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Tokyo Trip – Odaiba 18-Meter Gundam, Toyota Cars & Venus Fort

Today we’ll look at some of the photos that I’ve took during my trip to Odaiba last week.

Odaiba is located in Tokyo Bay and here you’ll find many entertainment facilities like arcades, cinemas, restaurants and theme parks. To reach Odaiba, you can take the Yurikamome train line and get off at Daiba station.

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This post will cover my visits to Diver city Tokyo, Toyota’s Megaweb & Venusfort. I did not have the time to visit Aqua City or Odaiba Decks but I guess there is always a next time – I’ll be visiting Tokyo again this summer.

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The 18 meter 1/1 scale RX-78-2 Gundam is a landmark of Odaiba that I always wanted to visit. Seeing this in person is like having a dream come true.

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Looks like they do have some gashapon that comes with the limited clear version of RX-78-2 Gundam GFT figure.

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…and I managed to get that figure on the first try ^o^

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^Now this is an amazing little box. With the help of your smartphone, this will show you some pretty cool 3-D light show from the actual 1/1 scale Gundam Projection Mapping event called “Industrial Evolution” -to the future-, which ran from March 21 to 23. I bought one box for 500 yen and had so much fun playing with it, will write up a post on this later.

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It says “Three time spicy”  on the package box. Hm…challenge accepted.

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^Going inside the Gundam cafe – filled with tons of Gundam goodies.

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^Char’s Custom Zaku Red Curry and Acguy Curry! I want them all.

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^Lovely vase. I think this would be a great present for someone… ^0^

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^Heading inside Diver City Tokyo & came across this Hello Kitty store filled with nothing but Hello kitty merchandise. My sister would love to see this ^^

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^Inside Diver City Tokyo having pork ramen for dinner – it’s extremely salty! Would never want to order from this restaurant again ^^;

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^Let the Colossal Titan munch on your foot with these socks.

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^Visiting Gundam Front Tokyo, an attraction on the 7th floor of Diver City Tokyo dedicated to the Gundam series. Folks are free to wander around but must certain areas (like their Dome G theater) require you to purchase a ticket to enter.

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^And this is my ticket for the day. Me want get Ramba Ral-san… ;_;

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^All the staffs here are dressed up in Gundam’s Earth Federation uniforms.

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^The MG 3.0 RX-78-2 Gundam on display. Always wanted to buy one for myself but I don’t think my current line of work would give me much time for gunpla building ^^;

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^The MG 1/100 Gundam Unicorn Phenex on display. Many folks told me that they didn’t like the gold ^^;

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^Wow. Nice Gundam. So Shining. Much bling. Much Want ^^

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^Char Aznable’s Custom Canon PIXUS Printer – Prints your documents three times faster than your average printer?

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^Some mobile suit head rings for as much as 25,500 Yen (USD 247). Do want?

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^These shoes cost for 29,400 Yen (285 USD) – well at least with Char’s version you can run three times faster ^^;

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^Entering DOME-G, a theater where they showed us a video of ReBawoo versus Banshee versus Phenex Unicorn Gundam. Photography are prohibited in the dome so I did not take any photos in there ^^;

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^After stepping out of the DOME G you should see this huge Strike Freedom Gundam.

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^Seeing this Core Fighter reminds me of the final scenes of the original Mobile Suit Gundam series. Nostalgic.

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^During my visit, there is a new gundam exhibition dedicated to all the spin-offs novels, games, manga and so on.

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^ Mobile Suit Gundam Side Stories for the PS3 coming soon on 29th May.

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^I remember how I love to play this game on the Playstation 2 ^^

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^New series of Advance of Zeta & girls with white-colored paint.

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^Gundam Sentinel! Love the mechanical designs in this series by Hajime Katoki sensei ^^

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^After exiting the exhibition area you’ll find yourself in the Gunpla shop in Gundam Front Tokyo.

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^They do have certain gunpla kits that are sold only here in Gundam Front Tokyo.

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^Video showing famous gunpla builder Kawaguchi Katsumi sensei teaches folks on how to build gunpla. Love those glasses.

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^I guess the Char Aznable custom Pillow is the best-selling item here ^^;

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^Written in chinese “Foreigners’ favorite item!”

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^The place looks great at night. Plus there was an on-going Gundam Projection Mapping show called “Industrial Evolution” -to the future-, which ran only from 21 to 23 March 2014.

Was lucky to be there and I’ve recorded the entire show on camera, check out my video below (and yeah it’s a bit shaky) :

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^Grand Pacific Le Daiba hotel, this is the hotel that offers three gundam-themed hotel rooms. Wish I could stay in those rooms but doing so would burn some holes in my wallet ^^;

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^Also visited Venusfort, a shopping place designed to resemble a 17th – 18th century European city.

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^In the toilets of Venusfort, they would “thank you for using clean” ^^;

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^Clothing with tentacles popping out of it seems legit.

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^Kiddy Land – largest chain of toy stores in Japan. I think this is the only store in Venusfort where you can find otaku-related goodies.

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^Wandering around Palette town. There seems to be some kind of kart racing event for kids. Took only 2 seconds for the race from start to finish ^o^

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^At Megaweb, a Toyota showroom found near Palette Town. Here you can find lots of interesting cars developed by Toyota.

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^Love the looks of this concept car which seems to be designed to eat hydrigen as fuels.

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^There’s even a chrome plated Harrier here. So blinding ^^;

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^Folks testing out the Lexus cars on the test track.

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^Pika pika!

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^Toyota staffs teaching kids on parts of engine.

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^Daikanransha, a 115-metre tall ferris wheel located at Palette Town.

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^Picture taken from the ferris wheel & you can see the famous Tokyo Tower in the background.

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^Also visited the arcades in Odaiba after taking the ferris wheel ride.

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^Finally got the chance to play Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS Maxi boost at Japanese arcades, awesome. It’s an updated version of the Full Boost game with new characters/units and game mechanics. Those who have played Full boost will find this game quite similar in terms of gameplay. Any of you have played Full boost on the PS3?

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^Heading back to the daiba station and this pretty much sums up my trip to Odaiba ^^

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