Japan Envy: Pikachu Nebukuro Collection

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Banpresto has just announced their latest Pokémon Ichiban Kuji, and if you can’t tell already, this one’s a real doozy. The series is titled Pikachu Nebukuro (sleeping bag) Collection, and features pikachus in a variety of Pokémon-inspired sleeping bags. As if it weren’t cute enough, the website even opens with an adorable short story that shows how the pikachus ended up with such an adorable sleeping arrangement! 

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Stop the train, I need to get off! Oh wait, I forgot that when it comes to Japan Envy, the cute train never stops. Besides, we need to see what items are up for grabs in this lottery!

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The main attractions are these three Pikachu plushes that come with their own removable Pokémon sleeping bags. Feel free to imagine that instead Pikachu has been swallowed alive, or perhaps has brutally murdered an unsuspecting Pokémon and is wearing their skin as a suit. I think I prefer the sleeping bag option, personally.

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The official website provides this demonstration of how the sleeping bag and plush combo works

As with all lotteries, you’ll need to buy a ticket for ¥620, which will net you a random prize. Of course, the A, B, and C prizes are going to be the most rare. But that doesn’t mean the other items aren’t worthwhile!

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The D prize is a 90 cm bath towel
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If you get the E prize, you’ll have your choice between these two pairs of socks
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The F prize is one of three different 8 cm retractable keychains with removable hoods
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If you wind up with a G prize, you’ll get one of 6 different Pikachu sleeping bag rubber keychains
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Despite being a “lower tier” prize, I’m quite fond of the H hand towel designs! There are 6 total

Finally, as is custom with lotteries, there is a “last prize” that is only available as the very last lottery ticket sold at any given location offering the promotion. Can you spot the difference?

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It’s the same Pikachu as the A prize, but this time he’s sleeping! Aww.

If you’re like me and absolutely have to get your hands on some of these goods, you’ll need to head over to a participating store in Japan on September 19th when the lottery starts. Alternatively, get ready to scour site such as Yahoo Auctions or Amazon Japan if you want to snag some of these on the aftermarket! My only qualm is that I wish they offered the Gengar sleeping bag version as a plush…

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.