Saturday, August 20, 2011
Hobby Shops in Sapporo
While I was staying in Sapporo, I did go around looking for models. I obtained my HGUC GM and GM Command Space Type from Yodobashi Camera. The store is located right next to the main transit station "Sapporo Station". This station is a terminal for the subway and the train systems and is basically considered the centre of the city. Stupid me didn't take pictures of the inside of the store, so I will try to explain it to the best of my ability.
Yodobashi Camera(above) is an electronics store with all the computers and such on the first floor, other electronics on the 2nd floor and on the 3rd floor they have the toy section. You're gonna have to look around a bit for it because it's not immediately noticeable. Most of it is filled with kid's toys until you get to the far end where they have basically around 2 very long aisles of Gunpla. I have never seen a wall of Gunpla that huge anywhere else! The last wall is reserved for MGs and the rest are for the 1/144s, sds, aftermarket parts and tools.
There's also BIC Camera, but they don't really have much of a selection so I just skipped them. Lastly is Excel Hobby(above) which was my absolute favourite store. They're a small store that's located a block away from the Sapporo TV Tower on the 3rd floor of a building. Their selection wasn't that big, but they made up for it with nice staff, good atmosphere and if you stick around, you might meet some really good modelers there. They offer all the stuff a modeler would want with all the tools, various paints, decals and aftermarket parts that they have in stock. They also have another section on the 5th floor which stocks airsoft guns. The guy who I think was the manager, a lanky man with glasses, was really nice and welcoming to a foreigner like me. He was actually impressed by my Zaku III build! :D
He told me to come again next year and I hopefully will.
I met a modeler there who had his models in display and was taking them back. He's been doing it for around 20 or so years and he was nice enough to write about me in his blog. It took me 20min of hard reading to understand what he was talking about though. Here's his blog so someone here who has better Japanese than me can try to message him. For some reason, he isn't responding to the messages I've been sending him... Hopefully I can tell him off next year when I go back. >:O
I'll leave you guys with some pictures of the display works. The Wing and SF3D models were done by my buddy. If anyone knows how to upload from blogger without having all the pictures get scrambled, please tell me.