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  • From: Tochigi, Japan
TAMIYA WORLD opens in Osaka!
Posted by J-Hulk on Thursday, August 28, 2003 10:20 AM
Hi, folks!Smile [:)]

Just went over to check out the Tamiya website, and the main topic was the opening of Tamiya World here in Osaka on August 27!

3 floors of Tamiya products, plus hobby finishing supplies, books... you name it! And the best thing about it? It's a 15-minute walk from my house here in Namba! Big Smile [:D]

Here's a quick pic of one of the floors from the Tamiya website:



Look at all those models!

I know, I know, ya'll are thinking, "yeah, yeah, that's great, J-Hulk...but most of us don't live in Osaka!" Actually, Dean's the only FSMer I know who lives around here...but what this means for the good of the FSM modeling community is now I have better access than ever to Tamiya staff, so I can do more to help ya'll out with any questions or requests you might have concerning Tamiya and their products, moreso than I can do with the othe great hobby shops in the area that merely carry Tamiya products.

I can pop in to this new location on the way home from work any day of the week with a quick question for the Tamiya staff, and have the answers posted that night!Big Smile [:D]

So, as always, if there's anything I can do to help ya out (short of setting up a distributorship!) from my position here in Japan, feel free to contact me. I'll do my best to answer or get the answers to any questions you might have.

THREE FLOORS OF TAMIYA!!! Big Smile [:D]Big Smile [:D]Big Smile [:D]Big Smile [:D]
I'll give ya the shop report tomorrow!Tongue [:P]
~Brian
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Posted by shermanfreak on Thursday, August 28, 2003 11:30 AM
When you're talking with them as you're making you're twice daily trip just to smell the plastic. Keep whispering in the ears .... SEXTON ....SEXTON ...SEXTON.

Maybe someone will get the hint.

P.S. Did I mention the word Sexton
Happy Modelling and God Bless Robert
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Posted by J-Hulk on Thursday, August 28, 2003 11:56 AM
Sexton? What, one of those things mariners use to plot their positions at sea using the heavenly bodies? Oh, that's a SEXTANT.

Baddaboom.
Thank you, thank you, I'm here all week!Big Smile [:D]
~Brian
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Posted by shermanfreak on Thursday, August 28, 2003 1:41 PM
Of all the unemployed comedians in the world .... I get stuck with you !!! Tongue [:P]
Happy Modelling and God Bless Robert
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, August 28, 2003 2:31 PM
Well I think I can top that, Hulk
Just for your information, this Saturday is the grand opening of Larry's Sunoco Station here....3 service bays plus coloring books in the waiting room. The first 50 customers will get a free map of the town and a squeegee.

Just wanted to let you know you're not the only one who lives within 15 minutes of Heaven........Smile [:)]
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, August 28, 2003 5:35 PM
DITTO THE ABOVE ! (don't you just LOVE the smell of styrene in the morning ?)
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, August 28, 2003 6:30 PM
Hiya guys..Ohhhhhhhhhhh I have to go and check that out..The shop near my house is a real hardcore model shop..Some amazing stuff in there a lot of english books and I mean a lot!
Hitting the booze on sat night in Shinsaibashi..with a bunch of lonely girls. Interested J-hulk. Ring me!

Dean
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Posted by therriman on Thursday, August 28, 2003 7:20 PM
Are you SURE you don't want to set up a distributorship/import business???Evil [}:)] We could make a killing.[:0]
Just think, living in the lap of luxury, fast cars, hot woman, fine wine, hot tubs all day long. Wink [;)] We could make Tamiya famous.


Oh yea, they already are. Oh well it was an idea anywaysTongue [:P]
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Posted by tigerman on Thursday, August 28, 2003 7:45 PM
While your at it whisper, Crusader and Valentine, more British tanks needed. Big Smile [:D] Are you gonna pitch a tent there? Tongue [:P]

"It is well that war is so terrible, lest we grow too fond of it."-R.E.Lee

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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, August 28, 2003 10:36 PM
*sigh* I guess I will have to move Osaka.
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Posted by fuzzy on Thursday, August 28, 2003 11:17 PM
Wow! Three whole floors . Not one, not two but THREE .
15 minutes , man that must be nice. How does the book section look?
fuzzy
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, August 28, 2003 11:56 PM
J-HULK.
Please let me take this oppotunity to suck up as much as possable and say that I think you are my new best friend.

Please tell us what you find there?

I am always looking for that stuff that is not sold in the states.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, August 28, 2003 11:58 PM
Oh, merlinV1650

You need to get out more!
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Posted by J-Hulk on Friday, August 29, 2003 12:46 AM
Hey hey!

Look at all them there responses!Shy [8)] And all the new friends I have!Big Smile [:D]Big Smile [:D]Big Smile [:D]

I'm at work now, so I haven't had a chance to check the place out yet.
Since most of the shops around here carry the full line of Tamiya kits, what I'm most excited about with this shop is the proximity of bona-fide Tamiya staff, if that is indeed who will be staffing the place. With a name like Tamiya World, I'm kinda expecting that! There also might be seminars and contests and other fun Tamiya events (like the 1/16 RC tank test drive sessions they had in Shizuoka!!).

Hopefully I can get over there tonight or sometime this weekend and give ya'll a full report.

Unless Dean beats me to it! Wink [;)]
Dean, have you been to Hobbix (the old location) in Den-Den Town? I think Tamiya World is just a coupla blocks down from that location.

What shop near you are you talking about? Around Nishinomiya? I haven't visited any shops around Kobe, but that sounds like a good 'un!

I'll give ya a call, Dean, but this weekend is Anniversary weekend, so I'm fully booked with my very non-lonely Honey!!! Enjoy the booze and crazy Shinsaibashi Saturday night! Watch out for the army of hosts around Ebisu (nampa) Bashi!! Wink [;)]

Merlin, did you say that Sunoco station had coloring books?? And people say American businesses have forgotten about service!!Big Smile [:D]

~Brian
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, August 30, 2003 7:20 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by james larson
Please let me take this oppotunity to suck up as much as possable and say that I think you are my new best friend.





Darn you, James.....I thought I was your best friend! Wink [;)]

And as for me needing to get out more, I've already tried that and I found out that there are.... p-p-p-people out there! Big Smile [:D]
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Posted by J-Hulk on Sunday, August 31, 2003 8:43 AM
Steady, boys!

Weeeellll, as close as that shop is, didn't make it by this weekend!
"Commitments," you know!

Will try this week and see what they got!
~Brian
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Posted by J-Hulk on Wednesday, September 3, 2003 11:35 AM
Ooooooh, yes! That's a cool shop!
Tons of everything...and more!Big Smile [:D]

And the main thing I was hoping for is true: Tamiya staff, putting on Tamiya-sponsored events! This Sept 6 and 7 is an airbrushing seminar, where you can get hands-on experience and tutelage in the arts!

The fine Tamiya staffers are happy to answer all Tamiya-related Qs, too.

Good deal!Big Smile [:D]
~Brian
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Posted by maddafinga on Wednesday, September 3, 2003 12:15 PM
Gads, I'm so envious right now. Why couldn't I live in Japan. It would be kinda nice being a giant all the time, well, I'm already a giant all the time, but not like I would be there. I do like to eat beef an awful lot though, and I hear it's pretty expensive over there. Ah well, I'll have to settle for Oklahoma for a more years until I move to Texas.

Enjoy your Tamaya shop J-Hulk!! You gonna go to the airbrushing seminar? A person can almost always learn something at such an event.

madda
Madda Trifles make perfection, but perfection is no trifle. -- Leonardo Da Vinci Tact is for those who lack the wit for sarcasm.--maddafinga
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Posted by J-Hulk on Wednesday, September 3, 2003 12:29 PM
Hi, Madda! Smile [:)]
I'd love to go to that seminar, but I'm working Saturday Disapprove [V] and the 17th annual Kansai Armor Modeler's Meeting is Sunday Big Smile [:D], so I'm booked! Wink [;)]
Too bad, since I use a Tamiya AB.

You a big fella too, Madda? I'm 6' 5" and 260 pounds (they all say that on the Web, eh?), which ain't really that big back home! When I'm back in the States for visits, I always feel so...so...normal!
But, still a giant here!Approve [^]

Ah, you can get reasonabe beef here.
Kobe, Matsuzaka, or Ohmi beef are the expensive "brands" you might've heard about. Those aren't the "brand" names, but rather the names of the areas where the beef's from.
~Brian
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, September 3, 2003 12:54 PM
Hulk nothing!....They must think you're Godzilla over there!Big Smile [:D]Big Smile [:D]Big Smile [:D]
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Posted by J-Hulk on Wednesday, September 3, 2003 1:10 PM
Yup, I get that, too!

Monstrosity is a great icebreaker here.

I can't tell you how many conversations have begun with someone gazing up at me and saying, "dekai naaa!" (Geez, you're huge!).

At the gym the fellas often comment, "ningen to chigau naaa!" (you're not human!).
It's a compliment, I guess!

The best one I've ever heard:
On a crowded elevator with a bunch of older, drunk businessmen, none of whom where taller than my sternum, I overheard this conversation: "Naruhodo. Dakara senso wo maketan da naaa!" (Now I understand why we lost the war!)

We all had a good laugh over that!Big Smile [:D]
~Brian
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, September 3, 2003 1:14 PM
While you're out getting answers for questions at the Tamiya Store, I'll go and ask the little old lady that works the plastics at our local Hobby Lobby. I'm SURE she'll give some great insight.

Man, I'm so jealous right now. And depressed.

demono69
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Posted by J-Hulk on Wednesday, September 3, 2003 1:33 PM
Hey there, little rainy face! No need to feel depressed!Smile [:)]

My rural Georgia hometime had no hobby shops whatsoever! Still doesn't. I remember buying Monogram 1/32 scale armor kits at Ace Hardware, of all places!

So, I've finally come to heaven!Big Smile [:D]

~Brian
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, September 3, 2003 1:38 PM
You've earned it, J-man. Keep the faith for us poor neglected souls over here. I shall sleep tonight dreaming of 3 floors of finely tuned plastic.

demono69
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, September 3, 2003 4:39 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by J-Hulk


The best one I've ever heard:
On a crowded elevator with a bunch of older, drunk businessmen, none of whom where taller than my sternum, I overheard this conversation: "Naruhodo. Dakara senso wo maketan da naaa!" (Now I understand why we lost the war!)




R O F L M A O!!!!....That is too funny!....Big Smile [:D]Big Smile [:D]Big Smile [:D]Big Smile [:D]..Wink [;)]
Accept those as compliments...I never hear stuff like that.
I'm only 5'9"!..Sad [:(]
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Posted by maddafinga on Wednesday, September 3, 2003 7:59 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by J-Hulk

Hi, Madda! Smile [:)]
I'd love to go to that seminar, but I'm working Saturday Disapprove [V] and the 17th annual Kansai Armor Modeler's Meeting is Sunday Big Smile [:D], so I'm booked! Wink [;)]
Too bad, since I use a Tamiya AB.

You a big fella too, Madda? I'm 6' 5" and 260 pounds (they all say that on the Web, eh?), which ain't really that big back home! When I'm back in the States for visits, I always feel so...so...normal!
But, still a giant here!Approve [^]

Ah, you can get reasonabe beef here.
Kobe, Matsuzaka, or Ohmi beef are the expensive "brands" you might've heard about. Those aren't the "brand" names, but rather the names of the areas where the beef's from.


What do you do there in Japan that keeps you so busy? A man needs some time off every now and again. How do you get models built?

I'm not as tall as you are, only 6 feet even, but I have a really big frame. I've been lifting weights since I was 16, so I'm fairly massive. I go for about 285, but I could probably get down to about 260 if I worked really hard at it, but I dont' mind the 25 pounds so much. It's nice to have some cushioning Wink [;)] BTW, 6'5" is still pretty damn tall around here Tongue [:P]

I have heard about Kobe and Ohmi beef time and again, love to try it some day. I knew those weren't brand names too.Big Smile [:D]Big Smile [:D]

I have a friend who's cousin is from Tokyo, he barely speaks any English at all. When he visits here and we take him to the store with us, he's astounded at how cheap the meat is. That is what I'm basing my high beef costs opinion on, but that may just be Tokyo too. I've never been,so I don't really know.

I'm still jealous of you being able to hit the Tamaya store, even if you can't go to the airbrushing seminar. I'd sure love to go though.


madda
Madda Trifles make perfection, but perfection is no trifle. -- Leonardo Da Vinci Tact is for those who lack the wit for sarcasm.--maddafinga
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Posted by J-Hulk on Thursday, September 4, 2003 7:18 AM
Hi, folks!

Yes, you certainly do hear some funny things here!
One thing about the culture is that people aren't inhibited about talking about your physical appearance. So if you're fat or skinny, they'll bring it up! Not mean-spirited at all, just kind of an innocent attitude towards obvious things we in the West have a lot of hang-ups about.

Madda, I've probably just gotten used to it, but everything here is very expensive! I have the same experience as your friend's cousin; when I'm home for a visit, I marvel at how cheap everything is! And I invariably gain 5 to 10 pounds, too!

I lived in Tokyo for two years, and found prices to be not all that different overall. Tokyo's a bit higher.

Models are the same nationwide, though! Big Smile [:D]
~Brian
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Posted by J-Hulk on Sunday, September 7, 2003 10:58 AM
Hi, folks!Smile [:)]
Well, I finally stopped in and gave the place a thorough look. Tamiya World is actually three floors of everything Tamiya offers, out of six floors of everything the hobby world has to offer!
The entire place is called (get ready for this!) "Super Kid's Land", and seriously, the best word to describe this place is simply "everything." No need to elaborate. Everything.

"Hey J-Hulk, do they hav-" "Yes, they do."

Everything!

Beautiful place, spaceous, and everything!

I did catch the end of the airbrush seminar (appropriately it was about cleaning). They also have hands-on R/C tank, car, and big rig test driving going on all the time.

If any of ya'll ever come visit Osaka, I'm taking ya straight there from the airport!Big Smile [:D]
~Brian
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Posted by maddafinga on Sunday, September 7, 2003 1:41 PM
Hmmmm, I wonder how long it takes to get a passport??? I do wish I could go, mebbe someday I'll have the time off and the bucks all at the same time. I'd love to check it out, even though I couldn't read or understand anything there.

Did you get pics of your armor meeting? I'd love to see some.

madda
Madda Trifles make perfection, but perfection is no trifle. -- Leonardo Da Vinci Tact is for those who lack the wit for sarcasm.--maddafinga
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