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    • CJ Meetup London
      Comrades! I'm back in the UK for wee bit for for some wheeling n dealing and to see how mum is doing. It's been nearly 3 years and it's always nostalgic walking the streets of London looking at how so much has changed over the years - especially when looking through the Star Gate to see myself walking around the same spots when I was a wee lad […]
    • Iori Nomizu
      Iori Nomizu What does voice actress Iori Nomizu (野水伊織) and Mirai Suenaga have in common? Well they will both be at the new Isetan renewal opening at Lot10 in Kuala Lumpur next week. Nomizu-san thought that she'd pop by Mirai Store Tokyo to check out the Smart Dolls where she took a quick look around the second floor too. For those who are not beknowist, […]
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      Sorry to keep you waiting folks! Introducing our first licensed Smart Doll - Miho Nishizumi who is the heroine of the hit anime series Girls Und Panzer. This is a huge milestone for my company and marks the beginning of an exciting era where Smart Doll once again changes the fashion doll scene. The reason why I'm releasing photos of her just a week befo […]
    • Akihabara October 2016
      Better late than never - photos taken a few weeks ago in Akihabara when it was still rather hot - now its just cloudy and muggy as Japan has been taking a battering from a countless number of typhoons. Folks ask me why I don't open a shop in Akihabara - easy to ask - not so easy to execute. At the moment, Mirai Store can make up to 20% of our total reve […]
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      This post was due to go up in May but then a bunch of stuff just happened (as it does) - all good stuff though like Anime Expo and a bunch of new license deals with Bandai Visual, Sunrise and more. Much has changed since we last had a look at Desk Diary - not just layout of the office, shop and home but also the equipment that I use which has in turn changed […]
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Maple country here I come.

Last year really wanted to take a trip north to Canada. Planned to hop on a car and visit the capital – Toronto, Montreal, and on my way back to stop by Niagara falls. But considering that hellish petrol prices that we had last summer, whole trip could tear a huge hole in my budget. Instead I spent summer scowing around Catskill mountains.

Now, in the middle of the winter, petrol isn’t that pricey, so it was decided to spend New Year holidays in Montreal. sounds like a nice idea to me, at least there will be snow there, and just maybe a whole lots of it. Man, I’m so very much sick and tired of spending New Year without snow.

So I’m packing right now, surely will be quite cold there, took several warm sweaters with me. Will depart overnight and will be there by dawn. Looking forward for a fun time there…

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1/100 Strike Freedom Gundam: full burst mode. Asembly complete.

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First time building an MG kit. Second time building a Gundam, heh. Started a little bit slow. Took me about two days to assemble whole kit. Darn, so many pieces, and that gold plated parts, have to be careful not to scrape the paint.
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Another Pre-Christmas Acquisition

Recently, I’ve introduced myself to a Gundam modeling. As it tunned out to be, this hobby is addictive as hell!

Shortly after fully assembling my first model, I ordered another three. Using those Christmas online sales in full.

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My biggest acquisition so far, and my first Master Grade Gundam that I shall be putting together – Striker Freedom Gundam “Full Burst Mode”. Actually, package arrived yesterday, but I was too involved with the kit, to scramble a posting. Writing this a day later have different views on the build.
Peculiar fact is that, at first I didn’t want to paint this Gundam at all, giving it a second thought, I have to drop some paint on it no matter what.
As far as the other two kits go, I have something in mind for them as well.
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Way to build a snow mountain.

Back overseas I do remember snow being loaded on trucks and taken outside the city to melt. Here, shovel trucks and huge tractors just pile it all up somewhere in the corner. Here’s one of several gigantic snow mounds on the parking lot of a local shopping mall.

Vocaloid attack.

First order from AmiAmi – a set of Nendoroid-Petit by GoodSmile Company.

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For quite some time wanted to get a set of vocaloid characters, and here they are.
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And then it really started to snow.

It is true what they say: “Be careful what you wish for.” In previous article I was elaborating on how we finaly got some snow this season. And here we have it, and whole lot of it. Was literaly digging out my car this morning.

Night in the City.

Well, seems like it had become a habit for me to go out to the City almost every weekend. Not like I don’t like it, it’s just uncommon to me. And just this afternoon we finally got snow in New York City, it started snowing around 2 o`clock in the afternoon, we’ll probably get around 1.5 to 2 centimeters of snow tonight.

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Departing from Brooklyn, tracks and platform already lightly covered with snow.
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