Mushroom Garden (Game) : Let’s Grow Funny and Cute Mushroom, ‘Nameko!’


A cute and silly looking mushroom character, Nameko is one of my favorite characters! (or the game character I like the most!)

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mushroom character, Nameko

The character was inspired by Pholiota Nameko, one of common mushrooms that Japanese eat (in miso soup, soba, and etc.).

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Pholiota Nameko

Nameko showed up for the first time in a Japanese mobile game, ‘Touch Detective.’

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game, ‘Touch Detective’ (image from http://namepara.com)

As the mushroom character has became widely popular in Japan, different games ‘Mushroom Garden‘(or Funghi Gardening Kit) series were released, and the games also became extremely popular (In 2011 one of the game series, “Seasons had been downloaded 1 million times from iTunes” and the Android version “had reached 200 thousand downloads within a week of its release.”(wikipedia)).

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Mushroom Garden game series on Google Play

Mushroom Garden series are simple and easy to play so that everybody can enjoy them. In the games you simply grow mushrooms on a log and harvest them. As your level increases, more special types of mushrooms grow on the log. You can use special items for growing mushrooms faster or having rare types of mushrooms easily.

When I read descriptions about the games for the first time, it sounded so simple that I thought I would be bored with the games, and I wondered why many people had gotten addicted to the games. I tried the game, and actually I have got addicted to it, too!

I decided to play ‘Mushroom Garden Deluxe’ as it seemed to have more variety of mushrooms than other versions of the games according to the versions’ descriptions.

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Mushroom Garden Deluxe (Screen Shot)

Below are screen shots of the game on my smartphone and some short descriptions about them.

 

At the beginning of the game, you will see some normal nameko mushrooms on the log. Small ones are baby mushrooms and big ones are full-grown mushrooms can be harvested (by touching the screen).

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Baby and full-grown nameko mushrooms on the log

In ‘Funghi Library,’ you can see descriptions about mushrooms you harvest.

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As you play the game and get some special mushrooms,

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Gamer gets game points by harvesting mushrooms and completing game requests. With that points you can buy special items to grow mushrooms faster or get special types of mushrooms more often.

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one of the game requests

As your level increases, you can also breed different types of mushrooms to make new types of mushrooms like pictures below.

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In the ‘Box Room,’ you can see mushrooms you harvest. You can decorate your mushroom collection with furniture you like.

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It has been one week since I started playing this game. I do not spend much time for playing the game like I did at the beginning of it now but still occasionally check my mushroom garden and see what happened there 🙂

If you are interested in the game, just search ‘Mushroom Garden’ on App Store or Google Play(free)! If you are smart phone or tablet PC user, here are links to the game for…

App Store

Google Play 

I hope you enjoy it, too 🙂

If you are interested in Nameko character goods, visit this post! ->Nameko Official Shop: Fall in Love with This Mushroom Character

Thank you for reading my post!  -Dr. Mouse-

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“Doraemon”, a Cat Robot Does Not Have Ears?


Doraemon (image from http://www.japantimes.co.jp)
Doraemon (image from http://www.japantimes.co.jp)

If you ever wondered about this interesting character with a blue & white body and a huge cat-like face, here is about who he is.

Doraemon is a Japanese manga & anime series (the original manga series is written and drawn by Fujiko F. Fujio).

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Doraemon and his friends. An edited English dub distributed by TV Asahi aired on Disney XD in the U.S. ( from on July 7, 2014) (image from http://www.watchcartoononline.com)

The story revolves around a cat-like robot named Doraemon sent by a boy from the future to the present day to helps his great-great grandfather named Nobita Nobi improve his miserable life that way his descendants may have better life in the future. Doraemon helps Nobita solve his endless daily problems with using special tools from the future.

Nobita (left) and Doraemon (right) (image from http://www.photoscartoon.com)
Nobita (left) and Doraemon (right) (image from http://www.photoscartoon.com)

Doraemon has become one of the best-selling manga in the world (sold over 100 million copies) and Doraemon was described as “The Cuddliest Hero in Asia” on April 2002, on TIME Magazine.

Doraemon, the cat robot, has a face of cat (and amazingly, more than half of his body is his head! lol) and is wearing a cat bell collar. You might wonder why Doraemon does not have cat ears (or at least any kind of ears…). That is because a robot mouse ate his ears when he was in asleep. The original color of Doraemon in the story was yellow; however, because Doraemon cried too much after the loss of his ears, the yellow color painted with an ‘egg yolk’ was washed away by tears. Because of that incident, a mouse has become the animal which Doraemon is the most afraid of. Doraemon’s favorite food is one of traditional Japanese sweets, ‘dorayaki’ which name is similar to the name of Doraemon (dorayaki is called yummy bun in Doraemon presented by Disney XD).

Doraemon has a special pocket called ‘4-dimensional pocket’, on his belly. From the pocket, he takes out various special tools from the future, which every kids in the world might ever want to have. As Doraemon presents new tools or gadgets in almost every episode, there are 1963 tools in manga series and 2332 tools in anime series. The tools that Doraemon uses the most are ‘bamboo-copter (a bamboo dragon fly that allows you fly)’, ‘anywhere door (a door can take you anywhere you want to be), and ‘(hand) air canon (a weapon gives enemies a little shock).’

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Doraemon with a ‘bamboo copter’ on his head (image from http://www.reddit.com )

As Doraemon is loved by people in the world, you can see various Doraemon character goods all over the world now (especially in Japan :)). There are even Doraemon credit cards!

Below are pictures of some Doraemon goods in the character good store of TV Asahi’s building. For more information about TV Asahi’s building, go to this post ->Doraemon & Shin-chan’s TV network, TV Asahi and Its TV shows Exhibition

Thank you for reading my post!
-Dr.Mouse-

References

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Doraemon Comic Book, Vol. 1 (English Version)

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AbenobeA (Abeno bear), a Cute Bear Mascot of Abeno Harukas


Let me present a cute and special bear character to you.

This is AbenobeA (あべのべあ)!

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AbenobeA (Abeno bear) (image from http://www.abenoharukas-300.jp/en/)

AbenobeA(あべのべあ) is the mascot of Abeno Harukas. Abeno Harukas is Osaka’s new landmark built in 2014. For more information about Abeno Harukas, go to this post -> Abeno Harukas, Osaka’s New Landmark

The name of the mascot is very interesting in several ways if you know basic Japanese. Although Abeno (あべの) is originally name of some area in Osaka, it can also literally mean ‘- of Abe(あべ)’ or ‘Abe’s -.’ And In Japanese, be-a (あべ) means bear. So AbenobeA can literally mean ‘Abe’s bear’. The name is especially funny to the Japanese because ‘Abe’ is also first name of the prime minister of Japan, ‘Abe Shinjo’. So, it sounds like ‘prime minister Abe’s bear’. Below is the picture of AbenobeA shaking hands with prime minister ‘Abe’. You can see people are chuckling in the picture. Yep, they got the joke 🙂

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‘Abe’nobeA (literally can mean Abe’s bear) shaking hands with prime minister ‘Abe’

You can see this picture in the main gift shop(58F) of Abeno Harukas.

One more fun thing about the name, AbenobeA is the name in Japanese, あべのべあ can be read in the same way in any direction. From the front it can be read あべのべあ, and also from the back, can be read あべのべあ.

Sorry for the long explanation about the name of AbenobeA, I guess only the Japanese or Japanese learners can get the joke about the name Xp.

This bear character is special because unlike other bear characters, its body is colored like blue sky with clouds.

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AbenobeA again

All of below pictures of AbenobeA goods were taken in several gift shops of Abeno Harukas’s observatory.

There are also AbenobeA colored with different skies such as sky with stars, rainy sky, and red sunset.

Gift shops of Abeno Harukas’s observatory (especially the main gift shop on 58F) had a variety of cute AbenobeA goods including dolls, accessories, and candies.

Click pictures below for seeing full sized pictures.

Sadly, AbenobeA goods are only available at Abeno Harukas in Osaka :'( So when you visit Osaka, don’t forget to stop by Abeno Harukas!!! 😀

Below is the picture of my souvenir from Abeno Harukas. The sky-themed bear doll looks even prettier on the wood-themed floor 🙂

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AbenobeA doll

Thank you for reading my post! ♥

-Dr.Mouse-