Gachapon is toy capsules from coin dispensing machines that are found all over Japan. What’s unique is that they don’t only have high quality anime figures and other surprises, but they’re loved by adults as well as kids! Japanese love the mystery of the what’s inside that gachapon capsule.
Gachapon items are collectables. Some have value and many sell out fast. The name “gachapon” is actually an onomonopia – it comes from the sound the machine makes when you turn the handle (“gacha gacha”) and the capsule hits the bottom (“pon”).
Akihabara is otaku central and host John Daub meets up with reporter Satsuki Uno and reporter Kai Okudara from Tokyo University. Together, the trio go deeper into the mystery of the gachapon.
At Akihabara’s Gachapon Kaikan, we find and highlight several interesting machines among the 530 in the shop.
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