- Japanese culture
Capsule toys are very popular among foreign tourists as Japanese affordable souvenirs and there is a facility in Ikebukuro that boasts an overwhelming number of vending machines installed.
The world's largest "Gashapon Department Store Ikebukuro", which has opened in Ikebukuro Sunshine City in February this year, is registered in the Guinness Book of Records for the largest number of capsule toy machines.
The number is 3,000!
This time, I've experienced firsthand the world of capsule toys, which can be enjoyed by children and adults!
The image above shows the main entrance.
It seems that there are so many girls standing here to take pictures.
By the way, "Gashapon" is one of the names for capsule toys, but there are many other names for them such as "Gacha" or "Gacha Gacha".
Before going inside, you may be curious to see how the 3,000 screens are laid out.
It's impossible for my camera to fit the entire layout, so let's paste a document image.
It may be a little confusing, but if you enter from the lower right of the diagram, at the end of the hall on the left are all the capsule toy machines.
Let's enter the space where the vending machines are located.
Beyond the wide field of view, Gashapon, Gashapon, Gashapon..., It' s a never-ending series of vending machines.
Even there are many vending machines, they are neatly lined up in a very large space, making it quite easy to walk around.
Depending on the product being sold in the vending machine, it is divided into areas such as "Popular", "New", "Character", "Variety", and "Animal", so it is very easy to choose.
The image below shows the "Premium Gashapon" located right after you enter.
A regular "Gashapon" costs 300 yen, but the "Premium Gashapon" costs 500 - 1,000 yen.
It seems to be very popular because it is elaborately made for a high price.
Let's move on to the general merchandise (300 yen) area.
Popular items are anime character products centered on "Kimetsu no Yaiba".
And products like real food and animal motif products are also popular.
In the meantime, I decided to buy one too.
The first is this.
"Finally the mountain has moved - Pullback Mountain"
A surreal product in which the world's most famous mountain "run".
I thought that Mt. Fuji or Mount Everest would be nice, but when I put in 300 yen and turned the switch ...
When I pulled it back and released it, the Diamond Head was running briskly.
I had so much fun that I had tears in my eyes.
Now that I was in the mood for Hawaii, it was time to purchase the next item.
"Haizuri Zombie ~ ZENMAI OF THE DEAD ~"
TOM would be nice, but JUDITH is also very attractive, I can' t get rid of ASIA, GEORGE is maybe not so good...
I excitedly turned the dial to see which zombie would appear.
fu fu fu…
Looking at it again, it is quite attractive.
GEORGE approaches while twisting the waist when the screw is wound and released.
On this day, I played with GEORGE until late at night ...
From popular characters to miniatures of daily items to laughing products,
I think there are definitely items that will catch your heart in the 3,000 kinds.
You should visit！
Your life may change in 5 seconds of turning Gasha and getting out Pon ...
■"Department Store of Gashapon Ikebukuro Sohonten"
3-1-3 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Sunshine City World Import Mart Building 3F