A couple days ago, my husband surprised with a package after work (technically, since I live super close to where I work, I saw the package when I came home for lunch, but I didn't have the time to open it until I got home afterwards)! It was supposed to be a Valentine's Day gift, but it came sooner than he expected (he even shipped it SAL, too, and it came in like a week and a half) and he's not very patient. What was in my surprise package from overseas?
Recently, my husband and I have gotten into collecting figures (this is the first one that's technically "mine") and will check out AmiAmi's pre-owned selection from time to time. We've gotten a few pre-owned items and as long as you get "B" grade or higher, they're basically like new (Ah, Japanese standards of quality!). I've seen Haru-chan for sale once or twice before, but never bought her. She's super cute, and my husband says she looks kind of like me (when I had blonde hair at least; for a long time I kept my hair blonde because that's what I always thought of as my "natural" hair color; I was very blonde as a child, and my mom still maintains that I am blonde, but as is the nature of things, my hair has darkened considerably and now I've accepted that my natural color is somewhere in between a light brown and a deep, ashy blonde.) Her hair cut is also reminiscent of mine, especially when it's all staticky.
Haru-chan is from NHK General's Newswatch 9 as well as NHK ONLINE's popular online web comic Haru-chan's Weather Trivia. I'm going to be lazy and quote AmiAmi's description of her since it sounds better than what I could type up.
"Her long wavy hair and cherry blossom accessories are all shrunk down to Nendoroid size - even the kanji on her head reads 'Haru' or "Spring' is of course included on the Nendoroid. Haru-chan also comes with three expressions to play with, including her standard smiling face, an agitated face for when the Spring thunderstorms come and even a masked face for when she catches a cold or is suffering from allergies.
She also comes with a rolled-up newspaper sword, her pet white cat that is hanging onto a carp banner that Haru-chan can ride on, and even her two magical staves - "Sakura", which causes cherry blossoms to bloom, as well as "Ame yo Fure", which makes it rain!
Let the warmth of Spring take over with Nendoroid Haru-chan!" - from AmiAmi's description of Haru-chan.
So overall a very cute nendo with a very interesting origin (a lot nendos are from anime, though there are exceptions like Miku and Iron Man). When I first opened her, I was pretty sick, so I put her allergies/cold face on:
I also wanted to post some other little small things I have bought over the last few days. On Thursday, I wanted to go out and do something after work, so we went to the Cost Plus World Market near us. I like going there to get candy from other countries; I'm a big fan of trying different kinds of sweets! I think Cost Plus World Markets are getting hard to find, though, since they tend to not do very well. My husband and I were the only two people in the whole store when we went. I ended up getting some cute Hello Kitty candy that was on sale:
We also stopped by the comic shop on our way home, and I got two Littlest Pet Shop gashapons!
Finally, we went to Target, so I got two more LaLaLoopsy (I have been spelling it wrong this whole time!) Blind Bags.
So there's my last few days of random little purchases and one very wonderful gift!
Thanks for reading! <3! (Still trying to figure out how obsessive I should be about my tags. Should I tag all brands? Should I just tag things with general labels? I don't know!)