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Japanese TV Adverts #12 and #13

Here’s the next update of Japanese TV adverts. This time its a double servicing on adverts that are on TV in Japan at the moment. In this mix bag of ads you will find dancing penguins playing pep, girls dressed up with big boxes of food of the head, an ad for the mobile company Au (featuring Kyaru Pamyu Pamyu) and one more ad featuring KPP (this time holding a giant toothbrush). An advert for the Japanese clothing company Uniqlo and so cute animals eating french fry crisps, can also be found in the selection of ads from the last weeks.

Please check out this YouTube user for more adverts: http://www.youtube.com/user/JPCMHD
Also check out older posts with Japanese TV adverts under the media category to the right of this post





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Capsule Toy Machines

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Capsule toy machines

Capsule toys machines are a big industry in Japan with it being a hobby to collect from the machines. The machines are often known as gashapon (ガシャポン). Bandi and Tomy are the dominating companies in this industry in Japan.

The machines

The machines are similarly to what can be found outside shops in the rest of the world. You place between 100 to 500 yen into the machine and crank the handle, which then releases a random capsule thats falls down into the hatch. What differences from the those in the rest of the world and the machines that can be found in Japan is that the quality of the products is of a higher strandard. While in the rest of the world you might find one or two machines in or outside a store – in Japan you find wall to wall of the machines.

One of the places you can find lots (and I mean lots!) of these machines is in the store Yodobashi Camera in Akihabara in Tokyo. There must be at least 100 machines with lots of different content to choose from. The machines are like a lucky dip prices, you can never be sure you will get just the one you wanted.

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So what can be found

There is a real mixture of toys that can be bought from the machines. You can find almost all of the popular characters that are available in Japan, like cute and kawaii characters like Rilakkuma, Mameshiba, Hello Kitty and well known characters from anime and manga. Almost all of the toys are released as sets and normally have some sort of number on them so you know what you have what is still needed to get. Other things you can find are key chains with mini cameras, animals, food and more. Its really an endless choice to choose from and I can see how it turns into a hobby in collecting the capsule toys, as they get updated with new toys all the time. It seems the machines are very popular with all ages in Japan, you can always find a mixture of people of all ages going from machine to machine to decide what to buy next.

We have seen shops selling what you can find in a capsule toy machine, so if you only need one more toy to complete the set, then you can buy it from there, since you know what you get. They’re sold to a higher price.

We always find it fun to buy one or two small capsule toys while we are there, since there’s so much to always choose from. Here are a few of the things we’ve gotten: a camera, a Rilakkuma macaroon and a leafy sea dragon.

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Have you used the capsule toy machines in Japan? What did you get?





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Japanese TV Adverts #10 and #11

The next update of Japanese TV adverts is a double serving. In first update we find an advert for YouTube Entertainment Week. More info about this can be found on their YouTube channel here: http://www.youtube.com…DKg9C0Q. Also, in this update we find a talking dinosaurs and an advert for Baskin Robbins ice creams and lots more.

The second update we find an advert for Exile’s new single “No Limit”. We also find a group of 20 or so girls singing about an ice cream called Giant Caplico, an advert advertising a printer with the help of a sting ray fish jumping around and an advert advertising Halloween at Universal Studios Japan. A lot more to be seen in this update, enjoy!

Please check out this YouTube user for more adverts: http://www.youtube.com/user/JPCMHD
Also check out older posts with Japanese TV adverts under the media category to the right of this post.





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Japan EX MCM Comic Con London

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MCM Comic Con and Japan EX

MCM Comic Con London and Japan EX is held two times a year at the Excel Centre in London. Comic Con is spread out over two and a half days, from Friday afternoon and through the whole weekend. Early-entry tickets were available on the weekend, and they got you into the convension two hours before the on-the-door tickets where admitted to the convention.

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We visited Comic Con on Saturday 26th October 2013 and  we had bought early entre tickets.  We made our way up to London early in the morning. Once we got close to the Excel Centre it was just a sea of people in cosplay, all walking to the convention. Every where we looked we saw people dressed in cosplay, from movies and anime to comics and manga.

Once we arrived, we had to stand in a a que for about 30-40mins. When we got in we heard that around 66.000 had bought early entrance tickets, so we knew it was going to be very busy. Once we got in, we found the the section named Japan EX, our main reason for visiting Comic Con.

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Japan EX

Japan EX is like its own convention within Comic Con. Most of the Japanese stalls ate all placed in one section of the main Comic Con hall. While walking around the Japan EX section we founds loads of stalls selling lots of different products.

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One was selling lots of Japanese sweets. They had a great selection of Japanese KitKat boxes, something that’s very popular in Japan. They had many different flavours, like green tea, wasabi, cheesecake and more. You could either buy a box or buy the small individual packs that you find in the box . We did find them to be a bit expense tho, so we decided to wait until the next time we are in Japan.

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Other stalls were selling lots of kawaii products, from plushies and other cute stuff to lots of stationary, which seem to be very popular. Tofu Cute had its own stall, selling lots of kawaii products. There was also several food stalls selling different sorts of dishes, like Takoyako, Yakisoba and Korokke. We tried the Yakisoba with Takoyaki, and the Takoyaki was delicious!

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We found a couple of stalls selling Japanese figurines and there were a few stalls that sold manga. Some stalls sold more traditional Japanese products, like chopsticks, clothes and small bowls. We bought a couple of cute bowls (see photos below). Theyre actually rice bowls, but we decided to use them for sweets instead.

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There was a small stage set up where they showcased different things, like music, culture and fashion. We found other stalls in the rest of Comic Con that sold more Japanese products. One of them stalls was run by Art Box, a shop that is in London, and they sold a mixture of kawaii products from Japan.

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Game Expo

Game Expo was another section of Comic Con. There we found of most of Japan’s biggest video gaming companies showing off their new games that are to hit the markets. Nintendo, Tecmo Koei, Namco Bandai, Square Enix, and Konami were all present at Game Expo.

MCM used one of its theatres to showcase some new up and coming games. They had a lot of guests that worked one way or another with video games. They talked about their games they had worked and they also did an Q&A as well. Most of them had come over from Japan to give their talks and most talks were in Japanese with an English translator on stage with them.

 

Comic Con

By the time we had seen all this, the crowds were becoming more and more and it was a bit hard to move around. It was still great to watch all the great cosplayers walking around. Most people had spent so much time on designing their outfits, it was quite amazing to say the least. If you are just going for the Japanese stuff of Comic Con (like Japan EX and Game Expo) you won’t be disappointed. Comic Con has a lot to offer. I do recommend that you do buy the early entrance ticket online. It will save you so much time when you get there. No one likes standing in queues, but at least with Comic Con queues you get to see all the cosplayer outfits.

The next MCM Comic Con in London is on May 23-25, 2014. Check their site for more info: http://www.mcmcomiccon.com





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Japanese TV Adverts #9

The next update of Japanese TV adverts is here. In this update we find the a black dressed devil advertising the world known chocolate sticks Pocky. We also find an advert for the idol girl group HKT48 and an advert with our favourite talking dog from Softbank. There’s also an advert for Apple’s FaceTime service and lots more.

Please check out this YouTube user for more adverts: http://www.youtube.com/user/JPCMHD  Also check out older posts with Japanese TV adverts under the media category to the right of this post.





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