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Postby PKI Jizzman » Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:46 pm

Great to see all of what you did that day! Super interesting how the look and vibe of the Kabukicho changes from day to night. We went down a lot of the same streets.

The lights and weird shops were fun to look at but honestly at night the whole place was just flooded with teens trying to act cool having smokes and drinks with friends on the street :lol:

I would have liked to have seen the statue light up or go up to see it up close. Thanks for the update!
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Postby bert425 » Thu Feb 13, 2020 3:27 pm

PKI Jizzman wrote:Great to see all of what you did that day! Super interesting how the look and vibe of the Kabukicho changes from day to night. We went down a lot of the same streets.

The lights and weird shops were fun to look at but honestly at night the whole place was just flooded with teens trying to act cool having smokes and drinks with friends on the street :lol:

I would have liked to have seen the statue light up or go up to see it up close. Thanks for the update!


I can imagine it at night/evening, and it would be mostly like you described! LOL

Tho I would think the lights down there would be amazing and sensory overload.

in some of my pics you can see the lights in Big G's mouth, but we didn't get to see him blow smoke or light up either.
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working on part 2, and hope to have it up tomorrow. - we went back to Shibuya crossing and did some sightseeing and shopping. But we stumbled across a DC Comics pop-up store, and I took a crap ton of pics in there. Won't post all of them, but will post a lot of them since it was fairly unique stuff, and since I didn't want to buy it to drag it home, settled for pics of the neat stuff.

so it will be a quick read if you dont' like Batman.. LOL :P
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Postby bert425 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:15 pm

after finishing up our coffees in Shinjuku, we hopped on a train in the General direction of the "Simply Oishii" cooking class we were all going to be taking later - something that Robb & Elissa had set up for the group, and it sounded like a really fun and educational class.

but that wasn't until 6pm, so we still had some time, so Jon and I exited the train a couple of stations from Shinjuku to experience Shibuya crossing area, but in the daytime (and without the rain).


note: there will be a chunk of pics from DC Comics pop up store in this installment, so if you don't like Batman or superhero stuff. . sorry. (at least it will make for a quick to skim update) :)
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wow.. Shibuya crossing looks different in the daytime.

more crowded, but just as interesting/intriguing as it was during our rainy night visit the other week tho.
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the main reason I wanted to come back tho was to go into the Shibuya Crossing gift shop, that was located just behind the bus station across from the Starbucks.

it had looked like (thru the windows on the evening visit) that it was an "official" Souvenir shop. But upon entering the now open building, it turned out it was an 8 story mini "shopping mall / flea market" mashup, that had small floors with lots of tiny stores selling everything from souveniers, to clothing, to sneakers, to even an optometrists office in the complex.
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As a KISS fan, I thought this was cool. . but it was also Japanese sized, and ~$39. . so no way would my butt fit in it, so just took a pic and moved on into the lobby.

(it turned out the specific shirt I had wanted to buy as a gift was hand printed (which I liked) but over $54 - for a T-shirt !! which I did not like. So my spouse got a cheaper shirt at this store, and a Shibuya Crossing magnet was bought for the fridge.
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What's this? a DC Comics pop up store had opened in the building? and was open while we were there?

oh yes, gonna *have* to check this out.

this is Justice League version of Batman
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Dark Knight Batman
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Batman vs Superman Batman

these are all in the lobby when entering this small building.
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This guy had a whole wall dedicated to him (and I saw him a few times thruout the trip in places)

at first I thought it was wearing KISS makeup, but apparently he's a character in the Sanrio universe - associated with "Hello Kitty" ?

named Aggretsuko

here's the write up from the Sanrio site:

Aggretsuko:

is a cute red panda
works as an office associate in an accounting department
has unsympathetic bosses who push her to the limit
takes out her frustration with heavy metal karaoke sessions
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Speaking of "Hello Kitty". . this store also has lots of that character for sale here.
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this is only 1 of about 20 pics I took of the different racks (to show my Hello Kitty collecting friend)
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we browsed our way up each level (with steep escalators between floors, as this is such a narrow building), buying a few things here and there. . and then we were face to face with the DC Pop Up store, celebrating Batman's 70th Anniversary.
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VERY cool, but way out of my price-range.

Samurai Batman statue (Sitting on throne)
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and a standing version too
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Various Pewter offerings
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lots of, what I imagine, unique to Japan offerings.
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the Wonder Woman leather bag was fantastic. . and I was really really tempted.

but common sense won out: a) it was expensive and I didn't need it, and b) it kinda looked like Capt. Marvel, even tho it has the WW logo right there on it.

So just a picture and moved on.
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these coins were really neat. . but since I dont' really collect Batman or Superman, I was happy just looking at them.

(who do I collect? Poison Ivy, Harley/Joker, the Metal Men, Black Manta . . .pretty much anything unique with those DC characters, I'll pick up)
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cute 'lil "Wheels of Gotham" Batman collectibles.
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LOL. . can you imagine trying to get this onto the plane carry-on? (for that price, no way would I check em) - but the Batarang set was really cool
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lots and lots of statues avail. (but these would have caused the same issue the Jack Skellington in the prior update would have caused - the packaging on these (to avoid breakage) is huge. No room at all to fit in my suitcases, so wasn't even tempted.
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tho I LOVED this Plastic Man, and probably will end up buying him from my local comic shop.
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Life size Bat-Cowl from "Batman and Robin".

no chest piece on display. . guess they figured no one wants a Batsuit with nipples :p
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flying Batman Beyond statue.
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Batmobile from Batman TV show!
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Justice League statues . . with a "Sexy" Catwoman statue in front.
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a couple more statues, and some amazing "block figure" JLA characters.

if they weren't blind box, and I could have ensured I'd get Wonder Woman? totally would have bought one - and have since picked up a Wondy from eBay for only ~$15
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a few more statues
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including Batman: the Animated Series version of Harley Quinn - which I already own.
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one last look at some high-end sculptures, mainly based on the Arkham Knight videogame, and then we headed back down to street level to hit a few stores in the Shibuya Crossing area.
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while waiting to cross the street, we came across (or rather they came across us), one of those go-kart tours, where you can dress up in character onesies, and ride around sightseeing.

this group contained a Minion, Sully from Monsters inc (I think)
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Minnie Mouse, and a rainbow unicorn. . among others
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all officially licensed I'm sure :)
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we ended up in a gigantic drustore type store, that had 5-6 stories of everything one could possibly want to buy.

including a massive variety of Kit-Kat options (which is I think why Jon wanted to go into this store).

they had out front a giant fishtank, and i had planned to stay outside while he bought stuff (as it was crowded and the aisles were narrow). . but I stepped in to take a pic of this statue, and was hooked.
Could this statue possibly be of Hachikō - the dog mascot of the Shibuya Crossing area? Doesn't look like him, but hard to tell in this pic.

I ended up buying a ton of souvenirs in here, including magnets, T-shirts, and postcards.
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they even had a "Pride" section on the 1st floor by the registers.

we ended up spending a bit longer in here than we intended, but we bought a lot of stuff, so it was a good use of time :)
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it was starting to get a bit overcast, and maybe drizzled a little bit while we were shopping..so we started to make our way back to the train station, to head to the cooking class.

Tho taking our time to stop and look at interesting things as we passed (and Jon was trying to find an ATM that would work with his card, as he had been trying with no luck at a few places (but it had been working earlier in the trip) and ended up having to call his bank to figure out what was going on).

this guitar store was pretty cool, although they didn't have any prices listed.

(and with Guitars, as with other certain things - if you have to ask the cost? you can't afford it).
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almost back at the train station, and you can see the clouds really rolling in.
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so crowded when the walk lights all go on!
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adorable Shibuya themed bus, with the dog logo of the area.

not sure if this was a public transport bus (regardless of what it says). .I think it might have been a separately charged tour bus for a specific sights tour.
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Old train car, turned into the Shibuya Tourist Center, just outside the station.

with some Hello Kitty theming.
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I was able to take a stealth pic - between so many walking pedestrians! - of the mural on the side of the Shibuya station that celebrates Hachikō, the dog mascot of the station.

I snapped this as we were headed into the station, to grab a train to our next stop.

it was only about 4:45, but we wanted to make certain we could follow the directions Elissa had given us as to how to get to the space where the class was going to be held, so we build in about an hour of "bert and Jon get lost" time.

the super easy part was grabbing the right train to get to the station we needed (and as luck would have it, one pulled in almost the moment we got to the platform).
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as we arrived at the Shimbashi Station for our cooking class we had plenty of time to explore the neighborhood before it was time for our class.

but first, I had to take a bathroom break.

and as the Shimbashi Station is not one of the "bigger" stations in Japan (although it was PLENTY big), some of the restrooms were "old style".

so yes, it took almost 10 days, but I finally found an old-skool Japanese toilet.

so yep, you bet I took a picture of it :)
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tho not *while* I was using it. . just after :)


part III - the cooking class and arriving at nirvana (I mean the Tokyo Disney Complex), hoping to have up in the next few days!
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Postby Mike240SX » Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:24 pm

Nice TR. As for Aggretsuko, it's a definitely-not-for-kids show, is totally hilarious, and both seasons are on US Netflix (both dubbed and sub-titled). I highly recommend it.
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Postby Nrthwnd » Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:30 pm

Great ongoing tour of everything you saw, and bought, Bert! Tokyo and Japan has so much, too much at times, things to see and experience.

But I think you've now proven to Elissa, that a "certain Panda" is not all cuddly and cute....
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Postby SharkTums » Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:30 pm

^Red Pandas are still terrible even though I do like Aggretsuko!

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Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:48 pm

Mike240SX wrote:Nice TR. As for Aggretsuko, it's a definitely-not-for-kids show, is totally hilarious, and both seasons are on US Netflix (both dubbed and sub-titled). I highly recommend it.

Agreed! Although my kids love Aggretsuko, so maybe it's a for-some-kids show.

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Postby Mike240SX » Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:13 pm

Yeah, I guess it's kinda like old-school Simpsons in that regard, where the really adult jokes the kids just won't know they're missing something. I don't have any to provide that "kid's perspective" LOL.
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Postby bert425 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:17 pm

Mike240SX wrote:Nice TR. As for Aggretsuko, it's a definitely-not-for-kids show, is totally hilarious, and both seasons are on US Netflix (both dubbed and sub-titled). I highly recommend it.



cool. . I'll have to check it out, as it sounds like something I might really enjoy!
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