Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

7-Eleven R2, Darth Maul Utensils, and Lightsaber Popsicle Sticks

Pete Vilmur | April 5, 2012

A month ago, we reported on several Star Wars: Episode I 3D promotions being launched in Japan, including the Pepsi premium character straps.

With Episode I 3D still playing in theaters there (it was released March 15), the promotional tie-in campaigns are still very active, with some downright cool items available exclusively to Japanese fans and consumers.

Here’s a peek at some of the various premiums available at participating Japanese 7-Eleven stores, Domino’s Pizza outlets, and consumers of Gari Gari Kun ice-cream products: (more…)

Japanese Premium Star Wars Character Straps

Pete Vilmur | February 28, 2012

Starting today, Japanese fans will discover a bunch of cool Star Wars premiums attached to several Suntory beverage products throughout the land, including a dozen Panson Works (a popular soft vinyl toy design in Japan) figure straps and 8 Bearbrick figures from Episode I (also including Darth Vader).

The Panson Works figures, which measure between 2-3 cm tall (1-1.25 inches) will be available on Pepsi Nex products only; the Bearbricks will be distributed through Pepsi NEX, Suntory Natural Mineral Water, IYEMON KOIME, Nichirei Acerola and Lipton Limone. While there are many more brands offering the Bearbricks premiums, there are twice as many Panson Works figures being produced – so look sharp!

Finally, if consumers collect enough Pepsi Nex marks (which are printed on the bottle label of Pepsi Nex), they can redeem them for Big Panson Works — a Darth Maul (15cm tall) and an R2-D2 (12cm tall). Only 500 are being produced and will be available while supplies last! The Star Wars Panson Works and Bearbricks promotion ends April 16, 2012.

Lightsabers Spotted on Japanese Trains

Pete Vilmur | September 22, 2011

Lucasfilm associate Ken Ogawa recently sent us a handful of snapshots from Japan depicting the lightsaber handrails being used to promote Star Wars on Blu-ray in the Land of the Rising Sun. And just in case riders didn’t get the not-so-subtle hint that something Star-Wars-y was afoot, several transit posters promoting the Blu-ray release were also displayed throughout the train cars.

For more images of Star Wars Blu-ray related promotions seen throughout the world, check out our ever-expanding Flickr series here.

Canned Star Wars Meat? Team | February 1, 2010

Recently, this retro (1978) Japanese commercial for canned tuna — or at least we’re guessing as much — has been making the rounds, so we couldn’t resist blogging about it.

It’s not every day you see C-3PO breaking up an epic duel between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker by offering them a snack of canned meat instead. Plus the cameos of stormtroopers, Han Solo, Chewbacca, a rather disco-fied Princess Leia and an odd assortment of Cantina aliens make this commercial even cooler.

May the Force be with Hagoromo Foods!


Below are some of our favorite screen grabs from the commercial:


Tokyo’s Robots Come With Lightsabers

Bonnie Burton | November 25, 2009

Looks like the Jedi and Sith are about to be outsourced. Just when you think IG-110 lightsaber droids were fiction, this happens…

Three Motoman robots from Yaskawa perform coordinated moves with lightsabers at Tokyo’s International Robot Exhibition on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009.

WATCH VIDEO: IREX 2009 – Robot lightsaber dance

SOURCE: Gizmodo, Club Jade

Tokyo Trooper – Mint Royale Team | October 16, 2009

Danny Choo, AKA Tokyo Dance Trooper, gives us yet another awesome video of him showing his ever-impressive dance moves to music by Mint Royale.

WATCH VIDEO: Tokyo Trooper: Mint Royale – Practice 1

Jedi Stimulus Bonus? Team | March 30, 2009

Looks like the USA isn’t the only country offering a stimulus bonus to its citizens. But in Japan, their forms use sample names that seem to have a higher midichlorian count.

Star Wars fan Robert Paske writes:

So Japan is in the midst of doing a sort of stimulus payment like the US did a short time back, though it looks like the payouts are smaller. Since I’ve been in Japan long enough on a valid work visa, paying into the taxes, I get a little bit of that. I got the forms in the mail a couple days ago. Included with the application form is a sheet, mostly in Japanese but with some English, showing how to correctly fill out the form. I don’t know if this sheet was sent out to everyone or just the foreigners who qualified, but take a look at the names they used as sample names. I love this country.

See more images here:
(Jedi hand wave) You want to give me a stimulus bonus
(via Livejournal)

Learn Japanese with Yoda Team | February 10, 2009

Everyone already knows Yoda is one heck of a teacher when it comes to the ways of the Jedi, but did you know he’s not too shabby in the language department? One fan thinks he’s ideal in helping students learn Japanese, and has made a tutorial to aid you in your linguistics.

How would he say “It is a pen?” That’s right, he’d say “Pen it is.” The same goes for Japanese. If you just took the vocab from the above, how would you say “it is a pen” in Japanese, using Yoda grammar?

English: It is a pen
Yoda: Pen it is
Japanese: Pen desu

You can replace “Pen” with anything you want now! “Neko desu” (it is a cat). “Inu desu” (it is a dog). You’re only limited now by vocabulary, which is easy to look up. This pattern applies to past, negative, and past negative tense as well.

Check out more here:
Learn Japanese from Yoda (via

Japanese Star Wars Art Collection

Bonnie Burton | December 31, 2008

(Photo by Danny Choo)

Star Wars fan and Tokyo Trooper Danny Choo visits Afro Samurai creator Takashi Okazaki and blogs about his incredible collection of toys and art including Japanese-style Star Wars art. The R2-D4 sculpture is exceptionally awesome.

Check out the photos here:
Takashi Okazaki Photo Set (via

SOURCE: Boing Boing

Stormtrooping Akihabara

Bonnie Burton | December 4, 2008

Tokyo Trooper Danny Choo not only dances in the streets wearing his gear, he’s also one heck of a tour guide. Web icon Joi Ito and Ellen Levy from Silicon Valley Connect hang out with Choo as he escorts them around the geektastic section of Tokyo called Akihabara. They visit electronics stores, meet maids and hang out at karaoke clubs.

Joi Ito says:

As part of the “cultural program” we decided to take a tour of Akihabara, the mecca of all things otaku, anime and electronic in Japan. I asked a very special friend, Danny Choo, son of the famous shoe designer Jimmy Choo, to lead the tour. I call Danny “The Prince of Akihabara”. He is one of the world’s experts on Japan’s otaku culture and has one of the most popular English language websites about Japan. One of his favorite things is to dress up as a stormtrooper and spread his love and happiness in Akihabara.

WATCH VIDEO: Stormtrooping Akihabara (BoingBoingTV)