Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A Collector's Experience: Not Grape Juice

Sometimes the toys are not even the best part of it. This is what "A Collector's Experience" is about.

I've taken a few collectors on their first trip to Japan. And while I may have been able to guide them a bit, there was always something new for my to learn. Hell, my first trip to Japan I think I used the subway all of 4 or 5 times. Coming from the Detroit area the subway was a completely new experience to me. Cheap, convenient and reliable mass transit isn't exactly what the "Motor City" has available to them. But new experiences are part of the fun of it. And there's always more than enough stores to explore and discover with each new trip.

But let's face it, we're collectors and more often than not we are headed to Japan for toys. On my second trip I was traveling with Hydra and we were looking out for Beastformers (Japanese Battle Beasts). Sure we found some. I picked up a cheap Liokaiser gift set, a bunch of Brave Series toys and some Machine Robos. I think Hydra got quite a few larger JTF goodies as well. Lot's of cash spent on toys, lot's of time spent roaming all around Tokyo. Lot's of energy exerted doing it all. And that leads us to the food.

It's hard as a toy collector to think of spending good money on food when you can buy toys. So meals on the go, and pretty basic meals at that, are pretty common. Maybe a few rolls or a danish for breakfast, and a beef bowl for dinner round out a day's eats. Other than that, you're basically just spending money keeping yourself hydrated all day. If anything s easy to do in Japan it's find beverages to keep you from getting too thirsty. It almost seems like you can't go more than a minute or 2 without passing a vending machine to convenience store. Most times you just grab a water or a Coke, but every now and then you get excited about something new and outside the norm of your drinks back home. This is the point you either find a new drink that's fun and tasty, gross and disgusting, or one that just leaves you laughing hysterically because you can't figure out what the fuck the makers were thinking. If it's the latter, you may have tried Fruity Grape (Red Grape) juice.
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You may notice right away some of the only English here, the statement "JELLY in GRAPE" and wonder what that means. Well, so did we. Let me tell you it means just what it says! If you'd like to experience this drink as we did all you need to do is take a glass of mediocre grape juice and drop in about 6-8 tablespoons of grape jelly and drink. It has the consistency of runny watered down  Jello. It was awful. It was hilarious. It's hands down one of the most memorable things from the trip. And it has nothing to do with toys. Although a Beastformer did sneak into the shot.

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