Every woman in the entire world will fall in love with me. (Or my kawaii collection.)

One of my fondest memories as a child is when I would go to Chinatown in New York City every weekend with my family. My favorite place to hang out was at the Elizabeth Center, a mini-mall known for having kawaii shops. Unfortunately, times have changed and there aren’t as many kawaii stores. Also, if you’re a stickler for collecting licensed items like I am, you might have difficulty finding things. I’ve been there in more times, and I’ve always been slightly disappointed. I did love it there once upon a time though.

Although I had a small kawaii collection when I was growing up, I didn’t really start collecting until about two years ago. This is when I started buying kawaii things online. Now my collection is ridiculously large, especially for an adult male. But, hey, I’m Asian, so I have an excuse to collect kawaii things. Yay for being Asian.

Now, on to the photos. I do have a lot more than what’s shown in the photos, but this is the bulk of my collection. I know all of you are going to faint in amazement. I might as well call this porn for women.


Sorting through a mountain of “artwork.”

It’s that time again. I am bored with the artwork on my walls. The good news is that I hve a number of picture frames and artwork already, so all I have to do is pick and choose. The bad news is I have a ton of artwork. That, and I’m extremely indecisive. Yay. What a fun combination to be dealing with.

I have a total of five frames of the walls. All of them featuring various pieces of artwork purchased from Etsy. The only pieces I will be keeping are these lovely illustrations of people wearing animal masks. Unfortunately, the seller is no longer selling on Etsy.

Did I say I have a ton of artwork? Or rather, things that can be used as artwork. Prints. Stickers. Greeting Cards. Stamps. Trading Cards. Post Cards. Basically anything that is flat. I am a collector of everything, after all. Most of these, again, came from various Etsy sellers. Yes, I used to buy from Etsy excessively. Sue me, but not for a million dollars please.

Yeah, you read right. I collect greeting cards. Here they are in their glory and, yes, there are two photos.

So, I went through everything, and I picked out some of my favorites. I put them in picture frames to get an idea of what they would look like framed. I am not sure which ones I will be using, but these just caught my eye. Since most of these were purchased quite some time ago, they might not be available anymore, but I am going to link where I got them from anyway.

“I used to be a heroin addict. Now I’m a methadone addict” greeting card. from Seas and Peas.

Dexter patch from Sage.

Mixed tapes greeting card from What the Rock.

“Unreliable Narrator” vinyl sticker from Book Fiend.

As you can see, there is a theme emerging: nostalgia and sarcasm. Yeah, that sounds about right.

The Domos are staring at you…and drinking lemonade

I am different from most collectors. Most collectors tend to collect a certain type of item. Me, I collect everything. Well, not dead cats. I have to have to have boundaries, you know.

In my head, it is nice to imagine having a large collection of just one item, but that’s pretty much impossible with me. I like everything. I can’t possibly collect only one thing. My myriad of collections include stamps, coins, stationery, kawaii items, TV collectibles, pin back buttons, artwork, greeting cards, magnets, action figures, action figure accessories…I mean, I go on and on. It’s ridiculous.

I am particularly fond of figures of all kinds. They can be easily displayed on any flat surface and, let’s face it, it’s fun to use props. Yes, that’s a Pikachu cupcake.

The figures you see above are from the brand Qee and are two inch vinyl figurines of the popular Japanese character Domo, a monster-like creature with large white teeth. Vinyl figures like these are also called blind box figures because they are parts of sets where you don’t know which individual figure you will get. In most sets, there are higher chances to get certain figures and lower chances to get others. There are a total of five series released and comes in over 75 different designs. There re also other versions, including superhero Domos and glow-in-the-dark Domos.

Unlike most vinyl figures, these figures have movable arms and legs, which would make posing with props even more amusing. When it comes to most collectibles, people often ask “What’s the point?” The point is I am collecting something that I like and that it brings me enjoyment. That, and it’s quite sad to be taking photos of, let’s say, pens and tiny cups and pretending that they’re figures drinking lemonade.