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The most beautiful train map in the world?

25 Apr

We at TokyoHandsup are constantly looking for ways to show our affection for Tokyo, so when we found this awesome map of the Tokyo railways our hearts melted on the spot! This looks great in any apartment (ours included!), but there is an added coolness to this map, it doubles up as a calender!

It even includes cute small post-it stickers to mark those all important dates, like  “Next trip to Tokyo” and “Studio Apartment Band @ Ageha” (more on Studio Apartment in a later article house music fans!)

.. And then there´s the name of the map,  it´s called Tokyo Universe Railway System , how cool is that?

We found the Tokyo Universe Railway system at White Rabitt Press.

PS: It even comes as a handy map, the perfect companion to you SUICA card:-)

Lets explore the Tokyo Universe!


Gundam goods for your car.

2 Mar

You fancy Gundam? Then don’t look far! Here’s some goodies for your car.
Or as Seiwa describes it on their webpage: “Happy Break, Happy Car Life”


When I first saw this picture, I felt that THIS is exactly what my car needs. Yes, I get easily exited when it comes to Gundam, so I reckon I’m in the right targeted group for this one.


What soda might be the coolest to put into this one?


Though I don’t smoke or allow smoking in my car. I’m SERIOUSLY considering changing that rule by installing this one.



Via: Seiwa

No photo!

2 Mar

Its kind of strange, japanese tourist are known for taking pictures all the time, but when it comes to taking Photos in stores in Tokyo its super strict.

My typical scenario is that I see something really cool I want to share with someone, or want to ask my girlfriend if she likes something I´m planning to buy, followed by a clerk hastily rushing over saying “no photo” and making a cross with his fingers. I can understand they want to protect the privacy of their shoppers, and its not like im taking hundred of pictures, its me with my iPhone pointing at some product. (And lets face it, japan has so much cool stuff, that you cant possibly buy it all:-)
Ive spoken to some japanese friends asking why most stores have this policy, but the didnt have any answers other than, “thats the way it is”. So if you want to take a photo, be fast and act dumb, and then you can atleast score one “check out this cool product!”picture in each shop;-)


The wonders of SUICA

27 Feb

If there is one thing you need in Tokyo, it´s this card.

Super Urban Intelligent CArd or Suica for short is exactly what it sounds like, an essential item in for super urban living.

Its primary use is that of transportation, swipe once on entry on trains and subways, and reswipe on the way out for smooth travel, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. Suica can also be used in convenience stores, vending machines, restaurants, shops and more. You dont even have to take the card out of your wallet!

Hot tip: All the FamilyMart stores takes Suica, so thats makes it our favorite convenience store in Tokyo!

Anybody who´s been to Tokyo knows how annoying it is to carry all that loose change, so Suica is like a dream to the Tokyo traveler. I even used it to buy a pair of sneakers in Shibuya on my last trip. Suica can be loaded with a maximum  of 20.000 yen, so charge your card up! You can always refund what you dont use, or just simply do as we do and use your Suica at the airport when you (unwillingly) leave Tokyo. Cause all shops at Narita takes Suica!

So look for this logo, and use your Suica whenever you can!

(Suica can also be used in shops with the Pasmo logo..)

Sanyo Microcomputer rice cooker

25 Feb

WE WANT this! This is a rice cooker for the Europeans and the ones who use 230V stuff. When we roamed around Tokyo browsing the large electronic apartment stores. There was one cute, yet stylish rice cooker that stood out from the others. This Sanyo.

Here in Norway it’s impossible to get your hands on a regular sized rice cooker. We’ve only found large bulky white plastic  bad brand cookers at the price of approx. $45 . Imagine the quality! But the one thing that stopped us was the weight of this beauty. “How many videgames/shoes/figures do we have to throw out of the luggage to get this one in?”



US$163.97 —> ¥13,440 @ RAKUTEN

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