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We will go to the Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo store and get you any of these items!

We paid a visit to the original megastore in Ikebukuro to see what it had to offer. We found an enormous amount of exclusive stationery, candies, keychains, clothes and mountains upon mountains of adorably cute plushies. Join us for a quick tour of the store and gaze in wonder at the great number of things a Pokémon can adorn.

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Don’t be fooled by the space-age starkness of the open-plan store – there are more Pokémon discoveries to be made here than you would imagine!

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First up, there are several large statues around the store, including Pikachu riding on the back of a Mega Charizard Y, which is the exclusive mascot for this store. The pair appear on a variety of merchandise available for sale at the Ikebukuro branch only.

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▼ Located far away from Mega Charizard Y is Mega Charizard X, taking up a corner of the ceiling towards the back of the store.

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▼ As you walk through the area you’ll stumble upon Mega Lucario and Mewtwo too.

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While the statues are glorious, they certainly don’t have the power to distract us from all the merchandise! Let’s take a closer look at what you can find in-store.

1. Sweets and snacks

These will have your inner child squealing with delight. Not only is there a wide variety of products and flavours, there’s also a huge selection of cute package designs to choose from.

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▼ Jelly drinks are priced from 120 yen (US$1.12).

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▼ Sweets start at 100 yen, making them some of the cheapest products in the shop!

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▼ These bags of gummy candies evolve in flavour as you eat them.

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▼ These sweets include built-in plastic 3-D glasses all for 100 yen.

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▼ Hard candies come in adorable cases that can be used again and again.

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If you’re after something more traditional and savoury, these character-shaped cut-out nori seaweed sheets will brighten up any bento lunchbox.

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And furikake flavoured rice toppings come in cute small packages.

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▼ There are oodles of noodles

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▼ And instant curry packs.

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▼ For sweet gift-giving, there are biscuits in some of the cutest tins we’ve ever seen!

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▼ Matcha cookies come in traditional-looking green tea tins.

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▼ These are worth buying for the cute glass jars alone!

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▼ Hmmm. Pikachu reads our minds with “I’m wondering what I should get…”

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2. Cards

While it’s hard to pull ourselves away from the cute sweetness of the snack section, we quickly spy something else that sends our hearts a-flutter: trading cards.

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This area is like a treasure trove, with customers buying boxes at a time. When we visited, a new line of Premium Champion Pack Cards was being heavily promoted in-store.

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3. Keychains

If you’re looking for small charms and keychains, there are plenty to be found, scattered in various sections around the store.

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4. Nanoblocks

You can really get to know your favourite characters by building them up using Nanoblock kits. There’s also a cute replica of Pikachu’s Battle Field to create.

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5. Smartphone covers and accessories

Dress your phone up in a wide variety of Pokémon-related designs.

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▼ If you like the traditional Japanese look, the red flower-filled case on the right includes an image of a Maiko Pikachu, the mascot for the Kyoto store.

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6. Tableware

You won’t ever be far from your favourite characters with these adorable melamine plates, cups and bowls.

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▼ The small ceramic rice bowls are adorable too.

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▼ Adults and kids alike will fall hard for these beautiful bento lunch boxes.

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7. Stationery

Japan knows how to do stationery well, and with a huge variety of reasonably-priced cute Pokémon items, it will be hard to choose what to walk away with when there are pens, pencils, notebooks, stamps or even a roll of brightly coloured adhesive tape.

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8. Pokéballs!

A whole wall is dedicated to the Poké Deru Gacha 2.0 series by Takara Tomy.

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9. Pokémon raffle tickets

If you’re feeling lucky, take a chance at one of the two Pokémon raffles available in-store.

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10. Apparel

Inject a bit of Pokémon fashion into your style, with a variety of different T-shirts, shorts, bags, and socks available.

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▼ They even have adorable Pikachu slippers!

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11. Tissues and wet wipes

You’ll always be keen to wipe your nose if it means you get to take these cute packages out of your pocket!

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12. Pikachu Sponges

That’s right – you can now wash with Pikachu.

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13. Plush Toys

If you’re hunting for plushies, you’ll find them absolutely everywhere, in all sorts of cute shapes and sizes.

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14. Pokemon Red and Blue Sprite Goods

Released this year, the nostalgic series features tiny menu sprites from the original games.

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15. Gacha Machine Pins

Collect tiny Japanese street signs taken over by a cheeky Pikachu!

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16. Seasonal Pokémon

Available for a limited time, the seasonal ranges can be extremely sought after. When we visited, they still had the Easter 2016 range in-store, featuring easter-egg shaped characters on pouches, towels, T-shirts, tableware, micro-bead cushions and more.

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17. The Sepia Graffiti Range

Wonderfully cute in its understated beauty, these sketch-based designs come on stickers, stationery, towels, cushions and bags.

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18. Fashion Accessories

Watches, rings, and card and coin cases feature the bright yellow colour of Pikachu.

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19. Pillows and Pillow Cases

Because naptime is much more exciting with the face of an electric pokémon by your side!

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20. Figurines 

There are racks and racks of figurines on display.

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The only problem is choosing which ones to take home.

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Congratulations! You’ve made it through the Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo unscathed! A little lighter in the wallet, perhaps, but if you do find some coins in your pocket, there are still games to be played outside.

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There are now two pokemon megastores in Tokyo, so the change we’ll find your desired product has just increased by 50%, or is it 200%..I’ve never been a math person…

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Japanwebshopping.com gets a Spring make-over.

It’s May, the flowers bloom, the birds lay eggs, the smell of fresh green grass tickles your prefrontal cortex….memories from  happy times are triggered and a feeling of nostalgia flows through your body. Life is good.  But May isn’t just a month of memories, it’s also a month of renewal, new wallpapers are chosen, Ikea is busier than ever and websites get a sunny make-over. Japanwebshopping has been sporting a very dark look, yeah we are freaks and we’re proud of it! Problem is that it was maybe a bit too otaku and scared away the casual shopper. We went to work and created a lighter and easier accessible site, while still holding on to our beloved black and gray (that we are great Yohji Yamamoto fans is something that goes without saying).

Let us know what you think about it, your opinion greatly matters to us.

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1/1 scale armored batman for in your living room/bed room/dungeon.

Patiently we are waiting for the release of Batman vs Superman next week….nah, patiently my a.. , I’ve been replaying all the batman movies of late, trying to get my sons interested in something else than Youkai Watch, Naruto and Doraemon. Yeah at present time these two super heroes would lose from an earless robot cat from the future, if I asked “what movie do you guys wanna see?”. But my plan of brainwashing the rugrats is slowly reaping the fruit of my labour. No longer do I have to explain the meaning of krypronite, no weird looks are given when I walk around in my batman costume…..life is good.

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But then Japanese figure maker Hot Toys releases a 220cm 1/1 scale Armored Batman replica and my kids fully supported my decision to order it, until they found out that they had to sleep in the kitchen, as the only place with space to fit this huge figure  is their bedroom….kids…selfish to the bone!

Like usual Hot Toys figures are perfect to the detail, with real looking skin, truly authentic  looking armor and even led lights to light up the eye and the foot rest.

At 1,400,000 yen it isn’t an impulse buy, but you should see it as art, it won’t lose its value and it makes for a sure breath taking display in your house or shop. (pre-order delivery in August)

Unfortunately no weight is written down, but it surely won’t be heavier than an equally priced Toyota Corolla…making it less costly than importing a car!

It will be shipped in four parts, but assembly is a breeze, making it a one time family project.

For those with little space or smaller wallets, Hot Toys also released this 1/6 scaled armored batman at about 33 centimeters it’s certainly a bit smaller but not less impressive as the same sense of detail and perfection went into this product as well. you can even change the expression of Ben Affleck, through two included interchangeable face parts leaving this figure the real actor in the wind when it comes to facial expressions. Similar to its’ big brother, the eyes also light up….and that for a measly 38,000 yen.(pre-order delivery in November)

We’d almost forgot his foe/friend Superman….29,894 yen (pre-order delivery in June)

Superman comes with 8 hands!

And finally for those with true tight living spaces these Cosbaby 6 figure set is the perfect “must have”. Cosbaby comes from cosplay baby and Hot Toys has been selling this line for quite some time now to loving collectors. (14,000 yen pre-order delivery in June)

No matter what you choose, we can get it for/to you as cheap as possible, give us a heads up!


 

Those folks how don’t care about figures, but wish to look like these super heroes through vigorous exercise (yes yes I’m talking about myself, admiring my flexed biceps while typing this), might be interested to know that our favorite sports apparel shop Body Maker  also jumped on the bandwagon with a new very affordable line.

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Compression shirt 2,800 yen

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No sleeve compression shirts 2,800 yen

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Training gloves 1,800 yen

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T-shirt 2,000 yen

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JWS japanwebshopping website renewal.

Let me first thank you all dear customers/friends who have been putting your trust in our service, without your help we’d all be working for other companies and we wouldn’t enjoy our jobs/lives as much as we do now.

We’ve been  getting the most surprising and unusual requests and thereby expanding our horizon in what you want and we learn what makes our fellow human being tick. Communicating with folks from all around the world has been a challenging at times (we had to bring in a part-time Spanish speaker/translator  and on a rare occasion a Russian translator), but besides  these rare hiccups, chatting with you through Skype/WordPress/mail and Facebook has been a blast.

We also value your input a lot, and a common complain was that our website loaded like snail…our mistake was that we tried to put as much information and connecting links in it as possible, thereby creating a headache for those without high speed internet access.

So we went a bit simpler this time, and changed the look to a more material/metal look. The pages load a bit faster and it’s definitely easier to the eye. Our love for manga and anime are also more present this time around.

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This dark metallic look continues in the separate product pages.

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We still haven’t completed the whole site yet though(especially the Japanese section), but we’re working hard to have it finished before Christmas.

Thank you all so much for your patience and in the meantime we will continue to be the best/safest/cheapest (and most personal) personal shopper for you.

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Takara Tomy’s new “Color Catch Pen” is amazing, but also looks kind of like a vibrator

…There. We said it.

As technologically cool and fun-sounding as the “Mitsukete-miyou! Iro Kyachi Pen” (lit. “Let’s Find it! Color Catch Pen”) appears to be, it also has the unfortunate appearance of a “massager,” which in Japan, is code for…Well, look, it’s code for a vibrator. Literally no one uses a “massager” for their back or any other non-genital area (and anyone who says otherwise is a dirty, filthy liar and probably also says they never pee in the shower, which we all know is a lie, too), so parents be warned: You and your child may have lots of fun playing with this fantastic, educational toy, but you will also never, ever, ever be able to shake the image of your nine-year-old holding something they might as well have found in your secret fun-time drawer out of your head for as long as you live.

Apparently, the “Color Catch Pen” was awarded a special citation as a “kyoyugangu,” (lit., “sharing toy”) that children with vision problems – and presumably other handicaps – can have fun with alongside parents.

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The toy combines a “color sensor” loaded into the back end with a stylus in the front. By pushing the color sensor up against an object, such as an apple, the pen “remembers” the object’s color and can then draw and doodle using that hue. It seems that users can download a free application for their tablet (reports say the tablet is “sold separately,” but promo materials appear to show what looks like a standard Apple iPad, so it doesn’t seem like you need to purchase any kind of Takara Tomy-branded tablet) that features a drawing and coloring program for kids – and, okay, adults – to play around with.

If you don’t own a tablet, the Color Catch Pen still has a few features your child might enjoy, including a “color quiz mode,” that asks kids to identify what color the pen has picked up, and a “color sound mode,” that plays different sounds depending on the color of a scanned object. Presumably, this is where the educational aspect of the toy comes in, allowing vision-impaired kids to learn the colors of various common objects through non-visual means.

Those that do own a tablet can toy around with a few different coloring and drawing options in the robust-looking painting app. But, listen guys, none of this changes the fact that the Color Catch Pen looks like a 3,800 yen (approx. US$35) vibrator.

The Color Catch Pen-slash-“Mom’s Just Going to Take this into the Bathroom for a Sec, okay, Honey?” Pen goes on sale September 10.

Sources: Takara Tomy, Kyodo News PR Wir