© grape Japan Gachapon Heaven at Gachapon Kaikan, the Akihabara Store That is Floor to Ceiling Capsule Toy Machines 2018-02-20 Tue 2018-02-20 Tue Akihabara is a paradise for collectors of anime, manga and video game merchandise. Although trawling through second hand shops looking for rare items and deals is one aspect of this, there’s another way to acquire goods that has captured the imagination of Akihabara’s patrons. Source: © grape Japan 'Gachapon', or capsule toy machines, may usually be seen as something for children, but in Japan they are a popular with all ages. The main draw lies in the excitement of not knowing what you will get. Rather than the usual simple transaction involved in buying merchandise, the thrill of getting of the one you wanted out of sheer luck (or the disappointment of getting the same one again) is what makes these machines so compelling. Source: © grape Japan Secondly, compared to the items for sale in ordinary shops, the toys are usually very cheap (between 200 and 400 yen). There are also plenty of quirky and interesting toys to be stumbled upon, alongside famous characters and items from various anime and games. Source: © grape Japan Gachapon mania has gripped otaku culture to a point were the machines can be found all around Akihabara and led to one of its most famous stores, Gachapon Kaikan. Source: © grape Japan This store is filled floor to ceiling with gachapon and gachapon only. Due to the amount on offer, this is probably where you can see some of the strangest capsule toys around. Source: © grape Japan Some cases in point, take a look at this pouch that looks like a pizza slice... Source: © grape Japan ...or this squishy pudding. Source: © grape Japan If you’re in Japan and not sure what to get as a souvenir, they’ve got you covered there too. Take a chance on some traditional Japanese items to take home as a present or keep for yourself. Source: © grape Japan A pretty cool souvenir would be your very own ‘Osaka Auntie’ figure to pay tribute to this iconic group in Japanese society. Source: © grape Japan If you’ve ever dreamed of looking like an important reporter person you can get a mic to attach to your clothes to properly play the role. Source: © grape Japan There’s also a surprisingly large range of cat hats. That’s hats for cats. Choose from the ‘cats from around the world’ range, vegetable head cats or some bunny ears for your kitty. Source: © grape Japan If you’re in Akihabara and stuck for some cheap souvenirs, Gachapon Kaikan is the perfect place to pick up some merchandise at a cheap price. All the beloved famous Japanese characters can be found like Sailor Moon or Pokemon, or you could go for something a bit more eccentric… By - grape Japan editorial staff. Tags: Akihabara / Anime / Capsule Toys / Cats / Gatchapon / Otaku / Souvenir / Tokyo grape Japan Goods Gachapon Heaven at Gachapon Kaikan, the Akihabara Store That is Floor to Ceiling Capsule Toy Machines Related Article Three Kittens Born In A Chicken Coop Now Have 400 Mama Hens Looking Over Them AR Pocky Anime Boyfriends Allow You To Replace Human Affection with Snacks On Valentine’s Day Japanese Tech School Lets Students And Maids Learn Game Programming Together For Mutual Benefit SNK’s “Knock-out Ninja” Mai Shiranui Celebrates Birthday with “Exhibition” & Goods Japan’s S&M Themed Gym Literally Whips You Into Shape Desert Sand Cats, The World’s Smallest Wild Cat Species Are Coming to Japan!