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寺町京極商店街 Teramachi Shopping Arcade – April 1st 2012

After arriving in Kyoto a couple days before, I thought that I would shopping for anime goods to decorate the room a bit, so that I wouldn’t be so lonely. I did buy nothing when I was in Akihabara after all. Teramachi is a pretty well-known place in Kyoto, and as you may have guessed already, it’s well-known for the tons of shops there.

Upon exiting the underground railway, you will be right at the Kamo River, a major river in the East side of Kyoto.

What seems to be countless restaurants lining the bank of the Kamo River. And some large bird chilling as well.

The streets around the area before moving on towards Teramachi.

But first, some gyudon at Sukiya. I think Sukiya is the place to go for cheap gyudon or curry rice. I do think that the normal serving size for the average meal is way too small for me though.

After eating and feeling satisfied, it’s time to head to Teramachi. Our first stop was Toranoana.

Cute cutout board at the top of the stairway, and walking down.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica figures on display.

Figures and lots of doujinshi for sale. The ones in the photo are all-ages, but of course they sell R18 ones as well.

A corner for Bakemonogatari stuff.

A wall of preliminary CG drawings from the game Hatsuyuki Sakura and another game which I don’t know about.  I tried to play the demo of Hatsuyuki Sakura, but it was region locked. I needed a Japanese version of Windows. I feel like I’m only halfway in Japan. *sigh*

Lots of other people running about.

Signs for Gamers spotted! Gamers is actually on the 4th and 5 th floor of a tiny building, and the only way to get to it is to take the elevator on the right of those signs. I don’t even know if you can stop at the 2nd or 3rd floor or not.

Pretty small place, lots of gachapon though.

Animate spotted! Just go up some stairs and…

Large entrance greeting you.

Photos OK! And therefore I took a bunch of photos below.

Anime themed foods, anime magazines, manga.

Novels, Touhou goods, trading card goods.

Trading figures, Nanoha goods, and lots of other character goods.

Finally got to the other side of the shopping arcade. A quick break before continuing on.

Found Lashinbang, which I have never heard of before until I came here. It turned out to be an awesome store and although not a big store, I spent hours standing in there wanting to buy stuff. Lashinbang is similar to Mandarake, but as not big and Lashinbang has mostly newer stuff.

Lashinbang also had display cases of many telephone cards. I own a Milky Holmes one, but I had never thought that telephone cards could make such an awesome collection. (*´Д`)

Next and final stop was Melonbooks, and here is a board advertising that Animate, Melonbooks, and Gamers were having a special collaborative campaign. Of which I should have taken advantage of but didn’t, since it was my first time here and I had no idea what was going on.

Super huge poster of Yuzusoft’s newest game, Dracu-Riot. I love Yuzusoft’s games and after seeing this poster, I had to find out more about this game. Although I didn’t buy this game on this day, I bought it at other time when I was at Teramachi again.

Anyways, back to Melonbooks. Here is a flag poster regarding the kuji for Infinite Stratos.

Inside is green indeed. Manga, light novels, and doujinshi is primary what they sell. However, unlike Animate or Gamers, Melonbooks has a pretty big R18 section for doujinshi and also eroge.

By the way, while walking up the stairs to Melonbooks, there are some really clean and clear mirrors on the right side. It shows up more differently on camera but in real life, I didn’t even noticed that it was a mirror until my friend said so. Still amazed.

My dinner for that day. A really small serving, but I guess it can’t be helped. いただきます!

Oh, and here are what I bought that day. The pile on the left are free pamphlets that you can pick up at many of the stores. The Accel World starter books were also free at Gamers. Teramachi is a pretty fun place to shop at, and as you might have guessed, I had visited it several times more later. While I go to shop, a lot of other people go there for the arcades and game centers too.

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