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NEW AVAILABLE

I just listed more another items on my shop today. And also, the next update will be around June 13. Anyway, I will announce it here.




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Licca-chan CM


Cute Licca's commercial<333

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Oshare Box Exhibition "Showa era dolls with Wanda"



I went to Mikiko-san's Exhibition. It was so wonderful works as I thought. I really really love her works.

You can see more photos on my flickr.

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NEW AVAILABLE, AGAIN

I just listed more another items on my shop.





Please visit to my shop! ^__^

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NEW AVAILABLE

I just listed some items on my shop.




Please visit to my shop! ^__^

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Pachinko
In Japan, no matter where you go, there's always a pachinko parlor in front of the railway station.

Pachinko parlors share the reputation of slot machine dens and casinos the world over — garish decoration; over-the-top architecture; a low-hanging haze of cigarette smoke; the constant din of the machines, music, and announcements; and flashing lights.


Pachinko machines are also called the Japanese version of the slot machine, and they're popular with the people as a whole. If the machine gives you a lot of balls, then you go exchange them for money. There's no doubt that THIS IS GAMBLING!!
However, all gambling except that under public management is prohibited in Japan.

So, why can they not penalize the privately-run pachinko parlors?

When customers turn in a lot of balls, the pachinko parlor gives them prizes which are supposed to be equivalent to the number of balls they turned in. Up to this point, no money has been handed over, so it's not technically gambling. Customers who come to the pachinko parlor to make money would not be satisfied with this, however, so the pachinko parlor runs a small exchange office somewhere nearby.

The customers can take the gifts they received and exchange them there for money. Thus, what seems like gambling actually takes the form of customers taking the gifts that they received from the pachinko parlor and selling them at these little offices. The clearinghouse is located in an obscure place separate from the pachinko parlor.

Some people called "pachi-puro", or "pachinko professionals", even make a living by earning money in this way.

Pachinko and pachisuro probably took hold in Japan because they're the type of amusement Japanese tend to prefer; something casual that doesn't take a lot of time. Another reason for their continuing popularity may be that the machine manufacturers have regularly come out with new machines to hold the public's interest.



Here's pachinko CR "The Rose of Versailles Ⅲ"










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Oshare Box Exhibition
The one of my favorite artist Mikiko-san will have her own exhibition! I'm SO excited!!!!!!!
Here's exhibition information;

Exhibition Name: 昭和のお人形とワンダたち (Showa era dolls with Wanda)
Duration: May 21th to May 30th, 2009
Holiday: Wednesday
Open hours: 14:00 to 20:00(weekday)/ 12:00 to 18:00 (weekends)
Place: Wanda shop

STUDIO WOO Official Site and "Hoyahoya Wanda" (blog)





Here're her official site "Oshare Box"


And her blog "Oshare Radio"

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The Takarazuka Revue Company


Do you know Takarazuka Kagekidan (Takarazuka Revue Company)?

From Wikipedia;
The Takarazuka Revue (宝塚歌劇団 Takarazuka Kagekidan) is a Japanese ALL-FEMALE musical theater in the city of Takarazuka, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.

Women play both male and female roles in lavish, Broadway-style productions — most of their plays are Western-style musicals, and sometimes they are stories adapted from shōjo manga and folktales of China and Japan.
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Five different groups, called "Hana-gumi" (Flower Troupe), "Tsuki-gumi" (Moon Troupe), "Yuki-gumi" (Snow Troupe), "Hoshi-gumi" (Star Troupe), and "Sora-gumi" (Cosmos Troupe), take turns performing reviews and plays in a special theater.

To become a troupe member, a girl has to have graduated from the "Takarazuka Music School", and the entrance exam for this school, which is nearly 50 times as competitive as other exams, is a difficult obstacle for many. Students are ingrained with strict rules concerning relations between superiors and inferiors and an underclasswoman is never allowed to walk in front of an upperclasswoman.

They staged "The Rose of Versailles" for many times. The Rose of Versailles (”Berusaiyu no Bara"/ we calls "Beru-Bara"), also known as "Lady Oscar", is one of the best-known titles in shojo manga and a media franchise created by Riyoko Ikeda.







Their fans are mostly female. Generally, we calls them "Zukafans". Zukafans are another famous group.
These women act as a group and follow strict rules from which no infringements are allowed. When a top star makes a farewell performance, they wait for the star to come out, but when the star does emerge, they are only allowed to offer to wave hands in silence. When they go to see a play, they are only allowed to applaud at predetermined places, and if they do anything else, the other fans in the group stare at them coldly.
How strange!! I think this is VERY uniquely Japanese cloistered society.




Top Star Farewell Parade




Look at from 4:28! This IS Zukafans!
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Japanese Are Easily Warmed Up But Just As Easily Cooled Down
Tokyo people LOVES to stand in long line.
I came from Fukuoka, it's west area of Japan. I was surprised when I came to Tokyo for the first time, because it had the procession everywhere in Tokyo.

The Japanese(ESP Tokyo people) are easy to get excited about new products but easy to get tired of them. If one brand becomes popular, everyone buys it. That brand quickly becomes famous and then its stock diminishes quickly. When that happens, everyone wants to buy it all the more, so the status of the brand is elevated even more. As soon as it reaches the stage where everyone has one and it has become an everyday sight, people rapidly lose interest in it.


LA brand "Forever 21" opened in Omotesando on April 29.
2,000 people lined up for hours outside the shop, waiting for the newest product.









There's "H&M" next to the shop.
YES! People have already gotten tired of H&M.

Here's a picture taken when I went to Ginza on this Monday. No line!! This IS Tokyo people!!! LOL!!!


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Licca clone doll


Before and After




Sometimes, we can find her when we're watching the auction. However, I found this clone girl at the vintage shop.

She has a belly button with NOT twisted body. Yes, she looks like 1st generation Licca. Also her box has a same pink box, printed on the box "Fashion Doll". Unfortunately I don't have the box.

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Hello, My name is Natsuko. I'm a Japanese. Now I'm living in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Japan. My native language is Japanese with Hakata accent! My English is poor and I always worry how can I learn English better.
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