Nendoroid #500 Sakura Miku Bloomed in Japan

Hello, it’s been a long time since I posted a photo review 😀

This time I’m checking out the recently released Nendoroid, Nendoroid #500 Sakura Miku Bloomed in Japan.

The box:

The box material is different to previous nendoroids, it’s not really good to photographed compared to the usual glossy or doff version, because the texture is really visible.

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The Sakura background included from the nendoroid box.

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The parts.

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The new faceplate shape, the material is also a little bit different but it’s not seen in photographs.

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Color comparison with the original Sakura Miku.

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Front – Side – Back view

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Parts, Poses, and Details.

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So do you think the new Sakura Miku is cuter than the first one? I certainly enjoy the varieties of parts and alter hair, also the cute faceplates.

See you next post~

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Traveling to Akihabara

Hello hello for another blog post~ it’s been quite a long time. Also for this year I didn’t write a blog post about Anime Festival Asia Indonesia, so instead I’ll write about my recent trip to Akihabara. Hopefully this could help you if you ever wanted to plan your first trip or anything ^^ 

As for me, this isn’t exactly my first time going to Japan since I went last year with a tour group, but this time I plan the trip myself so I can go and explore the city I’ve always wanted to go to, Akihabara. 

Like what probably a lot of people think I was also really nervous before I finally decided to go, because my japanese language skills is next to zero ^^; but it turns out even with the language barrier it’s perfectly possible to survive and explore Akiba for days (and of course shopping!) 

First for the planning, there are many site like http://www.japan-guide.com/ that gives guide about the city you wanted to visit, transportation (how to get there), hotel recommendation, and tourism spots. You can book your hotels from site like agoda or booking.com for free of charge and pay at the hotel during your arrival. For the visa (Indonesian still needs visa to go) I asked a travel agency to took care of it. 

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Flight from Jakarta takes about 7 hours to Tokyo, so I took a midnight flight and arrived at 9 AM Tokyo Time. From the airport, if you are a light traveller, you can use bus or local train or anything else to go to the city (taxi is not recommended though, very expensive). But if you bring giant suitcases like me (I need that suitcase for my loots, okay?!), it is more convenient to take the Keisei skyliner train. The train is very spacey, you got reserved seats, luggage space, cabin space, table, etc. It is also an express train, only about 45 minutes ride to Ueno. The price is a bit more expensive, ¥2400 per person, but it is easier and faster. From Ueno we can transfer to JR Yamanote Line and Akihabara is just 2 stations away.

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In Akiba I stayed at Remm Hotel, a hotel very close to the station, chuo dori main street, and located on Akiba Tolim mall building. Another recommended hotel is Washington hotel located just across the street. Remm is just a standard hotel, small lobby, no restaurant (you get coupon to eat at a cafe in Tolim if you asked for breakfast), but it is a very nice hotel. The standard room (like most of city hotel room in Japan) is small. But it doesn’t really bother me because of course, what I need more than bed is…

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 free high speed internet access. Yay. The view from my room is also facing the chuo dori and UDX building.

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A map:

A few sumarry of the shops you can find on the mainstreet:

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Sofmap: There are maybe four or five Sofmap stores along the main street. It’s mainly an electronic store, but it also sells figures and games. I actually planned to buy headphone there, and turns out they have like hundreds of stocks and you can try on all of them. I spend a good one hour testing out cheap to the most expensive headphone before choosing one 😀

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Radio Kaikan: There is Akihabara souvenir shops on the first floor that sells anime-themed snacks and cookies like Maid Cookies and Akiba Moe Moe Cookies. The rest sells merchandises, manga, books, and figures, Azone shop is also located here. It’s a 10 floor building so you will take your time browsing there XD

Laox and Akky: Duty free shops that sell souvenirs and electronics. It doesn’t have as many stocks as Sofmap though, and Sofmap is also duty free, so I bought there instead. 

Yodobashi-Akiba: A giant mall with even more stocks of electronics! XD what did you expect? Akihabara is well known as electric town 😛 it also has many games for all kind of consoles, book stores, CDs and DVDs, the top floors are full with restaurants. 

Mandarake: Second hand shops for CDs, games, and also- of course- figures! You need to browse the shelves because sometimes there are different figures put behind figures on the front, and if you’re lucky you can get ridiculously low prices on good items! But because the figures are second hand, you should check on box damage and stuffs. The figure itself is usually in good condition though. 

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Animate: Quite a fun experience lining up with many other people outside animate before it opens. Mainly merchandise shops for all anime, and also all kind of official merchandises. Books, t-shirts, keychain, earphones, pens, note book, mouse pad, you name it and you can find it there! Oh, did I mention pillows, towels, posters, coasters, bags– okay you got the point 😛 I ended up spending more money here than on figures ^^;

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Figure hunting is not only limited in the main street, small shops along the streets also have all kind of figures and merchs, and shops like Kotobukiya is located in alleys so make sure to explore thoroughly!

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Other fun things to do is to spend time playing games in the arcade like Club Sega and Taito, I finally can play P4 Ultimax and Project Diva Arcade! ^0^ The music sounds in the arcades is sooo frickin’ loud because there are many music games in one floor so there is usually headphones available or you can use your own to connect to the machine. 

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I did not go in to any maid cafes, but many of the maids are on the street giving out brochures to promote. The popular ones are probably @home cafe and maid dreamin’. I only met one cosplayer though, an employee in Club Sega. Wish I could have meet more TToTT at night there was also Nozomi but I didn’t took photos because it was already dark. 

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Most of the shops are closed from 7 – 8 PM, so afterwards I just walk around for sightseeing. Food bars are open until late night though. I didn’t eat in mall restaurants because the food price is quite expensive, I ate in local fast food restaurants/cafes along the streets, sometimes I bought set meal from convenience stores. You can ask the clerk to heat it and it actually tastes really delicious ^^; (much cheaper too). Some restaurants have english menu for we who don’t understand japanese, or you could just point to the pictures, some also have ordering machine so you just have to show your tickets to the waiter. 

Sight seeing at night is very nice, the streets is still crowded even in 10 PM. Akihabara also has the most wonderful scenery

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Giant billboards ❤ 

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The shops at the time I visited is currently filled with Love Live! and Kantai Collection. Even just walking in Chuo dori you heard Love Live! songs played everywhere so it sounds like they’re all playing the same songs XD There are many figure displays inside (but make sure that it is okay to take photos because some have the ‘no photo’ sign), and the giant banners are not only limited at the building outside since they also filled the shops and elevators. 

More photos:

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Hungry? Buy some snacks!

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Lawson has a lot of collab snacks and merchandises. 

Eroge, adult figures, and other ecchi merchandises are put on a specific floors, or separated with closed doors or curtains that said “no entry under 18” so I can’t tell you what’s inside since I can’t even get it (duh) ^^;

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Other places I visited are Tamashii Nation Akiba Showroom, Gundam cafe, Tokyo Anime Centre in UDX building (it is also a tourist information centre, you can get information pamphlets in many languages), Nitro+ Chiral shop. 

Some loots:

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Omake: my iPad looks fabulous now. 

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Got a question? Comment here or mail me:

Email: nikicorny@yahoo.co.id

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Miku Expo

So Miku Expo in Indonesia had ended yesterday, adding one more to list of “Wonderful memories I shall never forget” 😀

At first I didn’t plan to watch the concert because I already watched it once 2+ years ago in Singapore, and not sure that I had enough money because there was already May’n concert and Nendoroid this month. But thanks to 7-11 promo, in the end I still got to watch Miku here!

 

First about the event itself. Miku Expo is first held in Indonesia for winning the poll in mikubook.com, “Help Us Find You!”

From mikubook:

“Thank you very much for your support of Crypton’s “Help Us Find You” campaign! We are very happy to announce our official worldwide event “HATSUNE MIKU EXPO”!

The first town is …. Jakarta, Indonesia! Soon this event will travel across the world! Don’t miss when it comes to your country!!

Find out about details on MIKUEXPO.COM >>

Jakarta has achieved the highest vote in our “Help Us Find You!” campaign, so itfs your vote that makes “HATSUNE MIKU EXPO 2014 in Indonesia” happen! Thank you very much!”

 

 

Moving on!

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Giant Snow Miku 2014 and friends in front of the Expo entrance. Merchie war on 1st day, I came around 1 PM and the expo opens at 4 PM ^^ Concert tickets holder got prioritized to get in, got to be the firsts buyer and finished my shopping in peace. Afterwards I get to look around and take photos around the expo without much hassle. Since first day is merchie war and second day is concert day, so I didn’t bring my DSLR. But I got another trusty sidekick, my Lumia phone! LOL

 

More photos:

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Hello Miku!

 

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1/1 Miku 2.0 statue, no touchy!

 

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Vocaloid software guide in Bahasa

 

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Miku V3

 

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Vocaloid software boxes

 

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Official Illustrations

 

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Snow Miku 2014 arts

 

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Entrance gate

 

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Hello to you too, Miku!

 

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Day 1 loot

 

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FPS’ Allgroassai message in piapro wall! Taken from his instagram ^^

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Miku costume by Cospa, need some adjustments and wig is still on order 😀

 

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Sakura Miku!

 

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First day loot!

 

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Ready for second day. Arrived a little late cos no need to rush, done shopping and exploring yesterday ^^

 

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Good morning Miku 😀

 

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3rd show concert starts on the evening.

 

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Ooh hello, meet with more Miku today!

 

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Ready to get in!

 

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More illustrations

 

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Melancholic. Rin-chan!!

 

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Snow Miku 2014 and friends

 

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Also wrote on the piapro wall before it gets full XD

 

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Miku and Miku

 

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In line to the silver concert ticket holder venue. Last concert!

 

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Let’s go!

 

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My trusty lightstick

 

No long ass concert story, just awesome effect on lightning, background, wonderful musics. Fireworks during Himitsu Keisatsu, hype crowds, got the front seat on silver part, Senbonzakura, Migikata no chou, and Romeo Cinderella got very nice show. Lots of dancing with Luka Luka Night Fever. Rin-chan got Karafuru Melody, Melancholic, and Kokoro. Tell Your World, and a very memorable ending scene.

“Mail sent to next location. Thank You Indonesia”

 

and on behalf of myself and other people watching the concerts and attending the expo, THANK YOU TO YOU TOO!

 

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Take pictures together with Nendonesian, everyone get a Miku Expo poster after the concert (and some of us got it signed from the Crypton CEO!), otsukaresama deshita!

 

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and so it finished. Everyone got different experiences during that two days, but I think we can all agree that it was overall a very happy memories.

 

Until next time!

 

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Wing Gundam Fenice

So I started buying some gunpla again because of GBF ^^;

First one I build after a long time is Fenice! ^0^

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Wing Gundam Fenice, Build Fighter Ricardo Fellini custom made mobile suit 😀 please pardon my gunpla building skills ^^;

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Next is Kämpfer Amazing! ^^

Phone camera: Lumia 1020

Changed my phone a few weeks ago to Nokia Lumia 1020 which got 41 Megapixel camera ^^; although a normal res photos only sized around 3 mb, while the hi-res one takes up to 10mb per pic. Some photos taken with the camera (normal res):

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Zoom zoom:

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Test depth of field:

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Zoom zoom again ^^

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It also has a “pro camera” mode, with ISO, focus, and shutter speed setting

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Also got Nokia Creative Studio to retouch your pic so you can upload it directly from the phone ^^;

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Mini comparison :3

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Dolls!

Hello!

It’s been so long since I posted pictures of my doll!

The first time I blog about my doll I mentioned that Mail is going to have a brother.

Well, actually now he gets a big sister instead! 😀

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Meet Mail and Nero! 😀

Nero is a 53cm SQLab Doll, which is a BJD, but have a face type like Dollfie.

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Some said that her face is a “tsundere-face” and I couldn’t agree more 😀
Her “birthday” was in 22 November ^^

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This was her original clothes I bought from SQLab, while the wig was just some random wig bought during SGDC

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She won’t fit in the MSD bag ^^;

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But she actually fit MSD clothes! That’s Mail clothes ^^; It’s a little tight but it still fits her well.

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Finally bought her the kind of wig and clothes I want from Leeke!

Leekeworld wig is really nice, better than Mail’s regular or heat resistance wig from Luts ❤ but the shipping is expensive as hell

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So that’s about it for now ^^

Until next time! ^_−☆