Panda obsessed…

So a while ago, the Namacha brand of tea started a promotion where you could win some prizes by playing a game. Normally I don’t like to drink bottled teas in Japan since you know, they taste like bottled tea, however the namacha brand happens to have as their mascot one of the cutest things ever to be borne of the human mind – the Namacha panda.

namacha panda images

Anyway, the way the promotion works is that you have to collect these seals that are affixed to the bottles of tea. Each bottle has one seal, and for every two seals you collect, you can go to this website and input them for a chance to play a silly flash game (which I’ll detail in a later post). If you beat the game (which turns out to be mind bogglingly impossible), you can win several super cool namacha panda prizes, which in my world, is basically the same thing as cold hard cash.

namacha panda images

Speaking of cold hard cash, the cheapest bottle of tea which carries the seal usually retails for about 140 yen (or about $1.20 USD) in stores, which means that pursuing this quest, while not impossible, is not likely to be cheap either. Keep in mind that you need two seals for one chance to win. Oh, and I don’t care for the taste of namacha either (even amongst bottled teas).

That having been said, when there’s cute pandas at stake, sometimes a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. So after asking/guilting/forcing my friends and/or co-workers to assist me in my great undertaking, I started making the rounds at the stores and in the end, when all was said and done, I ended up buying some 40+ bottles of namacha.

Yeah. 40 bottles.

namacha panda images

All to win a silly panda.

They say the first step in battling addiction is admitting you have a problem.

namacha panda images

*sigh*

(Then again, at least I’m not as bad as these guys!)

Now listening to: “Chingy – Balla Baby”

13 Reactions

  1. gwen

    heh heh – atleast you roped others into it; blame is not yours alone!
    now go win a panda! ^^

  2. gwen

    poor panda, oh well, atleast you roped others into it!
    good luck!! ^_^

  3. Kitty

    one day.. the panda thing will get old.. and you’ll look back, sigh, and wonder why you spent so much damn money on Hello Kitty.. er.. I mean pandas.

  4. Kitty

    one day.. the panda thing will get old.. and you’ll look back, sigh, and wonder why you spent so much damn money on Hello Kitty.. er.. I mean pandas.

  5. namizon

    ahhh im so jealous of u guys in japan. always have cutie panda stuff to collect … the ajinomoto red panda and yonda? and now this!!! namacha brand just came to thailand recently .. but no panda gift to be given yet.
    panda panda panda !!!

  6. namizon

    ahhh im so jealous of u guys in japan. always have cutie panda stuff to collect … the ajinomoto red panda and yonda? and now this!!! namacha brand just came to thailand recently .. but no panda gift to be given yet.
    panda panda panda !!!

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