Help needed: What's Cool in Japan we can't get here?
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I have a cousin coming from Japan in a month. That gives me roughly three weeks to find the coolest piece of electronics that is only available in Japan and make a request.

Anyone know of any special goodies that are only available in the Land of the Rising Sun that I should ask my cousin to bring to me?

For the sake of practicality, lets put a cap of $200 on the item.

I'm open to any kind of fun goodie: toy, piece of audio equip, video equip, whatever, but as a friend of mine once said about the ideal Xmas gift: "If it doesn't run on batteries or you don't plug it in - I'm not interested!"

Thanks for your help.
 
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Audio Technica Headphones
 
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I would buy a hand made wooden bucket with the woven bamboo hoops. Sehr gut!!
 
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Fun goodies? Mushrooms are legal there.
 
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they might have some nice portable cd players not found here
 
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Honda Civic Type R
 
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What lextek said, but add

Accord Type-R (oh wait, that's only Europe, iirc)
Integra Type-R
Nissan Skyline GT-R
Nissian Silvia
Nissan Pulsar (GTi-R)
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
 
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{cough}Rice burners{Cough}

Wait I own a Datsun 510 ARGHHH!!!
 
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rice burners? Yes, they are japanese. RICE, as in the more common, derogatory term? HELL NO.
 
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So I guess no new PCDP's are worth bringing over?


Just any car with an "R"
 
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Quote:

Originally posted by joe dick
japanese school girl ****


I'll second this one
 
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So I guess no new PCDP's are worth bringing over?


Just any car with an "R"


well, sure.


Are you into MD gear at all? My friends brought me back a Sony e900 at the beginning of this year. It was well under $200, iirc.


And hey, any sexy sony/panasonic pcdp would be ok! You'd make a killing selling it if you don't like it!
 
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Quote:

Originally posted by andrzejpw
Nissan Pulsar (GTi-R)


the Pulsar's been dead for 3 years too
Unless you count the Bluebird Sylphy as a Pulsar (which it effectively is)


My pick would be the Toyota/WiLL Cypha : a true pinnacle of all that's scary and Japanese. "The Ring" doesn't even come close...

http://www.will-cypha.com/pc/catalog...es/ex3_img.jpg
http://www.will-cypha.com/pc/catalog...es/ex2_img.jpg
http://www.will-cypha.com/pc/catalog...es/ex4_img.jpg

Oh, electronics? It's over $200, but try Sharp's new Zaurus, seen here with a Sony E10:
http://www.watch.impress.co.jp/av/do...08/it_sy06.jpg
 
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you could probably make a killing on audio technica w1000's here. (2 weeks to go)

are there any japanese headphone amps or CD's that are particular to japan? i would think Sony, Namagishi, Marantz, etc. for class A amps, CAR STEREOS, speakers, sacd, dvd-a players, sonic cables, computer processors, mixers, microphones, electronic op-amps, cameras (dvd hand held recorders)...

no one is into Giant Toy Robots??? japanese anime? martial art movies?
 
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Quote:

the Pulsar's been dead for 3 years too


still, its a mini skyline. Why, oh why do we get nothing fun? I WANT A SILVIA!
 
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