Monday, 26 October 2015

Tsum Tsum Encounters in Tokyo!

We love Tsum Tsums and we were looking forward to seeing what Tokyo had to offer - we weren't disappointed!

On our first night in Shinjuku we popped to the Taito Station, where we saw the super awesome and super kawaii Tsum Tsum arcade game!


The game is basically a gigantic version of the smartphone game - yes those are two huge touchscreens! - you can pay to just play a game, or you can pay 500 yen and receive a special Tsum Tsum charm from the gachapon style machine in the middle:


But these charms aren't just a kawaii accessory... you can use them in the game!! That's right, if you collect a charm of a Tsum you want to use as your main Tsum in the game, you can place it on a special area of the machine just before you play!


You can even register a special smartcard, which lets you track progress as you level up your collected Tsums! We got two of these charms, Alice and Chip:


Doesn't Chip look super cheeky!! ^^

The Game Centers (Arcades) in Tokyo have lots of UFO Catchers with all sorts of prizes on offer - of course, Tsum Tsum items were available to those lucky or persistent enough!  In the Shinjuku Taito Station there was one of the smaller UFO Catchers filled with all sorts of small Tsum Tsum items you could win... well, we couldn't resist having a few goes on this particular machine!

There were rubber charms featuring all kinds of characters! Here's Stitch (Mr <3s Stitch!), Dumbo and Goofy:


And here's some Disney Pixar characters: Sulley, Woody and an Alien from Toy Story (another one of Mr's favourites!):


Even better though, you can stack the charms!! Yes, you can make stacks of your favourite characters for super-long bag charms!


The machine also had some hard acrylic style keyrings on small chains.  We were lucky enough to win two; Daisy Duck and Scrump:


Also available to win were some small Tsum figures.  We weren't able to win them all... but we didn't do too badly!


Finally there were these inflatable bag charms.  We got Pinocchio, Baymax and Dumbo!


Of course, the game centers had other UFO catchers with other Tsum Tsum goods.  In one arcade we won this Alien pouch/purse with neck strap that also features Buzz and Woody:


The other side of the pouch also features Jessie and Lotso!


Finally, Pinkuiropixie was super-determined to win this ultra kawaii Tsum Tsum towel:


Isn't it super cute?! It's got lots of characters from not just Mickey and Friends, but also Winnie the Pooh, Frozen, Monsters Inc, Nightmare Before Christmas and lots more!

Of course, Tsums could be found in places other than the arcades - in the mega-size BICQLO store (a collaboration between UNIQLO and Bic Camera) we found some small iron-on patches for a spot of DIKawaiiing!


There were four packs available and they were such good value we decided to get all of them!  In the toys and games section of BICQLO we also found some packs of padded stickers:


While shopping in a Loft store we found some more Tsum Tsum stationery.  Kawaii stationery is so much more affordable in Japan so we decided to stock up a little!  First up were these memo notes:


The pad features four different designs, but they are all super kawaii!


We also grabbed some mini post-its - ideal for bookmarks and for little reminders!


The four-pack even includes Alice in Wonderland and Pinocchio themed ones, which aren't that easy to find on items.

Finally in Loft we chose some cute stickers.  These will come in handy for using on calendars, diaries and to decorate letters to Pinkuiropixie's penpal! <3


Probably the most unusual item we found featuring Tsum Tsums were these cars, a collaboration with Tomica:


Of course, being Tsums, they can stack!!


Minnie even features a tiny Figaro on the top! ^^

We bought a few others as well as we didn't know if they'd be easy to find once we were home - Alien, Buzz and Stitch!


Who would have thought that model cars could be so cute?!

While shopping in a 7-11 conbini (convenience store as we know them!) we came across a box of Tsum Tsum items at the back... these were priced up individually and were all really good value, so we thought we should get them and then work out what was going on!

First we picked up this super kawaii cushion featuring Disney Pixar Tsums!


It's got lots of super cute characters from Toy Story and Monsters Inc, two film series that we love! <3

As long-time readers of Life in the Kawaii Lane will know, facecloths are vital for keeping cool and kawaii - as it was so warm when we were in Tokyo Pinkuiropixie chose a super cute Stitch facecloth from 7-11:


Finally from the mystery box we each picked up a rubber keyring.  Mr chose Alien (with Lotso) and Pinkuiropixie chose Alice (featuring the Cheshire Cat):


We since found out that these were part of a special Tsum Tsum lottery held by 7-11 in the summer and the items aren't usually for sale! We were very lucky to have chanced upon these during our trip!

Finally, how can we talk about Tsum Tsums without featuring... Tsum Tsums?! Pinkuiropixie took the opportunity to pick up a few Tsums that were missing from her collection as we had been saving so hard for our trip.

First up were the somewhat random trio of Little Oyster, Tinkerbell and Oswald:


In Shibuya they still had a couple of Inside Out (or Inside Head as it is known in Japan!) Tsums available; Joy and Anger!


We love the flame on Anger's head!! ^^

We were missing a few Toy Story Tsums, so when we found any in Disney Stores across Tokyo we made sure to pick them up.  Here's 3 Peas in a Pod, Bullseye, Ham and an Alien:


Next came Polka Dot Donald (exclusive to Japan Disney Stores and Hong Kong Disneyland!) and one of the Daisy Expressions Tsums that we thought was just too cute not to get!


They had some of the Stitch with flowers collection still available when we went, so we picked up Scrump, Stitch and Angel:


Aren't they super cute?!  Of course, we also had to pick up some of the other Lilo and Stitch characters.  Here's Leroy, Dr H√§msterviel and Jumba:


Finally we found some of the Honey Pot collection; Eeyore, Tigger and Piglet all dressed as super cute bumblebees!


As with all Tsum Tsums the quality of these is amazing; they even hae little antennae and wings!

Going to the birthplace of Tsum Tsums was amazing and we were so lucky to find so many super kawaii items during our trip! If you are a Tsum Tsum collector and you visit Tokyo, be sure to check out the game centers, Disney Stores and everywhere as you never know when you'll find a super kawaii item!

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