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Hello everyone,

Firstly, thankyou Neil for the wonderful translations. They have been the start of a deep love of Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou for me.

I now own the first 10 volumes of the collected manga in the original language, which makes me feel a lot better about reading these translations. Hopefully I will be able to continue buying them as they come out. I also own the first OVA series on DVD, but regrettably I can't afford the high price for the two new DVDs yet, or the CD soundtracks.

However, I would like to get some other YKK merchandise if any is available. Does anyone know if there are art books, calendars, figurines, or any other merchandise for the series? And if so, if there is any chance of finding them for sale over the Internet? An art book would really blow me away, but I suspect that's wishful thinking.

How popular is YKK in Japan anyway?

- Mike Battersby
Wednesday, June 11, 2003

An art book "Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou: Ashinano Hitoshi Gashuu" was published in March 2003 by Kodansha.


- tamachan
Wednesday, June 11, 2003

Mmm.. yes, the artbook. I own the artbook, and I can tell you first hand that it is quite exellent, one of the better artbooks in my experience.

Also, on the last few pages of the book, it shows some other merchandise, like Alpha-san's backpack, the fish key-chain, and other such things. I'm not sure if any of these are real products, though I suspect they are, as on the previous page, it lists things like DVDs and other things which I know exist.

But, real merchandise or not, I have no idea where one would find these. I'll be looking, and if I find anything I'll be sure to post it here, and if anyone else finds out anything about any of these items, then please share.

- Joseph Grubbs-Hardy
Thursday, June 12, 2003

Items on pages 140 and 141 were either merchandise or prizes, but unfortunately they are no more available (this is what they say on that page). If I find something, I will post it here.

Calendars are published every year, in autumn. The latest issue of Afternoon advertises "Postcard Book: Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou", 880 yen.

- tamachan
Friday, June 13, 2003

Ah, it's too bad that they are no longer available, I really would have liked some of those, especially the key-chain.

Thanks for the information anyway, I figured the text said something about the items on those pages, but I can't read Japanese so I wasn't sure.

- Joseph Grubbs-Hardy
Friday, June 13, 2003

Fantastic news, thank you everyone. I've ordered the artbook from Kinokuniya, but I have a bad feeling they're going to e-mail me and say it's not in stock and cancel my order. :-(

I suppose nobody knows where you can get the calendars from -- or is all the artwork on them contained in the artbook anyway?

I'd also love a keychain or plushie or anything else. What a shame those items aren't available any more. If only I had some woodworking stills, I'd try making a fish-on-a-stick weather vane.

Are you tamarket's tama-chan?

- Mike

- Mike Battersby
Friday, June 13, 2003

No, tamachan is the name of a sea-lion living in Yokohama.

About the key-chain: it seems to have been a prize, not for sale. How about making a wooden one by yourself? I'm sure it would be even better than the metallic one! (Now I feel like doing that myself...at least it seems easier than a weather vane.)

Calendars, as I suppose, should become available through bookstores, when they appear.

- tamachan
Saturday, June 14, 2003

As I feared, Kinokuniya didn't have stock and couldn't send me the art book. *sigh*

- Mike Battersby
Friday, June 20, 2003


Amazon.co.jp seems to have it. Give them a try.

http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/4063301966/qid=1056637933/sr=1-6/r ef=sr_1_2_6/249-6833797-3888312

(cut and paste the whole URL)



- dDave
Thursday, June 26, 2003

Thanks, I've ordered one from amazon.co.jp (which in the end wasn't any more expensive than Kinokuniya, despite it having to be shipped from another country). Now I just have to wait the 4-5 weeks for it to be delivered.

- Mike

- Mike Battersby
Wednesday, July 9, 2003

YKK 2002 Calendar is now sold at Yahoo Auction Japan.

(Seller will not ship internationally)

It seems all these artworks are included in the artbook.

- tamachan
Tuesday, July 15, 2003


- Goz
Tuesday, July 15, 2003

My artbook arrived. Hot damn, it's brilliant. I highly recommend it.

- Mike

- Mike Battersby
Sunday, July 20, 2003

Kodansha announced YKK 2004 Calendar appearing in November. A5 size, in the form of a sketchbook, with a wooden easel and a weather vane. 3000 yen + tax.
At the moment, amazon.co.jp has only little information:


- tamachan
Sunday, August 3, 2003

What do you mean "with a wooden easel and a weather vane"?

- Mike Battersby
Friday, August 22, 2003

I saw a small photo in the September issue of Afternoon (p.747, could someone upload a scan?)
You can put the sketchbook on a wooden stand, which has a miniature weather vane on top.

- tamachan
Saturday, August 23, 2003

I think I'm almost convinced to buy the calendar now. Wow.

- Mike

- Mike Battersby
Sunday, October 5, 2003

Mandarake sold original OAV artwork and a copy of the OAV storyboard this year ...

Backgrounds and Layouts:


I would love to have one or two of these sketches !

- Marc Hellwig
Monday, October 6, 2003

One of my favorite YKK goods is a coaster made by cork printed the picture of Cafe Alpha's signboard. It's just a small and inexpensive product but gives me a feeling of a cafe.

I remember I bought it in Animate in Ikebukuro, Tokyo.
I'm sorry I'm not sure we can order it on the Internet.

- Takatsu
Saturday, October 25, 2003

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