Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Reminiscence of Japan

I'm back from Japan as you may or may not have noticed. I've actually been back almost 2 weeks but have failed to find the time and motivation to write a blog post about my trip. For those of you stumbling upon this, these are my previous blog posts regarding my trip:

Tokyo Arrival
Akihabara 2-Day Extravaganza (Including loot photos)
Ghibli Museum Outing
School Girls Meet the Gaijin (Girls finding out I'm a VOCALOID cosplayer)
To Kyoto and Back Again (Tourism and a trip to the Pokémon Center)
Washinomiya - Lucky Star Town
Kaito Explores Tokyo (Cosplaying in public!)
Kaito Explores Tokyo Part II (More cosplay...in Akihabara again)

See below for my reminiscence and photos of the best vacation ever:

Arcades were always fun for us. We went to one I'd say 2/3 of the nights we were in Japan. From the arcades by our hostel in Asakusa all the way to the big multi-floor game centers of Shibuya. I played beat games like Taiko and Beatmania of course...

I enjoyed being a tourist...here's me in Kyoto at Kiyomizu-dera temple.

Don't fall down. That's the floor of the Tokyo Tower observatory.

Food was consistently good. In this place we got to choose 5 varieties of meat/veggies on a stick and put it on hot coals ourselves. Other popular selections of food included ramen, Mos Burger, curry katsu, and more ramen...
Oh, don't forget we had Denny's about 5 times for breakfast. Japanese Denny's is simply amazing in my opinion.

One of the best parts - actually THE best part - would have to be dressing up as VOCALOID Kaito and running around Akihabara. Meeting all sorts of people who either knew who I was or found me interesting anyways. I found out that I'm more of an attention whore than I thought I could be: waving to random people I saw looking at me, stopping for photos with anyone who asked. Still, it was great.

Vending machines of all sorts of drinks...I'd say one of my favourite things about this country is that, by my estimation, there is about 50 vending machines per square kilometer in some places. This one was selling TouHou-themed tea in a can~

More TouHou stuff. None of it was for sale...they just like to tease us. TouHou has become more popular than it was when I was there last year, and anything TouHou-related is instantly extremely pricey or not for sale (but on display for some reason).

This is our 2-Day loot picture. After 2 days in Akihabara this is how much stuff there was between *mostly* Tyson and myself. There are a few books and stickers in this that belonged to Jon and Billy.

What kind of otaku would I be if I didn't visit otaku locations? Above can be seen Washinomiya Shrine (of Lucky Star fame), the Ghibli Museum, and the Pokémon Center~

I take some amount of satisfaction in the fact that when the biggest wooden structure in the world starts losing tiles, they'll be replacing them with what you see above. I drew the Konata and the "shoop-da-whoop".

Finally, I don't know how I did it, but this is my loot picture. I came home with THIS much stuff. $300 or so for friends, but most of the boxes there are for me...and are now on display. I spend this week assembling stuff from Ikea and organizing my room. I'll be posting about that tomorrow. So until then...

I had a fabulous trip. In fact, I wish I could still be there now. But boy Japan is expensive. Maybe I'll go back next year and do it all again. Did I mention that this is my third year doing it...and staying in the same area of Tokyo too?

This blog was actually founded a year ago for my last Japan trip. See my April 2008 posts for coverage of that escapade: April 2008 Archive


Nopy said...

Wow, did you have any trouble getting past Canadian customs with all that loot? Thinking of going to Japan sometime, but don't know how much trouble it'd be to bring back stuff.

Godpir said...

Wow, Nice Loot! I can't wait till I have time to visit Japan...

Bath Tussue said...

Actually, we had no trouble with customs at all.
I declared over the $750 allowance, and the Custom officer didn't charge me any tax.
None of us had to pay any tax.

Rin said...

Now I'm wanting to go to my Japan trip even more!!!
Now I'm wanting to cosplay even more in Japan...I'll most likely go as Len...from Vocaloid...
Anyways...the loot is pretty big for spending $300!!!
I'm more surprised that you managed to fit all that loot into one pic. Now I wonder if I can fit my loot when I go to Japan this year...

chrishimself said...

nice loot and pics can't wait until I get to Japan again this August =)

Anonymous said...

Just got back from my 3rd trip to Tokyo too! You definitely got more loot than me. Did you visit Kaiyodo in Akiba? That place is awesome for figures. Also agree with you on the vending machines. Miss Tokyo already.

blauereiter said...

Wow, that's an insane amount of loot. Salute ! :]

Andy said...

Wow at all the goodies, you can start your own store!

AK said...

Gosh, that is simply godlike. With that much loot, I'm beginning to wonder just how little were the clothes and personal effects you brought...

Cosplay said...

wooww..this is heaven of anime and cosplay..i wish, someday i can go there

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