Several months ago I discovered these goldfish gashapons and began collecting them! Gashapons are Japanese capsule toys dispensed from coin operated machines similar to the ones seen at grocery stores in the United States. The Japanese versions dispense higher quality toys that cost more and are often considered collector’s items. The word gashapon is a Japanese onomatopoeia made up of two sounds. “Gasha” describes the sound of the crank turning on the coin operated machine, and “pon” is the sound of the toy dropping into the receptable. I just love the goldfish set made by Yujin. They make a wide variety of different goldfish types and they are extremely detailed and realistic! Here are some photos of the ones in my collection (click on the image to enlarge).