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Impromptu Japan trip & loot thereofImpromptu Japan trip & loot thereof

ffenrisffenris3 years agoDiary
I'd been intending for a while to make a trip to Japan, figuring on taking in Comiket 87. Life had other plans though -- work was so insane through the year that I (a) had no time to plan the trip and (b) was anyway too tired by the time the end of the year came to do anything other than destress at home.

So here I was in January, somewhat grumpy that I'd missed C87, and still working on what felt like a hundred different things. It was pretty crazy, not helped by the fact that I had agreed to lead one of our new projects.

But! Cue the initial meeting for the new project, and I come to know our customer is in Japan. Hmmm. And early in January, what do I get but a request to go visit them to close on the requirements! Aha! So a trip to Osaka it was. I was able to plan it such that I had some time off the day I landed and again on the day I flew out, so I managed to squeeze in trips to both the Umeda and Grandchaos stores. Didn't have enough time to go to Jungle, unfortunately.

Here are some pics of the loot I picked up.

At the hotel in Osaka:
http://s1.tsuki-board.net/image/thumbnails/ffenris1424557838.jpeg
At home as I finally got around to putting away my stuff:
http://s1.tsuki-board.net/image/thumbnails/ffenris1424557840.jpeg

7 dakis: ITEM #218584, ITEM #262797, ITEM #263942, ITEM #168705, Dakemakura Koubou's Anarchy Panty www.dakemakura.... and Tony's covers from C87 www.bekkoame.ne... and C81 www.bekkoame.ne... and a bedsheet: ITEM #291699

At the hotel:
http://s1.tsuki-board.net/image/thumbnails/ffenris1424558239.jpeg
At home:
http://s1.tsuki-board.net/image/thumbnails/ffenris1424558241.jpeg

I'm a big Shirow fan, so I took the chance to complete my Pieces collection, and grab his large-format artbooks, which are a pain to ship due to their size and weight. I couldn't find Greaseberries 1, though. The 6 poster books originally came with 8 illustrated cards each, so I was super-excited -- but I failed to notice the "カード欠" label ... aaaaaargh! I also picked up Ishikei's TiTiKei (the limited edition, but I couldn't find one with any tokuten, unfortunately), a couple of Maidoll/Fei doujins and some doujins/mangas from another of my favourites, Kawaraya A-ta.

Other things that I got but are not shown: large amounts of Pocky, and the kilo of weight that I put on eating out in Osaka (takoyaki ... mmmmmm ....)

Overall, it was a pretty good haul -- for one thing, I'd been eyeing the Orihara daki ever since I was pipped to the last one on one of Hobby Search's sales last year :P

I guess in this case one good turn did beget another -- I took on a whole lot more work, and I ended up with an all-expenses-paid trip to go buy dakis and doujins. To attend customer meetings, I mean. Here's to hoping that I will need some more visits before this project gets over!
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Tiamat26 (3 years ago) #2730553Well 80 K yen ( about $1000.00 Cdn ) yeah I can see where the credit card needs to take a breather. But still 7 daki's + all the rest of the loot that sounds like a bargin. Every Daki I have gotten runs in the 120 + area for the originals right. Yeah I would say its a bargin LOL
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Tia

Yeah, it was a reasonable bargain -- I'd been stalking the Orihara, Panty and Tony C81 covers for a while now. The Tony C87 cover I could not resist (at 18k, ouch!). The others were all opportunistic buys, since they were (relatively) cheap. I've been eyeing the Valkyria game covers for a while now, so glad to get my hands on some of 'em.
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ffenris (3 years ago) #2730543With the artbooks/doujins, about 80k yen + the 8% consumption tax :P It's going to have to be a quiet spring for me and my credit card ;)


Well 80 K yen ( about $1000.00 Cdn ) yeah I can see where the credit card needs to take a breather. But still 7 daki's + all the rest of the loot that sounds like a bargin. Every Daki I have gotten runs in the 120 + area for the originals right. Yeah I would say its a bargin LOL

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Tia
3 years ago
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Tiamat26 (3 years ago) #27301537 dakis wow that is a haul and a half. That Jessica Fellice looks very sweet. She would not fly in my home as my wife would have something to say about that but I love the art work. How much was that entire haul for you in? With 7 daki's I can just imagine what you could have spent on it. It is nice to have a freeish trip to japan.
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Tia

With the artbooks/doujins, about 80k yen + the 8% consumption tax :P It's going to have to be a quiet spring for me and my credit card ;)

Moro (3 years ago) #2721270Envious of that Masamune Shirow art loot. I really want his most recent book because it's pretty much all Ghost in the Shell stuff.
The artbooks I got are mostly his Galgrease and Canopri Comics stuff.
3 years ago
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7 dakis wow that is a haul and a half. That Jessica Fellice looks very sweet. She would not fly in my home as my wife would have something to say about that but I love the art work. How much was that entire haul for you in? With 7 daki's I can just imagine what you could have spent on it. It is nice to have a freeish trip to japan.

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Tia
3 years ago
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Envious of that Masamune Shirow art loot. I really want his most recent book because it's pretty much all Ghost in the Shell stuff.
3 years ago