Recently, our Japanese reporter Yoshio visited his parents’ house and decided to finally take a stab at tidying up his childhood room, which had been left untouched ever since he moved out. In the process, he was surprised to find many lost relics and treasures from his childhood, and became caught up in a wave of nostalgia for several hours. Needless to say, he didn’t get much cleaning done in the end…

If you’re the nostalgic type, perhaps you’d like to take a peek at the treasures that Yoshio dug up, some from over 20 years ago!

New York Times Square postcard

“This postcard is from sometime in the 1990s. You should take a look at the billboard advertisements in the background–there’s one for Suntory, and right above it is an ad for Samsung. Super nostalgic!”



“MDs truly revolutionized the development of portable music. I wonder what kids nowadays would say if they saw one of these?”


Sakura Bank bankbook

“Sakura Bank was one of the predecessors of Mitsui Sumitomo Banking Corporation. Now that I really think about it, Sakura Bank has a pleasant, Japanese-sounding name…”


J-PHONE cellular phone

“I was curious to see what pictures were saved in the phone. I tried charging it, but it didn’t turn on.”


Tons of collectible cards

“I found a variety of cards from shows like Downtown no Gottsu Ee Kanji [a Japanese variety show from the mid-90s] and packages of J-League Chips. Kids in those days loved getting the freebie cards that came bundled with certain snacks.”


“Your life will change [GOOD LUCK]” CD

“I can’t remember when or where this CD came from. Apparently, it’s supposed to have a subliminal effect on your mind when you listen to it, and get rid of any stress you have.”



NBA basketball cards

“I collected these cards in middle school. They were sold in packs, and I spent all of my New Year’s money on buying them. I’ve got thousands of cards lying in storage here.”


Tons of old games

“Here are Dragon Quest III and Game Boy Basketball. In any case, Dragon Quest III was a masterpiece. My games are still in really good condition.”



Voice clock

“I assembled this voice clock in my middle school drawing and manual arts class. I recall that using the soldering iron was a terrible hassle. What kinds of things do you remember making in your classes?”


Mr. Children [a Japanese pop rock band that’s now been around for over 25 years] CD single

“I listened to this song a lot when I got really bad test grades. It’s really nostalgic for me. However, when I opened the case, Mr. Children’s ‘Es’ CD single was inside. Where did ‘Everything (It’s You)’ go?”



Here are some more close-ups of some of the loot that he found:









Yoshio was born in 1981, so that makes him 34 years old today. Did any of our readers in their mid-30s or above feel particularly nostalgic? By the way, Yoshio still hasn’t finished cleaning his room yet, so we might be back for a second round of his treasures!

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