Or strictly speaking, a whole afternoon only... -_-;;
We were a bit too tired after not sleeping on a proper bed for the first 2 days of the trip, and we've pretty much the third day's morning just to sleep.
To start of the day, we have some Hokkaido milk bought from a supermarket near our hotel - in fact we've always bought our breakfast from convenience stores and supermarkets.
Well, let's get going on this short day in Ikebukuro.
Tuna rice with half boiled egg for lunch inside Sunshine City.
Animate - this one is actually bigger than the one in Akihabara, and less crowded too ^^
Animate is literally just opposite Sunshine City Prince Hotel, so it's not hard to spot. Address as followed in case one's interested:
I can only do such location spots for the shops in Ikebukuro (I doubt I can do this for Akihabara I afraid), as there are fewer and most were found via the guide book I've used as well as Google Maps.
K-BOOKS are stores which will have anime lated merchandise that Animate (which is just a few blocks away) will not provide.
K-Books for ladies, selling various things oriented for girls including cosplay stuff.
A map showing other branches of K-BOOKS in Ikebukuro - there's an Anime store, Premium store, doujin store, and a comics store.
Zaku II J version 2.0 and RX-78-2 version 1.5 Kawaguchi version as spotted in Animate - not easy to get outside Japan (at all)
Btw there won't be much photos inside shops in my posts, mainly due to the fact that there are "no photos" sign here and there in most shops I've encountered.
コミックとらのあな (COMIC toranoana) - a shop selling seiyuu CDs, DVDs, visual novels, as well as various doujin stuff. There's quite a lot of explicit stuff for doujin in case you're interested ^^;
The location is around here:
VOLKS store in Ikebukuro. Other than stuff specifically from VOLKS (e.g. Dollfies, figures, and some plamos) there are other stuff available too such as gunpla and figmas etc.
It's right here in case you're interested:
Walking down Ikebukuro
Promotional stuff for Gurren Lagann the Movie: Lagann (i.e. the 2nd movie) found outside a cinema. It looks like that they've left it untouched for nearly 2 months.
Guys playing Gundam VS Gundam NEXT - couldn't leave the spot for quite a while ^^;
Tekken 6 arcades
Melty Blood - a well known fighting game based on Tsukihime.
Was going to mention this but forgot about it until LEon asked me in the comments below: Arcade games in Japan tend to be a bit more expensive than those in Hong Kong (many which are imported from Japan); Japanese ones tend to cost around 100 - 300 Yen, depending on what you play, but Hong Kong ones usually only cost up to 6HKD, which is still less than 100 Yen!
USB Missile Launcher for those who wants to launch these foam projectiles at your enemies in your office XD
There's an okonomiyaki restaurant inside Sunshine City where you can do one yourself~
Accidently called this yakisoba earlier as this one does contain some. Thanks to Blowfish for correcting me on this.
First of all, you mix the content/batter together...
Put the mixture on the teppan (metal plate) which is in the middle of the table and let it fry.
Make sure you make a circle shape so it can fit inside a cover...
... Like so. Let it cook inside for a few minutes and flip it to let it cook on the other side. There's a tiny hourglass for you to use so you can time it well when making your own okonomiyaki.
Add some okonomiyaki sauce on top of the okonomiyaki after it's been fried on both sides.
Add some katsuobushi as a finishing touch, and tadah - it's done. Time to enjoy the okonomiyaki now~
Yep, that pretty much sums things up for the 3rd day. Not much happened to be honest, as my sister and her friend spent the whole day shopping just inside Sunshine City and I walked around those places mentioned above pretty much by myself for most of the time.
When I've found out that they're planning to shop in Ikebukuro for the next day too, I've decided to go to Akihabara that day ^^;
Actually, I didn't manage to visit Akihabara within one whole day on the next day, which was mostly got to do with pondering around for too long in in a few shops, so I made a short return on the day after that (after visiting Nakano Broadway beforehand). Have been wondering whether I should do both Akihabara + Nakano Broadway visits in one single post, or keep them separate as though I'm doing them day by day like I'm doing so right now.
Hope you like this post on Ikebukuro and find the addresses above useful. Do ask me if you need a bit more info on something (can't guarantee answers but will try my best)!