Saturday, 29 June 2013

ガシャポン Gachapon

The words "Gacha" and "Pon" are an onomatopoeia; which is naming a thing or action by the vocal imitation of the sound associated with it. 

Gacha is the sound made when the turning of a crank on a toy vending machine and Pon for the sound of the toy capsule dropping into the receptacle.
 When we first visited Japan, I used to go mad for this. Not only there are toys from animes sold, there are souvenir items too, found in the streets instead of a department store.

We Malay call this gachapon thingamabob as "tikam" as you don't know what you'll get.

There used to be plenty of gachapon machines at certain department stores/toy stores here but somehow I think the popularity had dwindled. Well, it's not exactly cheap. Paying RM8 for a capsule ball?

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  1. There's a row of gachapon in our local shōtengai, opposite a tiny shop that sells old-fashioned Dinky Toys. Small boys like the gachapon; big boys like the cars. :)

    PS: A gachapon wouldn't last five minutes in South Africa.

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    1. Here, it needs to be chained and monitored. ;)

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  2. My last trip to Japan, I noticed it was harder to find gachapon machines. First trip we saw them everywhere. They make good little gifts to take home.

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    1. Yup, seeing less and less of them. I guess the popularity is waning?

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    2. Lots of gachapon in the shitamachi. Us old folk like old-fashioned things. :p

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    3. Ahahah

      I am imagining how cute the sight of an obaachan stooping over to collect a capsule. ;p

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    4. Then, once you've bent down, you can't get up again, so you sommer buy a few more while you're down there ...

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    5. That somehow made me think of pachinko. See those steel balls go round and round and round and round... and feed it more.

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  3. Oh, there are many many machines. My daughters often say, "we want to buy them." but I seldom buy them.

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    1. My son (and I too) used to be crazy about them. Not anymore though. ;)

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  4. There are lots of machines in the shopping malls all over Japan. Even see them in supermarkets as well. We see them all the time :)

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    1. I bought a few near Azumabashi - sovouniers of Asakusa ^^

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  5. Yup!!! It's jot cheap and sometimes you might not get the exact same one that you want to get!!! =]

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    1. That's why it is called "tikam" or bet in Malay. It depends on your luck. ;p

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  6. Onomatopoeia?? First time hear such a word! LOL!

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  7. Oh.. i went crazy this on my first trip to Japan too. My friend said I had this twinkle in my eye as I changed my 1000 yen to coins :P

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    1. I think I had the same twinkle too, the first time. :)

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  8. Hi! Various kind of Gacha. They look like very popular for children. Thanks foe sharing.

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  9. Onomatopoeia? Learning new word here and 'ono' has nothing to do with Japanese as in Yoko Ono but Greek instead haha.

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    1. Hahaha

      I learnt the word when I was trying to learn Japanese. Learning a new English word through learning Japanese. Cool, eh? :)

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  10. Hmmm, funny I have never taken notice of such things... :-)

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    1. hahaha

      You are not into toys, that's why? xD

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  11. Those machines used to drive me crazy!!! :D I wanted them! I wanted them! I wanted them!

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    1. Me too!

      Thank goodness I've kinda be able to resist them now. LOL

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  12. I used to go mad playing these but not anymore ..ive calmed down :D but hey do you remember the good old childhood days of tikam where we pay the shopkeeper maybe 10 cents or 20 cents to 'rip' this lil bit of paper from a cardboard to see whats behind it? And those little box containing something inside normally has a cartoon of Bruce Lee on it

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    1. Kan? Those were fun!

      I remember you mention it before. :)

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