Here are some of the food you have to try or must at least try if you’re in Japan. I was only in Tokyo during my trip so naturally i will often mention places in Tokyo but these foods can be found everywhere in Japan. So whet your appetite and check these out!

1) Taiyaki
Taiyaki is a pancake-like snack normally filled with red bean paste. But don’t get turned off by the shape just yet. There is no fish involved in the making although they are fish-shaped.

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If you are not a fan of red beans, don’t worry, they are also available in all sorts of fillings: chocolate sauce, custard, cheese to name a few. I found a small store at the asakusa street area and bought like 4 pieces of them, yummy! The classic taiyaki with red bean paste costs 308 Y.

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2) Onigiri
onigiri or japanese rice ball is made of steamed white rice and normally triangular in shape. It is often wrapped in nori (seaweed). You can either get it plain or with filling. The filling can be anything from pickled plum, salmon etc. Onigiri is great quick snack for in betweeen meals. If you are always on the go, you can pack alot of these since they are not that pricey. You can get it for like 100-110Y, and is available in any Combini.

The one with pickled plum is not my favourite but i did enjoy the one with the salmon filling. If you can’t read japanese, you would have to risk it. Normally the packaging is colour-coded so you can tell which has which filling the next time you buy it. And there is a special way to open the packaging. It is either indicated on the packaging with pictures or with numbers. What i did was to watch a quick Youtube tutorial on how to open these, cause i didnt wan’t to fumble it about like an idiot 😛

3) Train sushi
Sushi? So typical i know. Surely you can get sushi anywhere these days. But eating sushi at “Uobei Sushi” will make your sushi experiece even better.
Of course it’s less about the food but more about the experience there. Nevertheless, the food wasn’t bad at all! Everyone will have their own tablet on which you can order your food from. Just swith the language to english and order anything you’d like. You can order drinks, sushi and also other extra dishes as well!
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You can order several times and as many times as you like. Just follow the instructions on the tablet as it’S quite self-explanatory. You will have to pay at the cashier before leaving, so don’t expect someone to come to your table.

4) Gyoza
This one is my absolute favourite, hands down! Gyoza are dumplings filled with ground meat and vegetables. If i remember correctly the one i had at “Osaka Ohsho” had meat, cabbage, garlic and ginger in them. Of course you can find them in all sorts of variations. You can either eat them just as that or dip them in a sauce you can prepare yourself. Just pour a bit of soysauce, vinegar and chilli oil in a small saucer and you’re good to go! I couldn’t remember how much i paid for the gyoza, but i think it was around 800 Y for 12 pieces of gyoza.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is vlcsnap-2019-02-24-16h47m51s586-1024x656.jpgI do recommend to try them at Osaka Ohso. You might want to watch out for cheap gyozas since they might not be in good quality. I had gyozas at some sort of “canteen”-like place and they were horrible. The filling was cold, and the taste wasn’t as good.

5) Ramen
There isn’t much to say about ramen though, i think everybody knows ramen and tried it at least once in their lifetime. Perhaps also as that instant noodles in a packet at the time of need. Otherwise, why not give it a try? Ramen is noodle dish served in broth which could be meat or fish-based. Usually served with green onions, pork, vegetables and the list goes on and on. You can get different kinds everywhere. I’m not a fan of pork so i got vegetable ramen for about 800 Y, i think. Personally it’s not my favourite of all, but i needed to at least eat an original japanese ramen in Japan. I just had to 😀

6) Melon pan
Care for some delicious bread? Then you have to try melon pan. Melon pan is a sweet bun with crisp thick outer layer of cookie dough and smooth, fluffy bread dough inside. There is no melon in it though! So don’t get upset if you expect some gooey sweet watermelon sauce as filling. It is called melon pan (bun) due to it’s appearance. They are very inexpensive, cost 100-110Y per piece and you can get them at every combini there is. I loved melon pan so much, i had them for breakfast every day! I also bought some to pack for snack time or on-the-go.

The sweetness isn’t overpowering though, usually it has just subtle amount of sweetness. But you’ll come to love it. I know i did!

7) Takoyaki
Takoyaki is a ball-shaped snack made with flour-based batter and usually filled with minced octopus. It is mostly served with takoyaki sauce, mayo and shaved bonito flakes. If you are not a fan of seafood, you might not like it at first try. It does have that “fishy” taste to it. I am not a fan of octopus and the thought of little diced octopus tentacles in there kinda threw me off at first. But i’ve come to love it! So much so, that i got them again at the airport before leaving Japan. This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Screenshot-2019-02-24-at-16.52.19-1024x569.png

The outside is crispy while the inside is soft and moist. And with the sauce and mayo to top that of, you are going to have a taste explosion in your mouth. You don’t usually find these everywhere in Tokyo though, and they are hard to come by. I found a stall in the Akihabara area and it was like 550 Y for 8 Takoyaki balls.

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8) Wagyu beef
If you’re willing to spend some good YYY for dinner, why not try wagyu beef? They are popular for their quality meat. The meat has more fat cells which you can see in the “marbling” pattern in the meat. This fat marbling also gives it a unique and rich flavour. And the meat is oh, so tender. Sadly i didn’t get a chance to try them in a restaurant but you can find a lot of restaurants in tokyo area and you can also grill them yourself too!
I got the chance to try wagyu at the airport before leaving Japan and it was another experience alltogether. It is however, is on a pricey side.

 

9) Mochi
Mochi is a rice cake which comes in several variations. There are ones with ice cream filling, red bean paste filling, strawberry and so much more. I had one with red bean paste and sadly to say, was not my favourite at all. But please tell me if you liked them and which one should i try next time! The one with ice cream filling sounds very exciting, but i couldn’t find them though. I would love to try them fresh. To take a piece of the freshly pounded mochi paste and try it. I wonder if the taste would be better.

10) Kit Kat
Have you ever tried wasabi kit kat? Sounds tempting isn’t it? Kit Kats in Japan are so popular for their tremendous variations of flavours. You can get normal flavoured kit kats like cherry and strawberry, to totally crazy flavours like wasabi, soy sauce and chilli! So if you’re ever in Japan, make sure to check them out and try them if you can, since some of the flavours tend to be seasonal or limited.

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Kit Kats are also loved in Japan since they sound almost like the japanase “Kitto Katsu” which means “you will surely win”. So they are often given as gifts or as lucky charms. I bought the xxx and it wasn’t just the prettiest kit kat i’Ve ever seen, it was also very tasty. I still had some in my fridge at home (from my trip) and i refuse to eat them since they are so pretty >.<

I have always been wanting to visit Japan. The country with ever-fascinating culture, food, people, landscapes and not to mention, great anime/manga scene! For an anime fan like me, Japan is a must-visit destination at least once in your lifetime.

I finally decided to visit Japan after dreaming about it for so long. I visited Tokyo at the end of February till early March 2018 for about 10 days  and it was 10 days well spent. I probably regret not staying longer 😛 That means i would need to visit Japan again!

And if you’re like me and have little to no knowledge of japanese language at all, fear not since you can actually get by in Japan! So let me tell you what you need to consider if you are planning to go to Japan (Tokyo).

1) Plan your flight
Probably the thumb rule of all, you have to plan your flight considerably. If you plan to travel from Europe or America, it will be a long flight so get on your comfiest outfits. In Tokyo you can either fly to Haneda Airport or Narita Airport. If you already booked a hotel in advance, pick the nearst airport.

If not, i recommend to fly to Haneda airport. It is a new airport with an interesting japanese “flair”, where modern meets traditional. The shopping area (Edo-Koji) is designed, as though it was from ancient japanese times. The beautiful wooden facade, adorned with paper lanterns all across the passageway and a huge wooden bridge with beautiful japanese paintings are  are definitely a must-see. If you missed all that on your arrival, you can always visit Edo-Koji on your way back.

2) Visa
Check with your embassy beforehand if you would need a visa to enter Japan! I didn’t need to apply for a visa, but a friend of mine who did, told me they require about 60€ and a processing time of 1 week. Again, check with your embassy in your country on how to apply for a visa.

3) Accomodation
In Tokyo, the standard hotel rooms are not cheap. Of course, you can get cheap accomodation in hostels. Another alternative is to find an apartment or room through AirBnB. I found a very small apartment in Tokyo which in Shinjuku area which costed around 40€ per night. It was quite small but o.k. for the price.

4) Japanese Yen
I brought just enough Japanese money for a train ticket at the airport to a big railway station. I later withdrawn some more money at the atm machine in Tokyo. I had to pay for the transaction fee of the atm machine, but since i’m using Santander credit card, i don’t have to pay for foreign exchange fee. Just do enough research which is going to save you money the most.

Tips: You can withdraw money at 7eleven in Tokyo. They are very easy to find. They even have atm machines at (bigger) train stations.

5) Internet access
There are several ways to gain internet access. You can get free internet everywhere, 7eleven, starbucks etc. But do consider to get a portable wifi or a sim card so you will have internet access at the ready. The Apartment that i rent during my stay in Tokyo included a portable wifi so I didn’t have to pay any extra money for that.

Tips 1: If you want to find an accomodation via AirBnB, make sure to find an apartment/room that offers free portable wifi.
Tips 2: since you will be using the portable wifi, phones, cameras outside, it’s best to bring a powerbank with you! Preferably one with a bigger capacity.

6) Use a Metro App
If you have internet access, download the tokyo subway app. That’s if you’re planning to ride the subway during your stay. I used Tokyo Subway Navigation and it worked great. It’s a definitely must-have app on your smartphone.

7) Use Google Map/ Apple map
Google/ Apple maps sure come in handy if you don’t want to waste your time asking for directions or reading a map. Make sure you have internet access.

Tips 1: If you are underground/ in the metro, there is a high change that you will lose internet connectivity. Make sure to use the app and check your train connection before you go underground.
Tips 2: If you have an iPhone, i do reccomend to use Apple Map instead of Google Map in Tokyo. Most of the time, my Google map showed wrong directions or showed a direction totally outside of Tokyo!

8) Pack as light as you can
I was in Tokyo around March when it was still a bit cold. That means I had to pack my winter jacket, my polo sweater, and and and. Couldn’t find a way around that. But if possible, pack light. You dont want to be dragging huge luggage around. The trains are always almost packed and there are alot of stairs everywhere!

9) Plan your visit
This goes without saying. Make sure to plan your visit accordingly. During those 10 days, i knew exactly where to go and what places to visit. I also researched beforehand if i need to pay for entrance ticket and so on. This will make your visit much more organized and you will optimize most of your time there. I used x to plan the visits in Tokyo. Make sure to check it out, it’s free.

10) Do’s and Don’ts
Familiarize yourself with the Do’s and Don’ts in Japan. I’m sure you can find the info easily on the Internet. One rule of being a good-mannered traveller is to respect them and their culture. I guess it’s also the same thing you want for travellers who travels to your country. Don’t act inappropriately. You are, in a way, representing your country.  I guess you also want the same thing in travellers who travels to your country.

So that concludes 10 things to consider before flying to Tokyo! If you have questions, just drop a comment below, i’ll be happy to answer them.

 

This is one of my old comic i created for a Pokemon-themed Chritmas competition.  Tell me if you recognize Pokemons in my comic 🙂

pokemon spoof,pokemon fanart,pokemon funny,

A long time ago i started a blog where i intended to post short horror-comedy comic series. For that purpose I created 2 comic pages and it was supposed to be a spoof of the horror movie “The Ring”. Looking back at it, my art style was really crude back then 😀

Here are they:

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Tell me what you think about it. Shall i continue making these?

If you are a Copic Ciao markers user then I know that you have the same problem as I do, which is the missing label on the cap. Compared to Copic Sketch markers, the color number and the color name are imprinted on the barrel instead of on the cap.

So while working on a drawing, I couldn’t swiftly grab the specific color that I want. For some, this is not a deal breaker since the caps are colored- which in a way, sort of like an indicator. This would not be a problem if you have like 3 markers for each color tones. If you have a huge collection of markers, it is going to be quite tricky.

So the solution is quite simple- I labelled the caps of my copic ciao markers. Of course each and every one of them, and yes- that means both sides of each marker!

All you need to do is to print the color number twice on a normal printer paper or any paper of your choosing. I use Times New Roman as my font, size 6. If you’re using Microsoft Word, make sure to create multiple columns so you can print more numbers on one paper- (save paper, save money, save the planet :P)

Tips: Since the cap is quite small, you probably need a smaller font size for color numbers with 5 characters like BG000.

Tips 2: You can simplify the color numbers e.g. BG05 to BG5. That way you don’t need to resize the font (also save ink, save money, save..the planet?)

Tips 3: I dont label both my black and colorless blender markers. Simply because they are easily recognizable.

Next is to punch out the numbers with a standard hole puncher. If you have a single hole puncher, it would be easier. If not, you would have to compromise:

So next is quite self-explanatory. You just need to stick the punched out lables on the cap. I use UHU adhesive glue but they don’t stick that well. After a while, some of the labels tend to peel off. You could try use a hot glue gun instead. (If you tried this and it works well, please let me know below!)

So that’s it! This is a long process and to some extent, quite intricate but you will thank me and yourself later for doing this. If you would like to have my labels, you can download the word-document here: Copic-Ciao-labels

Since the labels are only intended for Copic Ciao markers, keep in mind that there will be no color numbers for other Copic marker types in this document.

I can’t help but notice that these pens have been gaining so much popularity these days. I remember buying them for my Youtube projects but I can’t remember who recommended them. If you are on a tight budget, you might want to think twice about getting them since they are quite expensive. A set which includes 18 pcs. pens can cost up to 50-60€. (Surprisingly, they are significantly cheaper in the States! 10 pcs. pens can cost around $15).

So what exactly are these pens? The ink of these pens is water-based which means you can color them with water to get the watercolor effect. That is why these pens are also known as watercolor or aquarelle pens. They are double-ended with one brush tip on one side and fine nib on the other.

These pens are a nice alternative to create watercolor paintings. Of course you can leave your artwork as is, without adding water. Here are some drawings of mine where I used these pens to color:

“Brush lettering” has also been trending for years now and you can see a lot of artists use these pens to create beautiful wish cards, motivation posters and so on. To be honest I started to experiment brush lettering with these pens only now, after years of letting them collect dust in my drawer.

Here’s a Video where i showcase my brush lettering “skills”.

 

So let’s go in a bit deeper and talk about the pro’s.

+Colors

There is a wide range of colors to choose from. So far there are 96 colors and they are probably not always available in your home country. I have the primary colors set in my possession as of now (I’m hoping to expand my collection).

+Impression

The pens are really well made. They have hardly any surface deformities and you can really tell it is not some cheap plastic tube with ink. You can definitely tell if you have one in your hand. They are on a higher quality standard than most fibre-tip pens. Personally, i find the design and the color combination to be very appealing.

+Practicality

Let’s talk about the case. The case is designed so that when you lift the plastic cover and slide it backward, you can actually turn the cover to a stand! What a cleverly designed case! Kudos to Tombow for that. The caps are also stackable. Caps for both nibs are different in different shapes and sizes, but they are stackable both ways. I find this extremely helpful. Moreover, the bigger cap has a small nob to prevent the pens from rolling.

+Vibrant colors

The 18 primary colors that I own are extremely vibrant. I love the color intensity of the ink of these pens. The best thing is that the color intensity doesn’t change when you color them with water. How’s that? Of course I can’t vouch for other colors that I do not own.

And now let’s talk about the con’s.

-Price

As I mentioned before, the pens are quite pricey. They can go up to 3-4€ per pen. That is definitely something to think over. As i do not use these pens a lot for my drawings, I’m quite happy with my first set. I do plan to buy secondary colors and pastel colors in the future though.

-Refillability

As far as I know, you can’t refill these pens. They don’t sell refill packs so once your pen has dried out, you might have to buy a new one.

-Light fastness

They can’t guarantee the light fastness of the ink. For me it’s not a deal breaker, but I guess it is for some.

So that concludes my short review of these pens. Would I recommend these pens to you guys? If you intend to do brush lettering projects, yes go ahead. If you would like to paint small details with watercolor, these pens are also a nice alternative for your work. They are definitely a must-have for passionate art lovers.  Otherwise, if you are a beginner or a young artist, you might want to look for cheaper alternatives. From there, slowly move on and add them to your collection.

In this guide I will explain how to make your own cubbie (stationary storage unit), step by step.

This unit includes 10 compartments which will fit 100 Copic Various Ink refills perfectly (10 refills for each compartment). This will give you the idea of the size of the compartments.

Note: The dimensions that I use in this guide fit to my own need, since the true purpose of this cubbie was to store my Copic Ciao markers and my Copic Various Inks. So if want to have a bigger or a smaller cubbie, feel free to make changes.

The materials that you will need:

  1. Foam core board, 5mm thickness, in A3 size. You will be needing 4 of these. You can also get a bigger board (e.g. 2 of those 750x500mm)
  2. All-purpose adhesive glue, I use the one from UH
  3. A cutter knife
  4. A long ruler, preferably a metric ruler with cm/mm scales.

It will take some patience and 1-2 hours of your time.

So let’s get started!

Step 1

Cutting out the required components

You will need following components to build the unit:

a Top 1 pc. 14.5 cm x 18.5 cm
b Back wall 1 pc. 18.5 cm x 31 cm
c Side walls 2 pcs. 14 cm x 31 cm
d middle wall 1 pc. 14 cm x 31 cm
e shelves 5 pcs. 14 cm x 17.5 cm
f frontal covers (optional) 2 pcs. see Step 3

See also the explosion diagram below:

Tips 1: Use these dimensions to cut e.g. newspapers and then arrange them on the foam boards. Arrange them so that most area is utilized and not a lot of area will go to waste. If you are using A3 foam boards, you can arrange them like so:

Tips 2: Make sure the knife you are using is sharp. Try to keep a straight line when cutting. Try not to apply too much pressure when cutting. If you apply too much pressure, it would be possible that you will steer away from the line and ruin your component. It happens to me a lot so what I did was- I went over the line a few times but with slight pressure only. When the cut is deep and straight enough, I removed the ruler and cut the board through with one stroke. If you don’t have a cutting mat, lay down old cardboard paper underneath to protect your work station or floor!

Cutting the grooves

Next step is to cut grooves on the shelves (e) and also on the middle wall (d), so we could join them later by interlocking method. See below for the exact dimensions of the grooves.

Step 2

Gluing the components together

First, start with the middle wall (d) and the shelves (e). Apply some glue as you do it. You can either apply glue on the inner groove of the shelves or the inner groove of the middle wall. Or both, it will become more robust and hold better that way.

Join the shelves to the middle wall by interlocking them to each other (e–d). Make sure that the pieces are as flush as possible at the backside, since you will glue this side to the back wall (b) next.

Apply glue to the backside of the glued components. Position the glued components so that it will lie in the center of the back wall, while keeping 0.5 cm space to the right and to the left of the back wall free. You can just eyeball it. (ed–b)

Now apply glue to the sides of the shelves and to the sides of the side wall. Attach them together. (c–edb–c)

Next, apply glue to the tops of the back wall and of both side walls. Attach the top. (cedbc–a)

Step 3: (optional)

Finalize the look

Since we do not have a base for the unit, it will look a tad unappealing. You can cover the bottom compartment with foam boards (f). You can cut these according to your unit, and attach them to the inner frame of the most bottom shelf. (f-cedbca-f)

Step 4:

Let it dry sufficiently

I usually leave it sit for overnight with books as weight to let the glue to dry and hold properly. I don’t have experience working with this foam board material with hot glue gun so try it at your own risk, if you think it dries faster and holds better.

And you are finished!

Since we are working with foam boards, which isn’t the steadiest material out there, it’s natural that it is not going to be perfectly even. Also, a hand work isn’t going to be as precise as opposed to a cutting machine. So don’t be discouraged if your unit is a bit uneven or wobbles. Mines aren’t the best looking of all, but they look sleek enough for my workspace. In the end, you are saving a lot of money and you can be proud of what you created by yourself!

So I hope this guide will help you create your own unit and have a better, managable storage system. If you have questions just leave them in the comments below and i’ll be happy to answer them!

Here are some more tips from me:

If you are using UHU adhesive glue, make sure you wait for a few minutes after applying. It will hold better when it is half-way dry and not so liquidy. I’m not sure about other adhesives so read the instructions on the packaging of the adhesive of your own choosing.

Normally the sides aren’t always pretty and smooth. The inner foam of the board could be torn off while cutting. Make sure to pick the best sides for the front part.

Use weight at each step or apply pressure so the components are properly attached together before moving on to the next component.

Buy these cool items

Your copic markers are running out of ink? Instead of throwing your marker away and buying a brand new one as a replacement, get yourself the Copic Various Ink refill. These refills are quite expensive but 1 can refill a marker up to 15 times! How’s that? You are saving a huge amount of money.

So when and how do you refill your marker? If the nib is showing white spots or if it squeaks while laying down your marker, then you probably would need to refill your marker.

In the video above, i showed you how to refill the marker in the “easy way”. Alternatively, you can take out the nib, and fill the ink in the barrel through a needle. You can get a tweezer and the needle from copic, they sell them for this purpose. I dont feel the need to buy these, so i usually just drop the ink on the tip (15-20 drops), and im good to go.

Make sure to lay them flat on the table for a quite some time before using them again.

 

So what’s the hype with these copic markers? If you follow these amazing artists on Youtube or Instagram like DrawWithJazza, Vexx, Baylee Jae, Kirakiradoodles, tino_copic etc..), chances are, that you would’ve had heard once or twice about these markers. Are they any good?

Copic is a japanese brand of refillable markers and their related products, made in Japan by .Too.  They were produced initially for the manga industry back in the late 80s. They have gained such popularity over the years, that not only the professional mangakas  favour them greatly, but also hobbyists such as myself, amateur artists, art enthusiasts or anyone for that matter.

Look at this amazing artwork from Vexx:

So why are they so popular? The ink of these markers are alcohol-based. Which means that the colour blends beautifully when mixed. Markers with pigmented ink for an example, do not blend easily. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re bad. It depends on what you are trying to achieve. Faber-Castell’s PITT Artists pens have such high-quality, colour-vibrant pigmented ink markers and no doubt one of the best markers of its kind in the market. They will perfom well for sketching and inking.  However, for rendering and shading, alcohol-based markers simply suit and perform better.

There are several alcohol-based markers other than copic, of course. Promarker, Winsor&Newton and Twin Touch are some of the well-known brands out there. So if you would like to get a cheaper alternative to copic markers, you can check them out. I will cover only Copic markers for now.

So there are 4 types of copic markers: Copic Classic, Copic Sketch, Copic Ciao and Copic Wide. They have other products like airbrush, multiliners and so on but im not going to talk about those and focus on the marker range specifically. Copic Wide markers have with a very broad tip so they are ideally used to cover and paint big areas. They are not that popular and supossedly are targeted to certain market niches like architects, product designers etc..

Copic Classic, Sketch and Ciao markers are double-ended markers. Copic Classic markers are the first markers in this series and are rectangular in shape. They have one chisel tip on one side and one bullet tip on the other. So it is perfect for details or colouring small area.

The most popular ones are the Sketch and the Ciao series. Mainly because they come with a brush tip instead of a bullet tip. The brush tip is amazing and you could do so much with it. Blending colours works magnificently with the brush tip and you could also colour small and huge areas. And why not try brush lettering?

Well at least i tried!

So what are the difference between these two markers?

Copic Sketch is oval in shape, bigger in size, which also means it holds more ink and costs more. Copic Ciao is round in shape and smaller in size. You dont need to worry if the round markers will roll out and about on your workplace since they have small notches on the caps acting like a roll-stopper. Copic Original markers are available in 214 colours, Ciao in 180 colours and Wide in 36 colours. Copic Sketch markers are available in all 358 colours.

They guarantee a shelf life of 3 years. I personally do not have any issues of having these markers drying out on me. I started painting my artworks with Copic Ciao markers around 5 years ago and they are still working to this day. But just in case if you use them a lot and start to dry, you can buy their refill “Copic Various Ink” for around $6-$11 or 8€-12€. It sounds quite expensive, but you will a great value with your money since you can refill your markers up to 15 times! Look at this chart on their website:

These markers are well-known for being the best alcohol-based markers with great quality. That’s if you’re outside of Japan. These markers cost mostly double the price than they would normally do there. So if you’re planning to go on a trip to Japan, and are a huge fan as i am, make sure to grab these markers! You can get them for half the price and for 13% less additionally! Check out this post if you haven’t to know how that works.

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If you plan to get copic markers while visiting Japan, here are some tips to make the most of your time and money. First of all let’s get started with the basics.

You will need the following:

  1. Shopping list (Know/plan what will you get)
  2. Passport
  3. Cash or credit card (make sure you will spend more than 5000¥ excl. tax or 5400¥ incl. tax)

Of course, the most important thing you will need to bring is your passport. I will tell you why. First of all, to get the 8% tax exemption, you will need to present your passport. Second of all, if you plan to buy your copics in Tokyu hands (which you should!), you can get 5% discount additionally. Don’t worry, i’ll get that in a second and explain the details.

So how much do they cost?

  • Copic Sketch: 380¥
  • Copic Original (Classic): 380¥
  • Copic Ciao: 250¥
  • Copic Various ink refill: 380¥
  • Copic Multiliner: 200¥
  • Copic Multiliner Brush/Calligraphy: 250¥
  • Airbrush Starter’s set: 5200¥
  • Colourless Blender 200ml: 1500¥
  • 24 Copic Sketch Wallet: 1300¥
  • Wire stand: 4300¥

(These prices are excluding tax)

For sets of 24, 72, etc., you just have to multiply the price of each marker with the number of markers in the set, simple as that. There is no special price if you buy them in a set. For example, the 36 Set A Copic Ciao markers costs exactly 9000¥ (250¥ x 36). On the bright side, you will get the plastic box which comes in handy for storage purposes.

In Tokyo, i went to several stationary shops to compare the prices and concluded that they cost pretty much the same everywhere. You can save all the trouble looking for cheaper shops.

So where should you get them? You can find other blogs out there listing several shops like Itoya, Loft, Tools and whatnot but what i recommend is to go to Tokyu hands and shop till you drop!

And why is that? For all customers who hold a foreign passport, you will get 5% discount if you show the cashier your coupon code. You can get the coupon code here:

5% Coupon code

My suggestion is to browse the site on your smartphone and take screenshot of the coupon. Show the coupon code to the cashier and they will scan it. It will add 5% discount to your whole purchase. The website tells you to show your passport to the cashier, but the cashiers at Tokyu hands didn’t even bother to check mine and scanned the code off my smartphone immediately upon showing. Prepare your passport just in case.

Double check if the code works and that the 5% is deducted from your total purchase. That’s why it is good to plan your purchase beforehand so you will know how much exactly you will pay. That is one of the reason why i included “shopping list” in the list above.

Another reason is the tax exemption. Make sure you will plan your purchase carefully since you can only get the tax exemption if you spend more than 5000¥ excl. tax in one purchase.   What does that mean and how does that work?

Let’s make an example. If you buy one Copic Sketch marker at Tokyu hands, you will end up paying 410¥. How come the marker costs 30¥ more at the register? This is the price of the marker including 8% tax. In Tokyu hands they don’t always show the price with tax included on the rack or on the item. To be sure, you can always check for signs or ask their employees.

So to get the tax exemption, you will need to spend more than 5400¥ incl. tax on one purchase at Tokyu hands. Notice that the 400¥ is the 8% surchage. To get the 400¥ back, you need to go to the information desk or tax refund desk. Show them your passport and the receipt of your purchase. Also make sure that you do this at the same day or purchase, this is important! If done correctly, they will reimburse your 400¥ in cash.

It is helpful if you plan what to buy and know how much they will cost. I actually had to split my shopping list to two and went to different Tokyu hands stores. The first store in Shibuya didn’t have 10 refill ink colours that i want. So i would’ve had to find the rest in another store which i did. But if i would’ve bought only these 10 refills, the final bill would’ve added up to 4100¥ and i would’ve been ineligible for tax exemption. Just an insider tip: You probably should check out Tokyu hands in Shinjuku since they carry more copic stuffs there.

If you’re also interested in other copic-related items, you can check out these copic papers:

The A4 size papers cost 500¥, 40 sheets. The smaller one which a hardcover book incl. 30 sheets which costs 600¥.

Cool huh?