Continued from Day 1: Harajuku.
Opening in Harajuku late last year, the Evangelion Store Tokyo 01 (MAP) is a must for longtime fans of the animation series, as well as new fans brought to the fold by the latest movie reboot. The store is open everyday from 10:00 AM to 19:00 PM, and features Evangelion apparel and merchandise, as well as special in-store exhibitions that change every month.
And speaking of store events, March was a pretty terrific month to visit as the store was running two promotions: “Nagisa Kaworu Month” and a special exhibition of the Evangelion Racing Team. In addition to limited merch that tied up to the month’s theme, there was also a special weekends-only store appearance of the Eva Race Queens. Hubba hubba hubba~
Unfortunately for you menfolk, we went on a weekday, so no race queens 😦 Instead of camping out front to wait for the weekend, we instead shipped off to Shibuya to say “Hi!” to Hachiko, face the hordes at Scramble Crossing, and maybe drop by Mandarake Shibuya (MAP) to see what was in stock.
I will be the first person to admit that was clearly a very bad idea (or very good, depending on your point of view), as I walked away with JPY 12,000 worth of BL manga. I have no idea how I ended up with a nice, clean tally when I wasn’t event looking at the price tags — concentrating instead on clearing entire shelves’ worth of books on each of my favorite authors. I am very clearly unhinged.
And have a terrible sense of time, as I was not able to keep track of how many hours we all spent in there. It was too late to make it to Shibuya Tokyu Hands before it closed, so that shopping trip was postponed for another day.
Continued in Day 2: Mitaka no Mori Ghibli Museum.