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One of the Gashapons in our Japan:Cool office

A Gashapon Station full of Animé collectibles will be at G-Con, featuring capsules such as Gundam Assault Kingdoms. This is also an experience loved by Japan’s residents and tourists and, interesting fact, is also one of the two inspirations behind the Pokeball in the Pokémon series (the other being the Creator’s childhood hobby of collecting insects). We have a variety of capsule toys which will be available so you can begin or complete your collection, or buy yourself a wonderful souvenir to remember your time. “Gasha Gasha!

What is a Gashapon?

Gasha Japan“The terms gashapon (ガシャポン) or gachapon (ガチャポン) refer to variety of vending machine-dispensed capsule toys popular in Japan and elsewhere. “Gashapon” is a Japanese onomatopoeia composed of two sounds: “gasha” (or “gacha”) for the sound of a crank on a toy vending machine, and “pon” for the sound of the toy capsule dropping into the receptacle.”

Source: Wikipedia

“There are all kinds of themes in the machines from video games, animation characters, manga series, to unusual funky or trendy popular icons. Within one theme there is a series of items, and which one you ‘get‘ becomes a part of the surprise, risk and fun.

They can be found at game centres, supermarkets, candy store sections of department stores, and inside or outside arcades and shops throughout Japan. When you find the machine you like, you insert the exact change in coins, and turn a wheel to see which selection you will be fortunate to receive.”

Source: JapanVisitor