Archive for August, 2009

Otaku stop #1: JHobby


From time to time, I’ll blog about happening places to further otaku your life

Stop #1 in a Vancouverite’s quest of Otaku-ness is JHobby. Off the path past Canada Line’s Aberdeen Station is a smaller shopping complex in Richmond called Union Square you’ll find JHobby. They have an array of figures straight from Japan, ranging from manga/anime series like “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya”, “Gundam Wing”, “Lupin” series among many others.

The majority of my figure shopping is done here. There is also a section of monthly specials where prices are slashed up to 50%. Bring a bib, you’ll need it.

Their website for any additional information:

Incidentally, the figma of Takara Miyuki was bought from JHobby and here’s the gallery:

Miyuki Takara 高良みゆき (Uploaded 25 Aug)
Takara Miyuki (高良みゆき)

Next up will be a couple shops inside Aberdeen Centre. じゃまた


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I should be more active in my blogs, here’s a start.

Recently, if you recall, I posted an entry about Taiwan-based Hello!Project group Ice Creamusme. They released a single off their mini-album, 1st最棒! (1st Zui Bang!), in Mandarin called, 在沒有雨水滋潤的星球上是無法付出愛的吧? (On a planet without rain can there not be love?)

Morning Musume has a track on their newest release, プラチナ 9 DISC (Platinum 9 DISC), with the title, 雨の降らない星では愛せないだろう? (If it Doesn’t Rain, Will the Stars Not Love?). It’s both performed in Japanese and Mandarin (sung by momusu’s Chinese members, JunJun and LinLin)

What we want to figure out is which you’d prefer (and it shouldn’t come down to the groups themselves).

The poll will be open for 1 month. Afterwards the results will be posted and a new poll will be thought up by then (hopefully).

For those wondering I preferred Ice Creamusume’s version more^_^

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This seems to be a recurring theme as I update my blogs every month or so. Apparently with all the free time I have, most of it is spent not updating my blogs. Well, massive update on the figurine front.

Mentioned in my last figurine update, a little shop in the Asian mall district in Richmond called JHobby caters to everything otaku. Since mid June, I’ve frequented there numerous times, a lot more now thanks to the opening of the Canada Line. There are a number of great deals to be had, monthly specials and the like.

Since acquiring my first figma while still in Japan, the Hiiragi Tsukasa figma, I’ve now bought 5 more since then, and at this point all but 1 has galleries uploaded to my flickr.

New galleries listed as follows:

Hiiragi Kagami Cosplay Ver (柊かがみ コスプレver) – uploaded on Jul 30
Hiiragi Kagami (柊かがみ)

Hoshimura Makina (星村眞姫那) – uploaded on Jul 30
Hoshimura Makina (星村眞姫那)

Drössel (ドロッセル) – uploaded on Jul 31
Drössel (ドロッセル)

Izumi Konata (泉こなた) – uploaded on Aug 25
Izumi Konata (泉こなた)

I’m uploading a Takara Miyuki figma gallery very soon. more to come.

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Oh my. It’s been nearly 2 months since my last update, and well, not much has changed. I guess I haven’t given as much time to my blogs as I do with flickr nowadays, but I hope to balance the 3 out.

This update comes in the form of Hello! Project soloist, Mano Erina (真野恵里菜). Since the Elder Club of H!P graduated back in March, they lost some prominent soloists; the likes of Matsuura Aya, Abe Natsumi, among others will be sorely missed but the newest crop are starting to emerge.

Erina has that charm and genkiness Ayaya once had when she debuted back in ’02. She has released 3 singles with a 4th forthcoming. I can’t wait for her 1st studio album to be released. In the meantime, here are 2 of the recent singles released: Hajimete no Keiken (はじめての経験) and Sekai wa Summer Party (世界は サマー・パーティ).

(via YouTube)

Hajimete no Keiken (はじめての経験)

Sekai wa Summer Party (世界は サマー・パーティ)

I hope to add more stuff to pass along.

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