Recast ABJD – A Year Later – Would I Still Recommend Purchasing Recast?

I shared my decision to purchase my first recast BJD, about 14 months ago now. I wrote a very in depth, as neutral as I could manage, post about the pros and cons of buying Recast ABJD which you can read here.

A year has passed now since my first recast dolls arrived, and I have bought many other Recast BJD since then.

 

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My new #recastbjd #recastminifee #minifeesarang #minifee #sarang #recastfriendly #abjd #bjd #doll from #chinabjd.

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I make all of my recast purchases from Chinabjd on Aliexpress and would recommend them to anyone looking to own a recast ABJD.

I have over 20 legit dolls, and a handful (but rapidly increasing amount) of recasts, mostly fairyland minifees (although I own some legit minifees too).

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When I first wrote my lengthy informative piece about Pros and Cons of Recast ABJD, it was mostly just research and not much first hand experience. So I thought I’d follow it up with a new post, a year later, to see how my own personal experiences went in regards to owning a recast.

All photos sprinkled in here are of my recast dolls except at the end I share another alternative that is not recast, but can help you save money, and I actually prefer that over recast, but you’ll have to stay til the end to see that :).

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1.) Was I Bullied About My Decision To Purchase Recast?

The answer surprisingly is no… I was pretty open about my decision, on social media, on my blog here, tagging my photos appropriately and even putting it right in my instagram profile description. Maybe a more accurate answer may be “I don’t know” They may be talking trash about me or my dolls in certain places, I just avoid those places. I only had one negative social media comment, and it wasn’t anywhere close to bullying, just a differing opinion. Even if someone replied here directly to bully me and/or point out others who were writing things, I would just choose to ignore (and or politely reply if it was a direct comment on my articles here). I have gotten a lot of nice comments, likes, even shares, of my dolls, recast, legit, makes no difference it seems. I’m still friends with many of the same offline people I met in the doll hobby.

 

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My #recastbjd #recastminifee #minifeeMio arrived today. Purchased from Chinabjd. Custom faceup per my makeup request photos. This is Option D. I’m showing it next to Chinabjd normal skin Rena with custom faceup. It’s a very light Tan all of these photos are without flash. Very true to real. No filters or editing. I bought some different eyes but she looks so good brown eyed and the eye pattern seems different than previous Chinabjd dolls I’ve purchased these eyes are pretty nice. The option D color with brown eyes and brown wig give her a nice Latina look. Very cute and natural. I’m waiting on some clothes I have ordered. She’s borrowing a much too big body suit from one of my SD girls just for photos. Rena was my favorite doll ever since she arrived about a year ago but I think Mio is my new favorite! Very happy with this purchase and all my other Chinabjd purchases. #bjd #dolls #dollfairyland #dollphotography #bjdphotography #kawaii #cute #toys

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2.) Am I happy with my recast purchase(s)?

Absolutely, to me, there’s little to no difference in quality looking at various different aspects including but not limited to, resin quality, stability, pose-ability, faceup (I even prefer that I can get an affordable custom faceup instead of paying same price for the company default faceups). For the price, the value of the product is almost identical. Ethics aside.

 

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My #recastbjd #recastminifee #minifeeMio arrived today. Purchased from Chinabjd. Custom faceup per my makeup request photos. This is Option D. I’m showing it next to Chinabjd normal skin Rena with custom faceup. It’s a very light Tan all of these photos are without flash. Very true to real. No filters or editing. I bought some different eyes but she looks so good brown eyed and the eye pattern seems different than previous Chinabjd dolls I’ve purchased these eyes are pretty nice. The option D color with brown eyes and brown wig give her a nice Latina look. Very cute and natural. I’m waiting on some clothes I have ordered. She’s borrowing a much too big body suit from one of my SD girls just for photos. Rena was my favorite doll ever since she arrived about a year ago but I think Mio is my new favorite! Very happy with this purchase and all my other Chinabjd purchases. #bjd #dolls #dollfairyland #dollphotography #bjdphotography #kawaii #cute #toys

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3.) Do I feel guilty about my purchase(s)?

No, it might be selfish of me, but I honestly don’t. Your mileage may vary, maybe you’re a more ethical person than me, and that’s fine. I’m just being very candid and honest here in this post. To me it’s no different than buying a knockoff purse, watch, luggage, or any other cheap imitation item.

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4.) Will I Still Buy Legit Dolls?

Yes, there are several legit dolls I want to purchase that have not been recast yet, and I anticipate that to continue to be the case as new dolls are released all the time.

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5.) Do I Prefer Legit Or Recast More?

In the past 2 years I’ve only bought recast (aside from some legit heads), and if the doll I really want is available recast, I would buy recast 9 times out of 10. It comes down to again, the quality in all aspects being nearly identical to the original, and not caring about the ethical issues of owning a recast. This is a personal decision and not everyone will agree, but for me, that’s how I feel, why pay $800 for something I can get a very close imitation of for about a tenth of that cost. – I know there are plenty of reasons to purchase legit, including not limited to supporting the companies and artists so they can continue to design new dolls, and to save for the doll you really want if it has not been recast. Being able to share the doll in certain pro-artist communities, taking it with you to conventions, meetups, etc. But there are an ever growing number of recast friendly doll communities online, and off too.

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6.) Will you continue to purchase more recast dolls?

Probably yes, but not for awhile. There are some other dolls (and other non doll purchases) that i want to focus on first. As far as dolls go – my latest favorite trick to save money is to buy Dream Fairy Doll bodies which are a PERFECT fit for Dollfie Dream heads. You can get a Dream Fairy Doll complete fullset doll for $50, and an unpainted Dollfie Dream head for $40 – making it a Dollfie Dream / Dream Fairy hybrid doll for under $100. I like buying custom Dollfie Dream heads on Buyee, a yahoo Japan Auction Bidding service. I only successfully won one auction so far, but am happy with my purchase. Here are some pictures of my girl. I also have some pictures of the body with an (ugly) self-painted blank head I tried to paint myself in this blog post.

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She is easily my favorite doll, and cost about the same as a recast. – From my research and what others have told me, she is not a recast, because she is made out of ABS, not resin, and is basically just a cheap “Obitsu” like doll.

My next several doll purchases will likely be hybrid Dream Fairy (body) and Dollfie Dream (head) dolls. I highly recommend this combo, as a way to support artists AND save money on dolls, it’s a WIN-WIN.

Here are the pictures of my Dollfie Dream Hybrid Girl. She is a DDH-02 on Dream Fairy Body. More pictures of her, and my other dolls, can be found on my instagram @Xenokitten

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Recast ABJD – A Year Later – Would I Still Recommend Purchasing Recast? was originally published on GeekySweetie.com – Geeky & Kawaii Anime, Tech, Toys, & Game Reviews & News

Cortex Complete Smart Dolls Will Release Soon

According to this post on the official website, the first full, non-hybrid, cortex smartdolls will release for official launch in just 2 weeks on 6/13/19. The models available will include Mirai Anniversary, Gaia, and Melody. They will be fully assembled dolls, and not model kits.

They had a soft launch of Mirai Anniversary and Gaia Complete Cortex dolls earlier this month, which I completely missed.

I am anxious to see what the prices will be on the 13th when the official launch begins.

The vinyl version Smart Dolls cost 52,000 yen, which is approximately $475 USD. For those not familiar with Japanese import dolls, such as Asian ball-jointed dolls or Dollfie Dream, this price may seem shocking. However, for those who are already collecting other similar dolls, these prices are quite reasonable.

I’ve long wanted a Smart Doll myself, but have been waiting to purchase, wanting to see how much cost savings the Cortex version will provide.

The dolls aren’t exactly the same. The Cortex version will have seam lines and gaps and other imperfections. But if the savings justifies the quality differences, I’m all for waiting for the Cortex dolls. I’m completely in the dark here as to what it will cost so I don’t even want to begin to speculate in this blog post.

The official site has much more info about the differences between the various materials that Smart Doll uses for manufacturing.

A few days ago Pre-orders opened for a Hybrid Cortex officially licensed Idol M@ster Smart Doll modeled after Mika Jougasaki. Of course it sold out quickly. Due to being an officially licensed character, this Hybrid Cortex doll actually cost much more than the vinyl versions of Smart Dolls own characters. So that’s not a very good indicator of how much the Smart Doll Complete Cortex version will cost when it launches next month. We will just have to wait and see.

Are you excited about Smart Doll Complete Cortex Dolls? Do you prefer Vinyl? Waiting for the Model Kits? Share your dolls with us in the comments below.

Cortex Complete Smart Dolls Will Release Soon was originally published on GeekySweetie.com – Geeky & Kawaii Anime, Tech, Toys, & Game Reviews & News

I Want To Take an Anime and Manga Tour in Japan

OMG… I want to do this. (Maybe Next Year – I don’t have Vacation Time left this year since I will be going to Peru this summer) Their next tour is in just a few weeks, and seems to only happen once a year, in March coinciding with the International Anime Festival AnimeJapan.

https://japandeluxetours.com/japan/group/anime-japan-tours#anime3

Visiting Japan is my life long dream. (sadly, mostly just so I can go shopping for anime, game, and doll stuff lol. Although I do want to do the museums and cherry blossoms and hot springs and other cultural things too – though mostly, I’m just a big geeky nerd who loves anime and wants to go shopping – which is what this whole tour is designed for <3)

Animate - The World's Largest Anime Store

Animate – The World’s Largest Anime Store

It’s not that much money (well OK it is, but it’s cheaper than I expected honestly). Guided 6 Day Anime Tour in Japan which includes hotels and Guides through all the “anime” spots in Japan (since I can’t speak Japanese a Guide would be helpful…)

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Only $1,500 a person, includes hotels for each day. I’d just have to have airfare, and LOTTTTTTTTSSSSS of money for food and shopping. Like seriously I’d probably want to have another $1,000 with me just for shopping lol. If I buy a dollfie dream or custom volks doll or something that’d eat half that budget right there. Then there’s all kinds of cheap (but cute) dolls / toys / figurines, etc.

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I wouldn’t want to go by myself either – I would hope my boyfriend would go with me but if not then I’m pretty sure that I could find a friend or family member to take… If I had to pay for both of us that’s $3,000… The tour includes several meals but I’d need money for more meals (Let’s say $100 a day food budget X 5 days $500) Airfaire is probably close to $1,000 a person too So not counting shopping expenses I’d need $5,500… I want to mainly go shopping so I’d want at least $1,000 for shopping for myself that’s $6,500…. which still… isn’t that bad because of all the things this tour includes.

Studio Ghibli Museum

Studio Ghibli Museum

This tour includes all of the Ghibli and other museums, the largest anime stores, and even admission to an anime convention for one day. OMG and an anime theme park another day… OMG it includes real life mario kart racing too…. omg…

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The number 1 place I want to visit actually isn’t on this tour – that place is Doll Point Akihabara – Volks store where you can buy Dollfie Dreams and Asian Balljointed Dolls and Accessories – including some items available only in the store and not sold online.  But that’s OK because the tour gives you free time in the evening and one free day where you’re on your own without a guide.

Doll Point Akihabara

Doll Point Akihabara

My dream / life goal / bucket list… lol…

Now that I have my passport I can actually do stuff like this O_O!!! Now I just need money (lots of money) (and to wait for my vacation time again lol).

https://japandeluxetours.com/group/tour/anime-japan-tour-6-days-a

Tour Includes

  • 6 DAYS
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 7 MEALS
  • 5 breakfasts
    2 lunches
  • TRANSPORT
  • All transport shown
Anime Stores

Anime Stores

Details:

  • 4 nights Western hotel
  • Daily Breakfast-Buffets and 2 Lunches included
  • All ground transportation in Japan during the tour
  • Complimentary Airport Transfers (see details)
  • Admission Fees, Tax & Gratuities at all included Destinations
  • Full time service of licensed English speaking tour guide & separate bus driver
  • Japan Deluxe Tours Handbook and Tour Goods Package
  • Free Wi-Fi in Bus & Most hotels
Doll Stores

Doll Stores

Travel Highlights

  • A day at the AnimeJapan Festival in Tokyo
  • A walk through the busy Shibuya Crossing
  • Tokyo’s lively Harajuku and Takeshita Dori
  • The electronics and anime town of Akihabara
  • 20+ Anime stores at Tokyo Character Street
  • Admission to J-World Jump Theme Park
  • The well known Ghibli Museum
  • Souvenir shopping at Harajuku Kiddy Land
  • Shopping and trading time at the Pokemon Center
  • The Gundam Base Tokyo and Lifesize Unicorn Gundam

Not Included
– Airfare
– Travel Insurance
– Optional Excursions

Animate Japan - World's Largest Anime Store

Animate Japan – World’s Largest Anime Store


Itinerary:

Day 1

Tokyo Arrival
Arrival* Narita Int’l Airport (NRT) Haneda Int’l Airport (HND)
Arrival Transfer
Welcome to Japan! We will have transportation services to take you to your hotel. Please refer to your tour handbook for more information.
Rest at the hotel and be ready to start your exciting tour tomorrow.

Mirai Store

Mirai Store

**INFORMATION**
From Narita Airport to downtown hotel in Tokyo – about 90 mins(Bus)
From Haneda Airport to downtown hotel in Tokyo – about 30 mins(Bus)

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Day 2
Tokyo | Sushi & Akihabara
Morning [ Tokyo ] Asakusa Sensoji Temple Pokemon Center J-World
Afternoon Tsukiji Fish Market (Lunch) ( Lunch – Sushi )
Tokyo Character Street [ Akihabara ]
Animate
Evening Return to the Hotel

Tokyo International Anime Fair Anime Japan

Tokyo International Anime Fair Anime Japan By Max TimchenkoOwn work, GFDL, Link

Before our big day at the International Anime Fair – AnimeJapan tomorrow, our Anime tour will visit some of the best anime sites Tokyo has to offer. We first start with some traditional Japanese culture and shopping at Asakusa. Enjoy shopping at the Nakamise area and the stunning red temple that is Sensoji. We then make our way to Sunshine City to check out the Pokemon Mega Center, a must-go for all Pokemon lovers. Besides all the Pokemon goods they sell, they also have a battling and trading room for customers to interact with other Pokemon fans.

pokemon center

pokemon center

After browsing through exclusive products, we will head over to J-World, the Shonen Jump theme-park in Tokyo! Play games and win prizes based on all your favorite characters, including Goku from Dragonball, Luffy and Co from One Piece, Naruto and Sasuke, Kuroko and the rest of the Generation of Miracles, and Hinata and his team of volleyball hopefuls! Win prizes and shop to your hearts content at the J-World store before our next stop. For lunch, enjoy sushi with fish provided by the Tsukiji Fish Market, the famous fish market that provides freshest ingredients for thousands of families and businesses alike.

J-world

J-world

Following our time at the market, the tour will visit the lively Tokyo Character Street in Tokyo Central Station. The area is lined with various anime-themed shops, including a Jump Store, Pokemon Center, Hello Kitty shop, Ghibli store, and more! There’s also Tokyo Ramen Street, Okashi Land, and Gachapon Street, perfect for someone who wants some lunch and to do a little more gift shopping for friends or for themselves! After our adventures at Character Street, we will head to Akihabara, the town of anime. While there, enjoy shopping ad sightseeing for the rest of the day at some of the most popular otaku destinations, including Animate. Animate carries all kinds of character goods, electronics, and games from current and popular anime/manga series.

Tokyo Character Street

Tokyo Character Street


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Day 3
Tokyo | AnimeJapan Festival
Morning AnimeJapan
Optional Shibuya Scrumble Crossing Gundam Base Tokyo (Optional) VR ZONE SHINJUKU (Optional) Ninja Trick House (Optional) CAPCOM BAR (Optional) Mario Kart (Optional)
Evening Return to the Hotel
*Evening Capsule Hotels (Optional)

Gundam Base Tokyo Japan Life Size Gundam Unicorn

Gundam Base Tokyo Japan Life Size Gundam Unicorn

Today’s the big day of the International Anime Fair – AnimeJapan! Join the many cosplayers, otaku, and anime lovers of all degrees in the biggest Anime event in the world. Anime, manga, doujinshi, guest speakers, figurines, rare items, video games, limited and exclusive covers are all accessible at this large event. Enjoy your day exploring the grounds and meeting people with the same passion as you! If the fair isn’t enough, you also have the option to join an optional tour at 3pm to explore the famous Shibuya Crossing and Gundam Base Tokyo to see the awesome life-size RX-0 Unicorn Gundam model (72 ft). The Gundam Base is an expansive store, museum, and features a cafe for guests to enjoy everything Gundam.

Real Life Mario Kart Experience at Maricar Japan

Real Life Mario Kart Experience at Maricar Japan

Feel free to enjoy the night at your leisure, or you have the option to enjoy the night as you wish, or sign up for a few optional excursions. We have the new VR Zone Shinjuku, an incredible VR-focused arcade, the Ninja Trick House where guests can enjoy learning how to throw ninja-stars and also learn the ways of the ninja, or a meal at the CAPCOM BAR, a themed-restaurant showcasing the best of CAPCOM, including games and themed-meals, or sign up for a MarioKart experience and drive go-karts around Tokyo dressed as some of your favorite characters!

You also have the option of staying a night in a capsule hotel for one night (additional fees may apply for capsule hotel and/or additional excursions)

(Err no thank you to the capsule hotel… Too claustrophobic for me – like sleeping in a coffin or morgue lol)

Japanese Capsule Hotels

Japanese Capsule Hotels


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Day 4
Tokyo | J-Pop, Ghibli, & Robots
Morning Harajuku Harajuku Crepes (JDT Recommends)
Harajuku Kiddy Land (Optional)
Omotesando (Optional)
Sailor Moon Store (Optional)
Tokyo One Piece Tower
Afternoon Ghibli Museum Robot Restaurant
Evening Return to the Hotel

Japanese Crepes

Japanese Crepes

We will start our morning heading to Harajuku for shopping and snacks along Takeshita Dori. This shopping area is the perfect place to get in touch with Japan’s pop culture trends, and to sample some of the best crepes in Japan. After our time in Harajuku, we head to Tokyo Tower, Japan’s iconic tower. Tokyo Tower has been taken over by One Piece, resulting in Tokyo One Piece Tower. Known as Tongari Island, this event is filled with attractions, wonderful restaurants, and a live-action show designed to wow fans of all ages.

Japanese Crepes

Japanese Crepes

Following our time at the tower, we head east to visit the famed Ghibli Museum. This animation and art museum exhibits works of Miyazaki Hayao, creator of world famous films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea. Ghibli Film fans will definitely enjoy the artistic museum, which not only exhibits the history and techniques of animation but also plays short movies in a theater room, produced exclusively for the museum.

Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower

After the museum, it’s time for dinner at the Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku for those interested! Enjoy a show like none before, fusing classic Japanese elements with the dreams and fantasies of the future. The restaurant has a wild vibe and a unique experience you are sure to find entertaining.

Robot Restaurant

Robot Restaurant


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Day 5
Tokyo | Leisure-Free
All Day Free at your leisure
Optional Excursion Fees not included.
Opt 1 Tokyo Disneyland (Optional)
Opt 2 Tokyo Disney Sea (Optional)
Opt 3 Kamakura (Optional) -or- Nikko (Optional)
Opt 4 Mario Kart (Optional)
Opt 5 Sanrio Puroland (Optional)
Opt 6 Fuji-Q Highland (Optional)
Evening Return to the Hotel
We have cleared up the day for you to explore and enjoy Japan as you wish. You can either
1) enjoy the entire day as you wish
2) visit Tokyo Disney Land, Fuji Q Amusement Park, or Tokyo DisneySea or another theme-park
3) Join a Mario Kart day tour*
4) go on a private-guided tour through Nikko or Kamakura

Tokyo Disney Resort

Tokyo Disney Resort

For those who wish to visit Tokyo Disney Land, Fuji Q Amusement Park, or Sanrio Puroland, your tour guide will be happy to explain directions.
(additional fees may apply for additional tour options. Please contact us in advanced for this service)

*The Mario Kart experience requires an International Driving Permit. Please contact us for more information if you would like to participate.


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Day 6
Tokyo Departure
Departure Transfer
Departure* Narita Int’l Airport (NRT) or Haneda Int’l Airport (HND)
Your pleasant and memorable Japan tour ends today. The tour will disband after breakfast.
Fly home with cherished memories or enjoy your extended stay in Japan.

https://japandeluxetours.com/help/frequently-asked-questions/


Mirai Store

Mirai Store

5. Anime Japan Tour | Tokyo
Departure Date(s)
6 Days
2018 Tokyo Tokyo 03/22
5 Nights 6 Days From : USD 1,878 USD 1,784 pp

Destinations:

  • Akihabara Animate
  • Ghibli Museum
  • J-World
  • Pokemon Center
  • Asakusa – Sensoji Temple
  • Shibuya Crossing
  • Nakano Broadway
  • Tokyo Character Street
  • Tokyo One Piece Tower

Experiences

  • AnimeJapan
  • Robot Restaurant
  • Tsukiji Fish Market Lunch
  • Optional – Capsule Hotel

Take on Tokyo during our AnimeJapan Tour | Tokyo package! This fully escorted Japan tour focuses on all of the major anime & manga spots in Tokyo, and enjoy admission to the AnimeJapan festival! We’ve also included a day of leisure in the city, with plenty of suggested itineraries we can set up at your convenience (additional fees may apply).

Animate Japan - World's Largest Anime Store

Animate Japan – World’s Largest Anime Store

During this Anime Japan tour, we have selected the integral destinations that showcase Japan’s unique pop culture. Akihabara, the mecca of anime and electronics, is just one of the many destinations we will be visiting during this tour. Among the shops of Akihabara, we recommend a visit to the Animate store. One of the largest anime and manga store chains, you’re bound to find the latest anime posters, figurines, and goods.

There’s also J-World, the indoor theme park featuring Dragon Ball, One Piece, and Naruto, Tokyo Character Street, the shopping arcade in Tokyo Central Station perfect for souvineer shopping, and the Ghibli Museum where the works of Hayao Miyazaki come to life. We’ll also be swinging by the long-standing Nakano Broadway and Tokyo One Piece Tower, just in case you were worried we didn’t have enough anime spots on the menu. This anime tour will also covers the Gundam Base Tokyo, where the massive 72 foot Unicorn Gundam stands over Odaiba!

animation copic markers

animation copic markers

With so many incredible anime shopping destinations, don’t forget this tour includes admission to the AnimeJapan exhibition at Odaiba’s Big Sight Convention Center! There are over 100 exhibitors participating, capturing the spirit of anime and manga from fans all over the world. The exhibition not only features displays and performances, but also charity auctions, cosplayers events, meeting animators and manga artists, limited edition goods, and more. We’ve also arranged for an optional walking tour along Shibuya after the convention! You can also extend your vacation before / after this Anime Japan Tour in Tokyo.

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Come Join the LARGEST Anime Expo & See all the hottest anime and Manga spots in Tokyo!

Tokyo – AnimeJapan


OMG!!!! They have a different tour to the Tokyo Game Show and Video Games / Arcades in Japan too. A shorter one, only 3 nights.

And another one which is 8 nights and includes things like the deer park (deer just roam the streets, they’re tame you can pet and feed them, etc). And includes more museums and things too.

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Of course the best one is 15 days long – but it’s also the most expensive.

So many awesome tours. I’m definitely doing this (probably the 6 day one) – Hopefully next year once I save up the money.

My life long dream ❤

I Want To Take an Anime and Manga Tour in Japan was originally published on GeekySweetie.com – Geeky & Kawaii Anime, Tech, Toys, & Game Reviews & News