Now that is a randoseru!

Good morning everyone,

It's supposed to be cool today and tomorrow, but it should warm up a bit on Sunday and Monday, although both Sunday and Monday are looking a bit grey/rainy. From Tuesday, the skies will clear up and the mercury will rise. It could get up to as high as 18C or 19C by the end of next week.

Today is the 5th anniversary of the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami. I can't speak for everyone, but I, for one, will always remember that day so clearly.

There will be ceremonies galore, the newspapers and other media will have so many articles and commentaries given by people who are much more eloquent than me, so I'll leave it to them.

Instead, I'm going to try to find something light-hearted for my blog...

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Start the school year right...by packing your pencils and books into the comfort of a sports car backpack.

As we head towards the start of a new school year in April, shop shelves are filled with all sorts of new items aimed at helping students with their studies. One of the most iconic school items you’ll see this time of year is the distinctive Japanese randoseru, a satchel-style backpack commonly used by elementary students that’s so eye-catching it’s become a popular fashion accessory for women like American actress Zooey Deschanel, who was photographed wearing one in 2014.

Now, the school bag is getting some high-class treatment, thanks to Lexus, the luxury vehicle division of Japanese automaker Toyota.

▼ The lightweight and durable Lexus Randoseru retails for an eye-watering Y153,000 and is made to order in four different colours: black, green, navy blue, brown or pink.

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The bags form part of the 2016 “Lexus Collection” and are made with the same carbon fibre materials used in the Lexus LFA two-seater sports car. Created in collaboration with carbon textile maker hide k 1896, the range also includes a number of other accessories, like a coin purse, a card holder or a key case-all of them also outrageously priced.

The range of goods is currently available to purchase from Lexus dealerships around the country. Considering the price tag on the range, we’ll have to wait and see if any elementary school students will be sporting a Lexus randoseru backpack on their school adventures this April!

Any of you grandmas or grandpas out there planning on picking up a randoseru for your grandkids this year? I'd recommend staying away from any Lexus dealerships...ha ha!

Have a great day!

Also, about today. Please take a moment to remember all of those whose lives were lost today. But you should also take a moment today to give thanks for your life and remember how short it is. Make sure you make the most of it.

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