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Bandai HQ Anime Statues – Kuramae

Posted in Places by tokyobling on March 28, 2014

Bandai, one of Japan’s biggest toy companies and certainly the most famous Japanese toy company in the world (ever heard of Tamagochi?), has their corporate headquarters and showrooms in Tokyo’s Kuramae district, not far from Asakusa. Well, they were independent until 2006 when they merged with entertainment giant Namco and is now part of the Bandai-Namco group. When I was a kid we didn’t have any Japanese toys but we did have a battered old Bandai toy catalog that was handed around like a treasured tract promising toys that we kid could only dream of.

I passed their HQ a little while ago and took these photos of the spanking new statues showing some of the main characters of their most famous brands and games. How many can you recognize? Even after having been a Bandai fan all of my life i had trouble naming all of these. To find them simply walk along the main street from Asakusa towards Asakusabashi Station or Kuramae station, along the Edo Street or Edo-doori.

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  1. dragonlife said, on March 28, 2014 at 5:19 am

    Bandai Factory is in Shizuoka City!

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    • tokyobling said, on March 28, 2014 at 6:22 am

      Yes indeed! One of the pride and joys of all Shizuoka kenmin! (^-^)

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  2. dragonlife said, on March 28, 2014 at 6:32 am

    Actually did you know that no less than 7 toy companies reside in Shzuoka City where they are even introduced in a small museum?

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    • tokyobling said, on March 28, 2014 at 7:18 am

      Yes, I have been meaning to go there actually but never had the chance. I even got their badge at home somewhere (they gave it to me during some kind of promotion event).

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  3. lovelycomplex22 said, on March 28, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    I remember taking pictures with a few of the characters with my friends the first time I visited Japan!

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  4. TonyJ2 said, on March 29, 2014 at 4:54 am

    I stayed up the road and feel in love with these characters! Does my Gavatar look familiar?

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    • tokyobling said, on March 31, 2014 at 12:42 am

      Haha… now that you mention it! There are a few of this one around Tokyo but…. (^-^)

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  5. amadl said, on March 29, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    I didn’t know they have this is Tokyo! *added to next-time-must-visit List* Thanks you! ^^

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  6. Timi said, on March 29, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Last two characters are new to me, but they are really cute (want to take pictures with them) 😀

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  7. Slouching Somewhere said, on April 1, 2014 at 5:10 am

    This was near the place where we stayed the first time we went to Japan… and yes we shamelessly had our pictures taken with the characters like silly tourists, haha!

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    • tokyobling said, on April 1, 2014 at 7:03 am

      We all deserve to be silly tourists at least sometimes in our lives! (^-^)

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  8. Adrian Quilatan said, on April 24, 2014 at 12:52 am

    Whoa, this place I’d definitely visit… Which train station is nearest this location?

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    • tokyobling said, on April 24, 2014 at 1:24 am

      There are several stations in the area: you can use Kuramae of the Oedo or Asakusa lines, or the Asakusa station of the Ginza line for example. (^-^)

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