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A Present From Kotobukiya

Posted by zerofigures on July 18, 2009

Came home last night from work to discover a (semi)-unexpected package.   I say semi because they said it was coming, I just had no idea when.   A couple of weeks ago I got an email from Kotobuiya mentioning a site relaunch and that the first initial batch of customers who placed an order would be up to receiving a free shirt featuring Shunya Yamashita’s Rogue artwork.    As a fan of both Shunya, Kotobukiya and free things, I decided to give it a chance.  Placed an order for some Gurren Lagann goods and when that order arrived there was no shirt >_< Included in that package were my ordered items, cd, catalog and a note.

The cd contained hi-res images of up coming figures and Kotobukiya items, the catalog listed the upcoming releases and the note said that the shirts weren’t ready to be shipped yet but would arrive soon.  Well lo-and-behold here it is.  The price was right and Kotobukiya has made an existing customer very happy.

On a side note while in Japan, I visited the  Kotobukiya store and nearly JIMP.  I nearly lost it.  I don’t know how I managed to walk out with buying anything but I did.  I have a majority of the items they had in-store on preorder already so I guess that helped (and transporting them back to the U.S is a task in itself. Will post those pics when that day comes.

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THANK YOU KOTOBUKIYA!

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I wonder if you know, How they live in Tokyo

Posted by zerofigures on July 18, 2009

Any Tokyo drift fans will notice the reference.  I’m back from Japan and now I can die a happy man.  Had the time of my life, took nearly 4000 pictures (which in a week since I’ve been back, have yet to go through), and am suffering from some serious jet-lag.  I returned home on last Saturday to give myself sometime to get readjusted before work.  Well this proved to be pretty darn useless.  I’ve been waking up between 4 and 5 am in the morning when it should be 6am.  I’m ready to pass out at work around 4pm and by 10 pm you can put a fork in me.   Can’t remember the last time I was up at 6 am for no reason on a Saturday morning (and I was out drinking last night).   Japan I don’t know what you did to me but if you’re trying to make me a better man, thank you.

Well it’s been a week since I’ve been back and no pics yet (sorry, it’s not easy to go through 4000 pictures when you can barely keep your eyes open).  I had a lot of fun in Japan seeing Tokyo, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Harajuku, (most importantly) Akihabara and more.  Everything was simply beautiful and I didn’t get to see everything I had hoped to but that just gives me a reason to go back!  Saw a lot of city, but no country.  Saw a lot of new, but not as much old as I was hoping to see.  Spent a lot of money, got a lot of toys, ate a lot of great food.  Rode a lot of fast and efficient trains. Explored a lot of back streets.  Spoke to/with many Japanese (in English mostly, my Japanese is limited).  Burned a lot of rubber (from my sneakers that is, soooo much walking hurt my feet every night).

Taking in Japanese lifestyle is a task in itself.  It’s quite different from American culture, and truthfully I prefer it.  It’s a change and a much welcomed one.  Just taking in how things are done and trying to harmonize with the people enough not to stand out is an experience.  I didn’t have a problems with the money but when you’re trying to figure out what a cashier is saying to you when you gave him more than enough money, and the line is getting longer behind you, the pressure starts to build.

I could try to write up my experience in Japan, here, all in one go but reliving it day after day is so much fun, you’ll just have to wait.

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Japan – Here I Come!

Posted by zerofigures on July 2, 2009

Will be off to Japan today.  I expect big things, hope it’s all fun.  I can’t think of anything I’m forgetting but I’m sure I’ll remember once I get to Japan.

Big write up once I get back.

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