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Nikudan Sanyushi (爆弾三勇士) is the Japanese term for 'The Three Brave Warriors' or 'The Three Human Bombs', who in 1932 were Japan's best known war heroes.  Their names were Takeshi Eshita, Yuzuru Kitagawa and Inosuke Sakue and are pictured above.

On February 22n...

This short story is about two beautiful Japanese women, a smart business man and a gramophone needle tin, where a puzzling ending lead me to discover its beginning.

In late 2017 I was delighted to find the "CLUB" gramophone needle tin (shown below) in Japan.  It's...

February 17, 2018

Today, Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu became the first man since 1952 to defend a Winter Olympics single figure skating gold medal with victory in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea.  This amazing achievement made me curious about Japan's past winter games history, so...

February 26, 2017

Remember those puzzles where you had to look at two similar pictures and 'spot the differences'? Here is a needle tin version.  At first glance the five GENERAL needle tins below all look somewhat similar but on closer inspection you can notice several differences, whi...

November 25, 2016

First impressions of this ASIKA needle tin are usually that it's 'kawai', which means cute in Japanese.  It's cartoonish and happy design has an almost Disney like appearance about it.

As is the case with so many brands, the reasons why it came...

As I write this, the 2016 Olympics are currently underway in Rio de Janeiro - Brazil, so I thought it might be both timely and interesting to reflect on Japan's Olympic history and how a small part of that was illustrated on needle tins that Japan produced throughout t...

 

Disney Consumer Products's origins trace back to 1929, when Walt Disney licensed the image of Mickey Mouse for use on a children's writing tablet.   On December 16 of that year, Walt Disney Productions formed the Walt Disney Enterprises division to handle merchandisin...

Baseball is one of the most popular sports in Japan.  It was introduced in 1872 by an American, Horace Wilson, who was an English professor at the Kaisei School in Tokyo. The first baseball team was called the Shimbashi Athletic Club and was established in 1878. Baseba...

Dogs of all types have always been a popular theme for gramophone needle tin designers and artists but the same can't be said about cats.   Cats were very popular in advertising in the late 1800's but for some reason their popularity obviously declined into the early 1...

I have been collecting tins since the 1980's. Collecting was so different and so much more challenging before the internet.  With so many different types of tins, I specialised mainly in cigarette and tobacco tins featuring lithograph pictures, from the period of the l...

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