If you’re a fan of Julietta Suzuki’s fantasy comedy manga and TV anime series Kamisama Hajimemashita, then you might just fall in love with these tradional Japanese crafts that have the show’s characters printed on them.

Why traditional crafts, instead of regular ol’ plastic wares? Well, that may have something to do with the show’s plot, about a homeless teenage girl, Nanami Momozono (voiced by Suzuko Mimori), who inherits the position of the local land god and lives in a shrine after the previous god, Mikage, bestowed the mark of land god on her for saving him from a dog (heh, a god who’s afraid of dogs). It’s a modern-day tale, but with a traditional folklore twist.

Hence the following Kamisama Hajimemashita “Takaoka-shikki Raden” iPhone case (高岡漆器 螺鈿付アイフォンケース). It’s a case for a modern gadget, but baked full of traditional flair.

And I don’t mean it just in the figurative sense: since Takaoka-shikki is a form of lacquerware (specific to the Toyama prefecture), for all I know these iPhone cases may actually have been baked in an oven at some point during production.

The iPhone cases are available in two sizes: one for the iPhone 5, and the other with dimensions designed for the iPhone 4 or 4S. Three colour variations are available for both sizes: black, white and red. The black ones retail for 4,980 yen, while the white and red ones for for 5,250 yen. That’s a pretty expensive iPhone case – for comparison purposes, a standard anime or game-themed case is typically around the 3,000 yen mark.

Apart from the iPhone cases, five porcelain teacups with the faces of Kamisama Hajimemashita‘s characters are also available: Nanami, Tomoe, Mikage, Shinjiro Kurama, and Mizuki. Not much to say about these teacups, except that at 1,980 yen they, too, are not exactly cheap. And it’d be bad omen to break a porcelain cup with a (fictional) god’s face on it.

All of these fine anime-themed traditional crafts you see pictured are available for purchase right away on Amazon Japan, and will be shipped out three to five weeks after an order has been placed (I guess they produce them to order).

For more information on these anime-themed traditional craft pieces and links on Amazon Japan to buy them from, check out maker Meihin Zerogo’s official website here. Other than Kamisama Hajimemashita, they’ve also got pieces themed after Powerpuff Girls and The Ambition of Nobuna Oda.



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