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27 October 2010 @ 12:40 am
Day 19 - Your favorite Japanese character....  
Oh my.. it has gotten really, REALLY cold all of a sudden!! Last week I was able to walk outside in a t-shirt and I even got a little sweaty. We're talking about 25 degrees (C). Today when we went out in the early evening (just starting to get dusk) it was 13 degrees!! With a cold, cold COLD wind blowing. All of the Japanese friends that I have on my twitter are complaining about it being super cold suddenly. What is with the weather ADD this year? ^-^;;;;;;

In other news, I'm going to keep this brief because it's late but I had a sudden story breakthrough on the manga story that I've been writing. I've been stuck for days, so this is a great thing! I also wanted to write in LJ, so I decided to do it first because writing manga takes a lot out of me (I feel really tired if I've been writing for a while, like I've used up a lot of chi or something ^-^;;). It's a good thing though, I think!! =^-^=

Day 19 - Your favorite Japanese character(s) and Gachapon/UFO Catcher toys

Ahahaha... The thing is, gachapon and UFO catcher toys (the toys that come in the machines in little eggs, and those that come in the crane/clawmachines) change almost weekly if not daily! And no matter where you go, you find something different, so if there is a specific toy that you want, you have to search really hard for it. Really, really hard. A long time ago, there was a series of Bleach toys that was out in the UFO catchers, and I really wanted th Orihime toy (or was it Matsumoto?), and I searched and searched searched. I must have went to over 100 different game arcades (ge-sen in Japanese, from "game center") trying to find them, and I finally found a machine in Ikebukuro that had them. But try as I might, I couldn't get the one that I wanted to come out. I ran out of money. So i returned again over and over again, but there were not even any Orihime toys in the machine! I was never able to get the one that I wanted. T-T

If you want a really popular Disney character, like Mickey or Stitch or something, there are machines all over the place with various goods, though.

Recently, these are all over... They look like blow-up dolls, don't they?!?!?!

WTF, these are hideous, who would ever want one?!

Not just hideous, they're SCARY.


But they must sell well, because they (and the same design, but other non-Disney characters) are ALL OVER.

SCAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY. ;___________; WTF. WTF WTF WTF. I can't stop shuddering, I just don't get the appeal. What is the appeal???? Other than a sexual appeal

Anyways, to be honest, the only character (as in character that is made specifically to sell goods, we're not talking character from a story or manga or anything) that I kind of like right now is Sabo Kappa


Half-cactus, half-kappa, she is a Sanrio character. =^-^= With my extreme love for Kappa, this one was a shoe-in!!! ~-~ Actually, it's Eda's fault that I know this character at all- she gave me a sheet of stickers with this character and I just fell in love!! ^^ To this date, that sticker set and a mini-notepad are the only Sabo-kappa goods that I own. ^^; (But mainly because I don't know where to buy them! ;o;)

I used to really like Mamegoma, but these days I don't really care anymore ^^;; I guess I just fell out of it. Though I still have a few of them hanging around my apartment. My favorite is one colored like a watermelon :3

Other than that, I just like things here and there.. ^-^ How about you guys?

The Japan 30-day Meme ♡〜(ゝ。∂)

Day 01 - A picture of you "in Japan". (doing or wearing something "Japanese")
Day 02 - Describe your neighborhood in Japan.
Day 03 - Most interesting person you've met.
Day 04 - What's your favorite place that's not in any of the guidebooks/lists of places to visit?
Day 05 - Which, if any, Japanese mannerisms or expressions have you adopted?
Day 06 - Food that you swore you would never eat but now love (or tolerate).
Day 07 - Which Japanese words do you use in English? (hanami, shinkansen, etc.)
Day 08 - Are you a Herbivore or Carnivore? S or M?
Day 09 - Favorite stores/shopping centers.
Day 10 - Something about Japan that sets it apart from anywhere else.
Day 11 - What did you find most overrated and underrated about Japan?
Day 12 - Describe a fail!gaijin moment. (Where you did something wrong or completely misunderstood because you couldn't ~read the air~ or just plain had no idea what you were supposed to do because you weren't born and raised here) Describe a gaijin!smash moment .(Where your foreignness was to your benefit)
Day 13 - Favorite live event that you attended
Day 14 - What is the hardest thing about living in Japan versus your home country?
Day 15 - Weirdest food item you've seen, and weirdest food item you've actually eaten.
Day 16 - How you realised you'd acclimated to Japan. (if you have)
Day 17 - Your karaoke top 5, your sushi top 5, your conbini top 5.
Day 18 - Post some amusing/cute/faily purikura.
Day 19 - Your favorite Japanese character(s) and Gachapon/UFO Catcher toys

Day 20 - Favorite Japanese festival or folklore.
Day 21 - Favorite and least favorite Japanese fashion trends.
Day 22 - Your favorite Japanese saying or kotowaza (proverb).
Day 23 - What is something you have/do in Japan that you wish you had/could do in your home country?
Day 24 - Your favorite Japanese slang or borrow-word (外来語), e.g. セフレ "sex friend"
Day 25 - Most interesting vending machine find.
Day 26 - What's your favorite/least favorite train line.
Day 27 - Place you avoid going to if at all possible.
Day 28 - A picture of you looking like a weaboo/A picture of you trying to blend in and failing.
Day 29 - What's the thing you [will] miss most about Japan when you leave (either on vacation, or move away)?
Day 30 - Did Japan meet your expectations, both good and bad? What has been the most surprising thing about Japan for you, or the thing you least expected?

Of course, when it comes down to it, I love my characters (like Maigo on the right ^-^) the most!! But sometimes I fall completely in love with this or that character and go crazy wanting to collect all of the goods. Recently not so much, but it does happen!! =D Next week I'm going to Sanrio-land for a job, so I'm hoping that maybe I can find a bunch of Sabo-kappa stuff while I'm there. (☆o☆)/
patty1943patty1943 on October 26th, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
I probably watched My Neighbor Totoro a thousand times with my grandson when he was little. I love Totoro and the cat bus and I actually got some small versions of them in plastic online.
Before that, when I was little I loved a Japanese print of a fox wearing a cabbage leaf for a hat (which I still have) and the fox spirits in Hiroshige's (?) prints.
I love reading about your life. Glad the writing is going, even if it is hard.
I'm planning to do NaNoWriMo and PiBoIdMo. National novel writing month and picture book idea month. I'm trying to become a children's book writer.
Thanks for the interesting posts.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 27th, 2010 03:15 am (UTC)
I've seen little foxes like that. I always loved foxes growing up, so I gush over those kinds of characters too *^-^*

Ooh, Nanowrimo! I never had the guts to try doing that. ^^; People that finish are amazing!

And I've never heard of PiBoIdMo!! What an awesome idea! I've wanted to write a picture book for a long time too... hopefully one day I will have the time. ^-^ Good luck with yours, let me know how it comes out! ^^
Muriel Ithilnorfaeriemuriel on October 26th, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
Y'know which ones I love but are also creepy? The little dog-beans (inumame? Maybe...). The commercials have someone eating some sort of bean, and one of them turns into a little puppy that, while odd mood-music plays, tells them trivia. Then that person loses their appetite. = P They're so strange!
akibareakibare on October 26th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)

I have a pencil case with them on it.

Something about little bean-like creatures, I have a bunch of stuff with the なんだろう character from Nippon TV, a little green thing with a curly tail and big eyes (if you go to the TV station home page you can see it up in the corner). Fitting name for the thing, really :)

Erica JonesErica Jones on October 26th, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
that picture is so cute~ ^^
Cynical Kitty: Last Unicorn- Almathiamoonbeamdancer on October 26th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
I've still got a Sailor Mars UFO catcher a friend got for me from when she visited Korea (she's adopted, and that's where she's from). It's currently packed away in a box (no where to put it) but I've still got it.
Kiarakaru_chan on October 26th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
If you search for the San-x corner in every Animate, you might find a few Sabo Kappa items. I think...
I'm totally obsessed with Tsugi no hi Kerori, which is also from san-x, but next to Rilakuma, all other characters don't seem to be important *sigh*

And I totally agree with your opinion on those hideous THINGS from the UFO catchers. Not sure, but I might have seen them over here too. I wish I hadn't, though -.-;;;
Pure Trancepure_trance on October 26th, 2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
Is it just me or are the not as popular San-x characters always the most original/fun? At least Tsugi no hi Kerori is somewhat major online Sabo-kappa etc.
Pure Trancepure_trance on October 26th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
*online=unlike >.>;;;
Pure Trancepure_trance on October 26th, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
I think Sabo-kappa is San-x: http://www.san-x.co.jp/newcha/2009/new332.html Just so you don't waste your time looking for it at a Sanrio shop.

The weather has been the same in CA...a couple weeks ago it was in the 90s and now it's been in the high 60s/low 70s and raining!! I went from having the AC on to having the heat on in less than a week...
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 27th, 2010 02:10 am (UTC)
Huh? Isn't San-x the same as Sanrio? They have the exact same font in the logo.
Pure Trancepure_trance on October 27th, 2010 03:51 am (UTC)
Nope they are completely different companies. When I first got into their stuff I thought it was the same too.

Melissa D. Johnson: Hachi - Soft Romanticmippa on October 26th, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
Mamagoma is still love for me! Though I like the nyanko and the black kitty with white mittens too!
Wee Lisaweelisa on October 26th, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
I'm loving sock monkeys these days.

Just get a load of this dude!

Any sock monkeys in Japan?
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 27th, 2010 02:07 am (UTC)
It doesn't seem to be popular here, but I've seen them a few times here and there.
Firsa Asahiasahifirsa on October 26th, 2010 11:32 pm (UTC)
Just a tip: You can usually ask the staff of game centers to place the character that you want in the top spot. I always do it when it's not there and they are usually very kind :)
Firsa Asahiasahifirsa on October 26th, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
Btw, do you know/remember "soraneko"? It was a San-X character, I think and it was only available for one year in 2003, I think. It's a cloud cat with a rainbow. Too cute for words :)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 27th, 2010 02:06 am (UTC)
Never heard of her, but I don't really follow Sanrio at all ^^;
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 27th, 2010 02:06 am (UTC)
Yeah, I know that. ^^ But at the time I couldn't speak Japanese so there was nothing that I could do. oi -.-;;
sleep_deprivedyurasama_love on October 27th, 2010 12:11 am (UTC)
Keroppi is my favorite Sanrio character and has been for the last twelve years~
itachinyu: Cardcaptor Yakoitachinyu on October 27th, 2010 04:26 am (UTC)
That scary-face Mickey I'm pretty sure is a crossover with a japanese show called 'the world of golden eggs' where everyone has faces like that. It's a really weird show but it's really popular, so I'm surprised you don't know it. Do a goole image search for 'world of golden eggs' , there are also clips on youtube.
Janellechibi_rei on October 27th, 2010 05:44 am (UTC)
Ahhh UFO catchers. So addictive. I found one in Ueno with Nodame Cantabile goods still in it T_T I was so happy 'cuz I *love* Nodame but for the life of me I couldn't get any of them!
kat: Shadow Hearts - Yuri and Alicenotte0 on October 27th, 2010 08:20 am (UTC)
I am very much impressed by Sanrio's marketing capabilities. I keep saying that Hello Kitty is older than I am, so it's Hello Kat now, and yet, she's still so popular.

I read in Chinese paper the other day that this year it'll be very very cold. I don't remember the reason though. Anyway, take care!
ore-samathesundaywriter on October 27th, 2010 08:49 am (UTC)
D=D= scary faces.
I like Chu totoro and Chibi Totoro ~ As a child I was quite into Hello Kitty though I'm just neutral to it now. I also like Tarepanda and Kogepan because I took this personality quiz and got Kogepan *random* I thought the description in that quiz fit =D

How's the story going? Sorry I wasn't online the past few days as I was tired after going out. Also due to daylight saving it's like an hour later here. If you want to bounce more ideas and can't find me feel free to pm me here or on facebook or something =3
Ariana: DO NOT WANT!norcalsanjifan on October 27th, 2010 10:24 am (UTC)
It's cold but I like it 8D I hated the wind in Ikebukuro today though =_= the day I decide to wear a skirt it's practically hurricane winds on the way to school, I swear if I hadn't been wearing tights half of Tokyo would have been flashed today =_=;
Neffiline: AAA Sweetneffiline on October 27th, 2010 12:17 pm (UTC)

I discovered them when I traveled to Tokyo 1 year ago. They're SO CUTE!! I can't stop squeeling over their cuteness. But I didn't see a UFO with them u____u I only found plushies at KiddyLand...
benzin01benzin01 on October 27th, 2010 04:17 pm (UTC)
Those disney UFOs have to be the ugliest things I have ever seen. Who would want to wake up with one of those staring you in the face?
PualaRidesAgain *Kai*pualaridesagain on October 29th, 2010 06:20 am (UTC)
Please excuse me for imposing upon your thread...
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