As I mentioned in a recent post, I moved about 6 months ago. One of the sacrifices we had to make while packing up was my beloved Famicom shelf system. Painstakingly constructed from 100 yen shop dishracks it was a bit too bulky to justify taking with us, so it went out with a truckload of other stuff to the myriad of Fukuoka second hand shops that take stuff off people`s hands when they move. The North American tradition of the garage sale does not exist in a country where most people don`t have garages. Sadly a Super Famicom and a big pile of Famicom carts (pretty much all baseball and Mahjongs) went wtih it.
Until this week my Famicom carts at the new place were relegated to storage in a box and were completely undisplayed. That continued until the other day when, in a scene reminiscent of my visit to the 100 yen shop in Fukuoka a couple years ago when I stumbled across those dish racks, I stumbled across a pile of these:
I picked up a whole bunch of them (the great thing about 100 yen shops: you can buy tons of stuff on a whim and it won`t break you). I then put them on the wall and presto, a new Famicom cart storage system is born:
Compared to my old dish rack system these have one advantage and two drawbacks. The advantage is that these do a much better job of displaying cover art of each game, which you couldn`t see very well with the dish rack system. Since Famicom carts generally have awesome cover art that is a big plus.
The first drawback is that these can`t hold as many games as the dish racks. One of these can hold 4 Famicom carts whereas one dish rack could hold 8. The other drawback is that these aren`t quite as stable as the dish racks. In two years the dish racks never dropped a Famicom cart. With these, the carts are a bit more precariously positioned so when the next earthquake comes along (they do happen pretty often here) these are all going to be on the floor.
Still, I really like the way this ties a corner of the room together. If you are in Japan and are interested, these racks aren`t available at the Daiso (the main 100 yen shop chain in Japan) but only at Seria. Also, they have two kinds of these postcard holders, the metal ones I bought and some wood ones (you can see two of them in the photo on the left, just below the Famicom carts holding some baseball cards). I recommend using the wood ones rather than the metal, they are a bit wider and will fit Famicom carts a bit better (I`m probably going to switch over to those next time I hit Seria).