Have you ever seen those ¥100 pin machines all around Japan? The one that you insert a ¥100 coin, twist the knob 2-3 times to get a tiny plastic ball with a pin inside?
I’m seriously addicted to those machines xD
It all started when I went to Hokkaido in February 2006. I got these 7 pins back home as souvenirs along with a bunch of keychains and magnets that I collected.
Once I got back home, I took a closer look at these pins and I whacked myself for not getting more! ^^” They’re such nice collectible items that reminded me of each place I visited.
So, when I went to Japan in May 2007, I decided to get a bunch more, but in fact, when I counted it’s only 13 of them! LOL Anyway, look at Shanao-sama!! I went to Kyoto with A-san the day before T&T concert, and I got this pin! What a coincidence~~~~ ^__^
Then, I went back to Japan again in November 2007 and hit almost every single
damn machine I could find xDD
And got a total of 49 pins this time! xD I started of with getting only a few from each city, but it’s got slightly out of control towards the end of the trip. LOL I was pretty lucky I only got a few duplicated ones. And once I got them, I just gave to either A-san, I-san or T-chan.. and they would donate ¥100 to me so I could have another try ^^
Usually, out of 10 styles per each machine, there’d be an ugly one that I really didn’t want. So I used it as a stop sign, whenever I got the ugly one, I’d stop playing with that machine. LOL
The most hilarious one was when I-san, T-chan and I went to Marine World. We were walking around killing time but didn’t want to leave the exhibition yet. Then, I saw 2 machines outside the door, so I walked out and started inserting ¥100 coin… and the first one I got was the ugliest Marine World mascot that I said I didn’t want!!! Look how ugly it is! LOL
And we couldn’t get back inside the building! LOL it’s one of those one-way sliding door!! We had to wait until someone left so we could sneak back in. I-san almost strangled me as we got weird look from people around there XD
Anyway, these three are my favorite ones… Shanao-sama, Miyajima, and LaVenDer. Quite obvious, huh? LOL
And caught on film at Dazaifu as a proof of addiction~ xD
Can’t wait to go back to visit different parts of Japan and get more of these pins (^__^)v