 times higher than pre-corona time in China. The mask price and the shipping cost also keep going up.

 

As the demand is quite high, we can not promise to be able to supply you.

Mask Type to supply

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We supply the below types of masks so far:

 

  • Normal mask CE certified   Minimum lot 5000 pc
  • Surgical mask CE and FDA certified Minimum lot 800 pc
  • KN95 mask CE and FDA certified Minimum lot 1000 pc
  • N95 mask FDA certified Minimum lot 100 pc

 

The shipping cost shall be 30% of the total mask cost and the insurance to be added and the custom tax shall be payable by the buyer.

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