So right after finishing university, my friends and I decided to go to Japan for our graduation trip (May-June 2012). Japan was a high in our choice of destination for a vacation. For my friends, it was of cultural interest and a new place to see. For me, it was the Holy Land of anime, and also the place where my figure collecting hobby would emerge. But the loots and food blog entries will come at the end.
The following series of “Japan Trip 2012” blog posts will simply be pictorial guides of my adventure through Japan. I’ll try to caption most of the pictures and include as many anime-related pictures as possible. Sets of photos are roughly in chronological order, though some places (aka Akihabara) will have multiple sets since we went back there multiple times. There’s 30 or so albums of photos from my Japan trip, and each blog post will contain 2-4 albums worth, so prepare your mouse for a lot of scrolling. So without further ado, enjoy the tour!Nipponbashi
Super Kids Land, the first stop in my books. In the past, this was an entire building dedicated to selling Gundam merchandise (or so I read). Now, the gunpla section just occupies one floor. I still spent a lot of time there though, going through each shelf and grabbing gunpla. In the end, I went to the counter with 40,000 yen worth of gunpla kits(see loot blog entry at the end of this series of blog entries). I had them hold the box of gunpla for me for later pickup so I could browse other stores in Nipponbashi without worrying about lugging a huge box with me. No pictures allowed so none to show unfortunately.
A really cool store that supposedly focuses on doujin artist works. Upstairs there’s auctions for artwork. Prior to this, I really never looked much into doujin works (other than Touhou Project) but I have been following Kantoku’s 5-y.2-d.jp blog (such DFCs) so this place was quite a gem. I ended up walking away with my first artbook, Kantoku’s “STEP” artbook.
First used figure store I seriously browsed through. I think the prices were pretty decent though the store itself is somewhere in one of the alleys so not so easy to find. I ended up buying almost 10,000 yen worth of stuff here, including the Arcueid beach queen prize figure (I was flabbergasted that I could just buy prize figures for 1,000 yen or so). More details will be in my loots blog entry at the end
Kotobukiya store. Warning: It’s a tourist trap. Unlike what you’d expect, buying figures from the official store is MORE expensive from buying it from anywhere else. It is worth browsing for the displays of figures though. Technically not supposed to take photos here either but it was too impressive to resist. Not going to link the NSFW shelf picture though ; P
Some other stores I only briefly passed by and browsed. Keep in mind my friends gave me a 2hr time limit (more for my sake than theirs), so I couldn’t spend too much time thoroughly combing through each store. That’ll happen in my next trip though ; 3
Weib-Schwarz is quite popular there apparently. I was very tempted to buy all the MELTY BLOOD cards (and the Lychee Carnival Phantasm cards) but I realized they aren’t really display material (also why I don’t collect phone cards, pencil boards, etc.) and I’d have no one to play the actual card game with.
Me with the giant box of gunpla from Super Kids Land strapped to my back (the ropes were actually digging into my shoulder blades and was kinda painful). Note that all the gunpla kits barely fit that box – I actually ended up not getting any kits from Gundam 00 since I figured the series was new enough that I could pick them up virtually anywhere (compared to all the old Gundam Wing HG kits, especially a 10,800 yen PG Wing Zero Custom <3). Again, see the loot post later for more details.
I believe that’s the singer LiSARainbow Bridge Asakusa Again
Holy [email protected], its Simba the White Lion (aka the original Lion King character before Disney decided to rip it off the old Japanese series)
Flickr Nipponbashi: https://www.flickr.com/photos/keripo/sets/72157641646155603/
Flickr Harajuku: https://www.flickr.com/photos/keripo/sets/72157641642985025/
Flickr Rainbow Bridge: https://www.flickr.com/photos/keripo/sets/72157641646646513/
Flickr Asakusa Again: https://www.flickr.com/photos/keripo/sets/72157641646646523/