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Last time I mentioned that I had only two Nino Bittersweet shop photos left to get to complete the set. Imagine my total surprise when less than a week later, I found the two I was missing! The first was within four days of my post and the other, the last one, was three days later. The last one in the collection arrived in the post just today, so I am posting an update.

In another stroke of good fortune, I was able to find ten Nino Monster shop photos, and six Face Down shop photos at the same location. It was an expensive visit but one I will never regret as it now means that I only have nine Monster photos left to complete the set. I still find it hard to believe that there were 30 individual shop photos, per member, for Monster. Why would it have to be my number one favourite PV? haha

These are the ten Monster shop photos I recently acquired for my collection. I have ten inside the photo album above and one inside a photo frame. I only have nine left to get to complete the set.


These are the six Face Down shop photos I recently acquired for my collection. I now have all the ones I wanted for this collection but if I do happen to find any more I will no doubt purchase them. My priority is to complete the Monster set.
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Those who know me well from Twitter would probably (insert sarcasm) know that I have a weakness for shop photos. It all started back in early 2015 when I first learned about their existence with the release of Sakura. My Twitter timeline began to fill with images of the Arashi boys in all their glory; posing as a group, as a pairing, and individually. I was a trembling mess. I was new to the fandom even though I had been a fan since the year before. Out of shyness and sheer embarrassment, I dare not ask anyone how to actually go about buying them so I missed out. The pain my heart endured has never again seen the light of day because I was so devastated for missing out on Sakura shop photos, I vowed to never do it again. Eventually, I had to bite the bullet and ask people. Most were kind enough to point me in the direction I needed but that wasn't until the release of Ai wo Sakebe that I took my first giant leap into the shop-photo-buying frenzy. Why not AoKimi? I wasn't overly impressed with those shop photos I have to confess, except for a few group photos I just wasn't all that fussed with them. Ai wo Sakebe shop photos were different, and I had to have them at all costs. My obsession began in earnest.

I have found a few Sakura shop photos since my early fandom days but they are few and far between. Most are snapped up by other eager buyers and the few that show up in sales or auctions I already have in my collection. It wasn't until recently that a dear Twitter friend went for a trip to Japan and found six Sakura photos for me. I was ecstatic and she will never know just how forever grateful I am that she went out of her way to seek them out for me (you know who you are THANK YOUUU!).

As you can see from the photo above, I have several photo albums now. The three on the top right are filled with only Nino individual shop photos, as is the pink Johnny's album you can see underneath them. These contain photos from Nino's Johnny's Junior days as well as his early debut years. The two Arashi albums on the top left hold group photos and pairings. The album you see which has Nino's Are You Happy? papa photographs is an album dedicated to stage/concert photos. The album below it contains a mix of individual photos of Aiba, MatsuJun, Ohno and Sakurai and, as you can see from the photo, some early group shop photos and also some more recent group papa photographs.

Shop photos I am still fervently DESPERATELY collecting include:
All ~ Sakura
All ~ Truth
All ~ Zero G
Nino ~ Monster
Nino ~ Bittersweet
(I have only two left to complete the set! haha)

Of course my collection is not restricted to any one single/album/concert release. If I like what I see, I want! If the price is right, and I am keen for it I will buy it. Yes, I know my collection is 90% Nino (What can I say, I just can't resist him) but I do also collect many group and pairings shop photos too. Honest! :)

Obsessed?? Who, me?? *LOL LOL LOL*


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