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Tokyoflash Japan Kisai Kaidoku Wood, For the Readers Out There

Posted on 30 July 2014 by Matt Himmelstein

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If you have read the site for a while, you should be aware of TokyoFlash Japan, a watch maker that specialized in… alternative displays built into digital watches.  We have reviewed a number of their watches to date, and they just reached out to us for a launch deal on the new TokyoFlash Japan Kisai Kaidoku Wood.  Through around 7:00 Pacific on July 30, you can get this watch for the introductory price of $109 (I don’t know what it goes up to after that). Continue Reading

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TokyoFlash Gets Less Cryptic

Posted on 25 June 2014 by Matt Himmelstein

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TokyoFlash has made a name for themselves creating digital watches that can be… a wee bit tough to read.  With one of their latest designs, the Kisai Rogue Touch Silicon, they have bucked their own trend a bit, and created a watch with two time zones that is actually readable at a glance, with a minimal amount of training.
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A Tokyo Flash for the Environmentally Conscious Data Smuggler

Posted on 14 March 2014 by Matt Himmelstein

TokyoFlash has been creating unusual digital watches for a while.  They have a variety of different ways to represent time on the watch, some straight forward and inventive, some a little tougher to read.  The Kisai Upload walks between the line between the two, using the same type of system utilized for road markings to disguise the time from the casual, straight on glance.


Looking straight down on the watch makes the display look like a collection of fat lines across the face and thin lines up and down.  If you know the trick and concentrate, I imagine you could read the watch this way, but when you tilt the watch a bit, the display becomes much more readable, much like you can read the markings painted on the road from your car.


The watch case comes in two variations, a darker sandalwood with a matching wood and polished stainless steel bracelet and a lighter maple with a matching wood and gold colored stainless bracelet.  The watch itself is always on, with a back light for night time reading, a date read out and an alarm.  The battery is rechargeable through a USB connection.  The watch is pretty big, 59mm tall x 40mm wide and 13mm tall, but the bracelet is adjustable for smaller wrists.


But where is does the data smuggling come it?  Well, the USB port is not just for recharging.  Hidden behind the screw down back plate, next to the battery, is a 2GB MicroSD card.  You can connect it to your computer or other device via USB and use it as an external storage device.  So if you don’t want to carry around a USB stick on your key chain and you seem to keep sending SD cards through the wash in your pockets, here is a way to keep the complete technical details of the Death Star close at hand.

Watch Overview

  • Brand & Model: Tokyo Flash Kisai Upload
  • Price: ~$90 USD
  • Who we think it might be for: Anyone who goes to ComicCon.
  • Would I buy one for myself based on what I’ve seen?: Not for me, but I would as a gift for the right person.
  • If I could make one design suggestion, it would be: Skip the gold on the maple version.
  • What spoke to me the most about this watch: The use of wood, especially the sandalwood.


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TokyoFlash Keisan Review

Posted on 11 November 2013 by Patrick Kansa


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Have you ever looked at your wrist and said “You know what? I’d really like to do some arithmetic right now!” If that’s you, then the ToykoFlash Keisan is right up your alley. And if it isn’t you, well, just think of it as a sort of quick brain training exercise whenever you want to check the time. Continue Reading

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TokyoFlash Kisai Tenmetsu Watch Review

Posted on 16 October 2013 by Patrick Kansa



Alright, folks, it’s time for another watch from those purveyors of interesting time-telling mechanisms, Tokyoflash. Today we’ll take a look at one of more visually simple watches they’ve got that still has quite a trick in telling the time. Continue Reading

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REVIEW: TokyoFlash Online

Posted on 28 August 2012 by Patrick Kansa


A few weeks ago, we first brought to your attention the newest watch from TokyoFlash, the Online.  Back then, we told you that we hoped to have a hands-on review, and today is the day that we give you that impression.

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REVIEW: TokyoFlash Kisai Stencil

Posted on 03 April 2012 by Patrick Kansa


We’ve definitely not been any strangers to diving through the TokyoFlash catalog as of late, and today we’ll have a look at one of their newer (and one of their easier-to-read models).

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REVIEW: TokyoFlash Kisai Optical Illusion (Part 2)

Posted on 01 March 2012 by Patrick Kansa


Yesterday, we started taking a look at the Kisai Optical Illusion from TokyoFlash.  We focused in some on the looks, and the touch functionality of the screen.  Today, we’ll wrap up our impressions, and let you know how the watch performed in regular wear. Continue Reading

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