Kanga Kanga Revealed!

So I’ve mentioned a few times now about my penchant for buying Japanese magazines and the only place I go to for them is a really cool store called Kanga Kanga in the city on Russell St. close to the Greater Union cinemas. I thought I’d go past and ask the owner, Taka-san, if I could take some snaps for the blog to which he kindly agreed so to him I say, “Arigatou gozaimasu!” Pics below of the shop and contact details will be below them. If in the city, drop in and say hi, friendly fellow with a smile for everyone and tons of magazines to choose from. From cars, games, idols, reference materials and more this shop has everything and he’s more than happy to order something in if he doesn’t stock it!

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Location: 505/145 Russell St., Melbourne
Ph: 03 9663 8433

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Crack of dawn wake up and some snaps :)

So…due to a change of hours at work, I now have the unenviable task of walking up between 5:30AM and 6:00AM every day for the next 2 weeks 😩 But it did allow me to see the city in a different light as I usually see it when she’s already alive and bustling and it felt different to see her waking up to greet everyone 🙂 But first some previous pics that I haven’t posted yet.

Ichi and CubaIchi the cat and Cuba the Staffy dog sharing a cuddle on the couch…they really are best friends 🙂

Ichi and Cuba 2Just chillin’

Next just 2 random shots walking down Bourke St. one day after work.


Not the best quality I know but I’m putting that down to the iPhone :p Next we have once sworn enemies and now slowly getting used to each other. Ichi’s really friendly and wants to be friends but Mia, the grey tortoise shell, has no desire to be friends at all 😩 But at least she lets him sleep next to her now so it’s a step in the right direction.

Ok…so that finally brings us to today and specifically, the aforementioned, before the crack of dawn wake up call 😩

Melbourne AM 1That’s right…the clock doesn’t lie 😩

Melbourne AM 2Very lonely and quiet…nothing stirring 😩

GPO 1Historic moment!

GPO 2

Mall 1Bourke St. Mall

GPO 3The paths getting washed for another day of pedestrian abuse

GPO 4Spikes on the camera and overhang to prevent the birds from perching on there and pooping on everything and everyone!

Mall 2Another shot of Bourke St. Mall facing the other way

GPO 5And lastly a shot of a busy street cleaner, working in short sleeves in freezing conditions!!

And lastly, on the way back down the Mall in the afternoon after work, I noticed this little guy busking and dancing up a storm to Michael Jackson! He actually wasn’t half bad despite how little he moves in the video, I just started filming too late and missed the best of it 😩

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Things that annoy me, a runaway spider and foggy Melbourne!

Travelling on the way to work this morning and I saw a woman, not a younger person as most people would think, but a woman old enough to know better with her feet on the tram seat. I cannot begin to tell you how much of a pet hate this is of mine and maybe it’s a sign that I’m getting older but I hate it when people have no respect for things and take them for granted. And they usually leave the seat dirty for the next person (thank you) and then complain about the ticket inspectors’ fine.

Walking through the back of house at the Melbourne Museum and I saw the critter below casually walking in front of me, I was wondering if he somehow escaped from Live Exhibits or maybe he was a genetically engineered spider looking for someone to bite? Probably not 😩

And then coming home tonight, the fog in Melbourne was incredible, visibility was literally cut down to a bare metres in front of you making driving difficult I imagine for the people driving home 😩 It rarely gets like this in Melbourne and I’ve never had to drive through it…so far.

 

I’m in the process of collecting my thoughts for an insightful blog post which should be up in a few days…ideas take time, don’t you know? 🙂

Japandaman’s goodies, Otaku happenings and light bikes

Wow…it’s been a while since my last post, I’ve just been so into my new duties over at Otaku Fuel. First up, in case you don’t know, I’m now writing product reviews for them and am also their blog contributor, two things that are keeping me very busy and very happily so I must add! Otaku Fuel are a US based site that specialise in anime, manga, cosplay accessories, in fact anything and everything J-pop culture related…they’re a superior site with an excellent product range. Look up their site and Facebook page and while you’re there, check out their merch, links are above 🙂

I’ve also decided to take some pics of my small but growing Otaku collection for everyone to see, pics below with some descriptions 🙂

A peek at my manga, Bleach and Vampire Knight and the Death Note Collection Vol. 1, Ryu from a gatcha machine, Mario and Spider-Bear!


My 3DS and Psp Go living peacefully together, my CD collection (J-Pop and OST’s), my magazines are just showing.


My Japanese magazines collection. Dengeki Games on the left which unfortunately has been discontinued. The Playstation and Famitsu Weekly magazines were purchased in Japan when we were there. The Dengeki’s and other magazines were purchased from Kanga Kanga, a Japanese magazine/book importer based in downtown Melbourne. Taka-san runs the place and is very friendly and extremely knowledgeable so pay him a visit and have a look at what he has on offer, there’s heaps for everyone!! The Kanga Kanga site has address details, keep up to date with his blog, Twitter and Facebook page 🙂


Ryu, Mario and a Nintendog!


Spider-Man 2 bobble head which was a present from my stepsons quite a few birthdays ago.


And one of my most prized possessions, the Premium Package of Metal Gear Solid which I purchased when we were in Japan from Super Potato Akihabara. Great site here which has a walk through the store which is extremely rare and shows you what to expect. Having been there twice I can vouch for the store and say that as far as retro goes, it’s the best in the land. Great place to find rare items or gaming goodies that were never released in Australia.

That’s all for now but I will take some pics of my figures and post them up soon as well. Final Fantasy and Death Note figures only for now but am hoping to change that soon when I have my coins in my pocket!! 🙂

And lastly,the vid below is what awaited me when I left work this evening. Riders on light bikes performing tricks, how cool, right?

See you all soon and thanks for sticking around! 🙂

A day in Melbourne

Just thought I’d take some pics to and from work today just to give readers an idea of what I see each and everyday. Some interesting pics in here I think, I’ve included comments under stand out pics 🙂

Rainy morning in Melbourne 😩


Bourke St. Mall


The bane of my existence for the past 2 months…Tutankhamun @ Melbourne Museum 🙂


The Myki ticket system that causes everyone grief but is supposed to be cheaper than buying a normal tram ticket.


All the leaves are brown…


And the skies are grey…


On the way back home through the city, top of Chinatown.


The Last Emperor


Her Majesty’s Theatre and Dr. Zhivago


Looking down Chinatown – Little Bourke St.


At Russell St. down Chinatown


Cooking it up @ Chinatown!


Arcade in Bourke St.


Rocking to Guitar Freaks 🙂


Cool steps leading up to an even cooler clothes store in a shopping arcade off Chinatown


Closer shot of the steps


And the shop that has all of Melbourne talking, Zara


Swarm of people queueing up for Zara on a Friday night


Masses of people by the windows waiting to get in


The weather can’t keep people away 🙂 FYI, Zara is in Bourke St. Mall just in case you didn’t know and were from out of town 🙂


Looking down Elizabeth St. towards Flinders St.


And now looking up the other end of Elizabeth St. out of the city

Hope everyone has enjoyed the little tour around my day, it’s usually pretty much what it’s like 🙂 But with better weather and not so freezing conditions!

Melbourne Chinatown views…

Spent some time with work colleagues tonight which was great, such a diverse and interesting group of people I’m lucky enough to work with at the Melbourne Museum. Took a shortcut through Melbourne’s Chinatown area which I always love as I always seem to find new shops with cool things in the windows as the pics below will attest to 🙂 Ranging from the Taiko no Tatsujin arcade game which I was introduced to in Japan and still love, to shop fronts with interesting food models, Nintendo figures and a range of assorted characters. There always seems to be something new which draws my attention and makes me wonder how I missed it in the first place!

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City buildings, always changing :)

Just a couple of pics today, first up is the old David Jones building, not the current one being used but the one that hardly got any traffic anyways. So it looks like it’s been torn apart from the inside out maybe for another David Jones store or possibly for apartments which wouldn’t surprise me. Inner city living is so desirable if you can afford it 🙂

David Jones?

Next up is the much talked about and lately, much delayed, Zara store in the Bourke St. Mall…no one seems to know exactly when this will be competed and as I walk past there everyday, I have to admit that it doesn’t look like much is happening 😩 But like everything, it’ll be up and running before we know it. We’ll wonder how we managed before it existed 🙂

Zara Melbourne