"Akihabara Gachapon Kaikan" What will you get?
There are a staggering number of unusual shops in Akihabara, the center of otaku culture.
In fact, at Akihabara Gachapon Kaikan, a lot of gachapon (capsule-vending machines) are set up. (In some places, the machine is called gashapon or gachagacha.)
Gachapon is a machine that, when you insert a one-coin (100-500 yen) and turn the lever (producing the sound "gachagacha"), a capsule with a figure, a keychain, a seal, etc. will fall out with the sound "pon!"
Children and adults alike are attracted to the excitement, the heartthrob, etc. that results from not knowing what you get until opening the capsule.
Gachapons provide exceptionally high quality products; there are various things from Dragon Ball, Evangelion, One Piece, etc.
In Japan, gachapons are in supermarkets, convenient stores, and everywhere, and a lot of people love them because of reasons like that the store has plenty of gachapon kinds or that the children are overwhelmed into shyness to buy by the stores in the street.
At the Akihabara Gachapon Kaikan, there are various kinds of gachapon covering one side of the walls completely; why, the number of machines reaches 500.
It is reported that new series' gachapons are inported every week.
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