On Dec 20th, last year, during winter break, me and my friends went to Japan Town in San Francisco to hang out together. This is my 2nd time there (excluding the times years ago), check out the 1st time we went there. Despite being the 2nd time, we still got lost for 3 mins. :P
This is my 1st time taking my DSLR out far, was a scary exprience. This post is quite image-heavy, close to about 40 photos.
As usual, get off from the Muni (2 or 3) and this will be the 1st thing you see. Always nice to pick a few snacks here before hitting the mall.
They carry a bunch of different Pocky…
…and a whole bunch of other Japanese snacks. Reminds me of Hong Kong. ^ ^
Love these things, very sour. Also indicates unhealthiness. ^ ^;
These look good…never bought any though.
Time to head to the plaza, get out of the store and walk straight ahead.
My friend is sharing his Pocky. ^ ^;
I remember that years ago, this used to flow with water. I wonder why they stopped it now…
Turned around for a shot…
We went to a resturant as soon as we got there, we skipped breakfast and were starving! (I am not in any of these photos because I am the one taking them. ^ ^;)
I used a coupon for a dish of free sushi. Check the official site for some printable coupons. This was the only reason we ate there, I would have preferred Izumiya.
This is the 1st time I took a picture of food with a figure I believe. ^ ^
(Fat) Haruhi: I am drowning!
This is what I ordered: Beef Curry. To be honest, this was not tasty at all, it wasn’t even spicy. When she asked me whether I want it mild or spicy, I thought she meant mildly spicy! No om nom nom for me…
A guy stopped me from taking pictures after I took this one. The store was AutoFreak. I don’t get why no pictures allowed, it’s free advertisement afterall! It’s not like this store has 18+ stuff like the anime store next to it….
Yay, JPN Toys. The 2 female employees this time (it changes every time I go to Japan Town…) was very nice. The prices can feel steep sometimes, but like I said before, it’s like instant shipping.
Also, this was 3 months ago, so don’t expect the same stock if you go.
They have a bunch of Nendoroids here, no Nagi or Kagamiku though. T.T
Everytime I go, it seems that they always have stock of Haruhi… they should get a wider variety of Figmas too.
Some pictures of figures that they were selling. Nothing really interested me, you?
They also offered some MGs on top of the shelves, need more variety for sure….too much Zaku IIs…
My Brazilian friend bought his 1st gunpla (under my influence) which was the HG Gundam Exia Repair II. He didn’t do a great job on it…then he bought the MG Strike E + IWSP. (He wanted the MG Strike Freedom but it was $145 and I told him that the Extra Finish ver. is no good.)
抱き枕 Dakimakura!? Well kinda, but not the really expensive, high-quality ones. These are still hugging pillows, but they are a lot smaller and you can’t take the pillow out. I call them mini-dakimakura. ^ ^
By the way, does anyone know how to wash these?
This is so cute! It makes me wanna buy them all and jump into a pile of them!
Also, notice the “We do not carry bootleg items” sign. ^ ^
They had quite a bit of magazines. I couldn’t get the Dengeki Hime (the one with the 2D girl) because I am not 18. *sigh*
There would be a much higher chance of me buying their gunpla if only their selection didn’t suck…
By the way, they were having a sale because of Christmas. That’s why there’s all those discounts.
Moving onto another store now. I call this the “Weapons Shop”, I don’t know its name. They carry real swords and other sharp stuff, must be 18 to buy. I have no intentions of owning a sword.
They also have wooden ones out in front if you would like those instead.
This store also sells some accessories, like these glowing things. So shiny…
Didn’t take photos of other stores either because it’s not allowed, or I had no interest in those shops….or I forgot. ^ ^;
So after wondering around the entire mall, we got tired and rested under the Peace Pagoda. We just chat and hang out for a bit.
Such nice weather on that day….
Ok, let’s get back to the mall and actually buy stuff! (We had a rule where we walk around the mall first before buying anything, unless we really want it and don’t want to risk it being taken.)
Some sneaky people put in a Christmas tree while we were out! We took a few pictures in front of it. ^ ^
Yoko-pai! Yes, I actually bought it (if you didn’t get the hint when I asked how to wash it). It was so cute, despite never watching Gurren Lagaan and probably never will, it was the 1st thing I went for when I went buying stuff.
So this is all the loot I got that day. One of the wallscrolls was a present from my little brother for Christmas. ^ ^
So cute…in case you can wondering, yes, I have been sleeping with her for 3 months. Sleeping just got more comfortable. ^ ^
My parents don’t know that because she has been hiding under the sheets. I don’t know what they will think…really…
The same Brazilian friend of mine bought me this for Christmas, a HG Arios Gundam. I was pretty delighted. ^ ^
He was planning to get me the 1/100 Kyrios Gundam (which I would have preferred) but when I was looking at it I said that it was too expensive (about $40…), he thought that I didn’t like Kyrios. T.T
Remember how nice of a day it was? Look at it now…my friends started to make a dash for it. ^ ^;
We ended up leaving early at 3pm. T.T
This is all of the loot attained that day. Everything above Arios is mine, everything below it is my little brother’s. I got a mini-dakimakura of Yoko, 2 wallscrolls, 1 of Suzumiya Haruhi and 1 of Lucky Star (present from my little brother). I also got a Kanji Dictionary, an Action Base 1 and HG Arios Gundam (present from a friend).
Whew, this was a very long post. The next time I am heading to Japan Town will be in April for the 桜祭り (sakura matsuri) Cherry Blossom Festival. I will be hosting a DC Meet-up and I look forward to meeting some DC members.
Now, what should I bring there….
[All of these photos are taken on the Nikon D5000]