「毎日楽しいの為に」 Flawless Passion
June was a hectic and chaotic time for me in terms of loots. The reason being that June was my last month in Japan. Being the final few weeks of my time in Japan meant a couple things, tight on budget, tight on luggage space, and tight on time. Nonetheless, I must still take advantage of being in Japan and spend all the yen in my pockets.
A week into June, my study abroad at Kyoto Seika University ends and I must say farewell to Kyoto. Prior to leaving, I made my last online purchases and thankfully, the packages arrived on time. After leaving Kyoto and arriving in Tokyo, I spent two weeks there and made some last in-person purchases when I visited Akihabara again.
Here are my last loots for my first time in Japan:
- HMM ライガーゼロイエーガー HMM Liger Zero Jager
- ねんどろいど 川神百代 Nendoroid Kawakami Momoto
- ねんどろいど 伊波まひる Nendoroid Inami Mahiru
- 御坂美琴 ミニ抱き枕ストラップ Misaka Mikoto Mini-dakimakura Strap
- 最近、妹のようすがちょっとおかしんだが。１ Saikin, Imouto no Yousu ga chotto Okashinn daga Vol.1
- IS 〈インフィニット・ストラトス〉 ステッカーコレクション IS Sticker Collection Box
- サクマドロップス [キャラクターボーカルシリーズ Ver.] Sakuma Drops [Character Vocal Series Ver.] Box
- とある科学のレールガン ロングクッション Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Long Cushion
Given this opportunity to visit Japan, I knew that I would want to return with as many of Kotobukiya’s HMM Zoids as I can get. The boxes for these model kits are massive, and the shipping costs from online stores are ridiculous as a result. I just shipped it myself using boat service, which took 2 months to arrive.
During my last couple times to Teramachi, I happened to spot this “mini-dakimakura” over at Animate. More precisely, it is a strap in the form of a tiny dakimakura. How tiny? Well, this is about 9.5 cm (~3.5 in) long. With Figma, S.H.Figuarts or HG Gunpla at 12~13 cm, it is just the right size to be a figure’s dakimakura. While I was there in Animate, I saw this Misaka Mikoto version as well as Shirai Kuroko. It would be interesting if they made more of these with different series.
Anyone here familiar with Sakuma Drops? If you have watched Studio Ghibli’s Grave of the Fireflies, you may know them as those candies. What you see here is a box of them, containing 8 cans. Not to lie, this was actually quite expensive and wasn’t easy to get, because this set were exclusive to the Karuwaza Online Store. I am not crazed about candy, but combine the Vocaloid theme along with a collectible strap bundled with each can and the result is a lighter wallet.
There were two different designs among the 8 tin cans in the box. The photos above shows the front and back for the two designs.
Within a single package, you get the can of candy, an illustrated slip, a warning slip, and a bag with the exclusive Vocaloid strap inside. This is the first one I opened with Kagamine Len sticking out of the bag. It is easy for the candies to melt and stick together into a giant glob, making it near impossible to get the candy out of the tin can. Next time, I will hurry up and eat them before that happens…
In May, I bought two packets of the IS Sticker Collection. You can see exactly what this is at the bottom of my A Month in Japan 2 – May 2012 page. I liked it a lot, so I decided to buy the entire box set containing all 40 types. You could peel off the backing and use them as stickers, but I find that to be a waste. Keep the backing on and they become reusable posters.
These two Nendoroids and the following loots were purchased during my last 2 weeks of Japan in Tokyo. I was walking through Sofmap when I saw the figure section and I don’t really remember what I was thinking at the time. Perhaps a sudden paranoia that if I don’t buy them now, I won’t be able to ever again. Around that time, I had completely lost track of figure releases and who knows when is the next time I can visit Japan. Anyways, I made the impulse buy, taking up the last remaining space in my luggage.
I had also dropped by a Book-Off, and noticed this manga series being advertised. I stood there reading a chapter, liked it, and so I bought this first volume.
Lastly, those who were attentive to detail might have noticed something on the list of loots that wasn’t in the group photo. That was this Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Long Cushion that I bought at the Mandarake in Akihabara. The size of this cushion is about 38×86 cm (15×34 in). Now that I have my own kotatsu, I thought that this would be the perfect thing to go along with it. The other side is just a blank white. Continuing with a solid orange would have been better since white is easy to stain.
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