Pokémon Center Osaka Part Two: The Haul

Originally I had just planned on doing one post on the Pokémon Center in Osaka, but it was so huge I had to split it in two! If you haven’t seen my first post on the store itself, I highly encourage you to go check it out. Today I’ll be showing off what I actually brought home with me!

One thing I was determined to pick up during my trip to Japan was a case for my 3DS XL, so I was beyond thrilled to spot this gorgeous case featuring Pikachu, Sylveon, and Eevee at the Pokémon Center. I love things that are equal parts adorable and functional!

Some of you may remember that I tweeted a photo of the Moo Moo Milk cell phone strap pictured above a few weeks back. Initially, I was surprised to see Miltank on the face of so many different items, and I was more strangely intrigued by the strap than anything. But when I couldn’t get it out of my head a couple days later, I decided that meant I needed it as a souvenir! I also couldn’t resist the Scraggy “gotsu gotsu metto” (rugged helmet) one, as Scraggy is one of my favorite newer Pokémon.

Now to decide where to put them! Though I could leave them in the packaging, I find it much more satisfying to actually use the things I buy, so I’ll definitely be taking them out and putting them through their paces.

In the end, I couldn’t walk away without something from the “Happy Party Time: Eevee & Friends” series. I’m a sucker for stationary, so I settled on the notepad above! It’s chock-full of cute:

The first page features some bonus stickers, followed by four different sheet designs, and even an illustrated back cover!

I also couldn’t pass up these amazing stamps! I can’t wait to stamp them on anything and everything.

Deco tape seems to be a current popular item in stationery stores in Japan. It’s similar to white-out tape, but rolls out a variety of cute little pictures on translucent tape, making it a clean and theoretically easy alternative to stamps. Unfortunately, I find them extremely difficult to use properly… But, well, at least they’re cute!

Even the packaging is cute! How can I throw it away?!

Here’s a test run I did with some of the stamps and deco tape on a sheet of the Eevee party paper. It’s a tad disappointing that the deco tape is so hard to use – it’s extremely hard to place the tape without it tearing or warping, but perhaps I’m just clumsy!

Of course, I also had to get some writing implements to go along with all my stationery! I love the Oshawott swimming in ramen, a Fukuoka regional item. Funnily enough, all the regional items are available in every Pokémon Center, so while I would’ve liked to get Osaka’s special designs, I just happened to prefer the Fukuoka one!

Finally, I ended my Pokémon Center shopping spree with some Pikachu cookies! I haven’t opened them yet, so I’ll save that for a future Taste Test post, but isn’t the tin awesome? I don’t even care if the cookies themselves are good – at least I’ll be able to reuse the tin!

There’s a different Pikachu pose on each side. Brilliant!

Well, what do you think? Did I go a little nuts, or show some restraint? I’m personally quite happy with my haul, so I’d say it was a good trip! Though of course I already want to go back…

About Anne Lee

Also known as apricotsushi. Anne can be written with the kanji for apricot (杏), and sushi was the most quintessentially Japanese thing I could think of when I was 13, resulting in my goofy, albeit memorable, nickname.