The owl bringer of good luck

In Egypt an owl is anything but a symbol of good luck, and though I admit that owls are so cute, I never expected them to be bringers of luck of any kind.

I japan it’s a bit different, Owls are a good luck charm (I already knew that before I came to Japan from my Japanese teacher who loves owls and used to keep one as a pet.)

So when I saw those owl good luck charms in Arashiyama, I wasn’t really surprised, but since I like cute things (you probably noticed by now) I decided to share them with you.

So many colors

Those ones were even cuter (With bonus frog ones)

Extras: Glass frog lucky charms

 

 

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Hieizan mascot gachapon

I talked about Gachapon before, but one thing I forgot to mention is that you’d find them in the weirdest places, I found these ones in the cable car stop on the way up to Hieizan’s top. They had phone straps and pins with the cute geisha mascot.

Pins, with different symbols from Kyoto.

Phone straps, with the cute Kyoto mascot girl.

 

 

Keep out we are working, and being Kawaii

On my way from school to Q’s mall there is a major renovation on the street. The crossings are still open, but the work is surrounded by a fence to keep the people out and there is always a guard at the crossing, not really sure why though.

Fences surrounding the work area.

Yes, they look like bunnies, there was also a duck variety, but I couldn’t capture it.

Pocky day~ (Extra post)

I know that today is Remembrance day, but is some subcultures…ahem, ahem…. it is also Pocky day, since 11-11 looks like the beloved stick style snack. I have heard about Pocky day before, but I never thought it existed outside of the internet. Until a few days ago.

I stumbled upon this cute sign in front of a big pharmacy near my school.

First, yes there are lots of candy and random things in drugstores here (Not sure how it is where you come from, but where I come from, we don’t have all that stuff in drugstores, just the drugs).

Then, what the sign says:

(“みんな大好き” = Minna daisuki) means that which everyone loves.

(“ポッキ-プリッツの日” = Pokki-Puritsu no hi) means Pocky and Pretz day (Pretz is a salty variety of Pocky also made by Glico).

And under the lovely sign, there was a stand with a large variety of Pocky and Pretz.

Nice selection of flavors.

I couldn’t resist picking some up, there is something always inviting about these Pocky sticks.

I picked the original one and the strawberry one from that drugstore, but the double berry one I had from before.

Do you celebrate Pocky day? If you do, tell me what you do on that day.

If you don’t, tell me what flavor of Pocky do you like.

 

Mochi goes to the Pokemon center

This post is about the Pokemon center in Osaka, so it will have lots and lots of Pokemon themed products, if you don’t like Pokemon, then this post isn’t for you.

The Pokemon center is located on the 13th floor of the Daimaru Shopping District, right out of the Osaka JR sataion. And as the name suggests it’s a shop dedicated to official merchandise from the popular Nintendo/GameFreak franchise with hundreds of monsters.

With posters like that, there was no way I was lost, even though it was my first trip to Umeda.

I was greeted by this display when I first got out of the elevator.

Since the shop isn’t really an enclosed space, this was one of the walls used to define it.

Pokemon as far as the eye can see, and customers of all ages too. Also the area has fight zones for 3Ds and bonus Pokemon you can win in the game.

Even the ceiling is full of Pokemon.

Cute Pokemon plushies by the load. (Pictured: Bulbasaur)

Can Mewtwo be any cuter? And then there are the sleeping Pikachus in the back.

Speaking of Pikachu, who could resist those smiling faces.

Pokemon bags of many varieties.

Pokemon stationery.

Pokemon bento (Japanese packed lunch boxes) supplies. (Pictured: Chopsticks)

8-bit art goods, faithful to the older Pokemon games (Pictured: Notepad)

There are even Pokemon biscuits in lovely tin boxes suitable as Omiyage (souvenirs)

At this point, I took a turn and thought I had accidentally left the shop, when I was met by the area in the next photo.

The area dedicated to the ghost Pokemon has an elegant Gothic feeling to it, with subtle Pokemon hint, and cute Gothic girl customers. (I couldn’t resist buying one of the pens from that area, I really liked the bag though)

And since Pokemon is originally a Nintendo game, there was of course a variety of game related things.

This poster advertises the downloadable version of Pokemon X and Y.

You can pick up one of the cards to buy the physical version of the game, anime DVDs, or even a 3DS or 3DS XL to play them on (but the special edition ones were sold out.)

But you can still make your 3DS Pokemon themed with all these 3DS accessories.

I could go on and on about this shop, I mean I had spent about two hours there just looking at the merchandise. If you are a Pokemon fan in Osaka, be sure to give it a look.

 

 

Everything is better with strawberry

I don’t really know why but there are a lot of strawberry flavored things in Japan, from milk to mochi almost everything has a matcha green tea version and a strawberry version.

Bistro SMAP x 7-eleven strawberry jam mochi. Too bad I ate the one I had before taking a pic.

Then there is the “Ichigo milk” made famous by Gintoki Sakata, the protagonist of the comedy anime “Gintama

It’s real, and tastes great. But Gintoki doesn’t shop in the supermarket I go to,

Another variant from 7-11 which is also so good.

Strawberry Kitkats are one of the most popular Japanese kitkat flavored (I don’t know where the ones weird ones I saw on the internet are)

Strawberry Pocky with heart shaped sticks, could this get any cuter?

Mister Donut, a popular donuts’ chain, offers strawberry flavored ones.