[previously on: Japan Adventures]
NEED THIS. VERY BADLY.
So while walking through Ueno, we stopped in an arcade and saw this. It didn't make a huge impact on me at the time, but later those adorable pandas crawled inside my brain and it became clear that I desperately needed one. Unfortunately, we never saw them again. I assume this is because they're some sort of theme-panda for Ueno proper. They're even solar powered!
Later in the trip, Laurence, noticing my extreme desperation, even launched a 7 story department store-wide search to locate the little guy. No luck.
IF ANYONE IN TOKYO WOULD LIKE TO SPEND THOUSANDS OF YEN TO ACQUIRE THIS PANDA OUT OF A CLAW MACHINE IN UENO FOR ME, I WOULD LOVE YOU FOREVER.
UPDATE: Thanks to the help of one of my awesome and eagle-eyed collectors, I just bought the panda! Yay!