Finally got my hands on the San-Ei Allstar Collection Spheal cushion!
It was only available at the Pokémon Center and very few stores in Japan, in November, 2016. Although I was meaning to buy it back then when the price was still reasonable, it totally slipped my mind.
A couple of weeks ago I decided to give it another try and look for it online and to my horror the item was sold out everywhere.
I tend to purchase all my Pokémon plushies and figures at Sunyshore Pokémart: the items usually arrive rather quickly and in mint conditions, the communication is smooth and the guys running the business never hesitate to help the customers as best as they can.
At the beginning it was a huge disappointment to know that I would have to rely on somebody else to find the cushion I so long had yearned for, but I got my hopes up again once I found out about Pokévault.
The price was now set to $84.99, which is pretty costly compared to the original price.
Had I remembered to buy the item back in November, this little price-wise inconvenience never would have happened.
On a different note, the delivery was fast as fast can be. The item was marked as shipped within 12 hours of purchase and it arrived 5 days later due to some clearance delay.
The cushion arrived in the exact condition as described, well packaged. There was an exceptional care taken in in wrapping the item in plastic and Japanese newspaper. The quality is impeccable, with embroidered eyes, the cushion is absolutely soft and squishy!
I have currently laid my eyes on the Chansey cushion which also happens to be sold out on both the aforementioned websites and can only be found on eBay at this point, but I believe $127.18 to be slightly overpriced at the moment.
Both websites are pretty valid and I am definitely planning to buy more items in the future, possibly without waiting too long as it looks like they all sell out quickly these days.
Now that I have jotted down my feedback, here are some snaps of the Spheal cushion I got.
If you happen to find yourself in magical Odaiba (お台場) one definite stop would be at Odaiba Maruetsu (お台場店マルエツ).
A part of the long process of acclimatizing to a new country, whether on vacation or in real life, is definitely knowing how to grocery shop.
Given the high living costs in Japan, a smart move was to purchase my meal at Maruetsu as local supermarkets tend to be rather inexpensive if you stick to Japanese food.
There are usually plenty of restaurants offering a wide range of meals for 500 yen: curry rice, noodles, soba, ramen etc. and they are usually located around and inside large stations and in business areas.
The artificial island of Odaiba, on the other hand, is a whole different story.
As a tourist and leisure zone, with several large hotels and shopping malls, it does not really offer many places to eat on the cheap.
If you visit grocery stores just before closing time in the evening, you can purchase remaining perishable products at big discounts. At this time supermarkets are likely to get rid of all the delicious sushi packs at discounted rates as high as 70 or 80% off the regular marked price.
When I first bumped into this grocery store just a few minutes away from Odaiba Kaihinkoen Station (お台場海浜公園駅) I knew I had hit jackpot.
What could be better than chowing down on mouth-watering sushi while walking on the decks of Odaiba?
I felt instantly revitalized and in awe of the city’s skyline brimming with electric energy. Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder after all!
I have rounded up a list of the nigiri sushi that came in this convenient pack:
Tamago nigiri (卵焼き): A light Japanese omelette made by combining eggs, and sometimes sugar or soy sauce. It is usually taken as the final course, almost like a dessert bite, but let’s just say I did not save the best for last. Maguro nigiri (まぐろ握り寿司): The leaner flesh of tuna. Sake nigiri (サーモン握り寿司): A piece of raw salmon layered on top of rice. Ikura nigiri (いくら握り寿司): Sticky mass of salmon roe. Amaebi nigiri (甘海老握り寿司) : Spot prawns. Cold water northern shrimp known and named after their sweet taste. Hotate nigiri (ホタテ 握り寿司): The softest sushi is scallop sushi! Hamachi nigiri (はまち握り寿司): Japanese amberjack.