Saturday, 27 February 2016

20 Years of Pokémon!!

Yes, it's hard to believe, but Pokémon is celebrating its 20th anniversary today! As you might know, we're huge Pokémon fans here at Life in the Kawaii Lane - we love the games, the card game, the toys, the anime and the collectables - so we've made sure to play some games today to mark this special anniversary! Each month for the rest of 2016, you'll be able to get your hands on a special mtyhical Pokémon - most are available through Nintendo Network, but a few are only available through participating retailers - make sure to check them out, there's lots of kawaii Pokémon coming like Shaymin, Keldeo and Meloetta!

To join in the online celebrations, we thought we'd each count down our Top 5 Pokémon! (it was so hard to just pick 5 each!!) Here's Mr's Top 5:

5 - Terrakion

Legendary Pokémon have been a cool feature of the games since the start, and I had to include my favourite in my 5, so I went for Terrakion - I've even got him in my current fighting/normal TCG deck!

4 - Mawile

The creepy-cute Mawile makes the list - I especially like that in the most recent generation this Pokémon picked up a secondary type, Fairy.  Who says Fairy-types have to be pink and fluffy?!

3 - Meowth

Meowth has been one of my favourites since the start - the Team Rocket icon just had to be in my Top 5!

2 - Axew

In every generation game I make sure to get a Dragon-type as soon as I can.  I had a tough time choosing between Axew and Gible for this spot on the list, but Axew won out because I have a super cute Axew charm from the old Pokémon Center Tokyo. ^^

1 - Charmander

My first starter, Charmander took me on an adventure all the way back in Pokémon Blue and will always be my Number 1 Pokémon! <3

Here's Pinkuiropixie's Top 5:

5 - Pangoro

The toughest, coolest panda Pokémon, Pangoro features in all my current in-game teams!

4 - Snorlax

Snorlax, the big-eating, heavy-sleeping Pokémon is super Kawaii! He looks so cuddleable!!

3 - Blissey

I've always liked the Happiny-Chansey-Blissey evolution line and I've got lots of different versions for use in the Pokémon TCG (lots of shinys ^^)

2 - Pikachu

I couldn't have a Top 5 without the ultimate Poké-icon, Pikachu!! There's a reason this kawaii electric-mouse is the most popular Pokémon of all time!

1 - Turtwig

Turtwig joined me on my first journey into Pokémon gaming back in Pokémon Pearl.  I couldn't resist how kawaii it was!! I named my first Turtwig Fig <3

What are your favourite Pokémon? ^^

It might be 20 years old, but Pokémon shows no signs of letting up! From the re-released Pokémon Blue, Red and Yellow on the Nintendo eShop right up to the freshly announced Pokémon Sun and Moon, this super-franchise is here to stay!!

Catch you later Kawaiisters!! ^^
Pinkuiropixie and Mr

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Iketeru Hearts - Let's Stand Up!

Iketeru Hearts, a sister group of Afilia Saga, releases its major label debut today!

This 8-piece idol group is only really just starting out, but they've already played shows in France and Singapore! Check out the video for Let's Stand Up!:

Mata ne!

Friday, 5 February 2016

The World-Famous Tokyo Character Street!

There's one place in Tokyo where the stores for all sorts of popular characters are gathered; the world-famous Character Street!

It's easy to get to - it's part of the huge Tokyo station development (so it's really easy to get to on the Yamanote line and lots of other lines), just head for the Yaesu exits, keep an eye out for signs and you won't go far wrong! 

There's so many shops on Character Street, there's something for everyone:

We took a tour round the stores - they're a great place to pick up some souvenirs or small gifts for family and friends back home. 

Here's the Yo-kai Watch store:

Mr picked up a gamecard wallet for his 3DS games featuring Jibanyan:

He also chose this cute Tokyo-limited charm featuring Jibanyan cosplaying as a maid!

There was also a Jump shop selling character goods from manga like One Piece and Naruto:

There's a Tomica Shop too, selling toy cars:

This is where we got some of our TsumTsum cars:

There's also a Snoopy Town mini, full of goods featuring Snoopy and Woodstock:

Another popular store was the Moomin Shop mini:

Of course, there's an NHK Character Shop:

And it's full of Domo-kun items, it even had some Funko Pop! figures:

We had to visit the Donguri Republic store, filled with Studio Ghibli goods:

Here we picked some Totoro plush magnets for our collection:

Pinkuiropixie also picked some Kawaii stationery, first a set of Totoro stamps:

And some cute tape featuring Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service:

There's a Miffy Style store too:

And there's no way Hello Kitty was going to miss out!  This shop was like a trimmed down Gift Gate or Vivitix, but is still a great place to grab some souvenirs!

Then there was a Rilakkuma store:

Next up was a small stall (provided by Kiddy Land) selling Monchhichi goods:

There's a Kyurutto Shop full of cute Capybara-san goods:

Next was an Ultraman Shop:

There's a Nameko Market, selling everyone's favourite fungus!

The Aikatsu Style store is similar to the one in the Cute Cube, Harajuku:

Magical Girls were also well-represented in the Pretty Cure shop:

The Tamagotchi Store Tokyo stocks similar items to the TamaDepa in Harajuku:

But it does have an awesome display showing Tamagotchi through the different generations of devices:

There's also a giant Tamagotchi - hello Kuchipatchi!

One of the main attractions for us was the Pokémon Store:

Mr couldn't wait and got stuck right in!!

This store has its own mascot, the station master Pikachu:

Pinkuiropixie spotted a whole rack of Pokébutts!

We had to grab the Character Street-limited Pikachu plush:

They also had the November monthly Pikachu plush available:

Pikachu has been in the forest collecting mushrooms - his duffle coat even has a special hood to keep his ears nice and toasty - but what's that, has he picked a Foongus by mistake?!

From one of the gachapon at the store Mr got this cosplaying Pikachu figure:

Character Street is definitely worth visiting if you like Kawaii characters - it has so many under one roof that it's an ideal way to pick up little mementos of all your favourites in one place.  Most of the shops have gachapon machines so you can pick up a little souvenir really cheaply too.

Tokyo Station also has lots of places to eat as well, so if you get hungry from shopping you won't have far to go!  There's a whole 'Ramen Street' for a filling meal or a Calbee+ if you fancy some freshly cooked crisps topped with ice cream and chocolate sauce(!)

Catch you later Kawaiisters!! ^^
Pinkuiropixie and Mr

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

One Piece - Mugiwara Stores

Being a big One Piece fan, I had to check out the Mugiwara Stores during our trip to Tokyo.  We visited two; the one at Tokyo Tower and the one in the Shibuya PARCO department store.

The Parco store features lots of One Piece themed decorations featuring Luffy, Chopper, Nami and other popular characters from the series:

Of course, no one goes there just for the decorations - it's all about the huge range of One Piece merchandise available, including lots of store-limited items!

The PARCO Mugiwara Store was celebrating its 3rd anniversary when we visited! We had to pick up a memento of this special occasion, so we chose a commemorative badge:

We picked up a few other badges, these are sold in special envelopes so you don't know what you're going to get:

Here's what we got:

We were quite lucky and got badges featuring Chopper and the Mermaid Princess Shirahoshi!

I picked out a sticker of one of my favourite characters, Franky:

For Halloween they had some limited edition One Piece Zombie magnets, we chose a Chopper one:

We also checked out their t-shirt section.  They had a special collaboration range with SR'ES Rainbow available, Pinkuiropixie picked out this Kawaii Perona design:

While I chose a Mugiwara logo shirt:

Pinkuiropixie picked out this cute pink and blue Chopper carabiner:

I picked up this Traflagar Law mini-backpack style bag:

As we bought this around the time of Trafalgar's birthday, we received a super cool gift art card!

As it was the PARCO store's anniversary they also gave us an awesome commemorative bag:

Around the outside of the PARCO store there were One Piece prikura and gachapon machines:

I tried my luck on one of the gachapon machines and got an awesome chibi-Zoro charm for my 3DS decora case!

The Mugiwara Store has a promotion where you get a loyalty card to collect stamps for certain amounts you spend.  Once you complete the cards you receive an art print of the wanted poster for that crew member.  While we there we completed the cards for Luffy and Zoro:

The Tokyo Tower store has a similar range of goods, but includes the gift shop for the Tokyo One Piece Tower attraction too.  We picked up this Zoro magnet for our collection:

I also chose this Tokyo Tower-limited charm:

The Tokyo Tower store also has a large range of charm straps that are normally limited to different parts of Japan.  We picked these featuring Zoro riding a giant stag beetle and Chopper hitching a ride on a garden eel!

Both of these stores are must visits for One Piece fans visiting Tokyo, so check them out!

Mata ne!