Thursday, June 30, 2016
Here's a video I shot:
Thursday, June 23, 2016
|ThreeZero Mazinger Z|
|The Pixiv Zingaro gallery is inside the Nakano Broadway mall.|
|Getter 1 from Getter Robo|
|Iron King from Zoids|
|T-45 Power Armor from Fallout 4|
|Full Metal Ghost Captain Form|
Here's a video I shot of the show:
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Just a few weeks ago, a new shop – Chojin Hakaba (which translates into “Superhero Graveyard”) – opened in Nakano Broadway. The shop doubles as a Kinnikuman specialty store and an art gallery.
Here are the shop details:
Address: Nakano 5-52-15, Nakano-ku, Tokyo 164-0001, Japan
It’s on the third floor of the Nakano Broadway mall.
Chojin Graveyard (a name mixing Japanese and English which the store also goes by) has some toys, but the focus is currently on lifestyle goods like T-shirts, bags, hats, skate decks, and cell phone cases. I asked, and it sounds like they are planning to have more Kinnikuman toys down the line, possibly from Five Star Toys and hopefully others.
Here’s a video I shot of the store:
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Thursday, June 2, 2016
|Calbee potato chips with giveaway 2016 baseball cards|
When going about one's daily life in Japan, one of the things that stands out is the strength of certain brands, not to mention their longevity. You can be in an antique mall and see a box of 50-year old Glico toys. Then you cross the street, go into a 7-11, and there are new Glico snack products on the shelves. The same thing goes for many lines, and that isn't surprising since there are two truths about Japan: traditions are important, and things are slow to change.
Quite a few snack makers, including Glico, Morinaga, Meiji, Calbee, and Lotte (A Korean company that was originally founded in Japan) have been bundling premium cards, stickers, and toys with their products for decades. I thought I'd write about some, to show how traditions going back half a century (or longer) carry on today.
Let's start with Calbee. The company was formed in 1949 under the name Matsuo Food Processing Co. That was changed to Calbee Foods and Confectionery Co. in 1955. Fortunately Japanese companies are fine with using shortened forms of their names, ala Calbee.
Calbee is known for its shrimp crackers as well as potato chips, which dominate many snack sections in convenient stores.
|Selection of Calbee chips at a convenience store|
Long ago, in 1971, they released a line of Kamen Rider branded snacks, with cool packaging and a pack of bonus Kamen Rider cards attached.
|Wall of vintage Calbee Kamen Rider cards from the 1970s|
Here are some closeups of rarer cards: