Japanese toys invade Mexico City | The Chihuahua Option

CDMX.- Japanese toys invade Mexico City, within the ExpoTusJuguetes, which takes place from December 16 to January 6 at the World Trade Center (WTC), where Gashapon vending machines for toys will be presented for the first time in Mexico. these miniature toys that come encapsulated.

Capsule toys, one of the most deeply rooted entertainment in Japanese culture, such as miniature figures of Dragon Ball, One Piece, Naruto, My Hero Academia, Demon Slayer, Kirby, Sanrio, Tamagotchi, among others.

This is an import from the Bandai Namco company,

Gashapon are highly detailed collectible capsule toys found and obtained from token-operated vending machines. By turning the knob they release a transparent capsule with a surprise object inside. Depending on luck you can win different unique collectible toys.

The name Gashapon is an onomatopoeia for the two sounds the machines make when you turn the knob, “Gasha”, and when the capsule falls, “Pon”.

These types of machines have been very famous in Japan since the 1960s, especially in Akihabara, known for being the epicenter of everything related to anime and video games. There are currently 340,000 machines spread across Japan in places like train stations, arcade buildings, supermarkets, convenience stores, and sometimes even in the least expected places, like bathrooms!

Capsule toys have become a sensation, especially for all lovers of Japanese culture, “kawaii”, anime enthusiasts and fans of collectibles, as they can find their favorite characters as adorable miniature figures.