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JAPANESE TOY CAPSULE CRAZE ARRIVES IN THE PHILIPPINES! The country’s first Gashapon Bandai Oficial Shop is now open at Mitsukoshi BGC

MANILA – Let the capsule surprises begin!

What used to be an “Only in Japan” experience is now within arm’s reach for Filipino otakus, toy collectors, and casual fans of everything cute as the first Gashapon Bandai Official Shop opened at Mitsukoshi BGC on November 8, 2023.

Gashapon™ offers a wide variety of affordable and high-quality toys such as anime figures, food miniatures, realistic animal replicas, stationeries, accessories, and more that you can get in vending machines. The name is formed by combining “Gasha” (the sound of the vending machine handle turning) and “Pon” (the sound of the toy capsule falling into the bin).

The ribbon cutting ceremony was graced by Mr. Tetsuo Tomizawa, Gashapon Bandai Official’s Representative for Asia; Mr. Konosuke Kamiyama, Gashapon Bandai’s Territory Sales Manager; Mr. Koichi Asakawa, Mitsukoshi Mall Deputy General Manager; and the man who made the local branch possible, food and tech entrepreneur Charles Paw of Digits Trading Corporation and Tasteless Food Group, alongside wife and co-owner Mrs. Anna Paw. Show Suzuki hosted the quick program before influencers, hobby collectors, and members of the media were treated to an exclusive store tour.

Inside the Gashapon Bandai Official Shop are 300 faces, with collections ranging from popular anime like Pokemon, Attack on Titan, One Piece, Spy Family, Gundam, Jujutsu Kaisen, Chainsaw Man, and Hunter X Hunter, to name a few; iconic characters from Disney, Sanrio, Peanuts, and more; kawaii animals on land and of the sea; to collectible food trinkets and so many others. You’re sure to find the machine for you to start your own tiny toy collection.

Each machine requires a specific number of tokens and a token is priced P65 a piece. Premium Gashapons are available worth 8 tokens or more. Gashapon Bandai Official Philippines is offering a free tote bag for every 30 tokens purchased in one go, so you can put your capsules while you go searching for more toys and trinkets.

The Philippines’ first Gashapon Bandai Official Shop is located on the second floor of Mitsukoshi BGC. To get more updates on the latest collections available, follow our social media accounts @GBOPhilippines on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTo

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