Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Harajuku, Shibuya, and Otaku Loot!

On Sunday I really wanted to show Sabrina Harajuku with all of the cosplayers. We woke up a little early to make sure we'd be there after breakfast and before noon, but instead of cosplayers there was some kind of dance troupe contest - and it was BIG. Stepping out of the station was quite loud and crowded. We saw a huge stage set up over the bridge where the cosplayers usually hang out and about 40-50 people were organized on stage in costumed garb dancing in sync to music (it was somewhat traditional music). After watching this for a bit we went to the fashion street Harajuku is most famous for:

It was exactly as I expected it to be - crowded and offering nothing in our sizes. The clothes there just too darn tiny for giant gaijin like us. Sabrina got to buy a few accessories which she was happy with but just ended up a bit disappointed that none of the clothes she liked had her size. A walk in the park to the big temple in the middle cheered her right up:

After Harajuku it was off to Shibuya! We did the tourist stuff - crossed at the giant crossing, pet the dog statue, went into Shibuya 109... Again, Shibuya 109 had stuff Sabrina liked but nothing that fit her...so we left.

Now Mandarake (a big buy-back store chain), that's the kind of place that has the kind of stuff we both were interested in. Oddly enough, Shibuya's Mandarake is located about 4 floors underground in a basement of...something. Unlike Akihabara's Mandarake which is 8 floors, this one is a single floor and stretches quite far. I love how its entrance was literally a cave:

We had some time after Shibuya to check out Akihabara on the way home again since Mandarake in Shibuya didn't have all the stuff we were looking for. We didn't really buy anything this time around (or go in anywhere really), but we did see this cool itasha Ferrari! The guy happily let me take pictures of his car. On our way out I saw him drive up the main drag again. It was clear he was just there to show it off...haha. I also snapped a shot of the sun setting over Akihabara as we were leaving:


The next day we did a lot of traveling from place to place. We went to the Pokémon Center early morning for some cool swag and I ended up playing a demo for Pokémon Black! Afterwards it was back to Nakano Broadway to do a quick shop for stuff we didn't pick up on our previous trip. My One Piece POP collection grew by Usopp and Brook that day...

And then today Boa and Franky came out, I headed to Akihabara to get my hands on them. Being the smart otaku shopper I am I know that some of the more hidden shops will offer 20% off retail price. I managed to get both of them for 20% off and I'm convinced I got the last Boa in Akihabara. The store I found her in I got the last one and I saw a guy buying 3 of her right there. He was in other shops earlier that day clearly looking for her (and it looks like he bought another one or two in shops where I must have just missed her). No matter, I got her, and the fact that someone is buying up the stock of her means that she's instantly gone up in value now that she's likely sold out everywhere (and on the FIRST DAY of release):


Franky is just awesome by the way. My only problem is his MASSIVE box. I'm going to have real luggage problems now. I have 8 POP boxes in my room...*sigh*

10 comments:

Q said...

So which shops did you shop for in Akihabara? I know it's definitely not those big brand chain ones like Animate or Toranoana, and I only knew where to get stuff that are discontinued or limited stuff at places like Mandarake, Figure-Hobby Kan, and Liberty City. Tokyo Hunter took me around to shops like Kamifusen last June too. Would be great if there are more that you know of.

Learn kanji 4 real said...

Wow, that sounds like it was an awesome experience! And you got to play a demo of Pokemon Black in that time... great. Man, I so wish to visit Akihabara someday... oh well, until then.

Thanks for sharing! :D

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