Friday, January 30, 2009

Dingle Danglies

Cell phone charms are hugely popular in Japan. Every one has at least one charm on their phone and every place imaginable sells phone charms, every retail store, every tourist site, every restaurant, train stations, banks, even the post office, at one time or another every place has sold cell phone charms. Ethan old school even sold charms featuring the school mascot!
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I bought my first charm at the airport when we arrived in Japan, having no idea at the time what it was really even for and no idea how massively popular they were; it was small, cute and cheap, so I just bought it as my first souvenir. Little did I know...
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...that it would soon become an obsession! I love cell phone charms! They're the perfect souvenir, the perfect way to represent all my memories from Japan. I now carry my cell phone in a special cloth bag to protect my danglies and have started buying two of each charm, so that when I get back to the States, I'll be able to decorate my new phone too!
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The funniest thing in the world is to see a businesman, all professional in his dark suit, clutching a briefcase in one hand, and texting on a phone sporting a Pooh Bear charm! Even Otis has been sucked in with a fish charm on his phone!
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The little Lucky Cat, 3rd from the left, was my first charm, the Snoopy on the far right is my newest, I bought it in Yokohama this weekend. My fave is the Spiderman hanging from the lantern.
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3 comments:

Robin Vistnes said...

I put that charm on my phone that you sent me. I put the plush one on first, but the string broke and he fell off. I saved him, but he doesn't ride my phone anymore. And then I put on the wooden piggy- I love him. All cute and small, but his bell would ring so loud in my ear when I would use my phone, that the other day I stuffed the bell full of shards of paper to shut the bell up once and for all. Lucky for the bell that I got to paper, before I got to a set of pliers.
But I love my piggys!!!

Gina said...

I love the charms on your phone and I think that's a good idea of buying extras for when you guys go back to the states. Your Spiderman one rocks! : )

Slime said...

R - the pig O picked out for you is on it's way

Gina - I've started doing the same thing when I buy cute pens too! And clothes for Ethan. And books. And DVD's. Too bad I can't stock up on any Mister Donut to take back with us! (Contrary to how it sounds, we don't leave until Aug 2010, but I'm already in a panic trying to buy, and see, and do everything I want before it's too late!)