Seasonal Hobbyland Summer 2016 Update

Hello my luna family (・ω・)ノ☆ It’s about that time again to do a seasonal update on my hobby life! August is my most horrible hated month in Japan — the weather is ungodly — so there’s been a lot of sitting in front of the A/C and playing games lately. I’ve been determined to make summer fun!


We should start off with the obvious — the thing I talk about endlessly all day long — Love Live Sunshine. μ’s will always be the legendary group that started it all (and my dear Kotori, I will love you forever), but I am finding myself enjoying Aqours even more than their predecessors.

As I’ve mentioned before, I went into the series expecting You to be my clear cut favorite but… I truly and dearly love every single character so far (›◡‹*)♡ I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every single episode and every character has their own individual charm points. That said, there is one girl who has stood out from the rest for me….

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Spring 2016 Idol Hype: Aqours & Aikatsu Stars

Things have been good in my little hobbyland lately, as the crushing sadness from two of my favorite idol series ending has given way to bubbling excitement over the new incarnations!!

First, let’s talk about Love Live Sunshine and Aqours because that’s what I’ve been spending most of my time chatting about with friends (*´∇`)


I’ve been incredibly hyped for Aqours since the project was first announced last year, and now it truly feels “real” after finally getting a little taste of everything to come — subunit singles, drama tracks, and I even got to psuedo see them in person (my view was blocked by a barrier but I could hear them as I watched a live stream, does that count?)

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Love Live! Sunshine!! Aqours Merchandise Roundup

The Love Live! Sunshine!! anime has an official air date of July 2nd and lots and lots of new merchandise announcements have been hitting the scene. I’m rolling around in agony as everything is so adorable and I want it all.


Here’s a quick roundup post of a bunch of the new Aqours merchandise that will be released in coming months! Yousoro~! ☆

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The Collector’s Guide to Itabags

Rubber straps, badges, pins, and other similar small items have always posed a problem to me as a collector. I really love this type of merchandise, but never could find a proper display technique, so they would often end up in boxes… and then the boxes would pile up and up….


Enter the itabag!!! Itabags are my current obsession and the absolute perfect solution to showing off my small ‘useable’ collectibles like straps and keychains and pins, while still keeping them in pristine condition. If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’ve most likely seen at least some pictures of my Love Live-themed bags.


Without further ado, let’s answer some common questions I get about itabags!

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Two Year Japan Anniversary: Real Talk

Today marks the two year anniversary of my move to Japan, and I sure have a lot to get off my chest. Let’s get real and pull up a seat and hear me out ☆

When I moved two years ago I had a very specific vision for this site. I wanted this to be a place where I could document my kawaii otaku nerd life. I hoped that by sharing the things I experienced in Japan I could be an ‘ambassador of cute,’ and through pictures and blog posts and my store, I could share cuteness & brighten other peoples’ lives who don’t have the opportunity to be in Japan right now.

I also wanted to keep things personal. I wanted people to see me as a regular average person who is having fun with her hobbies, and that everything I do is totally achievable for yourself too with time, determination, and the right attitude (*∩ω∩*)

But, for a lot of reasons, I lost sight of that original vision & dream.


What happened to my motivation?

Well, like I said above, a lot of things….

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Kyoto Disney Store Exclusive TsumTsum Set Scheduled for March

On March 10th, 2016, a new special Disney Store (with a ‘Pixie Dust’ theme) is scheduled to open in Kyoto, Japan. Like the special Harajuku & Osaka Disney Store openings before it, the Kyoto Disney Store will also offer a limited TsumTsum set on opening day. The Tsum set will retail for 2,500 yen and be sold in the Kyoto location only.

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WonderFest Winter 2016 Love Live! Wrapup


Even if you aren’t a figure collector, if you’re into anime at all you’ve probably heard of Wonder Festival — a twice yearly event in Japan where figure manufacturers display their new and upcoming anime figure releases.

Winter WonderFest 2016 took place this weekend and a whole lot of figures I’m excited about were on display! In this post I’ll cover all of the Love Live related displays.

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Love Live! Sega Collaboration Cafe in Akihabara


This week I had the incredible opportunity to be one of the first people to attend the Love Live! collaboration cafe with Club Sega in Akihabara. Despite my love for all things adorable I don’t go to character cafes very often as the food is expensive for what you get (…and I’d rather spend that money on goods) so this was an extra special treat for me.

Like seemingly all good things in Japan, entrance to the cafe is by lottery only, so it was only by pure luck that I was able to go!

The cafe is located on the 7th floor of Club Sega in Akihabara. If you don’t know the area well, or get confused by all the different game centers in Akiba, Sega has thankfully put up signs clearly directing you where to go:

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Aikatsu! Photokatsu Beginner & Re-Roll Guide


If you follow me on any of my social media accounts (especially Twitter) you know that Aikatsu is my favorite idol series in the whole wide world. Today, the long awaited mobile rhythm game “Aikatsu! Photo on Stage!!” — or Photokatsu — was released and I’m thrilled to finally be playing it!

Being that the app is primarily a rhythm game, you don’t need to have a mastery of Japanese to fully enjoy it. Here’s a quick guide to get you beginning your idol activities & rerolling to start off the game with the best cards ✧︎(*´꒳`*)✧︎

Links to download: Photokatsu on iTunesPhotokatsu on Google Play

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Cat Series Tsum Tsums Release in Japan January 26th

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The newest tsums to release in Japan are a special “Cat Series,” scheduled to hit shelves today, January 26th, in Disney Stores across Japan. The series includes Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Pluto in cat costumes, Marie, Toulouse, Berloiz, Duchess, and Thomas O’Malley from the Aristocats, Figaro & Gideon from Pinocchio, and Si & Am from Lady and the Tramp.

Like all new releases in Japan, purchases are limited to one tsum each per customer.

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