I’ll admit that I didn’t know what Rozen Maiden was until I started collecting Pullip Dolls. I saw the original releases from 2006-2007 and I thought they looked very cool…but by the time I found out about them most of them were sold out and pricey.
So you can imagine how excited I was to see this re-release! Kirakishou is a character that’s supposed to be wicked and deranged, and as much as I’d love to see a crazy evil doll, I can’t help but think this girl is angelic! Maybe it’s the blonde locks, or that face, or her absolutely awesome white dress and boots.
Not that I’m complaining, no no no. I adore this doll!
As a toy and doll collector, Japan is like finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Even in drugstores you can find the cutest stuff, and the department stores are usually 9 stories high and bursting with colorful and adorable items.
Toy shopping wasn’t the only thing I did, though, I promise! I did manage to spend quality time with family and do some serious sight-seeing in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima. It was a truly eye opening trip.
In between temples and shrines, I was always on the lookout for fun stuff to bring home. For my brother I bought an album (he’s a music fanatic) at the giant 9-story Tower Records store in Shibuya. My sister is a beauty and fashion buff, so I tried to find cosmetics and jewelry for her. One item I loved was a lemon necklace I bought from Hiroshima. Did you know Hiroshima produces most of Japan’s lemons?
Anyway here are a few finds along my travels that I picked up for myself and for my friends:
The more I work on these Make it Own Pullip dolls, the less terrified I am of face-up. the only thing that I still find really difficult are eyebrows!
For this project I used a Pale Make It Own kit that I got from Pullipstyle.com.
Here’s the ghoulish face plate before I assemble the doll. Yipes!
I used these gorgeous purple eye chips from KiraKiraMeansSparkle, and I brought out Pullip Akoya’s famed stock wig that gets so much flack but is really quite pretty. Lastly I dressed her in a Keely’s Kimono that I purchased last year from PUDDLE.
If you’re a manga fan worth your salt, you know that Sailor Moon is celebrating her 20th anniversary in 2014. What does that mean for toy and doll collectors like me? Tons of cute stuff!
While in Japan this fall, I was able to pick up a ton of cute Sailor Moon toys and gifts. But the biggest win for me was the new Sailor Mercury Pullip by Groove!
Now I will be the first to admit that her wig is pretty hard to work with. The color is gorgeous, as is her lovely face. But oh that hair is unruly! It’s ok, though. I’m willing to forgive her since she’s a super hero.
Here is a pic of her after I put a rubber band around her head to calm down her bangs. The Hello Kitty dress is a Junie Moon purchase.
In Japan, everywhere you look there is cuteness. I was curious to visit Akihabara, Tokyo’s “techie” and anime district, not having a clue what I might see there. What I was surprised about was how outdated the technology in Japan seemed – from flip phones to DVDs and CDs that in the states are almost obsolete.
That being said, nothing prepared me for the overload of anime cuteness I saw in some of the large department stores.
These shops were packed with collectibles and jam packed with Japanese teenagers. The Gashopon machines covered walls! I indulged in a few items here and regret that I didn’t get back here.
Elsewhere in Tokyo, one of the things I fell in love with were the Shinto Ema, or “wishes” that people added to temples. These were small wooden plaques that people drew on in hopes of having their prayers or wishes answered. How creative and talented are these people??
I continue to be amazed by the people and the culture in Japan!