Japan Trip 15: Tokyo Figure Show

On day 15 of my 2009 Japan trip, I started the day in Osaka's train station waiting for a bullet train to take me to Tokyo where I will be staying for the rest of my trip.

I had recently posted some of my shopping home, so I didn’t have as much luggage to carry back to Tokyo. My suitcase was at my friends place in Tokyo, so all I had was clothes and a small amount of anime goods.

After a bit of a wait, I was in the bullet train with all my gear. As usual, it’s quite exciting to ride on a bullet train, so I ended up taking a few pics while inside despite having ridden in them several times already.

The bullet train ticket from Shin-Osaka to Tokyo station.

Took some nice scenery while whizzing past a lot of places.

While on the train, I started up my PSP and loaded up a Tokyo map to try locate where my backpacker hotel was in Minami-senju.

Found it!

After a long train ride, I arrived at Tokyo station and headed to the next line to Minami-senju so I could check into my hotel that day.

After changing stations and getting off at Minami-senju, I arrived at the hotel safely after going out of the wrong exit of the station and finding a police box where I got proper directions to the hotel. Darn PSP map was useless! (-q-;

This is my tiny room. It is a Japanese style room that is just large enough to lie down and to barely also fit my luggage.

This is another angle of the room. It even has a heater/cooler! Also has free wifi throughout the hotel.

The other common areas of the hotel that are shared.

Shared microwave and fridge.

There is a shared PC for internet for those without laptops.

There are two showers in the hotel, this is one of them. There is also a coin laundry nearby too.

Since I was in a hurry to get to see Danny Choo’s Tokyo Figure Show on it’s final day, I quickly left the hotel to head to Harajuku where the event was hosted.

It was quite crowded in Harajuku. This was my first time in Harajuku so I had absolutely no idea what to expect.

Walking down through one of the main pedestrian streets.

It got more packed as I progressed further.

Lots of fashion stores everywhere.

After walking a while down that street, I ended up at another street full of stores and buildings that are iconic to Harajuku. The place I was looking for, the H&M building was one of the building located somewhere on this street.

Found the entrance to the Tokyo Figure Hobby Show. It was quite difficult to tell as nothing outside indicated that it was anything related to figures. It just advertised free vitamin water to all those that lined up.

I got a card about the new vitamin water. Behind it is the directions to find the figure show. Since I managed to make it here, it was detailed enough.

After waiting in a queue, I hopped on the elevator and was taken to the floor that the figure show was on.

It seemed we got sent to the top floor where we could look at some figure displays and then you’d go down some spiral stairs to the main area where you could grab a free vitamin water drink and socialize.

I spent a while at the top floor taking some photos of the figures.

Lots of figma and nendoroid figures.

Limited edition lucky star nendoroid figures on display.

Idol master nendoroid puchi figures.

Wonder Festival limited edition Hatsune Miku figma.

One of the highlights of the figure show (at least for Danny Choo blog readers) was the prototype of Danny Choo’s blog mascot, Mirai Suenaga.

The other popular figures included the unreleased (at that time) Saber lily and The world is mine Hatsune Miku figures.

More nendoroids.

Next to the Mirai prototype figma was a poster about the figure show organizer Danny Choo.

After taking a number of photos, I went down the spiral staircase to see if anyone I knew was there.

I took a few photos of what the lower floor looked like.

Looking around, I ended up meeting up with Ronald and some other fans of Danny Choo who were apparently waiting there most of the day to see if Danny Choo himself would turn up.

What the lower floor looked like from the stairs.

To get a free drink, you’d spin the wheel to find out what flavor you get.

After a few free bottles of vitamin water and a bit of waiting, we decided to head off as a big group and check out Akihabara together.

This time in Akihabara, the group was led by Ronald who showed us around his favorite shops.

Some photos of random stores as we walked around Akihabara.

I spotted some Liquid Stone garage kits of characters from the Nanoha series that I missed out on getting the previous time I went to Japan. I took the photo to remind myself to buy it, but didn’t end up getting it.

In Mandarake, we also saw some dollfies that Ronald was really deciding hard about whether he should buy or not.

The dollfies were on their own floor where there was a large selection of various character dolls and outfits.

Ronald was particularly interested in the Fate Testarossa, but she was too expensive.

Spotted a poster advertising an Akihabara Festival on the same days of Comic Market.

We ate at a cheap Japanese style fast food restaurant. I think it was a Matsuya. I had Hamburg steak with a salad and miso soup.

After dinner, we played some UFO catchers and I finally started using my new-found skills to win Ronald a fake leek that he wanted. (^o^)

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Comments (6)

KenOctober 9th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

WoW what a day that was, it was amazing, 1 of my 1st days in akiba, and its 1 of the experience i’ll never forget, and its thanks to that trip i meet everyone like u Tim! πŸ˜€

TimOctober 15th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

I have to agree, it was such an awesome day. Was great to be able to meet up with you all and explore Akiba together.

Garage KitsNovember 4th, 2010 at 2:25 am

Well, its really beautiful. I really liked it. I have seen japanesse people they are very crazy around this toys. Amazing…!

shadowluvarDecember 4th, 2011 at 3:37 am

those lucky star nendoroids were limited edition!? weel know i know what my konata cat nendoroid is worth (not that im selling it)

TimDecember 9th, 2011 at 7:19 am

Yep those lucky star nendoroids were limited edition. Although last time I was in Akihabara, I still noticed them for a reasonable price used. I managed to get the entire set new at Washinomiya shrine last year.

I also notice a lot of the ones I see locally here are fakes, so if you have an official one then lucky you πŸ™‚

Brian IBMJune 17th, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Long time no see. Do you still come to the office ? I started buying S.H. Figuarts mecha of kamen rider from hobby ship Japan. Hope to see you soon

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