Taking a break from our Disney adventure, I’m posting some of our Toy haul from Tokyo. Most of these stuff were from Akihabara, either from Gashapon Machines (Capsule balls) and from toy shops. Capsule toys can be had for 200Yen to 400Yen (500Yen for “Eroge” figures). While some of the old toys, not available from Capsule machines can be found in Akiba if you know where to look. You’ll be able to find lots in Radio Kaikan Building!

Transformers

More than meets the Eye!

Optimus Prime for 300Yen, Megatron for 200Yen

Was lucky in finding Megatron in Hobby Store, My Way II, Akiba. They had several old figures from Capsule Balls that they placed in plastics and displayed outside their shop. But a store in Radio Kaikan had better choices though more expensive.  I got Optimus Prime in a 2nd/3rd floor shop at Radio Kaikan and a Silver Megatron too.

Android 13 and Android 19 were 400Yen each

I also got additions to my Dragonball Collection which have been growing these past years.  Android 13 and Android 19 were from Gachapon Machines in Chuo Dori, Akihabara. 400 Yen each and since it’s a Gachapon, you don’t have control what you’ll get. Mavis found Gohan and Turtle in Hobby.Store, My Way II. I think it was only 200Yen.

"Tetsuwan Atomu"/Astro Boy

Another figure from a Gachapon! Had to get this one as Astro Boy is one of the more popular Manga/Anime in Japan. 300Yen, I think.

K-On Girls

(L-R) Mio, Azunyan, Mugi and Yui

K-On! Oh these figures were difficult to set up as they kept falling from their stands! We got them from Capsule Machines for 400Yen each. We were quite lucky that we didn’t get any repeats. However, upon reaching Doha, we found out that we were missing Ritsu-chan!!! If you don’t know who these girls are, you better brush up on your Anime before going to Japan as you’ll see a lot of them there! Some of the figures were selling for 8000Yen each! We have more K-On figures we won from the UFO Catchers but I’ll post them next time. Let me introduce them to you:

Tsumugi/Mugi - On Keyboards

Azunyan

Azunyan - The 2nd Guitarist and supposed to be the cuttest

Mio

Lovely Mio plays the Bass

Yui

Lazy Yui plays the Lead "Gitar"



We barely had time to run to Mediterranean Harbor to see the Legend of Mythica at this point. The 25 minute “water show/parade” starts at 2:30 and we had to run to get a good view from the front. People were already crowding up the good spots and we settled for one of the docks near the front of the Harbor. It wasn’t the best but since the show was about to start and people were still making their way through whatever gaps they could find, we had to stop and settle for what we had. I was even doubtful in the morning if they were going to put on the show as it was windy and gloomy the whole morning.

Legend of Mythica

As with other shows in DisneySea, the narration of the “Legend of Mythica” is in Japanese. From their website, it is described as:

The music begins as the Diamond Goddess appears and explains the Legend of Mythica. Fanfare begins as five vessels shaped, like various living things, such as a frog and turtle, come across the harbor. Cheerful drumming is heard from each of the ships. Just as the percussion sounds grow and echo chaotically, everything comes to a sudden stop. Nothing moving, nothing making a sound.


The Diamond Goddess appears once more and proclaims that it is time to open the Gates of Mythica. From the five ships, Disney characters appear dressed in gorgeous costumes. They represent different Fairies, such as one for Love and another for Adventure. In the center of the harbor, Mickey, the fairy of Imagination appears. He explains the importance of imagination in our lives.

The five ships approach various docks around the harbor. The characters explain to the Guests that we all need to unite in order to call back the creatures of legend. Music is played and dancing begins. A strong percussion sound leads in a dynamic dance and colorful performance. Jet sports are done and colorful kites are flown above.


Five Crystal Goddesses appear on the water along with the Diamond Goddess. Their beautiful singing creates a harmonious balance. The Gates of Mythica finally open. The echoes call out around brilliant fanfare and the revive legendary creatures such as dragons, unicorns, hydras and phoenixes.

The rhyhtm around the harbor, the hearts and minds of the characters and all the Guests unite in one impressive and wonderfully moving finale.

This is what essentially happens. It is quite difficult to really get the story from what’s happening since the movement of the boats is very limited. Once the floats come out, they envelope and go round the middle barge. When the Disney Characters come out, they get to dock in their respective areas and dance to the crowd. In our case, we got to see Minnie Mouse along with her cohorts, dancing to the Legend of Mythica Theme.

The presentation as a whole is good. The costumes and music were great and the floats were impressive. The effort of creating a water show and logistics of handling the number of floats  makes it a production not to be missed when going to DisneySea. However, as I’ve said before, the environment also makes it a bit limited and repetitive. With other parades in Disney, you get several floats passing you and tend to make you look forward to what’s coming next. With Legend of Mythica, since the floats are farther and are less than the number in Jubilation, I didn’t feel a connection as with other parades. Aside from the character getting down his ship and performing in your area, all you’d see are the same 6-8 characters waving as they go around the middle barge. Still, I dont want to take anything away from the production as it is a must-see in DisneySea.

After the show, we decided to go home early as we basically finished with our itinerary for DisneySea for today. Whatever we missed, we would be able to do and catch up on our second day. Besides, we were already tired and knowing that we had to do Disneyland tomorrow, we had to give ourselves some time to rest. It was also getting too cold for us and when the Legend of Mythica ended, the temperature dropped by a few degrees and it began drizzling. We bought Xiane a hotdog before going back to the train. We haven’t really had lunch yet and we’re still deciding where in Akihabara to eat…



Flounder's Flying Fish Coaster

Flounder's Flying Fish Coaster

Mavis and Xiane at the end of the coaster

Mavis and Xiane at the end of the coaster

It was about 11:05 when we finished the Journey to the Center of the Earth ride. I went ahead of Mavis and Xiane to go to Lost River Delta to get Fast Passes for Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull. Remember that as long as you have the tickets for your company, you can get Fast Passes for them. Xiane decided to ride Flounder’s Flying Fish Coaster outside of the Mermaid Lagoon. It’s a mini rollercoaster ride that should be good for your little kids. Be warned though, standby time can be as much as 20 minutes!

Mermaid Lagoon

Mermaid Lagoon

We went inside the Mermaid Lagoon to watch the “Under The Sea” live show but was apparently closed for maintenance. Mermaid’s Lagoon is an area for kids to play so you basically have kiddie rides, along with a small fountain area and Ariel’s Playground. We spent  a hefty amount of time in Ariel’s Playground.

Ariel's Underwater Grotto

Ariel's Underwater Grotto

mini Water Park

mini Water Park

Jumpin Jellyfish Ride

Jumpin Jellyfish Ride

Is this Monstro?

Is this Monstro?

Toilet Signs!

Toilet Signs!

As you can see from the photos, the theming in this area was excellent! Toilet signs were not left unaccounted with Ariel and The Prince to show which direction you should go. You can also grab a bite to eat while letting older kids play around and shop for souvenir items inside Monstro’s mouth!

Big Band Beat at American Waterfront

Big Band Beat at American Waterfront

We were in a hurry to catch Big Band Beat’s first show at American Waterfront as the first show assures you a seat if you line up at least 30 minutes before the show. The seats are supposed to be won by lottery for the succeeding shows! If you are interested in seeing the Disney Characters jazz it up, then don’t miss this. Mickey’s drumming was certainly good to watch. However, unlike Hong Kong’s Golden Mickey’s or Tokyo Disneyland’s One Man’s Dream II, children may find it a bit boring. For one day visitors of DisneySea, I’d rather ride Tower of Terror than watch this.

As the show ended, I hurried off to The Tower of Terror to see if Fast Passes were still available but alas, at 1:30 in the afternoon, all Fast Passes were gone! Since we were going back to DisneySea, that didn’t really bother us. However, if you’re the type who likes the big rides, I’d go straight for a FP on Tower of Terror, then ride Journey to the Center of the Earth.

DisneySea Electric Railway

We rode the DisneySea Electric Railway to Port Discovery

We rode the Disney Electric Railway to the Port Discovery as it would save us from walking. Our feet, after all the walking the past 2 days, were about to give up on us! Our Fast Passes to Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull were almost up but there was still a 15 minute wait time to just ride the train! We got to Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull (TOTCS) just in time. While getting in, we faced another problem. One of the Fast Passes was not really a FP as there was a problem with one of the tickets. We were ready to just have Me and Xiane ride but the Cast Member manning the FP Entrance saw that the 3 of us wanted to get in so she wrote something on 1 FP and told us we can all go in. Great!

Our Fast Passes!

Our Fast Passes!

The Temple of the Crystal Skull

The Temple of the Crystal Skull

Our running account of our favorite rides in DisneySea now places the Indiana Jones’ ride to number 2, behind JTTCOTE. There was no long drop in TOTCS but the effects and the ride itself was good. Xianelle was closing her eyes the first time we rode it but eventually was convinced to open them the next time we tried the ride on another day. One note, Indy speaks Japanese but this doesn’t lessen the impact of the ride itself.

We were supposed to go straight to the Mediterranean Harbor to watch The Legend of Mythica but this is where the problem with DisneySea presents itself. Unlike Tokyo Disneyland, you have the area in front of the Castle to connect you to any of the Theme Lands easily. It’s still not a short walk to get from one end to the other but it gives you an almost straight line. With DisneySea, you have to go through the looping area of Mysterious Island to get from the East side to the West side. That’s a lot of walking!

Sinbad's Storybook Voyage

Sinbad's Storybook Voyage

5 minute waiting time at DisneySea? A Miracle!

5 minute waiting time at DisneySea? A Miracle!

We passed by the Arabian Coast and decided that we can’t pass up the chance to watch Sinbad’s Storybook Voyage especially that the waiting time is just 5 minutes. We were not disappointed! I think this boat ride deserves much better appreciation than other rides of this type. The music was good, the animatronics was great! Again, the theme before the ride itself was good and presents you the story as a whole which helps you out since the language and music of the ride is in Japanese.I love this ride better than Peter Pan’s Flight and Snow White’s Adventures in Disneyland.

The Ogre in Sinbad's Storybook Voyage

The Ogre in Sinbad's Storybook Voyage

We barely had time to run to Mediterranean Harbor to see the Legend of Mythica at this point  …will continue again on next post.



Tokyo, Japan 2010 Trip

This is our blog of our 14-day trip to Tokyo, Japan! Itineraries, budget, where to go, what to see and what to do!

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