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SF Japantown – December 18th, 2010

This December trip to Japantown was planned quite a long time ago. We were all somewhat disappointed with our last few trips and decided that this may be our last. Read on to see how this trip went.

As always, we went into this market as soon as we got off the Muni. The location of the store was just too convenient.

It looks like the store put up some decorations for the Holidays.

A wall of Snacks.

Anyone ate these strings of small packets before? The pictures & colors always makes it tempting to buy but I remember that the tastes were so-so.

The main icon of SF Japantown is in sight. :3

The Peace Pagoda. Specking of which, we didn’t sit under it at all this time. Probably because the weather was cold and about to rain…

The first thing that I noticed in the mall was that they put up a Christmas tree. Looks nice, decorations always add to the holiday spirit. ^^

I then asked my friends where do they want to go & the majority headed straight for JPN Toys. They even sprinted. >.<;

Entrance shot. Apparently they moved one store over. A small change but I actually like the new spot a lot more.

One of the windows of the store. Doesn’t look very interesting to be honest. Below are some shots around inside.

I find it funny that these hobby stores are always packed full with figures & toys, yet they never seem to have anything that I am looking for or am interested in. Quite a shame, really.

Swords, now with 200% more ninja! One of my other friend wanted to tag along this trip and buy a sword, but he chose to stay home to save up for a Christmas present for his family. I wonder how did that went?

Too much keychains.

My previously mentioned friend usually carries one of these around…

He also has 1 of these shuriken thingy at home. He has too much sharp objects. >.<;

Pretty lights. Would you buy it? Would you buy it if it had an image of a 2D bishoujo? I would, with pride.

Some people doing some flower arranging. I forgot what it was called in Japanese. I thought that I had read about it earlier too…anyways, the result looked nice, I will show you later.

Another Christmas Tree! One year ago, me and my friends took some photos here with their new Gunpla loot. Not this year I suppose…

My friends lining up for some Taiyaki.

The secluded hobby store on the bottom floor. HGs are about $24 and MGs are close to 3 times that price. The only good things were the wallscrolls and a S.H.Figuarts Faiz that was about $36. Too bad I was tight on money.

These things were on the window of Kinokuniya. Pretty cool, although I have no idea what it is. Looks like a model?

Here’s the result of the earlier mentioned flower arranging. Looks amazing right?

All of the loot that I bought on this trip. Just 3 things: Newtype Dec 2010 (w/ 3 clear posters), 俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない light novel vol. 2, and a Lala Character File booklet. Relatively little damage to my wallet.

8 responses to “SF Japantown – December 18th, 2010

  1. bd77 January 8, 2011 at 00:23

    I smiled a little from the picture of the hobby store, but I go nuts upon seeing the (replica) weapons store. =)

    • FlawlessExa January 9, 2011 at 12:23

      The weapons store is a nice sight to see, very unique. ^ ^
      No doubt that they get quite an amount of business. Not sure what you meant by replica, I think that the swords are sharp enough to cut…

  2. reno317 January 9, 2011 at 09:03

    I finally got to go back to Japan town last month and I have to say it’s still pretty fun to go once in a while but I will say JPN toys sells there stuff a little bit more expensive than I would like but then again I guess it evens out since your not paying shipping and as well as what you said they didn’t really have much that interested me.

    Btw nice clean pictures as usual. It shows cases the stores pretty nicely for those who haven’t been here.

    • FlawlessExa January 9, 2011 at 12:26

      You can only sell figures for so low to make a profit, especially since they probably had to pay for their own shipping to them. Which is why they definitely should have things that sell instead of sitting on the shelves for weeks…

      Thanks. ^ ^

  3. divinelight January 9, 2011 at 22:43

    it looks like a nice journey.
    is the price really does that much difference between online and store there?

  4. coolmikeol January 11, 2011 at 22:47

    Ah, a visit to Japantown is always nice. When visiting there I always check out the JPN Toys store, pass by that sword store, and take pictures of things I find picture worthy.

    The only things I look for every time I go to the JPN Toys are the K-On! Plushi keychains that I started to collect. I never intended to complete the band but with their cheap price, I can’t really refuse. Also I thought they don’t allow pictures to be taken in the store. The one that used to be at Stonestown Mall didn’t allow me to take pictures.

    Ugg, the quality of your pictures, how I want my pictures to be, really bugs me, because my point and click one cannot take wide range photos. Mine always look too close. When I can afford one, a good DSLR will solve my distance and lighting problems that I have with my own camera.

    Oh yeah, Happy (late) New Year! Maybe I’ll cya around Japantown again this year.

    • FlawlessExa January 12, 2011 at 20:31

      I think that the food may be the best part though! I am craving for some onigiri right now. >.<;

      I asked them before and they said that it was ok to take photos. Even when it was new clerks, whom I didn't talk to, allowed me to take photos.

      A DSLR is still difficult to use though. At times, other equipments are necessary as well. A DSLR is really basic in terms of going professional. Hope that you will save enough for one later. :)

      I hope to go 花見 (hanami) this year. Perhaps you can join us if we find a nice place to go to. ^ ^

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